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Why Information Grows

Cesar Hidalgo takes information as James Gleick did and puts it into a physical embodiment. Being physical, information suddenly has to exist despite the laws of thermodynamics. Suddenly the sweet spot of planet Earth being so temperate elicits a yet greater reverence for the perseverance of life. Life took an embodiment of information in so many ways, but Hidalgo breaks it down into knowledge and know how, explicit knowledge and implicit knowledge. Great read.


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It’s time for Philadelphia to put a Lenfest statue in the Courtyard at City Hall

A statue should be erected in Gerry Lenfest’s honor at City Hall to remind future generations of this man who made it his mission to give away as much wealth as possible before he died.

EverQuote and patent medicine

In a thread begun October 2016, Washington Post technology director Aram Zucker-Scharff tweeted about the shady advertising practices of EverQuote, a Boston-based startup. Since then these ads have become prolific on the web (and nearly as prolific are Aram’s tweets documenting the malfeasance).

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