Rage, rage against the dying of the light
Fred Wilson with a key insight: We are now seeing companies that second derivatives (Skype meets MySpace). The problem is that the first derivatives themselves haven't figured out a business model!
We can train our brains for happiness. Functional MRIs of Buddhist monks show remarkable levels of positive emotion, even when confronted with horrifying images. Their brains actually are different.
This is so incredibly cool--audio files with talks from the long now, including Kurzweil, Diamond, Hillis, and Sterling. Makes me wish I had an MP3 player in my car! Call it "vancasting."
Dylan Thomas reads his famous poem, "Do not go gentle into that good night." Great poem, great reading. Too bad they don't have a recording of his famous last words, (true story) "I've just had seventeen whiskeys, which I think is a record."