One major takeaway from Jim Holt’s Why Does the World Exist? An Existential Detective Story, as embodied by the following excerpt… Read the rest of this entry »
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Tanzan and Ekido were once traveling together down a muddy road. A heavy rain was still falling. Read the rest of this entry »
“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.”
— Robin Williams (1951 – 2014)
“Excuse me, let me tell you something… When America opened up the floodgates and let all us Italians in, what do you think they were doing it for? ‘Cause they were trying to save us from poverty? No, they did it because they needed us. They needed us to build their cities and dig their subways, and to make them richer.
Gather ye rosebuds while ye may, Read the rest of this entry »
More than a month ago, I finished Nassim Taleb’s culminating work, Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder. I’ve now read his entire series, and thoroughly enjoyed most of it. Thus, I wanted to record some of my favorite passages and takeaways herein, because his hyper-simplistic, radical, against-the-grain philosophy has a profound effect on both my personal and my professional lives… Read the rest of this entry »
“Whoever did this obviously did not know shit about the people of Boston, because nothing these terrorists do is going to shake them. For Pete sake, Boston was founded by the pilgrims–a people so tough they had to buckle their fucking hats on! It is the cradle of the American Revolution. A city that withstood an 86-year losing streak! A city that made it through The Big Dig– a construction project that backed up traffic for 16 years; there are commuters just getting home now… They attacked the Boston Marathon–an event celebrating people who run 26 miles on their day off until their nipples are raw–for fun!”
—Stephen Colbert, The Colbert Report, Comedy Central (2013.04.16)
The morning of June 27th was clear and sunny, with the fresh warmth of a full-summer day; the flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was richly green. The people of the village began to gather in the square, between the post office and the bank, around ten o’clock; in some towns there were so many people that the lottery took two days and had to be started on June 26th. but in this village, where there were only about three hundred people, the whole lottery took less than two hours, so it could begin at ten o’clock in the morning and still be through in time to allow the villagers to get home for noon dinner.
Dr. Wong, Dr. Keough, Mrs. Novogroski, Ms. Curran, members of the board of education, family and friends of the graduates, ladies and gentlemen of the Wellesley High School class of 2012, for the privilege of speaking to you this afternoon, I am honored and grateful. Thank you. Read the rest of this entry »