The Quality Crown Hotel Paddington is a perfectly good budget hotel in London – modern, clean, friendly, a block from Paddington station, 80 pounds a night – but I’m a little puzzled. When I got here yesterday afternoon, the person at reception told me that he was upgrading me for free to a larger room. I don’t understand how the room could be any smaller unless the bed were half in the shower or if I were required to share it with the harpoonist from the Pequod.
(Ok, it’s a small room. But I’d stay here again.)
I had a jetlag dream that seemed so important and was so vivid that I couldn’t go back to sleep until I wrote down the key points. In it, I was mistakenly admitted to a group meeting with an unnamed Supreme Court justice. When called upon, I explained that there are three key points: 1. We as a culture are becoming comfortable with huge amounts of information and details. 2. We are astoundingly good at evaluating the metadata around that information, deciding how seriously to take it. 3. The value of this is an increasing tolerance of – nay, demand for – complexity.
So, there’s your answer. Now, what was the question?