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  • Sun, 18 Feb 2018 09:01:10 +0000: “I’ve been accused of vulgarity. I say that’s bullshit.”*… - Tips – Websites
      Thirty years after Dr Johnson published his great Dictionary of the English Language (1755), Francis Grose put out A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue (1785), a compendium of slang Johnson had deemed unfit for his learned tome. Grose was not one for library work. He preferred to do his lexicography in the sordid heart of after-hours London. […]
  • Sat, 17 Feb 2018 12:30:49 +0000: Ask Ariely: On Scanning Suitcases, Aligning Anticipation, and Validating Valentine’s Day - Tips – Search
    Here’s my Q&A column from the WSJ this week — and if you have any questions for me, you can tweet them to @danariely with the hashtag #askariely, post a comment on my Ask Ariely Facebook page, or email them to AskAriely@wsj.com. ___________________________________________________ Dear Dan, According to recent reports, screeners for...
  • Sat, 17 Feb 2018 11:00:00 +0000: Anton Chekhov’s Letter to His Brother about the 8 Conditions for “Civilized People.” - Tips – Shopping
    In 1886, Russian playwright and short-story writer Anton Chekhov wrote a letter of advice to his beloved older brother Nikolai, a talented painter and writer who suffered from severe alcoholism. Chekhov writes: To my mind, civilized people ought to satisfy the following conditions: 1. They respect the individual and are therefore always indulgent, gentle, polite […]
  • Sat, 17 Feb 2018 09:01:53 +0000: “The number of transistors on integrated circuits doubles approximately every two years”*… - Tips – Websites
      Moore’s Law has held up almost astoundingly well…  source (and larger version) This seemingly inexorable march has enabled an extraordinary range of new products and services– from intercontinental ballistic missiles to global environmental monitoring systems and from smart phones to medical implants…  But researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are sounding an alarm… The speed […]
  • Fri, 16 Feb 2018 09:01:25 +0000: “What we call chaos is just patterns we haven’t recognized. What we call random is just patterns we can’t decipher.”*… - Tips – Websites
      On any given day, from her home on the Isle of Man, Linda Watson might be reading a handwritten letter from one Confederate soldier to another, or a list of convicts transported to Australia. Or perhaps she is reading a will, a brief from a long-forgotten legal case, an original Jane Austen manuscript. Whatever is […]
  • Thu, 15 Feb 2018 09:01:11 +0000: “First we eat, then we do everything else”*… - Tips – Websites
      Imagine the ideal food. One that contains all the nutrients necessary to meet, but not exceed, our daily nutrient demands. If such a food existed, consuming it, without eating any other, would provide the optimal nutritional balance for our body. Such a food does not exist. But we can do the next best thing. […]
  • Wed, 14 Feb 2018 09:01:07 +0000: “The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not ‘Eureka!’ but ‘That’s funny’”*… - Tips – Websites
      Scientific folklore is full of tales of accidental discovery, from the stray Petri dish that led Alexander Fleming to discover penicillin to Wilhelm Röntgen’s chance detection of X-rays while tinkering with a cathode-ray tube. That knowledge often advances through serendipity is how scientists, sometimes loudly, justify the billions of dollars that taxpayers plough into […]
  • Tue, 13 Feb 2018 09:01:38 +0000: “The dice of Zeus always fall luckily”*… - Tips – Websites
      Whether at a casino playing craps or engaging with family in a simple board game at home, rolling the dice introduces a bit of chance or “luck” into every game. We expect dice to be fair, where every number has equal probability of being rolled. But a new study shows this was not always […]
  • Mon, 12 Feb 2018 09:01:11 +0000: “We cannot get behind consciousness. Everything that we talk about, everything that we regard as existing, postulates consciousness”*… - Tips – Websites
      Ockham’s razor is the principle that, all things being equal, more parsimonious theories – that is to say, theories with relatively few postulations – are to be preferred. Is it not a great cost in terms of parsimony to ascribe fundamental consciousness to the Universe? Not at all. The physical world must have some nature, and […]
  • Sun, 11 Feb 2018 09:01:10 +0000: “As long as poverty, injustice and gross inequality persist in our world, none of us can truly rest”*… - Tips – Websites
      Last year saw the biggest increase in billionaires in history, one more every two days. This huge increase could have ended global extreme poverty seven times over. 82% of all wealth created in the last year went to the top 1%, and nothing went to the bottom 50%. Dangerous, poorly paid work for the […]