Saturday, April 23, 2005
Over the next few weeks, I'll be posting a few of these summaries. Let me know if you find them useful!
While the article mentions many possible uses, as an old-school Sci-Fi fan, I have to take them to task for not mentioning the possible applications to space travel. If hibernation is possible, it may make longer-term journeys to destinations such as Mars and the outer planets a much easier proposition.
Thursday, April 21, 2005
Walter O'Rourke is a 65-year-old multi-millionaire whose current income from investments exceeds $2 million per year. He has a 140 acre property in Delaware. He owns two homes in Florida. He owns an insurance company. He is also New Jersey Transit conductor.
Obviously, he doesn't need the money. Heck, he owns the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad, a 112-mile stretch of track that runs along the Cheat River in West Virginia. He does it for the love, just as he builds model trains in a 2-storey, 4,000 square foot workshop, complete with 300 foot railroad track.
Walter sums it up best:"I realize that some people, especially some of my co-workers, might see me as a strange duck," Mr. O'Rourke said, feeding his new engine a drop of oil. "But where does it say that a man can't love what he does for a living?"
If you didn't have to work for a living, is there work that you would live to do? I'm on vacation, giving my kids a chance to see their grandparents (editor's note--this was true five days ago, when I first wrote this post. But dial-up issues prevented me from posting until now). It struck me that grandparenting is a lot like working a job that you love. You don't have to do it. But you love it so much that you can't get enough.
Wednesday, April 20, 2005
Playas & Hatas, the new card game of hip hop culture. Lose your job? Go to jail? Gain points. Read a book? Get a degree? Lose points. It would be funny if it wasn't true. Can an MMOG version be far behind? Oh wait, it's already on its way.
An interview with Ray Kurzweil on the upcoming age of transferring human intelligence to silicon. As an added bonus, the interviewer is the redoubtable Cory Doctorow. As I've said before, I think going electronic is the only way we'll beat back the challenge of the intelligent machines.
An unbelievable comic book, using action figures, that shows what happens when The Thing of the Fantastic Four discovers that he's Jewish.