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Chris Hibbert
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I'm in Greece this week with Effect.org. We're doing a hackathon to help a few organizations working with the refugees. First we'll spend a few days meeting people who run organizations working to improve the integration experience, and who help run some of the camps. We'll also be visiting some of the refugees to get ideas for what to build.



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Hilarious. Of course this will be more relevant to people who are familiar with pokemon or software company names. Niantic (where I used to work) is now developing a Pokemon-themed game.

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I just read a five part sequence (Thanks SSC) by Ada Palmer  on Machiavelli that is extremely well-written and very effective. Part one gives the context of Machiavelli's work, and explains how important Florence was to him and why that continues to matter to us. Palmer doesn't spend much virtual ink actually justifying Machiavelli as a hero, rather she explains the dire situation Florence was in, and how and why that mattered to Machiavelli.

She ends the first part of the series by giving him as great an accolade as she can imagine. You know the parlor game in which you imagine sending a message back to some past historical figure on their deathbed (not in order to change history, but to tell them that they made a difference)? She would take that opportunity to reassure Machiavelli that his beloved Florence continues to flourish and is held in such high esteem that (by the UNESCO World Heritage Convention) "it is on the list of places  [that] all the powers of the Earth have agreed to protect with all their resources."

In the next three or four parts, Palmer explains and justifies her claim that Machiavelli invented modern Political Science and the modern approach to ethics. It's well worth reading. 

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 A teeny Australian carnivorous spider with hints of mind.

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John Oliver is a little funny, but he's right on about getting the public's attention on Snowden's revelations on the NSA.

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Daniel Beltrá is a nature photographer, taking large-scale photos from the air. The link I followed (from Reason magazine) was for the series called Spill, which includes images taken after the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico, but there are also three other series called Greenland, Ice, and Iceland which will likely also interest you. 

The Edelman Gallery has exhibits on-line from several other artists. I don't think I'm done perusing them.

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Pretty stunning photos of New York City from 7500 feet up in a helicopter.

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How's your French? I bought a copy of Charlie Hebdo from the Google Play store, and am brushing off my high school French. All the articles and all the cartoons are here.

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Nice trailer for Endgame. Disclaimer: I work for Niantic Labs, a part of Google, and we're building the game.

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Ramez Naam, a Prometheus Winner, reminds us of some good things that happened last year.
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