Wired reports that the top stories dominated by two major events -- but depending on which side of the Atlantic you found yourself, the story was either about the IPhone or the bomb that didn't go off. Pajamas has a roundup on the Iphone mania. Wired has a lot of coverage on the bomb, just start with this link and keep scrolling down. But returning to the London bomb story, there were apparently two devices.
The second car — a blue 280E Mercedes — was announced only in mid-evening when police said they had found the vehicle in a car pound on up-market Park Lane after it had been towed away from the area near Piccadilly and Trafalgar Square because of a parking violation hours earlier. The car had been ticketed and towed away at around 3:30 a.m. — roughly two and a half hours after the discovery of the first vehicle, the police said...
“The vehicle was found to contain very similar materials to those that have been found in the first vehicle in Haymarket earlier today,” Mr. Clarke said. “There was a considerable amount of fuel and gas canisters, as in the first vehicle. There was also a substantial quantity of nails. This like the first device, was potentially viable and was made safe by explosives officers. The vehicles are clearly linked.”
We live in a peculiar age where fantasy and reality appear to merge almost seamlessly, in part because so many marvelous things are becoming available that they sometimes boggle the imagination. The London bomb story, for example, is full of references to fuel air explosives, fireball calculations, and video surveillance environment. It is completely a 21st century story. The dream of the Jihad coexisting with the technology of Big Brother, as if Time Travelers from the 8th century had managed to find their way into a dystopian or utopian future. You have to be a little sharp to navigate through this treacherous mental world. Names don't help either. Here's another I-thingy, but it isn't manufactured by Apple. The IRobot's mission is to disarm bombs and stun anyone who might be endangered.
iRobot Corp. (NASDAQ: IRBT) today announced a strategic alliance with TASER International, Inc. to develop new robots that can remotely engage, incapacitate and control dangerous suspects with integrated TASER electronic control devices. Built on iRobot's combat-proven PackBot® robot platforms, the new TASER-equipped robots will add a new ability to control dangerous suspects while keeping personnel, the suspect and bystanders out of harm's way.
iRobot and TASER together have developed a working proof-of-concept model – iRobot® PackBot Explorer™ with TASER X26 device – to showcase the first robot of its kind with an on-board, integrated TASER payload.
I guess that's hallmark of our times, with primitivism and high technology, low comedy and unbearable tragedy, absurdity and high purpose, existing side by side.