- Why the Internet Is a Great Tool for Totalitarians
It’s always good to balance your views, so why not also think about how the Internet may harm freedom?
- Caring for Your Introvert
While I think the author’s overly satirical tone actually does a disservice to the content of the article, as an introvert I still urge you to read this.
- Understanding Pac-Man Ghost Behavior
This is a great example how a few simple rules can create complex looking behavior patterns in AI opponents.
- Abandon resolutions. Stop looking for a soulmate. Reject positive thinking
For once somebody managed to write a sensible article regarding new year’s resolutions.
- Farmer-scientist group wants to ‘hack society’ through open-source technology
About Open Source Ecology and the Global Village Construction Set. Awesome!
- The New Year in Snowflakes
Very nice little Clojure doodle by Chris Houser.
- Monads Are Not Metaphors
A pretty good explanation of monads for everyone struggling with the concept. It should be easy to follow even if your Scala is less than fluent (like mine is).
- Spacecraft escaping the Solar System
Positions and other data of the 5 spacecraft leaving our solar system on escape trajectories. The space geek in me likes this a lot.
- Wem gehoert der Brokkoli?
Companies are trying to get patents on vegetables, fruits and even animals (in German).
- 7 Billion
A National Geographic special series about the world’s population reaching 7 billion in 2011.