At first I hoped that such a technically unsound project would collapse but I soon realized it was doomed to success. Almost anything in software can be implemented, sold, and even used given enough determination. There is nothing a mere scientist can say that will stand against the flood of a hundred million dollars. But…

Asklepiados

Think how unspeakably sweet the taste of snow at midsummer, how sweet a kind spring breeze after the gales of winter. But as we all discover, nothing’s quite as sweet as one large cloak wrapped around two lovers

THINGS

THINGS Things that spin, ferris wheels and riverboat queens. Things that turn, roulette wheels and windmills. Things that circle, pencils and protractors. Things that are round, balls and zeros. Things that whirl, like the world — Tom Poteat, New Orleans Poet

Effects of Comprehension on Retention of Prose

With hocked gems financing him, our hero bravely defied all scornful laughter that tried to prevent his scheme. “Your eyes deceive,” he had said. “An egg, not a table, correctly typifies this unexplored planet.” Now three sturdy sisters sought proof. Forging along, sometimes through calm vastness, yet more often over turbulent peaks and valleys, days…

Excerpt from Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash

He did not realize until a couple of years later that this question was, in effect, the cornerstone of their relationship. Did Juanita think that Hiro was an asshole? He always had some reason to think that the answer was yes, but nine times out of ten she insisted the answer was no. It made…

A Story About Storytelling

As told by nationally acclaimed storyteller Jim May There was an old man camping at the edge of a village. When he awakened in the morning, he began saying his prayers to the rising sun. On this particular morning, he heard footsteps behind him and someone shouting, “Master, master, where is it?” The old man…

Patterns of Renewal

It is one of the laws of life that the new meaning must be lived before it can be known, and in some mysterious way modern man knows so much that he is the prisoner of his knowledge. The old dynamic conception of the human spirit as something living always on the frontiers of human…