“Our current response to terrorism is a form of “magical thinking.” It relies on the idea that we can somehow make ourselves safer by protecting against what the terrorists happened to do last time.”—Bruce Schneier on terrorists, security theater, and the things that actually keep people sage (CNN.com via MeFi)
“The project was also prompted by larger concerns. “Industrial production feeds people quickly and cheaply, but it has bad effects on agriculture and on the planet,” he said. “We hope that if we can give more people a taste of really good-quality food, then they will develop a greater interest in where their food comes from and how it’s made.”—cheesemaker Hervé Mons, on why he had to make a pasteurized Camembert that didn’t suck (from The Curious Cook)
“The mother, Anna Ndiaye, 38, did not know in advance that her husband planned to name the baby after Mr. Obama.
But Mr. Ndiaye said it made great sense. “In my country, when you name someone your son, it is something very precious to you,” he said. “Barack is someone I love. And naming my boy after him — I mean, he is always around me.”—From the NYT Lens Blog, as part of an ongoing series about ordinary citizens with presidential names.
“So at some point last year Tom wrote on a post-it note “All the characters from a movie, talking to each other through Twitter. In real time.” It stayed stuck to the wall sitting amongst a stack of other similarly off the cuff ideas, most of which never go anywhere. Two weeks ago we started wrapping up our paid projects in preparation for the Christmas break and we realised we might have enough time to make the ‘Twitter Movie Narrative Project’ thing… happen.”—The guys who put together the Home Alone Twitter Project explain how and why they did it: The Home Alone Twitter Project.
Daphne:Welcome to AT&T online Sales support. How may I assist you with placing your order today?
Laura:Hi, I was looking at the iPhone 3Gs and the system tells me that I cannot order one in my ZIP code. My zip code is 11231. (Brooklyn, NY) Is this true? Are iPhones no longer available in New York City?
Daphne:I am happy to be helping you today . Yes, this is correct the phone is not offered to you because New York is not ready for the iPhone. You don't have enough towers to handle the phone.
Laura:Thank you for your help. So the phone is not available to people anywhere in the city?
“New rules imposed by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration also limit on-board activities by customers and crew in U.S. airspace that may adversely impact on-board service. Among other things, during the final hour of flight customers must remain seated, will not be allowed to access carry-on baggage, or have personal belongings or other items on their laps.”—bloody hell. the TSA fucks up again, and now the rest of us get to pay for it. (from aircanada.com)
“So then here is a question that’s all but unavoidable at the World’s Largest Lobster Cooker, and may arise in kitchens across the U.S.: Is it all right to boil a sentient creature alive just for our gustatory pleasure? A related set of concerns: Is the previous question irksomely PC or sentimental? What does “all right” even mean in this context? Is it all just a matter of individual choice?”—I just discovered (while looking up a recipe) that Gourmet has the full text of David Foster Wallace’s Consider the Lobster up on their website. If you haven’t already read it, I highly recommend it, and if you have, well, read it again.