Dang, another great story gone.
Four-minute video revisiting The Population Bomb's terrible forecast.
Related: "13 Worst Predictions Made on Earth Day, 1970".
Account of the invention of the cellphone.
The Motorola DynaTAC 8000x was 9 inches tall, contained 30 circuit boards and could store 30 numbers. After charging for 10 hours, it had enough juice to sustain 35 minutes of conversation. The price tag started at $3,999; most plans cost 50 cents per minute.
The next time you're tempted to curse some aspect of the Modern Age, pause and give thanks for TP.
So true. Much lower child mortality, recorded music, electric lighting. (And he doesn't even mention grocery stores.)
I was listening to this Craig Ferguson interview and Craig said something to the effect that most of the leading philosophers had no kids. I thought: really? I'm empirically oriented, so my first thought was to get a list of philosophers and check. I tried Wikipedia for the list, but it was very, very long. I sampled six I had actually heard of and found . . . they all had no children. But needless to say, a non-random sample of six is not much evidence.
I mentioned this to my wife and she said why not Google it? I did and turned up this piece.
Have I mentioned recently that I love Google?
"A Stubborn NYC Tenant Held Out For An Absolutely Insane Amount Of Money To Finally Leave His Rent-Controlled Apartment"
"Insane" to him, but compared to what the owners were spending on the building, peanuts to them.
Greg Gutfeld's 80 second video. The classics never get old.
Nice overview of some of Justice Thomas's most important opinions.
On the bench, Clarence Thomas takes precisely the opposite approach from that of Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes, who famously quipped that “the Constitution is what the judges say it is.” Under that rubric, too many justices have imposed their own policy preferences, Thomas says: “You make it up, and then you rationalize it.” According to his own strictly originalist judicial credo, set forth in a 1996 speech, “The Constitution means not what the Court says it does but what the delegates at Philadelphia and at the state ratifying conventions understood it to mean. . . . We as a nation adopted a written Constitution precisely because it has a fixed meaning that does not change. Otherwise we would have adopted the British approach of an unwritten, evolving constitution.”
Relative to when I took history classes, historians know a lot more about the pervasive role of bacteria in human affairs.