Biotech is all the rage these days. Fitbit and friends burn VC money at one end, Craig Venter captures imaginations and press cycles and grant funding at the other, and an endless array of startups, big pharma, and research foundations fill the middle to bursting. Sequencing genomes is sexy. Folding proteins, stimulating neurons, and hunting superbugs are all sexy.
Even so, my favorite recent biotech project isn’t a startup, new product, or breakthrough in the lab. It’s a government bureacracy, working on compliance, using billing data. No joke. Continue reading
If we want to understand the origins of the [Christian] Consummation Movement, we need to look at the society in which it grew. By the early 2040s, mass automation and globalisation had permanently raised the US unemployment rate to more then 30 percent, with ‘underemployment’ doubling that number. Enhanced social security and the glimmerings of a basic minimum income in some states had taken the financial sting out of this economic shift, but money alone couldn’t replace the sense of meaning or direction that citizens had once derived from work – nor could it address the fragmentation of physical communities across the country.
Came across this gem while re-listening to The Blueprint 3:
And then this one from Watch the Throne:
Say what you will about Jay-Z’s and Kanye’s personal lives, but when they’re on their game, they’re great MCs. Game recognize game.
Stitch and Marley often make little chirping noises when they’re watching a bird or a squirrel, but this is the first time I’ve caught a good video of it. Wikipedia says this is common. I say it’s pretty damn funny.