These dogs aren’t gonna walk themselves, I’ve got tweets, shares, likes, comments, blog posts, selfies, musicallys, plus I gotta check-in and leave reviews, but raising my voice was enough, the squiter drones quickly complied, a mass of them have already taken hold of the dog’s leash, another swarm continued to hover over me, darting on my flesh, devouring any bacteria, any dirt, hair, mites, keeping me impeccably clean, as was their mission, several landed upon my eyes and whisked away the crud, I coughed out several of the ones that live on the inside, keeping me healthy, consuming all my waste so I don’t ever have to piss or poop, a foul habit that a few cling to for some odd cultural or religious purpose, mine are even optimized to let me drink as much alcohol as I wish, I drained another glass, a ((human)) at the door sent dozens of the tiny robot bugs into a visible frenzy, but it was a friend, no cause for alarm, but she was not as important as me and so naturally she had fewer squiters hovering about her, they went into an appropriately submissive formation then began to glint, forming into various colorful shapes, highly appealing, I must say, and then our swarms mutually exchanged all relevant data, about a hundred or so flew toward my left ear, piping in music, providing background on whatever my friend was discussing, plus keeping me abreast of the day’s events, I will never understand how anyone lived without these little wonders, they ask nothing in return, feeding off only our physical and digital waste, but they give so much back, without them I think I’d just die, and the way they make my skin sparkle, a glowing silver, divine, I’d hate for anyone to see the real me.
Future Boo Boo
Leading Democrat politicians, including Bernie Sanders and Senator Barbara Boxer, are demanding the Constitution be changed and the Electoral College jettisoned.
In other words, during that one time in our lives when the GOP controls the vast majority of state capitols plus all three branches of the federal government, the Democrats are demanding we start cutting and pasting. Yeah, that’ll work out just great for the party on the outside. Politics — and losing — sure does make (allegedly) smart people stupid.
Don’t ever think that Apple’s crack PR team doesn’t earn their massive pay. President-elect Trump — and folks like me — decry Apple for outsourcing its manufacturing to anti-democratic China. The New York Times — surprise! — responds with a glowing piece on just how many “working class” Americans grand old Apple “empowers and employs.”
“Apple’s overall contribution to the American economy is significant. Beyond the 80,000 people it directly employs in the United States, it says 69 supplier facilities in 33 states manufacture parts that go into its products.”
Bet the Times is gonna get at least a couple “exclusive” interviews with Apple execs for this one.
Governments around the world have taken a singular interest in Silicon Valley — because this region is gushing profits and encroaching upon numerous established constituencies. Either one of these would garner protracted interference. But this interview with venture capitalist Marc Andreessen reminds us why Silicon Valley has become so interested in government, President Trump or no.
“Tech is super present in retail in the form of e-commerce, we’re super present in media in the form of internet, we’re super present in consumer electronics in the smartphone. We are very much not present, in what we would consider to be a healthy way, in education, health care, construction, childcare, senior care. The great twist on that is that second category — that’s most of the GDP.”
The Apple Echo Chamber will happily tell you that Apple is REVOLUTIONARY! and DISRUPTIVE! and so very much a part of THE FUTURE! that the company will even cannibalize its own products. And on those near-infinite instances when Apple clearly does not do this, the very same Apple Echo Chamber will tut-tut and say that it’s not about revolution, but evolution. Apple, they will happily tell you, iterates its products, bit by bit, minor innovation by minor innovation, tick tock, tick tock, and it is this constant, focused commitment that leads to viva la revolution!
Except, it’s false.
“What existing Mac customers really want is something more basic: confidence that Apple will regularly update the Mac to incorporate new chips as they become standard in the rest of the computer industry. Instead, Apple has a situation where they rolled out a radical redesign (including breakthrough innovations) of their desktop pro computer and then haven’t updated it at all in three years. When that innovative computer was new, Phil Schiller scoffed at critics with the line, “can’t innovate any more my ass,” and he was right. But a well-managed line of business doesn’t try to subsist on sporadic breakthroughs. It requires ongoing work.”
Neither revolution nor evolution.
That’s never a good thing for a tech company.
(Cue: Apple Echo Chamber insisting Apple isn’t really a tech company.)
“(The Brady Bunch), which ran from 1969-74 on ABC, offered a vision of America that left a lasting civilizational impression on the minds of young viewers, perhaps especially in the non-Western world. Watching reruns in India as a young boy, I formed some of my first clear ideas of America from “The Brady Bunch”—rose-tinted ideas, for sure, but also important ones.”
American culture continues to influence the world. Let’s do it right.
When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me, speaking words of wisdom, let it be.
Does she really only come to him in times of trouble? Or does he just not pay attention otherwise? To quote Elvis, “why don’t we call on Him before we lose our way?”
Too busy hurtling through space, most likely.
And in my hour of darkness she is standing right in front of me speaking words of wisdom, let it be.
Paul McCartney’s lyric, written as the Beatles understood their end was near, read much like the popular serenity prayer, likely imprinted on your grandmother’s refrigerator: “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.”
This is so hard.
Will Big Data and AI change this? I remain skeptical.