Tim Cook talks to Fast Company

At this point, the Steve Jobs era is far enough in the past that it’s almost dumb to note that Apple under Tim Cook is quite muchly different. Still, I’m a member of the old guard and I’m still adjusting to this weird company that regularly makes its top-tier executives available for interviews. (Yes, “when the
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The Andy Zaltzman Pun Run To End All Creation

A dog I once knew loved a stuffed chicken toy. He carried that chicken toy everywhere. It was a love that had no rational foundation, and like many instances of true love, anyone outside of that relationship was at a complete loss to explain it. But it was a pure love. Witnessing this love made me happy. Happy enough to
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How Bad These Snowden Leaks Have Become

Yes, British and US spy agencies infiltrated the systems of the world’s largest maker of SIM cards and stole the encryption keys that allow private individuals to have private conversations. After so many breathtaking revelations, one of my reactions to this news is “Well! At least the NSA was forced to break in to this
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Snow Day

It’s Tuesday night. I’m nice and warm and on my sofa, I’ve got things baking in the oven, and I’m watching a TV show that I’m barely interested in. When the storm began on Monday night, I wasn’t sure I’d be able to say any of these things tonight, let alone say it from a computer with
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Lockdown

Okay! I’m done. I carried the last handcart full of firewood from the car to my Supplemental Woodpile, wrapped it up in a blue tarp, laid a pair of snow shovels on top like the cross marking the furtive burial plot of the weakest member of team of Antarctic explorers, and then I said goodbye to the outside
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Help Me To Samsung “Six Colors”

Why does the official name of this website still say “Beta?” Jeez. Well, look at it! Yeah, see, for years I’ve been trying to make this site look nice and clean and modern. But in golf terms, I have no short game. I can move the ball from the tee to just short of the green with accuracy
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Grace Notes

  Sometimes, you see a work of art and you break out into spontaneous applause. Here we see two examples. Augustus Saint-Gauden’s “Diana” there in the background is well-known. It was originally designed to adorn the top of Madison Square Garden (the cool, original one) and was fitted out as a weathervane, of all things. It
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It’s All Run By A Big Eastern Syndicate

My annual Musical Advent Calendar always begins with the best of intentions (“Recommend one music track every day between the day after Thanksgiving and Christmas Day”) and then ends about a week short of the original goal. “It’s Christmas,” the reader is inclined to shrug, when a blogger’s series of posts about favorite music tracks inexplicably ends
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Adventures In Nitpicking

I was up early (fine: “early for me”) to see the Orion launch. NASA livestreams are totally exciting. Jargon jargon jargon (my ears perk up at every third or fourth line, when I recognize an acronym; I feel very clever) change of camera angles Three!…Two!…One!…Lif … ……. …. ……………. Yeah, at the critical moment, when I
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