“My parents died years ago. I was very close to them. I still miss them terribly. I know I always will. I long to believe that their essence, their personalities, what I loved so much about them, are - really and truly - still in existence somewhere. […] Plainly, there’s something within me that’s ready to believe in life after death. And it’s not the least bit interested in whether there’s any sober evidence for it. So I don’t guffaw at the woman who visits her husband’s grave and chats him up every now and then, maybe on the anniversary of his death. It’s not hard to understand. And if I have difficulties with the ontological status of who she’s talking to, that’s all right. That’s not what this is about. This is about humans being human.”—Carl Sagan on why sometimes it’s good to temporarily forgo your beliefs in order to respect someone else’s (via carlsagan)
Reuters exposes the largely lawless marketplace of adopted children. Through Yahoo and Facebook groups, parents and others advertise unwanted children and then pass them to strangers, sometimes illegally.
It takes a strong stomach, but you should read this series. There aren’t words for the degree of anger I feel toward the individuals participating in these activities.
The month was January 2013. We had a product launch coming up in a little under three weeks - our events product. We decided that instead of having a launch party, we would try to do 50 launch parties by coaxing promoters to use our ticketing platform on a single weekend.
Launches … are a poor representation of how great software today is built. It’s a holdover from the days of boxed software, where supply chains had to be managed and masters golded. The same that is true then is still true now: great software is the result of continuous refinement. The only thing different today are the release schedules.
Software today is developed on a continuum. The discrete measure of software progress is a commit.
I want to build something fun and useful. I think it might surround Tumblr, but I’m not sure exactly how. I’d like to do something besides a theme, although I have a couple of those rolling around in my mind—mostly typography-based.
“For me, I am driven by two main philosophies: know more today about the world than I knew yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you.”—Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson
When speaking about gay marriage, gay relationships, or gay anything, many evangelical Christians like to say, “In Genesis, it was Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve.”
Sorry, folks, but you’re wrong. Though the lineup has changed over the years, Genesis was Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford, and Tony Banks. Additionally, Steve Hackett was a member from 1971-1977, so though Genesis actually had a Steve, there was no Adam. Or Eve.
Geosmin is an organic compound with the formula C12H22O. It’s produced by several classes of microbes, including cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) and actinobacteria (especially Streptomyces), and released when these microbes die. The human nose is extremely sensitive to geosmin and is able to detect it at concentrations as low as 5 parts per trillion.