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China Game Boss Sniped Rivals, Took Down Internet

The law of unintended consequences. China Game Boss Sniped Rivals, Took Down Internet | PC World

Traffic Waves, physics for bored commuters

Definitely one worth reading for those who drive in Beijing! I imagine the results of trying his “experiments” would be less than successful with the driver habits of the Jing. Traffic Waves, physics for bored commuters | SCIENCE HOBBYIST

David Foster Wallace – Commencement Speech at Kenyon University

David Foster Wallace – Commencement Speech at Kenyon University:

“The really important kind of freedom involves attention and awareness and discipline, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them over and over in myriad petty, unsexy ways every day.

That is real freedom. That is being educated, and understanding how to think. The alternative is unconsciousness, the default setting, the rat race, the constant gnawing sense of having had, and lost, some infinite thing.

I know that this stuff probably doesn’t sound fun and breezy or grandly inspirational the way a commencement speech is supposed to sound. What it is, as far as I can see, is the capital-T Truth, with a whole lot of rhetorical niceties stripped away. You are, of course, free to think of it whatever you wish. But please don’t just dismiss it as just some finger-wagging Dr. Laura sermon. None of this stuff is really about morality or religion or dogma or big fancy questions of life after death.

The capital-T Truth is about life BEFORE death.

It is about the real value of a real education, which has almost nothing to do with knowledge, and everything to do with simple awareness; awareness of what is so real and essential, so hidden in plain sight all around us, all the time, that we have to keep reminding ourselves over and over:

“This is water.”

“This is water.”

It is unimaginably hard to do this, to stay conscious and alive in the adult world day in and day out. Which means yet another grand cliché turns out to be true: your education really IS the job of a lifetime. And it commences: now.

I wish you way more than luck.”

Bureau of the Public Debt

Bureau of the Public Debt, Doling Out America’s I.O.U.’s | NYTimes.com

Placebos Are Getting More Effective

Placebos Are Getting More Effective. Drugmakers Are Desperate to Know Why | Wired

Dan Pink on the surprising science of motivation

Motivation… Autonomy, Mastery, Purpose. Money doesn’t do it… Dan Pink on the surprising science of motivation | Video on TED.com

Heresy du jour #1

Heresy du jour #1: There are no trends in start-ups Mike Orren

Anyone who’s worked on or invested in a start-up will tell you that there are two parts to the business: the concept and the execution. While both are critically important, I’ll argue that a flawed concept with great execution has a better shot than the inverse.

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“Most people simply don’t understand statistics and the irrelevance of a small sample size. Can’t draw conclusions from one event.”

Who Wants to Be a Cognitive Neuroscientist Millionaire?

Who Wants to Be a Cognitive Neuroscientist Millionaire? | SEEDMAGAZINE.COM

How to Schedule Your Writing Like a Professional Writer

How to Schedule Your Writing Like a Professional Writer | Study Hacks

The 3 key parts of news stories you usually don’t get.

The 3 key parts of news stories you usually don’t get at Newsless.org