Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

A.M.Stir

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

A.M.Stir

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Byline: MATT SOERGEL

HOLIDAYS

LIGHT 'EM UP

Kids will be shrieking, lights will be twinkling and electrical meters will be spinning soon - 'tis the holiday lights season. If you're planning a big display, or even if you just pass by one that you think people ought to see, drop us a line and we'll spread the cheer to everyone else in town. Send the address of the display, along with contact information about the person responsible, to tom. szaroleta@jacksonville.com or call (904) 359-4548.

RISE AND WHINE

FUELISH MOVES

Paying $4 a gallon for gas wasn't any fun, but you couldn't help but notice that it did make many drivers slow down; the roads even seemed kinda-sorta civil, for a while.

Now it's less than half the price, and that feeling's gone: People have gone back to being tailgating, speeding jerks.

The thought occurred to me as I watched a two-lane convoy of 20 or so cars on the Arlington Expressway, feet apart from each other, going about 80 - swerving around each other to gain a car-length's advantage.

Other than that, the $1.80 gas is great. Inexplicable, yes, but I say don't question it.

COME TOGETHER

BIZARRE E-MAIL OF THE WEEK, PT. II

We know now why John Lennon and the Beatles were so popular. Could it have been . . . SATAN!?

A publicist's e-mail for Joseph Niezgoda's soon-to-be published book, The Lennon Prophecy, says John sold his soul to the Satan in 1960, thereby ushering in Beatlemania.

The e-mail goes on to note how the author "follows a fascinating and unique trail of sorcery, mysticism, numerology, backward masking, anagrams and literary and theological writings to explain his conclusions."

Fascinating? Maybe not. Unique? For sure.

I'LL BE BACK

BIZARRE E-MAIL OF THE WEEK, PT. I

As a sucker for the killer robots of The Terminator and Battlestar Galactica (yeah, I know, they're cyborgs, but still . . .), this publicist's e-mail caught my eye: "6 Ways to Build Robots That Will Not Harm Humans."

The best tip: "Do not place dangerous weapons in the hands of computers and robots."

It's promoting a book from Oxford University Press, Moral Machines: Teaching Robots Right from Wrong by Wendall Wallach and Colin Allen. …

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