Best of the Week
I Got A Blank Book To Top Amazon Charts
Shed Simove | Real Business | 11 April 2011
By the author (if that is the right word) of "What Every Man Thinks About
Apart From Sex". Every page of this self-published book is completely and
utterly blank, yet it has become a best-seller on Amazon. Herewith the
secret sauce Comments
But First ...
Scott Adams | Dilbert | 14 April 2011
On filing for taxes, and other dealings with bureaucracy. "I could hire a
business manager to handle that stuff. But no one in his right mind would
take on such an ugly job unless he was planning to do some serious
The Bugger, Bugged
Hugh Grant | New Statesman | 12 April 2011
A real gem. Hugh Grant turns investigative journalist to unravel the
mysteries of the News International mobile hacking saga. Unexpectedly
fascinating read from start to finish. Thanks to @polit2k for this great
Tipping: An Excuse For Slavery?
John Birmingham | Brisbane Times | 14 April 2011
Model of how to write short, sharp newspaper column. A simple question, a
strong writing style, some anecdotal evidence. "That rest room, it was a
marvel. If it was a person I’d say it’d been scrubbed until its bellybutton
Are You Following A Bot?
Andy Isaacson | Atlantic | 15 April 2011
Three teams produce competing "social bots" (fake users) to infiltrate
Twitter. Think of it like a Turing Test for Twitter. Result? Fake users gain
lots of followers and become trusted sources. Worrying implications all
Bridgewater's Billion-Dollar Aphorisms
Kevin Roose | New York | 10 April 2011
Meet Bridgewater Associates, $94bn hedge fund that feels like a cult.
Employee manual "reads as if Ayn Rand and Deepak Chopra had collaborated on
a line of fortune cookies". They're clean, they're weird, they make tons of
Timothy Garton Ash on The History of the Present
Historian and journalist Timothy Garton Ash describes the "mongrel genre"
between reportage and scholarship and says using the historian’s tools to
analyse the present is a vital undertaking
In-depth primer for both the expert and the amateur. Experts interviewed
include Eichengreen, Barro and Rodrik. Wide range of hand-picked background
Book of the Day
How to Read the Bible by James L Kugel
James Carroll says: “Even in this secular age, the Bible is a pillar of
the Western imagination.”
Video of the Day
YouTube Copyright School
YouTube users who post copyright stuff will henceforth have to watch this
video. Luckily, it's a fun video
Quote of the Day
Thucydides, on the military
"The society that separates its scholars from its warriors will have its
thinking done by cowards and its fighting by fools"
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