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links for 2008-10-24

24 Oct
  • It would be easy to come up with a list of why the current downturn sucks. In fact, who needs a list? You can feel it in your bones. But a lull in any battle, or economy, can be an opportunity for those with the foresight and resources to press it. And we're not talking about lame cracks like the traffic getting better. Here are five genuinely good things about the current tech economy. Which ones will you be able to take advantage of?
  • You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore.
    You shall be together when white wings of death scatter your days.
    Aye, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.
    But let there be spaces in your togetherness,
    And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.
    Love one another but make not a bond of love:
    Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
    Fill each other's cup but drink not from one cup.
    Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf.
    Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone,
    Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.
    Give your hearts, but not into each other's keeping.
    For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.
    And stand together, yet not too near together:
    For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
    And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other's shadow.
  • But I would rather have died yesterday for liberty than live for a thousand years appeasing tyranny.” It was very humbling, and a reminder that that right to tear into those in power – which we avail ourselves of here in Coffee House – is a precious one. All the likes of myself risk if we upset the wrong people is losing contacts, or not being invited to parties anymore. For journalists in many other countries, they are literally and knowingly risking their lives.
  • There are two big things happening in psychology today. One, of course, is everything that's got to do with the brain, and that's dominating psychology. But there is something else that is happening, which started out from a methodological innovation as a way to study memory, and we've always known, that's the idea of the notion of association of ideas, which has been around for 350 years at least.
    We know about how associations work because we have one thought, and when it leads to another‚windows and doors and things like that, or white and black‚and we have our ideas of associations, and it's always been recognized as important and interesting. But our view of how associations work has been changed in a profound way by a technical innovation, which is something that happens a great deal in psychology and I suppose in all sciences.
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