ONE PEDAL, folks.
Great playing. Watch the reaction of the people around him. My favorite moment is the guy at about 3:50. He doesn’t tip, but he reaches into his pocket, fidgets a little and stares. Then turns his head and nods as if to say “Yeah, that’s how it’s done.”
The biggest building boom in the history of astronomy is upon us. In Chile and Hawaii and in space, astronomers are getting powerful telescopes that dwarf the current state-of-the-art instruments. When the mountain blasting and the mirror polishing are all done, we will have the clearest and most detailed views of outer space ever.
This boom has long been in the works for years, as billion-dollar telescopes don’t just fund and plan themselves.Now, these telescopes are starting to break ground. “If it all plays out as expected and budgeted,” writes Dennis Overbye in the New York Times, “astronomers of the 2020s will be swimming in petabytes of data streaming from space and the ground.” Let’s take a closer took at what these billion-dollar telescopes can do for astronomy in the decades to come.
Today’s the day. The day you help save the internet from being ruined.
(Long story short: The FCC is about to make a critical decision as to whether or not internet service providers have to treat all traffic equally. If they choose wrong, then the internet where anyone can start a website for any reason at all, the internet that’s been so momentous, funny, weird, and surprising—that internet could cease to exist. Here’s your chance to preserve a beautiful thing.)
I pretty much despise cold callers, but this one actually amused me today. When I answered the phone, some guy with an Indian accent said:
"This is Rick calling from the Windows service center. I’m calling about your Windows computer."
I grinned and said “We don’t have a Windows computer.”
"Rick" said "Oh, God."
Then, I hung up.
It took a group of technicians working more than seven hours in the dead of night very early yesterday to take down Picasso’s Le Tricorne and pack it into a moving truck, but the deed’s done — the Four Seasons’ famous giant carpet is officially gone. The development ends the months-long standoff between Seagram Building owner (and noted Picasso hater Aby Rosen) and the New York Landmarks Conservancy, the guardian of the artwork, which has now negotiated a new home at the New York Historical Society.