Posts by Virginia Heffernan
AUSTIN, Texas — Finally! A man with a fresh new approach to balancing childcare and hard work!
Spoiler: it involves PILES OF MONEY.
Family life was the unexpected subject of the sold-out discussion between Elon Musk, founder of PayPal, Tesla Motors and SpaceX, and Chris Anderson, the former editor-in-chief of Wired, at South by Southwest on Saturday.
The topic was meant to be Musk's zillion androgen-dense projects, many of which have to do with rockets and Mars. But after marveling at Musk's work ethic, Anderson pressed Musk—briefly but spectacularly—on the subject of his five children.
Musk's answer? "Children are awesome."
"Awesome" sounded good in Musk's lovely South African accent.
"But I don't see them much."
(A friend of mine told me conspiratorially during the talk that Musk was divorced from the mother of his brood, and had had one or two "cheapskate divorces"—which turns out to be well known in billionaire circles.
The female orgasm--a phrase that should be in French--was the subject of an ecstatic, wild-eyed lecture at South by Southwest Friday evening. Nicole Daedone, statuesque blonde, quoter of Joseph Campbell and Buckminster Fuller, haver of one-touch 30-minute orgasms, was our rapturous host; the audience was putty in her hands. One of us, it seems, even came.
Daedone runs a center called OM that gets people to practice a practice that turns them into practitioners. The practice seems to be masturbation, but the word is never used. (Info on OM and The Practice can be found here at onetaste.us.) The good news is that some time with The Practice can make us all more loving, more connected and less vulnerable to trauma and addiction. The bad news is that only The Practice yields the real, right kind of oxytocin shock-and-awe orgasm. In general we ain't, as they say on Twitter, hitting it right.
I’m here at overcast South by Southwest, the annual tech-music-film rodeo in Austin, Texas. The cool girls are frantically charging their app-heavy iPhones. In their branded ponchos and awesome New Cure jeans, they’re prepping for a panel shortly on female orgasms.
Don’t fret: I have no time to chip off cheap jokes on matters so...profane. I cannot take my eyes or fingers off a much, much more sacred tech adventure: the Pope App.
I promise I’m not just trying to wrangle #pope and #sxsw—two trending topics on Twitter—into this one piece. Nah, I am just fixated on the work of the Pontificium Consilium de Communicationibus Socialibus. Clever developer name, no? Took lots of focus-grouping; rejected were PONTCN and POHPE.