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by Daniel A. Kaufman ___ A to B: “You’re an asshole.” B to A: “No I’m not.” A to B: “Well, it’s not up to you whether you’re an asshole or not. It’s up to everyone else.” —Louis CK (1) The “self-made man” traditionally was someone who had made his own fortune, rather than inheriting it Today, many would point […]
by CJ Uberroth It is said that during the Roman siege of Syracuse (212-214 BC), the Romans were stalemated by the Syracusans’ complex methods of defense. Marcus Claudius Marcellus, a renowned Roman General, found himself at a loss during the siege. Apparently, the mathematician, Archimedes, had used his knowledge to invent a claw capable of toppling siege we […]