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Things to Read

Some blogs and reports I have been reading, read, or have been meaning to

Inspired by some pplz on HN who posted lists of papers they recommended, I have built this list to share with that same commmunity. You can discuss these reads with me, make suggestions, etc. on reddit here.

General and random reads

Emotions and the Microfoundations of the Arab Uprisings

Shared Identity Practice

Five Things You Notice When You Quit the News

Worldbuilding and An Amateur Worldbuilder

How Many Million Lines of Code Does It Take?

Information Hazards

Uncovering Somalia's forgotten music of the 1970s

Structure of wood revealed by electron microscopy

An interview with Makoto Ueda about Haiku

Jeff Koons interview: What inspires me is feeling

Censorship Is

The Cure for Junk Food Snacking Is Eating More

Giving 12,000 Rural Indians $24 a Month for 18 Months

Trust in Fast and Slow Decisions

Is Zimbabwe's Unemployment Rate 4%, 60% or 95%? Why the Data is Unreliable

How to Write an Academic Paper (USC Guide)

The Self Immolators (pdf)

Winning Arguments Interaction Dynamics and Persuasion Strategies in Good-faith Online Discussions (pdf)

"There's One Other Bloke in East Kent With Long Hair. You'd Get On" (and Ibiza)

Promoting the Peace Process by Changing Beliefs About Group Malleability

Privacy and the Limits of Law (pdf)

The Dying Art of Disagreement

Attention Economy

Changing behaviors may be easier when people see norms changing

Intuition, Incubation, and Insight: Implicit Cognition in Problem Solving

Solution Aversion

A Preface to Transgression (Friedman)

A Short Explanation of Blame and Causation

Nobody Will Make Us Do Yoga: A Conversation with Michel Houellebecq

Japanese addresses: No street names. Block numbers

Self-censorship can steal our words

Some of the better of the books I have read this year that I will discuss alongside this list on the reddit discussion: Law of the Somalis, Seize the Dance: Baaka [Pygmy] Musical Life and the Ethnography of Performance, The Living Company, Platform and The Map and the Territory (Houllebecq), Plato (again), Odyssey (again), The Problem of Choice (Roberts), JLG Interviews, I Am a Cat, The Intelligent Investor, Old Travelogues (Herodotus, etc), Outliers, Hamlet (again), the Albert Speer interview (Playboy, again), Debussey On Music, and the Bible.

Ecological Vignettes and Road to Serfdom are on the way.

Economics and Government

Economic Myths and Public Opinion; Bright Promises, Dismal Performance; 1983 or (they say much the same thing Why Government is the Problem Milton Friedman 1993

A Joint Study Found that Big Government Makes for Happy and Satisfied Citizens

Craft and Doing Things at Home

Create Furniture out of Cardboard

Japanese wood joinery

How to bind a book yourself

How to Start a Fashion Line: Secrets from a Project Runway Designer

No, but really, How Do I Get An AGENT

Shielding a Strat Guitar to Eliminate Hum and EMI Noise

How Musicians Make Money in 2017, I Wrote a Hit Song With Justin Bieber. Want to See My Royalties?

What You Didn't Know About Radio Royalties

Patent Pricing - You Get What You Pay For, The Cost of Obtaining a Patent in the US

Sharpening with Bob Kramer - YouTube and Sharpening a $1 knife - YouTube

123D Design [3d cad] Tutorial and Autodesk 123D Design - Download

The 4 big natural fibers: clothing yourself with Nature's clothing


The Complete Book of Self Sufficiency

The Farm Book

Graphics and Art

Movie typography

Branded in Memory

Schwartzco Inc. and Making something out of something: Typefaces, history, culture, and meaning [YouTube]

Copyright and use

Little Prince and the public domain

Sonny Bono's 20 year copyright extension is about up. Are they really going to start letting copyrighted material turn public domain in 2019?


First, Do No Harm

Criminal jury verdicts aren't really unanimous

Hung Juries, Are They a Problem?

The Enterprise of Customary Law


Testament of Thomas James Ball

Chris Dorner Manifesto

Internets and Code

The Darknet and the Future of Content Distribution

Ideal OS: Rebooting the Desktop Operating System

Cutting Edge Technology, Futurology, including AI

Jack Gallants Mind Reading Study

Generative Dance Choreography After 48 Hours of Deep Learning

Spyware Dolls

Sex toy company Lovense admits its Android app locally stored audio recordings

Scientists Erase Memories With Light

Constructing Rich False Memories of Committing Crime

Select Memories Can Be Erased, Leaving Others Intact

Long-Range Communication with Devices that Consume Almost No Power (Long-Range Backscatter, or "Passive Wi-Fi")

New Cameras That Don't Use Lenses (OPAs)

Mind-Reading Ski Cap and YouTube lecture

World's 1st Molecular Robot Has Just Been Created by UK Scientists

FDA Approves First Digital Pill That You (And Others) Can Track

Commit a crime? Your Fitbit, key fob or pacemaker could snitch on you.

Hidden Cameras Found in Airbnb Rentals

A Test of Police Body Cameras Defies Expectations

LAPD Bodycam Video Contradicts Testimony, Investigation Finds Police can legally use 23andMe, other ancestry tools to obtain your DNA

FBI director: Unbreakable encryption is a huge, huge problem I get it, there's a balance that needs to be struck

Google is nerfing all Home Minis because mine spied on everything I said 24 7

Google is linking court-protected names to online coverage

Facial recognition technology will change the way we live


A Scanner Darkly

Other Blogs

Paul Grahams Blog

Garret Grove blog (tumblr)

Anarchy Archives (since 1995) and The Anarchists Library

Less Wrong Discussion

The Innocence Project, a nonprofit dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted prisoners

Gallery of Educational Synopses

Xah Lee Web

Derek Siversb

Birgitta Jonsdottir

2017 News Stories

(The most important developing events at the time (not necessarily things I'm interested in)

Internet Censorship Crisis: Daily Stormer Termination Haunts Cloudflare in Online Piracy Case (Oct 1)

Internet regulation / Freedom of information: FCC Plans December Vote to Kill Net Neutrality Rules

Internet and business / economy: Amazon Sellers Brood as States Come Calling for Taxes

2nd Amendment Rights: Illinois is trying to ban semi-auto firearms today, giving you a choice between confiscation now, or expensive registration of you and your firearms

Bitcoin: The strange mix of reasons why bitcoin has soared to all-time records (May 13, 2017), China and Japan, Bitcoin Tumbles 6% As Rally Runs Out Of Steam (Sept 22), Bitcoin Falls As JPMorgan's Dimon Issues Fresh Warning On Bitcoin (Sept 23), Bitcoin Higher After Morgan Stanley's Gorman Says Bitcoin "More Than Just A Fad" (Sept 28)

Justice System: Prisoner who spent 46 years in jail for rape he didn't commit released as conviction overturned, What does an innocent man have to do to go free? Plead guilty

Coming to a cultural understanding/decision on gender/sex (Western issue, although it is exported): Fox Analyst Steps Down From Management at Her Law Firm After Saying Women Regularly Lie About Sexual Harassment, Oklahoma teacher accused of having sex with underage student, More than 40% of domestic violence victims are male, report reveals, Why do Men get Harsher Prison Sentences than Women?, Gender Differences in Sentencing Outcomes, "The Male "Privilege": war deaths: 97% men... workplace deaths: 93% men... homicide victims: 93% men..., The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap (pdf), Daughters Are the Biggest Losers When Fathers Are Not in the Home

Coming to a cultural understanding about sex: Imaginative Resistance and the Woody Allen Problem |the problem of separating the artist's moral wrongdoing from the work of art, Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore accused of sexually assaulting teen girl, Fox News host Sean Hannity dismisses Roy Moore's sexual misconduct allegations by saying it was 'consensual', Roy Moore's attorney claims MSNBC host is too 'diverse' to understand Alabama dating norms, Louis C.K. Crossed a Line Into Sexual Misconduct, 5 Women Say, Sex offenders to be named as such in US passports, CBC Forum: What is the price of public shaming?, We use sex to sell everything. We arrest those who buy and sell actual sex., Dutch cities that opened legal prostitution zones saw reductions in sexual abuse and rape by about 30-40 percent in the first two years

About speech: Air Force Academy discovers racial slurs were hoax, months after superintendent lauded for tough speech

Our societies: Many older Americans are living a desperate, nomadic life, The Shock of Sweden's Housing Market Is Hitting the Country's Currency, The Booming Japanese Rent-A-Friend Business, These are the countries that treat investors the best (and the worst) , Citizens of anywhere, Why are today's teens putting off driving, dating and drinking?, The Japanese Love Industry (2013) - "Japan is a country that is dying - literally.It has the fastest negative population growth in the world because no one wants to have babies.This short documentary throws light on the different ways japan has started commercializing intimacy"

Fake news / Social Media:



Willie J Healey - Best Friend's Sister

Sweet as Broken Dates, Lost Somali Tapes

Generic male DJ

Blackest Ever Black

David Dean Burkhart

In the Dugout

Visitors, you can ignore this section (or not). It's just where I temporarily put links I want to be able to tap on my tablet or phone later and check out. Like the news section, these are not all things I'm interested in, but are important this year.

Second Set:

How the Catalan government uses IPFS to sidestep Spain's legal block , Governments turn tables by suing public records requesters ,

Comcast asks the FCC to prohibit states from enforcing net neutrality


Georgia election server wiped after lawsuit filed

All staff of Chinese state-run media outlets in the United States should be required to register with the government as foreign agents as they may be supporting Chinese intelligence gathering and "information warfare," congressional advisers said Wednesday. : worldnews

New EU law prescribes website blocking in the name of "consumer protection"

Medicine Business:

As epidemic rages, ER study finds opioids no better than Advil and Tylenol


Tracey Breaks The News S01E03 - YouTube


King County rolls out Miranda rights tailored for young people

Frank van Dun: Philosophy of Law, Natural Law, Libertarianism, IN THE SHADOW OF THE PRODIGY

Microsoft Word - Murphy-Callahan.doc

Microsoft Word - LP_Logic of Law.doc

Microsoft Word - 63-90 Van Dun 17-3 Legalism


Women, Fire and Dangerous Things

The ACLU Should Keep Representing Deplorables

Why We Must Fight for the Right to Repair Our Electronics

Nothing to Hide – a documentary about surveillance and you


Canadian National Railway: Buying Opportunity For Dividend Growth Investors

Market Crash? 5 Picks That Took Less Than 12 Months To Get Back On Their Feet In 2008

Netflix earnings: Why higher subscription prices lead to more shows like 'Stranger Things'

The iQ 100 stock Index

What Junk-Rated Netflix Just Said About The Bond Market

Canadian National Railway: Buying Opportunity For Dividend Growth Investors

Buffett wins $1M decade-old bet that the S&P500 would outperform hedgefunds

Canadian National Railway: Buying Opportunity For Dividend Growth Investors - Canadian National Railway Company

AMD's Big Bounce Back From $11 - Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.

Victoria's Secret? Concealed Assets - L Brands, Inc.


Political Economy of Moral Hazard

Same (on Mises site)

Paradise Papers leak reveals secrets of world elite's hidden wealth : worldnews


Direct and Indirect Interactions

Alternative Stable States

Earth's Ferrous Wheel

Ecological Concepts (pdf)


Do you need a VPN?

ZeroNet: Decentralized websites using Bitcoin crypto and the BitTorrent network

Tor's Fall Harvest: The Next Generation of Onion Services

Play: A P2P Distributed Torrent Site That's Impossible to Shut Down

Hey, Mark Zuckerberg: My Democracy Isn't Your Laboratory - The New York Times

New software can pinpoint hate groups' radicalization sites

Researchers find almost EVERY computer with an Intel Skylake and above CPU can be owned via USB

Information Foraging: Why Google Makes People Leave Your Site Faster


Alabama GOP threatens retaliation for disloyalty to Moore : politics

Robocalls are being made in Alabama attempt to discredit both Washington Post and the victims of Roy Moore.

How the Chinese Government Fakes Social Media Posts for Strategic Distraction [pdf] | Hacker News


At what company were you happiest and why?

Wikipedia graph mining: dynamic structure of collective memory

Sheryl Sandberg interview transcript

Legalist (what is this thing?)

Teaching philosophy to children?

Things You Can Play

Deep Learning For Entrepreneurs

'Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia

When Music Makes You Cry

The Nobel peace prize is a who's who of hawks, hypocrites and war criminals

Japan's Eightfold Fence

High-ranked women less generous than men when sharing a reward with their collaborators

I'm here all by myself: The Salman Rushdie interview

Bannon declares 'season of war' against Republican establishment

Word embeddings in 2017

Out of the Syrian crisis, a data revolution takes shape

Newsonomics: Can startup Invisibly be the new revenue stream publishers dream of?


Thoughts of Chairman Xi

Agreeing before disagreeing (manipulation)

How Sinclair Broadcasting puts a partisan tilt on trusted local news

Facebook Faces a New World as Officials Rein in a Wild Web

Catch Me If You Can Scam Artist Has a Warning for Today's Consumers

IBM scientists say radical new 'in-memory' architecture will speed up computers

Amazon now has a billion-dollar ad business

Who Will Rein in Facebook? Challengers Are Lining Up

Facebook denies 'listening' to conversations

Roger Stone Is Suing Twitter After His Suspension - Timothy Meads

Vehicle Detection – using machine learning and computer vision

Simple Deep Learning Tutorials using Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit (CNTK)

Simplicity: A New Language for Blockchains [pdf]

What Is The Best Way To Get A New Book Discovered?

I can no longer recommend MailChimp

The Federal Reserve Has Never Printed 'Money': The End Game - Bank of America Corporation


Interview: Oren Moverman on Rampart, Woody Harrelson, and More

Magic Paper

Against an Increasingly User-Hostile Web

A New Twist on Neural Networks

Keats' copy of Paradise Lost: A direct channel to the poet's thoughts – Museum Crush

The Effects of Mandatory Seatbelt Laws on Driving Behavior and Traffic Fatalities

The Road to Serfdom - Wikipedia

TIL Although the show ended 14 years ago, FRIENDS still brings $1 billion for Warner Bros. every year in royalties. This means each of the six main cast member get $20 million every year doing absolutely nothing. : todayilearned

Celine: Journey to the End of the Night

The 11 most irritating logical fallacies

Similarity and alignment in choice and Markman papers

Jeffrey A. Tucker and Jeffrey A Tucker

Intuition Incubation Insight

Matthew McCaffrey | Mises Institute

How do you start a difficult conversation?

Conversations of Goethe with Eckermann and Soret

100 Best Books for an Education

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