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Raising a Teenage Daughter*
Six months ago, my 15-year-old daughter, Hannah, sent me a video. In it, she’s hanging upside down by her feet from a head-high granite boulder, inching along…
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4 days ago
My 20-Year Experience of Software Development Methodologies
Sapiens and Collective Fictions Recently I read Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Harari. The basic thesis of the book is that humans require…
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7 days ago
The Greatest Leap, Part 1: How the Apollo fire propelled NASA to the Moon
“Bulletproof” Norm Chaffee, the engineer, had known the crew. Not intimately, perhaps, but well enough that when he’d bump into Roger Chaffee at the grocery…
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7 days ago
Statistics and Hacking: An Introduction to Hypothesis Testing
In the early 20 th century, Guinness breweries in Dublin had a policy of hiring the best graduates from Oxford and Cambridge to improve their industrial…
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11 days ago
Bitcoin's Underlying Incentives - ACM Queue
The September/October issue of acmqueue is out now Networks PDF November 28, 2017 Volume 15, issue 5 Bitcoin's Underlying Incentives The unseen economic forces…
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13 days ago
Twitter
Map projected mid-northern latitudes on - Perijove 4, February 2 2017 -
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14 days ago
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Map projected mid-northern latitudes on - Perijove 4, February 2 2017 -
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14 days ago
GTD in 15 minutes – A Pragmatic Guide to Getting Things Done
What is “GTD”? GTD—or “Getting things done”—is a framework for organizing and tracking your tasks and projects. Its aim is a bit higher than just “getting…
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15 days ago
The Martians Claim Canada
T he Martians descend to Earth in their spaceship. They intend to go to New York – they want to see something called ‘a musical’ – but they get the directions…
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15 days ago
What Do We Do with the Art of Monstrous Men?
Still from Woody Allen’s Manhattan Roman Polanski, Woody Allen, Bill Cosby, William Burroughs, Richard Wagner, Sid Vicious, V. S. Naipaul, John Galliano, Norman…
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18 days ago
The Father Of Mobile Computing Is Not Impressed
“You want to see some old media?” Alan Kay grins beneath his gray mustache and leads me through his Brentwood home. It’s a nice place with a tennis court out…
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24 days ago
Twitter
Moustache visible through the Shuttle’s window.
Interesting how rough-textured the thermal blankets and tiles were…
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26 days ago
Twitter
I just released datasette - a new tool for turning any SQLite database into a web interface and JSON API:…
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29 days ago
Is Physical Law an Alien Intelligence? - Issue 42: Fakes - Nautilus
P erhaps Arthur C. Clarke was being uncharacteristically unambitious. He once pointed out that any sufficiently advanced technology is going to be…
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29 days ago
Shirt Pocket Watch - Bad Craziness, Good Release!
SuperDuper! 3.0 is now out!

All beta users and regular users can now update. Final 3.0 blog post at

Enjoy!
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4 weeks ago
The Improbable Origins of PowerPoint
Illustration: Jude Buffum Walking into the hall to deliver the speech was a “ daunting experience ,” the speaker later recalled, but “we had projectors and all…
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5 weeks ago
How to Remember What You Read
“I cannot remember the books I have read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson Why is it that some people…
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6 weeks ago
Ralph Nader: How CEO Stock Buybacks Parasitize the Economy - Evonomics
By Ralph Nader The monster of economic waste—over $7 trillion of dictated stock buybacks since 2003 by the self-enriching CEOs of large corporations—started…
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6 weeks ago
What Boredom Does to You - Issue 53: Monsters - Nautilus
E very emotion has a purpose—an evolutionary benefit,” says Sandi Mann, a psychologist and the author of The Upside of Downtime: Why Boredom Is Good . “I wanted…
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6 weeks ago
Challenging Site C: The BC Utilities Commission preliminary report
Sep 21, 2017 By Province of British Columbia / Flickr The BC Utilities Commission preliminary report demonstrates why independent review of mega-projects like…
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7 weeks ago
A former Google design ethicist fights against what he sees as mass manipulation by social media
I f, like an ever-growing majority of people in the U.S., you own a smartphone, you might have the sense that apps in the age of the pocket-sized computer are…
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7 weeks ago
Hey Siri: An On-device DNN-powered Voice Trigger for Apple’s Personal Assistant - Apple
The “Hey Siri” feature allows users to invoke Siri hands-free. A very small speech recognizer runs all the time and listens for just those two words. When it…
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7 weeks ago
Robotics pioneer Rodney Brooks debunks AI hype seven ways
The Seven Deadly Sins of AI Predictions - MIT Technology Review
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7 weeks ago
The Danger of President Pence
Stephen Bannon, the former White House strategist, worries that Pence would “be a President that the Kochs would own.” Illustration by Todd St. John On…
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8 weeks ago
Russia’s Use of Antivirus Software to Spy on the U.S. Shows Why We Need Strong Encryption
A picture taken on Oct. 17, 2016, shows an employee walking behind a glass wall with machine coding symbols at the headquarters of internet security company…
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8 weeks ago
Why Are More American Teenagers Than Ever Suffering From Severe Anxiety?
T he disintegration of Jake’s life took him by surprise. It happened early in his junior year of high school, while he was taking three Advanced Placement…
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8 weeks ago
https://science.ksc.nasa.gov/shuttle/missions/51-l/docs/rogers-commission/Appendix-F.txt
Appendix F - Personal observations on the reliability of the Shuttle by R. P. Feynman Introduction It appears that there are enormous differences of opinion as…
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10 weeks ago
The Coming Software Apocalypse
T here were six hours during the night of April 10, 2014, when the entire population of Washington State had no 911 service. People who called for help got a…
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10 weeks ago
Optical Effects in User Interfaces (for True Nerds)
How to make optically balanced icons, correct shapes alignment, and perfect corner rounding. Over 50 pics included. Our eyes are weird organs that often are…
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12 weeks ago
Twitter
RT : Saturn and Beyond the Infinite.
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12 weeks ago
Bruce Sterling: It Feels So Exponential
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september 2017
George Monbiot: how do we get out of this mess?
Bernie Sanders supporters at a campaign rally in San Francisco in June 2016.Photograph: Andrew Burton/Getty Images I s it reasonable to hope for a better world?…
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september 2017
Twitter
I have been, and always shall be, your friend.🖖
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september 2017
How it feels to learn JavaScript in 2017 – Frontend Weekly – Medium
(For those who haven’t read it, this is a response to How it feels to learn JavaScript in 2016 . Unlike other responses it includes complete code for an app…
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august 2017
Twitter
My god this is the best photo ever? Beijing skycraper under construction, photo by Satoshi Ohashi
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august 2017
Learning to Learn: You, Too, Can Rewire Your Brain
Barbara Oakley, a professor at Oakland University in Michigan, in her basement studio where she and her husband created “Learning How to Learn,” the most…
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august 2017
Unlearning the myth of American innocence
M y mother recently found piles of my notebooks from when I was a small child that were filled with plans for my future. I was very ambitious. I wrote out what…
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august 2017
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