Itâ€™s been a banner year for those of us who dreamed of wearing Star Trek pajamas and Beatle Boots and zooming around the universe. On the transporter front, some Dutch scientists recently figured out how to do something that is, well, pretty much like beaming matter from one place to the other.
On the cloaking front, first introduced by the Klingon, of course, another team has demonstrated the principal of invisibility, although not yet in a visible light range. Thereâ€™s bad news on the universal translator front, however. Moreover, itâ€™s related to a setback in our quest to build Data.
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Itâ€™s a clichÃ© to say that a good artist can do anything with contemporary technology, and it’s not a new idea. I doubt, for example, that the face of the Mona Lisa is exactly the image of the woman da Vinci painted. Still, large-scale, well-organized greed has a way of magnifying the worst of humanity even as it attempts to portray an ideal of beauty. A public relations campaign, of course, is complicated, and now includes a degree of self-consciousness about its methods. The video offers a critique, but also suggests that we buy some soap as a part of our migration from the artificial to the real.
This is an equally instructive example:
“It’s official! Mother Theodore Guerin was declared a saint in St. Peter’s Square in Rome Sunday, Oct. 15. Sisters and pilgrims celebrated in Rome during the canonization ceremony. Seven hours later at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Ind., sisters and visitors to the Church of the Immaculate Conception celebrated during the Eucharistic Liturgy. Visit our blog to get up-to-the-minute thoughts and reporting and stay tuned as we share photos, stories and more from both locales.”
from the Sisters of Providence Website
Thereâ€™s more information on St. Mary of the Woods on Wikipedia, here:
It’s a long, complicated process becoming a saint. Here’s a short explanation:
“LineRider is a nifty little flash game released at DeviantArt.com. It is wildly addicting to some people. I myself play it obsessively.
LineRider is a basic flash game. In fact, it is not really even a game since there are no real goals or objectives.
You draw a black line on a white background and press play. A little stick figure fella on a sled pops out of nowhere land and sleds down your new line you just drew.
Seems pretty basic and silly right? True, to a point.”
Matthew L. King, October 2, 2006
King cites this amazing example of what someone (with too much time on their hands) can do with this simple idea:
And you can go make your own, here: