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herbie hancock & chick corea

My modem lives, but for some inscrutable reason it will only connect at 9600 bps. Hold onto your hats, ladies, it's 1993. Also there is no Utah travelogue yet, because when I hook the camera up to the computer I get a FATAL EXCEPTION 0E AT 0028:C184623A IN VXD APIX(02) + 0000277A. I am coming to suspect that the capricious and draconian Old Testament God was actually a PC running Windows 98.

Why do people buy books they don't get? (Really, I'll finish Finnegans Wake when I'm forty and know ten times as much about Western civilization and Irish bars.) But this article suggests that Stephen Hawking is filling the function of prophet for us.

In tribal societies seers were often physically marked—they might be blind, deaf, epileptic, or crippled. Though his language is mathematics, Hawking is the archetypal crippled seer—his body may be hobbled to a wheelchair, but his mind is unbounded, soaring beyond the mundane terrestrial world to the far reaches of the cosmos, there to engage with vast and mysterious supernatural powers. Black holes of unimaginable strength able to gobble entire galaxies into their maws; tunnels through spacetime that would take us back into the past; and wormholes to other exotic universes—these are the mythological "creatures" of the age of science.

Woo, little virtual om mani padme hum prayer wheels. I like these.

 

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