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* A metrical analysis of the presidential campaigns reveals Barack Obama will win, as his name is a trochee. (via Bookslut)

* I don’t mean to brag, but I beat Al Giordano to this conclusion about the John Edwards adultery kerfuffle of 2008 by over two weeks.

* Researchers at DefCon in Vegas have demonstrated that they can make “high security” Medeco key-blanks out of the plastic used in credit-cards, and then whittle them into working keys by referring to low-resolution photos of original keys. Easily the best key-related story since the great Bic/bike lock story of Aught Four.

* Also at Boing Boing: 1984 and Brave New World as pulp novels.

* When Lois was too curvy and Superman too gay. Via io9.

* “Serenity: The Other Half.” A Firefly comic.

* And The Big Picture blog has big pictures of yesterday’s Olympic opening ceremony.

O brave new world, that has such people in’t!

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Margaret Atwood looks back 75 years after Brave New World.

In a foreword to a new edition of Brave New World published in 1946, after the horrors of the second world war and Hitler’s “final solution”, Huxley criticises himself for having provided only two choices in his 1932 utopia/dystopia – an “insane life in Utopia” or “the life of a primitive in an Indian village, more human in some respects, but in others hardly less queer and abnormal”. (He does, in fact, provide a third sort of life – that of the intellectual community of misfits in Iceland – but poor John the Savage isn’t allowed to go there, and he wouldn’t have liked it anyway, as there are no public flagellations available.) The Huxley of 1946 comes up with another sort of utopia, one in which “sanity” is possible. By this, he means a kind of “high utilitarianism” dedicated to a “conscious and rational” pursuit of man’s “final end”, which is a kind of union with the immanent “Tao or Logos, the transcendent Godhead or Brahmin”. No wonder Huxley subsequently got heavily into the mescaline and wrote The Doors of Perception, thus inspiring a generation of 1960s dopeheads and pop musicians to seek God in altered brain chemistry. His interest in soma, it appears, didn’t spring out of nowhere.

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November 17, 2007 at 12:52 am

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Brave New World is seventy-five, and yet we’ve still made barely any progress in bringing Huxley’s Utopian vision of a well-ordered society to life.

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June 5, 2007 at 2:19 pm

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