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In the News 10.10.14 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets


In the News 10.10.14 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the InternetsIn the News 10.10.14 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets

Today’s Articles of Interest from Around the Internets



1. How to Make Time Expand

“… research is suggesting that time may be a more flexible asset than we realize—that even if we can’t add more hours into our days, we can actually affect how time-rich we feel. The findings—being published in two separate studies in the journal Psychological Science by different groups of leading researchers—seem to echo what anthropologists, psychologists, and economists have long believed: that we can exert control over our perceptions of time.”

Read the rest of this article at The Boston Globe



2. Nature, Pixelated

“We may possess the same brain our prehistoric ancestors did, but we’re deploying it in different ways, rewiring it to meet 21st-century demands. The Neanderthals didn’t have the same mental real estate that modern humans enjoy, gained from a host of skills and preoccupations—wielding laser scalpels, joyriding in cars, navigating the digital seas of computers, iPhones, and iPads. Generation by generation, our brains have been evolving new networks, new ways of wiring and firing, favoring some behaviors and discarding others, as we train ourselves to meet the challenges of a world we keep amplifying, editing, deconstructing, and recreating.”

Read the rest of this article at nautilus



3. Facebook is unleashing its ads—and surveillance—onto the internet at large

“Online ads were built on a beguiling promise: For the first time, advertisers would know exactly how many people saw their ads, how many bought something as a result, and thus, how well the ads were working. The Economist in 2006 summed up the optimism: “Thanks to the power of the internet, advertising is becoming less wasteful and its value more measurable.”

Read the rest of this article at Quartz



4. Tales of the Trash

“In Cairo, my family lives on the ground floor of an old building, in a sprawling, high-ceilinged apartment with three doors to the outside. One door opens onto the building’s lobby, another leads to a small garden, and the third is solely for the use of the zabal, or garbageman, who is named Sayyid Ahmed. It’s in the kitchen, and when we first moved to the apartment, at the beginning of 2012, the landlady told me to deposit my trash on the fire escape outside the door at any time. There was no pickup schedule, and no preferred container; I could use bags or boxes, or I could simply toss loose garbage outside. Sayyid’s services had no set fee. He wasn’t a government employee, and he had no contract or formal job. I was instructed to pay him whatever I believed to be fair, and if I pleased I could pay him nothing at all.”

Read the rest of this article at The New Yorker


5. The Ball Is the End

“… he already has that strange quality of slant directness, that mysteriously straightforward elusiveness, that would later make him seem magical, insoluble. Probably he was born with it. The top-line definition of “prodigy” in Webster’s is the standard one about a gifted child. The next two refer to “a portentous event : OMEN” and “something extraordinary or inexplicable.” And maybe that’s the right frame for appreciating early Messi—that you have to go three numbers deep in the dictionary before he even starts to exhaust the word.”

Read the rest of this article at Grantland


P.S. previous articles & more by P.F.M.



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