Word of the Day
- A jack of the clock-house, or a figure which strikes the bell in a clock: used in the following passage, probably, in the sense of ‘time-server,’ ‘a person whose friendship changes with changes of the times or of fortune.’
- A timeserver; an inconstant person.
'Jack' in this sense means 'fellow' or 'man,' and comes from the name Jack.
Quote of the DayComputer science only indicates the retrospective omnipotence of our technologies. In other words, an infinite capacity to process data (but only data—i.e. the already given) and in no sense a new vision. With that science, we are entering an era of exhaustivity, which is also an era of exhaustion.
- Jean Baudrillard (b. 1929), French semiologist.