Elian Daiva

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This Will Make You Smarter: 151 Big Thinkers Each Pick a Concept to Enhance Your Cognitive Toolkit

Every year for more than a decade, intellectual impresario and <i>Edge</i> editor <b>John Brockman</b> has been asking the era’s greatest thinkers a single annual question, designed to illuminate some important aspect of how we understand the world. In 2010, he asked how the Internet is changing the way we think. …

Good Writing vs. Talented Writing

The secrets of good writing have been debated again and again and again. But “good writing” might, after all, be the wrong ideal to aim for. In <b>About Writing: Seven Essays, Four Letters, and Five Interviews</b> (<i>public library</i>), celebrated author and literary critic <b>Samuel Delany</b> — who, for a fascinating …

The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge: A 1939 Manifesto for the Incalculable Rewards of Curiosity

In an age obsessed with practicality, productivity, and efficiency, I frequently worry that we are leaving little room for abstract knowledge and for the kind of curiosity that invites just enough serendipity to allow for the discovery of ideas we didn’t know we were interested in until we are, …

Richard Feynman on good, evil, and the Zen of science: http://j.mp/14mylhc

A city with two gigabit Internet ISPs, and neither one is Google Fiber

Gigabit speed for $45 to $65 in Vancouver, but not throughout the city.<p>Gigabit Internet service is popping up in all sorts of places, from Google …

Five things Snowden leaks revealed about NSA’s original warrantless wiretaps

Looking through call records? It was actually the telcos' idea.<p>As stories based on Edward Snowden’s trove of leaked National Security Agency (NSA) …