Monday, May 02, 2016

The 2016 Pulitzer Prize Winners : Longreads Blog

The 2016 Pulitzer Prize Winners : Longreads Blog

How to Explain Mansplaining - The New York Times

How to Explain Mansplaining - The New York Times

Creativity Is Much More Than 10,000 Hours of Deliberate Practice - Scientific American Blog Network

Creativity Is Much More Than 10,000 Hours of Deliberate Practice - Scientific American Blog Network

Medium: A Publisher's Perspective — Monday Note

Medium: A Publisher's Perspective — Monday Note

Dan Grover | Bots won't replace apps. Better apps will replace apps.

Dan Grover | Bots won't replace apps. Better apps will replace apps.

The Munger Operating System: A Life That Really Works

The Munger Operating System: A Life That Really Works



In 2007, Charlie Munger gave the commencement address at USC Law School, opening his speech by saying, “Well, no doubt many of you are wondering why the speaker is so old. Well, the answer is obvious: He hasn’t died yet.”

Luck Is a Bigger Contributor to Success Than People Give It Credit For - The Atlantic

Luck Is a Bigger Contributor to Success Than People Give It Credit For - The Atlantic

io9 Was Founded on the Idea That Science Fiction Belongs to Everyone

io9 Was Founded on the Idea That Science Fiction Belongs to Everyone

Restructuring the C-Suite for Digital Business: The Future of the CMO, CCO, CIO, and CDO | On Digital Strategy | Dion Hinchcliffe

Restructuring the C-Suite for Digital Business: The Future of the CMO, CCO, CIO, and CDO | On Digital Strategy | Dion Hinchcliffe

How Gaming Is Shaping the Future of Work

How Gaming Is Shaping the Future of Work



While most bosses would frown on playing Halo at the office, it’s video
games that are driving much of the innovation in video, virtual reality,
and collaboration technologies today—something that has important
implications for how we work, especially with far-flung colleagues. 

In France, a Film Taps Into a Desire for Change - The New York Times

In France, a Film Taps Into a Desire for Change - The New York Times



This frustration helps explain the unlikely success of “Demain,” or
“Tomorrow,” a French documentary. Since its release in December, the
film has drawn almost one million viewers — unheard-of figures at the
box office in a category in which movies rarely top ticket sales of
50,000.



With a chatty narration by Mélanie Laurent, a well-known French actress,
it tracks a global quest for workable initiatives in places as
disparate as Detroit, Finland, Iceland and India, where people have
found ways to move away from dependence on fossil fuels, mobilize
grass-roots democracy, grow their own food and inspire children to
learn.

Notes for Young Writers - Image Journal

Notes for Young Writers - Image Journal



The following advice was sent to the creative writing students at
the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, following a series of
talks Ms. Dillard presented to the students there.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Claude Shannon, the Father of the Information Age, Turns 1100100 - The New Yorker

Claude Shannon, the Father of the Information Age, Turns 1100100 - The New Yorker

io9 Was Founded on the Idea That Science Fiction Belongs to Everyone

io9 Was Founded on the Idea That Science Fiction Belongs to Everyone




1) We’re living in a science fictional era, thanks
to all the incredible technological and scientific discoveries we’ve
made. (At the time, we were just starting to discover exoplanets and
sequence the DNA of individual people.) In some sense, science fiction
has “come true.”
2) This means science fiction is uniquely qualified
to comment on the era we’re living in, and is the only pop culture that
accurately reflects the world around us.
3) Meanwhile, science fiction itself has clearly gone mainstream. Absolutely everybody was talking about Lost, Battlestar Galactica, Star Wars, Batman and William Gibson’s novels. Knowing about those things was a matter of basic cultural literacy.
4) So viewing science fiction as belonging to one
group of people, or being aimed at a particular niche, is ultimately
pointless. Science fiction that panders to hardcore fans instead of
being accessible to everyone will probably fail. Also, nostalgia is a
waste of time—science fiction should be about the future, and about
newness.

Friday, April 29, 2016

The Full Story Behind Bloomberg's Attempt To "Unmask" Zero Hedge | Zero Hedge

The Full Story Behind Bloomberg's Attempt To "Unmask" Zero Hedge | Zero Hedge



NY Magazine article published in September 2009 which first "unmasked" the people behind Zero Hedge with the "The
Dow Zero Insurgency: The nothing-can-be-believed chaos of the financial
crisis created a golden opportunity for a blog run by a mysterious
ex-hedge-funder with a dodgy past and conspiracy theories to burn
" in which we were presented as a bunch of "conspiracy theory" tin foil hat paranoid loons.


We are ok with being typecast as "conspiracy theorists" as these
"theories" tend to become "conspiracy fact" months to years later.


Others, such as "academics who defend Wall Street to reap rewards" had taken on a different approach, accusing the website of being a "Russian information operation",
supporting pro-Russian interests, which allegedly involved KGB and even
Putin ties, simply because we refused to follow the pro-US script.

Sandra and Woo » [0781] me_irl | The comedy webcomic

Sandra and Woo » [0781] me_irl | The comedy webcomic

Google CEO Sundar Pichai Focuses on Search, AI, Platforms, Cloud | Re/code

Google CEO Sundar Pichai Focuses on Search, AI, Platforms, Cloud | Re/code



view of its “unconventional” nature and future.
Pichai’s note is long.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Man survives near crash off Malibu cliff, then gets hit by bus | OregonLive.com

Man survives near crash off Malibu cliff, then gets hit by bus | OregonLive.com



Los Angeles County authorities say a driver who managed to get out of
his SUV after it nearly went over a cliff was then struck by a passing
bus in Malibu.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Winning hearts and minds in the 21st century | McKinsey & Company

Winning hearts and minds in the 21st century | McKinsey & Company



Understanding the role of digital advances and the attitudes of a changing workforce may be the key.

article’s online companion, “The four building blocks of change.”

Here Is Sam Hinkie's Full 13-Page Letter Of Resignation To The Sixers (UPDATES)

Here Is Sam Hinkie's Full 13-Page Letter Of Resignation To The Sixers (UPDATES)



ESPN’s Marc Stein thankfully just posted it in its entirety.



I have been serving the Sixers at your pleasure for the past 34 months.
Atul Gawande, a Surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston,
remains (from afar) one of my favorite reads. He laughs that reading
scientific studies has long been a guilty pleasure. Reading investor
letters has long been one of mine.



Tesla’s Elon Musk describes his everyday stance as, “You should take the
approach that you’re wrong. Your goal is to be less wrong.” The
physicist James Clerk Maxwell described it as a “thoroughly conscious
ignorance—the prelude to every real advance in science.” Bill James of
the Boston Red Sox (and, I might add, a Kansas basketball expert) added a
little flair when asked whether the learnings available via examining
evidence were exhausted: “we’ve only taken a bucket of knowledge from a
sea of ignorance.”

The 76ers' mad analytics experiment was doomed to fail – but at least it was memorable | Sport | The Guardian

The 76ers' mad analytics experiment was doomed to fail – but at least it was memorable | Sport | The Guardian



Basketball had never seen an attempt to build a franchise the way Sam
Hinkie wanted to. And with Colangelo and D’Antoni now on board, we’re
unlikely to see it again

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Some of Globe’s ‘Predictions’ for Trump’s America Have Already Come True — FAIR

Some of Globe’s ‘Predictions’ for Trump’s America Have Already Come True — FAIR



On Sunday, the Boston Globe published a mock front page, filled with ominous headlines and half-joking prognostications, to “warn” the GOP against nominating Donald Trump. A accompanying editorial proclaimed that Trump’s “vision for the future of our nation is as deeply disturbing as it is profoundly un-American.”

Friday, April 08, 2016

Donate Goods - Project Home Again

Donate Goods - Project Home Again



The
Robin Flynn Team at Keller Williams Realty will collect household items
for the non-profit organization Project Home Again.  Drop off will be
Saturday May 7th from 11:00-1:00 PM at the Keller Williams office at 3 Lan Drive, Westford (behind the Bamboo Restaurant).   

I doomed mankind with a free text editor — Medium

I doomed mankind with a free text editor — Medium



I wanted to add some Trump. The viral tweet links to my Experiments Tumblr,



Randall Munroe’s XKCD comics, but as I read through a preview of his book Thing Explainer,
I quite quickly understood rocket science (literally), the Mars Rover
and the Saturn Five rocket. This sudden clarity — and humor — might have
been linked to the fact that he only used the 1,000 most common words
in English.

Is wine good for you or is it not? | The Economist

Is wine good for you or is it not? | The Economist



Some researchers contend that wine has health benefits. Some disagree.
New research shows that resveratrol, found in grapes and berries,
reduced the formation of plaques in arteries in mice. But other
researchers have concluded that moderate drinkers do not have lower
mortality rates compared to abstainers

Microsoft Edge Web Summit 2016 | Channel 9

Microsoft Edge Web Summit 2016 | Channel 9



F12 Edge Developer Tools 

Top-Down Performance Analysis with Windows Performance Toolkit

Using internet-scale data to guide product planning

How We Engage with the Ecosystem, Find Bugs, and How You Can Help


 


A fleet of trucks just drove themselves across Europe - Quartz

A fleet of trucks just drove themselves across Europe - Quartz



The trucks set off from their bases in three European countries
and completed their journeys in Rotterdam in the Netherlands today
(Apr. 6). One set of trucks, made by the Volkswagen subsidiary Scania,
traveled more than 2,000 km and crossed four borders to get there.
The trucks were taking part in the European Truck Platooning Challenge,
organized by the Dutch government as one of the big events for its 2016
presidency of the European Union. While self-driving cars from Google
or Ford get most of the credit for capturing the public imagination,
commercial uses for autonomous or nearly autonomous vehicles, like tractors from John Deere, have been quietly putting the concept to work in a business setting.

Investigating the Potential for Miscommunication Using Emoji | GroupLens

Investigating the Potential for Miscommunication Using Emoji | GroupLens



More generally, a number of scholars have argued that emoji represent a fundamental shift in language use.
As such, fully understanding emoji’s role in human communication will
be an important step in developing the next generation of language
technologies.

Calvin Trillin defends his Chinese food poem in the New Yorker | US news | The Guardian

Calvin Trillin defends his Chinese food poem in the New Yorker | US news | The Guardian



Satire, racism or tone-deafness? A poem about Chinese food in the New Yorker causes a stir. (The Guardian) 

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Americans, Libraries and Learning | Pew Research Center

Americans, Libraries and Learning | Pew Research Center



Most
Americans think that local libraries serve the educational needs of
their communities and families well. But many do not know about key
education services libraries provide. 

Mossack Fonseca Breach - WordPress Revolution Slider Plugin Possible Cause - Wordfence

Mossack Fonseca Breach - WordPress Revolution Slider Plugin Possible Cause - Wordfence



Forbes have reported that MF was giving their customers access to data via a web portal running a vulnerable version of Drupal. 



Viewing this link on the current MF website to a Revolution Slider file
reveals the version of revslider they are running is 2.1.7. Versions of
Revslider all the way up to 3.0.95 are vulnerable to attack.

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Silicon Valley Looks to Artificial Intelligence for the Next Big Thing - The New York Times



Learning from Tay


Whether our prejudices are overt or hidden, our artificial intelligentsia will reflect them.




Silicon Valley Looks to Artificial Intelligence for the Next Big Thing - The New York Times



Will Silicon Valley's next boom be spurred by AI?

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The Lost City of Cambodia | History | Smithsonian

The Lost City of Cambodia | History | Smithsonian



Deep in the jungles of southeast Asia,
archaeologists have rediscovered the remains of an invisible kingdom
that may have been the template for Angkor Wat

How Actors Get Plastic Surgery With a Click -- Vulture

How Actors Get Plastic Surgery With a Click -- Vulture



Spaceships and giant robots are old news.
Now, Hollywood special effects can shave years off an actor’s life,
reshape a performance, or even recast a role after a movie’s been shot.

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