Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Good Reads and Information

Now Hear This: Radio War Propagandists.

The Awl dissects the editing process of one Wikipedia entry: Lolita. The over 2,000 edits give us a glimpse into the strange collaboration of Wikipedia editors.

New York city police have been spying on Muslim neighborhoods, with the help of the CIA. The FBI, the city’s lawyers, and the public have a problem with this.

As a 6-year-old, Ruby Bridges pioneered school desegregation in 1960. This summer, she visited the White House to see the Norman Rockwell painting of her historic walk to first grade. (via Metafilter)

The GOP backs a tax hike. They want to eliminate payroll tax relief for the middle class and the working poor. (via Simply Left Behind)

What would Earth be like to us if it were a cube instead of spherical? It would have some weird properties and fascinating differences.

The controversy over taxing corporations. The rates look fine on paper, but due to loopholes and accounting magic, big businesses in the U.S. pay very little income tax.

Revenge of the Esoteric Phobias (or, “Proof Our Readers are Insane”). Responses to an earlier post from folks whose fears are “too specifically weird to be fabricated.”

What happens when two chatbots are connected to each other? They try to make conversation, and succeed as far as either of them are concerned.

5 Charlie’s Angels Facts Revealed. The original series, not the recent movies.

‘Eyeborg’: The man with a robotic video-camera eye. Canadian filmmaker Rob Spence can record and share everything he sees.

Victorian Husbands and Wives. Take a close look and try to guess how many of these are cousins. (via Everlasting Blort)

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