Tuesday, January 31, 2023
Al Simpson remembered Ted holding a hearing in the Capitol basement, where the "vaulted ceilings looked like the sewers of Paris." When Simpson asked why the hearing was being held there, Ted told him it was because the space was too confined for disgruntled citizens to come and "bitch and protest," which might have derailed the legislation.
— Neal Gabler, Against the Wind: Edward Kennedy and the Rise of Conservatism, 1976-2009
Monday, January 30, 2023
If you're going to see all the headlines at the same time, then they've got to be written differently.
— Andrew on headlines in print vs. online*
Sunday, January 29, 2023
There's a reason for everything!
— Austin on skyscrapers shaped by zoning laws
Saturday, January 28, 2023
This being said it is also important that in the future researchers can tell just what parts I did make. For that reason nearly all of them are signed and some even dated. I use a .012” (height of letters) Micro-Stamp @microstamp to mark the metal parts. For the wood pieces I use 1/32” stamps of my initials “WRR” and add a date in a few places. All parts are marked where they can not be easily seen but with close study in a museum lab they should find them.
Friday, January 27, 2023
So make it dramatic either way.
— Instruction card for Hal Sapone during "Murder at the Grand Gatsby Speakeasy"
Thursday, January 26, 2023
Hard to stop seeing these.
— Stephanie on accidental vanity plates
Wednesday, January 25, 2023
"It is such a real pleasure to be able to relax and not have to guard every word, and to know one is with real, understanding friends." Hoover wrote to Nixon's wife Pat after an especially meaningful gathering.
— Beverly Gage, G-Man: J. Edgar Hoover and the Making of the American Century
Tuesday, January 24, 2023
A banker by day and a pterodactyl at night.
— ChatGPT, line from poem titled "Isaac's Pterodactyl Dreams"
Monday, January 23, 2023
Mr. Jingles... ha ha ha... He's just sittin' there... he's saying "I aint goin' over there to test them"... look at 'im... oh dear me... Mr. Jingles what are you doin'?
Sunday, January 22, 2023
Rockfish offer a unique opportunity to study longevity because they include more than 100 species that have evolved to exhibit a vast range of life spans, from 11 years to more than 200 years. The analysis revealed a set of genes associated with changes in their life spans. While some of those genes were already known to regulate longevity in humans and many other species, others were a surprise.
Saturday, January 21, 2023
— Max's friends doing bit with Allen's Coffee Flavored Brandy
Friday, January 20, 2023
Carin Goldberg was not a networker.
— First sentance of @mbierut's remembrance for Carin Goldberg
Thursday, January 19, 2023
Today, I see design moving more towards liberal arts.
Wednesday, January 18, 2023
— Correct answer at trivia for land mammal with largest eyes
Tuesday, January 17, 2023
So these need to be as close to perfect as humanly possible. And we do think they are among the most perfect items that we have on Earth
— Michael Stadermann via @60minutes post with caption "The target shells used to create nuclear fusion reactions with the world’s largest laser are so tiny that scientists apply glue to them using a cat whisker."
Monday, January 16, 2023
If I knew I was gonna die of cancer or something, and I had like three months to live, I would vlog every day. I'd film so many videos, and then I would just schedule upload a video a week for the next five years, so it's like I'm still alive, and I would completely act like I'm still alive and everything, and I think something like that would be cool. I don't know why but I've fantasized... Not fantasized, but I've dreamt about that a lot. Like, I don't know, if I only had 30 days to live, what would I do? And for me, I would try to make a decade's worth of content and schedule upload it so they automatically go public in the future, and so it's just like I never died, I'm just there.
— MrBeast, "MrBeast: Future of YouTube, Twitter, TikTok, and Instagram | Lex Fridman Podcast #351"
Sunday, January 15, 2023
The oven timer dings with glee,
The cookies are ready, come and see.
Golden brown and oh so crisp,
Lily's cookies are a true bliss.
Saturday, January 14, 2023
But there are existential worries, too. One high school teacher told me that he used ChatGPT to evaluate a few of his students’ papers, and that the app had provided more detailed and useful feedback on them than he would have, in a tiny fraction of the time.
— Kevin Roose, "Don’t Ban ChatGPT in Schools. Teach With It.," The New York Times
Friday, January 13, 2023
Whatever he might have had in his mind’s eye was not what he was going to get. He needed to state his prompt cleanly and clearly. But the creativity bubbled out of the machine.
— Frank Pavich, "This Film Does Not Exist," The New York Times
Thursday, January 12, 2023
Sometimes, putting a number on how much of something you have takes years of effort.