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“There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment. How often, or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork. It was even conceivable that they watched everybody all the time.…
Leverage: Bill Gates 2.0 interview
The first version of Bill Gates was impressive. The second one is becoming super human. Wealth can provide incredible leverage.
If you have time, this interview of Bill Gates by Charlie Rose on CBS 60 minutes last week is awesome. As it is the web-only…
Talk on Graphene transistors and two dimensional electronics
Last week in Berlin for INC9 and gave a talk on “Graphene transistors and two dimensional electronics”, sharing our views on the future of graphene electronics. The presentation in below.
Most of the activity has been funded from…
The quantitative New York Times.
You want to have the right heroes
Nice Warren Buffett interview. The best quotes:
- “If you tell me who your heroes are, I’ll tell you how you’ll turn out.”
- “You’re going to [bet on] the person that has the right habits“
- “You want to hang around with people that are better than you are”
I became a journalist partly so that I wouldn’t ever have to rely on the press for my information.
A week ago today, Aaron gave up. And since I received the call late Friday night telling me that, like so many others who were close to him, I have not rested. Not slept, really. Not connected with my kids, at all. Not held my wife except to comfort her tears, or for her to comfort mine.
Why was he being charged with 13 felonies?
His motive was political — obviously. His harm was exactly none — as JSTOR effectively acknowledged. But he deserved, your “career prosecutors” believed, to be deprived of his rights as a citizen (aka, a “felon,” no longer entitled to the political rights he fought to perfect) because of what he did.
Yet here’s the thing to remember on MLK weekend (even though my saying this violates a rule I believe in firmly, a kind of inverse to Godwin’s law, because though I believe these two great souls were motivated by exactly the same kind of justice, King’s cause was greater): How many felonies was Martin Luther King, Jr., convicted of? King, whose motives were political too, but who, unlike Aaron, triggered actions which caused real harm (as in physical damage). What’s that number?
And how many was he even charged with in the whole of his career?
Two. Two bogus charges (perjury and tax evasion) from Alabama, which an all-white jury acquitted him of.
This is a measure of who we have become.
The real problem is growth. Since almost 30 years.
The birth of emoticons, one of 100 diagrams that changed the world: Emoticons made a discreet entrance, arriving in print for the first time in this March 30, 1881 issue of Puck magazine. The small item in the middle of this page gives four examples of ‘typographical art’ – joy, melancholy, indifference, and astonishment.