July 3rd, 2010

RatReading

You Will Believe A Man Can Fly

The news and Internet have been abuzz with the prototype for an actual flying car.  Now, for those (like me) who grew up with the promise that the 21st Century would have cities in domes, robots tending to our every need, disease a thing of the past, and flying cars (if this is the future, I got screwed), the reality is kind of a letdown.  Unlike what you saw in The Fifth Element, this is like a plane.  A well engineered plane, but still a plane.  They scored a key exemption from the FAA, and they are moving forward with it.

Now, this may be fun and all, but I've been around waaaaaaaay too many software prototypes and first generation software and how often they crash.  One of the bright sides of my car, the Angry Red Dragon, is that, if the engine goes splat during transit, I simply roll to the side of the road.  If the engine in the flying car during transit -- can you say "lawn dart", boys and girls?

Now, this is exciting, and I know the technology is a long way away from being consumer ready.  But I'm perfectly happy waiting until they are done working the kinks out.
Peter G

Judas Gloat

So, last night, I get an e-mail from my teacher.  I'm paraphrasing, but this is roughly how her message went....

I told you so.

This calls for a celebration.

I told you so.

I'm working on something special for you, I'll let you know when it's done so you can watch the mail.

I told you so.

You take a while to grasp things, but when you do, you do.

I told you so.

Still got mermaids on the brain?

I told you so.

Your journey isn't over, you're part of a whole new world now.

I told you so.

Oh, and in case I didn't mention it, I told you so.

I wrote her back last night, saying she shouldn't gloat.

She wrote me back this morning -- "But you gloat."

And you're constantly telling me not to.

"Can you honestly say I haven't earned the right just this once?"

...

...gloat, Speed Racer, gloooooooooat!

Oh, and I didn't put this in the e-mail to her out of respect.  However, she can't stop me from putting this on my blog that she reads anyway....

I DO NOT HAVE MERMAIDS ON THE BRAIN, GODDAMMIT!!!