Skip to content

Power laws

Million Dollar Murray by Malcolm Gladwell

Solving problems that have power-law distributions doesn’t just violate our moral intuitions; it violates our political intuitions as well. It’s hard not to conclude, in the end, that the reason we treated the homeless as one hopeless undifferentiated group for so long is not simply that we didn’t know better. It’s that we didn’t want to know better. It was easier the old way.

a Grammy would be nice, though

Are We Finally Ready to See Neutral Milk Hotel for What It Really Was?

 Many of that period’s acclaimed songwriters professed to be allergic to the concept of fame. Mangum just meant it.

Joe Matt

a letter from joe matt

Here’s where’s I’m compelled to impart what I consider an important life lesson–

If you’re lost, career-wise, and haven’t a clue what to do wit your life–I think it’s crucial to metaphorically “sit perfectly still and do absolutely nothing” for as long as possible. Jobs, friends–just about anything could be considered a distraction. But, if left to ones own devices (like I was) I think eventually one begins to hear their calling. Passions, interests–these things all lead you to it. And for me, it was just doodling in my sketchbook and eventually making autobiographical vignettes. You can’t go looking for money or success–in fact, you have to act as if you already have those things and still don’t know what to do with yourself–and then it’ll come to you. At least that’s how it happened for me.

Comics Beat obituary

in a just world, a saint


Dear Student

Milgram was ultimately denied tenure because the ethics of his experiment were rightfully questioned. Still, Milgram’s experiment has been continually re-created. Perhaps, what is most telling is not Milgram’s results, but the fact that the experiment continues to be repeated and debated and supported and refuted. When faced with an oppressive authority figure, we wonder how we’ll act, what we’ll do, who we’ll obey. The answers, unfortunately, aren’t clear. Even good teachers, kind teachers, given an oppressive hierarchical system, will misuse their authority.

Chilling (and not like a deli product)

The Parable of the Turkey

“How lucky we are,”

peak oil

Collapse might be interesting to write about, if only everyone else wasn’t doing it.

Hubbert’s Peak is Finally Here

From here on out, just six counties in West Texas must meet all global demand growth. […] Using our neural network, we have updated our basin analysis, and the results are shocking. [This area] is likely less than a year from peaking and starting its decline. The only source of non-OPEC supply growth is now primarily tapped out.

What is Hubbert’s Peak Theory?

Hubbert’s peak is defined as the point where the demand for the resources is rising at its highest production rate and then expects a reduction in the correlation with the increased demand.
Technically speaking, when looking into the future, there is almost an unlimited amount of oil still to be extracted. This implies that we are not yet close to reaching peak energy.


via Reddit


i need to figure out something i can write about. motivation is very low.

Interviewing yourself

Aiden Truhen and Nick Harkaway discuss the morality of fiction, the descent of the world, and the Addams Family”

AT: Except that we have different writing styles and different ways of being in the world and I’m massively antisocial and live in a houseboat on a middle-European river and you live in London and you’re basically a soft touch.

NH: I think we’re growing together somewhat now. Although I do wish the houseboat thing was real sometimes.

Donald Glover Interviews Donald Glover

Yeah, so first question, why’d you want to do this?

I guess I don’t love interviews and I asked myself, “Why don’t you like interviews?” And I think part of it is that the questions are usually the same. This way I can get questions I usually don’t get asked.

You don’t think this is contrived?

I don’t think it’s more contrived than any other interview.

[i like to do things in threes, i can’t find a third self interview, i feel like this is something that Kanye would do but i want articles that amuse me, not irritate me; oh well]

Brivs Mekis

Reconstruction of the Fables

The story of Brevs Mekis and his doublehouse is just one of the many intriguing tall tales that populate Fables of the Reconstruction. But the thing about tall tales is that they change with each retelling; every time you reconstruct the fables (so to speak), you add new bricks and change things around.

[Fables is one of my all time favourite records]