2. (via/via.)


  3. Me: You know — instead of [submitting your work via] e-mail or carrier pigeons, you should distribute over-caffinated horses throughout the country with your magazine articles taped to their chests.

    X: I don’t think that’s how horses work, Evan.


  6. A comment from Jamie Beard at FastCAP —

    "If there is any technology that will enable us to curb climate change, it is geothermal energy production. FastCAP’s goal is to cut right to the chase - not tinker around the edges with incremental improvements that will have little or no impact on the real fundamental problem of energy production and storage. Simply put, ‘double A batteries and rechargeable cell phone packs’ will have a near zero impact on the vast problem of climate change … FastCAP does not, and has taken extreme care never overstate its abilities, and to have its outcomes validated by third parties."

    Though — to be fair — the initial point of writing the ‘batteries’ line was about tracing the path from the initial press release put out by MIT to where FastCAP ended up, not of conflating priorities. The point of the editorial overall was to say that people tell an oddly uniform story about batteries and often overlook the fact that the story about batteries and how green energy is stored — that this is an implicit technological ‘front line’ — is a vastly under-appreciated one in the story of climate change.

  7. That sudden, situational trap door that’s sometimes gotten you before and gets you again like you’re the ghost of Buster Keaton who just can’t keep seeing it god damn it by opening up beneath you again and you drop into it again, and your mind races to catch up and you say to yourself, “Well, wait. Hold on. What is this?” And the ‘this’ is because you see a piece of street art and you laugh to yourself and say, “Hey — that’s me in twenty years,” and you realize — well, if you ever did become a father, of course you’d be driving around on a motorcycle not necessarily entirely connected to this reality. Of course the orange, the red, the yellow and the blue would emerge swirling from out the back. Of course there’d be one child eager to play explorer and lean out over the front. Of course there’d be another seeking peace on your back. Of course you’d want to give each to each of them. Of course, of course, of course.

    And — of course — part of it doesn’t matter. It’s just ‘a thing to say’ and then squirrel away, something to quickly shove underneath the pillows before someone enters the room. And there’s coffee to drink. And there’s writing to do. And would you still dress that way just when you’re starting to get a seriously good sense of how to pull off a suit? Would you even let your beard get that long again? And if you did, would you wander into stores with that beard and incessantly say things like, “Благослови вас, мой ребенок” until someone smacked you with a newspaper, saying, “Stop it?” (And would it be ‘вас’ instead of ‘ты?’)

    The present is obviously more than sufficient, more than necessary, and more than enough. Littering the earth with time capsules made of reactions to art like this and/or any arguments you might want to have with Stephen Hawking may fill up a certain portion of the dance card, but — well, anyway.

    photo via.


  8. I’d love to see an old 56k dial-up modem be given a desk in an office.

    You know —

    Employee: Hey. How’s it —

    Modem: *Existential mechanical howl.*

    Employee: Right. I’ll — I’ll just — um —


  9. "There’s an odd micro-trend playing out via news media and press releases that all but insists that society is perpetually on the cusp of a battery revolution. In 2006, MIT hailed a groundbreaking device that could store as much energy as a conventional battery while recharging in seconds an infinite number of times. In 2007, news reports announced that a secretive Texas start-up had developed a game-changing energy-storage technology for electric vehicles that would be ready to ship by year’s end. Then, just last year, news broke that a new lithium-ion battery technology developed at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was ‘2,000 times more powerful than comparable batteries.’ And in April, there were reports of an Israeli start-up that could charge cellphones in 30 seconds."
  10. thisistheglamorous:

    Looks like doldo411 was able to get his hands on the new iPhone. Extremely impressive.

    Oh, wow. It leaked.


  11. A friend (featuring another friend of mine) made a video for Buzzfeed. You can see it here.

    The comments are amazing.


  12. "If — as Ibn Kaldoun once paraphrased it — the earth was a grape floating in the water, then a bundle of grapes is … and, here, the catapult of the metaphor, the kid jumping down hard on one end of the see-saw in the hopes of sending the sibling temporarily skyward — but, sorry. We were speaking about the grapes."
    — Scribble.

  14. "I want to find the most dour, serious priest in the country and replace his black shirts and white collars with a closet full of serapes. I want to see Werner Herzog forced to film rumbas for the rest of his life and wait and see what he comes up with."

  15. "The implicit argument-by-anecdote here seems compelling: a blackboxed algorithm leads to a myopic processing of a war. People frequently claim censorship, conspiracy, or media blackouts when the algorithm doesn’t give them what they want. It leads to news on one site and ice buckets on the other. Large-scale ‘emotion studies’ are conducted in secret, and when the secret leaks, lids are collectively flipped. Companies force things to go viral, like the “Harlem Shake.” Individual people have their lives scorched by ‘The Internet Outrage Machine’ for reasons that don’t necessarily contribute to long-term understanding or a certain amount of productivity. And all this arguably has something of an impact on pushing forward a culture of ‘content creators’ who — as Luke O’Neil wrote in Esquire in December of last year — conflate ‘newsiness with news [and] share-worthiness with importance.’"