Fuzzy Finds: 01/28 – 02/01

Welcome to Fuzzy Finds, a weekly feature where we’ll share the things we’ve been emailing each other about and discussing at the lunch table. Want to share something awesome with us? Hit us up @FuzzyMath.

You can never go wrong with Yo La Tengo.

Redesigning Google: how Larry Page engineered a beautiful revolution / The Verge
A very cool look at the major shift toward design within Google.

The sound of dialup, pictured / absorptions
Breaking down the cracks and hisses of a dialup modem connection.

Bill Gates: My Plan to Fix The World’s Biggest Problems / WSJ
Bill Gates writes about data-driven development and how it helps improve the efforts of his organization around global change.

There’s a larger lesson here: Without feedback from precise measurement, Mr. Rosen writes, invention is “doomed to be rare and erratic.” With it, invention becomes “commonplace.”

In the past year, I have been struck by how important measurement is to improving the human condition. You can achieve incredible progress if you set a clear goal and find a measure that will drive progress toward that goal.

Stop Hyping Big Data and Start Paying Attention to ‘Long Data’ / Wired

Big data puts slices of knowledge in context. But to really understand the big picture, we need to place a phenomenon in its longer, more historical context.

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