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Rebecca Solnit · Diary: Google Invades · LRB 7 February 2013

Rebecca Solnit · Diary: Google Invades · LRB 7 February 2013
The buses roll up to San Francisco’s bus stops in the morning and evening, but they are unmarked, or nearly so, and not for the public. They have no signs or have discreet acronyms on the front windshield, and because they also have no rear doors they ingest and disgorge their passengers slowly, while the brightly lit funky orange public buses wait behind them. The luxury coach passengers ride for free and many take out their laptops and begin their work day on board; there is of course wifi. Most of them are gleaming white, with dark-tinted windows, like limousines, and some days I think of them as the spaceships on which our alien overlords have landed to rule over us. Other days I think of them as the company buses by which the coal miners get deposited at the minehead, and the work schedule involved would make a pit owner feel at home. Another friend of mine told me a story about the Apple bus from when he worked for Apple Inc. The Google Bus means so many things. Related:  Irony, Postmodernism, and Our Current Agetbf_summer_2013

Column: Our collective obsession with the trivial WASHINGTON (AP) — Persistently high unemployment. A sluggish economy. Debt. Yet what created one of the buzziest brouhahas in America last week? Enormous challenges pack the nation's plate, but this country just can't seem to get enough of the small stuff. It sometimes feels as if the collective obsession with the trivial is drowning out significant moments and overshadowing important debate. It happens everywhere. Americans say they crave the authentic, yet also admonish people who deviate from script. And in a world that grows more dizzying by the month, the easy and entertaining can be a lot more attractive than the complex and educational. "We're seizing on the tiny because our brains can't really do the work of processing every little piece of information we get. "This is something that is a combination of what's hard-wired into the brain ... multiplied by a system that we don't control," he says. —Rep. Maybe that's precisely it. You might be making a tiny investment in our future.

Why You Never Finish Your To-Do Lists at Work (And How to Change That) LinkedIn released a survey last year revealing that our professional to-do lists are in dire need of a makeover. Turns out, we’re not so good at “doing” the things we tell ourselves we need to do. In fact, almost 90% of professionals admitted they’re unable to accomplish all the tasks on their to-do list by the end of an average workday. So if you're sick of tackling the same stale to-dos every day, it’s time to change that. 1. Let's be honest: If you wanted to get a complete view of everything you had to do for work right now, chances are you can’t find it all on a single list. And while it's generally good practice to separate work and play, having a single place for your work-related tasks is a must. Make sure, however, that you can add to your list from anywhere—which means that if you use a desktop app, you’ll want to set up a system to capture to-dos incurred away from your computer, such as assignments you get while in a meeting. 2. Download our 1-3-5 To-Do List! 3. 4. 5.

The Quest for Permanent Novelty By Michael W. Clune Matt Manley for the Chronicle Review I doubt anyone reading this will claim never to have thought, regarding some experience, "I wish this would last forever." Imagine you're sitting in the sun, holding your partner's hand, thinking, I wish this would last forever. When we do wish an experience would last forever, we don't wish it for very long. Bright Star! The poem's stark fusion of organic and geologic time scarcely mitigates the unimaginability of the desired state. In this sonnet, Keats struggles with an ancient problem. Augustine's image suffers from the same problem as Keats's. The first step to solving Keats's and Augustine's problem is to bring the goal into focus. But it doesn't last. Augustine feels this erasure. But what if what you felt the first time you heard a song could last forever? I divide the writers, artists, philosophers, and critics engaged in this effort into two camps. The works these writers produce are not works so much as workshops.

Unmanned Flight: The Drones Come Home At the edge of a stubbly, dried-out alfalfa field outside Grand Junction, Colorado, Deputy Sheriff Derek Johnson, a stocky young man with a buzz cut, squints at a speck crawling across the brilliant, hazy sky. It’s not a vulture or crow but a Falcon—a new brand of unmanned aerial vehicle, or drone, and Johnson is flying it. The sheriff ’s office here in Mesa County, a plateau of farms and ranches corralled by bone-hued mountains, is weighing the Falcon’s potential for spotting lost hikers and criminals on the lam. A laptop on a table in front of Johnson shows the drone’s flickering images of a nearby highway. Standing behind Johnson, watching him watch the Falcon, is its designer, Chris Miser. A law signed by President Barack Obama in February 2012 directs the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to throw American airspace wide open to drones by September 30, 2015. The Falcon can fly for an hour, and it’s easy to operate. Offspring of 9/11 Dreaming in Dayton Another Man’s Nightmare

If you think we're done with neoliberalism, think again | George Monbiot ‘The demands of the ultra-rich have been dressed up as sophisticated economic theory and applied regardless of the outcome.' Illustration: Daniel Pudles How they must bleed for us. In 2012, the world's 100 richest people became $241 billion richer. They are now worth $1.9 trillion: just a little less than the entire output of the United Kingdom. This is not the result of chance. The policies that made the global monarchs so rich are the policies squeezing everyone else. Before I go on, I should point out that I don't believe perpetual economic growth is either sustainable or desirable. Last year's annual report by the UN Conference on Trade and Development should have been an obituary for the neoliberal model developed by Hayek and Friedman and their disciples. The remarkable growth in the rich nations during the 50s, 60s and 70s was made possible by the destruction of the wealth and power of the elite, as a result of the 1930s depression and the second world war.

67 Years Of Potato Chip Innovation, In 5 Animated GIFs : Planet Money For more, watch our video: Secrets From A Potato Chip Factory. Americans spend less on groceries than they did a few decades ago. That's partly because of new machines and technology that have made it much cheaper to produce food. We went to the Herr's potato chip factory in Nottingham, Pa., to see some of this food-making technology in action. 1. It used to take hours to unload a truck full of potatoes by hand. And 50,000 pounds of potatoes come rolling out. 2. Herr's has been removing potato chips with brown or green spots for decades. Good chips are flying by at the top of the frame; the rejects are getting blown onto the conveyor belt at the bottom of the frame. 3. The company used to pack chips into bags by hand. hide captionMim Herr (right), with Mary Wowrer, packing chips by hand. Courtesy of Herr's Today, a machine weighs and sorts chips into foil bags — at a rate of 100 bags a minute.

Public Influence: The Immortalization of an Anonymous Death - - News Cover design by Andrew J. Nilsen. Turn on the computer. Open Twitter. Photos courtesy of Kathie Yount “I believe he wanted somebody to help him,” says Dylan’s mother, KathieYount. Related Stories More About Man on 3rd floor ledge posing in his skivvies A twitpic, date-stamped 3:18 p.m. on Feb. 16, 2010, shows a grainy figure, wearing nothing but blue boxer shorts, standing outside the tall arched window of an off-white brick building. someone's standing on top of the forever 21 building downtown sf. man trying to kill himself in Union Square. Omg there's a guy standing on top of forever 21 bout to commit suicide! wtf?!? I'm watching a guy stand on top of a building down town. Refresh the page. oh shit! Just saw a guy commit suicide off of forever 21 Omg this man just committed suicide and jumped off the building across the street from my job in downtown SF Did I really just walk by someone jumping to his death off the Bank of America building at Powell and Market!? "Damn," one of them responds.

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Relations In New York City, in the spring of 1999, a story hit the newspapers of a Long Island woman who had given birth to twins–one white and one black. The woman and her husband were white and the black baby was not theirs, at least not biologically. The embryo that became that baby had been accidentally implanted in the woman’s uterus with the embryo of her biological son, but it belonged to a black couple who were clients at the same fertility clinic, and they wanted their son back. After a DNA test, a custody battle, a state supreme court ruling, and an unsuccessful appeal, it was decided that the black baby was the child of the black couple, legally and entirely. The story had its peculiarities, like the fact that the fertility clinic had notified the black couple that some of their embryos had been mistakenly implanted in another woman, but did not tell them anything more, so they eventually learned of the birth of their son through a private investigator. And we were not.

Natural logarithm Graph of the natural logarithm function. The function slowly grows to positive infinity as x increases and slowly goes to negative infinity as x approaches 0 ("slowly" as compared to any power law of x); the y-axis is an asymptote. The natural logarithm of x is the power to which e would have to be raised to equal x. The natural logarithm can be defined for any positive real number a as the area under the curve y = 1/x from 1 to a (the area being taken as negative when a<1). The natural logarithm function, if considered as a real-valued function of a real variable, is the inverse function of the exponential function, leading to the identities: Like all logarithms, the natural logarithm maps multiplication into addition: Logarithms can be defined to any positive base other than 1, not just e. History[edit] Notational conventions[edit] The notations "ln x" and "loge x" both refer unambiguously to the natural logarithm of x. Origin of the term natural logarithm[edit] Definitions[edit] for x. and

About New York; Sharing Baby Proves Rough On 2 Mothers PERHAPS it was foolish to think that a simple, happy ending could resolve a story that was anything but simple, yet when last we left the Fasanos of Staten Island and the Rogerses of Teaneck, N.J., they seemed to have managed just that. In May, the Fasanos, who are white, and the Rogerses, who are black, had amicably settled a custody dispute that approaches science fiction. Five months earlier, Donna Fasano had given birth to two boys, one white and one black. The equation -- two babies, two races, one womb, four parents -- made for a very complicated situation. But now, perhaps inevitably, everyone is fighting, and the situation is getting ugly. Rudolph Silas, the Rogerses' lawyer, called the agreement onerous and unfair to his clients. He said his clients wanted to continue regular visits between the babies, but he said they wanted to develop greater ''trust'' with the Fasanos before allowing Joseph to spend a weekend at their home. Yesterday, Mr.

Gamma function The gamma function along part of the real axis The gamma function is defined for all complex numbers except the negative integers and zero. For complex numbers with a positive real part, it is defined via a convergent improper integral: This integral function is extended by analytic continuation to all complex numbers except the non-positive integers (where the function has simple poles), yielding the meromorphic function we call the gamma function. The gamma function is a component in various probability-distribution functions, and as such it is applicable in the fields of probability and statistics, as well as combinatorics. Motivation[edit] It is easy graphically to interpolate the factorial function to non-integer values, but is there a formula that describes the resulting curve? The gamma function can be seen as a solution to the following interpolation problem: "Find a smooth curve that connects the points (x, y) given by y = (x − 1)! for x equal to any positive real number. . where:

Pinker, Foucault and Progress « Utopia or Dystopia As readers may know, a little while back I wrote a piece on Steven Pinker’s Better Angels of Our Nature a book that tries to make the case that violence has been on a steady decline throughout the modern era. Regardless of tragedies such as the horrendous school shooting at Newtown, Pinker wants to us know that things are not as bad as they might seem, that in the aggregate we live in the least violent society to have ever existed in human history, and that we should be thankful for that.Pinker’s book is copiously researched and argued, but it leaves one with a host of questions. It is not merely that tragic incidents of violence that we see all around us seem to fly in the face of his argument, it is that his viewpoint, at least for me, always seems to be missing something, to have skipped over some important element that would challenge its premise or undermine its argument, a criticism that Pinker has by some sleight of hand skillfully managed to keep hidden from us.