Neuron Network Goes Awry, and Brain Becomes an IPod: “Doctors are finally studying the mysterious phenomenon of musical hallucinations.” (New York Times via abby)
Kenneth Rexroth’s late ’60’s essay was written at the height of the counterculture and, looking back at its sources and development, unearths the truly radical elements that were lost with the drama, conspicuousness, superficiality and co-optation.
The simple answer is that they both are. The apparent discrepancy arises from our difficulty seeing that racial differences are points on a continuum rather than categorical distinctions. Recalling Gregory Bateson‘s famous comment about information being a difference that makes a difference, it seems clear that there may be greater drug metabolism variations within classes than between them, in fact, and I doubt Sally Satel is basing her dosing decisions for Prozac or anything else as strictly on a racial profiling basis as the example would tend to suggest.
Tourists visiting Disney theme parks in Central Florida must now provide their index and middle fingers to be scanned before entering the front gates. The scans were formerly for season pass holders but now everyone must provide their fingers, Local 6 News reported. They have reportedly been phased in for all ticket holders during the past six months, according to a report.
Disney officials said the scans help keep track of who is using legitimate tickets, Local 6 News reported. …Disney officials said the finger scans do not take an actual fingerprint. The scan recognizes certain points and outlines visitor’s fingers, officials said. Critics of the new scanning technology do not agree with Disney and said the scans border on a violation of privacy.
I think it’s a step in the wrong direction,’ Civil Liberties Union spokesman George Crossley said. ‘I think it is a step toward collection of personal information on people regardless of what Disney says.’ Crossley said they will be looking into the scans.”
If you should care to write to Disney World’s management and say, oh, for instance, that you will never take your family to a Disney attraction as long as the finger scanning requirement is in place, you would click here, by the way.
This is a set of 23 rules a waiter says the customers should always live by around settling up for the great meal they have just had. This waiter begins to sound a little like a dominatrix as you read, but as one commenter said if you want to eat anywhere a second time, don’t ignore the rules. As a frequent diner out and (in a past life, and only briefly) a waiter, many of these are common sense, but there are some surprises. For example,
I have often become impatient waiting for the check, feeling both cynically that the investment in rapid pleasing service ends once you’ve had your meal and somehow feeling it is impolite to show my impatience by summoning them over. If I do, I am often apologetic about being in a rush. I guess I can jettison the guilt!