Archive for June, 2017

Brexodus Has Begun


(Guardian Comments) – Joris Luyendijk:

Who would sacrifice EU citizenship for life in a country we now know could turn on us at any moment? It makes sense to get ahead of the returning herd. …

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Euro Tunnel


Romeo and Juliet: Act 5, Scene 3 (part 1)


(Good Tickle Brain) – Mya Gosling:

It’s the first part of the final scene, because it’s a really long final scene.

Spare a thought for poor old Paris here. He was just there to leave flowers at the grave of his crush, and now he’s dead. …

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Mya Gosling: Romeo and Juliet: Act 5, Scene 3 (part 1)



(FTB stderr) – Marcus Ranum:

When I first stumbled across the works of Tatjana Van Vark, back in the ’90s, I was completely blown away. I still am.

I think of her as a “technology artist.” …

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Tatjana Van Vark ENIGMA

Romeo and Juliet: Act 5, Scene 2


(Good Tickle Brain) – Mya Gosling:

Juliet has escaped the clutches of her family by pretending to be dead and Romeo is on his way back to Verona! What could possible prevent this from turning out happily?

Friar John, that’s what. …

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Mya Gosling: Romeo and Juliet: Act 5, Scene 2

Where Is Your Soul Located?


(FTB) – Mano Singham:

When I came across this article by Candida Moss and Jessica Baron with the title Where in your body is your soul? I groaned, expecting yet another mushy spiritual mess. (I am sure that many readers of this blog had a similar reaction when seeing the post title.) But it is actually quite an interesting article, tracing the origins of the concept of the soul and how people have addressed the numerous problems associated with it. …

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Soul searching

Privacy Tools


(Julia Angwin) – In the course of writing my book, Dragnet Nation, I tried various strategies to protect my privacy. In this series of book excerpts and adaptations, I distill the lessons from my privacy experiments into tips for readers. …

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Julia Angwin: Dragnet Nation

Faster In-Flight WiFi


(Atlantic Tech) – Alexis Madrigal:

Companies are vying to bring better Internet to the skies, but the path to success is almost unbelievably complicated. …

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Inmarsat-5 satellite coverage



(Atlantic Culture) – Sophie Gilbert:

Howard Jacobson, whose new book is a fairy tale inspired by the 45th president, calls writers to arms. …

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Howard Jacobson: Pussy - A Novel

Refresh Types


(xkcd) – Randall Munroe:

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Randall Munroe: xkcd 1854: Refresh Types

Qatar ‘Row’ a “Family Issue”


(FTB stderr) – Marcus Ranum:

White House press spokesman Sean Spicer made the comments during an off-camera briefing to journalists in Washington.

So was World War I. …

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Basil Zaharoff in Tintin