we’re out looking for astronauts;
Going to see Beowulf in 3D at the IMAX tonight after Lisa expressed her shock that I had never been. Actually – and this really is humiliating – so did my mum. She took her class there on an educational visit earlier this year, and tells me the experience was amazing. Her class saw a film about space exploration, and she tells me that everything looked so real a bunch of little hands shot up to try and catch the astronauts who were swimming by their heads – “including mine”.
If you’re in Glasgow tonight and fancy doing something much more worthwhile with your time, some friends of mine are going to the Reclaim The Night march (as part of 16 days of Action for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) in the West End tonight.
And some links for today:
- Media blogger extraordinnaire Jeff Jarvis thinks that this less private world the internet has brought us has its advantages. And he’s right in some respects, although in many situations one distances oneself from one’s past for a reason. People – by which I don’t mean our media-literate, Guardian-reading selves, but the average person who “got a Bebo” aged thirteen because everyone else was doing it, but then promptly forgot about it – must be educated as to the risks of sharing personal information online, and must be aware that privacy settings are open to them.
One point that he does raise however, which I have touched on before although I can’t remember when or where, is:
I think this will be a matter of mutually assured humiliation: We will all have our moments of youthful indiscretion and we will have to forgive others’ if we want them to ignore ours. I say that could even make us more tolerant. OK, so you inhaled. So did I. Had awful taste in music once? Me, too. Wrote blog posts we’ve regretted? Haven’t we all?
So there may yet come a day when minor indiscretions on one’s so-called “Google footprint” won’t matter so much – let he without sin cast the first stone.
Anyway, before this turns into a second post..!
- Via Jay (who else?): hang on to your lunch, ladies – it’s the Wolverhampton Wanderers saucy Christmas calendar!
- Bookmarked for the next mag: a US judge is struck off the bench for jailing 46 people after a mobile phone went off in a courtroom. Two and a half years after the fact though, come on!
PS: LOOKING FOR RECS: anybody know of any quirky online stores where I might be able to purchase an iPod case?