Said of world record sprinter Dan Davis (USA), in The Animatrix:
"Only the most exceptional people become aware of the Matrix. Those that learn it exists possess a rare degree of intuition, sensitivity, and a questioning nature. However, very rarely, some gain this wisdom through wholly different means.
"This man is one of those few."
Further notes on my attempts to extend Benjamin:
Production: camera takes live performance and compresses or flattens it into a 2-D space. Consumption: performance is consumed via the 2-D surface of the screen.
Production: motion capture technologies take live performance and store it in 3-D space. Consumption: currently consumed as a 3-D experience via the 2-D screen, but only because commercially viable 3-D output devices do not exist yet.
Two weird things that came out of tonight's Yankees-Sox Game 6:
1. They played the end of the game with cops in riot gear on the field, because the New York fans were getting unruly.
2. I got a referral to sportsBabel from a Google search for "curt schilling convert to christianity".
Notes from last night's Monday Night Football tilt between St. Louis and Tampa Bay:
I don't really have any thoughts on the game last night, 'cause I thought it was pretty boring. Instead, I thought I would highlight the evolution of Madden Football over the past decade and a half. Where is it going in the next fifteen years?
From William Gibson's blog:
In the summer of 2002, after I had written an article in Esquire that the White House didn't like about Bush's former communications director, Karen Hughes, I had a meeting with a senior adviser to Bush. He expressed the White House's displeasure, and then he told me something that at the time I didn't fully comprehend — but which I now believe gets to the very heart of the Bush presidency.
The aide said that guys like me were 'in what we call the reality-based community,' which he defined as people who 'believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.' I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. 'That's not the way the world really works anymore,' he continued. 'We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality — judiciously, as you will — we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.'
– Ron Suskind, "Without a Doubt", New York Times Magazine