A brief gallivant about the marketplace of ideas.

Month: March, 2017

Read — 2017/03/12

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. The battle for Mosul moves west“, by Alan Taylor (The Atlantic). Thirty-three sobering photographs from the war in Iraq. Such reports are easy to gloss over when they are nameless accounts of unknown persons thousands of miles away. They are less easy to gloss over when the eyes of a child that could have been yours or could have been mine plead for an end to the violence that has become her life.
  2. 36 hours in Sapporo, Japan“, by Ingrid K. Williams (NY Times). A lovely city.

Separately, three articles discussing freedom and repression of expression on college campuses:

  1. The dangerous safety of college“, by Frank Bruni (NY Times). A call for challenging viewpoints and “constructive engagement”.
  2. The ideology behind intolerant college students“, by Stephen L. Carter (Bloomberg). A brilliantly written article connecting the current fervor for “safe spaces” to the philosophy of Herbert Marcuse in “Repressive tolerance”.
  3. The coddling of the American mind“, by Greg Lukianoff & Jonathan Haidt (The Atlantic). An in-depth investigation of the current collegiate campus Zeitgeist, and its likely effects on education and mental health.

Read — 2017/03/10

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Hackers, trackers and snoops: our privacy survey results” (Mozilla). Ignore the writing, focus on the links.
  2. Don’t get pwned: a guide to safer logins“, by Richard Barnes (Mozilla).
  3. The CIA just lost control of its hacking arsenal. Here’s what you need to know.“, by Quincy Larson (freeCodeCamp).
  4. Hacking“, by Randall Munroe (xkcd). Cause, you know, humour.