It’s a worthwhile read, despite the author barely skimming the surface of the technology and implementation involved. There’s also a faint whiff of Grandpa Simpson-style bah-humbuggery, which I guess you’d expect from AO.
My Instapaper queue is bursting at the seams with Longform.org stories, vintage auto reviews and a random assortment of general interest content that I may never get to. I need a really long flight. Until that happens, here’s an assortment of what’s passed through my eyeholes in the last few hours.
“I am convinced that there is a larger vision for news coming out of Google; that it is not simply a charity effort to buy off critics; and that it has been pushed hard enough by people at the top of the company, especially Schmidt, to become an internalized part of the culture in what is arguably the world’s most important media organization.”—How to Save the News - James Fallows, The Atlantic
“Forget teardrops and chrome bows. From a low side angle this thing is a torpedo, a hollow-point bullet scattering shards of moon beams, a blunt hypodermic of adrenaline. It’s completely bad-ass.”—Dan Neil on the 2011 Jaguar XJ
“If aliens ever visit us, I think the outcome would be much as when Christopher Columbus first landed in America, which didn’t turn out very well for the Native Americans.”—Stephen Hawking wants SETI to chill out.
I don’t want to wake up and look at a screen. I feel like as a society, we try to put everything on that same goddamn screen, and pretty soon we’re going to be eating on the screen or, like, making love through the screen. It’s just sort of like: ‘Why does everything have to be on the screen?’
Some beardy druid from the oral tradition, a few thousand years back:
I don’t want to wake up and look at paper. I feel like as a society, we try to put everything on that same (Brythonic swear word) piece of paper, and pretty soon we’re going to be eating on paper or, forsooth, making love through paper. It’s just sort of like: “Why does everything have to be on the paper?”