Newsletter 199


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

[1]Man Of Mystery
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Joan Acocella | New Yorker | 3 January 2011

Stieg Larsson smoked three packs a day, lived on hamburgers, and worked
  around the clock. His Millennium Trilogy was a powerful piece of detective
  fiction—but no more than that. Why has it been such an international
  best-seller?

[2]Haiti's Reconstruction Hell
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      2. http://b.rw/gRiUpw

Mac McClelland | Mother Jones | 3 January 2011

Vivid, depressing, horrific report. Eight months after the earthquake, Haiti
  is out of the headlines, life for the victims goes on getting worse. A
  million live in tent cities "where rape gangs and disaster profiteers roam"

[3]The Dubai Job
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      3. http://b.rw/hcyVw9

Ronen Bergman | GQ | 4 January 2011

How Mossad killed top Hamas official Mahmoud Al-Mabhouh in Dubai a year ago.
  Epic story sourced from Dubai's chief of police. Much cloak-and-dagger
  detail, including wigs, lock-picking, forged passports, undetectable poisons

[4]How To Pick The Perfect Brand-Name
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      4. http://b.rw/ff6XqZ

Dan & Chip Heath | Fast Company | 3 January 2011

Behind the scenes at Lexicon, naming consultants. Creations include
  BlackBerry, Dasani, Febreze, OnStar, Pentium, Scion, and Swiffer. Case-study
  here: branding a portable toothbrush for Colgate. Prepare to brush with "The
  Wisp"
  [5]View full selection
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Today's FiveBooks Interview

[6]Renata Salecl on =MODERN MISERY=
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      6. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/renata-salecl-on-modern-misery

The Slovenian philosophy professor decries the tyranny of choice and says we
  now expect long life, a beautiful body, sexual and job satisfaction. The
  illusion  that we can perfect ourselves dooms us to failure and misery
  [7]Continue reading…
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      7. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/renata-salecl-on-modern-misery

Topic

[8]Climate Change
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      8. http://thebrowser.com/topics/climate-change-0

Want to know how our planet is faring? Access the definitive reading list on
  climate change, as recommended by Jonathan Porritt and others, and read
  articles that will get you past the smoke and mirrors of Climategate
  [9]Continue reading…
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      9. http://thebrowser.com/topics/climate-change-0

Book of the Day

[10]Breath
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/breath-by-tim-winton

-by Tim Winton -

It’s a novel about a teenager who becomes obsessed with surfing. What’s
  interesting are the descriptions of the surfing. It’s the most wonderful
  description of coming to the edge, searching for ever new extremes, coming
  to the point of death, and then at the last second avoiding it. I chose it
  because it picks apart our search for enjoyment in today’s society, and
  shows how that is often linked to near-death experiences.

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

Browsings

[12]polit2k iPhone = Mac 2.0 | Apple has close to half of all smartphone
  profits, Mac has 90% share in $1k+ segment. [13]t.co/qqsit7V #browsings
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