Archive for August, 2011


Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Costa Troppo

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Porto Cervo was built in the 1960s by Prince Karim Aga Khan and it has long been a playground for the super-rich. Earlier this month, the sign at the entrance to the Costa Smeralda was altered, apparently by an insufficiently prosperous holidaymaker armed with a spray can. The “Smeralda” was deleted and replaced with the word “troppo”, so it now reads in Italian: “It costs too much.”

John Hooper

War On Drugs

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011


Tuesday, August 30th, 2011



Monday, August 29th, 2011

In the US, Buffett has been mocked for his admission in the New York Times this month that he felt bad about only paying $6.9m in tax last year, 17.4% of his taxable income, while his staff paid an average of 36%.

Helen Pidd


Monday, August 29th, 2011

The thing I found difficult was the noise. I’m a bit deaf but it is so loud that you can feel it in your guts. I can’t help feeling that there are going to be a lot of deaf people living here in 20 years time.

Max Rendall


Monday, August 29th, 2011

One day back then, he convened a meeting with his team, and the discussion turned to a particular problem in Asia.

“This is really bad,” Cook told the group. “Someone should be in China driving this.” Thirty minutes into that meeting Cook looked at Sabih Khan, a key operations executive, and abruptly asked, without a trace of emotion, “Why are you still here?”

Khan, who remains one of Cook’s top lieutenants to this day, immediately stood up, drove to San Francisco International Airport, and, without a change of clothes, booked a flight to China with no return date.


Though he’s capable of mirth, Cook’s default facial expression is a frown, and his humor is of the dry variety. In meetings he’s known for long, uncomfortable pauses, when all you hear is the sound of his tearing the wrapper of the energy bars he constantly eats.

Mike Janes, who worked with Cook for five years, ultimately as head of Apple’s online store, recalls a Macworld conference in New York when Cook convened a meeting in the afternoon after one of Jobs’ mesmerizing morning keynotes. “A number of us had tickets to see the Mets that night,” says Janes, now CEO of an event ticket site called FanSnap. “After hours, he was still drilling us with question after question, while we were watching the clock like kids in school. I still have this vision of Tim saying, ‘Okay, next page,’ as he opened yet another energy bar.”

Adam Lashinsky

Humans Remain

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

Human Remains

The Splits

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/AFP/Getty Images

Small Matters

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

Man must always bear in mind that God is omnipresent and is always with him; that God is the most subtle matter everywhere diffused … Let man realize that when he is looking at material things he is in reality gazing at the image of the Deity which is present in all things. With this in mind man will always serve God even in small matters.