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I came to Lauren Bacall at a bad time in my life.
I was eighteen, and I’d had the rug of my existence pulled from under me. I couldn’t talk to people. I couldn’t dress myself. I had no idea where I’d live on my next birthday, and it only sort of registered with me that I went to college. I was a tall child with a debit card, and I had nothing figured out.
And here were Slim and Vivian Sternwood and Irene Jansen, and they did. Sure, they got into problems, but they could kill a man. Or they could win one. Their choice. They had the will to power, as much as they willed their hair to look perfect every morning.
So I decided one day: I was going to be her. Well, not really. I was going to be the women she played. I brought in pictures of her every time I cut my hair, and I tried to speak with my stomach voice to make it deeper. I was serious. And I was upset when it didn’t work out, but through it all, I told myself: If you can will to power like them, everything will be all right.
I learned later the problem with going from human to onscreen archetype, not least of which being that people don’t work like that. Hollywood is a hanging garden. Expect yourself to look stylist good and sound like a hardboiled script and you’re setting yourself up for failure. But Betty’s characters gave me something to want for myself when I needed it, and even now, they give me an ideal.
I told my mother about it when she came home from work. She couldn’t believe it. “I know,” I said. “I figured at this rate the old broad would outlive me.”
She still will.
Would be interesting to mash this data with the Gartner impact on hype and investments
Robot Self-Assembles And Walks
by Michael Keller
Roboticists have developed a flat machine that can fold itself into an operational form and take a walk.
Built mostly from paper and polystyrene plastic that shrinks into a memorized shape when heated, the robot can assemble in around four minutes. It can crawl at roughly 2 inches per second and make turns. The work by Harvard and MIT engineers represents the first time that a robot has self-assembled and performed a function without humans needing to intervene.
“Here we created a full electromechanical system that was embedded into one flat sheet,” said Harvard Microrobotics Lab researcher and doctoral student Sam Felton. “Imagine a ream of dozens of robotic satellites sandwiched together so that they could be sent up to space and then assemble themselves remotely once they get there–they could take images, collect data and more.”
We alone can devalue gold
by not caring
if it falls or rises
in the marketplace.
Wherever there is gold
there is a chain, you know,
and if your chain
so much the worse
and sea-shaped stones
are all as rare.
This could be our revolution:
to love what is plentiful
as much as