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Alabama wins again: How to leave a legacy

Alabama's O.J. Howard heads to the end zone for a touchdown reception during the second half of the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Clemson, Glendale, Arizona, January 11, 2016 (Credit: AP Images/Chris Carlson)Last night's college football championship game made history. Alabama had already won more titles than any other team. By beating Clemson, which was ranked number one in the country, the Crimson Tide added another trophy to their remarkable collection. (For more on the game, see Mark Cook's 3 Aphorisms that Explain the Clemson Alabama Game.)

We want to leave a legacy. We want to build something that outlives us to show the world that we were here and our lives mattered. The builders of Babel are in the Bible because their story is our story: "Let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth" (Genesis 11:4).

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What the Golden Globes tell us about us

Leonardo DiCaprio poses for a photo on the red carpet as he arrives at the Beverly Hills Hilton for the 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards, Beverly Hills, California, January 10, 2016 (Credit: AP Images/David Crotty)The Golden Globes were presented last night. The Revenant won for Best Motion Picture and Best Actor, Drama. The film tells the story of one man who overcomes enormous odds to avenge his son's death. (For more on the film, see Ryan Denison's review.)

The Martian won for Best Motion Picture and Best Actor, Musical or Comedy. It tells the story of one man who overcomes enormous odds to return to life on Earth. Steve Jobs won for Best Screenplay, Motion Picture. It tells the story of one man who overcomes enormous odds to create a company that revolutionized the computer industry. Jennifer Lawrence won Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture. She portrayed Joy Mangano, who overcame enormous odds to establish a business empire.

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Powerball now $700 million, largest jackpot ever

People outside a newsstand in Manhattan purchase Powerball lotto tickets. The new Powerball jackpot hit a staggering $700 million, making it the biggest in U.S. history. Powerball jackpot hits record $700 million, New York, America, January 7, 2016 (Credit: AP Images/Erik Pendzich)The Powerball lottery is played in forty-four states, Washington, D.C., and two U.S. territories. The drawing to be held tomorrow has grown to over $700 million, the largest in history. Every hour, between $5 million and $10 million in Powerball sales are expected in California. Clearly people want to be part of such a huge jackpot.

Meanwhile, the Consumer Electronics Show is continuing through tomorrow. It seems appropriate that the show is in Las Vegas, since so much of what is being revealed is a gamble—for inventors, producers, and consumers. A robotic dog, a smart ski airbag vest, and an alarm clock that wakes you by using scents are among the inventions unveiled so far. Companies must think we want ever-smarter technology, because that's what they're creating.

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Tweets will soon be 10,000 characters

Britta Pedersen launching the Twitter app on her iPhone 6 on the city streets of Berlin, March 20, 2015 (Credit: AP Images/Britta Pedersen)I hate Twitter. It's a great tool for communicating, but it makes me limit myself to 140 characters. Being a perfectionist, I labor mightily over the best 140 characters to encapsulate the profound thought I think I'm thinking.

Twitter feels my pain. The company has announced that it will soon allow me to write as many as 10,000 characters in a tweet. You'll get the first 140 characters, then have to click and expand to see the rest of my text. But I'll be able to write as much as I want to say. My perfectionism is pleased.

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North Korea announces detonation of hydrogen bomb

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un giving a nationally televised 2016 New Year's address (Credit: AP Images/Kyodo)North Korea announced last night that it has detonated its first hydrogen bomb. Global stocks are down this morning as a result. Why is this such bad news?

A hydrogen bomb is far more powerful than the atomic bombs the North Koreans have tested previously. Assuming last night's claims prove true, their erratic and often irrational behavior makes their increasing nuclear capacity even more dangerous.

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