Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Some interesting trivial items for your mid-week reading

Tickets please. Osterley Bookshop is housed in an old Tube station

Books and trains have always had a close relationship. The Osterley Bookshop, in the leafy suburbs of west London, is located in an old (overground) Tube station. The building is just a couple of minutes walk from the current Osterley Tube station (an Art Deco gem from 1933) and is owned by Tony Vesely and his wife, Pennie.
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The Friedrich Hayek I knew, and what he got right – and wrong
Hayek’s most striking intellectual trait was one uncommon in academic life – independence of mind, which enabled him to swim against some of the most powerful currents of the age.
via Arts & Letters Daily: John Gray in New Statesman
In the 1980s, when F A Hayek was one of the intellectual icons of the New Right, some of the more doctrinaire members of that complicated and fractious movement used to say that for him a minimal government was one that provided three things: national defence, law and order, and a state opera. It was an observation made only partly in jest. The Austrian-born economist and philosopher may have been the thinker who, more than anyone else, articulated the free-market ideology that came to power along with Margaret Thatcher; but his view of politics was formed not in Britain, his adopted country, but in the Habsburg empire, where the ­Vienna Court Opera was a department of government whose existence no one would dream of questioning.
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How to Run Windows 1.0.1 in Your Browser
via MakeUseOf by Bryan Clark
Through emulation, all things are possible, such as running Android on Windows or playing retro video games. This emulator is no different. It’s easy, and a lot of fun.
It’s crazy to think that Windows 1.0.1 dropped on the world in 1985. I was three years old, so I can’t say I ever used it, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have an interest in all things retro tech and a desire to take a walk down memory lane.
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Who's in charge anyway?
via OUP Blog by Peter Carruthers
Influenced by the discoveries of cognitive science, many of us will now accept that much of our mental life is unconscious. There are subliminal perceptions, implicit attitudes and beliefs, inferences that take place tacitly outside of our awareness, and much more. But we are apt to identify ourselves with our conscious minds. People who take the implicit attitudes test, for example, are often horrified to discover that they harbor racial prejudices or gender biases they were unaware of. If they accept the science, they are forced to believe that these attitudes are in some sense part of themselves. But they are an unwelcome part, an alien part, something to be got rid of if possible.
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Shakespeare probably smoked weed, scientists say
via Boing Boing by David Pescovitz
Several pipes excavated from William Shakespeare's garden contained cannabis, report scientists who used gas chromatography-mass spectrometry to analyze the items.
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The Places You'll Feed! – Dr. Seuss Meets Breastfeeding
via Abe Books by Beth Carswell
Despite what millions of commercials (and the rare, very lucky woman who finds it a breeze) would have you believe, breastfeeding is a lot of work, and comes neither easily nor naturally to many women. From physical discomfort and challenges to low milk supply, hellish pumps and supplements, to gawking and disapproving strangers, it’s an ongoing process. It isn’t even possible for everyone, and for the lucky ones who are able, it takes a lot of dedication, commitment and practice.
Lauren Hirshfield Belden, a California mother of two, struggled painfully with the challenges while breastfeeding her first daughter in 2012. The experience remained with her, and prompted her to humorously reach out to other mothers via a book called The Places You’ll Feed! all about breastfeeding, modeled after Dr. Seuss’ iconic book Oh, The Places You’ll Go!
See more excerpts from Belden’s book here
And just in case you are not familiar with Dr. Seuss’ book here is a link to my absolute favourite rendition of it.

How is the Internet Changing Your Brain?
via MakeUseof by Dave LeClair
If you’re here at reading this article, then I can safely assume that you are an Internet user. You probably love the Internet, just like us. After all, the Internet is filled with an incredible wealth of knowledge and entertainment. It’s a fantastic tool that has enriched our lives in so many ways since it became popular.
But have you ever wondered about how the Internet changes your brain over time? It’s still early in the Internet’s life in the grand scheme of things, but there are some interesting studies about how the Internet has changed us.
Check out the infographic at Web Page FX

Miles Davis’s Kind of Blue
via OUP Blog by Jeremy Yudkin
What is a classic album? Not a classical album – a classic album. One definition would be a recording that is both of superb quality and of enduring significance. I would suggest that Miles Davis’s 1959 recording Kind of Blue is indubitably a classic. It presents music making of the highest order, and it has influenced – and continues to influence – jazz to this day.
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Paleo-Economics Shaped Our Moralities (Evolved Social-Coordination 'Tech')
via Big Think by Jag Bhalla

Paleo-economics shaped our moralities. Like our languages, our moralities are evolved social-coordination “technologies”.
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Dolphins that fish on land
via Boing Boing by Heather Johanssen
Amazing video of dolphins that have learned how to dine in style. This hunting behavior, according to Discovery, hasn't been found in any other pod on Earth.
Watch it here

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