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Jonathan Zacsh
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This isn't a new video, but it's one worth watching every so often. It's a detailed time-lapse of European borders from 1000 to 2003. Two things are particularly striking to me about it: how occasionally long periods of relative border stability pop up (such as between 1950 and 1989), but mostly the borders are continuously in flux; and how the sizes of regions of political control vary over time, with some periods and regions favoring large, stable states, and other periods favoring tiny micro-states.

It's important to remember that our view of borders as being static, sanctioned things, any change to which implies a gross violation of norms, is very much a post-1945 view; this was the idea enshrined by the United Nations, that these borders ought to be more or less reified and that war over land was no longer acceptable. Quite a few of our modern geopolitical problems, from Iraq to the Crimea, come from the fact that the borders which happened to be settled at that time bore little relationship to the natural political divisions in the area, while other problems (like Lebanon) come from the fact that these natural divisions are rarely static; populations and relationships change over time.

This map is a good reminder of just how unusual this idea of static borders really is, and just why trying to maintain it isn't easy.

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Exciting: Annotating, the act of creating associations between distinct pieces of information, is a pervasive activity online in many guises. Web citizens make comments about online resources using either tools built in to the hosting website, external web services, or the functionality of an annotation client. Comments about shared photos or videos, reviews of products, or even social network mentions of web resources could all be considered as annotations.

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Awesome documentary about automata of the 1700s

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Glad I read this, I'll have to check out some of his titles mentioned

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I've ALWAYS wanted to know what these are!!! Satisfaction!!

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I'd really like to see the functionality of this Chrome application integrated into Gmail. End-to-end encryption is something that I strongly believe should be supported. Just my personal opinion.

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"When our governing officials dismiss due process as mere semantics [...] we have ceased to be our own rulers"

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