Sunday, February 1, 2004

Hot Corner: Nipping at the heels of the newsmakers

'Little Bush'

Judging from his close encounters with the First Family in recent weeks, you can't blame folks for thinking something's going on with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and the Bushes.

Last week, he was the guest of First Lady Laura Bush at President Bush's State of the Union Address. And during Super Bowl week, the president's niece, Lauren Bush, got up close and personal with Brady, interviewing him as a special correspondent for ET Television.

This prompted teammate Willie McGinest to dub Brady "Little Bush," and wonder whether a date with Lauren was in the future.

Brady's understated response: "They are always razzing me about something. I had fun going to the White House and the Capitol. I have done some great stuff."

The Mac chapeau?

Twenty years after his creation burst onto the computing scene with perhaps the most startling Super Bowl commercial of all time ("1984"), Macintosh inventor Jef Raskin is preaching a techno-future of simplicity.

"People are too fed up with the complexity of computers," he told the Pacifica Tribune this week. Raskin, who named his invention after his favorite fruit, he doesn't even have cable or a satellite dish at home.

"And I predict we will see more wearable, head-mounted displays," he added. "We will eventually have direct mind input; we could do it now."

Hmmm. Sounds like the 1984-style control the Mac was meant to smash with a hammer-throw. Just don't call it a PC - puh-leeeeze.

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