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Andy Brett

4 days ago

Most significant, the week after Trump signed his now unravelling travel ban, the Museum of Modern Art replaced seven works in its sacrosanct fifth-floor galleries—the domain of van Gogh, Picasso, and Pollock—with pieces by artists from three of the seven targeted Muslim-majority nations. Each is accompanied by an extended label that reads, “This work is by an artist from a nation whose citizens are being denied entry into the United States, according to a presidential executive order issued on Jan. 27, 2017. This is one of several such artworks from the Museum’s collection installed throughout the fifth-floor galleries to affirm the ideals of welcome and freedom as vital to this Museum as they are to the United States.”

New York Museums Signal Their Resistance to Trump

newyorker.com

Andy Brett

5 days ago

4chan: The Skeleton Key to the Rise of Trump

medium.com

Andy Brett

6 days ago

I'd rather be a pirate than join any navy but boy is this a fucked up navy.

Reflecting on one very, very strange year at Uber

susanjfowler.com

Andy Brett

17 days ago

In Lewis’s account, the relationship between Kahneman and Tversky was as intense as a marriage. As anyone who has been married knows, marriages can be fraught, and they sometimes dissolve entirely, rarely amicably. Tversky and Kahneman never got divorced, but they did start dating other people, and their relationship became strained.

The Two Friends Who Changed How We Think About How We Think

newyorker.com

Andy Brett

17 days ago

People close to both men, including Mr. Thaler and Ms. Tversky, say Mr. Lewis captured the intensity of their relationship and their individual quirks. Colleagues described how the pair would finish each other’s sentences and could often be heard cackling from behind an office door as they wrote dense academic papers. Mr. Tversky was the bold one who delighted in undermining well-established dogma within psychology. Mr. Kahneman was cautious, sensitive and deeply pessimistic.

From Michael Lewis, a Portrait of the Men Who Shaped ‘Moneyball’

nytimes.com

Andy Brett

17 days ago

The result will be a more fragmented and parochial kind of capitalism, and quite possibly a less efficient one—but also, perhaps, one with wider public support. And the infatuation with global companies will come to be seen as a passing episode in business history, rather than its end.

The retreat of the global company

economist.com

Andy Brett

17 days ago

The key to understanding ghost behavior is the concept of a target tile. The large majority of the time, each ghost has a specific tile that it is trying to reach, and its behavior revolves around trying to get to that tile from its current one. All of the ghosts use identical methods to travel towards their targets, but the different ghost personalities come about due to the individual way each ghost has of selecting its target tile.

Understanding Pac-Man Ghost Behavior

gameinternals.com

Andy Brett

19 days ago

One of several memorable lines in a great profile.

He is Apollo in drag as Dionysus.

Anthony Bourdain’s Moveable Feast

newyorker.com

Andy Brett

21 days ago

Everyone on the agency team had poured their hearts into this production. No detail went unchallenged. You’d be surprised how passionately people can debate the nature and volume level of the “space hum” heard in the background.

I hand-carried the final version of HAL to our regular marketing meeting, where Steve had his first viewing. To our delight, he loved it even more than the original storyboard. Kane’s voice, Coppos’s craftsmanship and just the right touch of space hum were a perfect combination.

The making of Apple’s HAL

kensegall.com

Andy Brett

25 days ago

The only data Signal retains is the phone number you register with and when you last logged into their server.

That is it.

Even with end-to-end encryption Big Brother is still in your phone: metadata

medium.freecodecamp.com

Andy Brett

25 days ago

The number of visitors to his center and inquiries dramatically increased over the last few years, especially among those in their 20s, 30s and 40s, who now account for 70 percent of the total.

Takahashi believes the trend reflects the collapse of the permanent employment system in Japan and an increase in the number of unstable jobs as simply working at big companies does not guarantee security and satisfaction anymore.

He added that more people are also opting to lead sustainable lives especially after the March 2011 reactor meltdowns, which laid bare the negative side of convenient and modern technology.

The slow life in rural Japan is converting more young people

japantimes.co.jp

Andy Brett

27 days ago

As Mrs. Dalloway walks, she does not merely perceive the city around her. Rather, she dips in and out of her past, remolding London into a highly textured mental landscape, “making it up, building it round one, tumbling it, creating it every moment afresh.”

Why Walking Helps Us Think

newyorker.com

Andy Brett

29 days ago

At the Toronto Marathon, he raced in 15-year-old shoes and a singlet that was 20 or 30 years old. He has no coach. He follows no special diet. He does not chart his mileage. He wears no heart-rate monitor. He takes no ice baths, gets no massages. He shovels snow in the winter and gardens in the summer but lifts no weights, does no situps or push-ups. He avoids stretching, except the day of a race. He takes no medication, only a supplement that may or may not help his knees.

85-Year-Old Marathoner Is So Fast That Even Scientists Marvel

nytimes.com

Andy Brett

29 days ago

Farmers don’t need to be scurrying around trying to wring every bushel of crop from every acre. Improving the quality of life for farmers today (which includes being able to actually pay themselves a wage, which is rare on many farms this year) will be better for everyone, including for our food system in the future. Diversifying farm businesses and helping farmers create businesses that not only support their families but could potentially employ others — that’s a path to sustainable rural communities, sustainable foodsheds, and a sustainable future.

The Future of Farming is Not Farming

shift.newco.co

Andy Brett

29 days ago

The idea is to cap the size of mega-cities, but achieve the agglomeration effect with the help of bullet trains. China reckons that the resulting network of large, but not oversize, cities will be easier to manage.

China has built the world’s largest bullet-train network

economist.com

Andy Brett

36 days ago

Giant sequoias are believed to be the largest living thing on Earth by volume.

The Death of the Tunnel Tree

newyorker.com

Andy Brett

36 days ago

I get just a hint of his politics, however, when we discuss the speed and energy with which China is developing and I suggest that some might find it all a bit scary. The word sets Gates off: “If all you care about is the US or the UK’s relative strength in the world, then it’s particularly scary,” he says laughing sarcastically. “In the US case, 1945 was our relative peak.” Since then, as he points out, other countries from Europe to Asia have rebuilt and become more prosperous, but, says Gates, “I guess I’m just not enough of a nationalist to see it all in negative terms.” On the contrary, Gates is excited by the things that a richer China could bring to the world. “I think it’s good that Chinese scientists are working on cancer drugs, because if my kid got cancer, I wouldn’t look at the label that says ‘made in China’. And, hopefully, we’ll get them working on some of these vaccines and also on energy.”

Lunch with the FT: Bill Gates

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Andy Brett

41 days ago

Our poll shows that the ideal family in Asia’s three largest countries (China, India and Indonesia) is now smaller than the ideal family in Britain or America.

The empty crib

economist.com

Andy Brett

49 days ago

The vast majority of Emirates’ passengers aren’t going to Dubai. Three in five fliers are connecting to somewhere else, and Dubai’s airport has been designed as a massive machine to facilitate their movements, a polished-stone fulcrum between Dar es Salaam and Guangzhou, Dallas and Dhaka. The bulk of flights arrive and depart in three “waves”: one from 2 to 4:30 a.m., another from 7 to 11 a.m., and a third from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Between those rushes the airport is eerily quiet, even in the operations center, the size of a hockey rink, where Emirates manages the flights.

Is Emirates Airline Running Out of Sky?

bloomberg.com

Andy Brett

56 days ago

The Chinook that returned this year were born in 2012, when the river “was running chocolate milk,” he said. During the demolition, few juveniles survived; there was nothing to do but wait for the water to clean itself. Two years on, the Elwha runs magnificently clear, a promising forecast for the fall runs of 2020.

New Life Along Washington State’s Elwha River

newyorker.com

Andy Brett

66 days ago

Patagonia’s Philosopher-King

newyorker.com

Andy Brett

69 days ago

At the end of the day we can sit back and admire our work – the completed article, the sealed deal, the functioning app – in the way that artisans once did, and those earning a middling wage in the sprawling service-sector no longer do.

Why do we work so hard?

1843magazine.com

Andy Brett

69 days ago

The first thing one notices about their design is that, despite its many intricacies and incidents, it is an imaginative whole. The controlling idea was that as soon as one entered the park, one was to forget the city. No elaborate formal gateways would tie the park to the surrounding city, nor would there be anything else that recalled the relentless gridded geometry of the New York street plan. Instead, the drives that led into the park curved at once to the side so that visitors quickly lost sight of the city. Even the park’s one formal feature, the quarter-mile-long mall that leads to Bethesda Terrace, was deliberately skewed at an angle so that it would not reprise the city grid.

The Genius of Winding Paths

firstthings.com

Andy Brett

70 days ago

How Not to Play the Game

thearchdruidreport.blogspot.com

Andy Brett

76 days ago

In 1966 an American family with one breadwinner working full time at an hourly wage could count on having a home, a car, three square meals a day, and the other ordinary necessities of life, with some left over for the occasional luxury. In 2016, an American family with one breadwinner working full time at an hourly wage is as likely as not to end up living on the street, and a vast number of people who would happily work full time even under those conditions can find only part-time or temporary work when they can find any jobs at all. The catastrophic impoverishment and immiseration of the American wage class is one of the most massive political facts of our time—and it’s also one of the most unmentionable

Donald Trump and the Politics of Resentment

thearchdruidreport.blogspot.com

Andy Brett

76 days ago

In December 2015, a student reacted angrily when I wondered if the average social-media-enthralled 17-year-old in 2015 might not possess the reading and writing proficiency of her 1965 counterpart. I was asking students if, as with the Newspeak-besieged citizens of Oceania in 1984, a struggle to unravel and communicate complex ideas could result in the gradual erosion of those ideas themselves. It’s just different now, not worse, the student said. With the bell, 10 minutes later, she breezed toward the door. Over her shoulder, she shouted, sprightly and confident, that classes shouldn’t have to read 1984. It was too long, too confusing, and too full of words no one used anymore. Nothing that has happened in the past 365 days has made me more afraid and emboldened than that.

Teaching 1984 in 2016

theatlantic.com

Andy Brett

78 days ago

For this 55-year-old, fell running is still a license to jump and slide, splash and fall. I can’t count the number of times I’ve gashed my knees over the years. What I can count is the number of running-related injuries I’ve suffered since I gave up road running entirely almost 15 years ago: none, aside from cuts and grazes. No strained muscles, no pulled ligaments.

I Get Knocked Down by the Hill, but I Get Up Again

nytimes.com

Andy Brett

78 days ago

From 1993-98 his need for silence drew him to Zen, to a monk’s life in a shack (with essential espresso machine) 6,500 feet up a mountain in California. There he wrote, smoked, shovelled snow, romped in his dreams with an immense cloudy woman, and came down, back to Boogie Street, convinced he had no gift for spiritual matters.

Raising the song

economist.com

Andy Brett

78 days ago

Happiness for the work resisters is not to be found in accumulating consumer goods and achieving power and prestige. It is instead to be found in simple, slower and largely private pursuits: cooking meals with family, reading books, maintaining their homes, achieving some degree of self-sufficiency in the production of food, cherishing a few precious purchased items, making gifts, and playing games in a fully engaged and present manner.

The Shame of Work

newramblerreview.com

Andy Brett

98 days ago

My final nominees for commanders of the robot armies are Chad and Brad.

Chad and Brad are not specific people. They're my mental shorthand for developers who are just trying to crush out some code out on deadline, and don't think about the wider consequences of their actions.

Who Will Command The Robot Armies?

idlewords.com

Andy Brett

108 days ago

Which is why, if you’re a Hillary supporter, in addition to this being a time for disappointment and frustration, it should also be a time for reflection. Half your country voted for Trump. Over 50 million people—people with kids and parents and jobs and dogs and calendars on their wall with piano lessons and doctors appointments and birthday parties written in the squares. Full, three-dimensional people who voted for what they hope will be a better future for themselves and their family.

It’s Going to Be Okay

waitbutwhy.com

Andy Brett

115 days ago

But again, strangely, this didn’t feel like another chapter in Cleveland sports misery.

Game 7

medium.com

Andy Brett

141 days ago

Not bad for eight years work

The way ahead

economist.com

Andy Brett

149 days ago

How do you test someone’s suitability for interplanetary travel and habitation? The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency, Roach reported, requires astronaut candidates to perform an origami test — they must make 1,000 tiny paper cranes to pass.

Wanted: Mars Explorers. Must Be Able To Tolerate Boredom And Play Nice With Others.

fivethirtyeight.com

Andy Brett

149 days ago

The destruction of the old Penn Station building in the 1960s has been called one of this country’s most egregious acts of public vandalism. We propose to right this wrong by using the original station’s subterranean platforms and infrastructure as the base for the new station.

Penn Station Reborn

nytimes.com

Andy Brett

150 days ago

So where do I sign?

SpaceX’s Big Fucking Rocket – The Full Story

waitbutwhy.com

Andy Brett

150 days ago

The result is that modern machine learning offers a choice among oracles: Would we like to know what will happen with high accuracy, or why something will happen, at the expense of accuracy?

Is Artificial Intelligence Permanently Inscrutable?

nautil.us

Andy Brett

151 days ago

When I asked him if it was okay that I get along with Ted Nugent, who has said many, many deeply offensive and hateful things about him personally, he responded “of course” — that that was exactly the sort of person we SHOULD be talking to: the people who disagree with us. He was oddly resigned to and forgiving of his enemies.

HANOI

medium.com

Andy Brett

151 days ago

Somehow, in that tiny space of the railway coach, food always tasted divine.

In India, A Rich Food Culture Vanishes From The Train Tracks

npr.org

Andy Brett

151 days ago

Between the Airpods and the Spectacles it feels like this month we're getting a peek at what will be normal in five years.

Lens Flair

500ish.com

Andy Brett

151 days ago

There’s another argument to be made, though, that those deeper connections are the easy ones. It’s the looser ties, the ones that have to be created or re-created at each meeting, that are tough. Life is largely lived among acquaintances and strangers. So many fall into problematic categories: some appear different or unapproachable, some we actively dislike, some we’ve failed to connect with in the past. What do we have to gain from even trying?

A lot, as it turns out.

Am I Introverted, or Just Rude?

nytimes.com

Andy Brett

152 days ago

First, within the liberal tent, they have dramatically raised expectations for just how far left our politics can move, while insulating many liberals from the harsh realities of political disagreement in a sprawling, 300-plus million person republic. Among millennials, especially, there’s a growing constituency for whom right-wing ideas are so alien or triggering, left-wing orthodoxy so pervasive and unquestioned, that supporting a candidate like Hillary Clinton looks like a needless form of compromise.

Clinton’s Samantha Bee Problem

nytimes.com

Andy Brett

153 days ago

These probes take the form of precisely calibrated attacks designed to determine exactly how well these companies can defend themselves, and what would be required to take them down. We don't know who is doing this, but it feels like a large nation state. China or Russia would be my first guesses.

Someone Is Learning How to Take Down the Internet

schneier.com

Andy Brett

156 days ago

I can confirm that beer is an excellent recovery tool.

This time, he capped each night with one or two beers and left from rest stops with rainbow-colored Spree candy, Three Musketeers chocolate bars and bacon in his pockets. To save time and keep his energy up, he typically slept less than seven hours a night and instead had an energy drink every 10 miles, downing about five a day. When on another day his support crew found him napping, they gave him a pint of ice cream for a boost.

mobile.nytimes.com

Andy Brett

164 days ago

What Maersk Line does in digitisation is likely to be followed by the rest of the industry in fairly short order. As an executive at one of Maersk Line’s rivals admits: “We just watch what Maersk does and copy it.” And although few shipping outfits have the resources to build ever bigger ships, even the smallest of them can learn to use data better. Data crunching alone will not save the industry from the current storm; that will require ships to be scrapped. But it may prepare it better for the next one.

Profits overboard

economist.com

Andy Brett

164 days ago

Abhorrent.

In second grade, he developed an antagonistic relationship with his teacher, who made him sit in the coat closet whenever he annoyed her. Eventually, the school transferred him to a special-education program. As he progressed through the grades, Woods says, instead of learning to read and write, he was given chores like collecting attendance slips and stacking milk in the cafeteria refrigerator. These tasks earned him mostly A’s and B’s. “Now, of course, I didn’t learn nothing,” he said. In high school, whenever a teacher asked him to read aloud, Woods would put his head on his desk in shame. “They say it takes a community to raise a child,” he told me. “It takes one to destroy a child, too.” Woods dropped out of school.

The Encyclopedia Reader

newyorker.com

Andy Brett

165 days ago

There is a long tradition of local residents supporting pilgrims by offering them alms, or o-settai, which can take the form of anything from candy to overnight lodgings. Opinions vary on their motivations but the old lady seemed to be in the market for blessings. She watched my penmanship carefully to make sure that I did not overwrite the character 吉, which others had told me to put on the piece of paper. It means “good fortune” — and one way to net some is to receive a pilgrim’s name slip.

Here is a sample of what I was given on the road: a cup of hot chocolate; a vitamin drink; a rice triangle; a cotton tissue holder; a night’s accommodation in an abandoned bus; a caramel wafer biscuit; a glass of beer; a bread cake filled with melon jam; and two bottles of iced tea from a hotel receptionist who also found a bungee cord so that I could strap them to my bike.

A journey along Japan’s oldest pilgrimage route

ft.com

Andy Brett

165 days ago

Hadn't heard of Stripe doing this but it's very exciting. "Any entrepreneur worldwide could have a corporate entity and a bank account spun up about as easily as they could get an EC2 server."

Patrick describes the success case for Atlas as being visible in global macroeconomic indicators, which is crazy.

I’m Joining Stripe to Work on Atlas

kalzumeus.com

Andy Brett

168 days ago

One of the recurring themes of September 11th is how much of the initial reporting was wrong. I keep that in mind every day now as I watch President Obama and world events. In normal situations, there are many ranks and many filters in government, so that only that which is proven and vital reaches the president. All of that broke down on 9/11. No one in the security apparatus wanted to be negligent in not passing things along. The media was part of that too. All those filters broke down.

‘We’re the Only Plane in the Sky’

politico.com

Andy Brett

171 days ago

David Chang’s

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