Newsletter 191


Hic sunt camelopardus: this historical edition of The Browser is presented for archaeological purposes; links and formatting may be broken.

[1]How To Build A Backyard Ice Rink
    Links:
      1. http://b.rw/fCjmUE

Larry Webster | Popular Mechanics | 27 December 2010

You are going to need 175 linear feet of lumber, 25 metal stakes and a 50 x
  100-foot plastic liner. Plus a large, flat piece of ground, a gradient
  measuring device, hot chocolate, donuts, and help from half the
  neighbourhood

[2]Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hours
    Links:
      2. http://b.rw/hLxxBc

David Barstow et al | NYT | 25 December 2010

Epic investigation of BP rig blowout. Crew training inadequate. Systems too
  complex. "Every one of the Horizon’s defences failed. Some were deployed but
  did not work. Some were activated too late. Some were never deployed at
  all".

[3]Sweet Revolution
    Links:
      3. http://b.rw/gc03bw

Adam Gopnik | New Yorker | 27 December 2010

On the science and architecture of the modern pudding. But mainly an excuse
  for going to see what Ferran and Albert Adria have been up to lately in El
  Bulli. And to meet their neighbour, the "young Mozart of pastry", Jordi Roca

[4]If The FCC Had Regulated The Internet
    Links:
      4. http://b.rw/eJOKoy

Jack Shafer | Slate | 23 December 2010

Counterfactual history. Delightful, ingenious. "We can't have the online
  industry pushing out beta software on customers willy-nilly. Such software
  could interfere with other users' computers, or crash the whole online
  world"
              [5]View full selection
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      5. http://thebrowser.com/best

Today's FiveBooks Interview

[6]M C Beaton on =COSY MYSTERIES=
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/m-c-beaton-on-cosy-mysteries

North Scotland is wonderful countryside, a marvellous setting for a murder.
  The  wind just screams from horizon to horizon – it’s like living in a
  speeded-up nature film. You open up the kitchen door and catch a passing
  sheep… [7]Continue reading…
    Links:
      7. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/m-c-beaton-on-cosy-mysteries

Topic

[8]Relationships
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/topics/relationships

Everything you always wanted to know (but were afraid to ask), includes
  interviews with psychology and relationship experts from Mira Kirshenbaum to
  Kate Figes and articles that cover the myriad of human complexities
  [9]Continue reading…
    Links:
      9. http://thebrowser.com/topics/relationships

Book of the Day

[10]Scoop
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/scoop-by-evelyn-waugh

-by Evelyn Waugh -

I think it is the best description of a foreign correspondent’s career, and
  I doubt it will ever be bettered. It’s still very relevant to this rather
  ridiculous life. When I was covering the early days of the Congo, a group of
  us were there, maybe five or six correspondents, and somebody had a battered
  copy of Scoop that we passed around. It just read straight – the life we
  were living was hardly exaggerated.

[11]More recommendations…
    Links:
      11. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks

Browsings

[12]polit2k P2P Banking cuts out the middleman | Bankers' bonuses: don't get
  mad – get even – Telegraph Blogs [13]t.co/UX9slfp
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