Kicking the Bucket List | The New Yorker


The expression derives from “kicking the bucket,” a euphemism for dying of obscure origin but blunt and vivid suggestiveness.

(Etymologists suggest that the bucket being kicked is not, as we might imagine, a pail, but a corruption of the Old French word buquet, meaning a balance or beam, from which slaughtered animals were suspended.)

via Kicking the Bucket List – The New Yorker.

Obama’s War Speech and What He Didn’t Say


Every President in the past quarter century has made the decision to bomb Iraq.

The god-awfulness—the pure hell—of life and death in Syria in recent years,

and in much of Iraq in the decade-plus since we blew it up, made Obama’s resistance to intervention a constant trial.

The impossible choices that he saw there seemed to oppress him …

via Obama’s War Speech and What He Didn’t Say.

Future of energy storage | MIT News Office

Unlike conventional rechargeable batteries, redox flow batteries store energy in solutions of electroactive compounds, which are housed in external tanks and pumped to an electricity generating reactor.

This system offers advantages in scalability, manufacturing, service life, and safety.

The chemicals can be stored in a tank as big as a water heater for home use, or as massive as a supercenter for powering an entire community.

via Future of energy storage | MIT News Office.

Gender-bending, torso-triangles, Amish ninjas, and seven other things that made us think at New York Fashion Week | Quartz


New York Fashion Week is a sensory overload, a late-summer spectacle of runway shows, performances, parties, photo ops, and social media.

But it’s also exciting, engaging, and inspiring—and can quickly dissolve any of summer’s lingering languor and ennui in time for autumn.

via Gender-bending, torso-triangles, Amish ninjas, and seven other things that made us think at New York Fashion Week – Quartz.

India has learned to flirt with the world—and suitors everywhere are dazzled | Quartz


In ancient times, eligible young women in India could publicly choose a husband from many suitors, who lined up with their wealth on display.

India appears to be in the same happy situation, except that choosing just one among the contenders could be catastrophic.

The challenge before India is to keep everyone hopeful and to derive benefits from each.

via India has learned to flirt with the world—and suitors everywhere are dazzled – Quartz.

Financial Challenges for the E.U. | NYTimes.com

The prime goal of a capital markets union should be to develop healthy sources of nonbank finance that can foster jobs and growth.

The European Union suffers from clogged up and fragmented capital markets, which are a fraction of the size of their American equivalents.

Changing this is vital because banks, especially in the eurozone periphery, are unable to finance recovery on their own.

via Financial Challenges for the E.U. – NYTimes.com.

via Financial Challenges for the E.U. – NYTimes.com.

Software patents are crumbling, thanks to the Supreme Court | Vox


.. Software patent holders will know that if they take a case to trial, there’s a high probability that their patent will be destroyed — meaning they not only lose that case but also lose the ability to use the patent against other defendants.

That will make plaintiffs — and especially trolls wielding patents of dubious quality — more gun-shy, giving defendants a lot more bargaining power.

via Software patents are crumbling, thanks to the Supreme Court – Vox.