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Just about to go on with Marc Goodman (@futurecrimes) for a discussion of his book Future Crimes starting in about 7 minutes, here:  Join us!  It should be a fascinating conversation.
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Really great career advice here: "Getting off the “I should learn Python… someday” train and focusing on topics that interest me (rather than an arbitrary skill I thought I should learn) was extremely liberating."
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Back in the early 2001 I actually picked up a copy of "Programming Perl", which is probably the most controversial technical volume ever written. Just felt like leaning a new language. No, I didn't become a Perl guru, but going through the learning helped my professional growth in many ways. So, thank you Tim, Larry and other good technical folks. Keep producing quality books. We will read them.
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Sunsets at the porch of the SF Opera, best place I have ever been for them.
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Fascinating history of the lobbying campaign that took streets away from pedestrians and gave them to motorists.
In the 1920s, auto groups redefined who owned the city street.
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First principles: Democratic governments, from laws to budgets to policies, should be transparent and accountable by default to the public they serve, while the lives and thoughts of the people should be private by default from the state. Mass surveillance and lethal drone programs cannot and should not be excepted from this standard.
How did a constitutional law professor, vocal critic of President George W. Bush’s war on terror, and Nobel Peace Prize winner come to oversee an unprecedented campaign of secret targeted killing with drones, as well as the most extensive dragnet surveillance that the world has ever seen?
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The best definition of Freudian psychoanalysis I've ever seen, from poet W.H. Auden:

"...he merely told
the unhappy Present to recite the Past
like a poetry lesson till sooner or later
it faltered at the line where
long ago the accusations had begun..."

Quoted in Richard Greene's introduction to the Collector's Library edition of Graham Greene's Ministry of Fear.

(I found the book a bit odd, but compelling.)
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I'm going to be interviewing Marc Goodman, author of the amazing book Future Crimes via hangout this afternoon - 4pm Eastern, 1 pm Pacific. Marc takes us into the underworld of the future (happening now), where criminals are early adopters ("Moore's Law and Moore's Outlaws" is the provocative chapter of one title.)  We'll explore the risks and the resilience of the next stage of technology.
Tweet your questions for the chat with the hashtag #FutureCrimesConvo, and start reading Future Crimes now:

In FUTURE CRIMES, one of the world’s leading authorities on global security, Marc Goodman, takes readers deep into the digital underground to expose the alarming ways criminals, corporations, and even countries are using new and emerging technologies against you—and how this makes everyone more vulnerable than ever imagined. 

Marc Goodman will be in conversation with Tim O'Reilly, CEO of O'Reilly Media. Since 1978, Tim O'Reilly has been a chronicler and catalyst of leading-edge development, honing in on the technology trends that really matter and galvanizing their adoption by amplifying "faint signals" from the alpha geeks who are creating the future. His company is publisher of the iconic "animal books" for software developers, creator of the first commercial website (GNN), organizer of the summit meeting that gave the open source software movement its name, and he was a key figure in the "Web 2.0" renaissance after the dot com bust, focusing the industry on the role of data rather than software in driving competitive advantage in the next generation of applications.
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Neville Chamberlin, Winston Churchill, and climate change. A good reminder to politicians about the importance of thinking about things that are hard to imagine.
A two-part essay about the human heart, the human mind, and how they relate to the climate crisis.
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Absolutely fascinating exploration of the microbiome of a city.

For those who don't know what the microbiome is, the article defines it with some interesting statistics:

"Typically, every person is home to about a hundred trillion microbial cells bearing five million different genes, totaling about 5 pounds of micro-organisms per person. Indeed, microbes in and on the body outnumber human cells about 10 to one.

“You are a minority party in the democracy of the body,” Dr. Mason said.

"The body’s collection of microbes, called the microbiome, influences health in ways that researchers are only beginning to understand. They may be key to proper digestion, vitamin synthesis and brain function, new research suggests. Changes among the millions of microbes living in the human stomach also may promote obesity, trigger ulcers or affect how well a flu vaccine works."

The article describes a research project to explore signs of this microbiome expressed on surfaces throughout the NYC subways.

My two favorite quotes:

“A city is like an organism,” said IBM Corp. computational biologist Robert Prill, who is among those at the company investigating ways to better collect and analyze these immense new public-health genome databases. “It has a circulating system consisting of the movement of people.”


“We know next to nothing about the ecology of urban environments,” said evolutionary biologist Jonathan Eisen at the University of California at Davis. “How will we know if there is something abnormal if we don’t know what normal is?”
Scientists in 18-Month Project Gather DNA Throughout Transit System to Identify Germs, Study Urban Microbiology
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Super-interesting. I am fascinated by the possibilities.
Tricky? Sure. But it would transform the net into a universal “source of truth.”
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Changing someone else's code: how it looks vs. how it feels
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+Randall Farmer​ Hah, haven't seen the svn praise alias used in a long time.

Where I used to work, people would always use it when code was committed by a supervisor, as an in-joke.
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