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  1. Ghost in the machine: automation and future employment - Future Tense - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

    For decades machines have gradually been replacing blue-collar jobs, but now algorithms and increasingly sophisticated machines have begun eating their way into decidedly white-collar territory.

    And as a result, economist Tyler Cowen now predicts the hollowing out of the middleclass. But is the picture really that gloomy? We explore the impact of technological change on the way we’ll work in future.

    Erik Brynjolfsson, Schussel Family Professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management , Director of the MIT Center for Digital Business, Chair of the MIT Sloan Management Review. Co-author of ‘The Second Machine Age’.
    Tyler Cowen, Professor of Economics at George Mason University. Author of ‘Average is Over’.
    Cory Doctorow, Sci-fi author, blogger and digital rights activist. Co-editor of the Boing Boing blog.

    Title: The Second Machine Age
    Author: Erik Brynjolfsson, Andrew McAfee
    Publisher: W.W. Norton

    Title: Average is over: Powering America Beyond The Age of The Great Stagnation
    Author: Tyler Cowen
    Publisher: Dutton (Penguin)

    Further Information:
    Erik Brynjolfsson’s webpage (
    Second Machine Age (
    Tyler Cowen’s webpage ( pages/Tyler/)
    Cory Doctorow’s website (
    2011 Future Tense program featuring Tyler Cowen (

    —Huffduffed by theJBJshow one month ago

  2. CSS and JavaScript: Can’t We All Just Get Along? - The Big Web Show

    CSS and JavaScript: Can’t We All Just Get Along?

    with Nicole Sullivan

    Running CSS Conf, building scalable systems that won’t break, designing for speed and performance, learning Ruby, Object Oriented CSS, a CSS Style Guide, Type-o-matic, practical takeaways from stunt CSS, pairing as a work method, sexism and racism tests, and setting aside biases when selecting conference sessions.

    —Huffduffed by theJBJshow 2 months ago

  3. Jeremy Keith | SSKTN

    Huffduffer is a great service for podcasters and it happens to be built by one guy – Jeremy Keith. Listeners of SSKTN will know that I, Chris Enns, am a big fan of Huffduffer so I wanted to have Jeremy on to chat about Huffduffer. We talked about where the idea came from, the nerdy origins of the name and ways to help your podcast look better when it gets Huffduff’d.

    —Huffduffed by theJBJshow 2 months ago

  4. Charles Dickens & A Christmas Carol with Neil Gaiman and Molly Oldfield | The New York Public Library

    December 15, 2013

    An afternoon of Victorian entertainment! Molly Oldfield, consummate researcher and author of The Secret Museum, shares her love of unique items and interesting objects found at museums and libraries world wide, most notably The New York Public Library’s collection of Dickens material in the Berg Collection of English and American Literature. She will be joined by acclaimed author Neil Gaiman, who will present a memorable reading of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Gaiman will read the classic tale as the great author intended, following edits and prompts Dickens wrote in his own hand for his unique readings 150 years ago.

    Neil Gaiman has written many books and won many awards for them. He won the Audie Award for Book of the Year for his reading of The Graveyard Book. He used to read A Christmas Carol to his children, but only at Christmas. 

    Molly Oldfield is a writer and researcher for the landmark BBC 1 program QI (Quite Interesting), presented by Stephen Fry, and broadcast in the U.S. by National Geographic. She writes a weekly column for The Telegraph in the UK and also researches for BBC’s Radio 4 program, The Museum of Curiosity. She spent two years touring the world in search of the most extraordinary inventions, legacies and artefacts hidden from the public and the best of what she found – 60 unseen artefacts whose stories touch all five continents – are in The Secret Museum (Firefly Books, 2013).  Recommended for all ages. 

    —Huffduffed by theJBJshow 3 months ago

  5. John McMillian on ‘Beatles vs. Stones’: Forum | KQED Public Media for Northern CA

    Once upon a time, two British rock ‘n’ roll bands dominated the music scene: the boy-next-door Beatles and the born-to-be-wild Rolling Stones. Journalist Tom Wolfe wrote, ‘The Beatles want to hold your hand, but the Stones want to burn down your town.’ In his new book, ‘Beatles vs. Stones,’ John McMillian explores the myths behind their rivalry and offers revealing behind-the-scenes stories about the two groups.

    —Huffduffed by theJBJshow 3 months ago

  6. Untangling the Web: Ideologies of the Technologies

    How has the most revolutionary innovation of our time - the Internet - transformed our world? What does it mean for the modern family? How has it changed our concepts of privacy? Of celebrity? Of love, sex and hate?

    In this excerpt from Untangling the Web: What the Internet is Doing to You, author Dr Aleks Krotoski raises a thought provoking question: do we rule the technology, or is it ruling us?.

    "Aleks Krotoski is a rare combination of academic (she has a PhD in psychology), geek, reporter and fluent essayist." - The Guardian

    "Her combination of cautious academic rigour and geek-like enthusiasm makes a very valuable contribution to the debate" - Financial Times

    More on this topic at, the reporter’s notebook for the Guardian and Observer column and the book.

    —Huffduffed by theJBJshow 3 months ago

  7. Unfinished Business; 046: Let zygones be bygones. A Doctor Who 50th anniversary special

    046: Let zygones be bygones. A Doctor Who 50th anniversary special

    In this week’s extra length special episode of Unfinished Business, Jon Hicks and I talk exclusively about Doctor Who, so there isn’t a single piece of business advice anywhere in the show — not that there’s usually much.

    In particular we talk about the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary episode, so if you haven’t seen that yet — spoilers! Before that we talk about ‘An Adventure In Space And Time’, the story of the First Doctor William Hartnell and ‘The Night Of The Doctor’ mini episode that set the scene for the 50th Anniversary last week.

    Show Notes: Dr. Who and the Daleks (
    The Goodies (TV series) (
    An Adventure in Space and Time (
    The Three Doctors (
    Delta and the Bannermen (with Ken Dodd) (
    Susan Foreman (
    The Night of the Doctor (
    The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot (

    —Huffduffed by theJBJshow 4 months ago

  8. Historyish episode 4 – Max Weber

    Max Weber – 1864 – 1920 Karl Maximilian Weber was born 21st April 1864 in Erfurt, Thurniga, Germany.

    Weber has been described as many things, including sociologist, political economist, historian and social scientist. For historians, his work on the history and sociology of religion has been important in shaping our understanding of capitalism, modernisation and state power.

    So, who was he?

    He was born into a wealthy family – his home life was incredibly engaging – both his mother and father were highly educated and their house was often visited by academics, civil servants and liberal politicians.

    He enrolled at the University of Heidelburg in ‘82, where he held down a legal apprenticeship while continuing to study and write about economic history. He took a year out to complete his military service before then going to the University of Berlin.

    He gained his doctorate in ’89 by writing about medieval business organisation and roman agrarian economics. Two years later, having officially becoming a doctor, he worked as part of the faculty at the Universty of Berlin, lecturing and acting as a consultant for the government.

    The 1890s were the possibly the most tumultuous of Weber’s life and career. He had been forced to live in his parents’ home for much of his adult life because he could not make enough money while continuing to study. After his marriage to his distant cousin, Marianne Schnitger, he was able to leave home and take up a professorship in Freiburg. She would come to be his biographer and archivist, and became an important feminist scholar in her own right.

    In ’96 he moved to Heidelburg and created what became known as the “Weber Circle” with his wife, Georg Jellinek, Ernst Troeltsch, Werner Sombart, Marc Bloch (!), Robert Michels and György Lukács. But it was in ’97 that the most traumatic event would occur. Weber had a nervous breakdown and had to cease all teaching. He spent most of the latter half of 1900 in a sanatorium, and, although he tried to come back to Heidelburg in 1902, he retired again after just a year. He would not return to academia proper until after the War.

    In 1903, now free from the obligations of an academic post, he became editor of Archives for Social Science and Social Welfare, and a year later wrote his most famous work The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism.

    When the War broke out, Weber was not in a fit state for active service, but he was able to organise the hospital system in Heidelburg. Initially he had supported the war, believing the Russian regime to be corrupt and medieval. He preferred a liberal empire on the model of Prussia or Great Britain. His views soon changed, however, and he left his job with the army in 1915, becoming a major critic of the Kaiser’s expansionist policies.

    After the War, Weber had a reputation as one of the most brilliant minds of his age. He was asked to help draft the Weimar Constitution and was a German representative at the Paris peace conference. Controversially, he defended “Article 48” which gave the president significant powers of veto in a crisis, something Adolf Hitler would later use to dismantle the Weimar government in the 1930s. Nevertheless, his international reputation as an academic remained strong.

    He stood as an MP, but failed to get elected. Weber moved to Munich where he became head of the new sociology faculty. However, late in 1919 he contracted Spanish Flu, an epidemic that raged through Europe after the end of the War. He became seriously ill, contracted pneumonia, and died on 14th June 1920.

    Posthumously, his wife Marianne prepared his manuscripts and other writings for publication as his great work Economy and Society, which he had been working on in his final years. Along with Protestant Ethic this is seen as one of Weber’s seminal works, although it was not fully translated into English until the late 1960s.

    Weber has had a profound effect on history and the way we see power, society and modernity. His influence on men such as Marc Bloch, Max Horkheimer and Jürgen Habermas is significant, and along with Karl Marx and Emile Durkheim he is seen as one of the founders of the discipline of sociology. In his philosophy we see the beginnings of Critical Theory, a critique of enlightenment and modernity which would go on to influence much left-wing post-war scholarship.

    Further reading:
    Rise of the West (
    Max Weber: an intellectual portrait by Reinhard Bendix on Google Books (

    —Huffduffed by theJBJshow 4 months ago

  9. The Brixton ballads: Market values - 360documentaries - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

    Known for rebellion and resilience, the South London suburb of Brixton - the symbolic frontline of Black Britain – faces a rapidly gentrifying present. Brent Clough takes a walk down memory lane to listen to the voices and music of its residents.

    Average prices in London’s housing market are now eight times the median income. Home ownership in once proud working class boroughs is impossible for most locals, yet waves of gentrification are splashing through the grimiest corners of the metropolis, changing communities irrevocably.

    Brixton in the South London borough of Lambeth is no exception. The symbolic ‘frontline’ for African-Caribbean migration to the UK, the suburb has long been known as a tough place, once synonymous with riots and reggae. These days its famous covered and open-air markets and much else besides are changing swiftly.

    Brent Clough returns to his old Brixton haunts to discover a community that remains vibrant, creative and adaptable but also finds itself in the midst of rapid, disorienting transition.

    Thanks to Blacker Dread, Brother Culture, Piki Bosch, Livingstone Brown, Alex Caramelino, Jerry Dammers, Stephen Edwards, Georgina Evans, Yvonne Gold, Monica Gonzalvez, Colin Grant, Jaja Soze, Jah Screechy, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Kenness George Kelly aka Fowokan, Duncan Law, Diana and Bill Linskey, Errol Linton, Little Roy, Gerry Lyseight, Helen McDonald, Mad Professor, Malphino, Maxi Priest, Florence Nosegbe, Alan Piper, Paul Reid, Margot Rodway-Brown, Chris Salewicz, Maureen Samuel, Dan Shepherd, Paul Simonon, Brendan Tarring, Devon Thomas, Ashvin De Vos, Alex Wheatle.

    This program was made possible by the Tony Barrell Fellowship, named after the late and much-missed ABC radio and television producer.

    Music in the program:
    Brixton Hall – Dennis Alcapone
    Love in the Ghetto – Maxi Priest
    Inglan is a Bitch – Linton Kwesi Johnson
    Light work –Scampz
    Freedom of Flesh – Helen McDonald and Future Groove
    Brixton Bounce – Errol Linton
    Warrior Charge – Aswad
    Romans Dub – Black Slate
    My Story - Jaja Soze
    Why –Jaja Soze
    Christopher Columbus dubplate – Little Roy
    Concrete Jungle – Errol Linton

    Further Information:
    Alex Wheatle, Novelist Alex Wheatle on Brixton gentrification (
    Brixton splash 2013 (
    Linto Kwesi Johnsonin a documentary on Brixton from 1991 (
    The 1981 Brixton uprising (
    The black cultural archives (
    Transition town Brixton (
    Urban 75A blog about Brixton (

    —Huffduffed by theJBJshow 5 months ago

  10. 5by5 | The Incomparable #170: Let Zygons Be Zygons

    The 50th Anniversary episode of Doctor Who, "The Day of the Doctor."
    November 23, 2013 at 8:30pm • 44 minutes •

    In this special unedited flashcast edition, we talk about the 50th Anniversary episode of Doctor Who, "The Day of the Doctor," immediately after viewing it! It just about made our heads explode and we want to watch it again immediately. Join us for our post-episode breakdown of what we saw and what we liked.

    Special guests Dan Moren, David J. Loehr, Scott McNulty, and Serenity Caldwell.

    —Huffduffed by theJBJshow 4 months ago

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