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A collection of essays, articles and other writings that are worth reading. Also contains the occasional book I happen to read.

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Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, Book 3)
by Suzanne Collins
ISBN: 9780439023511

Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games)
by Suzanne Collins
ISBN: 0545586178

Porn Star James Deen GQ Profile on 9 Jul
It is a clement spring day in greater Los Angeles, and James Deen is driving through the soft green tumescences of the Calabasas hills on his way to a pornographic-movie shoot. If Deen betrays not a trace of anticipation, aversion, or excitement at the prospect of having sex on-camera today, it is because having sex on-camera is something the 26-year-old does more frequently than most of us use dental floss: "About 360 days a year" is Deen's offhand tally. Deen's professional relentlessness has … Full Article →
The Inside Story of the Death of Palm and webOS on 2 Jul
It wasn't looking good. Just months into Elevation Partners' investment, morale in Palm's engineering corps was already flagging. Executives had sold them on a change-the-world mentality and Duarte had delivered the blueprint for a revolutionary user interface, but Mercer's operating system had few believers beyond the small group of engineers (around four, we're told) that he directly controlled. Platform director Greg Simon and VP Andy Grignon — who'd worked together many years prior at Pixo … Full Article →
Between a Rock and a Hardware Place on 25 Jun
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 Watching the Microsoft Surface event video, I sensed uneasiness. Not panic, but discomfort. Some will argue that I’m simply spoiled by Apple’s on-stage polish, but Monday’s Microsoft event struck me as rushed and severely under-rehearsed. Ballmer offered nothing but blustering bromides, and nothing even vaguely resembling a coherent answer to the big question: Why? Steven Sinofsky was nervous and hurried. It didn’t help that his first Surface RT unit crashed befor … Full Article →
What Darwin's Theory of Evolution Reveals About Artificial Intelligence on 25 Jun
Charles Darwin and Alan Turing, in their different ways, both homed in on the same idea: the existence of competence without comprehension. @FakeTV Some of the greatest, most revolutionary advances in science have been given their initial expression in attractively modest terms, with no fanfare. Charles Darwin managed to compress his entire theory into a single summary paragraph that a layperson can readily follow. Francis Crick and James Watson closed their epoch-making paper on the structure o … Full Article →
What the Movie Was Actually About on 19 Jun
This blogpost contains many and frequent spoilers for Prometheus, so if you're planning on seeing it, I recommend you don't spoil yourself. Prometheus contains such a huge amount of mythic resonance that it effectively obscures a more conventional plot. I'd like to draw your attention to the use of motifs and callbacks in the film that not only enrich it, but offer possible hints as to what was going on in otherwise confusing scenes. Let's begin with the eponymous titan himself, Prometheus. He w … Full Article →
A Third Culture Kid // Needlessly|Messianic on 10 Jun
I stumbled across Wikipedia’s entry on ‘third culture kids’ a week or so ago. Story of my life, I thought. A Third Culture Kid (TCK) is a person who has spent a significant part of [their] developmental years outside the parents’ culture. The TCK frequently builds relationships to all of the cultures, while not having full ownership in any. Although elements from each culture may be assimilated into the TCK’s life experience, the sense of belonging is in relationship to others of simil … Full Article →
In Math You Have to Remember... on 10 Jun
June 2010 The title of this month's rant is a statement made by a female high school student. I'll come back to her in due course. The US ranks much worse than most of our economic competitors in the mathematics performance of high school students. Many attempts have been made to improve this dismal performance, but none have worked. To my mind (and I am by no means alone in thinking this), the reason is clear. Those attempts have all focused on improving basic math skills. In contrast, the emp … Full Article →
Can You Call a 9-Year-Old a Psychopath? on 16 May
One day last summer, Anne and her husband, Miguel, took their 9-year-old son, Michael, to a Florida elementary school for the first day of what the family chose to call “summer camp.” For years, Anne and Miguel have struggled to understand their eldest son, an elegant boy with high-planed cheeks, wide eyes and curly light brown hair, whose periodic rages alternate with moments of chilly detachment. Michael’s eight-week program was, in reality, a highly structured psychological study — le … Full Article →
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