The Justice Department is sanctioning the destructive, anticompetitive campaign of a corporate giant with billions in cash and boundless ambitions. The situation is bizarre, and without precedent, to our knowledge: the Justice Department is intervening to help entrench a monopolistThe Authors Guild Blog
I’m thinking seriously about how to dump my Kindle, and my large investment in Kindle books, for a Nook.
I choose to fit myself into most of Apple’s intended-use constraints because their products tend to work better that way, which makes my life easier. But that requires trade-offs that many people can’t or won’t make. Previous-me tried to persuade everyone to switch to my setup, but I now know that it’s not worth the effort. I’ll never know someone else’s requirements, environment, or priorities as well as they do.Marco Arment on technical evangelism and product choices.
I have reached the exact same conclusion. I can tell you what works well for me in my particular setup, but I can’t tell you what will work for you, nor can I solve your particular technical problems.
[Drowning] is the number two cause of accidental death in children, age 15 and under (just behind vehicle accidents) –- of the approximately 750 children who will drown next year, about 375 of them will do so within 25 yards of a parent or other adult. In ten percent of those drownings, the adult will actually watch them do it, having no idea it is happening.Mario Vittone
Well worth a read. At a recent pool party I was keeping an eye on the kids in the pool, but I wonder if I would have actually spotted a drowning incident in time.
Somehow I’ve gotten to a stage in my life where I can buy all the tech stuff I want, and it’s just no longer that interesting. I used to dream about new gadgets and imagine how they’d improve my life, but of course they never really did. […] But there’s something to be said for owning beautiful, useful objects that light up your home and make you smile every time you see them—and that always work just as expected, that will never crash, need a motherboard replacement, burn your legs, or talk back to you with indecipherable demands.Designer Amy Hoy, in an interview about the technologies she uses to do her work.
I know what she means. I guess maybe I’m starting to grow up too.
Do your shoelaces always come undone? Do your shoelace bows sit vertically instead of across the shoe? If so, you’re probably tying a “Granny Knot”, and one simple change to your technique will result in a balanced knot that sits straight and stays secure.Ian’s Shoelace Site
My eyes have been opened!
Despite changing attitudes, polls continue to show that atheists are ranked lower than any other minority or religious group when Americans are asked whether they would vote for or approve of their child marrying a member of that group.
— "More Atheists Shout It From the Rooftops" in the New York Times
Mr. Obama is the only popular politician left in the world. He would win an election in any one of the G-20 countries, and his fellow world leaders will do anything to take home a touch of that reflected popularity.
— A.A. Gill in the Times
These delightful gentlemen have attained the holy grail of sloppy-chef cooking: Saturday Night Lives Taco Town Taco: a taco in a taco in a gordita in a pizza in a blueberry pancake in batter, deep fried. Yes, you can buy these at every kebab shop in Glasgow, but its a very good effort for Americans.
— Boing Boing. So true about Glasgow.
For what it’s worth, it’s never too late, or in my case too early – to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit; stop whenever you want. You can change, or stay the same – there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.
— Benjamin, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (film)
Every golden age is as much a matter of disregard as of felicity.
— Michael Chabon, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
It’s no exaggeration to say that at least half of our losses and casualties in [Iraq] have come at the hands of foreigners who joined the fray because of our program of detainee abuse. The number of U.S. soldiers who have died because of our torture policy will never be definitively known, but it is fair to say that it is close to the number of lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001. How anyone can say that torture keeps Americans safe is beyond me — unless you don’t count American soldiers as Americans.
— A veteran US Air Force interrogator, in the Washington Post