is there no truth in beauty?

September 13, 2004
Ramble of the Moment
So I really love my GPS navigator thing for my car. And while its route plotting and tracking function is its most crucial and useful routine, it occured to me that somehow it's cooler when it's just displaying my position on a map, just sitting there silently doing its thing, mellowly printing the name of the cross streets.

Similarly, whenever I see a vending machine where some of the slots are empty, I'm always tempted to put in some money and punch the code for the empty slot, watching the little spiral thing turn, just an odd bit of vending machine performance art.

I'm trying to think of other examples of the beauty of zen-like mechanical uselessness...

Conspiracy Theory of the Moment
WTC 7 was a 47 story building near the twin towsers that collapsed, supposedly because of debris from the towsers and some internal fires (maybe some fuel had been stored there.) Some people says that seems unlikely, and that when FDNY said they were going to "pull it" they meant demolish it, not just withdraw their men. On the other hand, planting explosives would've been a kind of tough job that day. So what the hell went on?

Article of the Moment
Slate had a well-written piece about the use of printed gaming guides and online FAQs called Turn Left At The Zombie.

Pathetic Fishing for Comments of the Moment
Is anybody out there? I can hear you breathing...

Seriously, how was your weekend? I think I'll always breathe a sigh of relief whenever a September 11th passes without incident.