Newsletter 410


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

[1]The Browser
    Links:
      1. http://thebrowser.com

[5]Out Of Control
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/qfcYSk

Anonymous | Spiegel | 22 August 2011

Excellent, detailed report on destructive power of financial institutions.
  Markets are in turmoil. Banks are taking incalculable risks again. Failure
  to implement effective regulation leaves just one possibility. Yet another
  crash [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/out-control

[7]The Billionaire King Of Techtopia
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/n7EkyC

Jonathan Miles | Details | 12 August 2011

Profile of Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal, angel investor in Facebook.
  Champion of "seasteading": Building new sovereign city-states on
  oil-rig-type platforms in international waters. "The next frontier is
  start-up countries" [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/billionaire-king-techtopia-0

[9]Dog Days Of The Soviet Union
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/ovdpcE

Rodric Braithwaite | OD Russia | 19 August 2011

Diary of British ambassador during 1991 putsch. Compelling. "It turns out
  the following day that the Prime Minister wants to telephone Gorbachev when
  he gets back, and the Cabinet Office have lost the number of the hot line"
  [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/dog-days-soviet-union

[11]The Illusion Of Asymmetric Insight
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/p199zR

David McRaney | You Are Not So Smart | 21 August 2011

Fascinating essay on identity: "You see yourself in a game of self-deluded
  poker and assume you are impossible to read while everyone else has obvious
  tells. The truth is, you are succumbing to the illusion of asymmetric
  insight" [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/illusion-asymmetric-insight

[13]Charles Proteus Steinmetz, The Wizard Of Schenectady
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/nwlt4h

Gilbert King | Smithsonian | 16 August 2011

"He stood just four feet tall, his body contorted by a hump in his back and
  a crooked gait." A dwarf among men. But a giant among mathematicians.
  Changed electrical engineering forever. Penned legendary invoice to Henry
  Ford [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/charles-proteus-steinmetz-wizard-schenectady

[15]Remarkable Rise Of Greek Yogurt
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/oXK0xU

Margy Slattery | New Republic | 13 August 2011

Sales in US have grown 20-fold in five years. Consumers should thank Kostas
  Mastoras, owner of Titan Greek food market in Queens, New York, who
  travelled home to Greece in 1988 and brought a small shipment back for his
  shelves [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/remarkable-rise-greek-yogurt

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Jason Burke on Islamic Militancy
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/jason-burke-on-islamic-militancy

The author of an acclaimed book on Al-Qaeda tells us what he learnt about
  militants when he was caught in a firefight in Iraq, and suggests what we
  should read to understand their motivations [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/jason-burke-on-islamic-militancy

Featured Topic

[19]Film
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/topics/film

What do film directors read? Is screenwriting literature? What are the best
  Indian films? Is there fame in film subtitling? Our experts and editors have
  the answers. For the film buff who browses ... [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/topics/film

Reader Recommendations

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  The Rumbler [21]t.co/43JVlGK [22]#browsings
    Links:
      21. http://t.co/43JVlGK
      22. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings

[23]More like this
    Links:
      23. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[24]Book of the Day
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/algeria-by-martin-evans-and-john-phillips

[25]Algeria by Martin Evans and John Phillips
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/algeria-by-martin-evans-and-john-phillips

[26]Marc  Lynch says: “For people who think [the uprising] came out of
  nowhere, if you read this historical study you’ll be disabused of that view
  very quickly”
  [27]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/marc-lynch-on-origins-arab-uprising
      27. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[28]Wireless Data From Every Light Bulb
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/videos/wireless-data-every-light-bulb

Increasing levels of data strain broadband services. So, here's a clever way
  to send data through a lightbulb instead
  [29]More videos
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[30]Jonathan Haidt, on human nature
    Links:
      30. http://righteousmind.com

"Human beings are 90% chimp and 10% bee"

[31]More quotes
    Links:
      31. http://thebrowser.com/quotations

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