Brett Szmajda

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Brett Szmajda

7 days ago

An important one for people to know before they share data with Facebook (or any other social network, for that matter).

How Facebook Figures Out Everyone You've Ever Met

gizmodo.com

Brett Szmajda

21 days ago

Great portrait of Buzz Aldrin. Explores how a man can live with the spectre of one achievement always hanging over him. Insightful, and more than a little sad.

The Dark Side of the Moon

gq.com

Brett Szmajda

26 days ago

Reinforcing yet again how weird biology is.

Building A House, Building a Cell

blogs.sciencemag.org

Brett Szmajda

30 days ago

A think tank sends researchers to understand the values of middle America, with the goal of finding common ground. They find anything but. A brilliant, if concerning read.

On Safari in Trump's America

theatlantic.com

Brett Szmajda

32 days ago

A nice profile of Google X, and the hard thing about trying to do hard things 😊

Google X and the Science of Radical Creativity

theatlantic.com

Brett Szmajda

32 days ago

Keep speaking out, ladies. Some of us are listening, and invested in seeing change. #IHearYou

The Raw Power of #MeToo

nytimes.com

Brett Szmajda

33 days ago

A great read on parenting children to become mature, self-reliant adults.

Nine Skills Worth Teaching Your Children to Build Personal and Financial Independence

thesimpledollar.com

Brett Szmajda

39 days ago

Say whaaaaaat? OK this is freaking awesome

Another technique is based on some beautiful work by William Freeman and colleagues at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, who showed how if you magnify really small changes in a video of a person, you can see subtle changes in the colours in their face that correspond to their pulse rate. We showed that you can use this to distinguish real people from computer-generated people.

The scientist who spots fake videos

nature.com

Brett Szmajda

42 days ago

Fascinating read for anyone interested in the brain.

Diary of a concussion

theverge.com

Brett Szmajda

45 days ago

A great read. Underscores the importance of rigorous design and a rethinking of the paradigm of software engineering; particularly since software now underpins so many aspects of daily life, from routing 911 calls to controlling cars.

The Coming Software Apocalypse

theatlantic.com

Brett Szmajda

47 days ago

For all the creatives in my life who struggle with self-doubt.

My 150 Writing Mentors and Me

theatlantic.com

Brett Szmajda

59 days ago

Great speech, and a worthy topic for debate.

Yes, we disagree constantly. But what makes our disagreements so toxic is that we refuse to make eye contact with our opponents, or try to see things as they might, or find some middle ground.

Instead, we fight each other from the safe distance of our separate islands of ideology and identity and listen intently to echoes of ourselves. We take exaggerated and histrionic offense to whatever is said about us. We banish entire lines of thought and attempt to excommunicate all manner of people — your humble speaker included — without giving them so much as a cursory hearing.

The Dying Art of Disagreement

nytimes.com

Brett Szmajda

60 days ago

A brilliant article covering not only a pivotal scientific discovery, but also a chef's tour of much of cosmology. If that wasn't hard enough, it manages to also work in poetic phrases like: "Science owes its epistemological gravitas to its stern insistence that every idea faces the firing squad of experiment."

Settle in with a coffee, this one is a treat.

In the beginning

aeon.co

Brett Szmajda

60 days ago

Brilliant (and necessary!) research. And the pictures alongside this article are jaw-dropping.

This Tiny Country Feeds the World

nationalgeographic.com

Brett Szmajda

63 days ago

The revolution that ain't. Like in many things, science fiction is further away than it seems. Reality has a lot to answer for

IBM pitched Watson as a revolution in cancer care. It's nowhere close

statnews.com

Brett Szmajda

64 days ago

Great read about an inspiring CEO.

Satya Nadella Rewrites Microsoft’s Code

fastcompany.com

Brett Szmajda

80 days ago

Good article and I love this quote particularly.

“Her full nature, like that river of which Cyrus broke the strength, spent itself in channels which had no great name on the earth. But the effect of her being on those around her was incalculably diffusive: for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.”

You’ll Never Be Famous — And That’s O.K.

nytimes.com

Brett Szmajda

85 days ago

An unexpectedly moving article, especially given its publication on a site where I go for my tech news.

This is probably the worst US flood storm ever, and I’ll never be the same

arstechnica.com

Brett Szmajda

89 days ago

Great read.

most of Damore’s memo seems to be talking about preferences, which is to say, rather than innate skill he means what women would rather be doing versus what men would rather be doing. In fact, one recurring finding in sex difference research is that in cultures seen as more egalitarian, differences in preferences between men and women become more pronounced. With more opportunity, says one hypothesis, men and women are more likely to follow their respective blisses.

The Actual Science of James Damore’s Google Memo

wired.com

Brett Szmajda

95 days ago

Interesting insight here.

Had Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen been able to post YouTube videos of the horrific and pointless slaughter on the western front in World War 1, the British public would have sued for peace. In a democracy, with a free media, the horrors of war are a hard sell

Why the World’s Biggest Military Keeps Losing Wars

pieria.co.uk

Brett Szmajda

96 days ago

Wow, what a read. An inspiring and encouraging story of an unlikely partnership. Pour yourself a coffee and settle in, because you'll have a hard time pulling yourself away from this one.

Like Something the Lord Made

reprints.longform.org

Brett Szmajda

96 days ago

A very cool photojournalism assignment -- document the life and times in Australia's Outback. View on a big screen, some gorgeous pics.

Through the Outback

nytimes.com

Brett Szmajda

96 days ago

A great primer on the court case that condemned Google's book-scanning operations to the dustbin of history.

Torching the Modern-Day Library of Alexandria

theatlantic.com

Brett Szmajda

102 days ago

Well that's depressing.

You Won’t Finish This Article

slate.com

Brett Szmajda

112 days ago

This is fascinating, important, and terrifying.

Why the Scariest Nuclear Threat May Be Coming from Inside the White House

vanityfair.com

Brett Szmajda

114 days ago

Super interesting read - how the Dutch are using their years of experience to become ambassadors for climate change preparation.

The Dutch Have Solutions to Rising Seas. The World Is Watching.

nytimes.com

Brett Szmajda

121 days ago

And part two of the primer on anonymous sources, namely which ones are more trustworthy than others. A good read.

Which Anonymous Sources Are Worth Paying Attention To?

fivethirtyeight.com

Brett Szmajda

122 days ago

A good primer on reading the news from Washington critically.

When To Trust A Story That Uses Unnamed Sources

fivethirtyeight.com

Brett Szmajda

141 days ago

A good read about... reading!

What does it mean for a journalist today to be a Serious Reader?

cjr.org

Brett Szmajda

163 days ago

Fascinating.

The Liver: A ‘Blob’ That Runs the Body

nytimes.com

Brett Szmajda

179 days ago

Takes a bit to get to the data, but there is some interesting stuff in here.

Trump, fake news, and shrinking newsrooms: does journalism still matter in 2017?

theguardian.com

Brett Szmajda

185 days ago

A very good read about some characters that have recently been thrust centre-stage.

What Donald Trump Needs to Know About Bob Mueller and Jim Comey

politico.com

Brett Szmajda

197 days ago

Interesting thesis.

How Brain Scientists Forgot That Brains Have Owners

theatlantic.com

Brett Szmajda

197 days ago

Is this real life? Is it just fantasy? You decide.

The great British Brexit robbery: how our democracy was hijacked

theguardian.com

Brett Szmajda

200 days ago

Well, shit. Lots of interesting stats (like the above) and opinions in this article.

only 4 per cent of the sample read enough serious news to be worth including in such a study. (The hurdle was 10 articles and two opinion pieces over three months.) Many commentators worry that we’re segregating ourselves in ideological bubbles, exposed only to the views of those who think the same way we do. There’s something in that concern. But for 96 per cent of these web surfers the bubble that mattered wasn’t liberal or conservative, it was: “Don’t bother with the news.”

The problem with facts

ft.com

Brett Szmajda

211 days ago

A brilliant projection on the promise, challenges, and perverse outcomes that might result from a world in which computerised diagnosis outperforms doctors.

A.I. Versus M.D.

newyorker.com

Brett Szmajda

211 days ago

This series from the New York Times is a personal look at the lives of Syrian refugees who were resettled with sponsors in Canada, who practically, financially, and morally supported their integration into Western life. It's wonderful journalism -- if you read nothing else, read the final piece on 'Month 13'. But all are glorious.

Refugees Welcome

nytimes.com

Brett Szmajda

215 days ago

A wonderful profile of Weird Al Yankovic.

How ‘Weird Al’ eclipsed (almost) every star he ever parodied

washingtonpost.com

Brett Szmajda

215 days ago

I, too, have been guilty of this.

Scientists, Stop Thinking Explaining Science Will Fix Things

slate.com

Brett Szmajda

227 days ago

The title simplifies the case - leadership for leadership's sake in our students being what this article is railing against. A worthwhile read.

Not Leadership Material? Good. The World Needs Followers.

nytimes.com

Brett Szmajda

269 days ago

Words to live by, truly.

10 Learnings from 10 Years of Brain Pickings

brainpickings.org

Brett Szmajda

269 days ago

Certain to be a polarising opinion, but definitely a very interesting thesis.

Where did Steve Bannon get his worldview? From my book.

washingtonpost.com

Brett Szmajda

269 days ago

Something that all scientists would do well to remember, and not just those under the Trump administration.

scientists have to be reminded that the response to a challenge to science is not to retreat to the microscope, to the laboratory, to the ivory tower. This requires vigorous defense. We think science is so beneficial to society that it should be defended.

AAAS exhorts its members : Do not 'retreat to the microscope'

statnews.com

Brett Szmajda

273 days ago

A look behind the scenes of how one of the world's largest newspapers is reinventing itself and investing in the future of journalism.

How The New York Times Is Clawing Its Way Into the Future

wired.com

Brett Szmajda

284 days ago

A nice little thesis on end-of-life care. Also HOLY COW IS IT DUSTY IN HERE OR SOMETHING? *sniff*

Everything I know about a good death I learned from my cat

theverge.com

Brett Szmajda

288 days ago

As usual, Harford's deft use of analogies brings out the complexities of the trade debate that is happening all over the world right now.

Remind me what was so great about trade?

timharford.com

Brett Szmajda

288 days ago

More politics, sorry. But this is downright chilling if true.

Is Steve Bannon the Second Most Powerful Man in the World?

time.com

Brett Szmajda

291 days ago

Behind the scenes insights into how the Trump administration are learning how to govern while the plane is already in the air. Great reporting from NYT: simultaneously fascinating and mortifying.

Trump and Staff Rethink Tactics After Stumbles

nytimes.com

Brett Szmajda

292 days ago

A good message to remember after the events of the last couple of weeks of Pres. Trump.

Weak and Incompetent Leaders act like Strong Leaders

tompepinsky.com

Brett Szmajda

301 days ago

Great primer if you're wondering about all this NAFTA talk that is dominating the news. (NAFTA being the North American Free Trade Agreement, a trade deal between the US, Canada and Mexico).

Will Trump Go After Nafta With Tweezers or a Hammer?

nytimes.com

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