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  1. The Incomparable | The Partial Monty (Episode 202)

    Bury your dead in a Zeppelin and call your interplanetary accountant—it’s time for our annual read of the Hugo Award nominees. We cover this year’s award nominees, plus the “retro Hugos” from 1939, both of which will be awarded in August in London. Also, someone defends Mira Grant.

    00:00: Introductions

    04:45: Best Novel

    41:18: Retro Hugos from 1939

    58:41: 2014 Short Fiction

    1:33:24: All the other categories

    1:47:18: Goodbyes

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  2. The War on Drugs: Baby Missiles

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  3. Hack Circus : Warren Ellis

    Leila meets the writer Warren Ellis, whose prolific output includes Transmetropolitan and Gun Machine. They talk comics, sleep patterns, scepticism, "wearable shirts", whisky, and this great age of technological boredom.

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  4. Marketplace Tech for Monday, June 9, 2014 |

    On today’s show, Ben Howard, VP of Programming for Gamespot, with a preview of what to expect from this week’s E3 video game conference. Plus, Ariel Waldman, the founder of, talks about citizen science and how the tech industry is changing the scientific community. And hear more about a town in Pakistan that creates 80% of the world’s soccer balls.  A group of notable economists got together to use it as a laboratory to test how best to introduce innovation.

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  5. The War on Drugs

    Philly band The War On Drugs perform material from their 2014 release "Lost In The Dream". Recorded 3/28/2014 - 4 songs:

    1. An Ocean In Between The Waves,
    2. Eyes To The Wind,
    3. Red Eyes,
    4. Suffering.

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  6. Gabriella Coleman on the ethics of free software

    Gabriella Coleman, the Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy in the Art History and Communication Studies Department at McGill University, discusses her new book, “Coding Freedom: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Hacking,” which has been released under a Creative Commons license.

    Coleman, whose background is in anthropology, shares the results of her cultural survey of free and open source software (F/OSS) developers, the majority of whom, she found, shared similar backgrounds and world views. Among these similarities were an early introduction to technology and a passion for civil liberties, specifically free speech.

    Coleman explains the ethics behind hackers’ devotion to F/OSS, the social codes that guide its production, and the political struggles through which hackers question the scope and direction of copyright and patent law. She also discusses the tension between the overtly political free software movement and the “politically agnostic” open source movement, as well as what the future of the hacker movement may look like.

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  7. Samantha Warren on Public Speaking Tips on the Ladies in Tech Podcast

    Samantha Warren shares how she began public speaking with tips on how that led her to more experiences and opportunities. Also how nerves affect us.

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  8. Edward Tufte, Offering ‘Beautiful Evidence’ : NPR

    Edward Tufte has been described by The New York Times as the "Leonardo da Vinci of Data." Since 1993, thousands have attended his daylong seminars on Information Design. That might sound like a dry subject, but with Tufte, information becomes art.

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  9. Hardtalk: Glenn Greenwald

    Interviews with the world’s leading politicians, thinkers and cultural figures. In an in-depth, hard-hitting, half-hour discussion, Stephen Sackur talks to some of the most prominent people from around the world. Broadcast on the BBC World Service on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

    Thanks to Edward Snowden’s leaking of American intelligence secrets the whole world now knows the extent of US-UK surveillance of global phone and internet traffic. Have the revelations flagged up a corrosive infringement of individual liberty, or undermined efforts to protect the world from terrorism? HARDtalk speaks to journalist, Glenn Greenwald - he broke the Snowden story. His mission, he says, is to hold power to account. Is this a journalistic crusade that’s gone too far?

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  10. Peter Schwartz: The Art Of The Really Long View - The Long Now

    The art of the really long view

    For such a weighty subject there was a lot of guffawing going on in the Seminar Thursday night.

    The topic was "The Art of the Really Long View."

    Peter Schwartz chatted through his slides for tonight’s lecture, then the discussion waded in.

    Present were Danny Hillis, Leighton Read, Angie Thieriot, Ryan Phelan, David Rumsey, Eric Greenberg, Kevin Kelly, Anders Hove, Schwartz, and me.

    The event was very well audio and video taped, so we can link you to a fuller version later.

    For now, here’s a few of my notes.

    Much of discussion circled around Schwartz’s assertion that the most durable and influential of human artifacts are IDEAS.

    And a distinction worth drawing is between POWERFUL ideas and GOOD ideas. Not all powerful ideas turn out to be good, in the long run.

    For example, Schwartz proposed that monotheism has been an extremely powerful idea, dominating all kinds of human activity for millennia, but its overall goodness is increasingly questionable.

    Or take the powerful idea of Communism and the powerful idea of Capitalism.

    Looking at them when both were being touted as world solutions around, say, 1890, how would you distinguish which one was likelier to play out as good?

    Most of us, then, would probably have given the nod to Communism, particularly in light of robber-baron excesses in the US, etc.

    Danny Hillis proposed that bad powerful ideas are essentially collective hallucinations which mask reality, whereas good powerful ideas have built into them all kinds of reality checks.

    So Capitalism—-expressed as markets—-has prevailed so far because it is an emergent, distributed, out-of-control feedback system.

    Some notable quotes (among many):

    "The future is the ONLY thing we can do anything about."


    "Denial is a special case of optimism."

    —Leighton Read.

    Revisiting Long Now’s frequent chant that multiplying options is the great good to do for future generations, we examined the idea of "toxic choice"—-for instance the stupefying multiplicity of choices in a supermarket or department store that make you long for a good boutique.

    "But lots of boutiques," said Ryan Phelan.

    "I’ve got it! " said Read, "We’ll have two big toxic choice emporiums, connected by a bunch of boutiques!

    I think we’ve just invented the mall."

    Contemplating work to be done, Schwartz said:

    "We know it would be a good idea to have the rule of law extended to include ecological systems, but we haven’t figured out how to make that a powerful idea yet."

    —Stewart Brand

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