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…
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:
Queen’s bodyguards issued with Taser stun guns: The Queen’s police bodyguards have been issued with controversial Taser stun guns to afford extra protection during her Diamond Jubilee walkabouts.
Kidding aside, I can’t imaging such a public figure whose security would be carrying less than a firearm and a less-than-lethal backup.