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Links 1 through 10 of 49 by Michael Nielsen tagged linklog

How TCP/IP won over the OSI. Interesting in part for the discussion of what openness means, exactly, and when it is advantageous for a process to be open.

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More in the Moorcock vein. It's easy to imagine the reaction of the critic, holding their nose at writing to formula. But you can turn that around, regarding Dent (and, more plausibly, Moorcock) as a student and theoretician of structure. And that's a pretty powerful point of view. Of course, word-by-word Dent is a poor writer, suffering from an insufficiency of revision, and an overuse of cliche. But I rather suspect that with a little more revision, a little less tolerance of cliche, he would have been pretty good. (Cory Doctorow suffers some of the same problems, and would also be excellent if he simply revised more, eliminated weaker material, and had less tolerance of cliche.)

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Fascinating both intrinsically, and for the commentary. The commentary first: part of the interest is from people who desire an easy way to write (or, more accurately, to have written). But there is also clearly a genuine interest on the part of many: what does this guy know that I don't about storytelling? You may not like Moorcock's writing, you may even regard it as shabby, but it does have its moments. And that's more than one can say for the writing of many critics. My condensation of the article: study structure. And work to find story structures that work.

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Conveys well how much force of personality and intellect Sontag brought to her writing.

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Kevin Kelly interviews Brian Eno. Slow to get going, but fascinating. Eno proposes "process, not product", says that it's his "ease of seduction" that means he often gets things first, talks about putting more "Africa" into computers, and generally makes many interesting comments.

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Good interview with an online troll: "I am lucky to have not had people who liked me for who I was when I was truly awful"

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On the problems caused when you create tshirts using a data mining algorithm. As Kevin Slavin has noted, this is how our culture is increasingly being created.

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An extremely insightful talk about the way our society thinks about not-for-profit organizations. He highlights many of the systematic ways we hobble the not-for-profit sector.

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Linked mostly for the title, which is the useful term "agnotology" - the study of ignorance.

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Fun discussion of the minutiae of creating a book index.

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