my own personal bailout, savage minds edition

I’m back. And I am tanned, rested, and ready for the rest of my career. Not that anyone missed me, but I do have an excuse for not showing my userid around here. Being by disposition modest and private (grin), I find it very hard to use this platform to broadcast bits of my life, but, here it is: 1) I have moved to UCLA, 2) I have tenure, 3) my house in Houston was not destroyed by Hurricane Ike, and 4) I’m $700,000,000,000 in debt. Well the last one is not strictly my problem, but I admit to feeling a little bit speechless as a result. My new position is split between the Information Studies department at UCLA, and a new center called The Center for Society and Genetics. Practically this means I have a whole new set of colleagues, societies, publications and grants to think about. Philosophically and methodologically, I would find it hard at this point to stop doing anthropology. I may yet court the UCLA department. But only after I find out how one gets to chill with Jared Diamond, now that he’s my colleague and all.

I plan to make several announcments now that I am back in the realm of normally impossible amounts of work. The first of which is that, now that I live in Beverly Hills, my Incredibly Famous Book is going to be made into not one but two different movies, and I have to say, I couldn’t be prouder. It’s so heart-warming to see Joe Piscopo in the role of Richard Stallman, and Al Pacino playing the Internet as a young Italian boy, tears, I say, tears every time. If my book ever gets re-printed, I may insist on using the phrase “Two girls, a little magic and a lot of horsing around” on the back cover…


Christopher M. Kelty is a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has a joint appointment in the Institute for Society and Genetics, the department of Information Studies and the Department of Anthropology. His research focuses on the cultural significance of information technology, especially in science and engineering. He is the author most recently of Two Bits: The Cultural Significance of Free Software (Duke University Press, 2008), as well as numerous articles on open source and free software, including its impact on education, nanotechnology, the life sciences, and issues of peer review and research process in the sciences and in the humanities.