It’s quite interesting that despite 150+ years of revolutions and refinement of chess, the first-move advantage has effectively remained untouched. The only way around it is to make sure that competitors play an even number of games as White and Black.
Dark Leviathan Aeon. “The Silk Road might have started as a libertarian experiment, but it was doomed to end as a fiefdom run by pirate kings.” In a totally rights-respecting manner, of course.
Knowledge-Based Trust: Estimating the Trustworthiness of Web Sources [PDF] archiv.org
Having Fun LRB. Public shaming on the Internet.
Fruity! How ‘transgender’ avocado trees change their sex overnight in a matter of hours Daily Mail
Rich People Are Great at Spending Money to Make Their Kids Rich, Too The Atlantic
Greatest mass extinction driven by acidic oceans, study finds Science Daily
Buiter on the death of cash FT Alphaville
How Robots & Algorithms Are Taking Over New York Review of Books
Comrades, The Lannisters Have No More Gold! Paul Mason