"One of the things you learn as a college president is that if an undergraduate is wearing a tie and jacket on Thursday afternoon at three o’clock, there are two possibilities. One is that they’re looking for a job and have an interview; the other is that they are an a**hole. This was the latter case."-
Former Harvard president and Secretary of the Treasury Lawrence Summers on Facebook crybabies the Winklevoss twins.
The more cannibalized technology gets, the more it repulses me. I say “cannibalized” as opposed to “advanced” because, honestly, I don’t consider smushing two preexisting forms of technology (say, social networking and video chatting) worthy of a Steve-Jobs-esque keynote. Not to say that all hybrids are bad, (quite the contrary) just this one. If you can explain to me why this new development of Facebook is a watershed moment, then please enlighten me.
We should not settle for mediocre upgrades to technology. We should be supporting and encouraging innovation. We should be demanding drastic changes, changes to promote healthy living and education. Then maybe, just maybe, we’ll finally get those damn hovercrafts and jet packs.
Recent thoughts of practicality combined with the recent experience of handwriting a letter to a friend has reminded me of the virtues of simplicity. I often forget to practice simple living in my daily life, which is odd because it’s friendlier to my mind, body, and my pocketbook.
That being said, if you would like to receive a handwritten dispatch of ramblings and quotes, I would be more than happy to oblige! Just drop off your address in my ask box. It’s a lovely feeling to write and receive old fashioned correspondence and I’m quite at leisure.