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Friday, February 20, 2004

Friday February 20, 2004. Last night, the power went off for a bit over an hour. I've gotten used to losing electricity every now and then, though it happens more often in summer.

But I'm starting to think electric service would be greatly improved if a government took it over. And I don't consider government as efficient as, say, the average member of the Libertarian Party does.

My sixty-first birthday.

I went with Pat Craft to the Sparks Festival of electronic music and art, at the University of Minnesota's new art center. It's Thursday through Sunday; we just went to the Friday evening portion.

First, the gallery opening; interactive music and other sounds, and a drawing machine.

Then, performances which combined electronic music and art with (among other elements) dancers, molten steel, Minneapolis traffic, bagpipes, and poetry.

It was interesting and involving. It's not something I would want as a steady diet.
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The internet comes to its senses
19-02-2004

You can already chat, email, download music and watch videos through the internet, but imagine being able to smell fresh seaside air from the heart of the city, or savour the smell of your favourite restaurant's cuisine while booking a table. It is now possible with the arrival of Britain’s first 'ScentMail' facility.

Cable company Telewest Broadband is currently testing new technology that brings a third sense to the internet, allowing you to send and receive any number of weird and wonderful aromas whilst surfing the net.
http://www.telewest.co.uk/ourcompany/pressreleases/broadband_senses.html

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