Douglas Adams, in his book “The Salmon of Doubt,” wrote that “I’ve come up with a set of rules that describe our reactions to technologies.” The rules are:
I’m as guilty of this as anyone, I must admit. Youngsters: it will happen to you, too. Via cdixon.org.
- Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works.
- Anything that’s invented between when you’re fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it.
- Anything invented after you’re thirty-five is against the natural order of things.
Words to live and work by in a university.
Ellen is away this week. We made this for her this morning.
"Dick Cheney was right all along."
Wall Street Journal, 2014
"Once we’d [invaded Iraq and] gotten rid of Saddam and his government, then we’d have had to put another government in its place…How long would we have had to stay in Baghdad to keep that government in place? What would happen to the government once U.S. forces withdrew? How many casualties should the United States accept in that effort to try to create clarity and stability in a situation that is inherently unstable?...It’s my view that [President George H.W. Bush] got it right [by not invading.]...It would have been a mistake for us to get bogged down in the quagmire inside Iraq."
—Dick Cheney, 1991
I grew up in an upper-middle class family without shouting or screaming or hitting. I didn’t realize until I was 40 years old that we were emotionally illiterate and that I didn’t even know I had spent most of my life sad, lonely, angry, and afraid. I just knew it felt good when I got drunk, that I hated seeing the sun come up, and when my wife talked I couldn’t wait for her to finish her sentences so I could go back to watching whatever crap was on television. I thought that was normal. I didn’t know how to communicate my emotions because I couldn’t name my emotions.
via A comedian’s confession: The more successful I became, the more I wanted to kill myself – Quartz.
Crema is an espresso bar near our house.