Reverse Engineering Ahmed Mohamed's Clock… and Ourselves.
Ahmed Mohamed didn't invent his own alarm clock. He didn't even build a clock. Now, before I go on and get accused of attacking a 14 year old kid who's already been through enough, let me explain my purpose. I don't want to just dissect the clock. I ...
September 17, 2015
Muslim Texas teen handcuffed at school over homemade clock
Police detained the 14-year-old Muslim boy after a teacher at MacArthur High School decided that the homemade clock he brought to class looked like a bomb, according to school and police officials. The family of Ahmed was pulled from class Monday ...
September 16, 2015
Hotel insider: G-Rough, Rome, Italy
The long entrance hall has a glass peekaboo panel revealing a gorgeous bathroom: floor-to-ceiling gold Seletti mirrored tiles framing a vintage claw-foot bathtub, with a crystal chandelier and an open shower that seemingly magically drains onto the ...
September 17, 2015
The Best Gadgets for a Better Nights Sleep
The Intuitive Alarm Clock. Another two-piece system, the Sense by Hello is a sleep tracker and alarm clock in one. And it's not just any old alarm clock—rather, a modern, spherically-shaped intuitive one. Say, for example, you've set your alarm for 7 ...
September 10, 2015
Dizzy pace of progress creates retro-active words
I remember being skeptical when one of my students told me that he had missed my class because he had set his alarm for a.m. rather than p.m. On our old clocks, that would have been impossible, but on digital clocks it happens all the time. So what ...
August 29, 2015
At least 7 dead after old military jet crashes at air show in England
(CNN) -- At least seven people are dead after a vintage military aircraft crashed Saturday on a busy road in southeastern England, police said. The Hawker Hunter jet was taking part in an air show at an airport near Shoreham in Sussex. "Emergency ...
August 22, 2015
This simple-but-brilliant hardware innovation on the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is ...
Mobile phones have largely replaced alarm clocks. But the Edge screen night clock feels a lot like those old digital radio-alarms that everyone used to have before 2007. There is something pleasingly vintage about it. And it works. I look at my old ...
September 1, 2015
This photo provided by the Irving Police Department shows the homemade clock that Ahmed Mohamed brought to school, Wednesday, Sept. Police detained the 14-year-old Muslim boy after a teacher at MacArthur High School decided that the homemade clock he brought to class looked like a bomb, according to school and police officials. (Irving Police via AP) This photo provided by the Irving Police Department shows the homemade clock that Ahmed Mohamed brought to school, Wednesday, Sept. Police detained the 14-year-old Muslim boy after a teacher at MacArthur High School decided that the homemade clock he brought to class looked like a bomb, according to school and police officials. (Irving Police via AP) Irving, Texas • A 14-year-old Muslim boy became a sensation on social media Wednesday after word spread that he had been placed in handcuffs and suspended for coming to school with a homemade clock that teachers thought... Police declined to seek any charges against Ahmed Mohamed, but his arrest and suspension ignited a wave of criticism of police and school officials and raised suspicions that they had overreacted because of the boy's religion. Ahmed was pulled from class Monday and taken to a detention center after showing the digital clock to teachers at his suburban Dallas high school. Irving police Chief Larry Boyd said the clock looked "suspicious in nature," but there was no evidence the boy meant to cause alarm at school.
Besotted with the Philippe-Starck-designed PalazzinaG in Venice, I stopped in Rome just to stay at its newly opened sister, a narrow 17th-century palazzo of 10 suites that have been artfully reimagined as unique homages to mid-century modern... The grey-shirted men at the G-Bar, a shiny, stylish boîte through an arched doorway that serves as the lobby, greet me happily, saying they’ve been waiting for me. A work of art in itself, my vast Pasquino suite is named “Gino” after the designer... The long entrance hall has a glass peekaboo panel revealing a gorgeous bathroom: floor-to-ceiling gold Seletti mirrored tiles framing a vintage claw-foot bathtub, with a crystal chandelier and an open shower that seemingly magically drains onto... three loft-sized, shuttered windows opening onto the square with a view of the Sant’Agnese dome. and a circular “infinity” mirror with a tunnel light from the 1970s on the wall that provides endless entertainment. The firm king bed with linen sheets is a little “rough luxe” for my taste, but I have a restful sleep thanks to a lack of technology – no digital alarm clock or multi-button panels, and the flat-screen TV is covered with a cloth embroidered with...
What we used to call, simply, “books,” for example, we now call hardcover books because of the production of paperback books. What was once simply a guitar is now an acoustic guitar because of the popularity of electric guitars. What was once just soap is now called bar soap since the invention of powdered and liquid soaps. He called them “retronyms,” using the classical word parts retro, “back,” and nym, “name or word. ” A retronym is an adjective-noun pairing generated by a change in the meaning of the noun, usually because of advances in technology and society. Nowadays, Diet Coke, New Coke, crunchy peanut butter and skim milk have spawned the retronyms real Coke, Classic Coke, creamy peanut butter and whole milk. What were once just cigarettes became unfiltered cigarettes because of the introduction of filtered cigarettes. Now we’ve added electronic cigarettes to that line-up and with it, the retronym tobacco cigarettes. Then movies began to talk, necessitating the retronym silent movies. Then came color movies and the contrasting term black-and-white movies. Along came color television and the retronym black-and-white television. Then came cable television and the retronym on-air television.