Posts filed under “linklog”

Confessions Of

Sometimes I like to open up Google News and do a phrase search for Confessions of, which can turn up some interesting reading. Sometimes. Confessions of a Google Glass Explorer. I was told that I was one of the first few hundred Explorers in the city, which made me feel like some third-rate Shackleton embarked […]

Recent Reading

Our theme today is Dubious Medicine. The Vitamin Myth: Why We Think We Need Vitamins. I grew up in a rather Vitamin C-affirmative household, and it’s only just recently that I learned how much if it was from the influence of Linus Pauling and his strong — if unscientific — advocacy for Vitamin C megadosing. […]

Recent Reading

Cinema-related reading (and related media) that has crossed my path in recent months: Peter Jackson’s Violent Betrayal of Tolkien. Bad enough that they split the story into a triple-segment money-grab, but even worse was altering the Warg/forest chase scene into a trite action movie climax against an archnemesis who was barely even in the book. […]

Superman at 75, Klingon Rickroll, and Low Gravity Chivalry

To celebrate 75 years since Superman first appeared in Action Comics #1, DC Comics has released an animated short of Superman through the decades. I still mourn the loss of the red underpants. You all know about Rickrolling, but now theatre group Commedia Beauregard (also known for A Klingon Christmas Carol) takes it into the […]

Selected Readings on Internet History

A Brief History of the Internet, from DARPA to the FNC, by the Internet Society. Vannevar Bush’s “As We May Think,” seminal 1945 essay on a future machine that could visually trace user paths through a network of hypertextual content. The Hut Where the Internet Began. It was in the Philippines that the late Douglas […]

Recent Reading

Remembering James Gandolfini. The Prophets of Oak Ridge: three peace activists infiltrate a heavily guarded nuclear weapons facility. (by Dan Zak) 1 billion year old water tastes terrible. US infrastructure is ill-suited to meeting the needs of an isolated, aging population. The fragmented and nonlinear reading styles of the 14th Century resemble in some ways […]

Recent Reading

Costco CEO Craig Jelinek Leads the Cheapest, Happiest Company in the World — Businessweek on how Costco is doing right by its workers and reaping profit as a result. How The Few Have Chosen Inequality For The Many — Despite lots of good economic news, the benefits are not trickling down to regular people, and […]

Recent Reading

Linkdump of space-related articles that have recently caught my interest: ARKYD Space Telescope Kickstarter. I didn’t think Planetary Resources, being funded by millionaires, would need to resort to crowdfunding, but really it seems more a public relations project than a plea for cash. And participatory fundraising can be an effective publicity and education tool — […]

Recent Reading

Philippine political dynasties. Al Gore. The Great Gatsby. Millenials. Angelina Jolie’s mastectomy and the BRCA1 mutation. Bird watchers. Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey. God and psychotherapy. Paul Miller’s year without the internet. The Smithsonian Castle’s red stone. DC immigration activism Introversion. Neanderthal and and Denisovan ancestry. Animal consciousness. Los Angeles cars and transit. Scope creep. […]

Recent Reading

The Touch-Screen Generation. Young children—even toddlers—are spending more and more time with digital technology. What will it mean for their development? (The Atlantic) In the Passover haggadah, enigmatic bunnies multiplied like rabbits (Washington Post, Menachem Wecker — a former coworker at US News) As employers push efficiency, the daily grind wears down workers. Many businesses […]