Review: The Rule of the Clan

[by Mark Safranski / “zen“] Rule of the Clan by Mark Weiner I often review good books. Sometimes I review great ones. The Rule of the Clan: What an Ancient Form of Social Organization Reveals about the Future of Individual Freedom  by Mark S. Weiner gets the highest compliment of all: it is an academic book that […] Read more »

Variations on the Blue Screen of Death

[ by Charles Cameron — where would we be without our digital devices, minds & memories? ] . Two converging thoughts, the first from John Robb at Global Guerrillas: Over the weekend, ISIS threatened the life of Jack Dorsey, a co-founder and Chairman of Twitter. Why? Twitter, at the urging of the US government, has […] Read more »

The Creepy-State attracts Creeps

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a. "zen"] Big Brother’s little brothers are listening in on your calls, tapping your data When the government and ruling elites fashion a Creepy-State, it inevitably spawns a surveillance arms race. If your private data is valuable to the Feds, it is valuable to others….and if the Feds are violating the Constitution […] Read more »

Gaming the Connections: from Sherlock H to Nada B

[ by Charles Cameron -- the game of Connect the Dots in play and practice ] . . Manhunt, the HBO documentary, does what (not having been there and seen that at the time) appears to be a decent job of recreating some of the cognitive stratregies employed by CIA officers in the OBL hunt. [...] Read more »

Book Mini-Review: Makers: the New Industrial Revolution by Chris Anderson

Makers: The New Industrial Revolution by Chris Anderson  This is a fun book  by the former editor-in-chief of WIRED , author of The Long Tail and the co-founder of 3D Robotics, Chris Anderson. Part pop culture, part tech-optimist futurism and all DIY business book, Anderson is preaching a revolution, one brought about by the intersection of 3D printing and open source “Maker [...] Read more »

What eye and mind can reasonably absorb

[ by Charles Cameron -- visual thinking, graphical presentation, the magical number seven plus or minus two, human intelligence ] . Look: Got it? That’s part of a double-page spread from the University of Maryland’s START Program report for 2011: The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism—better known as START [...] Read more »