Newsletter 538


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[1]All of our Best of the Moment article recommendations, plus FiveBooks
  interviews and other selected content from thebrower.com
    Links:
      1. http://thebrowser.com

[5]Bottle Rocket
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/tz199Q

Kelefa Sanneh | New Yorker | 2 January 2012

Republican voters find the idea of an outsider appealing. But what exactly
  does being an outsider mean? Sanneh joins the idiosyncratic Newt Gingrich on
  the campaign trail to find out if he could be that candidate. Good read
  [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/bottle-rocket

[7]Are We On Information Overload?
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/sRbwWB

Thomas Rogers | Salon | 1 January 2012

Conversation with Harvard researcher David Weinberger on impact of the
  Internet. Can too much information harm our brains? How is the nature of
  expertise changing? Why should we value networked thinking? Interesting
  throughout [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/are-we-information-overload

[9]Double-Blind Violin Test
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/rEAqRk

Christopher Joyce | NPR | 2 January 2012

Beauty is in the ear of the beholder. Researchers give a group of
  professional musicians several violins to play blindfolded, with at least
  one Stradivarius among them. They can't tell the difference. Neither can
  you, probably [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/double-blind-violin-test

[11]How To Be A Dictator
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/vCEVyT

Alastair Smith | Economist | 1 January 2012

"The brilliance of the Soviet regime was not just that you relied on few
  people, but that there were lots of replacements. This put your core circle
  on notice that they were easily replaced. That made them horribly loyal"
  [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-be-dictator

[13]Winter In New England
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/tAj2gR

David Warsh | Economic Principals | 1 January 2012

Silicon Valley booms. New England declines. Thanks partly to an argument at
  MIT in 1950s about how to make semiconductors. Robert Boyce had the right
  answer, but lost the argument. He moved to California, tech moved with him
  [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/winter-new-england

[15]One In A Billion
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/tlXkIN

Mark Winegardner | ESPN | 2 January 2012

At the age of 13, Satnam Singh Bhamara was already 6'11". His father, a
  farmer in rural India, mounted a basketball hoop to a wall. His son
  continued growing. Now 16, and over seven feet tall, could Bhamara be
  India's Yao Ming? [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/one-billion

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Emma Rothschild on Economic History
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/emma-rothschild-on-economic-history-and-world-economy

In time of economic crisis, studying the past can teach us much about the
  world economy today. The professor of history and economics recommends
  essential reading to get us started [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/emma-rothschild-on-economic-history-and-world-economy

Featured Special Report

[19]Euro On The Brink
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/euro-brink

What's going wrong with the euro? Can the problem be contained? If so, how?
  And what if it isn't? Read on to find out [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/euro-brink

Reader Recommendations

_@_[21]smiler29 Lord Byron - an 18th century celeb diet icon #[22]browsings
  [23]http://t.co/iMdNRLol [24]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://twitter.com/smiler29
      22. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      23. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-16351761
      24. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[25]Book of the Day
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/intimate-history-humanity-by-theodore-zeldin

[26]An Intimate History of Humanity by Theodore Zeldin
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/intimate-history-humanity-by-theodore-zeldin

[27]Roman Krznaric says: “I think this book is a watershed in the writing of
  human history. Zeldin connects the past with the present like no other
  historical writer” [28]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/roman-krznaric-on-art-living
      28. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[29]Downhill Extreme
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/videos/downhill-extreme

Introducing   the   human   rollerskate   Jean   Yves   Blondeau,  aka
  Rollerman. Captivating and absurd
  [30]More videos
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[31]John Kay, on growing up
    Links:
      31. http://www.johnkay.com/2004/12/21/reasons-to-believe-in-hedge-funds-or-fairies

"Adulthood is the moment at which your expenditure on Christmas presents
    first exceeds the value of the gifts you can expect to receive"

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

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