Monthly Archives: February 2015

Ideas that add up #150

From his trawl results, Moore measured six pounds of plastic particles for every pound of zooplankton…  Bucky McMahon, ‘Gyres: The terrifying true story of the garbage that could kill the whole human race‘ in Matter Charles Moore began studying ocean plastic after inadvertently … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #149

Even as a young man he [Florentino Ariza] would interrupt his reading of poetry in the park to observe elderly couples who helped each other across the street, and they were lessons in life that had aided him in detecting … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #148

“You know as well as we do that right…is only in question between equals in power, while the strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must.” So said the coolly menacing Athenians to the doomed Melians … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #147

At the heart of this kaleidoscopic work stands Vladislav Surkov, the then Kremlin official hailed as one of the ideologues of “managed democracy”, who directs Russian society as if it were one giant reality show. The mercurial Surkov has helped … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #146

I’m calling for the voluntary adoption of a simpler lifestyle: one with less work, fewer possessions, and more leisure time. A graceful transition to such a lifestyle would be the greatest possible gift to our children and grandchildren. Martin Holladay … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #145

The first barrier [to gratitude] is what I call the tailwind/headwind asymmetry. If any of you go running or ride a bike, you’ll know that when you’re running or bicycling into the wind, you’re very aware of it, man. Just … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #144

There is, fortunately, no law of increasing material entropy, as there is in the corresponding case of energy, as it is quite possible to concentrate diffuse materials if energy inputs are allowed. … . … In regard to the energy … Continue reading

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