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Review: Transcend’s JetDrives add whopping 240-960GB SSD to MacBook Air at a great price

See that little $190 daughter card up there^? It houses 240GB of Transcend SSD and it could replace the 64GB or 128GB SSD that came in your MacBook Air in as little as 5 minutes. Even better, Transcend just released larger versions in 480GB and 960GB sizes to blow your SATA III MacBook Air or Pro …

The Real Story of How America Became an Economic Superpower

Adam Tooze's study of the two world wars traces a new history of the 20th century.<p>Very rarely, you read a book that inspires you to see a familiar story in an entirely different way. So it was with Adam Tooze’s astonishing economic history of World War II, <i>The Wages of Destruction</i>. And so it is …

Apps

A world war on American soil: How the Civil War became a global struggle

When the Union and the Confederacy charged into battle in 1861, the whole world was watching — and waiting<p>"So it seems your Republic is going to pieces?” an unnamed high officer of the French imperial government snidely remarked to the American guest attending a concert at Emperor Napoleon III’s …

War

Comcast To HBO: Good Luck With That Internet Thing!

The answer from executive vice president Stephen Burke was interesting. Via Seeking Alpha, here's what he said:<p>Regarding HBO and CBS selling directly I was surprised, I was surprised by both of them for different reasons. CBS I was surprised because they have been such a defender of retransmission …

Televisions

Atul Gawande

A search for common ground.<p>What the sensation of uncontrollable itch and the phantom limbs of amputees can tell us about how the brain works.<p>We …

The Fall of the Zen Butcher

Bartlett Durand wanted to bring animal slaughter out into the open. But his neighbors in Black Earth, Wisconsin, felt otherwise.<p>The weekday-morning slaughter line at Black Earth Meats in Black Earth, Wisconsin, may have seemed at a visitor’s first glance to be a standard cattle slaughter: the bolt …

How Sigmund Freud Wanted to Die

Anecdotes from his doctors reveal that the famed psychoanalyst's request has echoes in today's assisted-suicide debate.<p>In 1956, Dr. Felix Deutsch was invited to Boston to address the American Psychosomatic Society and offer reflections on Sigmund Freud’s 100th birthday. He asked the assembly to …

Paris Review - Philip Roth, The Art of Fiction No. 84

Interviewed by Hermione Lee<p>Issue 93, Fall 1984<p>Courtesy of Philip Roth<p>I met Philip Roth after I had published a short book about his work for the Methuen Contemporary Writers Series. He read the book and wrote me a generous letter. After our first meeting, he sent me the fourth draft of <i>The Anatomy</i> …

Literature

Woodworker Creates Detailed Stop-Motion Films of his Process | Colossal

<p>Designer and woodworker Frank Howarth has a passion for building things with his hands, he makes everything from shelves and chairs to toys and …

The Physics of Wireless Charging

What if you could charge your phone (or device) without having to worry about the charging cable? Well, you can. This is the idea behind wireless …

Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. A Short Story About Impossible Choices in Iraq

A short story from an army veteran about the last time U.S. soldiers were in Iraq and the impossible choices they faced there.<p><b>Agincourt</b><p>This will be …

The Witness

I.<p><i>Ms. Lyons,</i><i><br>Hi, if you are reading this then they killed me. I wanted to tell you that I enjoyed talking to you, you seem like a really great lady.</i> …

Death Row

Napa’s Earthquake Is Not The Only Thing Shaking The Vineyards

Violence gave birth to more variations of soil than can be found in all of France. That makes for unparalleled wines, but also for the dangerous …

Paris Review - Kurt Vonnegut, The Art of Fiction No. 64

Interviewed by David Hayman, David Michaelis, George Plimpton, Richard Rhodes<p>Issue 69, Spring 1977<p>Kurt Vonnegut, ca. 1972. Photograph by PBS<p>This interview with Kurt Vonnegut was originally a composite of four interviews done with the author over the past decade. The composite has gone through an …

Literature

The Beauty of Code

By Vikram Chandra September 5, 2014<p>On Language<p>Dependency diagram (Image via TheDailyWTF)<p>This is what ugly code looks like. This is a dependency diagram—a graphic representation of interdependence or coupling (the black lines) between software components (the gray dots) within a program. A high …