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Teach your children to question everything!  Oh, wait - they already go through that phase.  Keep them stunted in the Terrible Twos when they're asking "WHY?" about everything!
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The title strikes me as a bit combative - "sexist" is usually used in the sense of consciously or unconsciously intentional action, which I seriously doubt is the case here.  I think +danah boyd has found something that needs to be investigated further, and will greatly help the next generation of VR mavens - but I think calling it "sexist" is mistaken.

I wonder if this effect is seen in #GoogleGlass users, as well?

http://qz.com/192874/is-the-oculus-rift-designed-to-be-sexist/
In the fall of 1997, my university built a CAVE (Cave Automatic Virtual Environment) to help scientists, artists, and archeologists embrace 3D immersion to advance the state of those fields. Ecstatic at seeing a real-life instantiation of the Metaverse, the virtual world imagined in Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash, I donned a set of goggles and...
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Found on list of unbelievable but true facts - just not sure whether to be happy or sad about it:

"There are more public libraries than McDonald’s in the U.S."

After all, there's more public libraries, but... look at how much respect a library gets than a McDonald's, vs. how much funding each gets.
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but how many mcdonalds patrons can read more than the overhead menu?
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Yeah - barely!  Fortunately, we did not get the forecasted extra rain/sleet/snow mix, so this morning was just a case of waiting for it to get above 32F (which it did, unlike yesterday).  I really should have gotten a couple of pics of the Sun shining through the icicles, but... it was STILL cold out there, even if it was over 32F!
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OK - mpoints is just f'ing with me. The $5 Amazon gift card is 12,500 pts. The $1 card is 2,000 pts. The $2 card is 5,000 pts the $10 card is 25,000 pts. One of these cards is not like the others. Do I really care if I buy 12 $1 cards or 1 $10 card? Hummmmm. Mood: AMUSED
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So what the fuck are you trying to say?

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I can't post in the original thread, but I did want to say...

While I understand where the authors are coming from, but when you publish a novel that is majorly unresolved, especially when you publish it as "First In The SuperSaga Trilogy", you makes something of a promise that you're going to do your best to get it out in a reasonable time, not drag it out for decade or more - Jean Auel, I'm looking at YOU.  So, yeah, there's a tension there - hopefully, a tension that drives artistic energies to flow.
 
Neil Gaiman's defence of GRR Martin:
I guess most of you probably read this a long time ago already - after all, it was published in 2009 - but I've just read it for the first time and it really resonated.

I've heard this kind of thing so many times - mostly from writers, actually.  "You are a professional, a business producing a product. You must do what the customer wants."

But I agree with Neil Gaiman.  I don't think it's self indulgent, or "arty" , or unprofessional, to write according to your own schedule.  As he says:

" People are not machines. Writers and artists aren't machines. You're complaining about George doing other things than writing the books you want to read as if your buying the first book in the series was a contract with him: that you would pay over your ten dollars, and George for his part would spend every waking hour until the series was done, writing the rest of the books for you.

No such contract existed. You were paying your ten dollars for the book you were reading, and I assume that you enjoyed it because you want to know what happens next."   

Yes - being able to produce the next book asap is the best thing to do from the publishing, business point of view.  But you are not an employee.  You've not signed your life away to your audience. You're a writer, and you must do whatever you need to do to write the best book possible.  
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To be fair, many of them are trilogies of trilogies, and the like.  And only Piers Anthony can go so far as a trilogy of trilogies of trilogies, I think...
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You know, if nothing else, perspective is everything, and the Space Program has provided plenty.  Next time you're sitting somewhere, worried about how long it's taking, place yourself in another perspective:

You're sitting on a million pounds of liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen - enough to do a very very good simulation of a nuclear bomb.  You've got another 6 hours or so to wait.  You're thinking of everything that might go wrong, and you're very well educated on this roman candle you're going to be riding into space, so it's a very long list.  Worst is the absolute knowledge that the last time someone did this, one of those things DID go wrong.  And you're just waiting...

While the Crew of the Challenger were heroes of one sort, I don't think we give nearly enough credit for heroism to the Crew of the Discovery that followed them.

Waiting for HR to un-screw up your paperwork?  Waiting at the red light?  Waiting for your doctor's appointment?  Just think of what you could be waiting for.
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I am here.
I am not here.
The duality of my existence
Means the waves of my life
Will be experienced
With interference.
               - Quantum, by Tara Li
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In 1950, Author Robert A. #Heinlein wrote a series of predictions.  Later, in 1965, he updated them, and then in 1980, in the book Expanded Universe, he updated them once more.  In the 1965 update to his 1950 prediction regarding the effects of contraception, he had this point to make:

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The most difficult speculation for a science fiction writer to undertake is to imagine correctly the secondary implications of a new factor. Many people correctly anticipated the coming of the horseless carriage; some were bold enough to predict that everyone would use them and the horse would virtually disappear. But I know of no writer, fiction or nonfiction, who saw ahead of time the vast change in the courting and mating habits of Americans which would result primarily from the automobile—a change which the diaphragm and the oral contraceptive merely confirmed. So far as I know, no one even dreamed of the change in sex habits the automobile would set off.

There is some new gadget in existence today which will prove to be equally revolutionary in some other way equally unexpected. You and I both know of this gadget, by name and by function—but we don't know which one it is nor what its unexpected effect will be. This is why science fiction is not prophecy—and why fictional speculation can be so much fun both to read and to write.

1980 (No, I still don't know what that revolutionary gadget is—unless it is the computer chip.)

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The 1980 point is telling - as he was absolutely right about it.  33 years later, the computer chip, and its descendents that have created the Internet - has changed EVERYTHING in so very many many ways - ways that like as not, those who invented the chip in the first place might well not have approved of.
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It's coming folks, and the genie is completely out of the bottle - we need to adjust, not try to litigate it out of existence.  Because the versions in 5-10 years will be completely indistinguishable from regular glasses...
 
Driving with Glass

It has been an interesting few weeks with +Google Glass and something that I continually run into is people suggesting that driving with Glass is dangerous and should be or will be illegal.

I'm just speculating here, but I am assuming that the people who truly feel this way make up a group of people that have ZERO experience with Glass.  Sure they have read about it, seen video reviews, and certainly have heard #stephanopolous  and his opinion on the subject . . . .he was doing it wrong btw ;)

Within this group of people who think Glass is dangerous behind the wheel, I am sure that a few have "some" experience with Glass i.e. getting a demo from an actual Glass Explorer.

Regardless of ZERO experience or just a day with this wearable tech, when you say Glass is dangerous behind the wheel . . . you are wrong.  Plain and simple.

Almost every car going down the road now a days has a GPS unit mounted to the windshield by the rearview mirror and a SiriusXM radio unit attached somewhere.  The newer vehicles have touchscreen radio screens upwards of 10 inches and have become more useful and more complicated at the same time.

I would argue that your current radio, gps, hands-free cell phone, XM setup is FAR MORE DANGEROUS than Glass.  Why you ask?

The answer is simple.  With Glass, you never take your eyes off the road.  Your focus is straight ahead.  If I want to use Glass I have two options.  I can tilt my head back 30 degrees while keeping my eyes on the road or I can just tap the side of glass.  Either way it is activated and I utter the command "OK Glass."

From here, and experienced Glass user has his or her commands memorized thanks to familiarity with the device.  OK Glass, Take a Picture.  OK Glass, Give me directions to.  OK Glass, make a call to.  OK Glass, send a message to.  All these things without ever taking your eyes off the road.

Sure, I could do a google search and use the built in web browser to navigate a web page, but I would never do that!!  Just like I would never read a news paper while going down the road . . . BUT there are plenty of idiots out there who would do both.  In the 18 years I've been driving, I can't believe the amount of times I have seen stupid people reading a magazine, opening mail, applying makeup, shaving, even changing their clothes all while doing 70 mph+ on the interstate.

There is no fix for stupid and we shouldn't need a law to tell drivers not to do the goofy things mentioned above.  Glass does not distract a driver.  I can receive and respond to information via Glass in just a glance, all while keeping my eyes straight ahead and on the road.

Let's talk texting and driving.  A big no no right?  Absolutely.  Many of you know that I am a car dealer by trade.  I just took a trip to visit family in the 2014 Buick Enclave with GM's new Intellilink radio.  This radio seamlessly connects to your smartphone and boasts the ability to make calls and text via voice commands and the touchscreen portion of the radio.

When a text message comes in, the vehicle chimes and a window pops up on the radio screen.  You can close it or click play to have it read to you.  No biggie for safety.  Just a quick glance down and then your eyes are back on the road.  Safety becomes an issue when you choose reply.  A list pops up of generic responses:  yes, no, I'm stuck in traffic, where are you, that's funny, see you in 10 min, etc.  You have to browse to the one you want, click it, and then send.  It takes roughly 2-3 seconds to do this.  Even longer if you want to initiate a text from scratch.

Here's the problem.  I highly doubt any cop is going to bust anyone for "using their radio" and no law enforcement agent is going to actually know you were texting from your dash.  Regardless, this is just as bad as texting from your phone, but less enforceable, and equally dangerous.

Glass is totally different, and for me, a solution to distracted driving.  A text comes in and I nod my head up keeping my eyes on the road.  Then I say the  simple command of "OK Glass" read aloud.  Then I say "OK Glass" reply and dictate my response.  Someone tell me how this is distracted driving?

Even taking a picture while driving is safe.  The camera is mounted to the side of Glass.  It is aimed wherever your nose is pointed to.  You either press the camera button on the top of Glass or usher the command "OK Glass, Take a Picture."  Either way, you can choose to follow up with "OK Glass, Share with, Google+ Public and away it goes.  Heck, half the time I also say Add a caption, and add one before sending.  All without EVER taking my eyes off the road.

I'm curious to hear what you have to say on the subject.  You made it this far reading what I had to say, I'd like to hear form you as well.  Fire away!
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Designed properly, yes.  Designed poorly, they distract.  Plus, there's the element of training.  With image recognition, a full-windshield HUD could highlight things like deer on the side of the road that might leap out into the path of the car (I'm just WAITING to see how a GoogleCar handles a deer coming in through the windshield!), mile markers and other signage, and a range of other details.  But, at the same time, lights blinking on and off all over the windshield could overload the discrimination circuits in the retina, making it difficult to stay safe.  So, we're having to learn - too often, the hard way.
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