Recently, while on vacation in New Orleans for Mardi Gras and visiting family, we stayed at my sister’s house. She was kind enough to let us have her place while she found accommodations elsewhere. She moved in to this place herself not too long ago and was proud to point out to us the brand new, gigantic, flat-panel television and full Cable TV package she purchased slightly before our arrival. She felt that our four year old daughter Beatrix would especially get a kick over having so many kids channels to watch on such a big screen.
“I have come to an unalterable decision – to go and live forever in Polynesia. Then I can end my days in peace and freedom, without thoughts of tomorrow and this eternal struggle against idiots.”—Paul Gauguin
“… you’ve no idea how much more motivating it is to someone technical to look at the shitty prototype you … painfully clubbed together yourself, and say, “Obviously I can help you build that much better”, than it is for them to listen to a shitty pitch.”—On finding tech co-founders by @andyy (via latentflip)
“People are frightened of death, and the central lie of all religion is that there’s a cure for this and an exception we’ve made in your own case: an eternal life offered if you make the right propitiations and the right abjections. Well, I’m sorry. I think that it’s the height of immorality to lie to people like that.”—Christopher Hitchens - Wikiquote
Let it be noted that Mr John Sutherland bets Mr Matthew Riggott twenty-five pounds sterling that by January 1st 2014 Apple will have announced hardware that is designed to replace a traditional television set.