Posts Tagged "compelling read"

Poker in Tel Aviv

“The GPS guided me to a part of town that I had never seen before, and my heart sank. It looked abandoned and seedy. Run down warehouses, not that well lit, and the kind of place where in the US, I would stay away from after dark and even during the day. I made up my mind that I would drive by the address and then just turn around and drive home.”

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Ryan Armand: GREAT

I started reading the first few pages, and then the storyline took an odd little turn. And then it took another odd little turn, and made me wonder where things were headed. I went a few more pages in, and another turn… and before I knoew it, I had lost maybe nearly half an hour, reading through a ton of the story.

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Wanted: Gentleman Bank Robber

Wanted: Gentleman Bank Robber is the true story of Leslie Ibsen Rogge who, during the span of two decades, did the unthinkable: he robbed over 30 banks, stole over $2M, appeared on “America’s Most Wanted”, and spent over a decade eluding the FBI while on their Top Ten List. And he did all of it without hurting anyone. A sample…

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Politics and the Stuxnet Worm: A Declaration of Cyber-War

Just read over a pretty eyebrow-raising article about the Stuxnet worm. Entitled A Declaration of Cyber-War, Michael Joseph Gross lays out what researchers have found about this virus in the past year… and speculates on the hand(s) that may have coded it. In computer security parlance, a vulnerability in a computer application that has not been detected before is considered…

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Old Media, Recent Events

Doc Searls has a very interesting post regarding the role of the Internet, during the early moments of the earthquake in Japan. Though this was written on March 11th, it’s still a pretty insightful glimpse into how, more and more, we are turning online to find updated, of-the-moment information on world events. Here’s the take-away: emergencies such as wars and…

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Secrets of a Mind-Gamer: The Story of an Unlikely Mnemonist

Secrets of a Mind-Gamer is the story of an unlikely mnemonist: someone capable of remembering and recalling large amounts of data. The article has a fantastic opening, providing an example of how one would go about memorizing a random sequence of playing cards: Dom DeLuise, the comedian, was implicated in the following unseemly acts in my mind’s eye: He hocked…

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The One-Man Drug Company

I’m not sure what it is with stories about drugs and drug-dealers. I have a dark fascination with the trade, the business of it, the illicitness of it all. I’m positive I would never be cut out for that world, but I enjoy getting glimpses of it from afar. The One-Man Drug Company is a compelling article by David Amsden,…

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Custom Ice Cubes and Bottom-Up Beer

I’ve got two stories for you to read about, both of which involve the sauce: one beer, one liquor. First off, let’s go with the strong stuff: Michael Dozois has an idea that’s as ingenious as selling bottled water: he wants to sell custom ice cubes to bars. A veteran bartender, Dozois strongly feels that the quality and shape of…

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In Nuclear Silos, Death Wears a Snuggie

John Noonan writes an incredibly interesting, first person account of what it means to man a nuclear missile silo. His article, In Nuclear Silos, Death Wears a Snuggie, is at once light-hearted and sobering. For decades, missileers (as we’re known in the military) have quietly performed their duties, custodians of a dying breed of weapon. But American citizens have no…

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