Dinner Time

, , , , , , on March 28, 2015

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

How Doctors Die – End of Life Care

, on December 5, 2011

Article by Ken Murray.
[via MetaFilter]

What Do a Bunch of Old Jews Know About Living Forever?

, , on November 13, 2011

The world’s oldest stockbroker, he first went to work on Wall Street in 1928. “This was before the Depression,” he says, then specifies which depression, as if I might confuse it with the one in the 1890s.

New York article by Jesse Green.
[via reddit]

Steve Jobs

, on October 6, 2011

We have been finding out just how far Steve Jobs’ influence reached, and it is quite incredible.
There are plenty of tributes and quotes elsewhere, but I like reading personal accounts like this short memoir by Wolfram. An older expose by a Robert X. Cringely is also good.
Jobs’ 2005 Stanford commencement speech is excellent, if impossible.
Jobs’ official biography is to be released October 24th.
Looking at the other side of the coin, the comments in this slashdot article explore the negative aspects of Jobs’ influence and how people reacted to his death.

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