Archive for July 24, 2007

Sharing

July 24, 2007

I’m experimenting with adding a little box to the upper-right hand corner of the page. In the box are the five most recent posts I’ve read using Google Reader that I’ve decided to share. I’m doing this because these are things I’m sort of interested in blogging about but not interested enough to actually blog about.

Basically, it seems to be a list of posts I want other people to see.

Google owns my soul.

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A Digital Future

July 24, 2007

Swiped from BoingBoing, a long series of blog posts from 2017:

The US should do what the Japanese do: track every foreigner’s mobile. If he does anything freaky, jump on him.

“But Mr. Feldspar, suppose this international criminal doesn’t carry a mobile?” demanded representative Chuck Kingston (R-Alabama). It would have been rude to point out the obvious. So I didn’t. But look, just between you and me: Anybody without a mobile is not any kind of danger to society. He’s a pitiful derelict. Because he’s got no phone. Duh.

He also has no email, voicemail, pager, chat client, or gaming platform. And probably no maps, guidebooks, Web browser, video player, music player, or radio. No transit tickets, payment system, biometric ID, environmental safety sensor, or Breathalyzer. No alarm clock, camera, laser scanner, navigator, pedometer, flashlight, remote control, or hi-def projector. No house key, office key, car key… Are you still with me? If you don’t have a mobile, the modern world is a seething jungle crisscrossed by electric fences crowned with barbed wire. A guy without a mobile is beyond derelict. He’s a nonperson.

I didn’t say any of that to the politicians. They don’t want to be taught things by bloggers in public. They consider it an act of enmity.


Exactly of half of me is totally entranced by the vision of the future.

The other half is terrified, I think because these stories of a future saturated with technology suggest that real human contact has become far more limited…and that it will be a good thing when it happens. Not cool.

Read A Book….Please

July 24, 2007

This has been making the rounds, and I’ve decided to throw it up here….while I like most of this video, there are a few parts that I either don’t get or don’t agree with.

Anyway, watch it…and please leave a comment with your reaction.