Good Saturday morning. Pour yourself a strong cup of Joe, settle down into your favorite chair, and enjoy these longer form weekend reads:

• Secrets of the Brain (National Geographic)
• Forget GMO, Monsanto Is Going Organic in a Quest for the Perfect Veggie (Wired)
• ‘It Was Just the Dumbest Luck’ — Facebook’s First Employees Look Back (Mashable)
• How Music Hijacks Our Perception of Time (Nautilus)
Confessions of a TSA Agent: Dear America, I Saw You Naked (Politico)
Silicon Valley: It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way (TechCrunch) see also Too Many Sorry Excuses for Apology (DealBook)
• How Jenna Lyons Transformed J.Crew Into A Cult Brand (FastCo)
• In Conversation: Saturday Night Live’s Lorne Michaels (Vulture)
• Our Interview With Jeopardy! Champion Arthur Chu (Mental Flosssee also Jeopardy’s New Game-Theory Devotee Is One to Keep an Eye On (The Wire)
• The Woody Allen Allegations: Not So Fast (Daily Beast)

What else do you have planned for the weekend?


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11 Responses to “10 Weekend Reads”

  1. swag says:

    Interactive chronology of data breaches

  2. hue says:

    There’s a Gene for That: Welcome to a new age of biological determinism. (Jacobin)

    Glamor Junkies: The Culture of Heroin Addiction (National Review)

    It was 50 years ago today, Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play: The Beatles first U.S. concert (npr) The Beautiful Flow of Pi (Cool Infographics)

  3. swag says:

    Amanda, @TrappedAtMyDesk on Twitter, Dies, Age Unknown

    She is survived by her 5,141 followers, but did she ever exist?

  4. chartist says:

    Dear TSA, I just passed two bottles of Sake through your detector for carry-on luggage out of Nagoya, Japan on Saturday…..I didn’t intend to try this it was just my mistake in packing luggage…..But hey, no one is perfect.

  5. Ah, youth. As David Foster Wallace once said, while ruminating on his first novel The Broom of the System, “people in their twenties should be denied pen and paper.”

    Of course he was being facetious and self-effacing, but I could not help be reminded of the quote as I read that piece on Silicon Valley.

    It’s not that Kim-Mai Cutler says anything that’s obviously stupid, but the natural ignorance of youth rumbles under the surface for the entire article only to erupt every now and then in some really suspect ideas.

    “Moreover, tech industry workers are increasingly treated like bankers during 2008 in the mainstream media. It’s strange considering how many people I know who came here because they wanted to work on hard, technical problems with meaningful impact.” Really? Everyone who ever went in to finance never had any hope to have meaningful impact, and if they did, it excuses their deplorable behavior later? Sorry, but your initial intentions are neither relevant nor particularly interesting nor make you very different from other young people.

    “The Tenderloin won’t gentrify in a classic way.” I’m sorry, but that is completely implausible. Once the money gets in there, the “political power” of the current entrenched interests will be overwhelmed and the SROs will be out sooner or later. There’s going to be no mixed community because the rich won’t allow it. They never do. To not understand how the current political power might not be tomorrow’s political power is at best willful ignorance, at worst evidence that this is just tech propaganda.

    “There is a reason why a libertarian vein runs through the technology community here. It’s not borne out of callousness or indifference. It comes from a pervasive feeling that our institutions have become too sclerotic and encumbered by special interests to serve us. There is distrust on both sides. It doesn’t have to be this way.” Um, yes, it does. It’s *always* this way. You have people with diametrically opposed interests at times. Status quo is the result. That’s society!

    And the reason why there are a lot of libertarians is because they are selfish, deluded and privileged and want to secure all of their privileges forever…devil take the hindmost. The institutions are only “sclerotic” when they stand in *their way*. When the institutions help them trample the poor and disadvantaged, the institutions are *great*! Ughh….

    [Sorry for the long post, Barry]

    • Whammer says:

      Good points, Old Book. Sclerosis is a feature, not a bug. Balance of powers and all that stuff. I get a little amused when I hear people say stuff like “in China, you could build that in 6 months”, or “in Russia, they don’t get in the way of progress (meaning business).” Oddly, many of those same people feel as though they are defenders of liberty……

  6. Whammer says:

    That’s a lot of reading. Now for something completely different — Blazing Saddles was released 40 years ago yesterday!

  7. S Brennan says:

    Old Book,

    I agree with you:

    “It’s strange considering how many people I know who came here because they wanted to work on hard, technical problems with meaningful impact.”

    Bullshit, I lived there in the mid 90′s to early 00′s, people of the valley may have a patina of concern applied to their metallic soul…after an acid-wash of greed…but who do you think taught bankers that untold riches lie in the pursuit of villainy?

    It was the valley, software in particular, that taught the country that paying your taxes is for losers and yet, software suckles tenaciously on the government tit. Without 90 years of copyright and patents that can be “renewed” indefinitely and/or used as blackmail, software would [and should] be a cottage industry.

    • Exactly. If I had had more time, I could have written more concisely *and* mentioned our overbearing intellectual property laws as the foremost institution that has helped many of those in SV trample their way to a surfeit of riches.

      Some have the wisdom to accept the bad with the good. Others cannot countenance the concept of enough, preferring instead to make the perfect the enemy of all. {wow, that last sentence is like a mad libs cliche machine of old quotes}