Archive for November 19th, 2011

At the Berkeley Farmers Market today, I asked the balloon animal lady for a Cthulhu. To my surprise, she complied. I gave it to a nearby child, who promptly turned inside out. #eldergods #oops

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King Kong vs Godzilla

From a recent Malcolm Gladwell article in the New Yorker:

In the nineteen-eighties, Jobs reacted the same way when Microsoft came out with Windows. It used the same graphical user interface—icons and mouse—as the Macintosh. Jobs was outraged and summoned Gates from Seattle to Apple’s Silicon Valley headquarters. “They met in Jobs’s conference room, where Gates found himself surrounded by ten Apple employees who were eager to watch their boss assail him,” Isaacson writes. “Jobs didn’t disappoint his troops. ‘You’re ripping us off!’ he shouted. ‘I trusted you, and now you’re stealing from us!’ ”

Gates looked back at Jobs calmly. Everyone knew where the windows and the icons came from. “Well, Steve,” Gates responded. “I think there’s more than one way of looking at it. I think it’s more like we both had this rich neighbor named Xerox and I broke into his house to steal the TV set and found out that you had already stolen it.”

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Angel, by Pat Cadigan

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A Multiverse of Exploration: The Future of Science 2021.

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