Invisibles at Work, Take a Bow! [nextavenue.org] | Things I grab, motley collection
Who Are the Invisibles?
“They’re highly skilled professionals. I’m not talking about the factory worker toiling away anonymously or the person who’s cleaning the hotel room. They’re important too,” says Zweig. “But what I wanted to focus on were …
A Century Ago In Sarajevo: A Plot, A Farce And A Fateful Shot [NPR.org] | Things I grab, motley collection
The shot that killed Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary was fired a hundred years ago this weekend.
The assassination in Sarajevo, on June 28, 1914, triggered World War I and changed the course of the 20th century. The consequences of th…
Free exchange: Wealth by degrees [Economist.com] | Things I grab, motley collection
IS A university degree a good investment? Many potential students are asking the question, especially in countries where the price of a degree is rising, as a result of falling government subsidies. Recent research suggests that the conventional w…
David Ball’s Translation of ‘Diary of the Dark Years’ – [NYTimes.com] | Things I grab, motley collection
If Jean Guéhenno had never existed, France would surely have had to invent him. A model writer and intellectual who neither collaborated nor accommodated the enemy, he refused to publish a single word as long as his country was under Nazi control….
Trading the yuan: Yuawn [economist.com] | Things I grab, motley collection
IF HEADLINES translated into trading volumes, the yuan would be well on its way to dominating the world’s currency markets. It once again graced front pages this week after moves to lift its status in London, the world’s biggest foreign-exchange m…
How Inherited Wealth Helps the Economy – [NYTimes.com] | Things I grab, motley collection
Is inherited wealth making a comeback?
Yes, says Thomas Piketty, author of the best seller “Capital in the Twenty-First Century.” Inherited wealth has always been with us, of course, but Mr. Piketty believes that its importance is increasing. He …
The end of the hipster: how flat caps and beards stopped being so cool [theguardian.com] | Things I grab, motley collection
This lack of visual disparity has probably led to societys fondness for hipster-bashing. As Alex Miller, UK editor-in-chief of Vice, explains: “I couldnt define a hipster. I guess its The Other. But as a general term its blown up because people fi…
DIY labs are an exciting alternative to university science research [theguardian.com] | Things I grab, motley collection
Laden with institutional bureaucracy and hampered by protracted funding and publishing systems, the juggernaut of university research is slow to change direction. In an era of rapid global change, are universities really the best places for progre…
Comfy – a new app that solves the No. 1 complaint about offices [impactlab.net] | Things I grab, motley collection
An app called Comfy is trying to put temperature control back in the hands of employees. Tell the app that you’re too warm or cold, and it automatically sends a blast of air directly to your part of the office. Over time, the system learns what te…
Why Audiences Hate Hard News—and Love Pretending Otherwise [theatlantic.com] | Things I grab, motley collection
Ask audiences what they want, and theyll tell you vegetables. Watch them quietly, and theyll mostly eat candy.
Audiences are liars, and the media organizations who listen to them without measuring them are dupes. At the Aspen Ideas Festival last …