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Links for 2009-10-12

    "….extremistan. That's Nassim's term to describe areas of our experience that defy statistical analysis, modeling and thereby prediction. Essentially, he makes the persuasive case that all of the topics covered by the social sciences (from economics to warfare) are now firmly in extremistan, rather than the gaussian and statistically predictive world of mediocristan. Outcomes in extremistan are opaque to prediction yet can yield system changing results. Additionally, he makes the case that we are moving more deeply into extremistan due to the rapid increase in our use of highly leveraged, tightly coupled, and blindingly fast network connectivity…"
    (tags:pol war )
  • AR Wave: Layers and Channels of Social Augmented Experiences
    "Thomas Wrobel?s basic concept for a distributed, multi-user, open augmented reality framework based on the Google Wave Federation Protocol and servers"
    (tags:web ar )
  • BBC NEWS | England | Cat registered as hypnotherapist
    "The regulation of hypnotherapists in the UK is so lax that even a cat can become accredited, the BBC has found. Chris Jackson, presenter of Inside Out in the North East and Cumbria, registered pet George with three industry bodies."
    (tags:crime )
  • David Toop: Ocean of Sound: Aether Talk, Ambient Sound and Imaginary Worlds (1995/2001) at Monoskop/log
    "Sun Ra, Brian Eno, Lee Perry, Kate Bush, Kraftwerk, Aphex Twin, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Brian Wilson are interviewed in this extraordinary work of sonic history that travels from the rainforests of amazonas to virtual Las Vegas, from David Lynch?s dream house, high in the Hollywood hills to the megalopolis of Tokyo."
    (tags:book music )
  • – Soviet Music
    " I am glad to welcome you to this modest site. I have tried to assemble here a small legacy of songs left from the Soviet era. All of them were at once widely known and popular in the cities and towns of our glorious Motherland."
    (tags:music )
  • exp etc
    thirty-one Jandek albums!
    (tags:music mp3 )
  • Asteroid isn’t just a dry heap of rubble – space – 12 October 2009 – New Scientist
    "Two independent teams have found what may be the first direct evidence of water ice on the surface of an asteroid. The discovery lends support to the idea that asteroids could have helped deliver water to the early Earth."
    (tags:space )
  • Madagascar biodiversity under threat as gangs run wild – environment – 12 October 2009 – New Scientist
    "Roasted lemurs and criminal gangs exporting precious hardwood: this is the sad state of affairs for Madagascar's legendary biodiversity. Since a military coup forced the president to resign in March, conservationists and biologists have watched as loggers have stripped the country's forests and killed its animals for bushmeat."
    (tags:war pol eco )

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