from the ny times home and garden section:
Surfers can spend a lot of time waiting between waves. Now, that pesky downtime need not go to waste. Intel, to showcase its Centrino mobile technology, commissioned Jools Matthews, a surfboard shaper, to make a board housing a wireless laptop. The prototype appeared in June at the 2004 Intel GoldCoast Oceanfest in North Devon, England, ridden by a professional surfer. All WiFi devices require a "hot spot'' nearby to connect to the Internet. During Oceanfest, one was put on the beach. It is unlikely you will find one when you paddle out in Fiji; information, www.intel.com. STEPHEN TREFFINGER
since when is having patience for catching the perfect wave a waste of time? we all know that everyone's gung ho about surfing these days, but intel's decision to ride the gravy train is rigoddamndiculous. who actually conceptualized this boardputer and thought, yes, what a great idea?! doesn't intel realize that one of the reasons people pick up the sport of surfing is to be one with nature? to escape our gadgets? are extreme waterproof cell phones on the way? surely you think surfers want to call another brah to tell them they're riding a spectacular tube? this definitely goes in the are-you-fucking-nuts category.
water and electricity just don't mix. it didn't when you were six years old and it still doesn't today.