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Data Mining Reveals the Four Urban Conditions That Create Vibrant City Life
March 24, 2016 at 09:50AM
Back in 1961, the gradual decline of many city centers in the U.S. began to puzzle urban planners and activists alike. One of them, the urban sociologist Jane…
Jane Jacobs was right! The key factors in creating a vibrant city are about maximizing serendipitous interactions and physical connectivity: dense intersections, mixed use areas, meeting places (aka third places)...
d’Oh My Zsh
March 25, 2016 at 11:19AM
How I unexpectedly built a monster of an open source project This wouldn’t my first foray into open source software; nor my last. It was the summer of 2009. I…
Your Favorite Comedy Exists Because of ‘The Larry Sanders Show’
March 25, 2016 at 11:25AM
This year the IFC channel started showing reruns of The Larry Sanders Show , which will hopefully introduce one of the best, most influential sitcoms of all…
The Holy Grail of Self-Improvement
March 25, 2016 at 12:10PM
The holy grail of self-improvement in modern times is a framework for individual experimentation and learning that can be used by the average person. The key…
NPM Package Hijacking: From the Hijackers Perspective
March 25, 2016 at 08:50PM
In light of recent events in the javascript community, I would like to share the story of how I came into control of more than 200 heavily depended on modules,…
No-Brainers, Deal-Killers and Anomienomics 101
March 27, 2016 at 08:15PM
The concept of anomie , popularized by the French sociologist Émile Durkheim in 1897 (a time very like ours), should be in everybody's mental models today. It…
Decision making in the modern world is hard. In an environment of low uncertainty, like the baby boomers grew up in, there were few alternatives but it was easy to choose between good and bad moves. Now there are many options and it's hard to tell which is which. So, instead of picking the best of few options we must eliminate the obviously bad choices and muddle through as best we can.
Follow the money: Apple vs. the FBI - Charlie's Diary
March 28, 2016 at 10:32PM
A lot of people are watching the spectacle of Apple vs. the FBI and the Homeland Security Theatre and rubbing their eyes, wondering why Apple (in the person of…
Charlie Stross argues that Apple is fighting FBI because it wants to become a bank. What else are they going to do with their massive cash stockpile? Installing a backdoor on every iphone as the FBI is requesting would undermine customers' trust in them as a bank, and rightly so. I think that is an interesting but dubious theory. The kernel of it may be correct though. I don't know if they want to become a bank but they are a payments processor. A universal backdoor would make me much less likely to trust them with my payment information.
March 29, 2016 at 09:11AM
React - Basic Theoretical Concepts This document is my attempt to formally explain my mental model of React. The intention is to describe this in terms of…
Genius-annotated version of “How to Shoot a Suspect in the Back, Reasonably”
March 30, 2016 at 12:51PM
Beyond the racial prejudice of juries and district attorneys, a major—and frequently ignored—factor as to why county prosecutors fail to indict cops who maim…
Several Supreme Court cases established standards for determining what is a reasonable use of force by a police officer. These standards are extrememly forgiving. While it seems reasonable to offer a police officer the benefit of the doubt when making what is potentially a life or death decision, the standard set is so loose that it is almost impossible to convict a cop of excessive use of force. Worse, since those cases police have been trained how to report their use of force to make it seem as though they are in danger.
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My Heroic and Lazy Stand Against IFTTT (Pinboard Blog)
April 1, 2016 at 08:56AM
Imagine if your sewer pipe started demanding that you make major changes in your diet. Now imagine that it got a lawyer and started asking you to sign things.…
I understand the utility of having people build to you but as a provider of glue code it seems to degrade your value a bit. Also, these terms of service are absolutely nuts.
The moon thought to play a major role in maintaining Earth's magnetic field
April 1, 2016 at 11:21PM
The gravitational effects associated with the presence of the Moon and Sun cause cyclical deformation of the Earth's mantle and wobbles in its rotation axis.…
The gravitational force of the moon effectively spins the Earth's core keeping it from cooling and maintaining the Earth's magnetic field. Cool!
Incorrect Maps and Broken Territories
April 1, 2016 at 11:35PM
Today is April 1st, and you're probably getting some really good practice telling pranks apart from real things in our increasingly absurd world. It's a good…
The map is not the territory. Maps are extraordinarily useful for mental compression of information but can blind you. The worst blindness is not where your map is wrong but the aspects it does not even consider and cannot accommodate. One interpretation of Fingerspitzengefuhl, finger tip feeling, is an intuitive understanding of breaks in your own and others maps. With it you can see the breaks in others maps. This jives with my own belief that you get a lot of advantage by paying attention and being observant. Many people seem to navigate by maps only. They also don't seem to pay enough attention to actually notice when their map is wrong. Try talking to an accountant about how your business is doing. You'll see what I mean.
Nakatomi Spaces
April 2, 2016 at 07:45AM
So why do I mention all this in the context of Die Hard? The majority of that film’s interest, I’d suggest, comes precisely through its depiction of architectural space: John McClane, a New York cop on his Christmas vacation, moves through a Los Angeles high-rise in basically every conceivable way but passing through its doors and hallways. McClane explores the tower—called Nakatomi Plaza—via elevator shafts and air ducts, crashing through windows from the outside-in and shooting open the locks of rooftop doorways. If there is not a corridor, he makes one; if there is not an opening, there will be soon.
A great essay that I've read many times. It presents one of the best explanations of smooth vs. striated space (Deleuze & Guattari). Think of the way a taxi driver drives, ignoring lanes, cutting through parking lots, making right turns from the left lane. Most drivers see the road as a divided group of lanes with rules and restrictions. The cabbie sees it as it is, a single piece of smooth asphalt, and treats it as such.
Florida Just Made It Harder For Police To Take People's Stuff
April 2, 2016 at 12:01PM
bjdlzx via Getty Images A new Florida law will rein in a controversial practice critics call "policing for profit." Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) on Friday signed…
OMG Florida did something right!
Indonesian 'Hobbits' may have died out sooner than thought
April 2, 2016 at 12:28PM
Liang Bua, a limestone cave on the Indonesian island of Flores. The Liang Bua Team prepares for new archaeological excavations. Credit: Smithsonian Digitization…
I love EVE Online. It's so damn cyberpunk.
In Newly Created Life-Form, a Major Mystery | Quanta Magazine
April 2, 2016 at 12:28PM
In Newly Created Life-Form, a Major Mystery. Peel away the layers of a house — the plastered walls, the slate roof, the hardwood floors — and you’re left with a frame, the skeletal form. Scientists have created a synthetic organism that possesses only the genes it needs to survive. But they have no idea what roughly a third of those genes do.
Watch Paint Dry: How I got a game on the Steam Store without anyone from Valve ever looking at it. — The Startup
April 2, 2016 at 12:28PM
Watch Paint Dry: How I got a game on the Steam Store without anyone from Valve ever looking at it. Was getting caught part of your plan? Of course! If you were…
Indonesian 'Hobbits' may have died out sooner than thought
April 2, 2016 at 12:28PM
Liang Bua, a limestone cave on the Indonesian island of Flores. The Liang Bua Team prepares for new archaeological excavations. Credit: Smithsonian Digitization…
Humans may have burned the Shire when they arrived in Indonesia.
Human-Complete Problems
April 2, 2016 at 01:09PM
Occasionally, I manage to be clever when I am not even trying to be clever, which isn’t often. In a recent conversation about the new class of doomsday…
Human complete problems are the hard problems for humans like finding meaning, earning a living, life the universe and everything. Human complete problems are infinite games. Some of them contain sets of finite games. Fulfilling Life = <Make a living, Do interesting work, Raise happy children, Learn> ... or something like that. This provides an interesting way to classify AI, potentially more interesting than the Turing test. An AI is a general purpose AI (AGI) if it can play human complete infinite games. Can AlphaGo make a living as AlphaGo? Can the Google car get fired from being a self-driving car and retrain itself as a piece of mining equipment, quit Google and start a job as a party bus. There's a lot more packed into this post than that but it's a start.
American Cities Are Booming* (*For Rich Young College Grads Without Kids)
April 2, 2016 at 02:08PM
Americans aren’t moving back to the cities. Just 20- and 30-somethings. But actually, not all 20- and 30-somethings are moving back to the cities.…
The Panama Papers
April 4, 2016 at 08:57AM
Over a year ago, an anonymous source contacted the Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ) and submitted encrypted internal documents from Mossack Fonseca, a Panamanian law…
Your Roommate Is Changing Your Immune System - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus
April 4, 2016 at 09:14AM
Our veins are swimming with immune cells of many different kinds. Some bear the memory of previous infections, in case we should encounter them again; some are…
Possible second Viking site discovered in North America
April 4, 2016 at 11:59AM
The "Lofotr" viking ship and the smaller "femkeiping". Both recosntructions based on excavations from the Gokstad find. Credit: Geir Are Johansen/Wikipedia A…
Longform Reprints: I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free by Joe Hagan
April 4, 2016 at 12:47PM
DON’T LET ME BE MISUNDERSTOOD The door swung open and there she was: Nina Simone, alone in her dressing room, sweat cascading down her shaved head, a wig thrown…
The time that Tony Fadell sold me a container of hummus.
April 5, 2016 at 08:44AM
This hummus costs $2.99. Tony Fadell sold me a $299.00 empty container of hummus. On May 15th a critical Nest product will go dark. I’m shocked this isn’t…
Amateur Sociology Considered Harmful
April 7, 2016 at 08:10AM
Sociology degrees are not useful for much, but one of the things a good sociology education gives you is a healthy disrespect for sociology. Bright-eyed and…
A good critique of a couple of widely shared pieces of rationalist "amateur sociology" and a look at how frustrating and difficult sociology is in general.
Nation-wide radio station hack airs hours of vulgar “furry sex” ramblings
April 7, 2016 at 01:27PM
TJJSvdM Some Tuesday morning listeners of KIFT, a Top 40 radio station located in Breckenridge, Colorado, were treated to a radically different programming…
What cyberpunk was and what it will be
April 8, 2016 at 08:34AM
We often forget when predicting the future that it will inevitably continue to change. Whatever we dream up, however utopian or dystopian, will be subject to…
Unbundling the World
April 11, 2016 at 05:11PM
Posted: April 8, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | New technologies almost always seem to have less soul than whatever they replace. Music streamed…
A more nuanced explanation of what happens when old forms are destroyed. More than the usual, "O tempora!..." humanist lament. The album was a bundle of a certain amount of music, packaging, things to make the packaging interesting (liner notes), that while dictated by the form of distribution nonetheless proivided a context for music that is absent in something like Spotify. What are the consequences of those kinds of losses?
The Voyeur’s Motel
April 12, 2016 at 01:42PM
I know a married man and father of two who bought a twenty-one-room motel near Denver many years ago in order to become its resident voyeur. With the assistance…
Why I Never Hire Brilliant Men - Wikisource, the free online library
April 12, 2016 at 11:14PM
Why I Never Hire Brilliant Men by Unknown From " : Stacks : Why I Never Hire Brilliant Men" . First appeared in the February 1924 issue of The…
Markov Chain Dirty To Me - Charlie's Diary
April 13, 2016 at 08:24AM
Right now, people are having sex with a computer. I don't mean that they're having sex with a RealDoll or similar—although I'm sure they are. I mean that there…
A Visionary Project Aims for Alpha Centauri, a Star 4.37 Light-Years Away
April 13, 2016 at 08:34AM
Alpha Centauri, the closest star system to Earth’s solar system. An effort led by the billionaire Yuri Milner aims to send a fleet of small probes there.…
What I Learned From Tickling Apes
April 13, 2016 at 08:46AM
Enzo Pérès-Labourdette TICKLING a juvenile chimpanzee is a lot like tickling a child. The ape has the same sensitive spots: under the armpits, on the side, in…
Anthropodenialism is a great idea.
Chip implanted in paralyzed man's brain helps him regain use of his hand
April 13, 2016 at 10:38AM
/ / 10:30 am Wed Apr 13, 2016 From the Boing Boing Shop Popular Posts Follow Boing Boing Ian Burkhart can make isolated finger movements and perform six…
To Smile Again — Signal v. Noise
April 13, 2016 at 11:43AM
Jamis Buck Mar 28 11 min read To Smile Again Recovering from the paralysis of burnout Take a moment and imagine: what if you could only smile with half of your…
I am on the Kill List. This is what it feels like to be hunted
April 14, 2016 at 09:42AM
There have been 255 drone strikes on Pakistan since 2004 AP I am in the strange position of knowing that I am on the ‘Kill List’. I know this because I have…
If this is true it is a heart-wrenching indictment of the drone war.
Splain it to Me
April 14, 2016 at 09:45AM
Imagine you’re telling a story. Great story, unbelievable story. A series of events that if you saw them in a movie you’d roll your eyes and groan, but they…
An exploration of 'splaining. The author presents a view that much 'splaining that goes on is a mismatch in communication styles. She defines two styles one based on social status and one based on information sharing. Much 'splaining is due to one party communicating in a social status style and the other in an information sharing style. The explanation of New Yorker communication style is a very good example. This seems right but she ignores that the bird website (I love this nickname) has a large population of dishonest sea lions and trolls and they mix freely enough with the rest of the population that a lot of genuine 'splaining is going on and it's very hard to tell non-mailicious 'splaining from malicious 'splaining. The examples she uses are also fairly innocuous and not very emotionally charged. The stakes are fairly low when correcting someone about UNIX history, as opposed to say racism. UNIX history doesn't really touch on a priceless value. Also, she seems blind to the status games that are played with the community of information sharers. They are different, but they are there and the assertion that information sharing status games are not zero sum is complete bullshit. Information sharers just can have different kinds of arguments without affecting status.
Why Are K-12 School Leaders Being Trained in Coercive Interrogation Techniques?
April 14, 2016 at 05:54PM
One of America’s great paradoxes (or perhaps hypocrisies) is its claim to be a global beacon of freedom, even as it jails more of its citizens —by population…
Christopher Hitchens, from dove to hawk | TLS
April 15, 2016 at 09:22AM
Christopher Hitchens, from dove to hawk GEOFFREY WHEATCROFT Christopher Hitchens AND YET . . . 352pp. Atlantic. £20. 978 1 782 39457 0 US: Simon and Schuster.…
Hitchens was a better stylist and performer than thinker. That's a sentiment I agree with.
Joe Gibbons, the Bank-Robbing Filmmaker
April 18, 2016 at 09:31AM
For this former MIT instructor, art imitated life—a life of crime. Is Joe Gibbons an artist who robs banks—or a thief who makes art? By | Boston Magazine | A…
Neoliberalism – the ideology at the root of all our problems
April 18, 2016 at 04:32PM
‘No alternative’ … Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher at the White House.Photograph: Rex Features I magine if the people of the Soviet Union had never heard of…
A bit ranty, but provides a good history of how neoliberal ideology transitioned from and academic ideal into a political ideology and in the process went from believing competition was the highest good to monopoly rents are rewards for efficiency. A good background on how the modern religious faith in the rightness of markets came to be.
Why you should be using ems - Dave Redfern
April 19, 2016 at 09:37AM
Why you should be using ems It took me quite a while to get my head around ems. When should you use them? How do they work? What are the benefits of them?…
Great advice on how to use ems and maintain your sanity.
EFF Asks Supreme Court to Overturn Dangerous Ruling Allowing Patent Owners to Undermine Ownership
April 21, 2016 at 09:08AM
April 20, 2016 | By EFF Asks Supreme Court to Overturn Dangerous Ruling Allowing Patent Owners to Undermine Ownership Together with Public Knowledge and R…
"Intellectual property as currently constructed gotta go! Patents too!" -- Omar Little
The Curious Link Between the Fly-By Anomaly and the “Impossible” EmDrive Thruster
April 21, 2016 at 09:20AM
About 10 years ago, a little-known aerospace engineer called Roger Shawyer made an extraordinary claim. Take a truncated cone, he said, bounce microwaves back…
How to Improve your Mindset
April 21, 2016 at 09:30AM
“New metaphors are capable of creating new understandings and, therefore, new realities.” – Lakoff, George; Johnson, Mark. Metaphors We Live By How many times…
Changing the metaphors and metnal models you use to coneive the world is similar to changing environmental incentives, it encourages different behaviors. Thus it may be a more effective way of changing your habits.
The definitive guide to Arel, the SQL manager for Ruby - Jiri Pospisil's blog
April 25, 2016 at 02:41PM
Written by Jiří Pospíšil, a full stack developer currently working primarily with Ruby on Rails and Ember.js.You can get in touch with me at…
Wikipedia Is Basically a Corporate Bureaucracy, According to a New Study
April 26, 2016 at 08:28AM
Image: Wikipedia Wikipedia is a voluntary organization dedicated to the noble goal of decentralized knowledge creation. But as the community has evolved over…
Norms are really really hard to change and mostly don't.
The first rule of pricing is: you do not talk about pricing — Fluxx Studio Notes
April 26, 2016 at 08:42AM
I’ve been slightly obsessed about pricing since 2010. Before joining Fluxx , I was part of the team that changed the price of The Times digital edition from…
Why Thieves Steal Soap
April 26, 2016 at 09:08AM
Why Thieves Steal Soap Apr 14, 2016 · 89,714 views This article was written by Alex Mayyasi , a Priceonomics staff writer If you want to buy soap at the…
Liquidity über alles.
Uber Spends $100 Million to Save its Business Model, But It May Have Just Doomed It | naked capitalism
April 27, 2016 at 11:08AM
By David Dayen, author of Chain of Title: How Three Ordinary Americans Uncovered Wall Street’s Great Foreclosure Fraud , releasing May 17. I’ve written before…
Why Uber Won — Greylock Perspectives
April 27, 2016 at 11:16AM
The Startup Steroid Era and the Use of Capital as a Performance Enhancing Drug
Uber was the best at using cheap capital to accelerate growth simultanesouly buying speed to market and scale on both sides of it's marketplace. This article dubs 2010-2015 "The Steroid Era" of startups when the ability to raise money and wield capital as a weapon was the key skill necessary to succeed.
How 'Safe Spaces' Are Being Turned Against Student Activists
April 28, 2016 at 10:00AM
At UC Davis, where student activists still hope to oust Chancellor Linda Katehi, critics of their activism are using concepts like “safe space” and “hostile…
Risks of Harm from Spanking Confirmed by Analysis of Five Decades of Research
April 28, 2016 at 10:03AM
AUSTIN, Texas ­ — The more children are spanked, the more likely they are to defy their parents and to experience increased anti-social behavior, aggression,…
Opression builds resentment and creates the environment that is it's own undoing. Who knew?
Our Moldy World Part 1: Mycotoxins
April 28, 2016 at 10:11AM
Share: Some new research has come to light that provides an explanation for why the problem of mycotoxins (mold toxins) in our food supply is becoming worse.…
This seems well researched, but it could be well researched and wrong. Who knows? I just discovered I've been living in a very moldy house and am a bit freaked out. The article on risk perception is very appropriate here.
Know This First: Risk Perception is Always Irrational.
April 28, 2016 at 05:24PM
IN 2011, the city leaders of Calgary, Alberta, bowed to public pressure and ended fluoridation of the local drinking water, despite clear evidence that the…
Risk perception is a matter of feelings not rationality. Try to communicate about risk with the language of rationality will fail. Risk communication must begin by engaging with fear and the feelings of the person you are trying to persuade. This highlights the problemn with the deficit theory. "These people are just uneducated. If they knew more they wouldn't think this way." is completely wrong.
Muller's theorems
April 28, 2016 at 07:50PM
1. Theorem: if ithappens, it must be possible. 2. Theorem: We never takecredit for our best skills for they come without effort. 3. Corollary…
Immortality Begins at Forty
April 29, 2016 at 11:52AM
I discovered something a couple of years ago: Almost all culture, old or new, is designed for consumption by people under 40. People between 40 and Ω (an…
When the sun shines
April 29, 2016 at 03:44PM
It’s time to reveal a bit of what we’ve been doing outside the cafe. Crap Futures is keen to move beyond words (much as we like words) and put our ideas into…
Who Will Debunk The Debunkers?
April 29, 2016 at 03:52PM
In 2012, network scientist and data theorist Samuel Arbesman published a disturbing thesis: What we think of as established knowledge decays over time.…
OER: Some Questions and Answers
May 3, 2016 at 07:49AM
Earlier this week I read an op-ed – sponsored by Pearson – titled “If OER is the answer, what is the question?” The article poses three questions and answers…
Pearson seems to re-arguing Wikipedia vs. Britannica. I think ultimately the results will be similar.
Build modular application with npm local modules
May 10, 2016 at 02:02PM
Rationale Most large javascript application built using npm modules have the same problem: tons of javascript files stored in deeply nested folders. You will…
I never knew node had a local mode. Neat.
Whole Health Source: Why some dogs (and humans) are born hungry
May 10, 2016 at 06:20PM
The brain is the central regulator of appetite and body fatness, and genetic variation that affects body fatness tends to act in the brain. One important site…
The Rotting Underwater Ballroom of a Victorian Bernie Madoff
May 11, 2016 at 09:21AM
Beneath the lake of a once lavish Victorian estate built by a flamboyant mining tycoon, a secret awaits… (c) Forgotten Heritage At murkey water’s edge, a stone…
Brilliant and beautiful, the Victorians really had to create a culture of otherworldly fantasy to hide from themselves the mountain of skulls that their society was built on.
Behold the Hatred, Resentment, and Mockery Aimed at Anti-Iraq War Protesters
May 11, 2016 at 11:56AM
Reflecting on the apologetic Iraq War retrospectives many writers have published in recent days, Freddie deBoer observes that "one of the most obvious…
Ernest Hemingway Joins the #Content Industry
May 11, 2016 at 05:32PM
With thanks to JB Miller and Papa. There were twelve of us, in the elevator, myself and two other interviewees and all of the regular readers of Fusion. I was…
How Not to Explain Success
May 12, 2016 at 09:21PM
Oscar Bolton Green DO you remember the controversy two years ago, when the Yale law professors Amy Chua (author of “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother”) and Jed…
An Environment Smarter than You Are
May 14, 2016 at 10:24AM
Posted: April 29, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | “Basic” is the best insult to emerge in the last few years, a slicing, leveling adjective…
Moneyness: What makes medieval money different from modern money?
May 14, 2016 at 04:05PM
What's the main difference between our modern monetary system and the system they had in the medieval ages? Most of you will probably answer something along the…
I didn't realize that Medeival money was valued by decree. That's real fiat currency.
Antitrust and Aggregation - Stratechery by Ben Thompson
May 14, 2016 at 04:12PM
Fifteen years on, perhaps the most pertinent takeaway from Microsoft’s antitrust battles with both the United States and Europe is how little it mattered. From…
interfluidity » Difference
May 15, 2016 at 12:47PM
Matt Yglesias, with characteristic perceptiveness, points out (ht DeLong ) that There are significant and salient tension between the economic and…
I think I'm probably a Universalist Liberal just below the x-axis.
Chapter 1: The Way Houyhnhnms Compute
May 15, 2016 at 12:58PM
Dear fellow programmer, I used to think humans wrote software the way they did because they knew what they were doing. Then I realized that they didn’t really…
I'm not wild about using design fiction to convey a point of view about computing or user interface (unless you're _why). It often comes off as condescending. This piece certainly does, but the point it makes is a good one.
Unnatural Selection: Muscles, Genes and Genetic Cheats
May 15, 2016 at 05:37PM
Credit: Courtesy of PeskyMonkey, via Take a close look at the athletes competing in this year's Summer Olympic Games in London —their…
interfluidity » “Incentives to produce” are incentives to rig the game
May 16, 2016 at 08:34AM
That’s obvious, right? But let’s belabor the point. All too often in discussions about the vast dispersion of circumstance we call “inequality”, people concede…
Yes, always. Demand is the incentive to produce. With the exception of inflating a non-existent market, see "On the Road to Recap" or the solar industry, supply side incentives are rents to be captured.
On the Road to Recap: | Above the Crowd
May 17, 2016 at 09:02AM
April 21, 2016: Why the Unicorn Financing Market Just Became Dangerous…For All Involved In February of last year, Fortune magazine writers Erin Griffith and Dan…
Clear explanation of "the Steroid Era" of startups. How raising massive amounts of capital could be used as the key competitive tool, especially in two sided marketplaces, and how hard it is to do well. Uber and AirBnB are the best examples of using capital to inflate a marketplace. Buy supply. Then buy demand. Really you buy both simultanesouly but supply needs to lead deamnd slightly. Then buy speed to market and scale. If you don't buy all four you will fail. In an environment where massive amounts of capital can be raised cheaply, being able to raise money and deploy it in this way is the key skill for success.
Lessons From a ‘Local Food’ Scam Artist
May 18, 2016 at 06:52PM
I met my first New York foodie over twenty years ago, when I was seventeen, hawking “local bananas” at a roadside produce stand in rural New Jersey. It was my…
How I Acted Like A Pundit And Screwed Up On Donald Trump
May 18, 2016 at 07:37PM
Since Donald Trump effectively wrapped up the Republican nomination this month, I’ve seen a lot of critical self-assessments from empirically minded journalists…
A nice mea culpa from Nate Silver and the 538 team. Their real sin was pretending like they were modeling Trump in the first place. His candidacy is an outlier event and most models are going to break but they just stated their priors as predictions.
How to Plan Your Ideal Day
May 19, 2016 at 11:35AM
“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour and with that one, is what we are doing.” – Annie Dillard How do we do…
When I got to the section where he talks about eating the same thing everyday for the last two years I knew this advice wasn't for me. "Systems over goals" and setting up habits that encourage the kind of work you want to produce are great ideas, but this approach will not work for me. People that can industrialize their livesin this way are a mystery to me. I've tried creating a routine like this and maintaining consistency consumes all of my energy and drains any energy I might use for creative work. I try and create an environment that nudges me in the right direction, but where I can still be spontaneous and experience a lot of novelty and variety. I am not good at it. This temperament probably excludes from ever being a great athlete or polymath.
Scientists create 'rewritable magnetic charge ice'
May 20, 2016 at 09:35AM
A depiction of the global order of magnetic charge ice. Orange-red areas represent the positive charges; blue areas represent negative charges. A team of…
Heidegger’s Ghosts
May 20, 2016 at 09:46AM
Heidegger has powerful adherents in societies as different as Russia and Iran. If liberal democracies are to reckon with his followers, they must wrestle with…
Inside Russia's Closed Cities
May 23, 2016 at 09:09AM
IN THIS INTERVIEW > 36 year-old Russian photographer Sergey Novikov introduces us to ZATO , a project focused on the quite incredible reality of Russia’s secret…
notes on Bladerunner
May 23, 2016 at 12:14PM
notes on Bladerunner I’m speaking on a panel tonight that is screening and discussing the film Bladerunner as part of a class on cyborgism . I thought I would…
How Technology Hijacks People’s Minds — from a Magician and Google’s Design Ethicist
May 23, 2016 at 01:02PM
Estimated reading time: 12 minutes. I’m an expert on how technology hijacks our psychological vulnerabilities. That’s why I spent the last three years as…
A Coercion for the smartphone era.
Why Uber and Apple Won’t Save The Economy — NewCo Shift
May 23, 2016 at 05:36PM
Rana Foroohar’s deeply reported new book takes direct aim at the financial industry and calls for a new compact between business and society. Rana Foroohar…
The Three Loves Theory
May 24, 2016 at 10:58AM
M y favorite model for relationships comes from the work of anthropologist Helen Fisher . She’s dedicated decades of her life and her career to studying and…
May 24, 2016 at 11:03AM
I remember AIDS. I’m older than you probably think I am, and I remember what AIDS in America meant in the eighties, when William F. Buckley suggested all…
88 - My time with Rails is up
May 26, 2016 at 09:30AM
Last year I made a decision that I won’t be using Rails anymore, nor I will support Rails in gems that I maintain. Furthermore, I will do my best to never have…
Fair criticisms of Rails community and design choices. It starts out sounding like your standard "Purity in Programming" screed but it's a much more thoughtful piece.
The Pitch Meeting for Animaniacs - The Toast
May 26, 2016 at 09:37AM
THE ANIMATOR: …So we were thinking, why not center it on the Warner brothers and their sister, Dot? EXEC #1: Who’s we ? EXEC #2: The Warner Brothers had a…
As bonkers as the Animaniacs themselves. How the hell did they get the execs to sit through the meeting much less say yes?
Why did the secular ambitions of the early United States fail? – Sam Haselby | Aeon Essays
May 27, 2016 at 09:19AM
In the beginning was the thing, and the thing was against God. So might begin the gospel of American secularism. The sudden flourish of secularism at the time…
Secularism was once an elite conspiract. It was never popular, but was successfully advanced by playing sects off each other and stoking their fears that another sect would come to power and oppress them. Because of this while the founders were able to get secularism enshrined in law they were unable to successfully create secular institutions to rival religion.
The Only Millennials Who Matter
May 27, 2016 at 04:23PM
Millennials are center-stage right now. In the US, they are widely regarded as the power behind Bernie Sanders, allied as a generation against their parents,…
How to Take Your Brain Off-Road
May 27, 2016 at 04:49PM
The more you read, the more you know how to read, and the harder it is to get lost in reading. When you’ve read only a few things, it is not possible to get…
No Kurd Will Die to Restore Iraqi Unity
May 31, 2016 at 09:21AM
This week marked the start of offensives ultimately aimed at retaking two of ISIS’s last major urban strongholds—Raqqa, the group’s de facto capital in Syria,…
The Science of Making a Good First Impression
May 31, 2016 at 09:29AM
First impressions matter. Experts say we size up new people in somewhere between 30 seconds and two minutes . — Elliot Abrams From the moment people first lay…
There are two types of problem-solvers: 'insightfuls' and 'analysts'
May 31, 2016 at 05:01PM
By Thursday 14 April 2016 Credit The Project Twins This article was first published in the May 2016 issue of WIRED magazine. Be the first to read WIRED's…
Distributism Is the Future
May 31, 2016 at 05:31PM
Distributism is the rather awkward name given to a program of political economy formulated chiefly by G.K. Chesterton and Hilaire Belloc, two of the most…
Autoencoding Blade Runner — Medium
June 2, 2016 at 05:02PM
Reconstructing films with artificial neural networks Reconstruction of Roy Batty’s eye looking over LA in the opening scene In this blog I detail the work I…
The GRIM test — a method for evaluating published research.
June 3, 2016 at 09:16AM
The GRIM test — a method for evaluating published research. Ever had one of those ideas where you thought: “No, this is too simple, someone must have already…
interfluidity » There’s no substitute for a substitute
June 3, 2016 at 09:23AM
Eric Fischer, after heroically reconstructing San Francisco housing data for much of the 20th Century, published an analysis of the determinants of median rents…
Demystifying Venture Capital Economics - Partnering with Incumbants
June 3, 2016 at 09:34AM
At some point in its evolution, every startup faces the question of whether or not it should partner with a large company to accelerate its growth. On the…
A good dissection of different types of partnerships.