The importance of re-thinking-- and re-making-- the internet.
@johnconorryan explains: "Why have a Decentralized Web?"

In the 19th century, toy makers developed a novel way to bring theater into the home. An appreciation of the Dungeons and Dragons of its day: "Paper Theaters: The Home Entertainment of Yesteryear."
(Plus- I Love Lucy)
“By reducing the scale of events it can introduce much larger events”*…

Revel in role-playing:

Vaclav Smil explains: "Growth must end. Our economist friends don’t seem to realise that"
(Plus- How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying)
“Time isn’t the main thing. It’s the only thing.”*…

Ponder progress:

Hmmm... From The Judge Advocate General's Corps: "Autonomous Weapons Need Autonomous Lawyers"
(Plus- the first cellular network in the U.S.)
“O brave new world”*…

Wonder if this will end well:

Meet the honorees: "Winners of Japan’s 2019 Laundromat of the Year Award"
(Plus- the Maytag Toy Racer)
“Cleanliness is next to Godliness”*…


Into the rabbit hole of certainty at "A Philosopher's Definitive (And Slightly Maddening) Case Against Replay Review"
(Plus- the Band-Aid, invented)
“If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties”*…

Confute correctness:

"The Puzzling Lure of Financial Globalization"
(Plus- Roger Williams)
“It has been said that arguing against globalization is like arguing against the laws of gravity”*…

Cache our cash?

IRS admits it audits poor people because auditing rich people is too expensive
(Plus- Mikey's premonition)
“We don’t pay taxes. Only the little people pay taxes.”*…

Practice deduction:

The trouble with ignorance is that it feels so much like expertise. David Dunning himself explains the Dunning-Kruger effect: "We are all confident idiots"
(Plus- Fox News)
“Ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have”*…

Reconsider confidence:

Those who know about us have power over us; obfuscation may be our best digital weapon: "The Fantasy of Opting Out"
(Plus- Tyndale)
“I never said, ‘I want to be alone.’ I only said ‘I want to be let alone!’ There is all the difference.”*…

Ponder privacy:

The most decorative (and probably the most photographed) transport system in the world: "The heavens underground: the Soviet Union's opulent metro stations"
(Plus- Diderot)
“There is a city beneath the streets”*…

Go to ground:

Physicists get small: "Weighing in: Physicists cut upper limit on neutrino’s mass in half"
(Plus- Max Planck)
“There is a size at which dignity begins”*…

Step onto the scales:

A provocative look at the [or at least *a* plausible] future of food and agriculture
(Plus- Buffalo Hot Wings)
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”*…

Dig in:

Three decades ago, America began to lose its religion. Why?
(Plus- The Twilight Zone)
“God has no religion”*…

Contemplate creeds:

A counter-intuitive-- and provocative-- take on politics and money: "Too much dark money in almonds"
(Plus- In God We Trust)
“If you’re a lobbyist who never gave us money, I didn’t talk to you. If you’re a lobbyist who gave us money, I might talk to you”*…

Take the pledge:

A philosophic debate over the relative importance of our present era (and why it matters): "Is this the most important century in human history?"
(Plus- Suleiman the Magnificent)
“But enough about me, let’s talk about you…. what do you think of me?”*…

Take the long view:

The marvelous Jim Marshall: "23 Of The Most Influential Pictures From Music History"
(Plus- Haley packs the list)
“It is more important to click with people than to click the shutter”*…

Bask in backstage access:

The story of the ur-internet: "PLATO"
(Plus- Seymour Cray)
“PLATO was my Alexandria. It was my library, it was the place where I could attach myself to anything.”*…

Log on:

What life on the road once was like- color photos from the New Deal era
(Plus- the first Model T)
“Life is one big road with lots of signs”*…

Motor on:

A record-breaking experiment shows that quantum effects don't only apply at tiny scales: "Even Huge Molecules Follow the Quantum World's Bizarre Rules"
(Plus- Möbius)
“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one”*…

Dwell on duality:

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