Conan O’Brien Delivers The 2011 Dartmouth Commencement Address
"It's a little like a spaceship landed." →
parislemon: Steve Jobs goes to Cupertino City Hall to make the case for Apple’s new proposed headquarters. This is easily the most fascinating city council meeting ever. A few things: 1) Jobs is still officially on medical leave, but he clearly felt strongly enough about this new campus that he wanted to give this presentation. Solo. 2) This was just a day after his WWDC keynote. 3) Holy shit...
Canary in a coal mine
Canary birds served as an early warning system in the coal mines. The reason is that lethal gases take around 5 minutes to kill a canary bird, but around 12 minutes to kill a human being. That gives us some time to escape a lethal gas. The audible clue these birds provided were vital in the dark mines. If a canary bird went silent, it meant the obvious. Also, canary birds were used as...
Coal Industry of yore
Back in the days, laborers, were offered a free rail ticket to Brooklyn and promise of a job there. Once they say yes, they were on a train, that took them to Brooklyn, West Virginia. More than 600 miles from Brooklyn,NY. When they exit the train they were offered jobs in coal mines. They could reject them, but were not paid for their trip back. And chances are that they did not have the money to...