Blurt!Commonplace Book

“Grotte de Cussac [is] the only site from this period where people buried their dead deep in the interior of a cave (or in a bear nest), mingled the bones of multiple people, or removed skulls from the dead.”

posted Mar. 25, 2021, 9:20pm

“Roosevelt and his advisers never had a master plan. Rather, in the administration’s first 100 days, they implemented a flurry of laws and regulations. If those programs worked, they remained. If they didn’t, they were dropped, to be replaced by others.”

posted Mar. 25, 2021, 8:53pm

“He called in and placed an order for 10 pizzas to a friend’s house and charged $160 to his personal credit card. A Doordash call center then called into his restaurant and put in the order for those 10 pizzas. A Doordash driver showed up with a credit card and paid $240 for the pizzas.”

posted Mar. 25, 2021, 8:42pm

“Tito Kunath had given a public talk on his Parkinson’s research, and the woman was in the audience. ‘She got up at the end of [Kunath’s] presentation and said … “that’s all well and good that you’re doing this, but why aren’t you doing something about the fact that people with Parkinson’s smell?”’”

posted Mar. 24, 2021, 10:15pm

“The toilet paper made for the commercial market is a fundamentally different product from the toilet paper you buy in the store. It comes in huge rolls, too big to fit on most home dispensers. The paper itself is thinner and more utilitarian. It comes individually wrapped and is shipped on huge pallets.”

posted Mar. 24, 2021, 10:11pm

“The next day Steve held a meeting with our engineers and me where he punctuated the air dramatically with his finger and said, ‘[NeXT] will live or die by its choice to support the [Motorola] 88110.’ I don’t know what came over me. I said ‘die.’”

posted Mar. 24, 2021, 9:45pm

“[T]he price of escaping the November crisis, and simply moving past Trump’s criminality by allowing him to ease off to Mar-a-Lago, is simply too high for our country to bear.”

, Lock Him Up? (New York Magazine, )
posted Oct. 17, 2020, 8:58pm

“Right now, the best we can do is an ad hoc defense of democracy. Begin by rejecting the temptation to think that this election will carry on as elections usually do. Something far out of the norm is likely to happen. Probably more than one thing.”

posted Sep. 24, 2020, 7:51am

“In other words, when you see a new word starting with ‘gi,’ your previous exposure to ‘gi’ words is basically telling you to flip a coin—it’s just as likely that you’ll decide to pronounce it with a hard g as with a soft g.”

(It’s a hard g.)

posted Mar. 7, 2020, 10:45pm

“Many days, inmates were forced to sit on plastic stools beside their bunk beds, with their backs perfectly straight and their hands on their knees, watching endless state television programs extolling Chinese President Xi Jinping.”

posted Mar. 7, 2020, 10:38pm

“This single discarded piece of ancient chewing gum tells us that the ancient woman … was probably lactose intolerant, ate duck and hazelnuts, and may recently have had pneumonia. She also had blue eyes, dark brown hair, and dark skin.”

posted Mar. 7, 2020, 10:34pm

“These cancer-killing immune cells were also obtained from at least two individuals, suggesting that they may be present in all humans. Yet humans regularly suffer from cancer, so there’s clearly something that keeps them from doing their job.”

posted Mar. 7, 2020, 10:28pm

“The micro-structural details discovered in the Koonwarra fossils help researchers understand how Cretaceous dinosaurs and birds might have used these early feathers to survive polar conditions.”

posted Mar. 7, 2020, 10:24pm

“Over the course of many decades, Asimov groped or engaged in other forms of unwanted touching with countless women, often at conventions, but also privately and in the workplace.”

posted Mar. 7, 2020, 10:21pm

“If you approach the 2017 [Astros] scandal with this data-driven model of team success in mind … Luhnow’s job in Houston becomes just another McKinsey engagement.”

posted Mar. 7, 2020, 10:00pm