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The Mayans Were Right

 

Today has occasioned no shortage of snark, both here at Ricochet and around the web, as we watch the fateful date of December 21, 2012 slip by without the promised apocalypse that was supposed to accompany the end of the Mayan calendar (which was surely the product of a Mayan calendar-maker wanting to skip out a little early on a weekend).

We all spoke too soon. The earth may not have been destroyed, but that doesn’t mean the world as we know it isn’t coming to a close. The evidence: Richard Epstein is now on Twitter. And his debut was just as metaphysical as you’d expect:

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Richard Epstein, confined to 140 characters at a time. I don’t know about you, but that’s how I define the end of the world.

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  1. Profile photo of Joseph Eagar Member

    Welcome.

    • #1
    • December 22, 2012 at 2:02 am
  2. Profile photo of Whiskey Sam Inactive

    This is a hoax, right? I love Law Talk, but there’s no way Richard is sticking to the 140 character thing.

    • #2
    • December 22, 2012 at 2:03 am
  3. Profile photo of Pseudodionysius Inactive

    He’s been hacked.

    • #3
    • December 22, 2012 at 2:05 am
  4. Profile photo of Percival Thatcher

    I am now on twitter, I think.

    Well, it ain’t exactly cogito ergo sum, but it’s a start.

    • #4
    • December 22, 2012 at 2:08 am
  5. Profile photo of Pseudodionysius Inactive

    I would have expected his first tweets to be:

    (1) ?

    (2) Well ?

    (3) I’m waiting….

    • #5
    • December 22, 2012 at 2:08 am
  6. Profile photo of Pseudodionysius Inactive
    Percival:I am now on twitter, I think.

    Well, it ain’t exactly cogito ergo sum, but it’s a start. · 0 minutes ago

    I was hoping for something with a little more Roman edge, a little Ulpian street cred.

    • #6
    • December 22, 2012 at 2:10 am
  7. Profile photo of Percival Thatcher
    Pseudodionysius

    I was hoping for something with a little more Roman edge, a little Ulpian street cred. · 13 minutes ago

    Richard’s a Stoic? A little more verbal than I pictured Stoics as being, but the rest of it fits.

    • #7
    • December 22, 2012 at 2:27 am
  8. Profile photo of Frank Soto Contributor

    • #8
    • December 22, 2012 at 2:29 am
  9. Profile photo of with me where I am Inactive

    First my elderly grandfather, a computer and internet luddite and NR magazine subscriber, asked me to join him on Google+. Now this? Yep, TEOTWAWKI is upon us.

    • #9
    • December 22, 2012 at 2:31 am
  10. Profile photo of Bereket Kelile Member

    You know how they say that you should be able to hear an author’s voice as you’re reading their book? I can totally hear him say it.

    • #10
    • December 22, 2012 at 2:41 am
  11. Profile photo of Adam Freedman Contributor

    I note that the Pope beat Richard to it.

    • #11
    • December 22, 2012 at 3:11 am
  12. Profile photo of Crow's Nest Member

    Richard Epstein is not on the Twitter. The Twitter is on Richard Epstein.

    #Epsteintrumpsnorris; #Riparianretorts; #Tweetheardroundtheworld

    • #12
    • December 22, 2012 at 3:21 am
  13. Profile photo of Cornelius Julius Sebastian Thatcher

    Dang it. I may have to breakdown and get on Twitter now….

    • #13
    • December 22, 2012 at 3:29 am
  14. Profile photo of KC Mulville Member

    Shhhhhh … maybe no one has told him there’s a word limit. All of his tweets will cut off after his first 140 characters.

    Oh, and if Richard asks for help, we’ll all tell him that it must be his account. He didn’t sign up for the deluxe version.

    • #14
    • December 22, 2012 at 3:59 am
  15. Profile photo of Pseudodionysius Inactive

    “Twitter is currently experiencing a higher than expected volume of traffic. We will resume normal operations shortly.”

    • #15
    • December 22, 2012 at 4:59 am
  16. Profile photo of flownover Inactive

    The Mayans were only wrong on the degrees of physical proof and 45 days .

    The end came on Nov 6.

    • #16
    • December 22, 2012 at 5:59 am
  17. Profile photo of Quixotic Inactive

    He’ll get around the limit by posting links to his 300-word-per-minute lectures. I enjoy those lectures online, because I can pause the action and cogitate, before turning on the firehose again. If I had to listen to these orations in person, I think I’d absorb about 10 – 20%.

    • #17
    • December 22, 2012 at 6:27 am
  18. Profile photo of PJS Reagan
    PJS

    He’s already following people, has issued four tweets, and has 124 followers. Even responded using @, and linked to a Ricochet article. I think he’s getting the hang of it.

    • #18
    • December 22, 2012 at 7:14 am
  19. Profile photo of Adriana Harris Member

    With the 140 character limitation, I’m looking forward to many new and clever abbreviations he comes up with.

    • #19
    • December 22, 2012 at 7:19 am
  20. Profile photo of Owl of Minerva Member
    PJS: He’s already following people, has issued four tweets, and has 124 followers. Even responded using @, and linked to a Ricochet article. I think he’s getting the hang of it. · 12 hours ago

    Ah, really? Perhaps Epstein is part of the new Ricochet social media outreach? I couldn’t think of a more hilarious person to spearhead it.

    • #20
    • December 22, 2012 at 7:48 am
  21. Profile photo of Greg Sifferle Inactive

    My calendar ends on December 31, 2012. That does not mean that I think the world will come to an end on that day, it means that I need to buy a new calendar

    • #21
    • December 23, 2012 at 1:51 am
  22. Profile photo of Severely Ltd. Member

    Imagine if he really manages to condense the substance down to 140 characters. Black hole density!

    Would it be ethical to use it to disappear irritating Liberals. Does anyone remember the caustic comments on NPR when they were exposed to the normal concentration?

    • #22
    • December 23, 2012 at 4:47 am
  23. Profile photo of lakelylane Inactive

    A little ironic from one who believes in fewer bullets …

    • #23
    • December 23, 2012 at 12:40 pm
  24. Profile photo of with me where I am Inactive

    So, which TA is doing this for Richard?

    • #24
    • December 26, 2012 at 7:13 am