“the biggest myth about steampunk, perpetuated by Wikipedia and (to a lesser extent BoingBoing), is that it’s a literary genre, specifically a subgenre of science fiction. it’s not. it’s a fashion subgenre, specifically a subgenre of cosplay and of consumer electronics. like many strains of fashion, one of the only reasons it exists is to showcase how expensive it is.”—Giles Bowkett
“Look, Top Chef, we know that cheap puns are stock-in-trade for this kind of programming. We are all adults here, and we recognize and accept the rules of the game. So just say, like, “this week it’s all about Checks and Balances, so you are going to have to make a salad using Chex Mix that doesn’t weigh more than three pounds.” And then we can all move on. You don’t have to have an ACTUAL elected member of the LEGISLATIVE BRANCH of the UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT making up bullshit explanations for how your lazy puns are actually very thoughtful puns reflecting the real machinations of ethical conduct and federal law-making.”—Top Chef S07E06: Ethics Or Something | Videogum
Moses also shows up in Lawrence Lessig’s Code during a discussion of the concept of how in the computing world, code is essentially architecture — it rigidly defines what we can and can not do. He points to how The Power Broker documents a bunch of cases where Moses made architectural decisions based on what effects he thought they would have on black people — gates or roads that were too narrow for city buses (since only whites had cars), etc.
The App store, and the control that Apple maintains over the content sold in it, is one of clearest demonstrations of Lessig’s idea currently in existence.
“I think it’s a cop-out. Any super-competitive person would rather beat Dwyane Wade than play with him. Don’t you want to find the Ali to your Frazier and have that rival pull the greatness out of you? That’s why I’m holding out hope that LeBron signs with New York or Chicago (or stays in Cleveland), because he’d be saying, “Fine. Kobe, Dwight and Melo all have their teams. Wade and Bosh have their team. The Celtics are still there. Durant’s team is coming. I’m gonna go out and build MY team, and I’m kicking all their asses.” That’s what Jordan would have done. Hell, that’s what Kobe would have done.”—Simmons, earlier today