Weekend Reading

Why Trump voters are not “complete idiots” (in charts and photos) A common trope when trying to understand voters who vote differently from you is to simply call them idiots. This is particularly true this year, when discussing Trump voters. The most aggressive (and IMO offensive example of this) is by Jonathan Chait. Fits with the view that people who say they are going to vote for Trump are really just voting ‘against’ what they perceive as failures in the system (see also Brexit). Fences: A Brexit Diary Nigel Farage canvassing for ‘Leave’ votes during the Brexit campaign, London, May 2016. He resigned as leader of the UK Independence Party on July 4, shortly after the referendum. I’m kinda done …

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Sharia Does Not Mean What Newt Gingrich Thinks It Means One country that officially endorses the Muslim legal system is one of the politician’s favorites—Israel. I’m no expert, but then I don’t need to be. Senior politicians need to be better than this. Falling for sleep In Evelyn De Morgan’s numinous painting, Night and Sleep (1878), Nyx, the mighty Greek goddess of night, hovers across a dusky sky with her beloved son Hypnos, the sweet-natured god of sleep. I’m increasingly focusing on my sleep, and this article backs up my lay hypothesis that bad sleep = bad Gordon. Researchers have finally discovered the key to naturally stripping sugar from all our foods The global sugar-industrial complex is about to face …

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It’s always odd posting things from a week ago when the real focus of the news is the awful events from Nice, the continuing political maelstrom that is engulfing UK politics, and the brutal Police killings in America (and, literally as I type, a coup in Turkey? Good god). Now is the time for calm and considered thought, no matter how hard it is to find. Love will win, fear will lose. How discrimination feels A short video featuring Jane Elliott. She’s a noted anti-racism activist famous for her blue eyes/brown eyes exercise, featured in the video linked. This has been doing the rounds given recent events in America. Powerful, thought provoking stuff. Taught me a few things. 2016 Will …

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The Daredevil of the Auction World Christie’s, the auction house, celebrates its two-hundred-and-fiftieth anniversary this year, and over time the origins of certain company traditions have become obscure. Who knew art and auctions could be so damn exciting! The father of trending: Abdur Chowdhury It’s one of those internet phrases that have seeped into everyday usage. Newsreaders tell us a story is trending, editors tell their staff they want interviews to trend and activists want their causes to trend. One thing I will never ever be; trending. Remarks at the SASE Panel On The Moral Economy of Tech This is the text version of remarks I gave on June 26, 2016, at a panel on the Moral Economy of Tech …

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Weekend Reading

If you inject enough poison into the political bloodstream, somebody will get sick Contempt for politicians has been on the rise for years. But this EU referendum campaign has torn away at the veil that divides civility from mayhem For weeks, months and years “politician” has been a word more spat out than said. I don’t really want to dwell on ‘Brexit’, which has become an excuse for hatred in many forms. Be Careful What You Code For Most people who don’t code don’t appreciate how hard it is to do right. Plenty of developers are perfectly functional, but to watch a master weave code into silken beauty is utterly inspiring. I work with coders and appreciate some of this, …

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