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Let’s hear it for Penn Station bathrooms!

September 20, 2016

I don’t know about you, but every time I go into the bathroom at Penn Station I cry a little bit.

That’s because I remember the 1980’s version of them, and believe you me, they’re so much better now. I grew up in the Boston area but I visited a bunch in high school, which means I spent way too much time in the very few available public toilet facilities. So I can appreciate me some improved amenities.

They are relatively clean! They have toilet paper, consistently! There’s soap available next to working sinks! And, probably most importantly, it’s not a threatening experience with dirty needles all over the floor.

For that matter, while I’m on the theme, have you noticed how much nicer JFK is now compared to 1988? Maybe it’s because I’ve been flying JetBlue a lot, but that terminal is nothing like the broken-down middle school experience I remember not so fondly.

That’s all I have today, just gratitude and anti-nostalgia. And I’m sure there are lots of things we miss as well from those days of New York City, but right now I can’t think of any besides cheaper rent.

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  1. William Sterner
    September 20, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    Hi Cathy,
    You previously asked for links to reviews. Here’s one from AAAS Science Magazine: http://science.sciencemag.org/content/353/6304/1088

    A Humanities / History and Philosophy of Science course here is planning to use your book in this course:

    Computers, Minds, Intelligence & Data
    HUMA 25205/1 [81945] – SEM
    Seminar
    Margaret Browning

    How are we co-evolving with our machines? How do we teach ourselves and our computers how to learn? What kinds of human intelligences do we promote in liberal education in comparison with artificial intelligence(s)? Through our distributed cognition with tools of all kinds, as we engage in participatory culture using digital computers and networks, we provide information that generates the basis for big (and small) data. At the crux of our investigation—on the one hand into reading and conversation and on the other hand into algorithms and information theory—are issues about human action and the multifaceted agency of the universal Turing machine—as mobile phone, laptop, internet, robot.

    Thanks and Cheers!

    Bill

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