"true stories about the future"

The title quote is from Ray Kurzweil.

Empire State Building(s) http://ift.tt/X1b6ru

Jeff #Koons at Rockefeller Center. http://ift.tt/1tat9bS

So I ask the American commentators, please stop announcing that Landon Donovan is the “all-time U.S. leading goal scorer.” He is not. With 57 international goals, he’s not even in the Top Five.

The all-time U.S. leading goal scorer is Abby Wambach, with 167 goals, followed by Mia Hamm (158), Kristine Lilly (130), Michelle Akers (105) and Tiffeny Milbrett (100). In fact, Abby Wambach is the all-time leading goal scorer in the world, among all soccer players, male or female.

World Cup Soccer Stats Erase The Sport’s Most Dominant Players: Women (via cypher2)

Important fact!

(Less important fact: I saw the game where she beat Mia Hamm’s record.)

(via fandomsandfeminism)

"Hiii!"

It wasn’t that the house was bugged, exactly. It was that the bots and screens and devices it was crammed with had their own tiny minds, and those minds had been designed to be archconservative, suspicious snoops. The TV, the air-conditioning system, the duster bots—they were all tattletales, loyal not to the people who owned them but to the people who’d built and sold them.
Karl Schroeder, Lockstep
Library usage has increased across the country for a variety of reasons, librarians say, including the recession, the availability of new technology and because libraries have been reimagining themselves — a necessity for staying relevant as municipal budgets are slashed and e-books are on the rise. Among the more innovative is the Chicago Public Library, which offers a free Maker Lab, with access to 3-D printers, laser cutters and milling machines. The Lopez Island Library in Washington State offers musical instruments for checkout. In upstate New York, the Library Farm in Cicero, part of the Northern Onondaga Public Library, lends out plots of land on which patrons can learn organic growing practices.
[S]cience historian James Burke observed that representative democracy was designed to solve the problem of bad roads in the 17th century — yet despite advances in telecommunications, we haven’t thrown it out.
on the persistence of representative democracy.