Newsletter 619


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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]How I Survived A Plane Crash
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/GNHmEW

Juliane Koepcke | BBC | 24 March 2012

Juliane Koepcke was flying over Peru when lightning struck her plane.
  It broke apart in mid-air and she was catapulted into the outside,
  plummeting two miles down, still strapped into her seat. She awoke in
  the rainforest below [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-i-survived-plane-crash

[7]A True Bionic Limb Remains Far Out Of Reach
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/GBJAFs

Michael Chorost | Wired | 20 March 2012

Inside the race to create the perfect prosthetic limb. “It’s not that
  we’re not going to be able to do it, but it’s higher-hanging fruit than
  people think." Our current understanding of biology simply isn't
  comprehensive enough [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/true-bionic-limb-remains-far-out-reach

[9]Native Tongues
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/GFPuGy

Simon Winchester | Lapham's Quarterly | 22 March 2012

Fascinating story of the Dictionary of American Regional English. In
  1965 volunteers were sent out to thousands of towns, villages and
  hamlets across the US to record local dialects. Almost 50 years later
  the book is complete [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/native-tongues

[11]The Song Machine
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/GUse7n

John Seabrook | New Yorker | 22 March 2012

How a pop song gets written. Production team comes up with chord
  changes, instrumentation, beat. "Top line" composer brought in to add a
  vocal track with melody, catchy hooks. Then a demo goes out to the
  intended artist [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/song-machine

[13]Can Hydras Eat Unknown-Unknowns for Lunch?
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/GUTrqG

Venkatesh Rao | Ribbonfarm | 22 March 2012

Rumination on how to deal in principle with black swans, unknown
  unknowns. You can deny they exist. Or you can despair. Or you can
  design systems that thrive on threats—like hydras, which grow two heads
  when one is cut off [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/can-hydras-eat-unknown-unknowns-lunch

[15]Why Women Still Can't Enjoy Sex
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/GGhqdL

Clementine Ford | Daily Life | 22 March 2012

"Discomfort around women and sex permeates our culture, and the act
  itself has become a darkly comic battleground." Reflecting on
  Limbaugh's attack on Sandra Fluke prompts wider discussion of society's
  attitude to female sexuality [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/why-women-still-cant-enjoy-sex

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Robert Reich on Saving Capitalism and Democracy
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/robert-reich-on-saving-capitalism-and-democracy

Three decades of growing inequality and collapsing public morality have
  pitched America into crisis, imperilling its democracy. But there are
  precedents for a way out, says Robert Reich [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/robert-reich-on-saving-capitalism-and-democracy

Featured Special Report

[19]Epic Adventures
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/epic-adventures

Extreme tourism, unwise adventure and plain bad luck. Enjoy it all from
  the comfort of your armchair [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/epic-adventures

Reader Recommendations

@nuzav The Bank Run, Updated: [21]t.co/Jq2nUuzO [22]#browsings [23]More
  like this
    Links:
      21. http://t.co/Jq2nUuzO
      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/washing-spears-by-donald-r-morris

[25]The Washing of the Spears by Donald R Morris
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/washing-spears-by-donald-r-morris

[26]John Carlin says: “It’s about the rise and fall of the Zulu nation
  and has something of the rattling good yarn about it, while being
  extremely meticulously researched” [27]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/john-carlin-on-understanding-mandela-and-south-africa
      27. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[28]Drawing Apparatus
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/videos/drawing-apparatus

As Jason Kottke says: It's a good thing this video isn't longer, or
  we'd be watching it all day [29]More videos
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[30]Gail Collins, on women voters
    Links:
      30. http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/22/the-etch-a-sketch-doctrine

"My biggest rule on women voters is that most of them won’t, under
    any circumstances, support a male candidate who yells a lot"

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

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