My daughter accidentally gave away her kitten today. Normally this would mean finding out where it got to, and arranging for the return the errant feline. In this case, however, my daughter managed to “donate” her kitten on her Nintendo DS game, and so far we have not been able to effectuate its return. We can “buy” a new kitten, but we cannot get the old one back. The game does not have an ‘undo’ feature.

Computer games are impressive these days, but every so often you find a point where Real Life cannot be properly synthesized. I wonder how many of the “new” generation in charge of things, understand that simulations always have such flaws, or will they only find out when their projections fail badly.

Some Not So Bold Predictions for 2009
Despite its problems, 2008 was a totally cool year