All The Quotes You Should Be Stealing From The ‘Silicon Valley’ Season Premiere



In the chaos leading up to the Game of Thrones season 5 premiere, many of you may not have realized that another great HBO show returned on Sunday. Mike Judge’s Silicon Valley is back for season 2, and so far it’s even geekier and more hilarious than the last. Here are some essential Silicon Valley quotes from the premiere for you to throw at your friends. Or enemies. Really, most of ’em work either way.


Once again it looks like Erlich Bachman’s going to be churning out golden filth for us all season.


His best line since “You just brought piss to a sh*t fight!”


Richard Hendriks is the anti-Erlich but at least he’s confident enough now to speak up, even if he mangles everything he tries to say.


The start of Erlich’s funding neg campaign. He only gets more offensive from there.


Gavin Belson is the one surviving tech God this season, and…

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How MIT Students Won $8 Million in the Massachusetts Lottery


Maybe Uncle Ben was right: With great power comes great responsibility. While most students at the famed Massachusetts Institute of Technology use their powers for good — for example, creating drugs that can fight any virus — others are busily using their prodigious math skills to game the state of Massachusetts’ lottery system, earning millions of dollars in the process.

Several years ago, while doing research for a school project, a group of MIT students realized that, for a few days every three months or so, the most reliably lucrative lottery game in the country was Massachusetts’ Cash WinFall, because of a quirk in the way a jackpot was broken down into smaller prizes if there was no big winner. The math whizzes quickly discovered that buying about $100,000 in Cash WinFall tickets on those days would virtually guarantee success. Buying $600,000 worth of tickets would bring a 15%–20% return…

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Watch John Oliver’s Rematch With FIFA On Last Week Tonight


Last Week Tonight was off the air last weekend, which gave its writers plenty of time to write a blistering takedown of one of their favorite subjects: FIFA.

While John Oliver’s staff undoubtedly had a different episode planned for Sunday, on Wednesday the United States Department of Justice unleashed a 47-count indictment that charged nine officials at the soccer body and five sports marketing executives with racketing, wire fraud and money-laundering. In the wake of the scandal, Oliver could not resist taking another poke at FIFA, a.k.a. “the organization that sounds the most like the name of a purse dog.”

Oliver’s dislike for the organization is well-established after he slammed them on an episode before last year’s World Cup. (You can—and should— watch the episode here.)

The HBO host could barely contain his glee as he discussed the scandal and encouraged the audience to read the actual FIFA indictment…

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New Google Doodle Honors First American Woman in Space, Sally Ride


On June 18, 1983, Sally Ride made history when she became the first American woman in space. On Tuesday, Google honored what would have been her 64th birthday with an animated Google Doodle.

Ride was born in Los Angeles on May 26, 1951. While finishing her Ph.D. in physics from Stanford University in 1977, she applied to join NASA and was among one of six women selected to be astronaut candidates.

At the age of 32, Ride became the first American woman in space while on board the Challenger space shuttle. She made another mission into orbit the following year, also on board Challenger.

Ride’s partner Tam O’Shaughnessy wrote in a blog post that while in space Ride “realized how important it is for all of us to take care of our fragile home in space, and became an environmentalist.”

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After leaving NASA, Ride became the director…

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Stuck on a bridge


Being a Bangladeshi it’s a shame when you don’t know your own language properly, it gets worse because yours is the only country in the whole wide world which fought for its language.Even now I am writing in English because I know this language better then my own.

There are a lot of people in the same situation as I am.Students like me who studied in an English Medium school and never learned bangla or somehow did not think it important enough as most of us plan to go abroad since our O level Examinations.

It occurred to me very recently that we are both blessed and cursed.We are stuck in a bridge and it is up to us which side we choose.We can either learn bangla after we get our brains back or live in utter ignorance of our own language and go abroad and live happily ever after.(no…

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How to give more persuasive presentations: A Q&A with Nancy Duarte

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Stepping onto the TED or TEDx stage — or speaking in front of any group of people, for that matter — is truly nerve-wracking. Will you remember everything you wanted to say, or get so discombobulated that you skip over major points? Will the audience be receptive to your ideas, or will you notice a guy in row three nodding off to sleep?

Presentation expert Nancy Duarte, who gave the TED Talk “The secret structure of great talks,” has built her career helping people express their ideas in presentations. The author of Slide:ology and Resonate, Duarte has just released a new book through the Harvard Business Review: The HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentations.

The TED Blog talked with Duarte in her California office about what makes a killer presentation, as well as about how giving her own TED Talk shaped her thoughts on presenting.

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These Cities Have The Worst Traffic in the World, Says a New Index


Jakarta is the worst city in the world for traffic jams, according to new index created by motor oil company Castrol. Drivers in the Indonesian capital are stopping and starting and their cars 33,240 times per year on the road, a Castrol study found.

Relying on information from TomTom navigation devices in 78 countries, the index used an algorithm to determine the number of times a car started and stopped per kilometer, then multiplied it by the average annual driving distance in the country.

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After Jakarta, the worst cities for traffic jams are Istanbul, Turkey; Mexico City, Mexico; Surabaya, Indonesia; and St. Petersburg, Russia. No American cities appeared in the top ten.

Take a look at the entire list here.

Read next: 9 out of 10 Chinese Cities Fail Pollution Test


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How to build a micronation: Fellows Friday with artist Jorge Mañes Rubio

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TED2014 Fellow Jorge Mañes Rubio is an artist and perpetual tourist who investigates invisible, forgotten places — Chinese cities submerged by the Three Gorges Dam Project, a little-known Pacific island paradise destroyed by mining. He creates art that reimagines and revives these sites as attention-worthy destinations. Here, Rubio describes to the TED Blog his latest art project, in which he created a new micronation. He shares how this was a response to the social struggles of a small neighborhood in Amsterdam.

The Columbusplein public square in Amsterdam West has long been a hotspot for social issues, among them bullying and lack of community cohesion. The demographics in the area are quite unique — it’s a very multicultural and multiethnic population which includes immigrants from Turkey, Morocco, Dominica and Surinam, as well as native Dutch. While more than 20 organizations have been active in the neighborhood for years, helping struggling families…

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6 thinkers whose depressing ideas will make you feel better

We are absurdly anxious about success, says popular philosopher Alain de Botton (TED Talk: Alain de Botton: A kinder, gentler philosophy of success). In his talk from 2009, he suggests that many of our modern values — like our sense of limitless possibility and upward growth — can actually lead us to stress harder about how well we’re doing. But the reverse can also be true, says de Botton. For TED, he’s put together this reading list of (mainly) pessimistic philosophers who have inspired his thinking about positivity.

1. The Complete Essays
Michel de Montaigne

“Montaigne likes to point out that philosophers don’t know everything, and that they would be a lot wiser if they laughed at themselves a little more. He also writes in a personal and often very frank way designed to shock the prudish. ‘Kings and philosophers shit, and so do ladies,’ he says. ‘Even on the highest throne in the world…

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