Category Archives: Internet Treasures

The life of a Shuttle solid rocket booster (SRB)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2aCOyOvOw5c&feature=player_embedded Can’t say it better than Luke McKinney: “Watch the video. There is nothing better you could do with nine minutes.” “The only reason it won’t win Oscars is because we have to let people who only pretend to be … Continue reading

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“Spoken Latin has picked up a passel of words considered too casual for written Latin, and the grammar people use when speaking has broken down. The masses barely use anything but the nominative and the accusative … It’s gotten to the point that the student of Latin is writing in what is to him an artificial language, and it is an effort for him to recite in it decently.”

–Latin speaking pedant from 63 A.D., writing about an uncouth upstart of a vulgar vernacular that would become: French. All in the TED talk “John McWhorter: Txtng is killing language. JK!!!.”

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Now, people look at it and say, “Oh what is the message that he’s half naked?” There’s no message. The message is that I was fucking tired.

–Slavoj Žižek  (From an interview in Salon) See Žižek in bed, actually making very good points about philosophy as a modest enterprise of meaning, rather than as idealized questions about absolute Truth. Interestingly, he is fully referencing Gadamer’s philosophical hermeneutics … Continue reading

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“I really don’t think of myself as depressed, so much as paralyzed by hope”

“…I’m still you know on some medication because I went through that dark time, my miniature hamster Benita passed on, she didn’t pass on, I returned her to the pet store, but she’s dead to me…”         … Continue reading

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In 1976 the Richest 1% of Americans Took Home 9% the National Income; Today they Take 24%

The growing wealth inequality of American citizens in creative data accessible graphics: Wealth Inequality in America -Thanks Marc for the link.

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PUT them in nature

It’s like the best short story ever. Give little Evie a TED talk already. http://i.imgur.com/3xngl5v.jpg P.S. Found this through reddit.

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Where iPhones Really Come From

This is a fascinating look at what the label “Made in China” really means. Hats off to This American Life for letting Mike Daisey give his whole story, in his own words. And find more hats to take off for them, for fact-checking … Continue reading

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