By Linda Zimmermann
2011 Silver Medal Winner for Humor, from the self reliant Publisher's Awards. undesirable technological know-how: a short heritage of surprising Misconceptions, absolutely unsuitable Conclusions, and enormously silly Theories takes a funny examine bloodletting, alchemy, quack units, the worship of meteorites, faked info, mystery checking out on humans, and all types of truly ridiculous rules. From the traditional Greeks to the current, the heritage of technology has been fraught with persecution, fraud, and lack of know-how on a big scale--but that doesn't suggest we can't giggle approximately it!
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Kids, I’m sorry, but the truth is, a few evenings spent sleeping with strangers and tripping your brains out on peyote or some really clean blotter acid would be the best thing that could ever happen to you. Forget trying to get a job at Google or trying to raise venture funding for some startup. Go down to the Mission and score some weed. Buy yourself a bong, and fire it up. Then go think of an idea for a company. Which is all a long way of saying that the first thing I do when I get home from the Ultimate Frisbee game is go upstairs to my office, put on some Leonard Cohen and fire up a bowl of some fine reddish buds.
After the meal, Larry gets up and shows off his karate moves, which scares the shit out of the geisha girls. They all go running from the room screaming. By the time we’re done it’s five in the afternoon. From Larry’s driveway we can see out over the entire Valley. Low black clouds are massing overhead, getting ready to pour. Up here in the hills a few fat drops have started splattering down. “All those poor bastards,” Larry says, nodding toward Route 280, where the traffic is jammed up and inching along.
Obnoxious. I’m told all the time that I seem like a narcissistic egomaniac. You know what I say? I say, “Look, wouldn’t you be an egomaniac if you woke up one day and found out you were me? ” Of course the bad part of being such a mega-rich mega-famous mega-creative genius is that there are always some jerks looking to take a shot at you. In my case those jerks include the United States government, and despite everything I’ve done for the world—or maybe because of it—they are determined to put me out of business.
Bad Science by Linda Zimmermann