Newsletter 454


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]Steve Jobs
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/pIdQ8W

Stephen Fry | Stephen Fry | 6 October 2011

"The charisma, passion, delight in detail, excitement and belief in the
  creation of a new future—the sheer magnetic force of the man—made his many
  faults a forgivable and almost loveable part of his mystique and greatness"
  [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/steve-jobs

[7]Dark Energy FAQ
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/nkamMj

Sean Carroll | Cosmic Variance | 4 October 2011

Everything you need to know about dark energy. How do we know it exists?
  What might it actually be? What is the "coincidence problem"? All this and
  more explained in clear, easy to grasp fashion. Even for the non-scientist
  [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/dark-energy-faq

[9]The 4 Trillion Euro Fantasy
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/opSdt9

Peter Boone & Simon Johnson | Baseline Scenario | 6 October 2011

Would a fund of such magnitude stabilise the eurozone crisis? Would the
  markets be "awed into submission"? This analysis argues not. More is
  required. Trouble is European leadership doesn't recognise reality of what's
  needed [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/4-trillion-euro-fantasy

[11]The Strange Power Of Qatar
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/qfGOpn

Hugh Eakin | NYRB | 5 October 2011

Hereditary monarchy. Yet liberal gadfly of Arab world. Ruling Sheikh Hamad
  funds Al-Jazeera. Backs Libyan rebels. Hosts US army HQ. Wants to Westernise
  the education system. Diplomats wonder: "Where does he get these ideas?"
  [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/strange-power-qatar

[13]An Essay On The State of Economics
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/qHMemS

John Kay | John Kay | 4 October 2011

Economic models can be useful tools. But they are abstractions, like
  computer games, not reliable accounts of real life. Economists "were playing
  Grand Theft Auto while the world around them was falling apart" [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/essay-state-economics

[15]Superheroes Grow Up As Art
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/oT0Yzb

Viginia Postrel | Bloomberg | 6 October 2011

Adults have joined kids in enjoying "the artifice and fantasy of the
  superhero world and its imaginative pleasures". Now Alex Ross, comic-book
  artist, is pushing the genre into the realms of high art, with a show in
  Pittsburgh [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/superheroes-grow-art

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Steven Pinker on the Decline of Violence
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/steven-pinker-on-decline-violence

Our TV screens may be full of news about war and crime, but this masks a
  fall in historical terms in the number of violent deaths that’s nothing
  short of astonishing, says the psychologist. He tells us how and why this
  happened [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/steven-pinker-on-decline-violence

Featured Topic

[19]Steve Jobs's Legacy
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/steve-jobss-legacy

The great man has gone. Here's what we should remember him for and what his
  absence will mean for Apple [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/steve-jobss-legacy

Reader Recommendations

@[21]nuzav Thinking       the       unthinkable       about      Steve
  Jobs [22]t.co/atpprM87 #[23]Browsings
  [24]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://twitter.com/nuzav
      22. http://t.co/atpprM87
      23. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#Browsings
      24. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[25]Book of the Day
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/confessions-max-tivoli-by-andrew-sean-greer

[26]The Confessions of Max Tivoli by Andrew Sean Greer
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/confessions-max-tivoli-by-andrew-sean-greer

[27]Armistead Maupin says: “It is a stunningly spare and lyrical novel, that
  confronts issues like longing, loss and failure to connect with the people
  we pass in life” [28]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/armistead-maupin-on-san-francisco-novels
      28. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[29]Dan Ariely On Empathy And Emotion
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/videos/dan-ariely-empathy-and-emotion

Are  we  less  inclined to act in the face of large-scale tragedy than
  small-scale suffering?
  [30]More videos
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[31]Caleb Crain, on writing
    Links:
      31. http://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2011/10/06/on-not-letting-go

"Writing tries to fix the past—to hold it in place and sometimes in
    imagination to improve it"

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

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