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October 03, 2014

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12:07 PM | a week spent undercover among immigrant labourers in Italy
Fabrizio Gatti at Eurozine: "Find out what this guy wants. If he's looking for work, tell him we don't need anyone today." Having addressed the bodyguard in dialect, the boss drives off in his SUV. The Maghrebi speaks perfect Italian....
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11:11 AM | Friday Poem
There is Never Enough Time Above the clouds is nothing but a leprous single star —(B. Brecht) The more I look at it the less I feel. I try to recollect. I shake a distant hand & pay for laughter....
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10:08 AM | Something New On The Illusion Of Time
Look at a fan rotating. Now look just to the side of it. It seems to rotate slower. Now shift your gaze slowly back toward the center of the fan. The fan seems to pick up speed. There are not just two appearances of its speed, one fast if I stare at it, and one slow if it is in the periphery of my visual field, but instead the fan seems to pick up speed gradually!  read more

October 02, 2014

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6:07 PM | debating the double life of Paul de Man
Ann Jefferson at the Times Literary Supplement: But there is a further and more problematic accusation. Using de Man’s argument according to which the evolution of literature is determined by its inherent dynamic, independently of individual writers – Jewish or...
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6:04 PM | in pursuit of the amazons
Tom Holland at Literary Review: No one today believes that an army of female warriors really sailed from the Black Sea to attack Athens. If a historical basis for the legend has to be found, then it is likeliest to...
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6:02 PM | is religion to blame for history’s bloodiest wars?
John Gray at The New Statesman: The idea that religion is fading away has been replaced in conventional wisdom by the notion that religion lies behind most of the world’s conflicts. Many among the present crop of atheists hold both...
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5:44 PM | The Anatomy of Attention
Alan Lightman in The New Yorker: Every moment, our brains are bombarded with information, from without and within. The eyes alone convey more than a hundred billion signals to the brain every second. The ears receive another avalanche of sounds....
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5:39 PM | Apocalypse soon: the scientists preparing for the end times
Sophie McBain in New Statesman: The men were too absorbed in their work to notice my arrival at first. Three walls of the conference room held whiteboards densely filled with algebra and scribbled diagrams. One man jumped up to sketch...
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5:32 PM | “Fanaticism Anxiety” about Muslims has been with us since the Colonial Era
Edmund Burke III in Informed Comment: Today we hear a great deal about the question of what went wrong in Middle Eastern societies. For an historian of the early twentieth century world, it’s déjà vu all over again. Similar questions...
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5:25 PM | Maya Angelou Recites Her Poem "Phenomenal Woman"
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5:12 PM | Tender Is The Night and the “Ode to a Nightingale”
William Doherty in Fitzgerald.narod.ru: Critics often express a feeling that there is something mysterious about Fitzgerald’s Tender Is The Night, that there is something unsatisfying in the analyses we have had—a discomfort one does not feel with the more elaborately...
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4:26 PM | More input request about the chemlambda gui, thanks
 I get mixed messages from some of those who tried the chemlambda proto-gui. It works for  most, does not work for some of them. I am a mathematician, not a programmer, I learn as I do, I appreciate more input from everybody who tried it. Hope that in a month or so it will be […]
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12:41 PM | How to Solve the Famous Birthday Problem
Jason Marshall in QuickandDirtyTips: As you may know, the quadrennial World Cup was recently played in Brazil. As you may not know, each of the 32 teams in this year's tournament had 23 players on their roster. This week's Math...
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10:15 AM | Thursday Poem
The Rain . Rain, and driving thoughts of rain, miles and hours of it, inches and yards of light and dark rain, where seamless cloud has been stitched and gathered into a great undoing of itself, in wind that brings...
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1:14 AM | Science and belief
As long as it agrees with, or can be interpreted to agree with, one’s beliefs.  

October 01, 2014

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6:15 PM | Iraq’s forgotten Christians in Kurdish exile
Jenna Krajeski at Harper's Magazine: One afternoon in early September, a crowd formed in the mall’s basement. “We are disrespected, all of us!” a man shouted, waving his arms. His audience shuddered. “I waited for three hours and all I...
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6:07 PM | The Rise and Fall of Public Housing in NYC
Richard Price at Guernica: In 1935, the first public housing complex in New York, prosaically christened First Houses, (landmarked since 1974) on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, offered 122 apartments featuring oak wood floors and brass fixtures. The rent,...
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6:03 PM | heidegger's black notebooks
Peter E. Gordon at the New York Review of Books: Heidegger was one of the most influential thinkers of the modern era. He was also a convinced Nazi. During his brief term as rector at the University of Freiburg (1933–1934)...
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5:17 PM | Visual tutorial for “the soup”
I started here a visual tutorial for chemlambda and it’s gui in the making. I call it a tutorial for the “soup” because it is about a soup of molecules. A living soup. Hope that in  the  recent future will become THE SOUP. The distributed soup. The decentralized living soup. Bookmark the page because content […]
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12:50 PM | Kiran Desai: 'You look bad if you go to India in western clothes'
Heidi Julavitz in The Guardian: KD: I remember starting to wear the most basic T-shirts and jeans and being unhappy in them. If you haven't grown up wearing a lot of jeans, they're very uncomfortable. HJ: They have grommets on...
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11:31 AM | Collaboration: Strength in diversity
Freeman and Huang in Nature: Sticking with co-authors with similar surnames to yours might dent the impact of your work. The reason is unclear, but bibliometrics suggest that teams with greater ethnic diversity generate papers that make more of a...
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11:24 AM | Most People With Addiction Simply Grow Out of It
Maia Szalavitz in Substance: According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, addiction is “a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry.” However, that’s not what the epidemiology of the disorder suggests. By age 35, half...
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10:12 AM | Wednesday Poem
The Hart Crane Connection 1. There’s a connection I’ve made between the overcrowded livestock ships in Fremantle harbour, and Hart Crane’s last voyage. There are death ships steaming for Bahrain with five storeys of corroded sheep yards, the shit spilling...
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7:52 AM | Thoughtlessness Revisited
Richard Wolin responds to Seyla Benhabib's NYT piece on Hannah Arendt, in The Jewish Review of Books: Benhabib’s allegations concerning the purported banality of Eichmann’s anti-Semitism are peculiar, since they are fundamentally at variance with Arendt’s central arguments and claims....
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1:42 AM | September ’14 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
PLEASE NOTE: Sitemeter is playing up again making it impossible to automatically get the stats for some blogs – those I list below. Maybe more bloggers will shift to StatCounter or other counter. No stats could be found for these blogs: Works … Continue reading →

September 30, 2014

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9:53 PM | The Poor Don’t Need Pity
Joanna Scutts reviews Linda Tirado book, Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America, in In These Times (Photo by Lisa F. Young via Shutterstock): This is scary to admit. In a country with vast resources but a social safety net...
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9:53 PM | The Poor Don’t Need Pity
Joanna Scutts reviews Linda Tirado book, Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America, in In These Times (Photo by Lisa F. Young via Shutterstock): This is scary to admit. In a country with vast resources but a social safety net...
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2:03 PM | God and Gab: The Second Sex by Michael Robbins
Nick Ripatrazone at The Millions: Piety and profanity both require devotion. Graham Greene knew that. Greene was received into the Roman Catholic Church in 1926, and announced the conversion to his mother by writing “I expect you have guessed that...
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2:01 PM | contemporary art from and about the Arab world
Barry Schwabsky at The Nation: “In the presence of the violent reality of war,” wrote Wallace Stevens in 1942, “consciousness takes the place of the imagination.” What the poet meant is that in wartime, “everything moves in the direction of...
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1:58 PM | three years on Rikers
Jennifer Gonnerman at The New Yorker: On the morning of July 28, 2010, Browder was awakened at around half past four. He was handcuffed to another inmate and herded onto a bus with a group of other prisoners. At the...
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