Archive for the ‘waxy’ tag

#  At War with the Chatbots →

February 16th, 2011 at 9:33 // In Worth Reading 

Brian Christian tells the story of his battle to beat out computers and people to come out of a Turing Test as “most human.” Along the way he shares some interesting thoughts about what it means to be human. Highly recommended.

(via Andy Baio)

#  Games for a Better World →

March 27th, 2010 at 11:29 // In Worth Considering 

There’s a lot that feels hand-wavy and half-baked to me in this talk from Jane McGonigal, but I like the basic idea that we should seek to merge what’s successful about virtual problem solving (or “games”) with real world problems.

(via Waxy)

#  How Scurvy Made a Comeback →

March 9th, 2010 at 16:27 // In Worth Reading 

An amateur historian takes on this mystery:

But here was a Royal Navy surgeon in 1911 apparently ignorant of what caused the disease, or how to cure it. Somehow a highly-trained group of scientists at the start of the 20th century knew less about scurvy than the average sea captain in Napoleonic times. Scott left a base abundantly stocked with fresh meat, fruits, apples, and lime juice, and headed out on the ice for five months with no protection against scurvy, all the while confident he was not at risk. What happened?

(via Waxy Links)

#  Your Beliefs Will Appall Future Generations →

May 18th, 2009 at 20:44 // In Worth Considering 

Phil Dingra pulls some of the most interesting ideas generated from a great Reddit discussion about what beliefs history will find laughable or abhorrent.

(via Waxy)

#  Shirky on Newspapers →

March 14th, 2009 at 14:31 // In Worth Reading 

Shirky should be required and regular reading for anyone involved in the transmission of ideas. His latest has a number of good lines. A severely pruned list of the quotes I pulled from it:

“When a 14 year old kid can blow up your business in his spare time, not because he hates you but because he loves you, then you got a problem.”

…the core problem publishing solves — the incredible difficulty, complexity, and expense of making something available to the public — has stopped being a problem.

The newspaper people often note that newspapers benefit society as a whole. This is true, but irrelevant to the problem at hand; “You’re gonna miss us when we’re gone!” has never been much of a business model.

(via Waxy)

#  The Resolute Desk →

January 28th, 2009 at 20:20 // In Worth Reading 

Andy Biao describes felix’s post as a “Metafilter’s history of” the central feature of the Oval Office. The description seems just about perfect.

#  Tilt-Shift Video

October 5th, 2008 at 11:28 // In Worth Seeing 

Though I find the effect less interesting than in stills, Keith Loutit’s tilt-shift time-lapse videos from around Sydney are pretty awesome.

#  2001 Google →

September 30th, 2008 at 20:29 // In Worth Distraction 

For a limited time only, you can Google like it’s January 2001. Andy Baio points to a few drastically different searches:

9/11, YouTube, Sarah Palin, or this [his] blog

#  American Internets →

August 14th, 2008 at 18:06 // In Worth Seeing 

Andrew Chen used Google Insights to put together a pretty interesting comparison of what (web 2.0-y) internet sites are most popular in which US states.

(via Waxy)

#  Unmasking Banksy →

July 14th, 2008 at 21:46 // In Worth Knowing 

The Daily Mail believes it has discovered the identity of the famous and anonymous graffiti artist:

It is hard to imagine Banksy, the anti-authoritarian renegade, as a public schoolboy wandering around the 17th Century former monastery, with its upper and lower quadrangles and its prayers in the ancient cathedral.

But we then found a school photograph, taken in 1989, of a bespectacled Robin Gunningham in which he shows a discernible resemblance to the man in the Jamaica photograph.

Indeed, fellow pupils remember Robin, who was in Deans House, as being a particularly gifted artist.

But to that first quoted paragraph I must say: no, it’s really quite easy.

(via Waxy)