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Fond Memories Of Two Fine Gentlemen From Alabama

I worked under Harvey Craig for 10 years at Mooresville Belle-Mina Elementary School. I learned of his death this morning. A fine gentleman. He …


A new ‘ethnicity recognition’ tool is just automated racial profiling

Potential uses include racism and, well, absolutely nothing else.<p>Even when used ethically, facial recognition technology carries with it a whole host …

Machine Learning

Monday Morning

Landscape Photography

The Language of Dreams

What Dreams Are, and a Simple Method for Interpreting Their Meaning<p>“Remember, a dream is a letter from home. It gives us information about ourselves …


No Middle Ground So Throw Me The Lard

Eternity?<p>Like, forever?<p>Unending… the road that goes on… forever?<p>A line? Is eternity a line? A straight line? A wobbly line?<br>Can’t be. If eternity is a …

The Coming Collapse

The Trump administration did not rise, prima facie, like Venus on a half shell from the sea. Donald Trump is the result of a long process of …


Free Speech Isn’t Free If It Costs You

Reddit and the Struggle to Detoxify the Internet<p>Dear Ev,<p>Yesterday I read this eye-opening piece in The New Yorker, <b>Reddit and the Struggle to Detoxify</b> …


Spaceport America: New Mexico’s Protracted Gamble on Commercial Spaceflight

Just over a decade ago, Spaceport America promised great things to two of New Mexico’s poorest counties. Today, that promise remains unfulfilled.<p>The …

Space Travel

Dying Alone Together Again Without You

After Van Gogh cut off his ear he sold his headphones in order to buy more oil paint in tubes. Prior to 1841 oil paint came in pig bladders. Or glass …

David Lynch

Our golden age of TV: amid collapse, a new family emerges

Our present, many have noted, is a new golden age of television, defined by the rise of a range of sophisticated, creative and powerful serial shows. …


Taking my brain off-line

<i>“Everybody everywhere , has his own movie going, his own scenario, and everybody is acting his movie out like mad, only most people don’t know that</i> …

Online Life

Ghost Towns and Historic Villages of Sierra County

Chloride was once a bustling mining town with a variety of businesses. Today it is home to the Pioneer Store Museum, a gift shop, an RV Park, the …

‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ Is Still the ‘Ultimate Trip’

In the spring of 1964 the filmmaker Stanley Kubrick was very worried. NASA was about to fly the Mariner 4 space probe past Mars.<p>At the time he was deep in development of a blockbuster film about the discovery of alien intelligence. Word was that MGM had bet their studio on the film. What if Mariner …

Science Fiction

The Fundamental Nihilism of Yanny vs. Laurel

Some people heard the word “laurel” in a short audio clip that became internet-famous this week, while others heard the not-word “yanny.” This proves …


Have You Had a Psychedelic Trip Worth Telling?

Medium and bestselling author Michael Pollan want to hear your story<p>You learn a lot on a book tour, much of it unexpected and some of it …


'Reluctant Psychonaut' Michael Pollan Embraces The 'New Science' Of Psychedelics

Author Michael Pollan had always been curious about psychoactive plants, but his interest skyrocketed when he heard about a research study in which people with terminal cancer were given a psychedelic called psilocybin — the active ingredient in "magic mushrooms" — to help them deal with their …

Time Travel

You don’t have a right to believe whatever you want to

Do we have the right to believe whatever we want to believe? This supposed right is often claimed as the last resort of the wilfully ignorant, the …

Barack Obama

2017 Annual Report

A special thank-you to Maddie’s Fund for funding transformational programs in 2017. This partnership helped support new community cat programs, …

Annual Reports

The painter behind Jethro Tull's Aqualung cover is still haunted by its success

His quest to receive proper compensation illuminates the struggle for artists’ rights, and how decades-old grievances become coded into rock and roll …

British Virgin Islands

Welcome to the Google Extended Universe™

There’s absolutely no way this will go poorly.<p>Google knows what you search late at night. It knows what directions you need and where you’re going. …


Can bubbles unlock the secrets of life? Samsam Bubbleman thinks they can


These women of color want to make the weed industry less white and male

Supernova Women and Asian Americans for Cannabis Education are using education to diversify the marijuana business.<p>The Fighters is a series that …


Rural Kansas is dying. I drove 1,800 miles to find out why

Most Americans experience Kansas from inside their cars, eight hours of cruise-controlled tedium on their way to someplace else. Even residents of …


How can we be sure AI will behave? Perhaps by watching it argue with itself. - MIT Technology Review

Someday, it might be perfectly normal to watch an AI system fight with itself.<p>The concept comes from researchers at OpenAI, a nonprofit founded by …

Artificial Intelligence

The puzzle of beauty

Rather than a golden ratio or a moral judgment, beauty is more like a radical jolt that awakens us to the world<i>By Shahidha Bari</i>Read at Aeon

Michelle Obama

The techno dystopia of a Slovenian glass factory is a timeless mashup of people and machines


These should be the end times for American patriotism

Patriotism is the organising passion of modern political life in the United States yet its vitality defies obvious explanation. The country has no …

Political Science

Bill Cosby’s Coming Salvation

Inspired by A Love Letter to Bill Cosby<p>I Spy served as my introduction to Bill Cosby. Very cool show. Lost interest in him after it ended, even …

Bill Cosby


‘They’re like little actors that only ever get to play one role. Everything they do is their swansong.’ Stop-motion animation, created by capturing …


Toward an expanded canon of dad rock

Dad rock usually means music for straight, white, American dads, even though there are so many other kinds. Let’s change that.<p><b>There is no agreed</b> …

Michael Jackson