Turn On, Tune In, Veg Out – New York Times – Neal Stepheson thinks techies in the U.S. are the “Jedi” of our era; doomed to extinction because we have lost touch with those doing the real work – “The tedious particulars of keeping ourselves alive, comfortable and free are being taken offline to countries where people are happy to sweat the details, as long as we have some foreign exchange left to send their way. Nothing is more seductive than to think that we, like the Jedi, could be masters of the most advanced technologies while living simple lives: to have a geek standard of living and spend our copious leisure time vegging out.”