Archive for April, 2011

Hindsight Links for Apr 29, 6:00 am

// April 29th, 2011 // Comments Off on Hindsight Links for Apr 29, 6:00 am // Digests, Hindsight

  • Thaylor, Mike Giles @ Cool Hunting:
    Montreal’s newest online hub connects the creative community with well-designed wares, from sneakers and wallets to speakers and pocketknives. Like so many digital shopping destinations, Thaylor’s web-based shop doubles as an editorial platform, keeping inspiration fresh no matter the season. Updated regularly, “Life” showcases the thoughts of talented athletes,…
  • Paper Weaving Card Set, Karen Day @ Cool Hunting:
    Sending someone special a card may seem gracious enough these days, but Present & Correct’s latest Paper Weaving Card Set really ups the charm with easy tools for constructing a personalized pattern in addition to undoubtedly endearing messages. The four-pack includes two “Happy Birthday” and one each of “Thank…
  • How Stress Can Improve Your Performance, Justin Menkes @
    Recently, I read an article in which a developmental psychologist cited a mountain of evidence showing that IQ was one…
  • Understand Your Customers With Colored Pencils and Cartoons, Eddie Yoon @
    This post is part of Creating a Customer-Centered Organization. Some CEOs truly crave direct customer contact. Apple’s Steve Jobs and…
  • Finding And Buying A Domain Name, Fred Wilson @ A VC:
    I believe that a good domain name is an important success factor in building and launching consumer web services. It’s not in my top ten but it could be. It’s certainly something we think about a lot when making investments…

Insight Links for Apr 27, 6:00 am

// April 27th, 2011 // Comments Off on Insight Links for Apr 27, 6:00 am // Digests, Insight

  • The LWOT: Massive cache of Gitmo docs released – by Andrew Lebovich, ANDREW LEBOVICH @ Foreign Policy:
    Foreign Policy and the New America Foundation bring you a twice weekly brief on the legal war on terror. You can read it on or get it delivered directly to your inbox — just sign up here.
  • The security mirage: Bruce Schneier on, Team @ TED Blog:
    The feeling of security and the reality of security don’t always match, says computer-security expert Bruce Schneier. He explains why we spend billions addressing news story risks, like the “security theater” now playing at your local airport, while neglecting more probable risks — and how we can break this pattern. …
  • How Prevalent Is Insider Trading? And What’s to Be Done About It? A Freakonomics Quorum, Stephen J. Dubner @ Freakonomics:
    As I type these words, the biggest insider-trading trial in years, that of Raj Rajaratnam, has just gone to the jury. I haven’t followed the trial too closely, but the gist is evident: the line between “insider trading” and the legitimate, if sharp-elbowed, acquisition of useful trading information is extremely …
  • Tiger Blood – By Gordon Weiss, Team @ Foreign Policy:
    Two years after its brutal counterinsurgency war ended, Sri Lanka faces new questions from the international community.
  • The Value of Unpaid Work: Which Countries Do the Most and Why, Team @ Freakonomics:
    Photo: the Italian voice A new report from the OECD paints a fascinating picture of how citizens from different countries stack up on an assortment of metrics: from who works the longest hours, who shops the most, to who is most trusting of others. The annual report, titled “Society at …

Foresight Links for Apr 25,6:00 am

// April 25th, 2011 // Comments Off on Foresight Links for Apr 25,6:00 am // Digests, Foresight

  • The Green Health Movement for Earth Day 2011, Lisa Mumbach @ Institute For The Future:
    teaser:  Air pollution and asthma, climate change and natural disasters, drought and crop failures, wasteful practices and water shortages. Human health is directly tied to our planet’s health and Insti…
  • Brain Region Deltermines Embarrassment Level, Randall Parker @ FuturePundit:
    If you could suppress your brain’s “pregenual anterior cingulate cortex” you could probably avoid the feeling of embarrassment. The twist to the experiment was that most of the subjects had neurodegenerative diseases, which helped scientists identify a thumb-sized bit of tissue in the right hemisphere of the front part of …
  • Cut Carbs To Cut Liver Fat, Randall Parker @ FuturePundit:
    Another reason to eat a more paleo diet: DALLAS – April 19, 2011 – Curbing carbohydrates is more effective than cutting calories for individuals who want to quickly reduce the amount of fat in their liver, report UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers. “What this study tells us is that if …
  • Elon Musk: I’ll Put a Man on Mars in 10 Years, Michael Anissimov @ Accelerating Future:
    I find such statements inspiring whether they are meant seriously or not, and whether they come true or not. Elon Musk shows that you can be rich and spend a lot of money without increasing net existential risk. Not increasing it, not decreasing it, just… risk-free behavior. Space travel does …

Hindsight Links for Apr 22, 6:00 am

// April 22nd, 2011 // Comments Off on Hindsight Links for Apr 22, 6:00 am // Digests, Hindsight

  • Customer-Centric Continuous Improvement, Team @
    [This post is part of Creating a Customer-Centered Organization.] Improving customer value continuously is difficult in almost any organization. That’s…
  • A Walk In Our Shoes, Ami Kealoha @ Cool Hunting:
    Scandinavian label Leifsdottir channels today’s “modern woman” with a mix of avant-garde cuts, gorgeously art-inspired patterns, a bold use of color and an approach to femininity that’s equal parts confident and seductive. So, when asked to participate in a video project documenting a day in the life of their…
  • Cities Are the Answer. What Was the Question?, Douglas Foy @
    This post is part of a three-week series exploring the re-invention of the social infrastructure of cities, published in partnership…
  • Life captured in data, charts, and graphs, Nathan Yau @ FlowingData:
    Nice piece from NYT on seeing your life in data: “There’s going to continue to be innovation with new, powerful data around the plumbing of the human body,” [Jason] Jacobs said. “What everyone is starting to realize is that it’s great to collect data, but somebody needs to make sense …
  • Pokitt, Graham Hiemstra @ Cool Hunting:
    For most, comfort and convenience come first when choosing daily accessories. A new solution to Costanza-size wallets, Pokitt is a form-fitting little card holder conceived around the idea of simplicity on-the-go. Constructed entirely of a soft flexible polymer material and measuring less than 1/2″ thick, Pokitt is just the…

Insight Links for Apr 20, 6:00 am

// April 20th, 2011 // Comments Off on Insight Links for Apr 20, 6:00 am // Digests, Insight

  • On being wrong: Kathryn Schulz on, Team @ TED Blog:
    Most of us will do anything to avoid being wrong. But what if we’re wrong about that? “Wrongologist” Kathryn Schulz makes a compelling case for not just admitting but embracing our fallibility.(Recorded at TED2011, March 2011, in Long Beach, CA. Duration: 17:57) Watch Kathryn Schulz’s talk on TED….
  • March of the Yemeni Women – By Tom Finn, Team @ Foreign Policy:
    Angered by the taunts of Yemen’s embattled president, women take to the streets of Sanaa to call for his head.
  • A Biblical Post, Daniel Hamermesh @ Freakonomics:
    Photo: David Campbell 2 Kings VII discusses an incident in which the people of Israel are besieged and food prices are skyrocketing. A military officer scoffs when “a man of God” predicts that barley will soon sell for ½ shekel and fine flour for 1 shekel (very low prices). The …
  • The U.K.’s ‘Under-Aged’ Socially Networked Children, Team @ Freakonomics:
    According to a new study by the London School of Economics, one in every three children in the U.K. between 9 and 12 has his/her own Facebook page, despite Facebook’s minimum age requirement of 13. Among 13-16 year-olds, that number shoots to 43 percent. Researchers noted that European children …
  • Hungry, Hungry Judges, Team @ Freakonomics:
    Photo: ssalonso If you’re going to court, you better hope that judge had breakfast. Or just a break. A new study looked into psychological effects in the courtroom from the supply side: the judges. Researchers evaluated results from more than 1,000 rulings made by 8 Israeli judges and found that …

Insight Links for Apr 19, 9:19 pm

// April 19th, 2011 // Comments Off on Insight Links for Apr 19, 9:19 pm // Opinion

  • Buena Vista Auto Club – An FP Slideshow, Team @ Foreign Policy:
    Is this the end of classic cars in Havana?
  • Is Bahrain Creating a New Terrorist Threat? – By Hussein Ibish, Team @ Foreign Policy:
    By leaving no room for peaceful dissent, the Bahraini monarchy is creating the conditions for a violent revolt.
  • Important Indonesian terrorist arrested in Pakistan: The LWOT, March 29-April 1, 2011, ANDREW LEBOVICH @ Foreign Policy:
    Foreign Policy and the New America Foundation bring you a twice weekly brief on the legal war on terror. You can read it on or get it delivered directly to your inbox — just sign up here.
  • The Awful, Unsaid Truth: We’re Heading Back Toward a Double Dip, Peter Jocis @ Everyone’s Blog Posts – R2 Global Meshwork:
    REMOVE THE STRANGLEHOLD ON ENERGY EVOLUTION – A return to Wisdom, Survival, where Science and Spirit meet
  • Ai Weiwei detained. Here is his TED film, Team @ TED Blog:
    [via YouTube] The news that Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has been detained by authorities has prompted significant concern here at TED HQ. We had shown a film of him at last month’s conference, an unexpected and courageous statement about his treatment by the government, social change, the power of the web, and his hope for […]
  • Fukushima’s Hidden Fallout – An FP List, Team @ Foreign Policy:
    Four ripple effects from Japan’s disaster. 
  • Four years of Open Source Ecology at the Factor E Farm: a 4-year status report, Michel Bauwens @ P2P Foundation:
    See the 4-minute video with a summary progress report on the project and their ‘Global Village Construction Set’ (GVCS): 4 Years of Factor e Farm in 4 Minutes from Open Source Ecology on Vimeo. The ‘Crash Course‘ summarizes developments for newcomers and laypeople interested in supporting the project. Founder Marcin Jakubowski adds: “We’re now moving […]
  • Information Theory and Population Genetics, Team @ Complexity Digest 2011.07:
    The key findings of classical population genetics are derived using a framework based on information theory using the entropies of the allele frequency distribution as a basis. The common results for drift, mutation, selection, and gene flow will be…
  • Elephants know when they need a helping trunk in a cooperative task, Team @ Complexity Digest 2011.09:
    Here, we show that elephants can learn to coordinate with a partner in a task requiring two individuals to simultaneously pull two ends of the same rope to obtain a reward. Not only did the elephants act together, they inhibited the pulling response…
  • Stiff Upper Lip – By Charles Homans, Team @ Foreign Policy:
    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad may have shaved off his mustache, but it’s going to take a whole lot more than that to convince the world that he’s not a dictator. FP investigates the whiskers that autocrats wear.

Foresight Links for Apr 18, 6:00 am

// April 18th, 2011 // Comments Off on Foresight Links for Apr 18, 6:00 am // Digests, Foresight

  • NASA’s Sky Crane will land on Mars, Team @ TFOT – The Future Of Things:
    On August 2012 NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft, with its rover Curiosity, will enter the Martian atmosphere. Enclosed inside the capsule formed by the back shell and heat shield, the craft will enter the atmosphere at an altitude of about 125…
  • FRIDA Robot will Make your Gadget, Team @ TFOT – The Future Of Things:
    Meet FRIDA – a two handed concept robot for industrial assembly applications. This striking creation might be able to bridge the gap between fully manual assembly and fully automated manufacturing lines.
  • Sun Spot Activity Coming Back: Little Ice Age Averted?, Randall Parker @ FuturePundit:
    Okay, anyone fantasizing about a new Little Ice Age due to an extended period of low sun spot activity should probably give up hope for revival of Thames frost fairs on a frozen river because the sun appears to be swinging back up out of its recent low…
  • Singularity Institute Summer Program 2011, Michael Anissimov @ Accelerating Future:
    Are you wildly brilliant? Do you read Less Wrong? Interested in learning new mental skills and helping us build a movement to directly implement the Singularity? If so, then consider applying to our 2011 Summer Program — “Rationality Boot Camp”. It’s 10 weeks, from June to August….
  • Oil Industry Macondo Response Lesson For Nukes, Randall Parker @ FuturePundit:
    In response to the BP Macondo Deepwater Horizon oil well blow-out and resulting 87 days of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico 2 consortiums of oil companies and formed 2 companies to develop devices that can be brought on after a blow-out to cap a run…