White House Press Briefing with Reagan press secretary Larry Speakes. Oct 15, 1982.

  • Larry [Speakes, White House Press Secretary], does the President have any reaction to the announcement—the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, that AIDS is now an epidemic and have over 600 cases?
  • What’s AIDS?
  • Over a third of them have died. It’s known as “gay plague.” (Laughter.) No, it is. I mean it’s a pretty serious thing that one in every three people that get this have died. And I wondered if the President is aware of it?
  • I don’t have it. Do you? (Laughter.)
  • No, I don’t.
  • You didn’t answer my question.
  • Well, I just wondered, does the President—
  • How do you know? (Laughter.)
  • In other words, the White House looks on this as a great joke?
  • No, I don’t know anything about it, Lester.
  • Does the President, does anybody in the White House know about this epidemic, Larry?
  • I don’t think so. I don’t think there’s been any—
  • Nobody knows?
  • There has been no personal experience here, Lester.
  • No, I mean, I thought you were keeping—
  • I checked thoroughly with Dr. Ruge this morning and he’s had no—(laughter)—no patients suffering from AIDS or whatever it is.
  • The President doesn’t have gay plague, is that what you’re saying or what?
  • No, I didn’t say that.
  • Didn’t say that?
  • I thought I heard you on the State Department over there. Why didn’t you stay there? (Laughter.)
  • Because I love you, Larry, that’s why. (Laughter.)
  • Oh, I see. Just don’t put it in those terms, Lester. (Laughter.)
  • Oh, I retract that.
  • I hope so.
  • It’s too late.
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This is why, in my heart of hearts, I don’t really support the premise of using elections in the United States. Democracy minus education equals grand mal shitshow.

(via Public acceptance of evolution - Imgur)

This is why, in my heart of hearts, I don’t really support the premise of using elections in the United States. Democracy minus education equals grand mal shitshow.

Warming up million dollar Monday here at Millionaire Chess (at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino)

Warming up million dollar Monday here at Millionaire Chess (at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino)

Here in Vegas for the Millionaire Chess Challenge with @gregab , who is bringing this amazing @mitmedialab project to life… DeepView doesn’t set out to dominate human chess players, but instead to understand them and make chess more legible, feeding machine-perceptible insights to commentators like Media Lab fellow Maurice Ashley. Watching Maurice narrate a game woke up a bunch of new ideas and we are super excited to see them go live, all with the great help of @tokyomango  (at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino)

Here in Vegas for the Millionaire Chess Challenge with @gregab , who is bringing this amazing @mitmedialab project to life… DeepView doesn’t set out to dominate human chess players, but instead to understand them and make chess more legible, feeding machine-perceptible insights to commentators like Media Lab fellow Maurice Ashley. Watching Maurice narrate a game woke up a bunch of new ideas and we are super excited to see them go live, all with the great help of @tokyomango (at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino)

What It's Like to Carry Your Nobel Prize through Airport Security

  • “They’re like, ‘Sir, there’s something in your bag.’
  • I said, ‘Yes, I think it’s this box.’
  • They said, ‘What’s in the box?’
  • I said, ‘a large gold medal,’ as one does.
  • So they opened it up and they said, ‘What’s it made out of?’
  • I said, ‘gold.’
  • And they’re like, ‘Uhhhh. Who gave this to you?’
  • ‘The King of Sweden.’
  • ‘Why did he give this to you?’
  • ‘Because I helped discover the expansion rate of the universe was accelerating.’
  • At which point, they were beginning to lose their sense of humor. I explained to them it was a Nobel Prize, and their main question was, ‘Why were you in Fargo?’”

Rise of predatory, parasitic spambooks [2013]

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Charlie Stross considers the confluence of bookspam; Turing-complete, Javascript enabled ebooks, and auctorial disappointment and posits a hostile ecosystem of parasitic ebooks who go around devouring the competition.

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I have absolutely no idea what’s happening right now.

I have absolutely no idea what’s happening right now.

An informational map with something to upset just about everyone.

An informational map with something to upset just about everyone.

Innovator City Forum backchannel (at 虎ノ門ヒルズ / Toranomon Hills)

Innovator City Forum backchannel (at 虎ノ門ヒルズ / Toranomon Hills)

I remember getting there in 1992 and feeling like I had already missed the main event.

Inside my head, the whole period has the quality of dreams, not memories; it was so long ago and the images in my head feel simply too implausible to have been real.

at Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills  アンダーズ 東京

at Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills アンダーズ 東京

Hello Tokyo

Hello Tokyo