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Sunday, December 23

23rd Dec - Weekender: Off-Topics

Season's Greetings, I am taking some time off next week and will probably not post before next weekend.

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The Longform Best of 2012Longform

Difference Engine: Phones up in the airThe Economist

What The World Will Look Like In 2030—As Predicted By The Governmentco.exist
To help plan for the future, the intelligence community has put together a vision of what the world will look like in the next two decades. It might get a little crazy, but we’re all getting computers in our brains.

BASIC: A single line of code sends readers into a labyrinthSlate

The Worst CEOs of 2012Businessweek

Swimming Through Space: An Amazing Tour of the Space StationWashington’s

Another Earth Just 12 Light-Years Away?Science

90-Year-Old Actor Christopher Lee Releases Heavy Metal Versions of Classic Christmas SongsLoudwire

Global Religion, By The NumbersZH

To understand Christmas, go to the pubJohn Kay

100 Diagrams That Changed the Worldbrain pickings
A visual history of human sensemaking, from cave paintings to the world wide web.

Spider That Builds Its Own Spider Decoys DiscoveredWired

In decision-making, it might be worth trusting your gutScienceBlog
Turns out the trope is true: You should trust your gut — as long as you’re an expert. So says a new study from researchers at Rice University, George Mason University and Boston College.

Oliver Burkeman on Failed New Year’s ResolutionsThe Daily Beast
Every year we promise to change our behavior, and every year we screw it up. Oliver Burkeman explains why—and points to a surer path to happiness.

24 Things I Know Now That I Wish I Knew ThenRand Fishkin

The Emperor of All IdentitiesNYT
Google is not just a “search engine company,” or an “online services company,” or a publisher, or an advertising platform. At its core, it’s a data collection company. Its “market” is data by, from and about consumers — you, that is. And in that realm, its role is so dominant as to be overwhelming, and scary.

How to Give a Great Presentationbrain pickings
Timeless advice from a legendary adman, 1981

FiveBooks Interviews: The Quantification of EverythingThe Browser
The professor of quantum information theory at Oxford tells us about books that successfully popularise quantum physics and the science of complex systems. Look, no equations!

'Raiders of the Lost Ark' package mystery solvedBoston

'V for Vendetta' & Supporting Villainsbig think

How capitalism breaks the webFelix Salmon / Reuters

Best Practices for Raising Kids? Look to Hunter-GatherersThe Daily Beast
Hold them, share them, let them run free. Why the traditional way of raising kids is better than ours.

No Flying Cars, but the Future Is BrightView / BB
It has been 40 years since the last astronauts left the moon. That anniversary, which passed last week, has put some prominent technologists in a funk.

Destination: MarsMIT Technology Review
Alumni share their journeys working on the Mars rover Curiosity

Hubble spots distant galaxies near edge of universe's cosmic dawnL.A. Times

Uploaded e-crews for interstellar missionsKurzweil AI

Annals of Linguistics: Utopian for BeginnersThe New Yorker
An amateur linguist loses control of the language he invented.