Monthly Archives: October 2013

Eight reasons for real optimism about the future of newspapers

Good article from the Niemann Journalism lab: The newsonomics of outrageous confidence by Ken Doctor.

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My new focus: evil

Earlier this week my nephew and I were discussing what I should take on next. He recommended that I consider devoting myself to evil – he thought I might find it fun and rewarding. Well, it turns out he may … Continue reading

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Why bee colonies collapse: complexity, causation and robustness

Updated 10/26/2013 Just read a research highlight on why bee colonies collapse. Briefly, colonies begin to decline when “the number of functionally impaired bees reaches a critical threshold,” even if no bees have actually been killed. This makes it very … Continue reading

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Ideal work pattern: time allocation

I’ve been thinking not only about what I want to do next, but also how I want to work next. As I look back at how I’ve done previous roles, there are things I’d do fundamentally differently. The one that … Continue reading

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David Foster Wallace on education: This is water

Since I’m starting to look at education, among other things, this commencement speech on the value of a liberal arts education is appropriate. Plus it’s wonderful – many thanks to my nephew, Nate, for pointing this out. Note that this … Continue reading

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Stop watching us

Today’s post is sponsored by the NSA:  

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Mark Thoma: How the internet is changing what economists do

Mark Thoma just published an interesting new column in on how the work of economists is changing in The Fiscal Times on how the work of economists is changing. Thoma states that there is a requirement for “real-time models” that … Continue reading

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