around the traps

  • No, you're not entitled to your opinion: If "Everyone's entitled to their opinion" just means no-one has the right to stop people thinking and saying whatever they want, then the statement is true, but fairly trivial. No one can stop you saying that vaccines cause autism, no matter how many times that claim has been disproven. But if %u2018entitled to an opinion' means %u2018entitled to have your views treated as serious candidates for the truth' then it's pretty clearly false. And this too is a distinction that tends to get blurred.
  • Will the $49 Android PC help bridge the digital divide?: VIA Technologies plans to bridge the digital divide through a very cheap personal computer powered by Android. The aPC %u2014 or "Android PC" %u2014 costs just $49, but it provides a "complete PC experience at the fraction of the cost."
  • Anastasiya Shpagina, "real-life anime girl" - Boing Boing
  • Study Shows Power of Cute Improves Concentration - Japan Real Time - WSJ: Through three separate experiments a team of scientists from Hiroshima University showed that people showed higher levels of concentration after looking at pictures of puppies or kittens.
  • Julian Treasure: Why architects need to use their ears | Video on Because of poor acoustics, students in classrooms miss 50 percent of what their teachers say and patients in hospitals have trouble sleeping because they continually feel stressed. Julian Treasure sounds a call to action for designers to pay attention to the "invisible architecture" of sound.
  • Dodgeball was never this cool when I was at school. We just tried to avoid being killed.


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