Etherpad is an online text editor that saves every keystroke — so far, so good. But it also allows you to play them back, giving you a birds-eye view of how a document came to be. This is how Paul Graham wrote Startups in 13 Sentences. Watching someone else write is interesting enough, but I can imagine playing back the evolution of one of your own pieces of writing is absolutely mesmerizing. Consider all it could tell you about how you write: it could potentially improve your writing considerably by making you aware of how you write, or else it could cripple you by showing you how much crap you turn out for every word of decent prose.
“I would think that she would understand what i meant when i used the term hip-hop. I wasn’t talking literally the music industry — Ludacris or Snoop Dog becoming Republicans. Look — I’m not stupid I was born in DC on 8th Street. I know what’s up. I know what time it is. I used to hang out in Brooklyn and in the Bronx as a teenager. I know what the real world is like.”—
“In other words, we have lived through an era where too often, short-term gains were prized over long-term prosperity; where we failed to look beyond the next payment, the next quarter, or the next election. A surplus became an excuse to transfer wealth to the wealthy instead of an opportunity to invest in our future. Regulations were gutted for the sake of a quick profit at the expense of a healthy market. People bought homes they knew they couldn’t afford from banks and lenders who pushed those bad loans anyway. And all the while, critical debates and difficult decisions were put off for some other time on some other day.”—Barack Obama (via azspot)
A new hypothesis is being put forward for human’s beleif in religion, the claim is that religion emerges as a natural by-product of the way the human mind works; especially the fact that our brains have seperate cognitive systems for dealing with living things, and anothr for inanimate objects.
LONDON - An anti-gay U.S. Christian preacher and his daughter have been barred from entering Britain as they could spread “extremism and hatred,” the British government said Thursday.
The Rev. Fred Phelps, founder of the Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas, had been due in Britain to protest at a play about the murder of a gay man.
But British Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said she had decided to prevent Phelps and his daughter Shirley Phelps-Roper from entering the country.
This is great news. Fred Phelps is an awful human being. Most Kansans have had a run in of their own, or know someone who has dealt with Phelps. If you haven’t seen it, and are interested, I suggest you watch Fall From Grace.
“I’m grateful for Sarah Palin. Were it not for Sarah Palin, I would have continued in the politically ignorant state I have spent most of my life. When Sarah Palin was nominated as the Republican vice presidential candidate, I underwent a series of violent reactions. Amusement turned to morbid curiosity, which turned to obsessional interest, which in turn became horror, which begat yet more obsession, and it all somewhere led me down the thorny path of becoming a dilettante political junkie and, eventually, to Rachel Maddow. I now realize I’m a progressive, and maybe a little bit gay.”—pretty dumb things: thanks a lot (via peterwknox: robot-heart-politics)
If Republican politicians are so deeply opposed to President Obama’s economic recovery plan, they should refuse to take the money. After all, if you think all that federal spending is damaging, there are easy ways to reduce it: Don’t take federal money.
Gov. Sanford can lead the way. South Carolina should decline to accept any federal funds for transportation, education, health care, clean energy or any of the other ideas President Obama is advocating to fix the economy. And the rest of the GOP can follow suit.
Justice Louis Brandeis famously called states “laboratories of democracy.” So let’s experiment. Gov. Sanford can be the guinea pig. His Palmetto State already gets $1.35 back from Washington for every dollar it pays in federal taxes, according to 2005 numbers, the latest calculated by the Tax Foundation, a nonprofit tax research group.
South Carolina is a ward of the federal government. It’s been on welfare for years. If Gov. Sanford is so all-fired opposed to federal spending, let’s start by cutting federal spending in South Carolina. Otherwise, he’s got about as much credibility on fiscal conservatism as A-Rod has on steroids.
The following resolution was recently read into the record and referred to committee: “AMENDING THE ARKANSAS CONSTITUTION TO REPEAL THE PROHIBITION AGAINST AN ATHEIST HOLDING ANY OFFICE IN THE CIVIL DEPARTMENTS OF THE STATE OF ARKANSAS OR TESTIFYING AS A WITNESS IN ANY COURT.”
Arkansas is one of half a dozen US states that still exclude non-believers from public office. While the US Supreme Court has ruled the excluding non-believers from public office is unconstitutional, Arkansas still has a statute to that effect. So the above resolution is merely a bit of tidying up of the books, however it won’t be easy. A vote in 2005 to affirm Arkansas’ support for the separation of church and state, lost 39 to 44.
“Homosexuality is one of the essential elements of living in contemporary society.”—IKEA spokesperson telling Catholics to piss off after asking queer couples be removed from their catalogue. (via mikehudack)