Best Song Heard at the Laundromat Yesterday: “Metro” by Berlin
"You’re in HotLand, Home of the Internet Wizard.”
Ars Technica opened up the Internet In A Box so you kids can learn some history.
|—||Life advice from Mike Birbiglia on The Chris Gethard Show.|
if I finish my pizza before Netflix unfreezes I am going to lose it
— Esther Povitsky (@littleesther)
It bothers me seeing this taken out of its full, awesome context. Here’s the original post with the complete, amazing diary entry about when she was in 5th grade and checked out a Dead Kennedys CD from the library.
Betsiboka River, Madagascar
Dramatic evidence of the catastrophic erosion in northwestern Madagascar is seen at the rapidly expanding Betsiboka River Delta. Deforestation of the country’s central highlands for cultivation and pastureland has resulted in the most significant erosion recorded anywhere in the world (approximately 112 tons/acre), which transforms the river to this vivid orange color.
When Apple announced its [Apple Pay] payments platform earlier this week, it proudly proclaimed that it had 220,000 retail stores and restaurants on board to accept Apple Pay. What it didn’t note was that a large number of those brick-and-mortar shops have been accepting contactless payments for years. McDonald’s, Walgreens, and Staples, to name a few, were launch partners for Google Wallet in 2011 and many of those chains were accepting contactless payments from MasterCard’s PayPass before that. Whole Foods, which got a huge shout-out from Apple at its event on Tuesday, told Ars that nothing about its NFC terminals has changed to accommodate Apple Pay specifically. “All checkout lanes in all of our stores do have the NFC pads, and we’re already accepting NFC payments as it seems you’ve already experienced,” a spokesperson told Ars. “These same NFC pads can and will accept Apple Pay transactions the moment Apple turns on the service.”
In case, like me, you were wondering whether Apple Pay was a new, exclusive system and you’d be shut out of the exciting NFC payment world at your favorite retailers if you didn’t have an iPhone.
Interesting article at Ars Technica about how well-timed Apple Pay is to take advantage of the existing foundation and upcoming changes to America’s outdated credit card world.
He said, ‘It still looks like an accident, the first one. Even from this distance, way outside the thing, how many days later, I’m standing here thinking it’s an accident.’
'Because it has to be.'
'It has to be,' he said.
'The way the camera sort of shows surprise.'
'But only the first one.'
'Only the first,' she said.
'The second plane, by the time the second plane appears,' he said, 'we're all a little older and wiser.'
|—||Falling Man, Don DeLillo. (via niceandpeaceful)|