Curiosities

December 28, 2011

In Thrall of Print Mathematics 1

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Former nytimes.com design director Khoi Vinh tries to renew his digital subscription to the paper, and it doesn’t go well: “The total customer experience here is haphazard at best, and, at worst — I hate to say this because I am still friendly with many people at the company, but in truth there’s no way […]

December 27, 2011

Do You Listen to Your Hunch? 0

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Complex problems do not necessarily need complex solutions, and more detailed analysis does not necessarily improve a decision, but often makes it worse. In other words: sometimes it’s better to listen to your gut. What do you do?

December 27, 2011

The Words of E.B. White 0

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E. B. White is one of those writers you are liable to meet again and again in the course of a reading life, each time wearing a different expression. To children, he is the author of Charlotte’s Web; to college students, he is half of Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style. Later on, he […]

December 27, 2011

An Unquenchable Thirst 0

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In An Unquenchable Thirst by Mary Johnson, the former nun, who served alongside Mother Teresa, details her disenchantment with the religious life she once found so appealing.

December 27, 2011

10 Free E-Reader Books 1

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Just got a new e-reader for Christmas but afraid to overspend too easily? Many public domain books are classics, ones that you might want to revisit from school or others that you feel guilty for not having read. Here is a list of 10 free books. Or, if you’re more interested in paying for newer […]

December 23, 2011

#LastTweet 0

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The Times collects the final tweets of a number of celebrities who died this year. They are generally banal but the context turns them poignant.

December 23, 2011

The Death of the Camera 0

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“Camera-equipped smartphones are now in spitting distance of outnumbering traditional cameras in the percentage of photos and videos taken with them,” according to analyst NPD Group.

December 23, 2011

Penguin Postcards 0

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If we were to buy ourselves a gift this year, it would be Penguin’s “One Hundred Book Covers in One Box” postcard set.

December 23, 2011

Revenge of the Pigeons? 0

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Will 2012 be the year they finally rise up against us? A study finds pigeons can do higher math.

December 23, 2011

Revenge of the Plumbers 0

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Don Linn argues that despite all the excitement surrounding new business models and shiny new ereaders, 2012 will be the “revenge of the plumbers,” as the technical infrastructure needed to support the ebook boom comes into focus.