Weekly newsletter 5

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Best of the Week

Obituary: Colonel Albert Bachmann

Anonymous | Telegraph | 4 May 2011

"Mustachioed, pipe-smoking and blessed with an ability to wreak havoc within
  his own organisation, Bachmann’s resemblance to Inspector Clouseau was
  striking. He reduced the Swiss intelligence agency to a state bordering on
  chaos" [1]Comments
      1. http://thebrowser.com/articles/obituary-colonel-albert-bachmann

The Last Post

Derek Miller | Penmachine | 4 May 2011

"Here it is. I'm dead, and this is my last post to my blog. I died in
  Burnaby on May 3, 2011, age 41, of complications from stage-four metastatic
  colorectal cancer. We all knew this was coming. Derek doesn't exist anymore"
      2. http://thebrowser.com/articles/last-post

Pakistan And Al-Qaeda's Future

Ahmed Rashid | NYRB | 3 May 2011

"Bin Laden's ideology and acts of terrorism changed the way we live, and how
  we conduct politics and business while deeply scarring relations between the
  Muslim world and the West. His death will have similarly large-scale
  effects" [3]Comments
      3. http://thebrowser.com/articles/pakistan-and-al-qaedas-future

Four Words That Make Me Suspicious Of Myself When I Say Them

David | Raptitude | 25 April 2011

Frank and entertaining piece on four english words that: "lend themselves to
  a certain kind of self-deception. They often hint at more going on". A
  reminder of the unacknowledged subtext behind words we use blithely every
  day [4]Comments
      4. http://thebrowser.com/articles/david-raptitude-25th-april-2011

The Destruction Of Economic Facts

Hernando de Soto | Businessweek | 28 April 2011

Acclaimed Peruvian economist with helpful backgrounder on financial crisis.
  Confused by all the recent analysis? No problem, this clear and detailed
  feature should help you grasp the underlying causes and evaluate continuing
  risks [5]Comments
      5. http://thebrowser.com/articles/destruction-economic-facts

The Formula Of Life

Ian Stewart | New Statesman | 27 April 2011

Introducing the fast-growing discipline of biomathematics. Application of
  mathematical models to biological theories has revealed important concepts,
  such as "equations that can predict the pattern of a zebra’s stripes"
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/formula-life

Why The Numbers Game Is Bad For Our Kids

Mr N | An Urban Teacher's Education | 2 May 2011

Children learn about science by building mousetrap cars, not memorising
  vocabulary. Super blogpost by LA biology teacher blasting unhelpful,
  misleading "Teach for America" tests. Thanks to Emily Skehan for the emailed
  recommendation [7]Comments
      7. http://thebrowser.com/articles/why-numbers-game-bad-our-kids

Big Cheese: Gérard Depardieu

James Mottram | Independent | 2 May 2011

He has survived 17 motorbike accidents, a quintuple heart bypass and a plane
  crash. He makes four or five films a year, and has done so for four decades.
  Lately he's cut back his drinking to fewer than six bottles of wine a day
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/big-cheese-gérard-depardieu

FiveBooks Interview

[9]Woody Allen on Inspiration
      9. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/woody-allen-on-memory

The  film legend discusses books that have resonated with him, from JD
  Salinger to Elia Kazan and beyond

Featured Topic

      10. 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

Reader Recommendations

#Browsings of the week: [11]TheAmScho A letter from Morocco: 'The Living and
  the Dead' #[12]browsings [13]tinyurl.com/3hcwbb4
      11. http://twitter.com/TheAmScho
      12. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#browsings
      13. http://tinyurl.com/3hcwbb4

Book of the Week

[14]The Lodger: Shakespeare on Silver Street by Charles Nicholl
      14. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/lodger-shakespeare-silver-street-by-charles-nicholl

[15]James Shapiro says: Legal documents showing Shakespeare’s involvement as
  a mediator in the London household where he was lodging were discovered in
  the early 20th century.
      15. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/lodger-shakespeare-silver-street-by-charles-nicholl#book-recommender-0

Video of the Week

[16]Human Planet
      16. http://thebrowser.com/videos/human-planet

Truly awe-inspiring look at human life in all its varied forms from the BBC

Quote of the Week

[17]Diego Gambetta, on trust
      17. http://www.stanford.edu/~mpblimpo/Trust_Blimpo2009.pdf

"For trust to be relevant, there must be a possibility of betrayal"

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