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September 12, 2012

Black Swan Farming. (Paul Graham – How do you wrap your head around a 1000:1 dynamic range in outcomes? You can’t.)

It’s time to get serious about science – The Washington Post. (We are very serious about science. We need to be very serious about good science careers as well.)

The Serious Eats Guide to Sandwiches | Serious Eats. (I want a sandwich.)

Michael Lewis: Obama’s Way | Vanity Fair. (I admit it. I love Michael Lewis.)

Tax evasion in Greece: In flagrante | The Economist. (Culture is hard to change.)

The Wall Street Summer Intern Diaries — Daily Intel. (Early choices lock you in – choose wisely.)

Did Barack Obama Save Ohio? – (Humans have an astonishingly ability to convince themselves of anything.)

New Rules – (A good article from Friedman – competition is indeed exhilarating – it’s damn tiring somedays.)

Swarm Robots: The droid workforce of the future. (One of those ideas that has been around for 20 years, but the technology is just starting to make it cheap and worth doing.

More data on why people reject science – Respectful Insolence. (We all must be careful to not mix faith with politics and/or science. They are different parts of the brain.)

What Happens to Our Brains During Exercise and Why it Makes Us Happier. (Exercise.)

August 31, 2012

“Manufacturing Taste” by Sasha Chapman | The Walrus | September 2012 (If you love mac & cheese…also a nice history of cheese in Canada.)

Things That Shouldn’t Be Said In Modern Society To Be Said At Least 1,400 Times At RNC | The Onion – America’s Finest News Source (Could be published in the NYTmes.)

Everything You’ve Heard About Failing Schools Is Wrong | Mother Jones (School should be special for every student.)

Apple Jury Foreman: Here’s How We Reached a Verdict – YouTube. (Kind of disturbing.)

Facebook Improving Site Integrity Systems To Combat False Likes | TechCrunch. (Facebook is a mess. Many of the Profiles and Likes are fakes, much more so than they will admit. Real identities are what made FB win; are fake identities what will make it lose?)

Outside Online Print This | My Life With Lance Armstrong. (6 Tour de France’s was not an easy thing to do, even if you were cheating.)

J.R. Moehringer’s 120 reasons why football will last forever – ESPN The Magazine – ESPN. (Prediction: football will be drastically different within a decade (e.g. 2 hand touch). I’m serious.)

What is the value of a science PhD: Is graduate school worth the effort? – Slate Magazine. (Doing something you love is never a waste of time. S&T will be the subject of our next essay.)

August 19, 2012

Waiting in the Wings: An Exclusive Interview with Chelsea Clinton – Vogue. (Chelsea Clinton has a chief of staff?)

Roseland, Where Obama the Politician Was Born – (I think the second term will be epic.)

The Real Ryan Record: 2 Minor Bills, Lots of High-Profile Talk, Gridlock – Garance Franke-Ruta – The Atlantic. (Not presidential material.)

Paul Ryan’s Record on Science and Government – ScienceInsider. (The biggest issue is the more general one: a philosophy of no investment in our country.)

Trulia’s a Killer Site. Is It a Wise Investment? – Businessweek. (Real estate sites are not sticky.)

“A simple feat… only expensive”: The Oatmeal tries saving Tesla’s lab | Ars Technica. (Read this book about Tesla, I loved it.)

Stay The Course, Facebook. Even If Your Share Price Crashes | TechCrunch. (Fact 1: People use facebook a lot, everyday, all the time. Fact 2: My mom just complained about all the ads she’s getting from her friends; FB’s monetization strategy isn’t working.)

Scientific reproducibility, for fun and profit | Ars Technica. (Stupid.)

App Store Failure and Personal Responsibility. (It’s like writing: even you need to do it, do it. Write the app you want to use.)

Top 10 Clever Uses for Dropbox. (Talk about a winner.)

Cyborg America: inside the strange new world of basement body hackers | The Verge. (Resistance is futile.)

August 11, 2012

EBay and Amazon Eye Same-Day Delivery – Businessweek. (Great trend; has anyone used ebay in years?)

Behind closed doors: The magic of unsourcing. (Give me a user board and one or two highly technical monitors any day over a call center employee.)

Breaking up the euro area: The Merkel memorandum | The Economist. (The path for Europe is clear; I will elaborate more soon.)

Apple owns US smartphone market while Samsung dominates worldwide | Ars Technica. (Yet more evidence that Samsung is making all the Android profits.)

Stephen Colbert on Papa John’s “Obamacare” price hike | TPMDC. (Give me a break Papa.)

Can Hospital Chains Improve the Medical Industry? : The New Yorker. (Pretty interesting story! Medical care is a mess: I wish someone would actually care.)

Slack and the Art of Exhaustion : The New Yorker. (Running. 14 minutes dead.)

I’ve inherited 200K lines of spaghetti code—what now? | Ars Technica. (Programming.)

Does Cybercrime Really Cost $1 Trillion? – ProPublica. (When all your ideas are stolen, why do anything?)

Project management for high-performing lazy people | VentureBeat. (I should read this.)

Emptyage — Yes, I was hacked. Hard. (Backup. Backup. Backup.)

Romney Tax Plan on Table. Debt Collapses Table. – Bloomberg. (Mathematically impossible. Scary that this guy might be VP.)

August 4, 2012

The History (And Artistic De-Evolution) of Patent Drawings | Gadget Lab | (If you ever get to DC, check out the old Patent building – it’s beautiful too.)

Bill would force patent trolls to pay defendants’ legal bills | Ars Technica. (The Patent system…subject of a future essay.)

Why Rich People Better Start Worrying About Income Inequality. (You mean rich people can get sick too? The gates in gated communities don’t keep out viruses? Huh… maybe they should support universal health care.)

Patton Oswalt’s Letters to Both Sides: His keynote address at Montreal’s Just For Laughs 2012 | The Comic’s Comic. (Gatekeepers – annoying in any field.)

Get Save As back on Mountain Lion’s File menu easily and without hacks | TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog. (Thank you Jesus.)

Race, IQ, and Wealth | The American Conservative. (It takes 2-3 decades to close the IQ gap for immigrants – I wonder how much it depends on the density of immigrant populations.)

Colson Whitehead’s Rules for Writing – (I write good.)

McSweeney’s Internet Tendency: The Ultimate Guide to Writing Better Than You Normally Do.. (I write gooder.)

Paul Ryan’s Influence on the G.O.P. : The New Yorker. (If Ryan is the intellectual center of the Republican party, that’s pretty sad.)

Air conditioning: Cool innovation | The Economist. (Finally, progress in aircon!)

3D manufacturing: Print me a phone | The Economist. (What’s especially interesting about this technology is the way it is forming communities in the United States – hackerspaces and makerspaces. I think it really will be a positive, not only for our country, but for our society. I look forward to going back to the days when a kid could build and understand things (like old TVs and radios).)

Electronic Arts Sues Zynga, Says The Ville Is An “Unmistakable Copy” Of The Sims. Zynga: EA Doesn’t Understand Copyright (Updated) | TechCrunch. (Zynga deserves to die.)

July 27, 2012

Rolling Stone Mobile – Politics – Politics: Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math (Is anyone else reminded of that scene from “The Day After Tomorrow” with Dick Cheney?) » A Nerd Is Not A Geek: Two Spins On Spider-Man (The Toby McGuire version was better, and more real.)

What would you tell your younger self? — GigaOm (Best one: “Tell her how you feel.”)

End Game: Inside the Destruction of Curt Schillings’ 38 Studios

Nickel and Dimed – Barbara Ehrenreich (Oldie)

George Stuart Robertson: An Englishman at the first modern Olympic games

I.B.M. Is No Longer a Tech Bellwether – (Also see this week…)

Are Indian high schoolers manning the help desk (Too bad to be true)

The Little-Known History of How the Modern Olympics Got Their Start | History & Archaeology | Smithsonian Magazine

The debt battle last year lost us a lot of money (Can’t wait for the next round…sigh)

Austerity’s Big Winners Prove To Be Wall Street And The Wealthy (Austerity is about getting what the rich want, as usual – it’s stupid and short-sighted)

They’ve got no better ideas (Let’s buy back our stock!)

Dreaming of a world with no intellectuals – The Chronicle