Saturday, January 25, 2014

Links for Later 1-25-14

  1. The NSA broke the Internet, a summary.
  2. Patti Smith interview.


I'm a sucker for alternative and historical photographic processes, so Victoria Will's photographs of celebrities at Sundance are visual catnip. I have a tintype of my great grandfather where he looked like Flea in the picture above. Same piercing blue eyes. The process itself is unretouched and the photographs taken in harsh lighting conditions, so you end up with a very detailed and unforgiving photograph.

(via Esquire and kottke)

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Links for Later 1-21-14

  1. Will Wilkinson on liberalism, libertarianism and the surveillance state.
  2. Lawrence Freedman at Google Authors on Strategy: A History.
  3. Rory Stewart believes that the anti-conspiracy theory of history is true with regard to the 21st century UK. "The secret of modern Britain is there is no power anywhere."
  4. Oxfam reports: Richest 85 people have as much wealth as poorest 50% of the world, top 1% has 65 times as much as bottom 50%.

Thursday, January 09, 2014

John McPhee's Structural Diagrams

In the latest installment of The Writing Life column in The New Yorker, John McPhee discusses his method of collecting and arranging notes for each of the essays he's writing. The essays are then organized by some interesting and useful structure, a technique he learned in high school composition from his teacher, Olive McKee, who had her students write three essays a week, submitted with a structural diagram.



Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Links for Later 1-7-14

  1. Mapping emotions to the body
  2. David Papineau on Choking, the Yips, and Not Having Your Mind Right
  3., a checklist for setting up wills, living wills, and all the other things you've been putting off because they make you anxious about death.
  4. Valproate may be able to reset the nervous system's critical period, enable rapid & effective learning of skills like perfect pitch.

Saturday, January 04, 2014


There's a new post up over at the De Umbris Idearum site.

Includes notes on the combinatoric wheels in Bruno's memory system: why they're there, where he took them from, and what some potential additional functions they might have.