Monday, August 11, 2008

Couple of other random things...
One, a couple of people have emailed me links to the news that scientists are apparently closer than even to coming up with some sort of "invisibility cloak" material which would hide 3 dimensional objects by bending light around them. Steanso has already begun to think of dozens of applications for this "invisibility cloak", but unfortunately Steanso isn't in high school anymore, and the criminal penalties for a grown man sneaking into a women's locker room are probably a lot steeper nowadays than they used to be....
In all seriousness- wasn't there some sort of Socratic tale about invisibility and the notion that it just might tend to have a corrupting influence? I think that the government ought to keep a careful reign on this stuff and make sure that the only people allowed to use it are ninjas- class 5 and above.
What else? Well, of course, there are the Olympics. The Olympics are cool to watch, no doubt, but I just don't have much to say about them that hasn't already been said. The human drama of a sporting event that pits the nations of the world against each other every 4 years just can't be matched. Its just amazing to have the chance to repeatedly watch the defining moments of so many people's lives, played out on an international stage- the culmination of countless hours of excrutiatingly hard work. And I love it because it's really not all about the money. Win or lose, American professional athletes (NFL, NBA, NHL, etc.) can always go home and cry into their piles of cash. For many Olympic athletes, however, it's just about the game. Being the best and representing your country. It's very cool. Too bad all of these countries can't manage to coexist on the world stage the way they do at the Olympics- where rivalry and competitiveness are more important than anything other than the cooperative spirit which allows the games to exist at all.
Okay. The obligatory Olympic comment.
But it really is cool.
Hooray for our athletes, I say!


The League said...

The League's obligatory Olympics shout out: Walsh and May-Treanor

That is all.

Anonymous said...

The Pope's Olympic shoutout.
Swedish cyclist and silver medalist Emma Johansson.


NTT said...

Re: the invisible cloak

The Feds have it already reserved for Motoko Kusanagi of Section 9.