Hugh McGuire

publishing, technology, media, philosophy, a bit of politics.

Category: misc

hatto the beautiful hoax

The New Yorker has a fascinating story, about the “discovery” of a 75 year old virtuoso, genius pianist, Joyce Hatto, that turns out to be a hoax. What’s so interesting – to me anyway – is how the internet – and brilliant grassroots marketing, fraudulent tho it was – created the myth bought by many […]

the great nothingness

Astronomers have found an enormous void in space that measures nearly a billion light-years across. It is empty of both normal matter – such as galaxies and stars – and the mysterious “dark matter” that cannot be seen directly with telescopes. [more from BBC …]

financial house in trouble

From the Pessimism file: I’ve always been skeptical of hedge funds and sophisticated derivative products. In theory these financial instruments protect against risk, by playing potential movement of the market in one direction, off of movement in another. It’s high-powered math stuff, and it’s made many many people truckloads, billions of dollars. But I don’t […]

just a reminder

infer ≠ imply infer –verb (used with object) to derive by reasoning; conclude or judge from premises or evidence: They inferred his displeasure from his cool tone of voice. (of facts, circumstances, statements, etc.) to indicate or involve as a conclusion; lead to. to guess; speculate; surmise. to hint; imply; suggest. –verb (used without object) […]

Will I get more things done?

If you start to notice me being hyper-productive, it might be because I have started using a neat little productivity/management software, iGTD: The software uses the Get Things Done productivity methodology, which apparently will solve all my constant procrastination problems and turn me into a man of unlimited energy and robot-like (almost frightening) efficiency, while […]

Your sock geek it into a bed?

Sometimes, not all that often, OK, but still, sometimes, email spam makes me smile:

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