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Seeing Aprils's fool tech updates led me to invent a new word: fictionality.
Its a functionality that vendor promises but cannot deliver.
The sad thing is that it happens not only on April 1st.

Why I love California

this http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/cityinsider/detail?entry_id=73657&tsp=1

A year after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's office apparently sent a coded veto message containing the f-bomb to San Francisco Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, the governor signed the latest version of the same bill last night -- and included another hidden message.

This one was much more politic.

A vertical read down the letters on the left margin of the governor's signing statement says: "You Are Welcome."

That's a far cry from last year, when a similar reading of the veto statement for the bill dealing with financing for the Port of San Francisco revealed the message: "F-- you."

after this: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/10/01/BAR61FN4GC.DTL&type=politics&tsp=1

Citing the need to reduce spending on prosecution and courts, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a measure that makes marijuana possession an infraction, on par with traffic and littering tickets.

The Republican governor's unexpected support for the measure comes one month before voters decide whether to legalize adult recreational use of marijuana in California.

"In this time of drastic budget cuts, prosecutors, defense attorneys, law enforcement and the courts cannot afford to expend limited resources prosecuting a crime that carries the same punishment as a traffic ticket," wrote Schwarzenegger

coincidence ?

How it all started

"Hoping to give Weigman a social network beyond the confines of his tiny bedroom, a friend had slipped him the number of a free party line known as Studio 55. The second Weigman called, a new world opened up to him. He heard voices. Some were talking to each other. Others piped in only occasionally, listening in as they watched TV or played video games. Weigman found he could decipher each and every ambient sound, no matter how soft or garbled. Many of the callers were social misfits and outcasts: ex-cons and bawdy chicks and unemployed guys with nothing better to do all day than talk shit to a bunch of complete strangers. People without a life. And that's when it hit Weigman: No one here could see each other. They were all just disembodied voices. "We're all blind right now," he announced to the group.

Weigman wasn't a freak anymore. But he was about to become a phreak."


examples of his work: http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2008/06/blind-teenage-h/

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"Ever find yourself sitting down at the computer just for a second to find out what other movie you saw that actress in, only to look up and realize the search has led to an hour of Googling? Thank dopamine. Our internal sense of time is believed to be controlled by the dopamine system. People with hyperactivity disorder have a shortage of dopamine in their brains, which a recent study suggests may be at the root of the problem. For them even small stretches of time seem to drag. An article by Nicholas Carr in the Atlantic last year, "Is Google Making Us Stupid?" speculates that our constant Internet scrolling is remodeling our brains to make it nearly impossible for us to give sustained attention to a long piece of writing. Like the lab rats, we keep hitting "enter" to get our next fix."


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"In The Cheating Culture, David Callahan illustrates that these ills of excessive competition and insecurity do not always end once one becomes established – by being awarded tenure or "partner" status – and therefore the "quarter-life crisis" may actually extend beyond young adulthood. Some measure of financial security – which usually requires occupational security – is necessary for psychological development. Some have theorized that insecurity in the "New Economy" will place many in a state of, effectively, perpetual adolescence, and that the rampant and competitive consumerism of the 1990s and 2000s indicates that this is already taking place."