illustration by Ann Hess
Silicon Valley is stuck in an old mind-set, and the women they say the want, the ones smart enough for a career in hi-tech, are smart enough to know it.
I don’t know which is worse, fracking or data-mining. They’re both about the same thing – penetration. Only with fracking, it’s the earth that’s being penetrated, with data mining, it’s me.
Witness the lion tamer I read about in the National Enquirer who was mauled by his lion. It turns out he’d learned lion-taming through a correspondence course.
The I Ching Online had declared that the surgery would be miraculous because I was miraculous. In fact – well not in fact but In Ching – I am the transcendent spirit of the age.
The Oracle is known for her delusional optimism, but even she was hard put to find a pony in this week’s manure.
Cut to the second thing every romantic comedy needs, the montage: Earth and Man riding a carousel; gazing into a fire; taking long walks on the beach – oh, wait, the earth is the beach.
That’s the worst part of being an Oracle – being scooped by actual scientists.
Rick Warren and the Middle Class vanished at the same time. Without a middle class there’s no one to embrace his middle class values. Brand Jesus doesn’t sell in a Broke America.
Scientists have to prove their Big Ideas. They have to run experiments and submit the results of those experiments to peer review. Not so Oracles.