August 2022

Saturday, 27 August 2022

Punching Holes

Mike Hoye: “The idea of ‘code’ as an information control-flow mechanism barely enters into it; that compilers exist at all is given a brief nod at the start of chapter 25 of 27, but otherwise it’s holes-in-cardboard all the way down. You can draw a straight line back in time from Unicode through a century of evolving punchcard standards all the way to the Hollerith Census Tabulator of 1890.”


Long Covid, The Long History Version

Zeynep Tufekci: “We need a National Institute for Postviral Conditions, similar to the National Cancer Institute, to oversee and integrate research. Neither academia — prone to silos and drawn to work that leads to notable publications, which can leave important questions underexplored — nor the private sector — focused on profits — is up to the task alone.”


Friday, 26 August 2022

A Tsunami Brewing

Scott Galloway: “If advocating for fraternites and gay rights in subsequent paragraphs sounds inconsistent, you can take comfort in knowing that the world is not cable-TV news.”


The anomaly of cheap complexity

Andrew Appel: “‘When I showed the first [draft of this talk] to some coworkers they said, ‘you really need to end on a more optimistic note.’”


Wednesday, 24 August 2022

Ukraine’s Defense Against Russia’s Re-invasion Reaches the Six Month Mark

Adam L Silverman: “We are witnessing the only just war any of us will ever see in our lifetimes. We are watching everything that American leaders have pontificated about as our national ideals be defended by a state and a society that six months ago was still a transitional democracy with all the flaws and blemishes that result from that hard transition.”


Sunday, 21 August 2022

Welfare Queens

Scott Galloway: “Ninety percent of U.S. coal-fired power is now more expensive to operate than replacement wind or solar sources. And that’s not for lack of investment in coal.”


Friday, 19 August 2022

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Wednesday, 17 August 2022

Op-Ed: The CDC loosened its COVID rules. Who fills in this public health vacuum?

Wendy Netter Epstein And Daniel Goldberg, Los Angeles Times: “The end result? A request to parents to sign a waiver and select this option: ‘Please DO NOT test my Camper for Covid-19 if he/she/they present with mild cold symptoms.’ In other words, let COVID spread.”


One-Year Trajectory of Cognitive Changes in Older Survivors of COVID-19 in Wuhan, China

JAMA Neurology: “The overall incidence of cognitive impairment in survivors 12 months after discharge was 12.45%. Among individuals with severe cases, 26 (10.00%) had dementia and 69 (26.54%) had MCI at 6 months. The numbers increased to 39 (15.00%) for dementia and remained at 68 (26.15%) for MCI at 12 months …. Survivors of nonsevere COVID-19 and control individuals had comparable frequencies of dementia and MCI at both 6 and 12 months”


Monday, 15 August 2022

The doges of war: how a Twitter meme is helping fight the Russian war in Ukraine

Pez Pearson, Yorkshire Bylines: “In contrast, when Korybko has to argue with a NAFO account about whether or not he ‘has a huge head’ he is unable to include much in the way of Kremlin talking points.”


Fetterman keeps attacking Oz for being from New Jersey. That’s resonating in parochial PA.

Julia Terruso, The Philadelphia Inquirer: “Every single thing about our state promotes local identity,’ said Ben Forstate, a Democratic political analyst from Western Pennsylvania, more specifically, Allegheny County, more specifically Pittsburgh, and more specifically the North Hills neighborhood.”