Remarkable. And very cute. (via Yoni)
The discovery of oil transforms a country — usually for the worse. For Norway, due in large part to chance, everything worked out differently.
You can’t get more succinct than that…
Everyone should see this video. It is very disturbing.
The most interesting relationship advice I have read in a long time. When her husband says he wants a divorce, the writer chooses to ignore him. In this particular circumstance, it worked.
Michael Pollan discusses the decline of home cooking in America, which correlates oddly with the rise of “cooking” shows on television.
Not the least bit surprising, but still utterly stupid and wrong. Apple is blocking Google’s amazing and innovating new Google Voice service from working on the iPhone, by blocking both Google’s custom application and any other third party application that supports the service. Maybe it is time for regulators to step in and enforce neutrality.
This slightly sarcastic and relatively balanced New Yorker review explains, in detail, the evolution of Amazon’s Kindle reading device, notes its competitors, examines its many shortcomings, both glaring and subtle, and concludes that purpose-built reading devices have a long way to go, while truly new and useful devices, like the iPhone, are making more and faster progress.
Set the passcode lock and you’re pretty darn safe. Also means a remote wipe takes seconds, not hours, as with the previous iPhones. Now if I could just get this in my laptop!
Peter Singer’s long-overdue entry into the current national health care debate. Of course none of the people on TV and radio whose job is to yell and stir up passion will care about his logic. Hopefully enough rational people will. Because he is right.
And in the process, reignited the assisted suicide debate in Britain.
With a 0.1 second margin. What an upset!
That’s pretty classy.
The destructive tenure of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.
Donna Reed saved hundreds of letters from star-struck World War II servicemen. Her children discovered them in a shoebox.
Yesterday the cashier at Shaw’s was confused and dismayed when I paid for my groceries in cash, and she wasn’t afraid to show it. I’ve been getting more of that recently. But she’s going to need to change her attitude if credit card companies go through with their threats to bring back annual fees, charge interest immediately on purchases, and raise the transaction fees charged to merchants, who will then pass them on to customers. Something tells me cash might be coming back into vogue…
From the Boston Globe‘s Big Picture blog. The images from Mexico are particularly interesting.
Clay Shirky’s thoughtful and important exploration of the death of the newspaper industry (and by extension, all publishing operations) at the hands of the internet. He says we are entering a time of upheaval and chaos similar to the 1500s after the invention of the printing press.