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We love our readers. But not unconditionally ... ;-) Some thank me for the comfort our blog offers, the assurance that if we got through all of that, which was so much worse, we can certainly get through this ... What’s it like to live in Jozef Imrich's Book... Charitably, a reader noted "I read Cold River but I sure never want to live in that totalitarian environment and period ... even the music was bad..."
Social media is moving at breakneck speeds and what was yesterday’s latest craze is today’s “That is so 2015.” In order to stay on top of your social media game, you need to know what’s going on in this ever-evolving social world. Knowledge is power, and the more social media knowledge you have, the less likely you’ll be hanging out on MySpace when everyone else has moved on to Snapchat and Periscope...
Economists Forgot Smith and Darwin’s Message: Society Cannot Function Without Moral Bonds Evonomics
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury
Blogging Report by integrated marketing analytics software company TrackMaven has found that 3 p.m. EST is the best time to publish blog articles.
What’s surprising is the study finds longer posts are more shareable. In fact, posts that are 1200 to 1400 words long perform best in terms of shareability, with an average of 428 social shares per post
But what’s not surprising is that blogs that are standard to fairly easy to read get more shares. Unsurprisingly, posts with a readability rating of “very difficult” perform the worst, with an average of 64 social shares per post
Whom to Trust: Why We Persistently Get It Wrong
Assessing the trustworthiness of others is a ubiquitous and fundamental process. If these trustworthiness assessments translate into trusting behaviour, understanding how ‘trust beliefs’ are
formed is consequential. The current US presidential election may hinge on voter assessments of the trustworthiness of candidates. The victims of the US investment fraudster Bernie Madoff are reminders of the potentially severe financial consequences of misallocated trust. ( .. In taxing jeff we trust ...
First discovery of 50,000-year-old human settlements in Australian interior Ars Technica
Australian democracy is in very serious jeopardy MacroBusiness
What does the great newspaper squeeze of 2016 mean for investigative journalism?
Bill Gates and Working Out Loud Week, November 7–13
Work out loud on Yammer—7-day challenge
After months of hard work and collaboration with some of the type industry’s leading foundries, today we’re proud to launch Typekit Marketplace — thousands of fonts completely new to our catalog, and a new way to find and buy type
Last week, Patrick Lagacé -- a columnist for the Quebec paper La Presse -- revealed that the Montreal police had gotten a secret warrant to spy on his phone calls and text messages and collect the location data from his phone, seemingly in an attempt to discover which police officers were the source for stories in La Presseabout police corruption (confusingly, Lagacé wasn't involved in these stories) It is better to be talked about and spied on then to be left alone ...
“In finance? Not partnered with MEdia Dragons? You’re in trouble”
If you were designing a nation from scratch, it would look something like Australia. A Eurasian people, boring politicians, and an economy that virtually runs itself. Powering Australia’s Economic Surge ... (via BC in NYT)
Extensions of prediction markets, and when they work well
This site [have i been pwned] came often did post-breach analysis of user credentials and kept finding the same accounts exposed over and over again, often with the same passwords which then put the victims at further risk of their other accounts being compromised. The FAQs page goes into a lot more detail, but all the data on this site comes from publicly leaked “breaches” or in other words, personal account data that has been illegally accessed then released into the public domain. Have I been pwned? aggregates it and makes it readily searchable..”
For years, I’ve wanted to create something that would capture the sense of helplessness I feel in the face of horrific onscreen images, the kinds of clips that 24-hour news programming seems to specialize in. ... read more