My weekly collection of the provocative, intriguing, or curious, in a world where the house is falling down. The contextual, the cultural, and other things that catch my eye. 

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The Wikimedian of the Year is an African woman. Her project is to build an Arabic Wikipedia. But there’s more to it than that.

Women make better leaders than men. They out-perform men on most measures of leadership performance.

It’s time to ban facial recognition technology. Eminent digital researcher Kate Crawford: “These tools are dangerous when they fail and harmful when they work.”

Immanuel Wallerstein, the inventor of World Systems Theory, died last weekend. His intellectual biography is a good starting point. The best obituary I found is here.

Hayes Brown is thinking about the end of the world. But he’s wandering the aisles of the American store Target. (Thanks to Peter Curry).

Project Ocean is a submerged art installation. 24 portraits of multiple generations, on plastic, off Florida Keys. Write your own metaphors.

Re-imagining the 20th century. The English writer John Higgs is working through a series of books that tell a hidden history. Ezra Klein asks the questions. 90 minutes is way long for a podcast, but this is full of intriguing things.


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“The whole world’s at sixes and sevens, and why the house hasn’t fallen down about our ears long ago is a miracle to me.” (Thornton Wilder)

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