Monday, March 31, 2008

Bright Eyes

Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs
since the payment is pure love.

Mildred Vermont

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

I've Been Busy...

...with the most beautiful little girl in the world.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

1984 Is Here

By Chris Albrecht

If you have some tinfoil handy, now might be a good time to fashion a hat. At the Digital Living Room conference today, Gerard Kunkel, Comcast’s senior VP of user experience, told me the cable company is experimenting with different camera technologies built into devices so it can know who’s in your living room.

The idea being that if you turn on your cable box, it recognizes you and pulls up shows already in your profile or makes recommendations. If parents are watching TV with their children, for example, parental controls could appear to block certain content from appearing on the screen. Kunkel also said this type of monitoring is the “holy grail” because it could help serve up specifically tailored ads. Yikes.

Kunkel said the system wouldn’t be based on facial recognition, so there wouldn’t be a picture of you on file (we hope). Instead, it would distinguish between different members of your household by recognizing body forms. He stressed that the system is still in the experimental phase, that there hasn’t been consumer testing, and that any rollout “must add value” to the viewing experience beyond serving ads.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

A Must Read

Although written in the 1970's, much of the criticism leveled at the medical profession remains relevant today.

Comparing modern medicine to a church, Dr. Mendelsohn -- a physician with 30 years experience -- confesses his heresy. After 30 years of witnessing the harms the Church of Modern Medicine has inflicted on the faithful, he no longer has faith.

The truisms of this book are most evident in those who profess to be atheists, yet devotedly follow the admonitions of the High Priests of Modern Medicine with unflinching faith. All people have religion. It just seems that in America today, they have replaced the priest in a black frock with a doctor in a white coat. Same difference, except that the doctor probably costs more.