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I  Steve

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“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” —Arthur C. Clarke Patton Oswalt on the miracle of 2009.mp3 Listen on Posterous Steve Jobs, in pace requiescat. 

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9/11 and the Power of Concrete Language

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In a 1946 essay called “Politics and the English Language,” George Orwell railed against the decline of clear prose, writing: “The writer either has a meaning and cannot express it, or he inadvertently says something else, or he is almost indifferent as to whether his words mean anything or not….

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The Two Kinds of Genius

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“There are two kinds of geniuses: the ‘ordinary’ and the ‘magicians’. An ordinary genius is a person whom you and I would be just as good as, if we were only many times better. There is no mystery as to how his mind works. Once we understand what they’ve done,…

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Dan Gilbert on Creativity

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Do you have a creative process? We glamorize creativity. We imagine that somebody is sleeping and wakes up and says, “Eureka!” Most of the time, creative solutions are a product of time on task. It’s a lot of people spending a lot of time puzzling and puzzling and puzzling together. …

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The King’s Speech

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    The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Alan Rabinowitz www.colbertnation.com Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog Video Archive   One of my favorite Moth stories is Alan Rabinowitz’s “Man and Beast” (below). Like The King’s Speech, it’s the story of a man struggling to find…

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