I’ve never been asked to spread a meme until Etanisla prodded me with these seven questions. What is a meme? In the context of the blogsphere, a meme usually refers to a preset question or set of questions that a number of blog authors answer. In the more scientific sense, a meme raises larger questions […]
Archives for March 2005
Neil Stephenson created a rich vision of a dysfunctional future in Snow Crash, but he really proves his mettle in Cryptonomicon. A departure from his earlier science fiction writing, Cryptonomicon is a historic fiction with several parallel storylines that eventually weave together in the present day. So is it worth the 1000+ pages?
Brazil’s Cidade de Deus, or City of God, is a housing project built in the 1960’s to provide subsistence housing for families that might otherwise be homeless. It grew to have a reputation as one of the most dangerous areas in Rio de Janeiro. Fernando Meirelles’ film by the same name explores the lives of […]
Seen at the Ontario International Airport, this sign made me to a double-take. It changes between “No Smoking” and a “No Bowling” message. At first I thought it was just the jet lag, but as the camera confirms, it was real. Why do I suddenly feel the urge to get a bowling ball and give […]