Happy first A4J post AFTER your birthday!! It should also be noted that after the last A4J post, wordpress said that 25 posts is “glorious,” which I could hear you saying out loud, haha. Anyways, here’s this week’s A4J. Enjoy.
I purposefully made the first post for this week an interview with Maurice Sendak. It feels fitting, after having watched a LukMonster and a Cookie Monster duke it out this week: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/oct/02/maurice-sendak-interview
And of course, it’s fitting that one of the first posts in this 26-year old world is the new Michael Lewis piece on California. Finally! http://www.vanityfair.com/business/features/2011/11/michael-lewis-201111.print
Why do some people learn faster? http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2011/10/why-do-some-people-learn-faster-2/
On the influence of Ayn Rand: http://www.tnr.com/print/article/books-and-arts/wealthcare-0
As a retrospective on Steve Jobs, I’ll send you this article: his longform Wired eulogy (http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2011/10/jobs/all/1), this WSJ retrospective (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304447804576410753210811910.html?mod=e2tw) and this interview from 1996 on Charlie Rose that features Jobs and John Lassetter about Pixar (just seemed like something you’d love): http://www.charlierose.com/view/clip/11930
Pretty powerful healthcare story: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/02/nyregion/stuck-in-bed-for-19-months-at-hospitals-expense.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all
Incredible handpan solo… I couldn’t believe this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNJswfXKJ3s&NR=1
And of course, your photo of the day, Ayers Rock at sunrise: http://i.imgur.com/bdCmT.jpg
Though you’re buried with work, this A4J will at least serve as a compendium of things you can check out later. Only a few items will be time sensitive. In this installment, A4J stands for both Articles 4 Jackie and Audio 4 Jackie, as I thought it might be easier for you to consume radio stories than reading a bunch of stuff given your work schedule. As always… enjoy!
Starting off, what’s going on in Libya is probably the most topical, so here are some good things I’ve ran across… here and here (the latter is a sad sign of what tends to happen first). This is updated NPR on what’s going on what Qaddafi’s son.
A day in the life of a modern San Franciscan: http://www.rocket-shoes.com/a-day-in-the-life-of-the-modern-san-franciscan/
Studying for the gaokao in China… in written form and from the radio.
The worst case for Obama’s healthcare plan? Could be the Thomas family. That dastardly Clarence Thomas.
There have been a lot of articles lately referencing the country’s tax structure. My favorites are this one, this piece by Yves Smith, and this piece you’ve probably seen by Warren Buffett. I also liked an instance of Bill O’Reilly looking dumb on his own show (Not necessarily a unique instance).
This is a recent podcast I heard with Alice Waters that you might like about sustainability.
Finally, your pretty picture of the day! It’s from Glacier National Park, and I would assume you’d be the first to grab a kayak (assuming there are dry-suits).
Today is the science & technology edition! That’s right, we’re dusting off some of our nerdiest entries here at A4J and passing them along for you to run wild. Enjoy!
On the brain and its incredible effiency (and calorie-burning potential): http://discovermagazine.com/2011/jul-aug/06-body-fit-for-freaky-big-brain
The tipping point in terms of the acceptance of ideas: http://scienceblog.com/46622/minority-rules-scientists-discover-tipping-point-for-the-spread-of-ideas/
Will we ever have a fully functional, digitally-mapped brain? (Hint: we’re about 1% of the way there): http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/helloworld/26998/
Some of the engineering behind the China/Tibet railway: http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/14.07/chinarail_pr.html
(Ok, not so sciencey, but interesting!) On the new paywall at the NYT: http://nymag.com/print/?/news/media/new-york-times-2011-8/
Pluto’s new moon: http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,2084606,00.html
The Aurora Borealis: http://spaceweather.com/aurora/images2010/14nov10/Aystein-Lunde-Ingvaldsen1.jpg