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Two Revolutions Took a Turn Last Week

July 12th, 2013 1 Comment

While the protests in Egypt were swelling last week, Douglas Engelbart was dying from kidney failure in his home in Atherton, Calif. at the age of 88. Engelbart led a revolution of a different sort by inventing the computer mouse in 1963.

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Egyptians Land on Their Feet with Election

May 25th, 2012 No Comments

By the time you read this, the Egyptian people will have spoken. Turnout looks to be strong, especially among women. Thirteen candidates are on the presidential ballot. Five are considered front-runners. Nobody knows who might wake up as Egypt’s new head of state. The fact that the outcome is uncertain is the most hopeful sign of all.

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When Hospitality Was Not an Industry

June 16th, 2011 No Comments

We practice hospitality in the West most easily with those most similar to us. But the ease and the similarity mean it’s not true hospitality, and it barely resembles its continuing form where it first took root.

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Grand Tour (ism)

June 6th, 2011 No Comments

Young men from influential families returned with relics to demonstrate their learning, but also their wonder. These would be displayed in their Cabinets of Curiosities — early Enlightenment conversation starters.

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Egypt Will Rely on its People Power

May 27th, 2011 1 Comment

Mubarak’s name has disappeared from every commemorative site, by whatever means necessary. A spray painted “X” or strategically placed “January 25” stickers sometimes do the trick. Ridding themselves of Mubarak has been a careful operation, surgical in its precision.

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Digging for Small Stories in a Shrinking World

May 20th, 2011 No Comments

Archaeologists and journalists do some of their best work when they tell the stories of everyday people. History is written by the winners, with the dissonance and texture of those who didn’t win being carefully expunged.

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