Newsletter 284


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

Best of the Week

[1]I Got A Blank Book To Top Amazon Charts
    Links:
      1. http://b.rw/eY6vr6

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 [2]Comments
    Links:
      2. http://thebrowser.com/articles/i-got-blank-book-top-amazon-charts

[3]But First ...
    Links:
      3. http://b.rw/hGfOQv

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
  embezzling" [4]Comments
    Links:
      4. http://thebrowser.com/articles/first

[5]The Bugger, Bugged
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/eb9w7t

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
  spot [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/bugger-bugged

[7]Tipping: An Excuse For Slavery?
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/fWsv4W

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
  shined" [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/tipping-excuse-slavery

[9]Are You Following A Bot?
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/fv4u84

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
  round [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/are-you-following-bot

[11]Bridgewater's Billion-Dollar Aphorisms
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/eM9pHH

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
  money [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/bridgewaters-billion-dollar-aphorisms

FiveBooks Interview

[13]Timothy Garton Ash on The History of the Present
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/timothy-garton-ash-on-history-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

Featured Topic

[14]Financial Crisis
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/topics/financial-crisis

In-depth primer for both the expert and the amateur. Experts interviewed
  include Eichengreen, Barro and Rodrik. Wide range of hand-picked background
  articles

Reader Recommendations

@ed_corn WSJ on 21st C rebels: Libyans hijacking Gadhafi’s kit to set up
  their own mobile network #libya #browsings on.wsj.com/gNWfqp [15]#browsings
    Links:
      15. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings

Book of the Day

[16]How to Read the Bible by James L Kugel
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/how-read-bible-by-james-l-kugel

[17]James Carroll says: “Even in this secular age, the Bible is a pillar of
  the Western imagination.”
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/james-carroll-on-jerusalem-city-peace

Video of the Day

[18]YouTube Copyright School
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/videos/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

[19]Thucydides, on the military
    Links:
      19. http://www.azarask.in/blog/post/be-a-designer

"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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