One the the best, unexpected comedy bits from Jimmy Fallon. The new iPhone 5S! (Sort of.)
There’s been a bunch of talk lately about Google Glass, the wearable device that can look just like glasses and capture everything you see and hear. Apparently, over the weekend a guy wearing Glass recorded an arrest at a boardwalk. And for some reason, the media (especially NPR) is freaking out about it. They seem to make a big deal of the fact that you can record people without them knowing it.
But guess what? Those people in the video were probably already being recorded by half a dozen other cameras: security cameras, police cameras, CCTV cameras in the shops, etc. You may not like that, but don’t blame your lack of privacy on some new device. Your ability to go out in public without appearing on camera disappeared years ago.
Also, if you watch the video, you can see probably half a dozen people take their camera phones out to snap pictures or video of the incident as well. This incident was already going to end up on camera, just not as neatly first-person point of view as this video. The guy with the Glass, who is clearly and understandably an enthusiast of the product, was quoted as saying: “I think if I had a bigger camera there, the kid would probably have punched me. But I was able to capture the action with Glass and I didn’t have to hold up a cell phone and press record.” There may be some truth to that, but you notice it didn’t stop other people from whipping out their phones. It’s not that hard to record someone with your phone without them seeing. Just ask Mitt Romney (whose infamous 47% statement was surreptitiously recorded on a camera phone in a donor dinner) or this cop who was recorded during a DUI checkpoint last week.
Point is, Google Glass or any other wearable technology won’t change the privacy landscape, not because it isn’t an interesting or potentially transformative device, but because we are already being recorded constantly. A fancy set of glasses isn’t going to change that. Yes, Glass could allow someone to record you in public, or even in private. (Public restrooms, anyone?) But so can a phone, with almost as much ease and ability to do so without your knowledge. The difference is minimal. There’s little sense in getting hung up on the new form factor when there really isn’t anything new here. The media and privacy activists have simply seized on Glass as a figurehead for the trend that they are already several years too late to stop.
The guys at Homemade Movies did a great job at this recreation of the Death Star trench run scene from A New Hope. With just some basic props and DIY special effects, they did a very credible job. Check them out side-by-side to see just how close to the real thing they got with duct tape and trash can lids.
Tumblr informs me that I’ve been blogging with them for 5 years today. And I think I’m coming up on 9 years of blogging in general, although I don’t know if that’s a cool thing to say anymore. Still, between here and my more real-life personal blog, I just keep posting stuff out to the unfathomed depths of the interwebs. It’s either really pathetic, or a harmless way to keep sanity. I prefer the latter.
NFL players arrested, ranked by team.
I don’t know what the Bengals and the Vikings are doing wrong, but man, you guys, that’s not a proud stat. On the other hand, at least it makes the Titans seem relatively well-behaved in their fourth-place raking. (To be fair, I bet half of those are from Pacman Jones a few years back.)
As some of the commenters on this article say, the spirit of Mr. Rogers is alive and well.
Neil Patrick Harris’ Tony Awards musical numbers are becoming, dare I say it, legendary. He somehow manages to out-do himself yet again this year. By the end of the song he is visibly out of breath, but still carries it all off, and Radio City Music Hall won’t stop applauding.
And that’s why people love Broadway.
I sort of love this-day-in-history things, and today is a doozy:
June 6, 1944: D-Day, The Invasion of Normandy
On this day in 1944, Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy, France. More than 160,000 American, British, and Canadian troops and 30,000 vehicles landed along a 50-mile stretch of fortified French coastline. The Battle of Normandy, known as “Operation Overlord,” lasted from June 1944 to August 1944 and aided in ending World War II in Europe.
Explore American Experience’s ”D-Day” timeline, maps, and film to learn more.
Photos: D-Day-Normandy invasion by Robert Sargent, 1944. (Library of Congress). General Dwight D. Eisenhower gives the order of the day: “full victory - nothing else” to paratroopers in England, just before they board their airplanes to the continent of Europe, 1944. (National Archives).