Douglas Adams’ analysis of technology:

Douglas Adams’ analysis of technology:

1) everything that’s already in the world when you’re born is just normal;

2) anything that gets invented between then and before you turn 35 is incredibly exciting and creative and, given opportunity, you can make a career out of it;

3) anything that gets invented after you’re 35 is against the natural order of things and the beginning of the end of civilization as we know it until it’s been around for about ten years when it gradually turns out to be alright really.

I’m glad 35 is more than a decade off. We better invent some really cool stuff in the next ten years.

Salon has an entertaining interview

Salon has an entertaining interview with Ray Bradbury:

There’s so much competition for a young person’s attention nowadays. For the record, why is reading still important?
Are you kidding? You can’t have a civilization without that, can you? If you can’t read and write you can’t think. Your thoughts are dispersed if you don’t know how to read and write. You’ve got to be able to look at your thoughts on paper and discover what a fool you were.

Sounds like a great reason to keep a weblog, discovering what a fool you were. Of course, Caterina has an even better reason to keep a weblog. [Update: That Caterina link is fixed now. Thanks Ev.]

My new hobby: find a

My new hobby: find a mix on Art of the Mix, download the MP3s from Audiogalaxy, burn it to a CD and listen in the car. I think I can write a perl script with expect, gnut, and cdrecord to automate the entire process but it would be so much easier if Art of the Mix and Audiogalaxy had XML-RPC APIs.