Hydrogen bomb photos

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ca. 1951 - 1962, Nevada, USA --- Mushroom Cloud From Nuclear Test --- Image by © CORBIS

ca. 1951 – 1962, Nevada, USA — Mushroom Cloud From Nuclear Test — Image by © CORBIS

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Between the show’s first and second seasons, the writers waited in the lobby of Andreessen’s office, where photographs of hydrogen-bomb blasts hang on the walls. (“They’re a good way to make sure people are awake,” Andreessen’s spokesperson told me.) Then the writers were ushered into a conference room, where, for more than an hour, they sat around a blond-wood conference table while Andreessen pitched them jokes. “They weren’t terrible, either,” one of the writers told me. “I have eight dense pages of notes from that meeting. I have never heard a man speak as fast as Marc Andreessen.” None of his jokes appeared on the show in their original form, but a concept he explained—the downside of accepting too much free money from investors—became a scene in season two. In the TV version, the venture capitalist is a young woman, and the conversation begins with her interrupting Richard while he’s in the bathroom.

(from this New Yorker thing by Andrew Marantz about Silicon Valley.)

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