August 5, 2007

1000 Airplanes on the Roof

We're bizzy drones in San Francisco, though some like SNAFU want to limit willy-nilly building of antennas emitting radiofrequency (RF) radiation. Gavin Newson, Karl Rove's hero of the single issue 2004 election, wants to skip environmental reviews to build a sweetheart-deal wireless network instead of expanding the municipal installed base of fiber to compete with other countries (eg Korea) in internet speeds.

Phillip Glass has a sample of his sci-fi musical drama 1000 Airplanes on the Roof at his website. Wikipedia has a pertinent summary: 'The main character named "M" recalls encounters with extra-terrestrial life forms, including their message, "It is better to forget, it is pointless to remember. No one will believe you. You will have spoken a heresy. You will be outcast."'

But it's better to remember, and technology assessment is not heresy.

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