Scary Bunny

Updated on Sunday, May 3, 2020

Scary Bunny

Cheek Cells, Methylene Blue Stain

Updated on Thursday, November 12, 2015

Cheek Cells, Methylene Blue Stain

Diary of a Living Room

Updated on Thursday, November 12, 2015

Diary of a Living Room

1,920 frames taken every 45 seconds and stitched together into a single photo. It's a single frame time lapse of 24 hours.

Syria

Updated on Thursday, November 12, 2015

Syria

Debate military intervention in Syria on LikeDebate. This is a parallel debate to the Intelligence Squared US debate tomorrow.

Book reviews for July 2013

Updated on Friday, February 24, 2017
Doctor Who: Harvest of Time by Alastair Reynolds

Doctor Who: Harvest of Time by Alastair Reynolds

5/5

I don't normally do SciFi series books... but this is Alastair Reynolds doing Doctor Who. Jon Pertwee era with UNIT and The Master. If the BBC had a 300 million Pound budget for a Doctor Who story line in the 70's this is what they would have made.

 

Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing by Po Bronson

Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing by Po Bronson

4/5

I always enjoy Po Bronson and he's typically on form here with fascinating research and anecdotes around the topic of competition. There is a lot of new evidence on how hormones work that I'd never seen before and an interesting theory that competitive sports are a precursor to democracy. Much of this book is about how competition brings out creativity and drive. I wonder it it's missing a trick here and that the real factor is operating under constraint with competition being just one of many possible forms of constraint. In addition to the studies showing that art was better when a competition was involved I'd like to see how this worked out when one set of artists was limited to using just brown and silver... I'd bet the results would look pretty similar.

 

Inferno (Robert Langdon, #4) by Dan Brown

Inferno (Robert Langdon, #4) by Dan Brown

2/5

By the numbers. OK, but not great.

 

Die, Software Patents, Die

Updated on Thursday, November 12, 2015

HOWTO: Punish Banks

Updated on Thursday, November 12, 2015

Barclays just got fined $453m for manipulating the electricity market in the US, following a £290m fine for fiddling Libor while HSBC is off money laundering with seeming impunity.

A $453m fine for Barclays is equivalent to $600 for the average US household, although if the average US household got caught manipulating markets they'd probably be in jail.

These relatively small fines aren't enough to really change behavior.

Unless we change how the fines are used. Put $453m in an incubator that funds banking startups and you can have 40 scrappy well funded companies trying to take the banks down. A handful of those will succeed and really do some damage. Every time a bank misbehaves it will be sowing the seeds of its own destruction.

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Finally Gmail

Updated on Thursday, November 12, 2015

Gmail is taking the compose window out of the corner of your window.

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Never Ending Fog

Updated on Sunday, December 2, 2018

NatureBox

Updated on Thursday, November 12, 2015

NatureBox Healthy Snacks

You know what's healthy? Leaving your house to get a snack.