– Nate Silver gives us a ground-eye view of the area where the Cordoba House Islamic center is to be built in Lower Manhattan, and convinces me pretty thoroughly that it should be built there.
– Putting people to work (and providing some education for the kids) through historically accurate castle-building techniques? Sounds like a winner to me.
It is an interesting and somewhat macabre parlor game to play at a large gathering of one’s acquaintances: to speculate who in a showdown would go Nazi. By now, I think I know. I have gone through the experience many times–in Germany, in Austria, and in France. I have come to know the types: the born Nazis, the Nazis whom democracy itself has created, the certain-to-be fellow-travelers. And I also know those who never, under any conceivable circumstances, would become Nazis.
– If you missed it last month, the New York Times took a look at the innate ability to wage war – in chimpanzees.
– Illicit virtual underground economies in “Dark Gold: Statistical Properties of Clandestine Networks in Massively Multiplayer Online Games” (PDF).
And from the past week at Automatic Ballpoint:
A general note: this blog will essentially go dark for the month of August so that I might really, really get around to writing that whole dissertation thing. I’ve been told it’s awfully important.