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Monday, September 29, 2014

Barry Bonds Is the New Google Glass Poster Boy

Posted By on Mon, Sep 29, 2014 at 12:50 PM

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Things are evidently looking up for disgraced former Giants slugger Barry Bonds. 

Two weeks ago, an 11-judge appeals court panel raised questions about his 2011 obstruction of justice charge, suggesting it may soon be overturned in the Ninth Circuit.

And now, he's emerged as an unlikely poster child for Google Glass, a piece of once-hyped face-computing that, like Bonds, fell into ill repute

Granted, part of the reason for Glass's downfall was that it attracted the wrong kind of tech evangelists and product promoters. Ultimately, if became difficult to disassociate the product itself from the unsavory characters who used it — hence the term "Glasshole."

Bonds might be the least Glasshole-ish Glasshole to flaunt the gadgetry. Today he posted a picture of himself on Instagram enjoying a sweeping San Francisco view through hi-tech eyewear. "I'm Glassing," he wrote in the picture's caption.

Bonds might have coined that slogan himself, but it isn't hard to see Google appropriating it. The picture instantly went viral, as fans gushed over Bonds or openly wondered how the Google Glass had fit around his giant head. Within an hour, he'd upstaged Diane von Furstenberg, who recently tried to yank Google's $1,500 face-computer into the world of haute couture.

Perhaps we're seeing a career change on the horizon.

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Rachel Swan

Rachel Swan

Rachel Swan was a staff writer at SF Weekly from 2013 to 2015. In previous lives she was a music editor, IP hack, and tutor of Cal athletes.


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