I think of “The Search for Wi-Fi,” which sounds to me like a very low-rent Tom...– No Net, No Problem: How I Learned to Love Hurricane Irene | Epicenter | Wired.com @johncabell, Netless in New York
One of the things I learned at Pixar is that the technology industries and the...– Without Jobs as CEO, Who Speaks for the Arts at Apple? | Epicenter | Wired.com Tim Carmody finds a great quote from Jobs
Richard Dawkins on Charles Darwin and Rick Perry. Awesome. There is nothing unusual about Governor Rick Perry. Uneducated fools can be found in every country and every period of history, and they are not unknown in high office. What is unusual about today’s Republican party (I disavow the ridiculous ‘GOP’ nickname, because the party of Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt has lately forfeited all...
To the economist embezzlement is the most interesting of crimes. Alone among the...– JK Galbraith, in The Great Crash. Via Waldman.
If you’re earning $X, and then you move to another job which pays $Y where Y>X, but before you leave you’re offered $Z to stay and Z>Y, then can you say you took a pay cut to move to your new job?
I got a report card in first grade that said, “Jack excels in his studies and...– An Interview with Jack Shafer | Adweek @JackShafer FTW.
Kinder denied the condo and harassment charges, but it didn’t much matter;...– Missouri’s lieutenant governor faces stripper issues - latimes.com
It’s a sad day for criminal masterminds when my fictional fake gold,...– How to Make Convincing Fake-Gold Bars | Popular Science
Almost everything is too cold
pegobry: Pivoting from theology to art of living for a second. Almost everything these days is served too cold. This is one of those things that isn’t really debatable. It’s a biological fact that cold temperature has an anesthetic effect on taste buds. So, all else being equal, something you put in your mouth is always going to be less tasty if it’s colder. Ice cream is better when it’s...
Now imagine if Bon Appetit, instead of The Little Owl, ran with a cover photo of...– Ryan Sutton Explains Why He’s Obsessed With Bad Deals - Shitshow Week 2011 - Eater NY
If a double-dip recession was in doubt a few weeks ago, it is less in doubt now,...– SPIEGEL Interview with George Soros: ‘You Need This Dirty Word, Euro Bonds’ - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International
Low-income homebuyers who obtain their mortgages from banks with branches in...– Do Bank Branches Matter Anymore? :: O. Emre Ergungor and Stephanie Moulton :: Economic Commentary :: 08.04.11 :: Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
A paywall question
A few datapoints: Museum membership tends to go up, or at least not fall dramatically, when museums go free. The NYT paywall seems to be working, despite the fact that it’s incredibly porous. My sister just joined the yacht club in New Zealand where she’s been showering and mooching wifi for a few weeks. She can still shower and mooch wifi, but she feels more legit this way. All...
Years of liberal dogma have spawned a generation...
Yes, that’s the headline of Max Hastings’s column in the Daily Mail. But you know how it is with headline writers. They always go a bit far. Get to Hastings’s actual copy, and it’s so much more sensible and toned-down. If you live a normal life of absolute futility, which we can assume most of this week’s rioters do, excitement of any kind is welcome. The people who...
Apple could buy Bank of America IN CASH and have $6 billion left over.– Kai Ryssdal’s comment this morning. Yikes. (via moorehn)
Operating income also reflects an $18.5 million decrease in depreciation and...– Why Did Tim Armstrong Want the AOL Job Again? - Eric Jackson - Tech and China - Forbes If Tim Armstrong really wants AOL to be a media company, he’s going to have to start insisting that his earnings statements be written in English.
Twitter and Facebook have sucked up all the cognitive surplus younger internet...– Wikipedia Is Slowly Dying
The people who most heavily rely on pseudonyms in... →
This is a really good essay on the problems with Google+’s “real names” policy.
You know you've made it when...
I’ve just been invited to give a speech to the 2012 Leadership in Corporate Divestitures and Acquisitions Forum in New York in January. The fee is quite large: they weren’t specific, but it was north of $20,000. Flattering! Except: the fee is payable by me, to them.
Mr. Hirst has enlisted four assistants to create a canvas of one million tiny...– The Met’s Next Blockbuster Is Expected to Stay for 10 Years - NYTimes.com I hope all four assistants are keeping diaries. Who would take this job? How much does it pay? What does it do to your head? Someone should option the screenplay of these three sentences.
Not afraid to be servicey, Lion finger-swipe...
It is possible that you, like me, got confused by the new finger-swipey system in Lion. Specifically, the three-finger-swipe in Mail, to go to the previous or the next message, disappeared entirely. So here’s the trick: you go into your System Preferences, and uner “More Gestures” you change the first one — “Swipe between pages” — from “scroll left...