“Ethics” is advertising – the article leisurely goes through some good ideas. Here are some summed up thoughts: 1) Signaling; important for the survival of organisms is communication about the qualities of an individual organism to others; all of the characteristics and behaviors of organisms transmit this information through various symbols; humans are no exception and our idiosyncratic behaviors both knowingly and unknowingly share information about who we are. 2) Taking a view of common behaviors through the lens of signalling we can understand that religion is an efficient symbol of ethics, philosophy, and virtues. We can also see that the point of advertising is not to persuade you to buy an object, but convince you that an object is a symbol of a certain wealth, philosophy, and personality. 3) The symbolism of various objects, ideas, and behaviors as signals changes over time, with occasionally dramatic societal consequences. 4) What something means is more important than what it is.
Computer Show – computing from the 1980s, today
Look at Me – we all have stories
Katrina Refrigerators – a cool wiki article
Apollo Missions – engenders a feeling of propinquity
Big 5 personality test – if you want another
George Boole Google logo – hopefully google will continue to become more abstract
Tomasz Alen Kopera is an illustrator. Dreaminess is another favorite of mine, reminds me of nebulae.
Haidinger’s brush – learn a new skill – like juggling
Cassini Images – if you’re in quick need of some minimalistic planetary beauty
List of megaprojects – this is what we have accomplished
Himawari-8 – Japanese weather satellite that photographs the earth every 10 minutes
INT – intelligence gathering
Bruce Riley paints. The whole and the details are two separately impressive parts; this is a close-up.
The question is whether civilization as we know it can survive a transformation from values laid down by a few (the elite) to a global auction offering different and often conflicting values and perceptions. With luck a kind of benign global civilization may emerge. The alternative is conflicts born out of values justifying violence and armed conflicts against those who think otherwise — the easy way.
A New Dark Age by Joergen Oerstroem Moeller
Guide to Dim Sum and Guide to Dumplings – hungering and informative
The Egg by Andy Weir – too chummy, but fine
Name of the Year – curated amazing names, including background on where each one came from. Some samples: Moses Regular, Win Thin, Joko Widodo, Dr. Wallop Promthong, Infinite Grover
Cloud Chamber – watch uranium decay in real time
Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal – update
Andy Gilmore – update