July 29th, 2003

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Hummers

Oh my, now this is a good idea: A Hummer satire site financed by the Sierra Club. Sheesh, I hate those things. Probabaly the genenal population doesn't see them that much but here in Atlanta, they are common, esp. when you've got some sort of event where there's "cruising" of trophy vehicles by (usually) black masses. Platinum hummers, gold Hummers, stretch limo Hummer, chromed-out Hummers... Just SO unnecessary.
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Reflection: Things Can't Get Much Better

I was just thinking about the book coming out and some other projects I've been on lately and it occured to me, you know things can't get much better when you're not only getting published but getting published (and edited!) by your favorite author. On top of that, I also have the privilege of being my fav author's editor on my fav book series (redo's of the original, mainly that's proofing, then the new books). These last couple of years have just been amazing, even fraught with stress and work overload as they've been.
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Busing

When I was in high school (I think junior and senior year) my school system started a program where parents had to pay for busing, out of pocket. I think at the time it was like $50 and my parents were very grumpy about it. Well, now it's $235 per kid! Maybe if my hometown hadn't decided we needed a town-wide sewage system and 3 more schools, they would have some money! No f'in wonder parents drive their kids to school, that is INSANE. I bet my parents would have made me bike (3-4 miles in a very hilly town) rather than pay.
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Rat neurons creating "art"

I think this experiment weird me out about as much as that "robot-controlled mouse" research and the one where researchers (at UMass) were growing human ear cartilage on mice backs.

Researchers Use Lab Cultures to Create Robotic ‘Semi-Living Artist’

Atlanta (July 8,2003)—Working from their university labs in two different corners of the world, U.S. and Australian researchers have created what they call a new class of creative beings, “the semi-living artist” – a picture-drawing robot in Perth, Australia whose movements are controlled by the brain signals of cultured rat cells in Atlanta...

(from the Ga. Tech web site)
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