I’m currently sitting in San Francisco Coffee on Dekalb Ave. here in Atlanta, finishing up this TSoGS post, and reveling in the miracle that is good espresso. I just overheard the barista say,
“Sheepish. I love that word — sheepish.”
The gentleman she’s talking to just laughed and is shaking his head a little bit; not out of any kind of disbelief, but rather out of amusement.
“Because,” she just replied, “it’s the kind of word you use when you really want to impress someone with how embarrassed you are.”
My good friends, when it comes to this latest TSoGS post I am exactly the opposite of sheepish. Why I am positively unregenerate when it comes to what I want to share with you!
• The Cuban-Parisian sister duo of Ibeyi has infiltrated my brain and I cannot stop listening to their newest album. The album in its entirety was just released this week; I’ve been relegated to listening to just a few songs of theirs for a few weeks now. SO GOOD. Go get it — seriously. Click here.
• Nicholas Negroponte’s prediction of nanobots is fascinating. The idea that I could learn French merely because nanobots programmed with french language could go to my brain and deposit the information there is equal parts amazing and disturbing. If nanobots can “teach” humans things without any real effort on the part of the human utilizing them, would that mean respect of skill in something would disappear entirely? Would natural ability ever be good enough? Are these nanobots merely performance enhancements for the brain? Would there be a rise of “organic” or “biological” schools? I have all the questions! What do you think?
• Zack gave the book What If? to me for Christmas and I love it. If you love to read, are intrigued by scientific answers to impossible situations (e.g. “How fast can you hit a speed bump while driving and live?”), and are a fan of well drawn stick figures then click on the picture of me holding said book below and check it out.
• My friend, Carrie Hilgert, drew Myrtle the Ostrich a few weeks ago and Myrtle kicks ass. Please click on Myrtle’s picture to read more about her and, if you are so inclined you can get a t-shirt, too. Currently Carrie is only selling women’s sizes so if you’re a woman, or you know a woman, or you like to wear women’s clothing — you should get one. *UPDATE* Carrie has informed me that she is also selling unisex shirts. So now no one has any excuses because — are you unisex? Yes. Yes of course you are.
• I think that this TSoGS Think section is my favorite Think section I’ve ever wanted you to think about. It’s actually a two part article and I DEVOURED IT. Not literally. That would be hard. Maybe, one day, when Negroponte’s nanobots come along I could, theoretically, devour nanobots programmed with this article, and then they would get into my blood and then into my brain and BOOM I would know it. However, I encourage you to read the article now while you can still pat yourself on the back for being an organic and biological human being who can still read on your own thank you very much.
So what do you think, you guys? Do you have anything to add? Do you think any of this stuff isn’t good? No. No of course you don’t. Because that would mean you’re crazy and the rest of us would all be very sad for you. 😉
:: Your Good Stuff For Today and Always::
Listen: Ibeyi – “Ghosts”
Watch: Nicholas Negroponte: Nanobots in Your Brain Could Be the Future of Learning
Read: What if? By Randall Munroe
See: Carrie Hilgert – Myrtle the Ostrich
Think: The AI Revolution: The Road to Superintelligence By Tim Urban