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“Books were my pass to personal freedom. I learned to read at age three, and soon discovered there was a whole world to conquer that went beyond our farm in Mississippi.” Oprah Winfrey
(from the German, meaning world-pain or world-weariness, pronounced [ˈvɛltʃmɛɐ̯ts]) is a term coined by the German author Jean Paul and denotes the kind of feeling experienced by someone who understands that physical reality can never satisfy the demands of the mind. This kind of world view was widespread among several romantic authors such as Lord Byron, Giacomo Leopardi, François-René de Chateaubriand, Alfred de Musset, Nikolaus Lenau, Hermann Hesse, and Heinrich Heine. It is also used to denote the feeling of anxiety caused by the ills of the world.
The modern meaning of Weltschmerz in the German language is the psychological pain caused by sadness that can occur when realizing that someone’s own weaknesses are caused by the inappropriateness and cruelty of the world and (physical and social) circumstances.
Contronyms are words (or sometimes short expressions) which have two more or less opposite meanings.
Bolt: To hold together (as in mechanical bolting) or to separate by fleeing.
Garnish: To add to (as with food preparation ) or to take away (as with wages).
Hold up: To support (as in Liberty holding up the torch) or to impede (as in holding up legislation).
Trim: To decorate (as with a Christmas tree) or to remove excess (as with a mustache).
Wind up: To start (as with a clock) or to end (as with a business).
I’m a virtual reality skeptic. But from the moment I saw it, I knew that Microsoft’s HoloLens is unlike any existing VR headset, Oculus Rift included. HoloLens is smaller, for one, and the augmented, or what Microsoft calls “mixed-reality,” experience it delivers excited me. Here’s how I got there. Click here for more from CNET
Previously available by invitation only, beta versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps are now up in the Google Play store for almost all Android tablet users.
Click here for more info from Jan 7, 2015 CNET article.
USB Type-C hands-on: It’s here and it’s great. Click here for link to CNET Magazine article.
This article from the New York Times. Personal Tech. Dec 24, 2014
makes a good case for long term PC use (“Laptops and desktops are going to be
like trucks,” pre Steve Jobs). Click here to read article.