This is why I prefer tea. Warning! Vulgar language. Not appropriate for small pets.
Archive for March, 2004
The always interesting Jeff Jarvis posts about a visit to his childhood home and remarks about a nearby mall: “For all the time I spent in it, it’s strange: Not a single memory of the place. Malls cauterize memory.”
Oddly enough I have the opposite reaction. A lot of my earlier memories are a blur, but I still have vivid memories of Security Square Mall, near where I grew up in Baltimore County. My sister and I went on shopping trips with my mom and grandmother a couple times a month. It’s strange how such commonplace memories remain a decade or two later.
We can only hope that the administration’s renewed interest in these matters will revive DARPA’s stalled next-generation Flying Guillotine project. Beware!
Of course this is the way that the media world works for many things in politics: reporters on deadline do not bother to check facts; complex subjects are summarized in such a way that information is not only lost but distorted; bad editing introduces major errors; political lobbying groups are willing to wildly exaggerate the costs of programs they oppose; hyperbole is repeated as fact by reporters; and pundits are also perfectly willing to invent numbers that suit their purposes. A gold-plated and unrealistic cost estimate from 1989 was accepted at face value nearly 15 years later, adjusted for inflation, then rounded up by nearly 60% by a reporter. Others then inflated it even more. And for weeks nobody in the media bothered to question it.