Wednesday, October 18, 2006
I woke up in a different universe today--at least I think I am in a parallel universe. Where else would we see "reputable" news sources writing about this:
- Bush Sets Defense As Space Priority
President Bush has signed a new National Space Policy that rejects future arms-control agreements that might limit U.S. flexibility in space and asserts a right to deny access to space to anyone "hostile to U.S. interests."
This brings an interesting question: who owns space?
- School bans tag, other chase games
Officials at an elementary school south of Boston have banned kids from playing tag, touch football and any other unsupervised chase game during recess for fear they'll get hurt and hold the school liable.
Really? Tag? Where do you draw the line? Not letting kids go up stairs because they can fall down? I certainly don't want to go to school and carry my son up/down stairs every time he needs to go to the washroom.
Let me tell you, in the real universe where I came from, these games were fun and taught kids a thing or two about life. For example, if you were the tag every time, it meant that you were too slow and needed to learn to run faster.
As a parent, I can assure you that the love for a child goes beyond the love for, say, a cool new laptop (my son can't compile Java code into bytecode, yet I dig the little dude more than my X60s
). Needless to say that our kids' happiness is priority number one, however, I would certainly prefer for my son to fall down and scrape his knee while playing tag than growing up in a friction-free world. There is always a risk to everything we do. Even getting out of bed is of full danger, yet we seem to be able to do it (almost every day) and make the world go round.
I bet you the guys claiming ownership of space in the first article played tag :) I'm not in a position to say this "ownership" of imaginary 3 dimensional co-ordinates is a good thing or not--after all, I am just visiting from the real universe and I'm sure some of you have a few things to say about this "appropiation."
We'll see which verse I wake up in tomorrow.
I wonder what the headlines will be: "Mark Cuban calls google on the phone and yelled 'MORON' then hung up." "Jon Stewart for president." "Pets.com makes a profit delivering 60 pound bags of cat litter, worth $5 each, at a cost of $50."