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  • Mar 13th, 2013 @ 8:37am

    TV Viewers Are Cord Cutting

    Twenty years ago, when 'The Player' came out, we all laughed at the Hollywood exec who said they could do without actors, directors and writers.

    Today, we call that "reality" TV, and, as has been said, it sucks balls.

    Now, in the wake of Newtown, we have a sudden glut of turgid slime about psychopathic serial killers.

    If it weren't for Netflix, I'd put my TV out of its misery.

  • Mar 9th, 2013 @ 7:20am

    Disruptive innovation

    "This is due to a variety of factors, focused around the fact that disruption [...] frequently comes out of left field -- from someone that people didn't even think was a 'competitor.'"

    What he said. My work on "quanta & consciousness" was the subject of sci-fi until Penrose came along and made it somewhat respectable.

    Fast-forward to June, 2011, when 'Nature' came out with an article on the "Physics of life: The dawn of quantum biology."

    Today, googling "quantum biology" fetches up to 40 million hits, including one to a pretty good scientific panel featuring a prominent figure in quantum computation.

    When asked about quantum theory and the mind, he replied with a superior smirk, saying that consciousness is the 'C' word. And that was that.

    I recalled that I'd first heard this quip 30 years ago from Gell-Mann, who also seemed to think that a joke serves in place of an argument. Remarkable in the chronicles of comedy, this little witticism seems to have lost none of its luster, notwithstanding decades of repetition.

    Happily, my own work was not restrained by convention, which is another way of saying I don't give a crap about what most people think -- if that is not too strong a word.