March 3, 2003
You know, moods are really arbitrary. I have no idea why sometimes I feel confident and happy and othertimes feel anxious and concerned; or rather, usually I can pinpoint something or other causing that mood, but it's such a tiny corner of the overall picture of my life that it's not logical that it should swing my entire mood. I think that people's reasons for distrusting stuff like Prozac aren't entirely well founded; we assume that we're emotionally rational beings, with our mood the most reasonable mood based on a level-headed analysis of the current circumstances. (On the other hand, I don't think people should take messing with their brain chemistry lightly either.)
Music of the Moment
This has been kind of making the rounds...Johnny Cash covered the Nine Inch Nail's piece hurt, and you can see the video online. Moving stuff...a little heavy handed at some points, but good. Slate has an article with some analysis, talking about how the video uses kitsch as a metaphor for end-of-life regrets.
Editorial of the Moment
Slashdot posted a link to a long but highly readable and informative Overview of the Near Future of the Tech Industry. Everything is presented in terms of the "small business manager", but I think there's a lot here for my fellow techies. Some parts stretch credulity, like about Microsoft using .NET databses replace traditional filesystems, and the slashdot crowd rips into stuff like that, but still.
Geekery of the Moment
Meet the biggest stud at MIT, who wired up an old-school telephone handset as the (not-so) "handsfree" plug in for his cellphone. The Dungeons and Dragons die in the photo was a nice touch.