Icosian Reflections

…a tendency to systematize and a keen sense

that we live in a broken world.

Reading Feed (June 2015)


Blog: Marginal Revolution | Sir Thomas Browne’s successful and failed neologisms -- Successes: 'medical', 'electricity', 'hallucination', 'inconsistent'.

Blog: Thing of Things | You Don’t Have To Be Good At Relationships To Be Poly


Blog: Coffee Spoons | Happy (Belated) Feminist Rage Day! -- On Tim Hunt, and failings in how we talk about women in science, even when meaning well.

Blog: Shtetl-Optimized | FCRC Highlights -- One of the great triumphs of Scott Aaronson's Quantum Complexity Theory course is that it left me in a place where I can read the technical parts of Shtetl-Optimized and actually approximately understand them. (Unlike, say, Terry Tao's What's New, where I can understand the theorem statements on a good day, if I'm lucky.)


Blog: Malcolm Ocean | Unlearning Shoddy Thinking


Blog: Schneier on Security | Research on The Trade-off Between Free Services and Personal Data -- "Our findings, instead, support a new explanation: a majority of Americans are resigned to giving up their data­ -- and that is why many appear to be engaging in tradeoffs [of information about themselves as a tradeoff for benefits they receive]." Also, xkcd on.


Blog: GiveWell | Incoming Program Officer for Criminal Justice Reform: Chloe Cockburn -- Cockburn comes to GiveWell from the ACLU, and I for one am excited about the prospect of the rise of evidence-based policy reform!

Blog Random Short Posts | Why do linear models work?


Blog: Shtetl-Optimized | The End of Suffering?

Blog: Thing of Things | Book Post for May

WaPo: Just how Kafkaesque is the court that oversees NSA spying? -- I got a 6/11

News: Finnegans Wake becomes a hit book in China

Blog: Schneier on Security | US Also Tried Stuxnet Against North Korea -- ...and it didn't work.

Blog: Marginal Revolution | Google Car Drives Like Your Grandma