Derek Thompson outlines the striking disparity between finance and labor coming out of the 2008 collapse. He explores three possible explanations for why.
How do you market death? Or more precisely: funeral services?
Mat Honan urges Google to unify. I for one would love to see the company find a cogent way to integrate its range of cloud-based pseudo-Microsoft services, mobile apps, and Chrome web browser.
John Timmer reviews a competition between quantum computers and traditional ones. Challenges included mapping the optimal route for visiting up to 20 different cities.
Nathan Heller pens a can’t-miss overview of MOOCs and what those in higher education make of them.
When’s the last time you heard of a group of teachers beating someone to death? On the other hand it seems sadly all too easy to find instances of the police doing it.
Christopher Higgs has a wonderful reading list for conceptual literature (compiled for a course he’s teaching this summer). Entries include Kept Women by Kate Durbin and Lucy R. Lippard & John Chandler’s “The Dematerialization of Art.”
If you troll Amazon as much as me, you might also have noticed some weird coins popping up on the homepage. Currently, they’re only for in-game purchases (known as microtransactions), but how wonderful would it be if the online retailer would partner with employers to start paying workers in Amazon coins instead of Benjamins?
You can now read Neil Gaiman’s 2012 commencement address at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts in a book designed by Chip Kidd.
Finally, Corey Robin rounds up the first wave of criticism of his “Marginal Children” essay at The Nation.