Kleptocracy and kakistocracy in the 1990s Russia
Almost all books on Russia are depressing. Paul Klebnikov’s (Forbes Russia editor) brilliant, extremely well-documented and eye-opening...
book  reviews  history  economy 
december 2019
Escape :: Travel inspiration by price
Don’t know where to go? Explore the cheapest flights to every travel destination in the world
travel 
september 2019
GitUp
is Git the way it should be
git  software 
july 2019
Using trampolines to manage large recursive loops in JavaScript
If you're trying to adopt a functional style in JavaScript, having trampolines is a must for managing those difficult edge cases where you're working on large datasets.
javascript  coding  programming 
april 2019
Uninstalling Hayek
Economics After Neoliberalism
The questions at stake aren’t just technical; they are moral and political.
economics  politics 
march 2019
Klib
Klib is a new way to manage Kindle highlights and notes on macOS. Manage Clippings for Kindle. Save Kindle Highlights and notes. Print Kindle Highlights and notes. Export Kindle Highlights and notes to Evernote. Support Kindle Paperwhite Kindle Voyage and Kindle Oasis
kindle  software  apps  macos 
march 2019
‎ToothFairy
‎Connect AirPods (or other Bluetooth headphones) to your Mac with a single click or keypress.

AirPods are great, but they don’t work quite as smoothly with Macs as they do iPhones. You can’t tell at a glance whether audio will play from the AirPods or your Mac’s built-in speaker, you have to dig into a Bluetooth submenu to connect, and then you have to go back to the menu to see when the AirPods are ready for use. ToothFairy streamlines this: just click an icon in the menu bar (or press a hotkey) to switch to the AirPods, and the icon always shows whether they’re connected.
bluetooth  tools  macos 
march 2019
Global poverty over the long-term: legitimate issues
I became somewhat peripherally involved in the debate on long-term trends in global poverty that is raging these days in the WebSphere, ...
economics 
february 2019
Childhood's End
Nations, alliances of nations, and national institutions are in decline, while a state perhaps best described as Oligarchia is on the ascent. George Dyson explains in this, the first Edge New Year's Essay.
internet  technology  society 
january 2019
How Space and Time Could Be a Quantum Error-Correcting Code
The same codes needed to thwart errors in quantum computers may also give the fabric of space-time its intrinsic robustness.
physics  space  quantum 
january 2019
Daniel Kahneman on Cutting Through the Noise (Ep. 56- Live at Mason)
Daniel Kahneman and Tyler Cowen talk bias, noise, happiness, memory, the replication crisis in psychology, advice to CEOs about improving decision-making, superforecasters, and growing up in Israel.
interviews  psychology 
december 2018
Remove Background from Image – remove.bg
Remove Image Background: 100% automatically – in 5 seconds – without a single click
design  webdesign  tools  services 
december 2018
The Myth of Whiteness in Classical Sculpture
Margaret Talbot on the suppressed truth that Greek and Roman statues were often painted, and the scholars who are making a color correction.
art  history 
october 2018
Doctors are surprisingly bad at reading lab results. It’s putting us all at risk.
Basic math mistakes mean they often put too much faith in tests and technology.
health  medicine  technology 
october 2018
📜 33 concepts every JavaScript developer should know.
This repository was created with the intention of helping developers master their concepts in JavaScript. It is not a requirement, but a guide for future studies. It is based on an article written by Stephen Curtis and you can read it here. Feel free to contribute.
javascript  programming  reference  via:popular 
october 2018
Paul Krugman on Politics, Inequality, and Following Your Curiosity (Ep. 51)
Tyler Cowen and Paul Krugman discuss antitrust, Supreme Court term limits, inequality, why he’s a YIMBY, inflation targets, congestion taxes, trade, immigration, science fiction, and more.
interviews 
october 2018
You thought quantum mechanics was weird: check out entangled time
In the summer of 1935, the physicists Albert Einstein and Erwin Schrödinger engaged in a rich, multifaceted and sometimes fretful correspondence about the implications of the new theory of quantum mechanics. The focus of their worry was what Schrödinger later dubbed entanglement: the inability to describe two quantum systems or particles independently, after they have interacted.
physics 
october 2018
Hayekian communism
You think it is a contradiction in terms, a paradox. But you are wrong: we are used to think in pure categories while life is much more...
economics 
september 2018
1½ Adam Smiths
The recent book by Jesse Norman simply entitled “Adam Smith” is a pleasure to read. There are of course innumerable books on the found...
book  reviews  economics 
september 2018
The European Union Versus the Internet
The EU is back to regulating tech companies, and getting the Internet wrong in the process. That, though, helps illuminate an approach that could work.
economics  internet  technology 
september 2018
Sweet Bitter Blues
Encounters in Tokyo — a feature essay from the 2016 Southern Music Issue: Visions of the Blues.
culture  music 
august 2018
High Fade
A good cut is like sex: you could probably find it just about anywhere. But finding someone who can navigate your particular shape—that might take a minute.
culture 
august 2018
The Algorithmic Trap
The issue is this: hotel visitors know they’re getting something generic. That’s the point. Mid-tier hotels advertise safety and reliability. They sell risk minimization, not experience maximization. Algorithms, though, advertise authenticity while selling commodities. Algorithms trick us into thinking we’re getting real and authentic experiences, when in fact, we’re getting the opposite.
internet  travel 
august 2018
The Western Elite from a Chinese Perspective
The Evangelical Christians I have met in the United States often talk about how reading the Bible changed their lives. They talk about being born again. I am not an Evangelical Christian. I am a Chinese atheist who came to the West to study at the world’s best universities and, later, to work at one…
politics  culture  society 
august 2018
Uber’s Bundles
Uber had a good strategy, but its crisis meant Lyft had new life and the strategy was no longer workable. Now the company is pursuing something new, even though it is more complicated.
business 
august 2018
Penn Jillette on Magic and the Alleged Trump Celebrity Apprentice Tapes
Penn & Teller’s chattier half on the state of magic, what’s really on the alleged Trump Celebrity Apprentice tapes, and no longer wanting to be a man (or anything else).
interviews 
august 2018
The European Commission Versus Android
Examining the history of Android explains why the European Commission may be right to fine Google for its actions around Android, even as the reasoning feels off.
google  business  android 
july 2018
The Entire Economy Is MoviePass Now. Enjoy It While You Can.
Inspired by Silicon Valley’s hyper-growth, companies elsewhere are burning cash in hopes of being the next big thing.
business  economics 
june 2018
Intel and the Danger of Integration
Intel is in an increasingly bad position in part because it has been captive to its integrated model. Or, you could simply say they were disrupted.
business 
june 2018
Kate Raworth’s economics of miracles
M y first Summer book to read and review is Kate Raworth’s very successful “Doughnut economics: Seven ways to think like the 21st-cen...
economics  review  book 
june 2018
The Crimes That Fueled a Fantastic Brazilian Museum
At Inhotim, Bernardo Paz commissioned ambitious works by Matthew Barney, Olafur Eliasson, and more. Then the Brazilian government started investigating him.
culture  art 
june 2018
The Cost of Developers
Microsoft paid a lot for GitHub, because it had to pay directly for access to developers. It doesn’t have the leverage of users the way that Apple does on the App Store.
technology 
june 2018
The Bill Gates Line
Understanding the differences between aggregators and platforms matters for companies interacting with them and also regulators considering antitrust.
business  economics  google 
may 2018
Nassim Nicholas Taleb on Self-Education and Doing the Math (Ep. 41 - Live at Mercatus)
On Phoenicians and the Greco-Roman heritage of Lebanon, philology, genetics, the blockchain, driverless cars, crypto currency, Twitter fights, religion, fancy food, risk-taking, and more.
interviews 
may 2018
The Moat Map
describes the correlation between the degree of supplier differentiation and the externalization (or internalization) of a company’s network effect.
technology 
may 2018
When autarky becomes the only solution
The latest, and by far the most serious, round of US sanctions against Russia has shown two things very clearly—neither of which has rec...
politics 
april 2018
Open, Closed, and Privacy
Just as encryption is only viable on closed systems, so it is that increased privacy regulations will only entrench walled gardens. That should affect thinking on regulation.
privacy  google  technology 
april 2018
The Facebook Current
The Senate hearing about Facebook was a bigger deal than it might have seemed, both because it happened and because of what was said.
privacy  technology 
april 2018
Zillow, Aggregation, and Integration
Zillow fits the description of an aggregator, but it hasn’t transformed its industry due to a lack of integration. Now it is trying to do exactly that.
economics 
april 2018
The Unhappy Medium | Vincent Bevins
The militant center and the alt-whatever
Everyone outside the rickety reasonable center looks the same. / Ben Sutherland
politics 
april 2018
How Do You Teach People to Love Difficult Music?
Alarm Will Sound’s “live podcast” next week, with a mix of storytelling, recorded audio and performance, is designed to introduce the music of Ligeti.
music 
march 2018
Will bourgeoisie ever rule the Chinese state?
[I am publishing early and somewhat modified versions of self-contained sections from my forthcoming book “Capitalism, alone”, Harvar...
book  economics  history 
march 2018
Against guilty pleasures: Adorno on the crimes of pop culture – Owen Hulatt | Aeon Essays
For Adorno, popular culture is not just bad art – it enslaves us to repetition and robs us of our aesthetic freedom
philosophy  culture 
february 2018
China's Dystopian Tech Could Be Contagious
The PRC’s “social credit” scheme might have consequences for life in cities everywhere.
technology  privacy  society 
february 2018
AB-Solution
Blocking ads

Directly on your router

Blocks ads for all devices in your network
adblocking 
february 2018
Inside Facebook
For two years, Facebook has been hijacked, vilified, and besieged. Here's the inside story of the struggle.
technology  politics 
february 2018
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