Yesterday was a resonance. I rather doubt that the air temperature here in Greater Metropolitan Arab reached 70 degF; it was a multi-dimensional, most emotional, counterpoint to the long HOT, as in HAWT!, summer that we have suffered for our addiction to consumerism and pollution. Why this morning I was almost chilled while waiting for the staff at gym to arrive and allow access to the facility; so much for the modern technology of magnetic key-cards and 24/365.25 access. But at least the density of users was reduced, it not being MWF, and especially the density of educationalists and weight bouncers.
The podcasts this morning were science, or what passes for them from the mediaists, although I can stretch and rationalize that the Science (periodical) podcast isn’t really a journalistic product since it is so deeply embedded in nerdery, but the other pieces were. One, a special (?) for ‘The World" folks dealt with electronics and managed to mention not why this was being done – it being the first appearance of such in the feed. As might be expected from an actual journalistic instrumentality, and particularly this one, it was short on nerdery and long on democrat politics such as social justice and a return to the good ole days of feudalism. But what caught my attention span was a segment on a over-priced, flimsy web camera whose manufacturer’s marketing publicist was yammering about their product’s alleged sustainability with the statement that "the camera is made from organic materials rather than plastics."
This rather grabbed up my consciousness and after a bit of using the part of my brain blogged about yesterday, the part that has to do with reflection, I formulated some hypotheses. First, there seems to be a need, under certain circumstances, to have a bridging category between bog and geek that we might call ‘technobog’. Second, it seems that the word ‘organic’ may serve as a discriminant, a factor of identification as it were, between geeks and technobogs, on the one hand, and nerds on the other.
To the former, ‘organic’ indicates some biological product that is alleged to be grown without benefit of pesticides, ‘artificial’ fertilizers, and anti-microbicidals. To the latter, ‘organic’ is fairly congruent with its use in chemistry as any molecule that contains carbon – with a few exceptions – and often, but not always, has a biological origin. Notable exceptions seem to include, carbides, diamond, graphite, and, maybe, Fullerenes, although there is some indication of a biological source of some of these.
Perhaps I should give as an example that to geeks and technobogs, humans, almost without exception, are not ‘organic’ but to nerds they are.
So now whenever you hear some neuro-void bragging about the foodstuffs they purchased at their ‘organic’ supermarket you will know what they are and what the person off a bit who is trying, and perhaps failing, to keep from rolling on the floor with laughter is.
Last evening being Monday, FD SCP encouraged me to sit and watch the 1700-1800 news on the electromagnetic acousto-optical receiver with her. This included both the local – as in of Huntsville, for Huntsville, for Huntsville – news and the national news. I was also enjoined not to through anything at the screen, as a matter of familial economy, and not to roll in the floor over something read by one of the news readers that indicated that some humans really are descended from simians.
Anyway, a great deal was made of the educationalist conference on-going up Nawth. I was underwhelmed with everything except the depths of belief that such activity will have any positive effect on education in Amerika. Research, the latest piece I have seen is this [Link] from U Notre Dame, consistently indicates that our organizational addictions will preclude us doing anything more than prevarication to improve the education of our young. Simply put we have too much inertia in everything from how people have to live their lives in modern society to how shuls have to be run to make any worthwhile changes.
But we may rest assured that the matter will be something of continuing utility as a source of complaints and commentary.
And while we’re on stupid things that we aren’t going to quit doing, I note a study from U North Texas that indicates that using cellular telephones in moving automobiles causes 16K discorporations per annum in the Yankee republic. [Link] My first thought was that this effort had to be accurate since it was performed by some academics from a college no one more than 100 km away from it had ever heard of (unless they are a football opponent.) And my second was what difference did it make since we aren’t going to prevent folks from using cellular telephones in moving automobiles any more than we are going to make changes to effectively educate our young.
But it does occur that the two may be related. After all the same folks who use cellular telephones while motoring are the ones who were educated by the current educationalist system, aren’t they? No inferring cause-and-effect, but there may be a correlation. And ignorance is sometimes awfully hard to distinguish from stupidity.