The sedge has withered from the lake,
And no birds sing.
I am just old enough to remember those chilling and ominous days of Germany’s descent from decency to Nazi barbarism, to borrow the words of Fritz Stern, the distinguished scholar of German history. In a 2005 article, Stern indicates that he has the future of the United States in mind when he reviews
“a historic process in which resentment against a disenchanted secular world found deliverance in the ecstatic escape of unreason.”
The world is too complex for history to repeat, but there are nevertheless lessons to keep in mind as we register the consequences of another election cycle. No shortage of tasks waits for those who seek to present an alternative to misguided rage and indignation, helping to organize the countless disaffected and to lead the way to a better future.
— Noam Chomsky
via Outrage Misguided - InTheseTimes
I am surprised that he remains so astute. This was written in November 2010 by Noam Chomsky, Ph.D. Disruptive thinker extraordinaire, largely responsible for the field of Modern Linguistics. Noam Chomsky is NOT a young man. I have mixed sentiments about him, some very positive, others less so. But I really like the passage above, and how well it assesses the Zeitgeist.
I do hope that Noam Chomsky is correct about this in particular:
“The world is too complex for history to repeat”
Please take good care of him. I am so sorry to hear that. Z3R0 is a courteous, compassionate person. He was nice to me. Can I do some small thing for him, to distract him, lift his spirits? If so, please do not hesitate to ask.
This is a useful and entertaining website.
Footnote: We have the HTML logo. And Wooly, the CSS3 sheep (CSS logo). I’m so ready for a WOFF logo!
A couple weeks ago I talked about a patent awarded to Apple to charge devices wirelessly using induction charging. This is still viable… however, I just learned about an even better technology.
Ubeam is a tech start-up that invented a concept [demo’d] at the D9 Conference. Think of an audio speaker that plays music. It transmits radio waves from the speaker to your ears. Using ultrasound, Ubeam transmits very high sound from their charger to a charging station where you can plug in multiple devices to charge simultaneously, wirelessly. The only catch is there can’t be anything blocking it.
I think it will be a success if Ubeam gets the right funding.” —