“The truth is that the book is an exceptionally good piece of technology—easy to read, portable, durable, and inexpensive.” — James Surowiecki, on why paper books are likely to coexist with electronic books for a long time to come. http://www.newyorker.com/talk/financial/2013/07/29/130729ta_talk_surowiecki
In 1960, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev gave a speech at the United Nations, where he banged his shoe and declared, “We will bury you!” Although later deemed a mistranslation of what was closer in meaning to a vow that communism…
I just read this headline: “Scientists say our languages might preserve Neanderthal talk.” — My immediate reaction: “uh-huh.”
How and When Will the World End? The Atlantic asked a variety of thought leaders. I liked this answer from nuclear scientist Taylor Wilson: “I think it’ll be what we don’t see coming—a killer asteroid, a nearby gamma-ray burst, or a…
“You can’t have 100-percent security and also have 100-percent privacy and zero inconvenience. We’re going to have to make some choices as a society.” — President Barack Obama, commenting on NSA surveillance programs during a June 7, 2013, press conference…
“We cannot let terrorists and rogue nations hold this nation hostile or hold our allies hostile.” – George W. Bush, campaigning in Des Moines, Iowa, on Aug. 21, 2000.
“Ground Zero Mosque supporters: doesn’t it stab you in the heart, as it does ours throughout the heartland? Peaceful Muslims, pls refudiate.” –Sarah Palin via Twitter, July 18, 2010.
n: for some women, a game involving men, houses and hotels
adj: that shaky anxiety when you try to explain your vocational specialty
n: artificially intelligent machines that start acting like assholes