Newsletter 253


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

[1]Freaks, Geeks, GDP
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      1. http://b.rw/i4lX4C

Annie Lowrey | Slate | 8 March 2011

Great innovations—railways, cars, penicillin—drove American growth last
  century. Why hasn't the internet done the same? Partly because it pushes
  wages and prices down. Partly because GDP is bad at measuring intangible
  benefits

[2]The Ashtray: Hippasus Of Metapontum
    Links:
      2. http://b.rw/fZzfki

Errol Morris | NYT | 8 March 2011

Not an easy one to pigeonhole. Film-maker's essay on philosophy of Thomas
  Kuhne, which digresses into an exploration of Greek mathematics and the
  putative murder of the discoverer of irrational numbers. Weirdly compelling

[3]Dead Author Breeds Big Business
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      3. http://b.rw/gRDqmH

David Freedlander | New York Observer | 8 March 2011

David Foster Wallace's reputation was waning when he committed suicide in
  2008. But in death his stature has grown—from cult figure to great writer.
  PhD theses, conferences, critical works are multiplying. Is he the new James
  Joyce?

[4]People Don't Know When They Are Lying To Themselves
    Links:
      4. http://b.rw/hztP1M

Ed Yong | Not Exactly Rocket Science | 7 March 2011

Interesting new research on cheating hints that we should view humans as
  rationalising rather than rational animals. In many instances "cheaters not
  only deceive themselves, but are largely oblivious to their own lies"

[5]Learning To Love New Media
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/e8KeKk

James Fallows | Atlantic | 8 March 2011

Reflective essay on erosion of traditional media, rise of populist media. We
  may not like Gawker or Fox News but we have to live with them. Besides,
  media in permanent flux. Something new, and different again, will be along
  soon

[6]Anatomy Of A Crushing
    Links:
      6. http://b.rw/eUW0jS

Maciej Ceglowski | Pinboard Blog | 8 March 2011

When Yahoo hinted that Delicious might fold, subscribers immediately flooded
  to tiny rival Pinboard. Here's how it felt from Pinboard's side when the
  tidal wave hit. If you run a website, this will enthrall you. If not, then
  not

Today's FiveBooks Interview

[7]Andrew Sarris on =FILM CRITICISM=
    Links:
      7. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/andrew-sarris-on-film-criticism

Legendary American critic sounds off on auteurism, his own career and the
  value of the traditional film-writing canon over Internet innovations such
  as IMDB [8]Continue reading…
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/andrew-sarris-on-film-criticism

Topic

[9]Relationships
    Links:
      9. 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
  [10]Continue reading…
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/topics/relationships

Book of the Day

[11]Time Travel in Einstein's Universe
    Links:
      11. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/time-travel-einsteins-universe-by-richard-gott

-by Richard Gott -

_[12]David Goldberg says:_ “That is a book that I really enjoyed, written by
  a friend of mine who was influential in my education.”
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/david-goldberg-on-cosmology

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

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  [17]More user recommended #browsings…
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