You know what happens when you assert—you make an ass out of the emergency response team.
It’s taken me 20 years to get over skyline tetris.
Stanford sleep researcher William Dement said that after 50 years of studying sleep, the only really solid explanation he knows for why we do it is ‘because we get sleepy’.
They’d convince me to come out of retirement for one last job: biting into a giant lump of slightly soft wax a couple of times.
We watched DAYTIME TV. Do you realize how soul-crushing it was? I’d rather eat an iPad than go back to watching daytime TV.
(six hours later) ARGH. How are these stupid microchips so durable?! All I want is to undo a massive industrial process with household tools!
No matter how fast I swing, I can never travel outside this loop! Maybe space outside it doesn’t exist! But I bet it does. This tire came from somewhere.
PHARAOH IRY-HOR, FROM THE 3100s BC, IS THE FIRST HUMAN WHOSE NAME WE KNOW.
To be fair, my job at NASA was working on robots and didn’t actually involve any orbital mechanics. The small positive slope over that period is because it turns out that if you hang around at NASA, you get in a lot of conversations about space.
I can’t remember where I heard this, but someone once said that defending a position by citing free speech is sort of the ultimate concession; you’re saying that the most compelling thing you can say for your position is that it’s not literally illegal to express.