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Monday, Oct. 17, 2005
Lift The Lid When You Splatter

Sometimes you find something that is utterly cool. This, for example, has the capacity to drive everyone absolutely bonkers, in a Harry Potter kind of way.

Imagine, your kid now not only demands tooth-rotting cereal for the cheap prize inside, but for the video game built into the package. And since it's a pretty safe bet that the batteries will be gone long before the cereal will, it'll be a constant demand for more. Consumerism gone wild!

On a little more serious note, it could bring back newspapers. You could get the best advantages of television and newspaper in a hybrid paper that combines the more in-depth reporting of print media, coupled with the video technology provided through television.

It could be interesting to see how this impacts publishing on the whole, and even moreso television and movies. J.K. Rowling has already helped to revive kids' interest in reading, worldwide. Will this new facet help or hurt that trend? I assume that the flashing images will be sans sound, so kids (and adults) would still have to actually read to get dialogue and details. In spite of the potential for parent-overload, I think it is a nifty little gizmo. Now the question is whether it will last or if it will simply be a quick fad that goes the way of the pet rock, dying off within a few months of its introduction.

If they manage to take this to an interactive level, such as video games (as suggested in the article,) I think it could really be a revolution. The implication then moves past video and into the realm of computer. We're already seeing computers - actual functioning PC's - the size of a paperback book. What happens when the mechanism is miniaturized to this degree? I don't know how much I like the idea that Mr. Terrorist could have a complete computer embedded just below his skin, but there's also the potential for a lot of very cool applications.

And then there's a truly chilling report in this morning's news. British citizens are facing a downright scary step in the destruction of personal freedoms. This article describes a mandatory ID card with all personal information tied to it. Privacy? Obviously, a thing of the past. I mean, it sounds good on paper, but the potential for abuse is staggering. The Gestapo mentality has returned with a vengeance and is spinning out of control. That's not dismissing the all-too-real risk of terrorism. I just think crime will flourish with or without the card. All something like this accomplishes is to up the ante and penalize the innocent.

I look at this stuff and shudder. So what if you object on religious or moral principles? That makes you a criminal, and probably a terrorist, with this mentality in place. You may be executed for refusing, on the assumption of guilt. Even if you don't believe in the Biblical Mark of the Beast references, it's terrifying to think of how many ways this can be abused. You get a computer virus or hacker that rewrites a national database and suddenly a whole class of innocent people are criminals. A corrupted database says you don't exist, therefore your card must be forged and you're under arrest. Who cares if you did anything wrong or not? Machines don't lie and there are no corrupt officials or inept clerks who input the wrong information.

All right, I'm going to shift gears because frankly that scares the living daylights out of me.

My cell phone is now officially dead and no longer can be revived at all. I'm going to to the phone store later today, I guess, to find out how to get it turned in for a replacement or repair. I'm guessing it'll have to be replaced. Either way, it is liable to be a while at best. Ugh.

At least my main email is working again. It's been one of those rare times when I could hardly wait to get back to work on a Monday just so a crappy weekend would be OVER.

My oldest son has moved to Oregon to look for work. I asked him what he's going to do about his degree, as he's thisclose to completing his Masters' requirements. He said he's already arranged to complete it online. And if he gets the job at Semantec he is shooting for, he'll be making good money. I wish him luck, just wonder how long he'll stay there when the reality sinks in and he realizes that no matter where he goes, work is still work.

I got another email from yet another guy. The entertainment value is regularly interspersed by a heavy EEWWWW quotient but at least it's consistent. Guys, no matter how cool it sounds to you, calling yourself Mr. BJ isn't going to entice women to you. 'Nuff said.

Have you ever gone to Google.com and put in a random word, then clicked on "I'm feeling lucky"? I have. You can find some intriguing spots that way. Try putting in the word "idiot". Or how about "failure." I leave the rest to your imagination.

And for what may be the creepiest do-it-yourself Halloween ornament ever, check out this guy's creation. He might be able to collect $1 million except for the whole "Captured Alive" thing. That last link: somebody's offering a million-dollar reward for capture of a live sasquatch, abominable snowman, or Loch Ness monster. He wants irrefutable proof of the existence of fabled creatures.

Hmmm... I wonder what he'd pay for a bald-headed big-bellied date monster?

Before - After

In the grander scheme of things, no soul can truly be replaced. Each one of us has a place in the universal tapestry. We each contribute our own color and texture. When one thread is snipped too soon, it distorts all the threads around it. Other lives can unravel and tear. If the wrong thread is ripped away, the whole fabric of life becomes dangerously fragile.
- LeiLani, aka Radiogurl aka Bright Opal (1957 - )