Posts Tagged ‘Wired’

Admiral Romney’s Profit-Motive Navy

October 26, 2012

Admiral Romney's Profit-Motive Navy

“Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has vowed to boost the size of the Navy by roughly 15 percent as part of a broader defense buildup. ‘Our Navy is smaller now than at any time since 1917,’ he complained in Monday night’s debate. ‘That’s unacceptable to me.’

But for one of Romney’s most important advisers on Navy issues, a man who oversaw a massive naval expansion for Pres. Ronald Reagan, there’s more at stake than U.S. national security. John Lehman, an investment banker and former secretary of the Navy, has strong and complex personal financial ties to the naval shipbuilding industry. He has profited hugely from the Navy’s slow growth in recent years — raising the prospect that he could make even more if Romney takes his advice on expanding the fleet.”

–”Romney’s Big Navy Guru Made Millions From Building Ships,” David Axe, Wired Danger Room

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The Internet is Made Out of Cats

September 5, 2012

The Internet is Made Out of Cats

“A cat wearing a short tie plays music on a cat-shaped keyboard (“Pancake Meowsic Video,” 185,459 views). A woman performs sun salutations with a cat on her back (“Cat Loves Yoga,” 1,539 views). A man slaps two cats on an ironing board to the beat of “Atmosphere” (“Cat Slap Joy Division,” 357,605 views; watch this one). (Now, I mean.) Kittens try to keep up with an accelerating treadmill (“Treadmill Kittens,” 3.4 million views). A fat cat walks on an underwater treadmill (“Fat Cat Walking on Underwater Treadmill,” 133,434 views). Two cats cuff at a treadmill in perplexed inquisition (“Cats Try to Understand Treadmill,” 1.9 million views). Search YouTube for “cat treadmill” and see how many results there are. Or, actually, don’t.”

– “In Search of the Living, Purring, Singing Heart of the Online Cat-Industrial Complex,” Gideon Lewis-Kraus, Wired

Cat videos are central to our cultural ethos. They were invented in 1894 by the father of the American entertainment industry, Thomas Edison:

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The Web is Dead. It’s All Over the Web.

August 19, 2010

The Web is Dead. It's All Over the Web.

 As Ryan Tate puts it: “Wired Says ‘The Web is Dead’— On Its Increasingly Profitable Website.”

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