Tech of the Future

Corning’s video, “A Day Made of Glass”, may seem like science fiction, but when viewed alongside the other demo videos, it turns out to be an excitingly accurate prediction.

A lot of folks have seen Corning’s promotional video, “A Day Made of Glass”, but it’s worth watching again in light of the other videos included in this article by Huffington Post.

The reality is, Corning’s video may seem like science fiction, but when viewed alongside the demo videos, we can quickly see that it’s not.. it’s just an excitingly accurate prediction.

Hate crimes, arson, and words that aren’t worth reclaiming.

LGBT individuals compose 26% of the nation’s arson victims; for a group that composes less than 10% of the population, 26% is an astronomically significant bias.

Burning to death is pretty low on the list of ways I’d like to die. It might rank above some of the more terrible diseases, but I’d rather freeze, drown, get hit by a car, be shot, fall or bleed out – given the choice. Unfortunately, burning to death is likely one of the deaths for which I’m at higher risk.

As it turns out, LGBT individuals compose 26% of the nation’s arson victims – something that won’t have surprised you if you keep an eye on LGBT news. At least three gay men have been victims of arson in the last two weeks. For a group that composes less than 10% of the population, 26% is an astronomically significant bias.

The burned arm of Burke Burnett, from Reno, Texas.
The burned arm of Burke Burnett, from Reno, Texas.

In his article for Huffington Posts’ Gay Voices section, Phillip M. Miner postulates an explanation:

The derogatory language used against gay men is steeped in flames: flamboyant, flaming, flamer, fag, faggot. All common. All involve combustion.. ..Many criminologists believe that hatred is the most common motive for arson. Hate makes sense. It fits with another common characteristic of LGBT homicide: overkill..

Some elements of the gay community have tried to reclaim the word “fag”. As someone who has had instruction in etymology, that idea never even occurred to me until I saw it in action. To me, the words “fag” and “faggot” are not just a statement of distaste or disgust – they are a veiled threat.

Next time you use or hear the word “fag,” remember that it’s not a derogatory term – it is a statement that something or someone deserves to burn. By using the word, you’re contributing to the chance that someday, some asshole is going to light a gay man on fire. By letting people get by with using it, you are tacitly approving of threats to burn someone like me. I hope that’s not something you are comfortable doing.

From bombs and bullets to bracelets and bangles.

Erik Spalding And Cole Evans of Bullets2Bandages.
These two hotties, Erik Spalding And Cole Evans, are being spotlighted over on HuffPo’s Small Business Success Stories section today. They’re veterans that went from firing guns and defusing bombs to making jewelry from bullets. Click on the cuties above to read the full article, or visit their website to check out the merchandise (no, not that merchandise).

Today, Puerto Rico. Tomorrow, Texas.

I think you can be sure that the full scope of the Deep Horizon crisis hasn’t yet penetrated the American consciousness. This could be a environmental and economic disaster that makes Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath look pedestrian.

While the Times Square car bomb momentarily shifted focus from the ongoing crisis in the Gulf, I think you can be sure that the full scope of the Deep Horizon crisis hasn’t yet penetrated the American consciousness.

AP Photo of Deep Horizon spill, by Patrick Semansky.
AP Photo of Deep Horizon spill, by Patrick Semansky. Click through for more.

This morning, many news sites are comparing the surface area of the spill to the island of Puerto Rico. It’s been what, 15 days since the spill started? The spill will eclipse the Exxon Valdez spill by this time next week, for sheer volume. My sources say it could be another 30 days before BP manages to stem the flow, if they can at all. Ken Salazar’s worst case scenario is a relief well that’s 90 days out.

Tourism to the Gulf is drying up. The Gulf fishing industry is already severely impacted, because they can’t fish in oily water, and the oil’s effects on fish populations are impossible to measure or predict. The same is true of the Gulf oyster industry, and now they’re saying that the oil could escape the Gulf and travel up the East Coast. This could be a environmental and economic disaster that makes Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath look pedestrian.

My friends are constantly nagging me about buying a car. Right now, I’m confident that staying a mass transit commuter is the most responsible thing I’ve done in years.