Newsletter 286


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]Don't Bet On The Joys Of Pokies
    Links:
      1. http://b.rw/hG392L

Greg Jericho | Drum (Australia) | 13 April 2011

Poker machines, that is—or slot machines to Americans, fruit machines to
  Brits. They can swallow A$1,200 an hour. Ex-casino blackjack dealer reckons
  they're the most pernicious and least entertaining game in the house
  [2]Comments
    Links:
      2. http://thebrowser.com/articles/dont-bet-joys-pokies

[3]Evolutionary Analysis Shows Languages Obey Few Ordering Rules
    Links:
      3. http://b.rw/feEdnK

John Timmer | Ars Technica | 14 April 2011

Was Chomsky wrong? New comparative study of hundreds of languages questions
  his universal language theory and suggests that "cultural evolution is the
  primary factor that determines linguistic structure", not grammatical
  universals [4]Comments
    Links:
      4. http://thebrowser.com/articles/evolutionary-analysis-shows-languages-obey-few-ordering-rules

[5]The Man Behind The Curtain
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/dMokbl

Tony Rothman | American Scientist | 15 April 2011

Physics is most fundamental of all sciences - conceptually compelling and
  beautiful. Or is it? "The subject is presented as one of completeness while
  the holes—let us say abysses—are planked over in order to camouflage the
  danger" [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/man-behind-curtain

[7]What Lucky People Do Differently
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/gGtZbb

Jonathan Fields | Jonathan Fields Blog | 11 April 2011

Exceptional short post looking at what separates the lucky from the unlucky,
  via an appreciation of Steve Jobs. Key point: "unlucky people miss chance
  opportunities because they are too focused on looking for something else"
  [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/what-lucky-people-do-differently

[9]What Great Births You Have Witnessed
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/gRbXap

Mark Twain | Letters Of Note | 12 April 2011

Transcript of letter from Twain to Walt Whitman on his 70th birthday,
  celebrating human endeavour. "You have lived just the seventy years which
  are greatest in the world's history & richest in benefit & advancement to
  its peoples" [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/what-great-births-you-have-witnessed

[11]Innovation, Espionage, and Chinese Technology Policy
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/hRw4XH

Adam Segal | CFR | 15 April 2011

Testimony to Foreign Affairs Subcommittee (PDF) on China's attempts to
  acquire advanced tech via espionage. Primary driver? "Failure to protect
  intellectual property rights in the Chinese market leads to massive theft
  and piracy" [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/innovation-espionage-and-chinese-technology-policy

FiveBooks Interview

[13]Jila Dana-Haeri and Shahrzad Ghorashian on Persian Cookery
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/jila-dana-haeri-and-shahrzad-ghorashian-on-persian-cookery

Cookbook  authors  describe  their favourite Persian treats, including
  mouth-watering lattice window syrup cakes and rice with saffron and morello
  cherries

Featured Topic

[14]Poetry
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/topics/poetry

From poets on poetry and lives of the great poets, to fact-checking verse
  and Google Voice as poetry ... something for the bard in us all

Reader Recommendations

@bobtrev  Tagging  along with Boris. A good read on the #London mayor.
  [15]gu.com/p/2zcj2/ip [16]#browsings
    Links:
      15. http://gu.com/p/2zcj2/ip
      16. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings

Book of the Day

[17]The Afterlife is Where We Come From by Alma Gottlieb
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/afterlife-where-we-come-by-alma-gottlieb

[18]Alison Gopnik says: “This book is a beautiful and moving account of the
  relationships between the mothers and children in this community and how
  close they are, even when childhood is endangered.”
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/alison-gopnik-on-children-and-their-minds

Quote of the Day

[19]Amy Knight, on Russia
    Links:
      19. http://www.nybooks.com/blogs/nyrblog/2011/apr/14/russia-opposition-putin-corruption

"In a new poll conducted by the Russian Public Opinion Research Center, 61
    percent of respondents said they take no interest in politics or public
    life, up from 39 percent in 2007"

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