DURST: On Microsoft's Bill Gates

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA -- Where the the San Francisco Unified School District turned down Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award for Mission High's newspaper. Don't know what the big deal is; it comes in a brown paper wrapper.Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, the man worth $40 billion who insists on eschewing hair products, and his lovely Microwife, Melinda, have moved into their new Lake Washington digs after seven years and about umpteen ecological injunctions. And rumor has it, the damn Microhouse is already worth less money than the $50 million it cost to erect, because it was built to such weird flippo unit quirky Micro specifications. Apparently, guests will wear lapel "pins" enabling a computer to track their progress through the mostly underground complex, switch lights on and off in anticipation and even follow them around with their favorite music. Which sounds to me ... annoying as all get out. About as carefree as a leisurely stroll through Mexican customs. Less relaxing than sleeping in a wetsuit on rubber sheets. I can imagine the end of a gestapo weekend visit with me crumpled in a hallway corner pleading to some unseen controller in the ceiling."Bill ... help. Thanks, but I think I've heard quite enough Bjork already. Some Broadway musicals might be nice. No "Cats" though. Second act of "Most Happy Fella" maybe. And please, I know you're only trying to help, but if I could just flush my own toilet once.Will Durst thinks the technical age peaked with Pong.

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