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Renee DiResta
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The "sharing economy" is everywhere right now; Pando has spent the better part of a month covering it and it's been prominently featured in the NYT and The Economist. But while many reporters are covering the phenomenon of access-over-ownership from the point of view of the "buyer" (or borrower), few seem to be looking at the economics of the venture-backed marketplaces themselves.

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Travel stories: Everest Base Camp trek Xmas 2012- New Year's 2013

A 70-mile hike to the bottom of the top of the world. Featuring Lukla Airport, eating the same meal for two weeks, frozen toilets, altitude sickness, and frigid nights....to get to one of the most majestic, beautiful places in the world. A landscape that's constantly changing even though nothing is alive. A warm and hospitable people with a culture that thrives where nothing grows. Yaks. The Khumbu Icefall. And Everest. 

 
http://blog.noupsi.de/post/45331257606/everest-base-camp

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It's disappointing to see Google point to "lack of engagement" on Google Reader as their reason for killing it, since their Nov 2011 removal of sharing features is what led people to leave in the first place. The two-step process (neuter, then kill) just prolonged the inevitable. I still haven't found another community as valuable as Reader was to me before they pushed everyone onto Plus. I wrote the post below about it...and then largely dropped off.  

I'm sad to see Reader go. It was a valuable social network for people who care about news. 

http://blog.noupsi.de/post/12227114744/google-plus-is-all-wrong-for-google-reader-style

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On open government, open data, and creating a culture of participation. 

With a viz that shows judicial donation data. :)

http://blog.noupsi.de/post/44607342301/open-judge

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What happens when you apply software-as-a-service principles to scientific research? Can we facilitate progress by streamlining the process? My new post on O'Reilly's Radar blog looks at Science as a Service. 

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This sentence at the end of this paragraph is bizarre:

"If a husband earns less than his wife, she might rightfully expect him to take on some additional responsibilities at home. In reality, however, if she earns more, she spends more time taking care of the household and their children than otherwise similar women in comparable families, who earn less than the husband. One wonders whether such women feel compelled to soothe their husbands' unease at earning less."

As a female trader, I out-earned my male partners (although shockingly, not the ones who did the same thing I did). I also managed the house, because I was just better at planning ahead. I've never heard a woman say, "wow, I wish I earned less than my guy because he feels emasculated by my salary." Maybe such women are running the house because they're  competent and can multitask. Maybe that's also why they're earning more to begin with.

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People searching for "Barack Hussein Obama" aren't looking for the facts.  Using crowdsourced data to visualize the difference between inquiring citizens and right-wing kooks. 

http://blog.noupsi.de/post/35045774923/people-searching-for-barack-hussein-obama-arent

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"Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock, who both gained national prominence by revealing their crazy, misogynist theories on rape and abortion, have decided to hit back in the waning days of the election. New ads out defending the two candidates feature people you meet in the anti-choice testimonial circuit: those who claim to have been conceived in rape and women who had abortions in the past but want to ban it for you. For enthusiasts of bad arguments, it's a veritable feast of delights."

http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2012/11/02/todd_akin_and_richard_mourdock_ads_pro_life_women_defend_the_candidates.html

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"In this election cycle, some 236 years after Jefferson penned the Declaration of Independence, several major party contenders for political office took positions that can only be described as “antiscience”: against evolution, human-induced climate change, vaccines, stem cell research, and more. 

Such positions could typically be dismissed as nothing more than election-year posturing except that they reflect an anti-intellectual conformity that is gaining strength in the U.S. at precisely the moment that most of the important opportunities for economic growth, and serious threats to the well-being of the nation, require a better grasp of scientific issues.
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=antiscience-beliefs-jeopardize-us-democracy"
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