chrisaldrich / Chris Aldrich

I’m a Johns Hopkins trained biomedical and electrical engineer with a variety of interests in information theory, biology, big history, abstract and theoretical mathematics, evolution, genetics, microbiology, transgenetics, translational medicine, mnemonics, and the entertainment industry including: finance, distribution, representation.

There are forty-three people in chrisaldrich’s collective.

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  1. American Nations, American Union: Interview with Colin Woodard

    Few books have influenced my view of American history and politics more than Colin Woodard’s American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America. We’ve been divided since the beginning, Woodard argues, and this has influenced every aspect of American history, not to mention its future. He has a new book coming out in May, Union, which expands this thesis further.

    Get American Nations here.

    And get Colin’s new book, Union: The Struggle to Forge the Story of United States Nationhood, here.

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  2. 26-minute podcast

    I have a bunch of things on my mind ready to go this morning, including the next in a series of voicemailcasts with Doc Searls, a defense of XML when used as an object serializer, and the awful tendency of techies, esp those who work at Google, to have little respect for stuff that works, always wanting to reinvent without using their supposedly brilliant minds to evaluate their approach, and thereby burning decades of knowhow on a bonfire of geek vanity. Probably a few other things I’m not remembering at the moment. #

    Okay first up is the 26-minute podcast that follows Doc’s kickoff of our nascent series. You will feel like you’re eavesdropping on a conversation between two old friends, which is totally what it is. I remember the first time I met Doc, in Buck’s restaurant in Woodside, CA. I also remember very clearly the day in 1999 I was at his house in Redwood City, helping him get going with his Manila blog, he was one of the very first, and understood blogging in an instant. Doc looks like Wilford Brimley. He got the name Doc because he was a radio personality in North Carolina in the 1970s. He has a radio voice. In this voicemail I talk about Fargo, the masterful FX series. I just watched season 2 and am now working my way through season 3. I talk about my development process for the last decade or so. Very different from the previous 30 years. That’s just the beginning. It’s a content-rich podcast. Hope you listen and enjoy. Looking forward to Doc’s rebut.#

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  3. Scripting News: Friday, January 10, 2020

    I’ve been wanting to bootstrap a podcast with Doc Searls for the longest time. When we get together, our conversations are fluid, and full of ideas and stories. In the last few years we’ve started to exchange voicemails using the iPhone voice memo app. A few days ago I said to Doc, in a voicemail of course, that we should try to do a podcast that was just a series of voicemails. Nothing more fancy than that. So here’s Doc’s first podcast, to kick things off. He talks about what I call future-safe archives. Ideas follow. I think we should retire domains the way sports teams retire numbers. We should have a plan for how to preserve the web, not a photograph of the web (that’s what does). BTW, since this podcast is part of, it is backed up every night. The original is on Amazon S3, which I think it is the most stable and affordable publicly available storage system. If it didn’t exist, I’d be begging them to create it. #

    An interesting idea in Doc’s voicemailcast, apparently Google doesn’t crawl the web these days, they use the addresses of pages that Chrome users visit. Makes total sense. It’s why his pages don’t show up in Google search until he goes there. Hadn’t thought of this. #

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  4. Ep 349 - The Knowledge Frontier: Cesar Hidalgo from Mixed Mental Arts on RadioPublic

    Cesar Hidalgo is the directer of the Collective Learning Group at the MIT media lab,. His book Why Information Grows combines physics and economics to give a new take on economic growth in the 21st century. Be sure to go to, support us on Patreon, use our Amazon affiliate, and follow us on social media!!cab03

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  5. Ep 362 - Jonathan Haidt from Mixed Mental Arts on RadioPublic

    Although Bryan and Hunter talk about Jon Haidt all the time, this is actually only Jon’s second appearance on the podcast. It was well worth the wait. Having read Jon’s books many times and interviewed many of his peers, this podcast was a fantastic opportunity to get stuck in and re-examine the world through the lens of both ancient wisdom and modern science.!ba5dc

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  6. Hidden Pattern Of Rape Helped Stir Civil Rights Movement | Tell Me More | NPR

    February 28, 201112:00 PM ET

    Heard on Tell Me More

    Recy Taylor was a 24-year-old mother when she was abducted at gunpoint and gang raped by a group of white men in Alabama in 1944. An activist named Rosa Parks was sent to investigate the attack. Taylor’s case, and a number of others like hers, helped spark the civil rights movement. Danielle Lynn McGuire explores the story and the pattern of racist, sexual assaults on black women, in her book, "At the Dark End of the Street". In Tell Me More’s weekly "Behind Closed Doors" conversation, host Michel Martin speaks with the author as well as with rape survivor, Recy Taylor.

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  7. ‘Second Founding’ Examines How Reconstruction Remade The Constitution | Fresh Air | NPR

    Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Eric Foner talks how the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments relate to current debates about voting rights, mass incarceration and reparations for slavery.

    September 17, 20191:23 PM ET

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  8. July 25, 2008 | On the Media | WNYC Studios

    Campaigning against the media, commenting on comments and Chandra Levy revisited

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  9. Norm! | On the Media | WNYC Studios

    Another affront to executive norms, a new level of secrecy for CBP, and the 32-year story of one family’s new life in America.

    Attorney General Bill Barr appeared to spar with Donald Trump in the latest chapter of the Roger Stone case. On this week’s On the Media, why the apparent interference in the Justice Department’s work should cause concern. Plus, Customs and Border Patrol builds a new bulwark against disclosure and transparency. And, a family migration story three decades in the making.

    1. Dahlia Lithwick, writer for Slate, on what the latest Dept. of Justice news tells us about the fragility of American justice.

    2. Susan Hennessey [@Susan_Hennessey], executive editor at Lawfare, on the latest threats to "prosecutorial independence."

    3. Ken Klippenstein [@kenklippenstein], DC correspondent at The Nation, on Customs and Border Patrol (CBP)’s re-designation as a "security agency."

    4. Jason DeParle [@JasonDeParle], author of A Good Provider Is One Who Leaves, on the 32-year process of reporting one family’s migration story.

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  10. Cancel This! | On the Media | WNYC Studios

    The impeachment; coronavirus rumors go viral; the controversy around Joe Rogan’s Bernie Sanders endorsement; and the perils of "cancel culture."

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