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Arrrrrrrrr! Readers who watched computer-display innovator Mary Lou Jepsen yesterday had only one question: WTF with the eye patch. I guessed at Jepsen's email address and asked her. It turns out we'll be seeing much more of Jepsen, but not the patch. The engineer, trained at MIT's Media Lab, left Nicholas Negroponte's One Laptop Per Child project to start her own for-profit venture, Pixel Qi, making affordable screens for all kinds of cheap, portable computers. She recently moved from Massachusetts to San Francisco. Jepsen's eye patch story:

From: Mary Lou Jepsen
To: Paul Boutin
Subject: Re: A question from our readers
Date: July 29, 2008 4:27:25 PM PDT
Paul, I visited remote Peru last spring. It's poor there, scant electricity, little wifi, and not really clean water in the most remote places. The latter led to a painful eye condition, that had me literally half-blind for several months. I'm happy to report that I'm on the mend, and the patch is off and my vision has much improved. What I discovered: a patch is a kid magnet. I was very popular with the under-10 crowd when I sported it. best, - Mary Lou