3. Facebook's fate, in temporal and spatial context.
"It was the day of the F8 conference, where developers and press got together to hear the new gospel according to Mark. I walked to the convention center, past the big Google bus stop on 8th street where tired techies lounged on their phones for the long ride to Mountain View. I stepped into the street to see if the city bus was approaching, and almost put my toe in a pile of human feces. There were homeless people and other desperate types all around, and remembering this I pocketed my phone, which I had been staring down at as I hoofed it. Whatever. It was a gorgeous day and I didn’t mind the walk."
4. It's possible "The Cloud" was a bad linguistic choice.
"Whether business-to-business or consumer-centered, however, the metaphor of the cloud obliterates not just the Internet’s physical structure but also sedimented meanings of the word cloud. Those meanings include the haunting images and disastrous consequences of mushroom clouds since the United States detonated the first atomic bombs during World War II (a history that Elizabeth DeLoughrey’s essay shows persists into the present and with particular force in the Pacific Islands). They also include long-standing idiomatic uses that invoke storm clouds to convey experiences of fragility, impermanence, haziness, concealment, darkness, danger, gloom, and anxiety—connotations that take on profound weight in the era of climate change, with its attendant increase in volatile weather and severe storms."
+ "The future is about old people, in big cities, afraid of the sky."
5. What a photocopier is, by Samuel Beckett, basically.
"Witness: When you say 'photocopying machine,' what do you mean?
Lawyer: Let me be — let me make sure I understand your question. You don't have an understanding of what a photocopying machine is?
Witness: No. I want to make sure that I answer your question correctly."
Today's 1957 American English Usage Tip
belong. The sense 'have its own proper place' (The book is not where it belongs) was originally, and it is still chiefly, US.
Another meaning of belong that seems particularly well-suited for our times: "to be properly classified." We all just want to belong.
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