Reading notes

Having been out and about traveling, I finally had a chance to catch up on some much needed reading.  What’s going on in the world, anyway? 

First off, music artists make too much money. Looking at the outfit Madonna was wearing in a Versace advertisement in February’s Rolling Stone’s Magazine had me wishing for a moment that I had that kind of money to afford an outfit like that!  Super cute.

In a Scanorama magazine I read about a young singer/songwriter, Maria Mena.  Very refreshing to read a more humanistic view of rising into stardom and the pressures that come with it, especially when trying to "make it" in America.  I found myself wondering if American business could be more personable and still be successful.

Green Day’s Armstrong comments in Rolling Stone’s Magazine how "to be the greatest band in the world, [they had] to work on the small stuff."  What a great sentiment, especially in this day and age of instant gratification.  At the point one commits oneself, great things can happen. I don’t know who said that but Green Day obviously made the commitment and their latest album is testament to their bands maturity. It will be interesting to see where they go from here.

From the March Wired magazine, apparently brian implants and a future of robotically controlled warriors is closer to being a reality than we think.  Matt Nagle, a C4 quadriplegic has demonstrated that brain waves can be intercepted by a brian implant that is wired to a computer.  Apparently he can control a mouse this way!  What an amazing breakthrough in technology!  I’m not very excited about the potential advent of robotic warriors remote controlled by leaders (as was a vision alluded to in the article), but for persons with severe disabilities like Matt, I can see how this will open a new world for them.

On the road to becoming super human…also in this month’s Wired magazine was an article about elective surgeries.  Did you know it may soon be possible for a professional baseball pitcher to opt for what is called a Tommy John surgery even though they don’t suffer from ligament damage?  They draw the analogy to laser eye surgery.  I don’t see the similarity for someone like myself who was half legally blind before surgery.  Apparently, athletes may be getting this surgery to "perfect" their vision even though they may not be severly impaired.  What is the world coming to when people want to go under the knife to try and reach some ellusive super human status?


About Audrey Sniezek

Audrey Sniezek is a rock climbing athlete and computer software/technology enthusiast.
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