Interesting Links for 19-02-2012
Nevil Shute weekend at White Waltham in May
From the January 2012 Nevil Shute newsletter.
Obama, Facebook and the power of friendship: the 2012 data election | World news | guardian.co.uk
I wonder if this is replicable elsewhere? Probably too expensive for any campaign not in the US...
The 'Undue Weight' of Truth on Wikipedia
Yet another example of Wikipedia's obsession with process rather than actual accuracy of content.
It’s too late for Dave Winer and John Battelle to save the common web — Scobleizer
Why the open web will wither and Facebook-like walled gardens have won.
Andrew Sullivan: How Obama's Long Game Will Outsmart His Critics - The Daily Beast
Written a month ago (a geological era in internet time) but, after last four weeks of Republican self-destruction, looks more rather than less relevant!
Seward's Other Folly: America's First Encrypted Cable (PDF)
Brilliant account of the $19,500 bill for an 1866 telegram to Napoleon III (which in fact was not delivered to him).
Israel's front-line in the South Caucasus
"Today, Aghdam is an extraordinary place. Once a bustling Azeri town, it is now nothing but ruins for as far as the eye can see. But what the eye can't see is that this long-frozen front-line is also now part of the global struggle waged between Israel and its enemies."
Fabulous Graphic Novels For People Who Hate Superheroes
I've read three of these (Fun Home, The Forgotten and QC), and loved them, so the others go on my list!
hawkwing_lb: Culture, location, history
Being an Irish reader of sf and fantasy. "The product of one of history's many intertidal zones, I love a literature to which I'm largely invisible."
New Statesman - The vagabond king
He became dictator, rather briefly, 20 years ago aged 25. What is he doing now?
Work in Brussels? « Blog of Cecilia Malmström
Commissioner Malmström (who knows a thing or two about this) explains how to get your foot in the door in the EU.
The Citizens United catastrophe - The Washington Post
How the Supreme Court ended democracy in America in 2010. (I summarise.)
Postscript « White Coat Underground
Read to the end.
Things I have learnt from and about IVF — Crooked Timber
"IVF is a lot of things. It’s highly political, as I’ve tried to illustrate. It’s unpleasant, tiring and time-consuming. It’s bloody expensive. In all these respects, it’s perhaps not bad practice for the down-sides of parenthood."