The misplaced adulation of Reagan has reportedly affected more than just Republican rhetoric, and seems to have had an impact on policy. Former president George W. Bush told reporters he “honestly thought” everyone wanted him to follow in Reagan’s footsteps, which led him to emulate the 40th president’s out-of-control deficit spending, fealty to the super-rich, and illegal wars.
To employ a commonly used metaphor, our current proficiency in rocket-building is the result of a hill-climbing approach; we started at one place on the technological landscape—which must be considered a random pick, given that it was chosen for dubious reasons by a maniac—and climbed the hill from there, looking for small steps that could be taken to increase the size and efficiency of the device. Sixty years and a couple of trillion dollars later, we have reached a place that is infinitesimally close to the top of that hill. Rockets are as close to perfect as they’re ever going to get.
1. Due to an editing error, Bieber’s quote about only having sex with someone you’re in love with omitted his statements about the the cover shoot’s photographer, Terry Richardson. “I mean, the handy I gave to Uncle Terry was different,” Bieber said. “He told me that didn’t count as sex.”
I’ve noticed among New Yorkers that there’s a kind of bogeyman idea about Midwesterners, that they’ll come in droves and take over our bodegas and delis and force us to eat pastrami on white and talk like Sarah Palin. And if someone is complaining about New York, a common put down is: “Why don’t you move back to Ohio?” Always Ohio.
The magic of cities comes from their people, but those people must be well served by the bricks and mortar that surround them. Cities need roads and buildings that enable people to live well and to connect easily with one another. Tall towers, like Henry Ford II’s Renaissance Center in Detroit, make little sense in places with abundant space and slack demand. But in the most desirable cities, whether they’re on the Hudson River or the Arabian Sea, height is the best way to keep prices affordable and living standards high.
This in-app subscription system will undoubtedly be one of the most user-friendly systems that subscription billing has ever seen. Actually, I don’t think it’s a stretch to say it will be the most user-friendly. Apple has created a centralized place to handle a wide variety of subscriptions spanning many different companies. All streamlined. All with one-click capabilities. No need to enter billing addresses. No need to enter credit card numbers. If you want to unsubscribe, it’s one-click. Change your subscription terms? One-click. What was once a nightmare of dozens, or hundreds, or thousands of different backend systems (or worse, phone calls) is now all taken care of thanks to the iTunes ecosystem.
And that’s exactly why consumers would use such a system. And it may finally be the answer for getting people to pay for content such as magazines, online.
Last night we rocked the jukebox at Spider Kelly’s. Katie did a great Nicki Minaj impression and expressed some warm love and affection, which led to a group hug. We became close to the bartenders and were gifted a shot of Jameson. Matt and I paid extra to download this song from the internet and then sang along, word-for-word, at a majestic volume. I came. (Spider Kelly’s is not a karaoke bar.)
“I pick my spots, man. I pick my spots. I can get on people’s nerves, so they can get so used to me that they ain’t lookin’ at me that way no more. [laughs] So I got my little spots where I go play basketball. They’re used to me there. I know where I can go eat. But I don’t just randomly go to the mall—unless I just feel like I need some attention and I need some love. Then I go to the mall.”—R Kelly - Interview Magazine
The critical flaw in our health-care system that people like Gunn and Brenner are finding is that it was never designed for the kind of patients who incur the highest costs. Medicine’s primary mechanism of service is the doctor visit and the E.R. visit. (Americans make more than a billion such visits each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control.) For a thirty-year-old with a fever, a twenty-minute visit to the doctor’s office may be just the thing. For a pedestrian hit by a minivan, there’s nowhere better than an emergency room. But these institutions are vastly inadequate for people with complex problems: the forty-year-old with drug and alcohol addiction; the eighty-four-year-old with advanced Alzheimer’s disease and a pneumonia; the sixty-year-old with heart failure, obesity, gout, a bad memory for his eleven medications, and half a dozen specialists recommending different tests and procedures. It’s like arriving at a major construction project with nothing but a screwdriver and a crane.
“It was fascinating to see how embarrassed people would get playing it. Because there aren’t any graphics, you and your fellow player often end up looking directly at each other while you coordinate your virtual sex. It can get awkward, especially when played in public. You think you’re about to play a fun Wii game, then suddenly, bam, you find yourself having virtual gay sex with your buddy.”—We’re Very Uncomfortable With The Copenhagen Game Collective
“I try to make people cry. Like, how quickly into a song can I make someone cry? … I like songs about life, and they should be fun and stuff, but can also include the heavy stuff, like God, sex, and death. Those are the three truisms about everyone’s life: Whether you believe in God or not, what the fuck are we doing here, and love, what it does for you or doesn’t, and how long you got, or what you do with that. I think the best songs have at least one of those, and the better ones have all of ’em.”—Sam Beam, of Iron & Wine, in the AV Club. (via crumbler)
My grandmother died this week, and as a tribute to her, I would like to share a few things I think made her a class act. Everyone in the world loved her, and by breaking down the code she lived by, it is easy to see why. These tricks and traits work not only for a grandparent or old person, but also for a twenty-something just trying to get by.
The Hole Hawg is dangerous because it does exactly what you tell it to. It is not bound by the physical limitations that are inherent in a cheap drill, and neither is it limited by safety interlocks that might be built into a homeowner’s product by a liability-conscious manufacturer. The danger lies not in the machine itself but in the user’s failure to envision the full consequences of the instructions he gives to it.