Published at Technorati
British astrophysicist Stephen Hawking’s recent statement that extraterrestrials “might exist in massive ships, having used up all the resources from their home planet” has mainstream media reporters clutching their pearls. The Christian Science Monitor ran a photo of the sitcom alien puppet Alf with its article about Hawking’s comments and, two paragraphs into the article, quoted SETI scientist Seth Shostak’s oft-heard assurance that there’s nothing to get excited about.
There’s a coffee bar franchise based in Greenville called Liquid Highway. It serves good coffee and its bran muffins are huge. It’s tastefully decorated, conveniently located, comfortably furnished and wired. The staff is courteous and efficient. It’s everything I like in a coffee bar. The ambient music, however … I dunno. Christian rock. “You are my god,” some guy was singing this morning. Over and over. While I was drinking my coffee. And eating my muffin. And feeling ever-so-slightly unclean.