Gerry Canavan

the smartest kid on earth

You Had Me At ‘Will Eventually Be Called Upon to Act as a Medical Doctor’

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What if DC published Marvel characters in the 1960s? What if DC published 1970s Marvel characters in the 1960s? I only wish there were more.

* I’m really looking forward to the Wachowskis’ Cloud Atlas.

* Forbes has what’s next for Wikileaks: taking down a big investment bank.

What do you want to be the result of this release?

[Pauses] I’m not sure. It will give a true and representative insight into how banks behave at the executive level in a way that will stimulate investigations and reforms, I presume.

Usually when you get leaks at this level, it’s about one particular case or one particular violation. For this, there’s only one similar example. It’s like the Enron emails. Why were these so valuable? When Enron collapsed, through court processes, thousands and thousands of emails came out that were internal, and it provided a window into how the whole company was managed. It was all the little decisions that supported the flagrant violations.

This will be like that. Yes, there will be some flagrant violations, unethical practices that will be revealed, but it will also be all the supporting decision-making structures and the internal executive ethos that cames out, and that’s tremendously valuable.

* I’m utterly shocked to discover that some of Ray Kurzweil’s insane predictions have not in fact come true.

By 2010 computers will disappear. They’ll be so small, they’ll be embedded in our clothing, in our environment. Images will be written directly to our retina, providing full-immersion virtual reality, augmented real reality. We’ll be interacting with virtual personalities.

Behold: the future!

* And behold: Scott’s First and Second Laws of Comic Book Medicine.

Scott’s Second Law of Comic Book Medicine: Any hero with a “doctor” in their name or an advanced degree — no matter their actual field of specialty — will eventually be called upon to act as a medical doctor.

I eagerly look forward to applying this standard in my own life.

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  1. Nothing dispirits me more about a new Wachowski brothers movie than seeing Tom Hanks attached to it.

    Jason

    November 30, 2010 at 8:53 am

    • You’re completely right. My apologies.

      gerrycanavan

      November 30, 2010 at 8:56 am

  2. Nothing dispirits me more about a new Wachowski Brothers movie than seeing the Wachowski Brothers attached to it.

    David

    November 30, 2010 at 9:20 am


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