links for 2010-07-05

05 Jul
  • Humanities are under fire at the moment. Teach students something practical, many Americans say, something to help them get jobs and support themselves. But I believe that to thrive in the world, we must also understand what it is to be human. As Socrates said, an unexamined life is not worth living. And right now, when retreat and distrust and anonymity divide us, it's more vital than ever to examine not only our own lives, but the lives of those around us.
  • (The funniest letter ever to announce a takeover)
    We think now is the right time to join with Amazon because…every company that becomes a subsidiary gets two free downloads until the end of July…
    we plan to continue to run Woot the way we have always run Woot – with a wall of ideas and a dartboard. From a practical point of view, it will be as if we are simply adding one person to the organizational hierarchy, except that one person will just happen to be a billion-dollar company that could buy and sell each and every one of you like you were office furniture. Nevertheless, don’t worry that our culture will suddenly take a leap forward and become cutting-edge. We’re still going to be the same old bottom-feeders our customers and readers have come to know and love, and each and every one of their pre-written insult macros will still be just as valid in a week, two weeks, or even next year. For Woot, our vision remains the same: somehow earning a living on snarky commentary and junk.
  • Saina does drills like the ‘Multifeed’, to prepare for furious rallies. The player is fed around 30 shuttles anywhere on the court. They all have to be hit. A rest of 30 seconds, then 30 birds more. She also kills herself on the treadmill. She runs 15 minutes at 10.5 kmph, the next 15 at 11 kmph and then 30 minutes at 12 kmph. She signs off with a 10-minute burst at 14 kmph. Her dog’s name is Macho, but she is the physical animal.
    (While on drills, Lin Dan, the men’s superstar from China, has a routine that will make you shake your head in awe. He keeps an empty cylindrical box of shuttle cocks on one end of the court and proceeds to hit shots from the other that drop right into the box.)
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