April 19, 1999

CKL's HotSheet *

What Non-Aardvarks are Pondering This Week...

by Curtis C. Chen

01 Simply Porn. Hey, I love my PalmPilot as much as the next male consumer between 18 and 49 years of age, but sometimes you just gotta laugh at the unadulterated silliness of corporate marketing.

02 nanowires. Can we use our own DNA as a semiconductor? ("Would you launch an ICBM horizontally?" "Sure, but why would you want to?")

03 Target: Hitler! Massachusetts gun nuts^H^H^H^Henthusiasts want to shoot at people-shaped targets, but The Man won't let them. Wah.

04 "The Final Chapter" of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine has begun. Whether you like it or not, it's all going to end in a few weeks. Except for the reruns.

05 Dogma, the controversial new movie by Kevin Smith (of Clerks/Mallrats/Chasing Amy fame), has been acquired for independent distribution because the family-friendly Disney Company wouldn't touch it with a ten-foot crucifix. But don't take my word for it...

06 my birthday is less than six months away. What do you mean, it's too early for gift ideas?

07 pre-millennial confusion. A survey conducted in Taiwan indicates that much of the island nation's populace believes "Y2K" is a brand of cosmetics. And that "Lewinsky" is the name of an important U.S. government official.

08 comic books. Still wondering what The Matrix is?

09 VXML. When Forbes talks up technology that doesn't even exist yet, I get nervous. Don't you?

10 HDTV. You can get digital television on your PC for under $300! ("Sure, but why would you want to?")

11 Pirates of Silicon Valley airs this summer on TNT, starring Noah Wyle as Steve Jobs and Anthony Michael Hall as Bill Gates. No, I'm not making this up!

12 Star Trek episode or Christian heavy metal band? Take this quiz and see how much you really know about fringe culture.

13 David Brin will be at NaSFiC'99. If you run into him, you might pick one of these topics to start a conversation.

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15 Instant Messaging is much cooler than chat -- when it works, anyway.




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