Month: March 2011


The Edge Question 2011
The term ‘scientific”is to be understood in a broad sense as the most reliable way of gaining knowledge about anything, whether it be the human spirit, the role of great people in history, or the structure of DNA. A “scientific concept” may come from philosophy, logic, economics, jurisprudence, or other analytic enterprises, as long as it is a rigorous conceptual tool that may be summed up succinctly (or “in a phrase”) but has broad application to understanding the world.

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Time Management


CIA’s ‘Facebook’ Program Dramatically Cut Agency’s Costs

Onion News Network
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Why Every Wine Lover Needs to Call Their Representative in Congress

Vinography: a wine blog
Last year, one of the most anti-consumer pieces of legislation in years was introduced to the House of Representatives under the name HR5034: The Comprehensive Alcohol Regulatory Effectiveness act, or ironically, “CARE.” I wrote last year about what a piece of shit masquerading as legislation this bill was, and was happy to see that it never made it to the floor of the house for a vote.

Well now thanks to a tool of a senator named Representative Jason Chaffetz, a Republican from Utah, it has been resurrected as HR1161, and the named changed to the Community Alcohol Regulatory Effectiveness act.

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Frankenfish Phobia

By Timothy Egan
New York Times

March 17, 2011, 8:30 pm

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March 17, 1948: William Gibson, Father of Cyberspace

By Scott Thill

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Think globally, route locally

The Economist
Mar 16th 2011, 11:13

TAKE two internet technologies designed to serve up web pages, graphics and videos in a jiffy. On its own, each makes man’s lot that little bit easier, and browsing less laborious. But run both at once and the internet seems to grind to a halt. What is going on?

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Owsley Stanley, Artisan of Acid, Is Dead at 76

by Margalit Fox
New York Times

Owsley Stanley, the prodigiously gifted applied chemist to the stars, who made LSD in quantity for the Grateful Dead, the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Ken Kesey and other avatars of the psychedelic ’60s, died on Sunday in a car accident in Australia. He was 76 and lived in the bush near Cairns, in the Australian state of Queensland.
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Google’s Quest to Build a Better Boss

By Adam Bryant
New York Times

In early 2009, statisticians inside the Googleplex here embarked on a plan code-named Project Oxygen.

Their mission was to devise something far more important to the future of Google Inc. than its next search algorithm or app.

They wanted to build better bosses.

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I Can’t Think

I Can’t Think!
by Sharon Begley

The Twitterization of our culture has revolutionized our lives, but with an unintended consequence—our overloaded brains freeze when we have to make decisions.
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