“I” Before “E” Except After “C”

The Alphabet doesn't even follow the rule

Our intern Elliot looks at the merits of spelling’s favorite rhyme: “i” before “e” except after “c.”

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Billionaire Book Club: The Favorite Books of CEOs and Business Moguls

Billionaire Book Club

Every successful CEO began their career out of the spotlight. As they built their empires, they were influenced by the places they lived, the people the interacted with, the problems they faced, and the books they read. A person’s favorite book can be a key to understanding the choices they make, the standards they uphold, and the beliefs they champion. There is no sure bet to becoming successful, but reading the favorite texts of individuals can help you see the world through their eyes.

The Airspace has researched the favorite books of CEOs like Oprah Winfrey, Elon Musk, and Steve Jobs so you can look into the mind of the business people who have changed the world.

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10 Definitive Reasons Against Gay Marriage

There are at least ten definitive reasons why gay people shouldn’t marry.

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Love, Violence, and Other People

The Complete Lockpick Pornography is a provocative title, and the rest of the book doesn’t let that go. While the book is neither pornography nor an instruction manual on lock picking, in some ways it has elements of both. It is two novellas packaged as one—Lockpick Pornography and We All Got It Coming—by Joey Comeau. They do contain swearing and sex and violence, as befits a book of this title, but they also have a considerable dose of human emotion and societal reflection.

On the outside, the two novellas appear to be very different. The first, Lockpick Pornography, follows a nameless protagonist whose main agenda seems to be as queer as possible—and not let little things like laws or other people stand in his way. A little bit more elaboration on this—during the course of the novella, he calls a random woman out of the phone book to challenge her conceptions of gender; he crashes a lesbian prom in disguise to trick them into kissing a man; he and his friends break into buildings wearing masks of queer cartoon characters (Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street, for instance). Lockpick is very much an angry story, ferocious even, with a protagonist who seems determined to take revenge on a world he considers to be too restrictive.

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    July 12, 2014 | 4:02 pm

    If you haven’t heard, electroencephalograms (EEGs) have been getting better. Way better. Artificial limbs and even video game controllers are utilizing the non-invasive brain-wave monitoring method to guide computers by thought. Now English startup This Place has developed a way to bring the technology to Google Glass, allowing Google’s wearable to read your mind. Well, […]

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    Within the cultural centers of the world lurks a mechanical beast draped in silver spinning madly and capturing everything, sometimes even itself. In 2011 Google created the Art Project, an initiative to bring their Street View technology inside the cultural epicenters of the world. Google enlisted 17 world-class museums in short time. Institutions such as […]

  • Purple Mountunes Majesty: The Most Patriotic Playlist
    July 4, 2014 | 12:13 pm

    A while ago, Paul Lamere of The Echo Nest, a music-analysis company, took to finding each state’s most distinctive, yet popular, artist in a viral article. Spotify took note, purchasing Echo Nest for their analytical talent. Together, they’ve released a blog post documenting each state’s most distinctively American song creating a patriotic playlist for the […]

  • Emojinealogy: Where the Heck Emojis Come From
    July 2, 2014 | 3:10 pm

    On June 16th, the Unicode Consortium announced that 250 new emoji would be added to the list of symbols available to people’s cellphones and computer devices. The list of the new symbols can be found on Emojipedia. And no, the list doesn’t include the much needed minority representation, but it does include your favorite (?) […]

  • The Decline and Fall of the American Mall
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    For ages, the shopping mall was as essential to the architecture of suburbia as Levittowns and freeways. But in an era of online shopping, these epicenters of brick and mortar yesteryear are quietly being abandoned across the country. While the U.S. currently has around 1,500, the number may soon shrink, and rapidly, leading to abandoned […]

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