A couple of weeks ago, I was scheduled to take a trip from New York (JFK) to Los Angeles on JetBlue. Every year, my family goes on a one-week pilgrimage, where we put our work on hold and spend time visiting temples, praying, and spending time with family and friends. To my Jewish friends, I often…
There will be a great deal said about what the verdict in this trial means, but most fundamentally we should understand that it means validation for the idea that the actions George Zimmerman took that night are rational, the conclusions he drew are sound and that a black teenager can be considered armed anytime he is walking down a paved street. The decision the six jurors reached Saturday evening will inspire anger, frustration, and despair, but little surprise, and this is the most deeply saddening aspect of this entire affair. From the outset— throughout the forty-four days it took for there to be an arrest, and then in the sixteen months it took to for this case to come to trial—there was a nagging suspicion that it would culminate in disappointment. Call this historical profiling.
The perspective is a strange, terrible echo of the words Zimmerman uttered that rainy night in central Florida: they always get away.
Although I don’t feel that it’s at all necessary to tell you how I feel about the principle of individuality, I know that I’m going to have to spend the rest of my life expressing it one way or another, and I think that I’ll accomplish more by expressing it on the keys of a typewriter than by letting it express itself in sudden outbursts of frustrated violence… .
Do you know why teachers use me? Because I speak in tongues. I write metaphors.
Dunes. “Dunes in the White Desert, Egypt.” © Stephan Fuernrohr
Sony World Photography Awards 2011.
Hey ThinkNorth, you might want to take back the credit for your work.
if it weren’t for kind souls like this guy, i’m pretty sure id stop posting my work here..
Kind of awesome that 98,000 people saw it and have no idea who created it, right? right..
Concept art of Art by Ricky Nierva for “Monsters University,” 2013
we are depriving future generations of the memory of us… Though we now reveal so much more – teenagers especially – we leave behind so much less. Texts, tweets and Facebook updates exist in abundance, but they rarely provide the depth of a letter. And few would bet on them surviving 70-odd years… The point is that a fundamental aspect of human life – memory – is being altered by the digital revolution, and it is far from the only one. I confess I long avoided bowing to such a conclusion. In the 1990s, I was among those who wanted to believe the internet represented a shift in scale or form, rather than in kind: emails would be the same as letters, only faster. But increasingly, it seems, that was to underestimate the nature of the change…
Behold! The supermoon!
Thanks to its close proximity to Earth over the weekend, the moon appeared up to 14% larger and 30% brighter than its everyday self, providing photographers a perfect opportunity to take some stunning photos - a selection of which can be seen above.
Photos: Aris Messinis, Menahem Kahana, Monte Fortefilippo / AFP/Getty Images, Kay Neitfeld / EPA, Scott Eisen / Associated Press, David Roark / Getty Images
It’s almost time to announce 2013’s Most Creative People! Until then, it’s fun to look back at last year’s list and consider where all of those people are now.
Scene on the otherwise silent train ride home last night:
Me, plugged into my iPhone with a huge 26-pack of toilet paper sitting in my lap, laughing often and out loud. The man sitting next to me giving me the side-eye and scooting to the far side of his seat and away from me.
Point: Jeff Garlin’s “By the Way” interview with Zack Galifianakis is hilarious. A tidbit on the subject of shampoo:
Garlin: Right now your hair is almost like the Three Stooges being scared. …
Galifianakis: Pert Plus is so expensive. .. I don’t need the Plus, just give me the Pert.
As a matter of fact, I’m making my way through them in a non-orderly fashion and a lot of Garlin’s “By the Way” podcasts are funny. You should give them a listen if you haven’t already and you feel like it.
There are a lot of roads just sitting there in the sun, doing nothing with all that energy. Why not use them to collect it? Introducing the Solar Roadway, a road built out of solar panels.
The road is made of three parts: a hard-wearing translucent top-layer with the solar cells, LED lights (for road markings) and a heating element (to keep off snow and ice); an electronics layer to control lighting and communications; and a base plate layer that distributes power to nearby homes and businesses (and perhaps electric vehicle charging stations). Plus, there’s a channel at the edge to collect and filter run-off water (including anti-freeze and other chemicals that normally leeches into the ground).