Youth Then and Now

I was introduced to the blog that the post below is from via another read-worthy post on the Art of Manliness:

Youth Then and Now:


This cartoon (thanks to http://citizensforsafetechnology.org), which has been knocking around the Internet for a few months, is good enough to show again here.

Entering an office today full of Millennial knowledge workers (say, a law firm or investment firm) is a curiously subdued experience.  Not a lot of talking, folding, walking, singing, stapling, photocopying… or even moving.  Everyone is intensely focused, busily attending to many tasks, and (usually) communicating with others, often with many others at the same time.  But it’s all done with a screen, keyboard, and headphones.  To the outside observor, there seems to be almost nothing going on.
I am reminded of the climactic scene in Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End (1953), when Jan (the last real “human”) returns to earth and finds all of the earth’s children, in the hundreds of millions, lying motionless on one continent, not even opening their eyes.  But they are communicating through telepathy, and soon they begin to move and reconfigure the planets through telekenesis.  As I recall, Jan stays to witness the transformation of the rising generation into pure mind (this is where it gets real Boomer!), which finally happens in a Stanley Kubrick-style flash of pure energy that destroys the entire solar system.
Thankfully, most Millennials are as yet engaged in more prosaic activities: emailing their boss, IMing their friend, checking out a YouTube video, airbrushing something out of their Facebook wall…

Can’t fly a dead cat without hitting one

The flying cat below is a great example of why taxidermy will never go out of style:

Fur Flying: Dutch Artist Shocks with Dead Cat Helicopter:
Orville, a tabby cat killed by a car, has been converted into a remote-controlled model helicopter capable of flying at considerable speed. The latest work by Dutch artist Bart Jansen is provoking both amusement and shock in Internet forums. Jansen now plans to fit more powerful engines to Orville’s paws.

I did’t notice if the artist integrated a cat screech synthesizer in this one, but maybe he can in Orville 3.0 (he has up to Orville 9.0 to get it right, doesn’t he?).

Seeing this reminded me of an armadillo I saw on the side of the road at Camp Shelby one year. It looked something like this:

And the armadillo reminded me of the squirrel dioramas  in Dinner for Schmucks, which led me to these great squirrels: