News Briefs 05-04-2010

Today's news is, to coin a term, i-free -- not least because a mere gadget is currently generating the kind of saturation news coverage which, imho, should be reserved for actual events of moment, such as the moon landings, the birth of AI, or extraterrestrials parking their spacecraft on the Whitehouse lawn.

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In an age when man has forgotten his origins and is blind even to his most essential needs for survival, water along with other resources has become the victim of his indifference.

Rachel Carson

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[...] such as the moon landings, the birth of AI, or extraterrestrials parking their spacecraft on the Whitehouse lawn.

Also sprach Jobs :-P

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Kat wrote:

a mere gadget is currently generating the kind of saturation news coverage which, imho, should be reserved for actual events of moment, such as the moon landings, the birth of AI, or extraterrestrials parking their spacecraft on the Whitehouse lawn.

Or, perhaps, this?

Ooh, something shiny, nevermind!

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Jesus Christ.

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You go into a war, hang out with a bunch of guys with guns, and you get shot at. Risky business, that.

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You also try to help to take a wounded man out of a combat zone with your van, and you automatically become an insurgent. I guess you get more bonus points for blowing up vehicles.

The most chilling thing to me though was how much effort I needed to remind myself this was actual footage, and not a scene out of a Call of Duty videogame. In one of those there's a section where you're n command of an airplane carrying quite a lot of firepower, and your objective is to destroy any enemy combatants that come out of the buildings.

And it truly is a very pleasant and rewarding thing to press the button and see how you obliterate all those CGI soldiers.

Of course, in those videogames you hardly have to watch out about friendly fire issues. If you get to kill one of your friendlies, you just have to re-start the level.

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the similarities are scary. Might have to call you RPG instead of RPJ from now on....lol.
I actually like playing call of duty now and again, even if it is only the second world war version. My son has all versions on Xbox and 360 and they are so life like it is amazing and frightening.

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There's a reason WWII FPS (first-person-shooters) are still a very popular genre in the videogame industry. It allows a manicheistic moral escape for the player, because everyone is supposed to hate the Nazis.

That manicheism was completely lost on the movie 'Inglourious Basterds', though —which was obviously the intention of Tarantino— since it was very difficult to root for the American soldiers that were brutally murdering every single German soldier they could find.

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The good behaviour of regular people in our societies is very fragile. In situations where order breaks down, or where enough money is at stake, or where an authority (any authority, really) tells people it's ok - regular people act quite viciously. This seems to be quite independent of what society defines as "regular" good behaviour.

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There's enough evidence to support that assessment, unfortunately.

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too many beers last night. FPS not silly RPG (role-playing-games).
I watched "saving private Ryne" last night again, shows how good people will act when placed in a completely alien situation with very high charged emotions. Not hard to become a murderer.

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Tortillas: the food of kings! :)

Of course, it would be also valuable to factor in how that consumed water returns to the system —because it will return eventually; I hardly imagine those 500 liters of water for every dollar-worth of tortillas would vanish from the face of the Earth forever.

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But in 2004 NASA turned the project over to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Defense Department's research and development arm. In 2006, the X-37 was put through captive-carry and drop tests using Mojave-based Scaled Composite LLC's White Knight, the jet that launched SpaceShipOne on the first private suborbital manned space flights.

Is Burt Rutan planning a black-ops future for Scaled Composites?

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OK, last comment of the day, I promise!

I consider myself to be shy to an almost pathological level. So I think I can attest to the fact that introverted people DO process the stimuli received from the world in a different way.

In my case, for example, I know I'm exceptionally gifted in focusing on small details of a painting or a photograph. Where's Waldo is not even fun to play for the likes of us. This trait has influenced heavily on my line of work, actually.

But on the other hand, I also notice that it's difficult for me to take a few steps back and appreciate "the whole picture". If I'm looking at a painting or a full-body sculpture, my eyes tend to go from the eyes of the subject to the face, and then slowly absorbing the details piece by piece. But not until that I can appreciate the piece of art 'holistically'.

So maybe that's one for the reasons we're shy: because we get overwhelmed by minutiae; and that hinders any attempt to have a 'Carpe Diem' attitude.

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