Notes from the Library

Sun, 24 Aug 2014

Something big that's changed in my life recently is that my girlfriend has finally fallen for me. This means that I no longer ever really feel lonely here in Korea, even though my social life has dwindled to my girlfriend and one other solid foreigner friend, with a few other foreigners and Koreans who I see from time to time.

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Tue, 29 Jul 2014

The Franck Report, June 11, 1945

I'll be in Hiroshima next week.

Being a Better Online Reader | The New Yorker

I find this section implausible:

She, along with her frequent collaborator Jean-Luc Velay, Pascal Robinet, and Gerard Olivier, had students read a short story—Elizabeth George's "Lusting for Jenny, Inverted" (their version, a French translation, was called "Jenny, Mon Amour")—in one of two formats: a pocket paperback or a Kindle e-book. When Mangen tested the readers' comprehension, she found that the medium mattered a lot. When readers were asked to place a series of events from the story in chronological order—a simple plot-reconstruction task, not requiring any deep analysis or critical thinking—those who had read the story in print fared significantly better, making fewer mistakes and recreating an over-all more accurate version of the story. The words looked identical—Kindle e-ink is designed to mimic the printed page—but their physical materiality mattered for basic comprehension.

Stuff about having to develop new habits to read effectively online seems right.

Mon, 28 Jul 2014

When Women Wanted Sex Much More Than Men | AlterNet

The historical accuracy is questioned on reddit. However, the plausibility of the account makes me think about the degree to which sexuality is societal.

Mon, 21 Jul 2014

Philosophers who work outside of academia | New APPS (part 1 of 3)

I can't see how they can be happy being part of the corporate machine. Only one of them has a first sector job. Their work might be fun but is that really enough to distract them from the soul-crushing reality of the meaninglessness of most corporate toil? Moreover, why are they willing to be so distracted?

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