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about

I’m Emma, a writer, PhD student and instructor at Virginia Tech. This is my (hardly-ever-updated, but hopefully still interesting) blog. Links to some of my writings and creative projects are here: www.realyou.me Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/emmastamm Twitter: @turing_tests And you can contact me via email: stamm[at]vt.edu. Thank you for visiting!

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Since I’m not fond of WordPress (or using a CMS at all for that matter), I’m considering just killing this website and making www.realyou.me my sole portfolio / blog site. For now, to anybody who might be visiting here, I would say realyou.me is a better place to go… o-culus is a bit of a mess, and […]

intention and its discontents

In light of the DAO hack (here’s a tl;dr for those not in the know), a lot of people have been talking about intention — the role that conscious will, something we generally ascribe to humans, should play in code-based organizations that are designed to be run without centralized human oversight. The logic goes that […]

it’s still summertime

Many miles of driving later — I’m in New York!   Like many of my friends, I’m finding that both watching and ignoring the media are really painful things to do right now. Looking forward to heading back South in a few weeks, but home is an OK place to be at the moment. It feels a little tone […]

it’s summertime

This is my last full week in Asheville! Next Sunday or Monday I’ll be heading to Columbia, South Carolina, where I’ll be spending the fourth of July. Around the seventh, I start driving to the Hudson Valley to house-sit/see friends and family (including my new nephew, born in May, who I’ve yet to meet) for […]

the black peaks (fiction)

I said to him: people these days sense everything that speaks to their hearts must be totally contained, must rise to the surface of things. Nobody can reconcile those hidden staircases in themselves, not with all the debt on their hands. When we’d get worried about our future together he’d say: intelligence won’t save us. […]

The Orrery, Part II

Science fiction helps us understand what it means to be human. That’s something I’ve heard, anyway. I’m reminded of my sophomore year Intro to British Medieval Literature professor shrieking at the class that there are no messages in literature!, that reading is an aesthetic experience, not an instructive one (I think that’s what she meant). […]

The Orrery

Last month I bought a copy of The Only Dance There Is, a collection of talks given by Ram Dass in 1970. Not a bad thing to read during the holy season. I don’t follow any particular organized religion, but my spirituality is who I am. It informs everything I do. I spend a lot […]