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The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.

Four people sit on a stage at the Amazon Meeting Center in front of a Goodreads banner and the projected cover of the book. Neal is second from left and Nicole is third.Yesterday I had the opportunity to hear my favorite author, Neal Stephenson, and his coauthor, Nicole Galland, speak for the first time about their new book, The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O., an epistolary novel that comes out today.

They had spoke some about Shakespeare during their talk, and then answered my question during the Q&A about if they had any words or phrases they hoped would enter common usage. Neal apologetically noted that Cryptonomicon is to his knowledge one of the first usages of “serial entrepreneur”.

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Lego Robots

Two large projection screens show close up Lego robot action on the tables set up in the foreground.Watching a bunch of elementary and middle schoolers compete in the FIRST Washington Lego Robotics “Animal Allies” Seattle Semifinals, hosted by Amazon. Some cool obstacles/challenges!

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Hello World

The view from inside Amazon Day 1, 3rd floor, overlooking 7th and Blanchard. The large 'Hello World' sign is visible in the window reflection on the left, and the actual lit D is visible from behind on the right, all before Queen Anne Hill in the distance a grey Seattle afternoon sky.

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Nicolas Ward

Software engineer in Natural Language Processing research by day; gamer, reader, and aspiring UltraNurd by night. Husband to Andrle
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