“We have this debate in America that is almost a theoretical debate about the role of government in the economy and whether government should be involved, and I worry that while we’re having this theoretical debate, on the other side of the world, the Chinese government is vigorously promoting industry after industry, the German government is vigorously promoting its manufacturing center, the South Korean government is vigorously promoting its manufacturing sector — and by the time we’ve resolved our debate, there won’t be any industries left to compete in. It is absolutely clear that government plays a key role, as a catalyst, in promoting long-run growth.”—Fareed Zakaria, on the relationship between government and innovation. [complete interview here]
“The balancing act between how much rule-making you like in language and how much you like language to evolve naturally isn’t necessarily the point of the serial comma debate (to me, the reasons to keep it have absolutely nothing to do with tradition and everything to do with actual utility), but that’s where almost any discussion of almost any arcane point invariably winds up. Language is alive, you see, and it changes, and its beauty lies in its ability to be shaped by an entire society that calls upon its collective wisdom and experience to create a means of communication that accomplishes what it needs to AND NO THAT DOESN’T MAKE ‘IRREGARDLESS’ OKAY AND STOP USING ‘LITERALLY’ TO MEAN ‘FIGURATIVELY’ I AM BEGGING YOU.”—Linda Holmes | NPR Monkey See | Going, Going, And Gone?: No, The Oxford Comma Is Safe … For Now (via fromoneroomaway)
Why would the bartender allow a rope to sit down at the bar in the first place? How did a rope get into and maintain a sitting position? Why would I think I could make you believe a rope walked into a bar, not just once but twice? Did you hear me tell the joke? I’m a frayed knot.