Wired has an interesting article by David Samuels about the Skybox, a small satellite (about the size of a bar fridge) that is being developed to provide cheap photographs of the Earth from low orbit . Governments of major countries will probably try to limit what they do, but if they can prove that it’s [...]
Matt Palmer wrote an insightful post about the use of the word “professional” . It’s one factor that makes me less inclined to be a member of “professional” societies.
The TED blog has an interesting article about Wikihouse which is a project to create a set of free designs for houses to be cut out [...]
Mark Cuban wrote an interesting article titled “What Business is Wall Street In” about the failure of Wall Street to fulfill it’s stated purpose of providing capital for businesses . His proposed solution is extreme, but so is the problem.
PopSci has an interesting article by Peter Nonacs about allowing students to collaborate (which is [...]
Wayne Mcgregor gave an interesting TED talk about the creative processes of a choreographer . The dancing in this talk is really good.
Melissa McEwan wrote an interesting article on whether being an “ally” to members of a disadvantaged group is a state or a process . It seems to me that the word ally [...]
Cory Doctorow published a letter from a 14yo who had just read his novel “Homeland” . I haven’t had anything insightful to say about Aaron Swartz, so I think that this link will do .
Seth Godin gave an interesting TED talk about leading tribes . I think everyone who is active in the FOSS [...]
Cameron Russell (who works as an underwear model) gave an interesting TED talk about beauty .
Ben Goldacre gave an interesting and energetic TED talk about bad science in medicine . A lot of the material is aimed at non-experts, so this is a good talk to forward to your less scientific friends.
Lev wrote [...]
Russ Allbery wrote an informative post about how to determine which charities are worth donating to . He has a link to another article about the charities to which he donates and concentrates on ways of analysing the effectiveness of charities. So someone who has different ideas about which types of charity are worthy of [...]
Aaron on Software wrote an interesting series of blog posts about psychology and personal development collectively Titled “Raw Nerve”, here’s a link to part 2 . The best sections IMHO are 2, 3, and 7.
The Atlantic has an insightful article by Thomas E. Ricks about the failures in leadership in the US military that [...]
AreWomenHuman has an interesting article about ViolentAcrez and the wide support for trolling (including by media corporations) .
Chrys Stevenson wrote an important article for the ABC about the fundamentalist Christians who are trying to take over the Australian education system .
Tavi Gevinson gave an interesting TED talk titled “A teen just trying to [...]
Steven Johnson gave an interesting TED talk about where good ideas come from . He starts by attributing coffee replacing alcohol as a standard drink for some good ideas and then moves on to how ideas develop.
Erez Lieberman Aiden and Jean-Baptiste Michel gave an interesting and amusing TED talk about the ngram analysis of [...]