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August § The Common Test / 2016-02-16 21:04:46
Robin § Unforgotten / 2016-01-08 21:19:16
MsFitNZ § Towards A Theory of Secondary Literacy / 2015-11-03 21:23:21
Jon Schultz § Bless the toolmakers / 2015-05-04 18:39:56
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Matt § A leaky rocketship / 2014-11-05 01:49:12
Greg Linch § A leaky rocketship / 2014-11-04 18:05:52
Robin § A leaky rocketship / 2014-11-04 05:11:02
P. Renaud § A leaky rocketship / 2014-11-04 04:13:09
Jay H § Matching cuts / 2014-10-02 02:41:13

Behold, the Austrian Avatar of Poseidon's Son

One of my favorite words is ‘protean.’ The dictionary definitions all say it means versatile and mutable, which I agree with, but nowhere can I find reference to what I was always sure was its other, subtler shade: opportunistic, ambitious.

Anyway, there’s no reason to debate it, because we have a human definition: Arnold Schwarzenegger. He’s serious about global warming now. Withholding any kind of actual policy analysis, I am simply in awe of him as a player:

Schwarzenegger argued that in a “Nixon goes to China” way he is uniquely poised to lead on the environmental front. Calling himself a “sane Republican,” he said his pro-business philosophy and fiscal conservatism shield him from accusations of being “the tree hugger, the crazy guy out there who wants to live on the moon and talk about the spirits and all this holistic stuff.”

“With me they can’t do it, because my whole history is different,” he said, puffing thoughtfully on a fat cigar in his smoking tent in a courtyard of the state Capitol. “It’s unexpected, so therefore you have a better chance to have an impact. . . . All those businesses would never have a better guy than me.”

P.S. Via the Wikipedia entry on Proteus comes a new favorite word: mytheme, for “an irreducible nugget of myth.” Awesome!


…and the Deathly Hallows

Now I know the name of my desire.

Man, it’s going to be a good summer.


The Journal of Consilience

Ah: The awesome Public Library of Science just launched PLoS ONE, an open-access scientific journal without boundaries:

PLoS ONE features reports of primary research from all disciplines within science and medicine. By not excluding papers on the basis of subject area, PLoS ONE facilitates the discovery of the connections between papers whether within or between disciplines.

But this is perhaps the most important distinction:

Too often a journal’s decision to publish a paper is dominated by subjective criteria, which can be frustrating and delay the publication of your work. PLoS ONE will publish all papers that are judged to be rigorous and technically sound. Judgments about the importance of any particular paper are then made after publication.

Read that last sentence a few times. That’s kinda the genius of the entire internet, isn’t it? Publish first, filter second!

(Via David Weinberger.)


Pick Your Path

Via Kottke: The speakers for TED 2007 were just announced. If you could only choose one conference ‘chunk’ to attend, which would it be?

I’d do ‘Intelligent Design’ on the third day.


Car Salesmen

‘Sometimes, the truth of a stereotype can make it all the more wonderful.’ (Via. And don’t stop there.)


Live Action Hamster Video Game



Variations on a Theme
 / Twice a month, graphic artists reimagine popular icons. Behold the wizardry. MeFidelic.


Take Back Bangladesh

As Muhammad Yunus collects a Nobel Prize in Oslo, Bangladesh descends into chaos. Well, er, I mean… more chaos than usual.

The ray of light? Take Back Bangladesh.


Stop Motion Excellence

Tony vs. Paul. (Via.)

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Craigslist Among the Capitalists

This DealBook entry on Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster’s presentation at a media conference in New York is really fun:

Wendy Davis of MediaPost describes the presentation as a “a culture clash of near-epic proportions.” She recounts how UBS analyst Ben Schachter wanted to know how Craigslist plans to maximize revenue. It doesn’t, Mr. Buckmaster replied (perhaps wondering how Mr. Schachter could possibly not already know this). “That definitely is not part of the equation,” he said, according to MediaPost. “It’s not part of the goal.”

It’s amazing how the decision not to maximize profit has become Craigslist’s unbeatable competitive advantage. It is the one move other companies can’t copy.

The post really struck a chord; the conversation that follows is the longest I’ve ever seen on DealBook, by far.