I don’t enjoy many of the newer comedies that are coming out these days, but trailer for The Men Who Stare at Goats look amazing! The grouping of George Clooney, Jeff Bridges, Ewan McGregor, and Kevin Spacey also make for quite the cast. Very much looking forward to this one.
If you, like me, upgraded to the highly anticipated OS X Snow Leopard today, you may want to visit this page for a great rundown on all the new features and some great information on the behind-the-scenes upgrades and enhancements.
I’ve been running it all morning and I’ve been enjoying a lot of the little tweaks and updates. David Pogue said it perfectly in his review for The New York Times:
“If you’re already running Leopard, paying the $30 for Snow Leopard is a no-brainer. You’ll feel the leap forward in speed polish, and you’ll keep experiencing those “oh, that’s nice” moments for weeks to come.”
I’ve had so many “Oh, that’s nice” moments already.
Jason Santa Maria and team have launched Typedia: A Shared Encyclopedia of Typefaces which is already on it’s way to becoming the go-to resource for typography aficionados. Be sure to read Jason’s blog on the idea behind the site as well as John Langdon’s great post about his process of designing the logo.
Richard Dawkins, one of the world’s leading athiests:
I think we all think that there’s something else out there. I do, certainly. But it’s not supernatural. It’s … I think there’s a lot that science doesn’t know and indeed may never know, and that’s exciting.
You can’t deny that Dawkins is an incredibly smart man, but this reminded me of another interview I saw with him where he stated evolution may have been started by a highly evolved life form from another planet that “designed a new life form and planted it on this planet.” I’m confused on where he draws the line?
The text of Obama’s daily briefings includes phonetic spellings of names and places, or the person briefing him will coach him how to say them. Phonetic spellings are also there in Obama’s prepared remarks.
I don’t know why I was so impressed by this article from Politico, but I’m really drawn to the idea that the President takes time to make sure he is respecting the people he’s speaking to by assuring himself he’s pronouncing words (especially country names) correctly where the majority of American’s don’t care how they pronounce Pakistan or even Iraq.
I also found this paragraph towards the end of the article equally fascinating:
One curious note about Obama and pronunciations is that he apparently changed the pronunciation of his own name as an adult. His father, a Kenyan, went by Bear-ick, with the accent on the first syllable, The Washington Post wrote during the campaign, yet his son used Buh-rock (accent on the second syllable).