Writing feverishly, all furrowed brow and squinted eyes. Chalk squealing, mind reeling. And no, never pause, lest you be left behind in the dwindling shadows. Dreams give way to thoughts give way to ideas — disrupting ideals — but the numbers on the board remain simple and true: this is real.

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Today's 90 Seconds on The Verge was written by Bryan Bishop. All production magic is credited to John Lagomarsino and Regina Dellea.