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Thoughts and finds of the day

Month: June, 2013

✌ Why We Need “Decimated Reality” Aggregators

✌ Why We Need “Decimated Reality” Aggregators:

As Digg Feedly and other RSS readers prepare to launch into the void created by Google Reader a small group of technologists are beginning to think we…

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✌ If you think GCHQ spying revelations don’t matter, it’s time to think again

✌ If you think GCHQ spying revelations don’t matter, it’s time to think again:

John Naughton: The revelations about GCHQ confirm that what once looked like science fiction is now an everyday reality

✌ Demographers Discover The Fundamental Law Governing the Growth of Cities Discovered | MIT Technology Review

✌ Demographers Discover The Fundamental Law Governing the Growth of Cities Discovered | MIT Technology Review:

The discovery of a law governing the growth of cities means that future urban populations can now be forecast in advance

✌ The Future, Probably – The New Inquiry

✌ The Future, Probably – The New Inquiry:

“Out of the Blue,” Tochigi Cybercity I remember reading William Gibson’s novel Pattern Recognition in 2007, while taking the bus to my job as a shop-girl at the cyberpunk…

✌ What the Fortunate Owe the Rest of Us | Praxis | Big Think

✌ What the Fortunate Owe the Rest of Us | Praxis | Big Think:

Spreading luck around isn’t as easy as it sounds.

✌ iOS Icons (Version 2)

✌ iOS Icons (Version 2):

Almost a year ago, I took a day or two to redraw the iOS icons.

Since then, Apple’s introduced iOS 7, with a visual style that is fascinating and new. The talented people at Apple have worked rea…

✌ Persuading David Simon (Pinboard Blog)

✌ Persuading David Simon (Pinboard Blog):

Persuading David Simon I read with interest David Simon’s recent blog post in which he responds to revelations that the NSA has been collecting the call records of all American mobile phone users.…

✌ John Kay – The tyranny of the minority in the age of technology

✌ John Kay – The tyranny of the minority in the age of technology:

All British politicians are aware that, on election night in 2001, a promising political career came to an abrupt end. The member of parliament for Wyre Forest in England’s Midlands was…

✌ Teach history backwards

✌ Teach history backwards:

Why do we teach young children ancient history? Michael Gove has provoked a great deal of protest by proposing to reform the history curriculum. He wants it to reflect a coherent, continuous,…

✌ The Problem With Rich Kids | Praxis | Big Think

✌ The Problem With Rich Kids | Praxis | Big Think:

For the most part, your chances of success in life are a function of the circumstances of your birth.