Pat Gunn (dachte) wrote,
Pat Gunn

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Future Perfect

It's amazing how many advances we're making with wiring things into the human nervous system. Recently, a (formerly?) disabled man was given the ability to walk again thanks to spinal implants; the treatment happening at the same centre treating Gabrielle Giffords. It's sad that great advances in bioengineering don't receive much press, because they're just as exciting. Perhaps these kinds of advances make people nervous.

I now hopefully (paperwork is still underway) have an apartment in the PHL suburb of Haverford. The apartment's very nice; it is a return to living-in-a-larger-building, and the rent is higher than I'd like, but there are hardwood floors, there's adequate room, it's in a nice area, I was able to do a shorter-commitment lease, and they're pet-friendly. Now I just need to get a job.

Last night I went to a graduation party for someone I consider to be a cousin, not by blood or marriage but by long family ties; as I understand it, when my mother was pregnant with me in Dallas Texas so many years ago, she met two other women in the maternity unit. Ever since, the three families have seen each other about once a year (often more). They're family-by-choice/convention. I wouldn't be surprised if the family-bloodlines relation has often been non-isomorphic throughout history.

I was recently surprised to read that Amazon now sells more electronic books (Kindle) than paper ones. Maybe I shouldn't be surprised; not long ago I got a Kindle and it's become such a regular part of my life that I'd feel a tangible loss were it to disappear, yet it's also not a flashy device. My mother got one slightly before I did and it quietly became an important part of her life too. I think it's a mark of success of a technology when devices built around it slide invisibly and helpfully into a life. It's exciting when technologies change the way we relate to information.

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