Baked some iPhone cookies to trick cops into pulling me over, then I just take a bite and ask if cookies are against the law.
This is hilarious.
Brilliant! If I ever get my oven to work, I’m doing this.
"So what you have is an increasing number of brilliant PhD graduates arriving every year into the market hoping to secure a permanent position as a professor and enjoying freedom and high salaries, a bit like the rank-and-file drug dealer hoping to become a drug lord. To achieve that, they are ready to forgo the income and security that they could have in other areas of employment by accepting insecure working conditions in the hope of securing jobs that are not expanding at the same rate. Because of the increasing inflow of potential outsiders ready to accept this kind of working conditions, this allows insiders to outsource a number of their tasks onto them, especially teaching, in a context where there are increasing pressures for research and publishing. The result is that the core is shrinking, the periphery is expanding, and the core is increasingly dependent on the periphery. In many countries, universities rely to an increasing extent on an “industrial reserve army” of academics working on casual contracts because of this system of incentives."
The first six books of the Elements of Euclid in which coloured diagrams and symbols are used instead of letters, by Oliver Byrne; 1847; W. Pickering, London. Pictured, pages 36 and 39 (dependent on copy format).
This is beautiful and amazing.
"Perhaps the most significantly obvious demarcation between the common person and that of the philosopher is the degree to which each can hold his powers of concentration upon matters which are largely irrelevant so far as matters of day to day life go. The philosopher preoccupies himself with questions, the answers to which would be of utmost significance to himself (and a few others of his general stripe) but which would remain abstruse to most. In addition, it seems he simply cannot do otherwise than to ask these questions because it is the kind of person he is to do so. But asking such questions is a very human endeavor, despite its generally perceived lack of utility, and it is a worthwhile pursuit even if one couldn’t help but pursue it."
This was the intro paragraph to the preface of my thesis, but I decided to change it. I couldn’t part with the paragraph, however, which is why you see it here. I do believe it to be quite true.