Last Wednesday, the finalists for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature were announced, and instead of the usual list of five, there was a list of six. There had been a “mistake,” which pretty clearly involved naming the wrong book and then adding the one the judges had intended, for a total of six. (via A Disappointed Author, A Misheard Word, And A Mess At The National Book Awards : Monkey See)
Your car may soon be able to warn you if your blood sugar dips, alert you to high pollen counts, and remind you to take your medication. Ford demonstrated the new in-car technology—currently a research project—this week at the Wireless Health 2011 conference in La Jolla, California.
Many car manufacturers are now focusing on connecting their cars to everything. The question is if the car isn’t the wrong thing to connect everything to. At Volvo Cars 10+ years ago we were pretty convinced that personal mobile devices would take that niche so the car would provide the most value if it - if needed - became a seamless supporting infrastructure for all the personal devices. I still think we were right…
Maybe it’s my kink showing, but I’ve got a thing for those ziptie handcuffs that the police have been using throughout the occupation protests.
I’m fascinated by them, not just as objects, but as their potential to be a symbol. They are ‘single use only’ instruments of oppression — cheap, wasteful, and violent — and of course, they come in pink.
In a disposable plastic society, a pair of ziptie handcuffs couldn’t be a more fitting representation of the banality of evil, and if it were up to me, the wide-eyed shape of those loops of nylon would become an appropriated logo for everyone who’s fed up with living in a police state.
“Going to Times Square was a brilliant idea. All the images of stupid MSM shit and tawdry ads against regular people with heart-wrenching signs.” - Josh Harkinson