Historian Tom Holland [not Spiderman] correctly identifies the current moment as roughly equivalent to the time when the Gracchi were murdered.
The voice of experience with relying on solar power and spotty wifi to conduct business.
Scott Locklin has harsh but fair things to say about the acquired personality traits of programmers, and how this mindset keeps programming, and programmers, from achieving greater things.
A really sad example of the kind of person who exemplifies the cluster of traits that Locklin lampoons above. A sad, broken man who starved himself to death.
Whenever Greg does his annual book thread, I have a pretty high number of books I’ve either read, or I now want to read.
Turning noise into signal.
Peter Marks at the FDA has indicated that the 60,000 patient Phase III trial wouldn’t be needed in case Moderna deployed an altered mRNA sequence for their vaccine. This is great news, and it overlaps with ideas I talked about in my piece for Ordinary Times, Senator Warren’s Office of Drug Manufacturing. At least in theory, mRNA vaccines could be a platform, with the only thing changing being the mRNA sequence, which would mean
John J. Reilly reviews Patrick E. Kennon’s Tribe and Empire [Amazon link], which might be something like the Deep State’s interpretation of Toynbee. Kennon argued that what this world needs is fewer elections and more bureaucrats.
For all my love of adventure fiction, this is a great example of social science fiction. Social science fiction explores the consequences of a technology on society, and I think Zahn does so brilliantly in this loosely linked set of stories following the inventor of a technology that can capture your soul as you are dying.