Friday, September 19, 2008

anti-intellectualism, some other wolman on a dune buggy, pod cars

A friend just sent me a link to a Washington Post story, accompanied by this photograph. The caption reads: "David Wolman, on a dune buggy in Oregon in 1991, at age 79 (Family Photo). " All I can say is that I hope I'm that cool when I'm 79.

The world of futuristic transport got a bit of buzz over the weekend, thanks to this piece in the Times about pod cars. Good exposure, but I was still left with the impression that this article was about a novel, borderline cutesy, idea, and not a story about the serious issue of pulling America out of the public transit Dark Ages. The Sunday Times also offered up this piece about technology and the (faulty) argument that it makes us stupid. The essay is quite similar to my essay from the September issue of Wired. Compare the two and tell me what you think.

And an interesting quote today, from my local newspaper: "The White House tells the EPA to change its science" Say what?

Friday, September 5, 2008

asperger's takes many forms

A friend recently sent me this promo video for a surf film. At first I didn't get it: I would love to know how to surf and I have tried it 3 or 4 times. But I am anything but a surfer, let alone a consumer of surfing media. This friend knows, however, that I'm interested in Asperger's and its neuro-behavioral ilk, and correctly guessed that I would find this pretty interesting. You might too.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

large hadron rap and paul collins in the believer

YouTube - Large Hadron Rap How could anyone not be impressed by this particle physics masterpiece? Also be sure to check our my friend Paul Collins' piece about simplified spelling in the new issue of The Believer and here on NPR. Paul and I met at the Scripps Bee in DC last year, where we learned that we live in the same neighborhood in Portland.

Monday, September 1, 2008


A recent travel ditty about Majorca for US Airways Magazine.