Recommended Reading (2010-11-07)

Motorists pass a replica of the Eiffel Tower, on a dusty afternoon, Oct. 21, 2010 in Kabul, Afghanistan.

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, but here goes…

An examination of (yet another) dark side to social networking. Seriously, the scariest thing about this loss of privacy is that we’re not losing it, we’re giving it up voluntarily. I’m certainly as guilty as anyone. But is this a Daemon-style false dichotomy – hippie commune or on the grid – or is there a third way?

– The largest collection of scale model terrain belonged to the Sun King himself. Originally used for military purposes, Jeffrey Murray explores what they can tell us today about medieval cities.

– A new project called “FutureStates” asks for – and offers – predictions from luminaries and random users for the next 200 years.

– There are so many compelling reasons to ban the conversion of missile silos for the purposes of missile defense. Here are most of them.

– Grey goo ahead of its time? The singularity at play? Either way, financial bots are responsible for a whole lot of the shit we’ve found ourselves in lately. Financial bots and terrible, terrible people.

– Luc Sante shares my disease: too many books, too little space, too little time.

And from the past week at Automatic Ballpoint:

Britain and France sign an epic defense treaty. Virginia Postrel combined with the 2010 election sets me off on one of my better rants. And North Korea attempts to hurl its technology forward to the 1990s…and beyond?