Category Archives: Current Events

2014 in Summary

From Vox, a well-made recap of 2014:

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The Tallest Cow in the World

6ft, 4in, from Illinois. Nothing else to add:

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Caution Falling Ice

My coworker just outside our office: Classic. Happy holidays.

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Thoughtful Context on North Korea

A thoughtful and concise article in the LA Times lays out some interesting context surrounding North Korea’s recent executions, and why this start (or continuation) of a “youthful revolution” may very well lead to substantially more instability and uncertainty. A … Continue reading

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Iceland’s First Armed Police Incident

I saw this this morning. While it’s unfortunate, the fact that Icelandic police have never used lethal force in any operation until yesterday says a lot about the country. From the BBC: Icelandic police have shot dead a man who was firing … Continue reading

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Southie Development Time Lapse

I have three good friends who all live in this building, a few blocks up the street from my place. A year ago it was in pretty rough shape, likely abandoned and condemned. This time lapse below, covering the gutting … Continue reading

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Bob Lefsetz on Changing Markets and Jeff Bezos

I thought this was thoughtful: “You double down in a crisis. When the stock market tanks, you don’t pull your money out, you buy. This was the record labels’ biggest mistake, it haunts them to this day, when Napster hit … Continue reading

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Obama & Xi Jinping

Tigger and Winnie. James Fallows: “According to everyone I know in China, all writing in at once, here is the now-most-wildly-popular image being shared on Sina Weibo (Chinese version of Twitter)”:

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“I imagine the Chinese do a better job at spying on Canadians than the Canadians do”

My friend Paul, a Canadian, in response to the recent NSA events: “[The stories] made me wonder what the Canadian spy agency does.  This is one of the stories that came up first: ‘There are reports Canada’s spy agency is appealing … Continue reading

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Outsourcing Gavel Production in the US Senate

The following is a guest post from Robin Bose. Robin went to MIT with me and likes beer almost as much as I do. He’s also a great singer.  The United States Senate has a busy 2013 summer schedule: a new … Continue reading

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