..you serendipitously cross a semantic ontologist who wants to do a degree in material science, with a geographer trying to understand infrastructures, a physics prof knitting socks and a scientist working on designing a 3D printer in a coffee shop…
well 4 people - 2 sets of 2 strangers - converging on the topic of circulation of elites, post modern architecture, leading to cold fusion, techno-science politics, science fiction, geek culture and knitting, consumption, and then onto a book called Rebel Sell, which looks pretty compelling and a Bruce Sterling’s story about a fabrikator.
All because the pool got closed due to a malfunctioning ventilation system, then me looking for a post office and suggesting that instead of a steam & whirlpool perhaps a chocolate brownie was in order which just so happened to be co-located near a post office! In addition, while leaving the brownie place, and working our way home, I was informed that the new fair trade organic coffee joint got moved to a new location, and in the spirit of Saturday procrastination why not go check it out!
All to say, it was an awesome conversation with two really interesting strangers and a possible career move for my friend into the study of cold fusion and me taking a bath and having an egg sandwich for dinner before delving into quality of life indicators for the rest of the night!
That rebel sell book looks like a really really interesting study that I will have to delay looking into for a bit, but look into I will!