April 8, 2015

Technology is Slowing Down

People often write "technology is advancing at an ever increasing pace," but I don't buy it. Our grandparents' generation saw the invention of the car, the radio, the TV, countless vaccines, the jet plane, trans-oceanic flight, the atom bomb, space flight, live satellite broadcasting, the birth control pill, the computer and the internet. Our generation has witnessed the last one, and we're probably going to see autonomous robots too, but somehow I doubt we'll see as many humanity-changing technologies in our lifetime.

I'm not complaining, I'm just saying.

Skrillex & Damian Marley

Dr. Samuel Kassow

Dr. Samuel Kassow speaks at Stanford about the design of the exhibitions at the Polin Museum.

"I can say without any reservation that if you want to measure anti-semitism today, Poland is one of the better countries in the world. Especially in comparison with Britain, Ireland, France, Sweden..."

Although not authored by Kassow, this Field Guide to Jewish Warsaw and Krakow is also worth having a look at. Much needed.

November 6, 2014

How to talk about books you haven't read

I haven't read this book, but I've read most of the review. A kind of Emperor Has No Clothes kind of moment. Funny. Serious. Highly recommended.

March 6, 2014

The Most Awesome Moment in Science Fiction

The most awesome moment in science fiction: the scene in JJ Abrams's Star Trek when Kirk drives his motorcycle up to the Star Fleet ship yard, witnessing the Enterprise under construction.

It was a great moment of optimism, purpose and awe. In this future, the earth is beautiful and plentiful; the family farm seems to be alive and well; and the world's most advanced technology appears nestled within a vast, open and productive countryside. All is well.

It is thanks to the landscape that the hardware seems so awesome.

January 27, 2014