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At the moment I am re-reading the
wonderful book Mr, Wilsons cabinet of
Wonders, Laurence Weschlers account of
the Museum of Jurassic Technology in
Angeles. I can heartily recommend it to
of you. (Amazon link below)
However, my reading pleasure is greatly
compromised by my
iBook on AirPort,
sitting next to me, beaconing me to
items, persons and facts.
The duration of the wonderful feeling of
not knowing whether something is real
not, this magical existential limbo, is cut
short by Googles ruthless efficiency. (So
called) reality on tap, kills magic,
On the web, even more that in real-
reality is a thing of putty. Who doesn't
a good crackpot theory or conspiracy
theory. Being able to determine whether
something is real is intrisically valuable,
only from a anti-crime or political
standpoint. But when this ability to
crosscheck deminishes benign pseudo-
reality, like art or literature it is not good.
I would like to extend Google to include
fake links to fake websites, spoofs and
fake stuff from cinematography,
and art submitted by anyone with an
These links would be classified as such in
the database, so as not to contaminate
Google users would then set a preference
on and off in their settings to enable a
spoiler indicator in search results that
indicates whether a link relates to
reality and bathe in blissful ignorance or
know the real facts.
Mr. Wilsons Cabinet of Wonders @ Amazon.com [Ehrm, Feb 18 2006]
The Museum of Jurassic Tecnology [Ehrm, Feb 18 2006]
More info on the MJT and Weschler [Ehrm, Feb 18 2006]
wonderful unreality [xenzag, Feb 19 2006]
||I once proposed a museum of bogus things - the sound of grass growing, miniature elephants, that kind of thing - and I heartily endorse any effort to make the world a more random and less reliable place.
||http:// done. Just what the doctor ordered.
||See the 3rd link, [wagster]
||Ah, I see. I wish LA wasn't 5456 miles away.
||//every day, confuses the crap out of people who are looking for some product or service// Hah! I think that's why I'm here. Keep up the good work.
||+ for anyone who likes the Museum Of Jurassic
Technology. Check out Beauvais Lyons.... see link for your
||As for "reality" I've always had my doubts about the value
of this. Could we have Reality Cheques - issued by the
Bank of Shifting Sand?
||Thank you [xenzag], Lyons is also
mentioned in the book, but I did'nt see
this one yet. Joy.