Newsletter 421


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]The Non-Scenic Route To The Place We’re Going Anyway
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/p2usRz

John Lanchester | LRB | 1 September 2011

Would that we were like Belgium, the country of no government where growth
  has remained relatively robust. Instead we, the West, are on course for a
  decade of hard times and widely shared economic pain. Is there another way?
  [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/non-scenic-route-place-we’re-going-anyway

[7]Syria's Sons Of No One
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/pP8IhL

Anthony Shadid | NYT | 31 August 2011

Detailed and gripping account of life with Syrian resistance. From firing
  onions at security forces, they've gone past point of no return. "If we
  don’t get rid of him, they’re going to come back at us with everything they
  have" [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/syrias-sons-no-one

[9]Ten Things Everyone Should Know About Time
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/n2DI2L

Sean Carroll | Cosmic Variance | 1 September 2011

Each one a cracker. "Time" is the most used noun in our language but it's
  still a mystery. Oddly, we all live in the past – about 80 milliseconds
  back. Stranger still, if we couldn't manipulate time, we couldn't have
  consciousness [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/ten-things-everyone-should-know-about-time

[11]Doubling In The Middle
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/qK3t1q

Gregory Kornbluh | Believer | 1 September 2011

Profile of Barry Duncan, self-proclaimed master palindromist. A strange man
  obsessed with reversing vocabulary, he writes hundreds of palindromes each
  day, some as long as 400 words. Hates "doubling in the middle". Loves the
  "3LVS" [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/doubling-middle

[13]How AT&T Conquered The 20th Century
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/pC9DB6

Matthew Lasar | Ars Technica | 1 September 2011

Lots to enjoy in this history of AT&T's stellar growth and monopolisation of
  American telephony market. Not least its immortal early advice on phone
  etiquette: "Speak directly into mouthpiece, keeping moustache out of the
  opening" [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-att-conquered-20th-century

[15]The Towns Italy Forgot
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/rtjOgY

Miriam Murphy | National Geographic | 7 August 2011

Charming piece of travel writing. On the novel hotel concept "albergo
  diffuso" that is breathing new life into many of Italy's abandoned hill
  towns. "Visitors become part of the community—even, at times, the community"
  [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/towns-italy-forgot

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Lloyd Gardner on Egypt and America
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/lloyd-gardner-on-egypt-and-america

The historian reflects on the past 60 years of American involvement in Egypt
  and  tells  us,  after the Arab Spring, what may make the coming years
  different [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/lloyd-gardner-on-egypt-and-america

Featured Topic

[19]Cooking
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/topics/cooking

If  cooking is your thing, or you want it to be, this is for you. From
  interviews with top chefs to articles that range from the perfect appliance,
  to food for athletes, to what's in your cappuccino, it's all here. Enjoy
  [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/topics/cooking

Reader Recommendations

_@polit2k_  MT _@umairh_: lol excellent. RT _@EmanuelDerman_: The Privileges
  of  Masters  of  the  Universe,  a  la Stendhal [21]t.co/YCFkagv _#gfc2_
  [22]#browsings [23]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://t.co/YCFkagv
      22. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      23. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[24]Book of the Day
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/moonwalking-einstein-art-and-science-remembering-everything-by-joshua-foer

[25]Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/moonwalking-einstein-art-and-science-remembering-everything-by-joshua-foer

[26]Deborah Blum says: “Foer asks the really interesting philosophical
  question, which is, are we defined by what we remember?” [27]FiveBooks
  Archive
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/deborah-blum-on-science-society
      27. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[28]General Mills Fruit Snacks
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/videos/general-mills-fruit-snacks

Does this make you want to buy fruit snacks? If so, you are in urgent need
  of counselling [29]More videos
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[30]Immanuel Kant, on betting
    Links:
      30. http://kenfeinstein.blogspot.com/2011/01/kant-on-betting-and-prediction-markets.html

Often someone pronounces his propositions with such defiance that he seems
    to have laid aside all concern for error. A bet disconcerts him. He
    reveals that he is persuaded enough for one ducat but not for ten

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

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