Such a great songwriter. Such a dick.
@Smitros I think it would be a mistake to take Balk as the norm here -- you're setting the bar too high.
@My Number Is My Address Not only are you not allowed to take pics on the plane, you are not even allowed to talk about anything that happens while you are aboard. This rule was originally instituted when someone took video of a fellow passenger puking after eating airline food. A challenge to the rule was rejected by the Supreme Court. Clarence Thomas, surprisingly, dissented to the opinion, mumbling something about a can of coke.
It's all very well for Jaron Lanier to opine that users ought to be compensated for their data, but very difficult to see how this might be achieved.
Myself, I kind of like Phillip's Curves.
@Will Flannigan@twitter Yeah, but by the time you get into power, we will have trashed the place so badly it'll have the same zero-influence as any other third-world country. Heh heh.
@Ralph Haygood Yeah, but I guess it's got pretty cheap since the crash, thereby attracting poor, creative types -- a repeating pattern through the ages. As some old wise man once said to me once during a hitchhiking ride, "It's people make places".
Henry James was not about to let other Americans trash talk Europe.
Interesting, or not interesting, point of fact: Tit Bits was an English publication, not an American one. As a thirty-year-old fancy good representative in Manchester, George Newnes was a treat collector of snippets of information from newspapers. One evening while reading a paper at home he came across an exciting incident which was dramatically reported. He remarked to his wife: "Now that is what I call an interesting tit-bit. Why doesn't someone bring out a whole paper made up of tit-bits like that?"
"Why don't you?" she retorted.
[From Fleet Street, 500 Years of the Press, by Dennis Griffiths] (not a great book, but with some interesting bits).
He raised capital to publish the thing with profits from a vegetarian restaurant.
So I suppose it was sort of the Awl of its day.
Of course, if it had been American they would have called it Tid-bits, yanks being rather sensitive about the first syllable.
Yeah, but what do they do?
I'm surprised they didn't ask him what toothpaste he uses (Tom's of Maine, naturally -- popular yet highbrow). Next they'll want to know what coital positions he prefers (reverse cowgirl -- slightly unconventional, but with just that margin of manhood-risk to give an extra frisson). The Corporation will now foreclose on your soul, brother.