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  • In Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass, the Red Queen tells Alice, "Here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that."

    My brother, Christopher, quoted that passage to me years ago when I was in San Francisco for a computer game conference. He believed that I was missing out on life because I worked so much to keep up with technology.

    Chris does cool stuff in his free time. He paints and sculpts and photographs. Once he built a huge 6 foot telescope, after grinding and polishing the mirror glass himself. He also built a canoe from wood strips, epoxy, and fiberglass laminate.

    I always admired Chris for his creative projects. I wanted to make time to do things like that, but rarely did. Whenever I thought about this, I would cringe inside. I worried that I was making a huge mistake.

    Over the years I realized that my little software projects could be considered creative, even if they were technical. People might not think of them as creative, but that doesn't matter. I wasn't doing them to be admired. What matters is that I kept doing them.

    I still run to keep up with technology. I love the running, and I'm not out of breath yet.

    In the photo: Kevin Kelly speaking about his book What Technology Wants at the California College of the Arts.
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