Friday, 18 May 2018

The Surprising History (and Future) of Fingerprints

quote [ Recently, for a background check, for a visa, I had to get fingerprinted by an agent admissible to the FBI while I was still in France. No, we can’t fingerprint you, the website of the Embassy of the United States in Paris stated clearly. No, you can’t fingerprint yourself, the sites of the bureau-approved, USA-based channelers stated. Perhaps, I thought, I would gather my smirches—all those wasted on laptop screens, medicine cabinets, and eyeglasses—and dump them on a bureaucrat’s desk, like payment rendered in coin. ]

If fingerprints showed up on skin wonder who's I'd find on you
[SFW] [science & technology] [+4 Funny]
[by ScoobySnacks@9:37amGMT]


Dienes said @ 1:03pm GMT on 18th May [Score:1 Good]
+1 for Thumb
Ankylosaur said @ 1:23pm GMT on 18th May [Score:2]
That's what Prince said.
raphael_the_turtle said @ 2:22pm GMT on 18th May
Goodnight, everbody!
5th Earth said @ 7:56pm GMT on 18th May
My problem biometrics as access codes has always been that, if stolen, you can't change your password.
Dienes said @ 3:22am GMT on 19th May [Score:1 Insightful]
Well, you can change it 9 times.
5th Earth said @ 5:18am GMT on 19th May
I suppose 19 if you're flexible.
yogi said[1] @ 7:45am GMT on 20th May
Good selection! Thanks!

Of great interest is that the article is from The Paris Review! Didn't know they were still publishing! Cool! This made me subscribe!

When I was in high school in Princeton, NJ, in the early '70's, one of the interesting characters hanging around campus was a fellow called Doc Humes, who co-founded PR with George Plimpton and Peter Matthiessen. By then he was 6 years past an overdose of LSD, and would exhort anyone who listened to watch cloud formations, because he insisted they were actually UFOs. I'd also heard that he'd had too much LSD, and was considered kinda crazy. Still, I approached him with a question or two, heard his theory on clouds, and spent a bit more time listening to far-fetched ideas.

A few years later George Plimpton came through Denver, where I was at university. He spoke upstairs at the student union mid-afternoon, and I flagged him down after and asked him about Humes, telling him that I'd met Humes on the Princeton campus a few year before. Normally a sunny and wry-humored gent, Plimpton grew serious. He expressed regret as to how Humes had turned out, that he was brilliant but that an OD of LSD had run him down. Plimpton asked me where I'd last seen Humes, and I told him. He thought Humes was a lost case.

Thanks for the memories. Here's Humes' wiki page, which is pretty accurate, as far as I can tell and matches my experience:

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