In the back of a gritty-looking gas station at 14th and W streets NW, unleaded regular goes for $3.94 a gallon and the yellowfin tuna steak — dressed with red onions, raisins and caper mayonnaise and tucked into a warm homemade brioche — will set you back $8.50.
Rather than organize an international revolt of workers, Deng generated a conspiracy of business leaders willing to devalue their work force. He showed CEOs that they could become fabulously wealthy if they only reduced their companies to nothing more than nameplates and outlets – brand names for China Inc. He showed them that they could profit from the destruction of their own system.
In my real world job I occasionally have to ask folks to visit a webpage that they’ve never been to before to ensure that they really do have Internet connectivity. This is where I send them. Why? Because I’m old enough to think that having color pictures from the surface of Mars is outstandingly cool. That and this is a prime example of a government program gone right.
These little rovers were guaranteed for 90 days. Spirit only made it six years. Opportunity is still moving around and sending back scientific data seven years later. How cool is that?
Did you know that there’s water on Mars? Where there’s water, there may well be life as we recognize it. And that’s REALLY cool.
Click the link. Poke around a bit. The pictures are from Mars!
In 2007, a 29-year-old eBay entrepreneur and real estate agent named John Maloof purchased a box of negatives at an auction for $400. He was working with Daniel Pogorzelski on an illustrated history of the Portage Park neighborhood and was hoping to find photographs of the Chicago cityscape in…
It just doesn’t get any better than this (Unless Opus returns from the dead):
Please, please, please let this continue…..
“Calvin’s daughter, Bacon meets Hobbes for the first time. Calvin and Hobbes is basically the best thing ever, it’s one of my most prominent influences. So, after seeing some of the fan art that was out there of what Calvin would be like when he was an adult, I thought that it would be cool to flesh it out more. So, this is me trying to be as faithful to the source material as I could – of course, I’m no Watterson, but I think I did ok. As for why someone would name their daughter Bacon? Well, my niece acquired the nickname Bacon over the years, and Francis Bacon was another old philosopher along with Calvin and Hobbes, so it seemed like a good name – plus, if anyone would name his daughter Bacon, it would be Calvin.”
I actually met a guy a couple days ago who raises homing pigeons. As a network engineer, I immediately started asking about how they worked, with an eye towards implementing RFC 1149. Turns out it’s kind of tricky, and apparently somebody already sent a couple of pings that way, so it wouldn’t be the first attempt. Also note this line from that Wikipedia article: “Rafting photographers already use pigeons as a sneakernet to transport digital photos on flash media from the camera to the tour operator. Over a 30-mile distance a single pigeon may be able to carry tens of gigabytes of data in around an hour, which on an average bandwidth basis compares very favorably to current ADSL standards, even when accounting for lost drives.”
As a wise man once said, “never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of backup tapes.”
”—Comment at the bottom of a TPM article about: How OBL Checked His E-mail
In the spring of 1998 I found 751 dollars in a puddle.
I turned the money over to the police who held it for several months, but when no one claimed it the money became mine for real- a thin stack of hundreds and fifties still sandy from the dirty puddle water.
For a long time I didn’t know what to do with it. I didn’t want it to just disappear under my bills; I wanted to use it in a way that was worthy of a once-in-a-lifetime stroke of luck.
So a year later I fired up my motorcycle with the intention of riding until the money was gone, and maybe then some.
“Former government lawyer John Yoo taking credit on behalf of the Bush administration for Sunday’s strike against Osama bin Laden is like Edward John Smith, the captain of the Titanic, taking credit for the results of the 1998 Academy Awards," - Andrew Cohen.”—
I was listening to a book on my drive home from work this afternoon, as I usually do. This one is a mid-80’s cold war espionage mystery thriller piece — OSS/CIA vs. the KGB mole — you know the type. Anyhow, two of the characters got into a conversation about whether a killer is a murderer or a…