All Systems GO

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The miracle of Apollo 11 is always worth examining afresh, as the time and distance of generations have flattened it into a historical “fact” bordering on mere trivia. The moment of July 20, 1969, stands as the greatest achievement in the history of humanity, whether from the perspective of a technical exercise or from the perspective of the intangible qualities that are uniquely …

“Driving” vs Driving

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It’s been quite a six weeks for Elon Musk and Tesla Motors. On March 31, Tesla held a launch event to partially unveil the details of its much-anticipated mass market electric car, the Model 3. Within a handful of days, the $1,000 pre-order deposits passed the 400,000 mark, all for a car whose design is not yet final and whose slow-roll delivery is …

One Standard vs Deviation

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The need to fit in is a primal one for the human brain, and its power over our thinking and actions can often lead to completely counterproductive behaviors. As a person begins to understand who they are and to observe how that is different from the expectations of the environment they are in, a choice presents itself: protect and nurture the …

Painting the Canvas

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Less than three full years ago, Tim Urban wrote his first long-form post to christen his new site, WaitButWhy. In February, Tim was on the TED stage in Vancouver, turning his theory on procrastination and stick figure drawings into a standing ovation. On March 15, the video of Tim’s talk was released, and in the 6 short weeks since, it …