Conor Friedersdorf, the man behind The Best of Journalism
e-newsletter, shares his list of "102 Spectacular Nonfiction Stories from 2012
," many of which we've linked to from Boing Boing and plenty that we missed! I was delighted that Cory's Boing Boing feature "Lockdown: The coming war on general-purpose computing
," made the list. Below are a few others to give you a ease of Conor's taste. Time to load up ye olde e-reader.
by Tim Doody
For decades, the U.S. government banned medical studies of the effects of LSD. But for one longtime, elite researcher, the promise of mind-blowing revelations was just too tempting.
The Morning News Jul 2012
by Michael Hall
The life of a guitar.
Texas Monthly Dec 2012
How Your Cat Is Making You Crazy
by Kathleen McAuliffe
Jaroslav Flegr is no kook. And yet, for years, he suspected his mind had been taken over by parasites that had invaded his brain. So the prolific biologist took his science-fiction hunch into the lab. What he's discovering now will startle you. Could tiny organisms carried by house cats be creeping into our brains, causing everything from car wrecks to schizophrenia? Inside the emerging science of mind-controlling parasites.
The Atlantic Mar 2012
"102 Spectacular Nonfiction Stories from 2012
In 2015, Stanford computer science PhD candidate Andrej Karpathy decided to test out some neural network tools he’d been experimenting with, and set them to generating plausible baby names.
Writer's Block – A Supercut from Ben Watts on Vimeo. Ben Watts and Ivan Kander edited a supercut of scenes depicting writer’s block from 53 movies. You can see the list of movies here.
Hal Varian, now Google’s chief economist, wrote “How to Build an Economic Model in Your Spare Time,” a classic paper, in 1994 while teaching at UC Berkeley (he’s still an emeritus there).
3D printing has been one of those “next big thing” innovations among early adopters and the tech circle in-crowd for a few years now. However, the prospect of creating your own three-dimensional objects is still in its relative infancy with the general public. While the idea itself is fascinating to most, high prices and the […]
White hat hackers get paid to find holes in their own employers’ online systems, and plug those holes before they become serious security risks. It’s a job that pays handsomely…mostly because few job candidates, even experienced IT professionals, have the skills to scamper over firewalls and infiltrate the deepest recesses of a battle-tested network. But […]
Why buy one of those expensive and confusing universal remotes, clogged with enough buttons to launch a space shuttle, when you could accomplish the same electronic control right on your favorite mobile device? The Blumoo Universal Remote, now just $52.99 in the Boing Boing Store, harnesses the audio power of all your household equipment right […]