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Thoughts and finds of the day

Month: August, 2012

✌ Meanwhile, in Belgrade, February 1717 | Beyond The Beyond | Wired.com

✌ Meanwhile, in Belgrade, February 1717 | Beyond The Beyond | Wired.com:

To Mr Pope. Belgrade, Feb. 12, 1717. “(…) we passed over the fields of Carlowitz, where the last great victory was obtained by prince Eugene over the Turks. The marks of that glorious…

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✌ Our Ridiculously Wasteful Food System, And What To Do About it | Co.Exist: World changing ideas and innovation

✌ Our Ridiculously Wasteful Food System, And What To Do About it | Co.Exist: World changing ideas and innovation:

Your mother may have told you not to waste food—but most of us don’t listen. Up to 40% of food produced in the U.S. goes to waste. That’s a massive waste of calories, but also of…

✌ Reinventing Society In The Wake Of Big Data | Conversation | Edge

✌ Reinventing Society In The Wake Of Big Data | Conversation | Edge:

What those breadcrumbs tell is the story of your life. It tells what you’ve chosen to do. That’s very different than what you put on Facebook. What you put on Facebook is what you would like to tell…

✌ Revolt of the Rich | The American Conservative

✌ Revolt of the Rich | The American Conservative:

It was 1993, during congressional debate over the North American Free Trade Agreement. I was having lunch with a staffer for one of the rare Republican congressmen who opposed the policy of so-called…

✌ EmTech Preview: The Politics of the Outsider – Technology Review

✌ EmTech Preview: The Politics of the Outsider – Technology Review:

The technology of politics is bipolar. One part is insanely boring (tinged with a bit of terror); the other part is the only interesting politics in town. The boring part is the normal part: the…

✌ Open the Future: Lies, Damn Lies, and Twitter Bots

✌ Open the Future: Lies, Damn Lies, and Twitter Bots:

Bear with me — this is going to get twisted. I’ve been paying quite a bit of attention to the use of deception as a tactical method, from real-world griefing to deception as a means of protecting…

✌ A Conjecture for a Better Turing Test – Barbara J. Grosz – The Atlantic

✌ A Conjecture for a Better Turing Test – Barbara J. Grosz – The Atlantic:

What sort of philosophical standard should we set for today’s powerful computer technology? Reuters Alan Turing is most well known for giving us the universal digital computing machine, the idea that…

✌ The monetary Maginot of the Gold Standard – Telegraph Blogs

✌ The monetary Maginot of the Gold Standard – Telegraph Blogs:

Some gold bugs – though not ones with historical memory – seem to have greeted Republican talk of a renewed Gold Standard with near ecstatic delight. They need their heads examined.…

✌ What Is Value? What Is Money? | Conversation | Edge

✌ What Is Value? What Is Money? | Conversation | Edge:

For example, if you think of Galileo, a long time ago he was looking at an object that everybody else had looked at before: Jupiter, which is super bright. It’s one of the brightest objects in the…

✌ This Drought Is So Bad Salt Water Is Flowing Up the Mississippi, Threatening NOLA’s Water Supply – Brian Resnick – The Atlantic

✌ This Drought Is So Bad Salt Water Is Flowing Up the Mississippi, Threatening NOLA’s Water Supply – Brian Resnick – The Atlantic:

And that’s the last thing the city needs as it braces for Hurricane Isaac.Saltwater has been flowing from the Gulf up the Mississippi River, and that’s as much of a problem as you might think. Due to…