“[Kickstarter] is now on track to raise over $150 million for its users in 2012. That’s a staggering number all on its own, but even more impressive when you consider it would exceed the funding provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.”—
I feel like the internet just kicked America’s nuts in the middle of the playground with all the teachers watching.
At Thursday’s rally, Mr. Putin held the crowd in thrall one more time, enunciating the words of a lyric poem with such ferocity that they bounced off the bleachers a football field away. He walked off the stage, head bowed, between columns of shouting admirers. Mr. Peskov, his press secretary, said that Mr. Putin was confident that he had “overwhelming support” in Russia, and had come to terms with the rise in dissent among “the city bourgeoisie.”
“I wouldn’t say he was surprised,” Mr. Peskov said. “He’s the one who feels the country, he’s the one who knows the country from inside. He is the one who knows, let’s say, different parts of the society. He knows the problems of those who are poor. He knows the rich. He knows the middle class. And he was interested from the beginning to get it clear.”
Mr. Peskov said Mr. Putin was seeking to understand the rumbles of dissatisfaction, largely through contact with the ordinary Russians he meets on his official travels. But he added that much of what Mr. Putin found out there was full-throated support.
“Regularly he looks at people, he listens, he watches,” he said. “The problem is when people are shouting, ‘Return our voices’ — we have never stolen their voices. When they cry, ‘Putin, go away,’ he feels the support of millions of people in this country who shout, ‘Putin, stay! Putin, help! Putin, be with us!’ ”
We began by looking at how big the Death Star is. The first one is reported to be 140km in diameter and it sure looks like it’s made of steel. But how much steel? We decided to model the Death Star as having a similar density in steel as a modern warship. After all, they’re both essentially floating weapons platforms so that seems reasonable.
Would someone please keep reading after that? I need to understand how water and space are the same “essences.” The dissonance here give me this feeling which makes the word-explain-making difficult, but here’s a few so you can see where I’m going: buoyancy, gravity, drydocking, drowning, vacuums, construction in the weightlessness of space, whatever the first way a vacuum kills you is, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!
Certainly we wouldn’t want to listen to their other suggestions, which would see us broaden the definition of “fair use” and, horrifically, reduce copyright terms back to merely a lifetime or even less. Not only would such an act deprive our great-great-grandchildren of their birthright, but it would surely choke off creativity to the dark ages of the 18th and 19th centuries, a desperately lean time for art in which we had to make do with mere scribblers such as Wordsworth, Swift, Richardson, Defoe, Austen, Bronte, Hardy, Dickens, and Keats.
Do we really want to return to that world? I don’t think so.
We’re coming at this franchise from two very different places, because I grew up in the expanded universe. I read all the books, memorized the canonic chronology from Tales of the Jedi through Young Jedi Knights, played all the Star Wars videogames, could tell you the difference between a TIE Interceptor and a TIE Interdictor. I loved the original trilogy, but to me, they weren’t movies: They were vivid windows into a fascinating universe. (In fact, I don’t think I even conceived of the original trilogy as three separate movies until a marathon viewing session in college. It’s shocking just how obviously bad Return of the Jedi is when you start watching it immediately after Empire Strikes Back.) So, as a recovering Star Wars megafan, I think the biggest problem I have with Phantom Menace is that the film seems utterly unimaginative about its own possibilities. This movie could have gone anywhere…and it went back to Tatooine? Darth Vader was born and raised in the same region of the same world as his son? He created C-3PO? F—ing midichlorians? You can feel an expansive universe constricting to a few boring characters sitting in a series of rooms talking about space politics. And dear god, Qui-Gon Jinn. Jar Jar gets the blame because of the racial stereotyping, but can we all agree that Qui-Gon Jinn is the single worst character George Lucas has ever created?
—EW’s Darren Franich from this conversation about why The Phantom Menace really is as bad as we remember
There’s lots of other dumb things that I’m sure stuffs Bloomberg’s socks in the article, but here’s a choice cut:
Miriam and Christian Rengier, a German couple moving to New York, visited some private elementary schools in Manhattan last spring in search of a place for their son. They immediately noticed the absence of ethnic diversity, and the chauffeurs ferrying children to the door.
[blah blah blah cafeterias]
For the Rengiers, the decision was clear: Their son would go to public school.“It was not the question if we could afford it or not,” said Ms. Rengier, whose husband was transferred to the city because of his job as a lawyer and tax consultant. “It was a question of whether it was real life or not.”
The media may be contributing to threat inflation today by uncritically reporting alarmist views of potential cyber threats. For example, a 2009 front page Wall Street Journal story reported that the U.S. power grid had been penetrated by Chinese and Russian hackers and laced with logic bombs. The article is often cited as evidence that the power grid is rigged to blow.
Yet similar to Judith Miller’s Iraq WMD reporting, the only sources for the article’s claim that infrastructure has been compromised are anonymous U.S. intelligence officials. With little specificity about the alleged infiltrations, readers are left with no way to verify the claims. More alarmingly, when Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) took to the Senate floor to introduce the comprehensive cybersecurity bill that she co-authored with Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), the evidence she cited to support a pressing need for regulation included this very Wall Street Journal story.