Friday, February 22, 2013

Cliff Pickover's 6,000




Afraid it's going to be a quick post today.

I came across a blog edited by Cliff Pickover.  Pickover is a writer and futurist whom I've been fortunate enough have a brief (very brief) Twitter conversation in the distant past.  He is the author of The Math Book, The Physics Book, and maintains his own site, Reality Carnival...at which I just learned that the inventor of Vaseline ate a spoonful of it every day.  Weird.  But I digress...

The blog is called The Six Thousand.  On it, Pickover lists 6,000 people you should meet online before you die.  No, of course I'm not on it.

Those who are featured read like a Who's Who of the online world.  There's Natasha Vita-More, futurist and transhuman, Rudy Rucker of SF fame, Rebecca Skloot, science writer for The New York Times, dear departed Fortean Mac Tonnies, Xeni Jardin from Boing Boing, screenwriter and former stripper Diablo Cody, and astronomer Emily Schaller. Yes, it does seem a somewhat conspicuous list of attractive women for the thinking man, but I see nothing wrong with that whatsoever.  Although why I couldn't find Rachel Haywire on the list is anybody's guess.

You really do owe it to yourself to check these thinkers out.  No, I'm not on it.  Though one day, I may do something to be deserving.



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