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the hedonic power of anticipation

Daniel J. Levitin:

Instead of reaping the big rewards that come from sustained, focused effort, we instead reap empty rewards from completing a thousand little sugar-coated tasks.

Jennifer Senior:

Never underestimate the hedonic power of anticipation.


They say delayed gratification isn't all it's cracked up to be.

"We'll see", I tell them. "We'll see."

in a blue way

Mazviita Chirimuuta:

We should not be tempted to say the blue of the sky is simply a property of the scattered light. There is no blueness unless the light interacts with perceivers like us, who have photoreceptors that respond differently to short versus long wavelengths of light.

So, precisely speaking, the sky is not blue. We see it in a blue way.

Tosin Thompson:

Maybe reality -- the universe we're living in -- isn't a 3D space that evolves over time, maybe it's a 4D "non-Euclidean" space that's just there. I.e., what if time and space (space and time make up the universe) have just always existed? No evolution. No time. Just there.

There is no motion in spacetime -- it's tenseless. The manmade concept of past/future/present tenses is meaningless. So your future isn't predetermined, it already exists.

Leo Braudy:

Eventually all moving images begin to seem simultaneous, with all places and persons -- in silent movies and sound, in all languages -- existing in an eternal present, a world unto itself with which we are almost as familiar as we are with our own world, or perhaps even more so.

Lao Tzu:

Not tangled in desire you embrace the unknown
Tangled in desire you see only what you want

But the unknown and what you want
have one source. Call it no place

No place or darkness

the life-changing magic of going for it


More people than ever can enjoy "exploit" at the office.

Adam Waytz:

Participants given power over making financial decisions consistently reported experiencing less loneliness than participants given no financial decision-making power.

Kim Zetter:

One so-called Starlight-Muhlen exploit Hacking Team sought, for example, was going for $100,000. Exclusive iOS exploits could cost as much as half a million, according to one of Hacking Team's sellers.

Gary E. Sparks:

It's better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.

Lauren Clark:

It's good to have a plan, but if something extraordinary comes your way, you should go for it.

a new and unnecessary conflict

Bruce Schneier:

Every time you use encryption, you're protecting someone who needs to use it to stay alive.

Elissa Shevinsky:

It's clear that while I may have missed the drama of the '90s, I won't be able to escape the cryptowars redux of the 2010s.

Bruce Schneier:

The Second Crypto War is going to be harder and nastier, and I am less optimistic that strong cryptography will win in the short term.

Moxie Marlinspike:

If there's any good news, it's that GPG's minimal install base means we aren't locked in to this madness, and can start fresh with a different design philosophy. When we do, let's use GPG as a warning for our new experiments, and remember that "innovation is saying 'no' to 1000 things."

In the 1990s, I was excited about the future, and I dreamed of a world where everyone would install GPG. Now I'm still excited about the future, but I dream of a world where I can uninstall it.

Marcy Wheeler:

It's not just hippies and hackers making these arguments. It's also someone who, for most of his career, pursued and prosecuted the same kinds of people that Jim Comey is today.

Shane Harris:

In another bit of theatre, FBI officials gave every reporter a three-pack of Oreo Double Stuf cookies. The creamy center filling, Chappell said, gets its brilliant and consistent whiteness from the chemical titanium oxide. Last year, a jury in California convicted two men of stealing the chemical's formula and selling it to -- who else? -- China. The thieves pilfered the recipe from U.S. chemicals giant DuPont and passed it off for $20 million to Pangang Group, DuPont's state-owned competitor, who had previously tried to buy the recipe without success.

Andi Wilson, Danielle Kehl, and Kevin Bankston:

It seems like we may once again be on the verge of another war: a Crypto War 2.0. But it would be far wiser to maintain the peace than to begin a new and unnecessary conflict. There is no reason to repeat our previous mistakes.

Ted Unangst:

There was a proposal to change the error message from "Permission denied" to "Sorry" to match su, but not implemented. "doas" will not apologize for your failures.

James Comey:

I'm not sure they've really tried.

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