sunday mutants hobbit ate my life edition



The aftermath of moving, and The Hobbit, have eaten my life for the past few weeks. I haven’t really been info-trawling. Here are a handful of things that have popped up.


* Really fascinating interview about the creation of the computer by the same folks that created the nuclear bomb, and the biology of our machine future.


Besides obvious ones like computer viruses, we have large, slow-moving megafauna like operating systems and now millions of fast-moving apps, almost like microbes. Recently we’ve seen enormous conglomerations of code creeping up on us, these giant, multicellular, metazoan-level code-organisms like Facebook or Amazon. All these species form a digital universe.


* How your cat is making you crazy: Bizarre but brilliant read on a bacterial organism secreted by cats which has demonstrable (and surprisingly large) effects on humans; an interesting parallel to this old post about mind altering parasites.


* Meanwhile: 5 Kinds of Fungus Discovered to be Capable of Farming Animals!

* One of those things that should get more eyeballs on it. “The Corporate Psychopaths: Theory of the Global Financial Crisis” So many juicy quotes.

“At one major investment bank for which I worked, we used psychometric testing to recruit social psychopaths because their characteristics exactly suited them to senior corporate finance roles.”

* This summary of US/general contempt for NZ’s geopolitical importance from the Stratfor leaks is pretty funny. Sort of.

When it comes to geopolitical importance it doesn’t get much fucking lower than New Zealand

Yup. May find the time to read online a little more this week.



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