The Selfish Gene turns 40 | Science | The Guardian
'The Selfish Gene turns 40'. I was 20. Here's Dawkins as he looked when he taught me, tho' not quite from that angle
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Untitled (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fall-Constantinople-1453-Canto/dp/0521398320)
RT : Today is anniversary of the fall of Constantinople (1453). This by the late great Stephen Runciman is still fabulous
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RT : ONS figures two days ago: net EU migration 184k, net non-EU migration 188k.
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RT : Bloomin' 'eck. More on this at 10 on ITV on
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6 hours ago
Autistics, freed from face-to-face encounters, are communicating in cyberspace. - NYTimes.com
"Other autistics, many of them skilled computer programmers, look at the protocols governing exchange between networked machines as models for the sort of structured interchange they are most comfortable with. For example, a 26-year-old computer professional informed Independent Living that as a teen-ager he conceptualized orgasm as ''a burst-mode file transfer over a high-bandwidth circuit.''

The metaphor of wiring emerges not only from cybernetics but from neurology, and therefore reaches many people who may have little to do with autism or computers. With a prestige afforded by the popularity of Prozac and other neuron-twiddling drugs, neurology stresses circuitry over psyche, mental hardware over childhood trauma. For some, like autistics, this new emphasis comes as a relief."
NYT  1997  autism  Temple_Grandin  language  metaphor  geeks 
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Daniel Smith reviews ‘In a Different Key’ by John Donvan and Caren Zucker and ‘NeuroTribes’ by Steve Silberman · LRB 19 May 2016
"Digital technologies have indeed given autistic people the chance to participate in the wider culture – to organise, lobby, advocate for themselves, and even to ‘pass’ – but they have also nudged the culture in an autistic direction. Worldwide, more than eight trillion (and rising) text messages are sent each year. The popularity of SMS is a consequence largely of speed and convenience. But it’s also a consequence of the technology’s success in smoothing the edges of social interaction. To borrow a line from Frank Zappa: a smartphone has no eyebrows. It provides a space in which to interpret and strategise before responding. … how fertile a metaphor computers provided for the autistic. The concept of circuitry, which drew on cybernetics and brain science, suggested an almost infinite malleability, and therefore an almost infinite inclusiveness."
autism  book_reviews  psychiatry  LRB  2016  Silberman  Silicon_Valley  geeks  Asperger’s 
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RT : Google's data centre in 1998
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RT : well this is easily my favourite thing that's ever happened
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RT : 😂😂😂 No, the Blue Part of the Eraser is Not For Erasing Pen Ink
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Lite FM - Relaxing Favourites - Detail
RT : 😂😂😂 No, the Blue Part of the Eraser is Not For Erasing Pen Ink
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Penzance and Pontypridd get their lidos back – in pictures | Travel | The Guardian
Penzance and Pontypridd get their lidos back – in pictures | Travel | The Guardian —
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RT : The twenty-year cycle of cultural resuscitation
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Silicon Valley’s hoover leaves newspapers hunting for profit | Media | The Guardian
"Revenues from adverts in print products remain the lifeblood of income for newspapers. They total some £800m a year, which is about four times the size of digital income for UK national newspapers, according to figures from WPP’s Group M.

However, in the last year there has been an unprecedented exodus of spending, as the UK’s top 10 newspaper advertisers, which includes names such as Sky, BT, Tesco and Asda, take their business elsewhere.

Douglas McCabe, chief executive at Enders Analysis, said: “Print advertising is going through a structural shift, a hugely significant shift, because of decisions made by major advertisers such as retailers and supermarkets. And there doesn’t seem to be an awful lot sales teams can do about it.”"
newspapers  journalism  Guardian  2016  revenue  Google  Facebook  advertising 
yesterday
The Co-op’s response to the Government consultation on Land Registry – Digital blogs
We believe all non-personal and non-secret government data should be Open Data. Our response to UK Gov consultation
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Blake Masters — Peter Thiel’s CS183: Startup - Class 18 Notes...
I am speechless. 'Blake Masters — Peter Thiel’s CS183: Startup - Class 18 Notes...' —
Peter_Thiel  founders 
2 days ago
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Brand-new pair of socks from . Useful for people wearing one boot and one shoe.
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DMGT issues profit warning after double-digit fall in print ads | Media | The Guardian
DMGT issues profit warning after double-digit fall in print ads: '29% fall in profits' | The Guardian —
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Norwegian Wood is “the most absurd book on the list” and Non-Fiction Book of the Year 2016 – MacLehose Press
Norwegian Wood is “the most absurd book on the list” and Non-Fiction Book of the Year 2016 – MacLehose Press —
books  wood  wood-burning_stoves  2016  Norway 
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RT : To be fair, it would work on me, too.
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John Redwood, ‘the Wokingham Robespierre’.
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3 days ago
Daring Fireball: Peter Thiel, Gawker, and Freedom of Speech

I, for one, don’t dispute Peter Thiel’s right to back Hogan’s case. I simply think he’s an asshole for doing it, and a coward for having attempted to do it in secret.
John_Gruber  2016  Peter_Thiel  Gawker 
3 days ago
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RT : How long will it take me to stop assuming when I see stuff like this that it couldn't possibly be real?
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RT : OMG! A hare suckling 2 leverets just metres from my front door!! Easily my most intimate wildlife encounter to date!
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RT : Teenagers are turning to Ed Miliband memes to express emotions about GCSE exams. Unexpected.
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3 days ago
An A-Level Maths Question Has Really Got People Memeing Pretty Hard
RT : Teenagers are turning to Ed Miliband memes to express emotions about GCSE exams. Unexpected.
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3 days ago
BFI progresses plans for new world-class centre for Film, TV and the Moving Image | BFI
BFI progresses plans for new world-class centre for Film, TV and the Moving Image | BFI —
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4 days ago
Data protection self assessment toolkit | ICO
Data protection self assessment toolkit | ICO —
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Twitter
RT : Coming in September from , a new collection of essays from judge, Gabriel Josipovici:
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Apple rehires prominent security pro as encryption fight boils | Reuters
RT : Apple rehires prominent security pro as encryption fight boils. (PGP, Silent Circle and Blackphone vet Jon Callas)
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