Monthly Archives: March 2012

Through Google Maps Quest Mode’s Nostaglic Haze

I spent a fair amount of my youth as a basement-dwelling video game addict. Much of that time was spent playing the dorkiest of genres: Role Playing Games (RPGs). They’re a kind of video game version of choose your own … Continue reading

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Progress

This story about hazing at US fraternities is pretty shocking: “I was a member of a fraternity that asked pledges, in order to become a brother, to: swim in a kiddie pool of vomit, urine, fecal matter, semen and rotten … Continue reading

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Revolution’s Achilles Heel

Pete Warden didn’t ask us to square this circle, but he should have. Both quotes from his blog. Quote 1: Our tech community chooses its high-flyers from people who have enough money and confidence to spend significant amounts of time … Continue reading

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The Next Revolution Approaches

Bold headline, non? Well, have a rummage through these links and you tell me if this is a big deal. First the economist gives us a story about patenting and medicine (may be gated). The bottom line here is that natural … Continue reading

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The Floyd Mayweather of Books

Folks be getting all worked up about JK Rowling dissing intermediaries with her own ebook distribution channel. She’ll probably make more money than she would going through Amazon, let’s say, but not a ton more. Do you imagine she’d actually … Continue reading

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Down With Grades, A Double-Entendre

An open letter to college admissions departments opens with this: As a physics teacher who recently resigned from Loudoun County Public Schools, one of the wealthiest and fastest-growing public school districts in America, I urge you to altogether stop considering … Continue reading

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Machiavelli Rolls Over In Disgust

Remember that Goldman exec who quit via the NYT? Here was my conclusion: It’s either a book, a political appointment or his own hedge fund. Any other business and I’d say reality TV show. Well, here’s today’s news: Greg Smith, … Continue reading

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