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Gladwell on Jobs The A Ha Paragraph

Steve Jobs’s Real Genius : The New Yorker: "Gates looked back at Jobs calmly. Everyone knew where the windows and the icons came from. “Well, Steve,” Gates responded. “I think there’s more than one way of looking at it. I think it’s more like we both had this rich neighbor named Xerox and I broke into his house to steal the TV set and found out that you had already stolen it.”"

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And pray sweet mercy for us all

Adulthood brings the weight of sin
We know more than we say
We judge ourselves to kingdom come
The actual kicks in
The weight too great to bear

There was once a culture of penitence
Self-condemnation rife as Puritans
But that was then
Now we judge ourselves
As stern as they
But forget to forgive

I think Jesus spoke of children as he did
 Knowing how hope atrophies
With years and years of deeds that shame us all
Our wars our hurts
Our slights our condemnations
Our violence of thought and act
Percolating long after 

This weight of sin is real 
So too the daily gift
If we see

There is light within us
We can pray mercy for us all
We can extend the same to all
And in a trice be reconciled

Five features that could make Google+ rock

Facebook vs. Google: The battle for the future of the Web | LinkedIn:

1. Post automatically via rss and ping

2. Filter content anywhere by by any terms

3. Vastly expanded user customization of search parameters

4. Toggle to limit searches to content that is freely available without registration

5. Micropayments for content that is original and development of means to make such content visible

'Ann Coulter Must Live in a Penumbra of Bilious Self Hatred

'Our' Blacks Vs. 'Their' Blacks | National Memo | Breaking News, Smart Politics: "Do you think it gives Clarence Thomas a warm, fuzzy feeling to know he is one of Ann Coulter's blacks?

That is how Coulter put it on Fox "News" while defending Herman Cain against sexual harassment charges that threatened to engulf his campaign last week. "Liberals," she said, detest black conservatives, but the truth is, "our blacks are so much better than their blacks.""

Or something.

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The entire world should change its behavior

Iran on brink of nuclear capability, report says - CBS News: "The U.N. nuclear watchdog is due to release a report this week laying out its findings on Iran's efforts to obtain sensitive nuclear technology. Fears that Iran could quickly build an atomic bomb, if it chooses to, have fueled anti-Iran rhetoric and new threats of military strikes. Some U.S. arms-control groups have cautioned against what they fear could be an overreaction to the report, saying there is still time to persuade Iran to change its behavior."

We assume that things are fixed when they are not
Replay pasts that merely repeat retro plots
Is there one soul who can think of something new
Before we mindlessly go up the flue

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Facebook's Satellite Power

Facebook vs. Google: The battle for the future of the Web | LinkedIn:

Facebook is squarely at the center of this new universe, and much of what people do online these days starts there. But Facebook's masterstroke has been to spread itself across the web and allow others to tap your network of friends. As a result, thousands of websites and apps have essentially become satellites that orbit around Facebook. You can now go to Yelp to find out what your Facebook friends say about the new coffeehouse down the street, visit Spotify to let them pick music playlists for you, or play Zynga games with them. To make matters worse for Page, much of this social activity can't be seen by Google's web-trolling algorithms, so every day they (and by extension, Google) become a little bit less accurate and relevant.

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How President Obama and I Shoot Ourselves in The Foot

I'm a little bit like the President in one respectI assume that when I have said or done somethingThat it is clearThat it is reasonableThat is self evidentEnd of storyBut then
When it clearly comes to pass that this is not the caseI tend to scratch my headTo become quizzically irritatedOr otherwise avoid the logical conclusion
Whatever I meant to doDid not get doneWas not self-evidentDid not work
The remedy for folk such as weIs happily What we learn to doWe try again In one way or anotherAnd in this tryingHone premisesImprove argumentsTake in new perspectivesRenew our love of truth for its own sakeAnd keep on trying all our days
And thus doesGrowth and change occurAnd thus doWounded feet begin to heal
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Fewer deaths before the madding crowd

A fiery fifteen car crash in Vegas A popular driver killedBreaks of the gameNo Conscious lethality
A football death 
Conscious or semi-conscious sports lethalityPrimitive barbaricFrail human beings lethal power
Sanctioned bullying in footballIn the case of car racesSanctioned suicide
When our skewed system of values turns toNon-idolatry democracy tolerance and helpfulnessConscious lethality will not disappearBut there will be fewer deaths before the madding crowd
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Peirce: "My non-psychological conception of logic"

"Logic will here be defined as formal semiotic. A definition of a sign will be given which no more refers to human thought than does the definition of a lineas the place which a particle occupies, part by part, during a lapse of time.
Namely, a sign is something, A, which brings something, B, its interpretant sign determined or created by it, into the same sort of correspondence with something, C,its object, as that in which itself stands to C. 
It is from this definition, together with a definition of 'formal', that I deduce mathematically the principles of logic.I also make a historical review of all the definitions and conceptions of logic, and show, not merely that my definition is no novelty, but that my non-psychological conception of logic has virtually been quite generally held, though not generallyrecognized." (C.S. Peirce, NEM 4, 20–21).
Cap tip Jon

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