Assorted links

by on January 30, 2013 at 12:11 pm in Uncategorized | Permalink

1. Outcompeting John Cage.

2. Have we been using Chinese takeout boxes incorrectly?

3. Do quantum effects matter in nature?

4. Building a top new Russian university from scratch.

5. Bjork endorses international banking decision.

6. Don’t come to Britain posters.

Andrew' January 30, 2013 at 12:19 pm

2. Origasmic.

Marie January 30, 2013 at 1:27 pm

Whoa, the ketchup cup link is great.

quigley January 30, 2013 at 3:55 pm

Agree. Love them both.

Could this fit in the categories
1. We aren’t as smart as we think.
2. It’s good to look at old problems in new ways.

Benny Lava January 30, 2013 at 12:21 pm

1. Link is dead

Dan Weber January 30, 2013 at 12:29 pm
john personna January 30, 2013 at 5:36 pm

But a particularly enjoyable set of assorted links overall.

Todd January 30, 2013 at 12:28 pm
prior_approval January 30, 2013 at 12:34 pm

‘f you could build a new university on a “greenfield” – or a snowy, white field, as the case might be – what would it look like? The founders of Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech), a graduate-only university founded in 2011 outside Moscow, are collaborating with faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to create a university that embodies many of the principles hottest in higher education today: interdisciplinarity, problem-based learning, research for innovation and entrepreneurship, and internationalization.’

Well, it seems as if the Russians haven’t yet realized that the future (ca. 2001, if the domain registration is to be trusted, though inQbation’s project (1200 hours plus) came more than a decade later) is online.

But then, no one is seemingly interested (at least any longer, in the Putin era) in Russia as a developing economy – enough nuclear weapons and oil/gas fields seems to bring its own respectability, apparently.

Therapsid January 30, 2013 at 2:54 pm

I’m sure 4th quarter contracting, 2% GDP trend growth U.S.A. has a lot of wisdom to impart the Russkies.

Meanwhile, Russia is fitfully converging with other emerging nations at the periphery of high income status. Russia’s economic performance since 1999 compares favorably to Brazil, but you’d never know it from the hyperventilating Western media.

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Mostly Confused January 31, 2013 at 1:37 am

so comparing 4th-Q 2012 U.S. GDP with “Russia’s economic performance since 1999″ is supposed to impart exactly what about the Western media?. Are you aware that Russian gas and oil exploration in the 3rd-Q of 2011 declined relative to the U.S. Economic growth throughout the 2000′s… Just Saying!, nobody in Pravda even covered it.

Douglas Knight January 30, 2013 at 12:44 pm

Björk: always wrong.

Go Kings, Go! January 30, 2013 at 1:28 pm

How do you mean? Evidently more than 90 percent of the minimum deposit guarantees have been paid to everyone, British, Dutch and Icelanders. That’s good enough for government work. Has Ireland benefited from doing so much more?

JWatts January 30, 2013 at 4:03 pm

Indeed.

a) Iceland offers higher than market interest rates.

b) Other EU nations warn their citizens that those accounts aren’t covered by depositor insurance.

c) Iceland complains to Brussels that the accounts are covered by depositor insurance.

d) A recession occurs and Iceland decides not to cover the accounts that it had previously insisted were covered.

Moral: If you aren’t cheating you aren’t trying hard enough.

jon livesey January 30, 2013 at 8:00 pm

That’s a pretty good summary, although you could add:

e) UK and Dutch taxpayers end up with the bill.

I’m just puzzled by the types that are cheering Iceland on. Apparently sharp practice is OK if it’s an Icelandic Bank, but not a US or UK Bank.

Nyongesa January 31, 2013 at 1:42 am

Not jest cheering, but finding moral solace in the whole struggle. You know, the little guy sticking it to the man!, must be a righteous cause, right!!!

IVV January 31, 2013 at 7:54 am

Honestly, I’m still surprised that the UK didn’t just take over Iceland for recompense. Wars have been fought over much, much less.

Peter Schaeffer January 31, 2013 at 2:45 pm

IVV,

“Honestly, I’m still surprised that the UK didn’t just take over Iceland for recompense. Wars have been fought over much, much less.”

Indeed, but Iceland has powerful friends. The U.S. regards Iceland as an unsinkable aircraft carrier in the Mid North Atlantic.

The U.S., the UK, and Canada made very extensive use of Icelandic fjords as naval bases in WWII (I have been to some of them). Nobody talks about this much, but people certainly remember.

Iceland’s strategic location and allies will keep it safe for a long time.

Douglas Knight February 1, 2013 at 12:33 am

I don’t think that people in the US remember that it invaded Iceland and thus entered thus the war in Europe before Pearl Harbor.

IVV: Cod War III will be nasty than the first two installments.

axa January 30, 2013 at 3:37 pm

#6: “We hate ourselves, we’ll probably hate you too” Not only Britain and certainly the best advice when looking for friends, haha

Ray Lopez January 30, 2013 at 3:59 pm

@#5 – Is Bjork XY, XXY, or XX? Let me Google this…oh, she’s a woman; I thought she was transgender. Anyway, she is really into maintaining distinct identities, which is a small step nowadays from being a racist IMO. From Wikipedia: Björk’s father, Guðmundur Gunnarsson, is a well known union leader in Iceland and was nationally recognized before his daughter Björk has complained of being hounded by paparazzi. In 1996, Björk arrived at Bangkok International Airport with her son Sindri after a long haul flight when Julie Kaufman, a female reporter, greeted Björk with “Welcome to Bangkok,” which was then followed by Björk’s attacking her and knocking her to the ground. On 13 January 2008, Björk attacked a photographer who had photographed her arrival at Auckland International Airport in New Zealand for her scheduled performance at the Big Day Out festival.[70] Björk’s years in KUKL aligned her with the anarchist Crass Collective.[73] While she has since been hesitant to be seen as an overtly political figure, and has said so on her website,[74] she is strongly supportive of numerous liberation movements across the globe, including support for independence for Kosovo.[75]” LOL what a character.

James January 30, 2013 at 4:16 pm

Well done! Your critique of her appearance was right on the button.

LOL

Sanjay January 30, 2013 at 5:56 pm

Read the quantum stuff and was disappointed that they didn’t mention tunneling in cellular respiration, or the hydrogenase mechanisms Steve Benkovic and Judy Klinman have studies where I think the evidence for QM effects on reaction kinetics is solid.

DocMerlin January 30, 2013 at 8:00 pm

“Do quantum effects matter in nature”
…considering that color of organic objects is a quantum effect.

JWatts January 31, 2013 at 10:22 am

Or, as the article points out, photosynthesis (a quantum effect) is the basis of the food chain for 99.999% of the life on Earth. I’d say a resounding yes is in order.

Shane M January 31, 2013 at 3:39 am

#2: So how are you supposed to save the container in the fridge after you tear it apart? And ketchup cups – better to “dunk” with. I’ve never seen anyone have problems with dunking fries like the fellow in the video. Really?

dan1111 January 31, 2013 at 4:30 am

#1 So apparently no one buys actual music any more, but a recording of nothing sells out? File this one under “The Culture that Once Was Western Civilization”.

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