It wasn’t supposed to be like this. Only a few decades ago, it seemed as though we were entering a new epoch of exploration, one that would shame the seafarers of the High Renaissance. We would begin by mastering lower Earth orbit, so that visits to space were safe and routine. Then we’d go to the Moon and build a permanent base there, a way station that would let us leap to the planets, each in quick succession, as though they were lily pads on a pond, and not massive moving worlds spaced by hundreds of millions of miles. We’d start with Mars and then shoot through the asteroid belt to Jupiter and its ocean-harbouring moons. We’d drink in Saturn’s sublimity, its slanted rings and golden hue, and then head for the outer giants, and the icy rubble at the Solar System’s edge. The Sun would look small out there, and the stars beckoning. We would spread through the Milky Way’s safe zone, the doughnut of gas and fire, billions of stars strong, that surrounds our galaxy’s violent core, and then we’d press out into intergalactic space. We’d use wormholes or warp drives, or some other vaguely sketched physics, to pretend away the millions of light years that separate us from Andromeda and the glittering web beyond it, whose glimpsable regions alone contain hundreds of billions of galaxies.
Ross Andersen interviewing Elon Musk at Aeon Magazine
… men are either to be flattered and indulged or utterly destroyed - because for small offences they do usually avenge themselves, but for great ones they cannot - so that injury is to be done in such a manner as not to fear any revenge.
Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince
(Reblogged from nevver)

Why Aren’t You Laughing?

Learning to Code by building 180 websites in 180 days.

This is such a gem.

"What’s the best way to learn to code? After pondering this question for way too long, I decided to JFDI
"No bootcamps, no books When I decided I was going to learn to code, the first step was to figure out how I was going to go about it. There are a lot of options to consider. There are tons of courses you can follow or boot camps you can sign up for, but none of those really appealed to me. I think learning to code is a lot like learning to roller skate. You might need a helping hand to get your footing beneath you, but to gain any real finesse you’ve got to do it on your own."

Jennifer Dewalt has been learning over the past 115 days to code.

However her approach is inspiring:

She’s building 180 websites in 180 days. One a day. 

You can read about her inspiring progress here. Do it.

So How did Early Man Discover Bread?

All my life I’ve had a curiousity, a question, or just one of those “how” questions that kids always ask, that no-one has been able to answer. (Well either not being able to answer, or I never asked anyone).

How the hell did the first person bake bread? How the f**k did they accidentally discover wheat + grinding + baking = bread?

And now I might have found my answer…. in Seneca’s letters of all places:

For he tells us how the sage, by imitating the processes of nature, began to make bread. “The grain,”[15] he says, “once taken into the mouth, is crushed by the flinty teeth, which meet in hostile encounter, and whatever grain slips out the tongue turns back to the selfsame teeth. Then it is blended into a mass, that it may the more easily pass down the slippery throat. When this has readied the stomach, it is digested by the stomach’s equable heat; then, and not till then, it is assimilated with the body. Following this pattern,” he goes on, “someone placed two rough stones, the one above the other, in imitation of the teeth, one set of which is stationary and awaits the motion of the other set. Then by the rubbing of the one stone against the other, the grain is crushed and brought back again and again, until by frequent rubbing it is reduced to powder. Then this man sprinkled the meal with water, and by continued manipulation subdued the mass and moulded the loaf. This loaf was, at first, baked by hot ashes or by an earthen vessel glowing hot; later on ovens were gradually discovered and the other devices whose heat will render obedience to the sage’s will

Mind. Fucking. Blown.

I wonder why I’m into early civilization/ antropoligical questions like this? Ah well. Physics is still fun,

"We Follow Our Dreams"

If at 1st you don’t succeed…. Call the persons best friend. Martin Luther King was initially withheld over getting involved in the Mississippi bus boycott movement #twitcard