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Sunday, February 17

17th Feb - Weekender: Off-Topic

Last weekend's Off-Topic post here.

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Will he still be infallible? Will he get a pension? All your papal questions, answered.

Interview with Nick Chamandy, statistician at GoogleSimply Statistics

Ezra Klein: The Wise BoyNew Republic
A tale of striving and success in modern-day Washington

Skin in Which Game?Epicurean Dealmaker

Happy Birthday, Galileobrain pickings
In 1615, as the Roman Inquisition was beginning to investigate his heretical heliocentric model of the universe, Galileo — who knew how to flatter his way to support — wrote to Christina of Lorraine, the Grand Duchess Christina of Tuscany.

Bruce AlmightyGQ
From Moonlighting to Moonrise Kingdom, Bruce Willis has made a career of confounding audiences.

How to make a killingThe Economist
Business has much to learn from the armed forces

Startup DNAThe Big Picture
Startup DNA: the formula behind successful startups in Silicon Valley. Some personal observations on a few traits that make startups successful by Yevgeniy Brikman.

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Mediocre PeopleThe Rumpus

Is This Where The Secret JP Morgan London Gold Vault Is Located?ZH

In the Picture: comets, craters and crash landingsThe World / FT

Asteroid impacts: How to avert ArmageddonBabbage / The Economist

Your Brain in LoveSciAm
Cupid's arrows, laced with neurotransmitters, find their marks

Laughing About Mental Illness With Maria Bamfordco.create
The comedian Maria Bamford’s new standup performance lives up to its name: The Special Special Special…She discusses her diagnosis of bipolar disorder, and pushes back against the stigma our culture has about mental illness.

The Psychology Of The To-Do ListFarnam Street

Will we ever… simulate the human brain?BBC
A billion dollar project claims it will recreate the most complex organ in the human body in just 10 years. But detractors say it is impossible. Who is right?

Take A Look Inside the Suitcases of the Clinically Insaneco.create

Stalled Out on Tesla’s Electric HighwayNYT
A Most Peculiar Test DriveTesla
What's at stake in the fight between Tesla and the New York TimesWonkblog / WP
Over the past few years, we’ve seen a bunch of high-profile spats over electric cars. The subject never fails to rile up emotions. But even by those standards, the recent dust-up between the New York Times and Elon Musk’s Tesla Motors is striking.

In High-Tech Japan, the Fax Machines Roll OnNYT

Confirmed: Cosmic Rays Come From Exploding StarsDiscover

(audio) BizDaily: Drug-resistant infectionsBBC (mp3)
The deadly diseases that may be spreading... TB already kills millions. Now new strains have emerged that are drug-resistant. Health officials want action. But are the drugs companies up to the task? We hear from both of them - and from India where the killer infections are on the rise.

The Comeback of the WatchNick Decrock
Will the (wrist) watch make its comeback in 2013? It seems, the time is now. Pebble, Apple, Google, ...and many others will soon disrupt the world of time. Are you ready?

The Man Who Killed Osama bin Laden... Is ScrewedEsquire
For the first time, the Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden tells his story — speaking not just about the raid and the three shots that changed history, but about the personal aftermath for himself and his family. And the startling failure of the United States government to help its most experienced and skilled warriors carry on with their lives.
Spec Ops Command Isn’t Sweating Osama Shooter’s Magazine ProfileWired
Alternative to Bin Laden Raid: A Teeny, Tiny Missile StrikeWired
SEALs’ Cover Story if Bin Laden Raid Went Bad: Downed Drone Wired

Our Man in Iranreason
How the CIA and MI6 installed the Shah.

Roll forward the doomsday trainBBC
The US is mulling over radical ideas for how to operate and deploy its aging cache of nuclear missiles – including a vast subway network.

Book Review: Fixing Drugs: The Politics of Drug Prohibitioneuropp / LSE
In Fixing Drugs, Sue Pryce tackles the major issues surrounding drug policy. Why do governments persist with prohibition policies, despite their questionable inefficacy? Why are some drugs criminalized, and some not? And why does society care about drug use at all? In a highly polarized debate, in which emotions run high, Pryce attempts to illuminate these questions and guide us through the problems, possibilities and realities of drug policy around the world. John Collins recommends this measured tome to policymakers and those seeking to understand why drugs policies have little effect.

Anatomy of a Heroin RingChicago Reader
How a Chicago drug organization did business

Inside the Battle of HothWired
How did the Galactic Empire ever cement its hold on the Star Wars Universe? The war machine built by Emperor Palpatine and run by Darth Vader is a spectacularly bad fighting force, as evidenced by all of the pieces of Death Star littering space. But of all the Empire’s failures, none is a more spectacular military fiasco than the Battle of Hoth at the beginning of The Empire Strikes Back.

Gaming the SystemEconomix / NYT
College students who unanimously boycotted their final exam and all got A’s under a grading curve loophole. It’s a great example of game theory at work.

The Totalitarian Temptation: Liberalism's Enemies, Then and NowForeign Affairs
Vladimir Tismaneanu’s new book examines the evolving interpretations of communism and fascism. It turns out the two totalitarian ideologies had more in common than is often thought -- and the defenders of liberalism today would be well advised to learn from the struggles that brought them down.

With a Focus on Its Future, Financial Times Turns 125NYT
Financial Times editor Lionel Barber: 'News now is not the newspaper'The Guardian
As the FT celebrates its 125th birthday, Barber outlines his plans for a digital revolution

Wrestling and the OlympicsRick Bookstaber

Cinema Tarantino: The making of Pulp FictionVanity Fair