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.
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.