Travels with Charci
We've had breakfast at the world's largest truck stop and discovered a modern gold rush in the desert. I've not only The previous owner airbrushed the metal canvas with a mural of an eagle soaring over a moonlit bay. Charci .. Our trailer is ...
December 26, 2015
The Doomsday Invention
Last year, a curious nonfiction book became a Times best-seller: a dense meditation on artificial intelligence by the philosopher Nick Bostrom, who holds an appointment at Oxford. Titled “Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies,” it argues that ...
November 16, 2015
Teaching the Common Core in China
Another American and I, the inaugural teachers (four more came the second year), were each provided a 10-by-10 bedroom across from a lecture hall inside the science building, and we shared a makeshift living room and kitchen inside the clock tower ...
October 29, 2015
Global Holiday Gift Guide
When it comes to holiday giving, an unpredictably exotic present that came across an ocean has a bona fide wow factor. We've searched the globe for 50 great ways—from fancy Japanese snacks to sari blankets from India—to make a foreign exchange....
December 3, 2015
Can the US Military Halt Its Brain Drain?
But the man who heads the Defense Department's personnel and readiness office has described the military personnel system as “a Polaroid in the age of digital cameras, once the cutting edge, but now superseded.” We have both But in fourth grade ...
November 5, 2015
Sorry Not Sorry
Fluorescent lights burn around the clock, and the staff subdues residents with daily cocktails of pills. I was beaten with a pointer, beaten with a steel pipe, slapped, punched, kicked with a booted foot, and even beaten with a thick book. . The ...
October 12, 2015
How the Metaphor of “the Cloud” Changed Our Attitude Toward the Internet
Around 2010, casual Internet users were introduced to the idea that the digital world around them could be understood in terms of the “cloud.” As a metaphor, the cloud seems easy to grasp: our data is somewhere in the ether, floating, drifting and ...
November 10, 2015
Travels with Charci From Indianapolis, one of the nation’s biggest trucking cities, comes Charci Thomas, one of its most improbable drivers. Having driven almost 1 million miles in her career, this petite pedal-pusher has hauled everything from cat food to caviar. Charci Thomas is next to me, piloting her 70-foot-long Peterbilt truck through the rolling hills and vineyards. We have already traveled 2,500 miles in the truck this week, passing through the Rockies of Colorado, the neon lights of Las Vegas, and the red canyons of Utah. Admiring the view from the driver’s side, Charci breaks the awe-inspired silence. Although she is one of 238,000 truckers living in Indiana, a state with more drivers than almost any other, Charci is easy to pick out at a crowded truck stop. Even fewer own their own customized truck and trailer, as she does. It’s seeing America, a place that is almost as surprising as she is. Over the past eight days and 12 states, we have driven through towns such as Zzyzx and No Name. We’ve had breakfast at the world’s largest truck stop and discovered a modern gold rush in the desert. I’ve not only changed the way I think about semis, I’ve reconnected with this loud, super-sized, high-speed country—and in the.
When Defense Secretary Ash Carter took the reins of the Pentagon in February, he inherited a Pentagon coming out of two prolonged land wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, navigating a budgetary drawdown threatened by sequestration, and wrestling with... His first speech was expected to signal his new priorities as secretary of defense. Billed as a talk about the “Force of the Future,” many expected it to be about new technology, the Pentagon’s “Third Offset Strategy,” or the importance of cyber warfare. Despite his strong background in the world of technology and defense policy, Carter unequivocally emphasized that his top priority would be to recruit and retain talented young Americans into the Defense Department. In his Abingdon speech, he clearly stated , “I will drive change to build what I call the force of the future: the military and the broader Defense Department that we need to serve and defend our country in the years to come. His surprising logic is that winning the unpredictable next war will be less about advanced war machines and silicon chips than about out-thinking the enemy, and having a force chock-full of bright, adaptive leaders who can quickly navigate...
A casual reader of the news from South Korea could be forgiven for wondering whether Koreans apologize more than other people do. Public expressions of contrition abound. Last year, President Park Geun-hye apologized for the government’s mishandling of the Sewol ferry disaster, and JoongAng Ilbo , one of the country’s major newspapers, ran a full-page apology for its sensationalist coverage of the tragedy. And Korean-Americans might recall that the country’s Ambassador to the United States called on them to “repent” after it was discovered that the gunman who carried out the Virginia Tech massacre was born in Korea, proposing a thirty-two-day fast,... When those lower down the chain screw up, decorum demands that they apologize to those higher up. when those higher up wrong those lower down, apology functions as an affirmation of accountability, an expression of responsibility of the few toward... South Korea perennially demands apology from Japan, its former colonizer, which in 1993 acknowledged forcing women (many of them Korean) into.
Who is the Razer Nabu Watch for?
Razer’s recently revealed Nabu Watch is an intriguing take on a modern watch that has more in common with fitness bands and that “dumb” digital watch sitting on ... countdown timer and world clock. The secondary screen will last seven days and ...
January 7, 2016
Martian Watches Debuts New Collection Of Women's Discreet Notification Smartwatches And Smart Jewelry
(January 06, 2016) Kindred vip Woman's Hybrid Smartwatch Featuring Martian's mVip discreet smart notification technologies, a modest round diameter of only 38mm and a stainless steel case ... uncluttered 24-hour clock display with modern smartwatch features.
January 6, 2016
Desk Clocks: Faces of Another Era
Even in the age of the smartphone, there’s value in a traditional desk clock. True ... He also liked the Waals World Watch clock, a small but weighty stainless-steel piece with the names of 24 cities engraved around the perimeter; users orient the ...
May 13, 2014
With care, antique clocks stand the test of time
Often passed down through families, antique clocks - from small desk models to towering grandfather clocks ... They are powered by either falling weights or coiled-steel springs, said Gordon Converse, owner of Gordon S. Converse & Co., Wayne, Pa.
February 22, 2013
BDDW's Retro-Modern Clock
Hate watching time tick away on plasticky digital clocks ... guts inside are thoroughly modern. Each clock is made by hand, and the company makes just two to three units at a time. Today, BDDW offers three models: desk clock (pictured, $2,500), wall ...
December 30, 2010
Robot Watch Transforms Into Tiny Desk Clock
I’m absolutely in love with these cool metal robot watches. Not only can you wear them on your wrist, they pop out of the band to become mini-clocks you can put on your desk. Each of the little guys has flexible metal arms, and a little pair of ...
September 18, 2007
Modern Flip Clock Updates an Old Standard
Remember those crummy old alarm clocks from the seventies that used numbers that flipped as the time changed? Dutch designer Wil van den Bos has reinvented the classic flip clock as a work of modern magnificence. For starters, the Bomba Alarm Clock has rid ...
June 17, 2007