As Alan Kay, a major pioneer of today’s software-eaten planet, pointed out recently, the Internet doesn’t have stop, shut down, or rewind buttons. Once it was turned on, history was essentially rebooted.
- The Discovery of Dolphin Language
I’m always interested in articles on animal language, not only because I think they are cool from a language perspective, but also because I hope that the more people learn about this, the more respect they’ll show for animals.
- Das Kilo für 1,20 Dollar
If you think clothing donations help poor people, you should reconsider. This should be fairly well known by now, but this article (in German) is a good summary of the problems.
- Voyager 1 hits new region at solar system edge
Launched in 1977, Voyager 1 is on the edge of our solar system now.
- The Spoon Theory
A touching article by a Lupus patient on how she explained her illness to her best friend.
- Der Breivik aus Traun
On the same day as Anders Breivik, there also was an Austrian whose hate for foreigners was so great that he decided to kill (in German).
- Facebook tells India it won’t help censor the Web
For once some good news related to Facebook.
- What Really Happened Aboard Air France 447
A transcript of the flight recorder with additional information about aviation specifics.
- 17-year-old wins 100k for creating cancer-killing nanoparticle
Maybe all this cultural pessimism about “today’s youth” is unnecessary?
- The Rise of Developeronomics
According to this rather long Forbes article, it’s a real good moment for being a software developer.
- Party of Swindlers and Thieves
For people not entirely up to date on Russian issues, this seems to be a good writeup of the recent elections and their meaning.
The progression is the same everywhere: first the people ask, then they demand, then they come and they take.