John Scalzi sez: "Earlier in the year, I noted when the Creation Museum opened that it was near me, and how I had no desire to go to it, EVER. Naturally, my readers took this as a challenge, and dared me to go; I dared them back that I would go if and only if they donated money to me, which I would then contribute to Americans United for Separation of Church and State. The challenge
was to get $250 in a week; I ended up collecting $5,100 in that time
. After a number of delays I finally went to the Creation Museum this last weekend and thus have filed a report, consisting of a long photoset (101 pictures, with snarky commentary) and a mid-length still-snarky but somewhat more serious essay/review. I expect it's everything you'd expect a report from an agnostic, snarky science fiction writer -- and more!"
And this is, in sum, the Creation Museum. $27 million has purchased the very best monument to an enormous load of horseshit that you could possibly ever hope to see. I enjoyed my visit, admired the craft with which the whole thing was put together, and was never once convinced that what I was seeing celebrated was anything more or less than horseshit. Popular horseshit? Undoubtedly. Horseshit hallowed by tradition and consecrated by time? Just so. Horseshit of the finest possible quality? I would not argue the point. And yet, even so: Horseshit. Complete horseshit. Utter horseshit. Total horseshit. Horseshit, horseshit, horseshit, horseshit. I pity the people who swallow it whole.
I asked Amy Parness, the co-founder of Sparkle Labs, maker of fantastic educational electronics kits, to write a Medium post about gender and the business of being a maker business person. Her terrific essay calls out the problems with “pink girly engineering kits.” From Medium:
Zero UI is the new term for “invisible interfaces”—what happens in the future when all the clicking and tapping and typing is history: “If you look at the history of computing, starting with the jacquard loom in 1801, humans have always had to interact with machines in a really abstract, complex way.” [Fast Company]
CEO Dick Costolo will resign, to be replaced in the interim by Jack Dorsey
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