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Est. Nov. 15, 2007
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Colour photos of Cold War Berlin. via slowtravelberlin

Colour photos of Cold War Berlin. via slowtravelberlin

Fri Sep 19
“Whatever the problem, be part of the solution. Don’t just sit around raising questions and pointing out obstacles.”
—Tina Fey
swissmiss | Solution
Thu Sep 18
[When Vonnegut tells his wife he’s going out to buy an envelope] Oh, she says, well, you’re not a poor man. You know, why don’t you go online and buy a hundred envelopes and put them in the closet? And so I pretend not to hear her. And go out to get an envelope because I’m going to have a hell of a good time in the process of buying one envelope. I meet a lot of people. And, see some great looking babes. And a fire engine goes by. And I give them the thumbs up. And, and ask a woman what kind of dog that is. And, and I don’t know. The moral of the story is, is we’re here on Earth to fart around. And, of course, the computers will do us out of that. And, what the computer people don’t realize, or they don’t care, is we’re dancing animals. You know, we love to move around. And, we’re not supposed to dance at all anymore.

Interview by David Brancaccio, NOW (PBS) (7 October 2005).
Kurt Vonnegut - Wikiquote

I hope this is accurate.

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I have no illusion to keep the record once [four-time world time trial champion] Fabian Cancellara and other specialists start having a go. But I like the idea of telling my grandchildren about it, when they sit on my lap when I’m 75. BBC Sport - Jens Voigt to attempt iconic hour record in Switzerland

Profitless Ponzi scheme, or the greatest company in the world led by an absolute genius? Amazon is a polarizing company. Quarter after quarter, as it grows ever larger gobbling up categories and adding businesses, Amazon manages to produce exactly no profit. It’s as if its founder and CEO Jeff Bezos engineered it that way. He has, and Bezos will continue on the same profitless path, says Benedict Evans in conversation with Ben Horowitz in this segment of the a16z podcast. Benedict and Ben (yeah, we know, two Bens) examine the company Bezos has constructed, and why, for Bezos at least as opposed to nervous investors, it works so well. How one of the world’s great founders gets away with building a massive public company his way. Be sure to check out Benedict’s post on the topic for all the charts and numbers: http://a16z.com

Like Americans just over a decade ago, he said, “they are unaware of what an apple should express.” The Awful Reign of the Red Delicious - The Atlantic