I was just reading Slashdot and there was a story about lab-created diamonds. TFA + comments + links in comments were solidly enthusiastic. Turns out the Slashdot crowd (represented here by Al Dimond) has every reason to hate the cartel that controls diamond supply throughout the world, from their ruthless monopoly tactics, creation of artificial scarcity, awful treatment of miners and buying from murderous regimes to their manipulative campaigns to make their stones a benchmark of the expression of love in our time. (It's amazing how one group of people can be bastards in so many ways!) Not to mention the potential for lab-grown stones as a semiconductor material, which means, you know, that computers will keep getting faster... yay. And then there was a comment that I'm going to link to here,
This being the comment,
which sums it all up: progress! So that reminds me that I'm not always indifferent to progress, sometimes it's kind of a good thing. It's a good thing in context, at the very least, and we always have to live in context.
Speaking of context I can't believe today is (very early) Thursday, tomorrow is Friday, after that Saturday and then finally Sunday and the half-marathon! So it won't exactly be a triumphant race I don't think, but I think I can just have fun, and that's success enough.
AH my brain almost just went on a really depressing tangent on that (the context thing, and why it being just days before the race is a context) but I'm not going there, at least not until I'm lying awake in bed a few hours from now. Argh.