Unrequired Reading: August 20, 2010

Another week, another bout of Unrequired Reading. You really should get shots for this.

Ray Kurzweil’s brain may be reverse-engineerable, but the rest of us are way too complex for that.

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Speaking of oversimplifying technology trends . . .

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You thought the BP oil leak was bad? (Don’t get me wrong; it is.)

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The Life and Death of Meh American Cities, as per Bourgeois Surrender.

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Speaking of Big City . . .

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I think Joe Sacco should get a greyhound instead. Or two.

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Sweet Zombie Jesus!

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When I used to drive Amy back to her NYC apt. via the Harlem River Drive, we’d laugh over the sign on Roosevelt Island for an apartment building called The Octagon. (It’s a Paul Rudd joke from Anchorman.) Now I learn that the entire island has the most awesome trash disposal system ever.

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Here’s a smart Q&A at Five Books with Brink Lindsey on conservatism. As in, “not contemporary GOP wackiness.”

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Tenzing Norgay: you can’t spell “sherpa” without s-h-a-r-p.

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