You go into the supermarket. Every item you're interested in is inside a box. You press the button on the front of the box. It kicks off a 30 second time delay. You open the box. There's a fuzzy picture of the item along with a note that says it's out of stock.
Nonetheless, you finally fill your cart with items that are in stock and go to checkout. You hand over your ATM card, and they hand you a long, three-page form to fill out, similar, yet different than the one you filled out in another four stores down the block earlier today. The same one you filled out in this store last week, and the week before that, and the week before that.
Across the street is another supermarket that has all the food on display, instantly available, and will take your ATM card with a smile, then seems to have the advanced technology known as a computer to gain all the information it needs about you without bothering you with a form.
Resume,Songs, My new blog, NeX-6, My facebook page
Orgs I like
The EFF - keeping free speech in the world
Musical stuff I like
Jeff, Rick, Ardour, Jack
Prior Rants - Wheels down on mars! Tracking the landing of Curiosity, from Seattle spotting NEOs from around venus's orbit Asteroids as lunar orbit resources SOPA is bad news Departing France for England, then 'home'. An incredible stream of co-incidences passing me b... 12 suggestions for startups Steve Jobs, RIP. Welcoming my father to the blogosphere
Best of the blog:
Uncle Bill's Helicopter - A speech I gave to ITT Tech - Chicken soup for engineers
Beating the Brand - A pathological exploration of how branding makes it hard to think straight
Inside the Internet Mind - trying to map the weather within the global supercomputer that consists of humans and google
Sex In Politics - If politicians spent more time pounding the flesh rather than pressing it, it would be a better world
Getting resources from space - An alternative to blowing money on mars using NEAs.
On the Columbia - Why I care about space
Authors I like:
The Cubic Dog
The Bay Area is talking
Unlocking The Air
BroadBand & Me
Bear Waller Hollar