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Oh my goodness, Microsoft!

I’m super excited to try out Spartan… the ability to annotate websites can either be useful or just another useless gadget, but I won’t know until I try it!

Article here.


““We were full-on Cantonese,” Ms. Tam said, explaining that a light soup with herbs and perhaps a vegetable or two is an integral part of many traditional Chinese meals, acting as a digestive, a palate cleanser and a drink.”

Growing up, we had Chinese soup every night of the week. It’s what was responsible for my being unable to comprehend that a bowl of soup can be a meal in itself: drinking soup always made me hungrier, as I responded in Pavlovian fashion to the indication of the dishes to come.

Since having moved out, I have made soup less and less, mostly because soup takes a good five hours of simmering for the flavors to meld together.

Article here.

I like Airbnb, despite the inherent pitfalls in mis-advertisement (which happen at commercial motel/hotel chains too!) because it offers you that unique experience that literally cannot be replicated anywhere else.

It can be cheaper, it can be more expensive, but it is usually much more comfortable than a hotel room.

Article here.

This article summarizes a depressingly wide breadth of studies showing implicit racial bias over a wide range of human activities.

“There are some counterexamples: Data show that some places, like elite colleges, most likely do favor minority applicants. But this evidence underlies that a helping hand in one area does not preclude harmful shoves in many other areas, including ignored résumés, unhelpful faculty members and reluctant landlords.

“Ugly pockets of conscious bigotry remain in this country, but most discrimination is more insidious. The urge to find and call out the bigot is powerful, and doing so is satisfying. But it is also a way to let ourselves off the hook. Rather than point fingers outward, we should look inward — and examine how, despite best intentions, we discriminate in ways big and small.”

In other words, instead of protesting that you don’t discriminate, take a critical look at your actions and your thought processes and ask yourself why you make the assumptions you do.

Article here.

“Indeed, scientists like her worry that neuroscience has become a dirty business. Too often, they say, labs are stocked with toxic chemicals, dangerous instruments and hapless animal subjects.

“Funding often comes from the military, and some neuroscientists fear their findings may soon be applied in ways that they never intended, raising moral questions that are seldom addressed.

“But their rigid opposition to animal research in particular may come at a steep price.

“…grown disappointed with the “establishment” science in which, he says, academic research and corporate profit priorities are increasingly indistinguishable.”

“Brain technologies emerging today may put anything that George Orwell might have imagined to shame, they say. The government’s ambitious effort to map the human brain, they note, also includes research into whether information can be “written” into the brain.

““The problem is that we haven’t learned from history,” Dr. Ohayon said. “Now we know what science can create.””

First attempts at responsible neuroscience? Time will tell if this model of science is successful and competitive.

Article here.

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