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Monthly Archives: October 2007

Long Dark night by John Fogerty

jF George is in the jungle knockin’ on the door come to get your children wants to have a war Long Dark Night Lyrics

A Group Is Its Own Worst Enemy

Keynote Clay Shirky gave on Social Software at the O’Reilly Emerging Technology conference in Santa Clara on April 24, 2003 Good morning, everybody. I want to talk this morning about social software …there’s a surprise. I want to talk about a pattern I’ve seen over and over again in social software that supports large and […]

Michael Silverblatt, ‘Bookworm’, Interviews William Gibson

Unfortunately I can’t link directly to the audio. You can subscribe to Bookworm in iTunes (and I highly recommend it). You can listen from this KCRW link to the Gibson interview page. Spook Country (Putnam) What’s happened to William Gibson? Along with the most sophisticated future-predictions, speculations about the sociology of cities, and adventures in […]

“your papers, please!”, Air travelers to need permission to travel TSA

from – Edward Hasbrouck <edward@hasbrouck.org> <http://hasbrouck.org> The deadline for public comments on the USA Transportation Security Administration’s proposed rules to make would-be travellers obtain individualized prior permission for all journeys by air to, from, overflying, or even *within* the USA is this Monday, 22 October 2007. If you have a chance before 5 p.m. Washington […]

Asylum Street Spankers – Ribbons On Your SUV

Viral political satire in a musical theater setting! [kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/KmsOIjzQ1V8" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /] Or here’s the link: http://www.youtube.com/v/KmsOIjzQ1V8

latest ” ‘Net Neutrality” outrage by Tel-Co’s: How Comcast blocks your Internet traffic

from http://machinist.salon.com/ How Comcast blocks your Internet traffic The broadband company’s audacious scheme to interrupt your data proves why network neutrality rules are crucial. By Farhad Manjoo Oct. 19, 2007 | Bless the Associated Press for unearthing, through careful and diligent investigation, Comcast’s shameful, hidden Internet traffic-management scheme. Comcast, the AP determined, actively manages data […]

Ron Paul – The Internet President

I’ve been hearing a lot about Ron Paul and have friends working on his campaign. I like a lot of what I’m hearing, especially about getting the Federal Govt. out of State’s Rights issues, but wonder how he might implement his ideas. Here’s a link to a very informative Ron Paul NPR interview (transcript here) […]

Q&A: Ridley Scott Has Finally Created the Blade Runner He Always Imagined

Fun Wired interview with Ridley Scott about the soon to be re-released Blade Runner. And here is  a Blade Runner fan site with up to the minute late breaking news.

Bloomberg: CPI Inflation Data is a “Lie”

We have long railed against the absurdity of the CPI data. The ridiculous adjustments, the lack of correlation between CPI prices and reality… More

A SHORT COURSE IN THINKING ABOUT THINKING

A “Master Class” By Danny Kahneman Danny Kahneman along with Amos Tversky won the 2002 Nobel Prize in economics for their discovery of behavioral economics. I learned about them through reading Nassim Nicholas Taleb‘s “Fooled By Randomness” and then Daniel Gilbert’s “Stumbling on Happiness” I’ve become very interested in cognitive biases- as I understand them, […]

Netherlands To Ban Shroom Sales

Bummer! Netherlands imposes total ban on ‘magic’ mushrooms

google? Doyle? Ecodelics psychedelics psybernetics autopoiesis? lsd?

from Rose Rose on realitysandwich Google is the first psychedelically informed superpower to shape the noosphere and NASDAQ. I don’t mean that Googlers (necessarily) are all seasoned psychonauts, or (necessarily) take 4:20 breaks on-campus, or are well represented (necessarily) at Burning Man. Nor am I saying that psychedelics “caused” Google, any more than a Stanford […]

Haber-Bosch process has often been called the most important invention of the 20th century

this ties in with the earlier post on Peak Phosphorus from Juergen Schmidhuber’s site Since age 15 or so Prof. Jürgen Schmidhuber’s main scientific ambition has been to build an optimal scientist, then retire. In 2028 they will force him to retire anyway. By then he shall be able to buy hardware providing more raw […]