18 June 2005
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting -
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.
17 June 2005
What the Future will Bring
- Tiny robots that cure diabetes.
- Reverse engineering of the human brain.
- Human-scale solutions of the world’s energy shortage.
- Drugs that are designed from first principles of biochemistry.
- Detailed control of gene expression will slow aging, prevent some cancers and avoid
- Direct interfaces between computers and the brain.
...You heard about it first
Kurzweil. At a recent commencement address, he told graduates,
knowledge is what will be most exciting in life. To create
knowledge you have to have passion, so find a challenge that you can be
passionate about and you can find the ideas to overcome that
16 June 2005
We never know how high we are
Till we are called to rise;
And then, if we are true to plan,
Our statures touch the skies.
- Emily Dickinson
When you get to the top of
the mountain, keep climbing.
- Zen proverb
15 June 2005
More and more I have come to
Not the simple resistance of a pillow, whose foam
returns over and over to the same shape, but the sinuous
tenacity of a tree: finding the light newly blocked on one side,
it turns in another. A blind intelligence, true.
But out of such persistence arose turtles, rivers,
mitochondria, figs--all this resinous, unretractable earth.
14 June 2005
Even though Japan is already
among the most frugal countries in the world, the government recently
introduced a national campaign, urging the Japanese to replace their older
appliances and buy hybrid vehicles, all part of a patriotic effort to save
energy and fight global warming. And big companies are jumping on the
bandwagon, counting on the moves to increase sales of their latest
On the Matsushita appliance
showroom floor these days, the numbers scream not the low, low yen prices
but the low, low kilowatt-hours.
refrigerator, which comes with a buzzer if the door stays open more than 30
seconds, boasts that it will use 160 kilowatt-hours a year, one-eight of
that needed by standard models a decade ago. An air conditioner
with a robotic dust filter cleaner proclaims it uses 884 kilowatt-hours,
less than half what decade-old ones consumed.
article based on New York Times Saturday
13 June 2005
"Creativity is allowing
yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep."