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21 April 2014

culture & language

Booksellers claim to have found Shakespeare’s annotated dictionary

technology & culture

Facebook’s friend problem

20 April 2014

culture & video

British Pathé recently released 100s of video clips from the 1890s to end of the 20th century to YouTube.

18 April 2014

music & culture

Happy Makes Pharrell Cry

technology & culture

Passwords are Obsolete

4 April 2014

politics & culture

The Super-Rich Should Quit Their Jobs

3 April 2014

politics & culture

Pure satirical brilliance: L.P.D.: Libertarian Police Department

I put a quarter in the siren. Ten minutes later, I was on the scene. It was a normal office building, strangled on all sides by public sidewalks. I hopped over them and went inside.

“Home Depot™ Presents the Police!®” I said, flashing my badge and my gun and a small picture of Ron Paul. “Nobody move unless you want to!” They didn’t.

“Now, which one of you punks is going to pay me to investigate this crime?” No one spoke up.

“Come on,” I said. “Don’t you all understand that the protection of private property is the foundation of all personal liberty?”

It didn’t seem like they did.

“Seriously, guys. Without a strong economic motivator, I’m just going to stand here and not solve this case. Cash is fine, but I prefer being paid in gold bullion or autographed Penn Jillette posters.”

2 April 2014

business & culture

The Expert

19 March 2014

science & culture

Stanford Professor Andrei Linde learns that his theory about the Big Bang origin of the universe may in fact have been proven

24 February 2014

film & culture

Harold Ramis, Alchemist of Comedy, Dies at 69

22 January 2014

photography & culture

Unbelievable => Fstoppers Nikon DF Digital Camera Hipster Review

culture

This is impressive: 20 year mystery solved in 14 minutes

20 January 2014

technology & culture

One diabetic’s take on Google’s Smart Contact Lenses

And yet, I cannot get over what seems to me a tone-deaf approach by Google’s scientists. It also highlights Google’s fundamental challenge: it fails to think about people as people, instead it treats them as an academic or an engineering problem. Instead of trying to understand the needs of actual people, they emerge with an elegant technological solution.

It is not just this one time. Google+, their social network, is a fail because it fundamentally isn’t social or about people — it is an effort to solve Google’s need for social data for better advertising using machines. Similarly, Google Glasses are a cringe-worthy assault to the social interactions of normals, but because a certain subset of Googlers — including co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page — have a cyborg fetish, it is okay to make that design. It is frustrating for me to keep repeating this, because Google is a company with huge resources and those resources could be deployed more effectively and have a much more positive impact, more quickly. And to do that, the company needs to learn to be human and develop compassion for human condition.

culture & film

Bill Murray AMA on Reddit

3 January 2014

photography & culture

Goodbye, Cameras

culture & art

On Eyebombing

technology & culture

Can-Do vs. Can’t-Do Culture

13 December 2013

technology & culture

Everything is a Remix Case Study: The iPhone

culture

Casual Predation

This is an important article for everyone to read.

9 December 2013

culture & science

A History of the World in 100 Objects