Newsletter 332


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[1]Open Hearted
    Links:
      1. http://b.rw/mdfcgn

Ronald Aronson | New Humanist | 1 June 2011

Atheist has life-saving operation. Confesses that "my experience of
  open-heart surgery generated a powerful sense of dependency on forces beyond
  myself and of being part of a meaningful wider universe". But not one with
  God in it [2]Comments
    Links:
      2. http://thebrowser.com/articles/open-hearted

[3]The Making Of Diaspora
    Links:
      3. http://b.rw/jUCITX

Ariel Bleicher | IEEE Spectrum | 1 June 2011

Four young coders are trying to change social media forever. Their vision?
  Users set a preferred networking provider but can still interact with
  friends using other services. Could this "federated social web" destroy
  Facebook? [4]Comments
    Links:
      4. http://thebrowser.com/articles/making-diaspora

[5]The Orchestra
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/lETVmy

George Prochnik | Cabinet | 1 June 2011

An essay on sirens. From the kind that waylaid Odysseus to the kind put on
  police cars. Common thread: They aim to get people's attention. Latest
  police siren, "the Rumbler", uses low frequencies to physically shake nearby
  cars [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/orchestra

[7]On The Run, Mladic's World Slowly Shrank
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/k7XJvh

Adam Tanner | Reuters | 2 June 2011

"He asked us to kill him if someone tried to arrest him. He always had a
  loaded pistol on him. He also had a hand grenade at some point, but asked us
  to dispose of it as it was highly unsafe to carry a piece of live ordnance
  around" [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/run-mladics-world-slowly-shrank

[9]Life, The Universe And Everything
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/lxHnN6

Stewart Brand | European | 30 May 2011

Wonderful, wide-ranging interview with Stewart Brand, biologist and
  environmental activist. Addresses how and why humans are becoming less
  violent, whether there is a future for nuclear power, benefits of technical
  innovation [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/life-universe-and-everything

[11]Short History Of The Campsite
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/jtNXqq

Martin Hogue | Design Observer | 31 May 2011

"Modern sites embody a peculiar contradiction: They are defined and serviced
  by an increasingly sophisticated range of utilities and conveniences, and
  yet marketed to perpetuate the cherished American ideal of the backwoods
  camp" [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/short-history-campsite

FiveBooks Interview

[13]Joseph Nye on Global Power
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/joseph-nye-on-global-power

The Harvard academic talks about changing power in the 21st century – and
  how whose story wins matters as much as whose army wins

Featured Topic

[14]Relationships
    Links:
      14. 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

Reader Recommendations

_@billallison_   RT   _@TheAmScho_:  Blue-Collar  Brilliance-  Questioning
  assumptions    about    intelligence,    work    and   social   class.
  [15]tinyurl.com/3qqupwx [16]#browsings
    Links:
      15. http://tinyurl.com/3qqupwx
      16. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings

Book of the Day

[17]Futebol: The Brazilian Way of Life by Alex Bellos
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/futebol-brazilian-way-life-by-alex-bellos

[18]Steve Bloomfield says: "It’s a magical, magical book. It tells the story
  of the whole country by telling the story of its football"
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/steve-bloomfield-on-world-football

Video of the Day

[19]The Museum Of Me
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/videos/museum-me

Very pretty. But also a bit creepy. Like watching your own funeral

Quote of the Day

[20]Matt Yglesias, on US healthcare
    Links:
      20. http://www.interfluidity.com/v2/1272.html

"Any effort to reduce government spending on health care for the elderly
    is intolerable socialism, and any effort to increase government spending
    on health care for the non-elderly is also intolerable socialism"

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