El Reg reports that "Professor Steve Mann of the University of Toronto, who describes himself as a cyborg, attempted to board a flight at St. John's, Newfoundland wearing "computerized glasses, headgear and electronic body suit". He was stopped and "subjected to an extensive search". So extensive that he missed his flight, and was unable to get another flight for two days. "
Steve Mann, aka, the "Toronto Terminator" is suing the airline for discrimination. Last time I looked, cyborgs were not a protected minority, but his lawyer is pushing the case, saying, ""Basically, we are going to argue Professor Mann was discriminated against because he is a cyborg."
"You can laugh at that, but I don't see the difference between showing up at the airport in a wearable computer, and showing up in a wheelchair.
Reporting the contents of the latest Nixon tapes, Gene Weingarten describes Nixon's rants about the usual stuff- Jews, dope, homosexuality, commie pinkos, the pope. But to me the Archie Bunker crisis is the real meat of this article:
"Archie is sitting here with his hippie son-in-law, married to the screwball daughter. . . . The son-in-law apparently goes both ways."
Nixon seems to have concluded, against all evidence, that Meathead is bisexual. Possibly it is the length of his hair. Another character in the show, Nixon reports, is "obviously queer. He wears an ascot, and so forth."
The president is outraged that this filth should appear on TV:
"The point that I make is that, goddamn it, I do not think that you glorify on public television homosexuality. You don't glorify it, John, anymore than you glorify, uh, whores."
The president asserts that America is in jeopardy from this Archie Bunker gay thing:
"I don't want to see this country to go that way. You know what happened to the Greeks. Homosexuality destroyed them. Sure, Aristotle was a homo, we all know that, so was Socrates."
Ehrlichman interrupts to reassure his boss. Socrates, he says, "never had the influence that television had."
As Weingarten puts it, "Well, that was 31 years ago, and I am happy to report that the Jew-homo-doper-Commie-shrink-lefty-pope cabal has not, to date, destroyed us. Nixon seems to have been wrong on this one."
posted by AES on Thursday, March 21, 2002 | link to this post
"The ability to determine context would be an incredible boon for marketing. If a wearable computer could determine its user’s context, it would be able to suggest the product which would be perfect to correct whatever problems the user is facing. Whether the user would necessarily consider this a boon is debatable. "
"Joseph J. Sabia is a Ph.D. candidate in economics [RED FLAG!!!!!] at Cornell University, where he has spent his entire academic career. He specializes in the fields of labor economics and public choice. Sabia earned a B.S. in policy analysis and an M.S. in consumer economics and housing, in 1997 and 2000, respectively. He has served on the Boards of Directors of The First Amendment Coalition, Ivy Leaguers for Freedom, and the Cornell College Republicans. Sabia was a staff member of The Cornell Review from 1998-2001."
...before this jackass finds himself in a library science program.
"So far, my Yale degree has secured me an e-mail forwarding address and a lifetime of alumni dues notices. Not exactly what I expected.
"I was an English major which, for most people, roughly translates into "I have no marketable skills." But that's not so. I have many valuable skills honed during my days with Dickens, my nights with Nabokov, those wee hours with Woolf.
"First of all, you know I can read. And I don't mean read like "Hooked on Phonics" read. I can read long, wordy, small printed works with relative speed and what's more, I can remember what I have read and write long, wordy, papers about it without any trouble. I have developed impressive analytical skills. I am trained to think -- really think -- about everything I read. And I am accomplished at putting those thoughts on paper.
Art today is incapacitated by the problem mentioned below, the public's conditioned incredulity toward any image that claims to depict reality or its antithesis.
"Historically, surrealism was an art movement of ideas that developed
between World Wars I and II and was very prolific. However, today the
viewer automatically accepts surrealist imagery." (From massurrealism.com)
My solution is to obliterate perspective, to forcibly transport the viewer away from all perceived references, both natural and artificial. My work leaves the viewer too dizzy to think, to process media distortions into the relentless banality of contemporary mass culture. I invite the viewer to permanently depart the earth and its corrupted human landscapes, to seek the novel where it might still be found.
All The World Needs Is...Another Librarian (from nytimes.com)
Take 1: The physics crank who paid a year’s salary to get his ideas published in the New York Times:
“Some scientists said they were puzzled that Dr. Robitaille did not post his paper on the free non-peer- reviewed Web site where virtually all astronomers have begun placing their new results in recent years, www.arXiv.org/archive/astro-ph. "I did not know about this Web site," Dr. Robitaille said.
Take 2: The Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame
Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers introduced the Talking Heads, saying that hearing the band gave him a new sensation: "I wanted to have sex with a lot of librarians."