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Brooke

Little Brooke, our new daughter, evidently inherited some of her dad’s stubbornness. It took three epic days in the hospital in labor and 4 superhuman hours of pushing, but she finally arrived at 9:59am yesterday, weighing 6lbs 9oz and measuring 20″ long.

Mom and baby are both tired but doing great. Dad is very happy and very shellshocked.

It’s all downhill from here, right? Right…?

Update: pictures are up!

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Your data, our data

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

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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.

  - Adrian Hon, A History of the Future in 100 Objects, Object 70: Fourth Great Awakening

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