What I'm reading 11/16-11/23


Uncertain Journeys - Ashley Gilbertson

  1. "We should not let that terrible night in Paris diminish our sense of humanity and responsibility."

'Normal' Considered Harmful - Alan Kay

  1. "The problem is: we don't understand what the problem is."

CNN Punished Its Own Journalist for Fulfilling a Core Duty of Journalism - Glenn Greenwald

  1. "As Murrow said in justifying his opposition to the Wisconsin Senator and his allies: 'there is no way for a citizen of a republic to abdicate his [sic] responsibilities.'"

Director Lexi Alexander explains why she sides with pirates - Cory Doctorow

  1. "I used to get frustrated about my peers’ lack of courage, but lately I feel only empathy. I don’t like seeing talented storytellers ruled by fear."

Perl 6 Release Talk - Larry Wall

  1. "Pretty much everything is a reference… if you scratch it."

  2. "What would it actually take to make a 100-year language?"

  3. "We'd just as soon have slow, stable - but sustainable - growth."

The Doomsday Scam - C.J. Chivers

  1. "In meetings with smugglers in several towns along the border, red mercury inhabited the fertile mental terrain where fear and distrust of authority meet superstitious folklore."

Recursive Functions of Symbolic Expressions and Their Computation by Machine, Part I - John McCarthy

  1. "The class of functions which can be formed in this way is quite limited and not very interesting."

Refugee Vote a Failure for Obama - Elizabeth Williamson

  1. "Stopping refugees at the border will have little to no impact on the movement of terrorists, who generally either enter illegally or are born here."