College as an incubator of Girardian terror | Dan Wang

    Why college is a Girardian nightmare; *Big Little Lies* on HBO; Proust; memes; why America's greatest feature is both tolerance and rejection of mimesis.

    Transcript: The 10 Commandments of Startup Success with Reid Hoffman

    When Reid Hoffman — who is rightly called “the Oracle of Silicon Valley” by many tech giants — returned to the podcast, I figured it would be popular, but it exploded. Many of you have …

    • A Man's Life

    Don’t Take Your Marching Orders From Your Belly

    During the Winter War, Finnish troops held off and often won astonishing victories against the Russian forces invading their country. Despite being vastly outnumbered and outgunned, they put up a heck of a fight by staying mobile, getting creative, and employing their most valuable weapon: their sisu, or grit. One of their improbable successes, however, …

    ‘Blade Runner’ Turns 35: The Unloved Film That Became a Classic

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    The world’s first elevator cable-free elevator zooms horizontally and vertically using maglev tech

    It could help change the way that buildings are designed, as well as getting you to your floor faster.

    • Chris Schwarz Blog

    The Case Against Tail Vises - Popular Woodworking Magazine

    If workbenches were like automobiles, then I’d consider the tail vise to be like the heated seats in a car. They’re an option, of course, but they are by no means standard equipment, like tires. Out of economic necessity, my first three workbenches didn’t have tail vises, and so I was thrilled when I was assigned to review a full-size European workbench with all the bells and whistles, including a …

    The Kremlin's Election Meddling Is Paying Off

    Neera Tanden argues that if Russia wanted its interference in U.S. democracy to yield dividends, it could hardly have hoped for more.