Sunday, August 24, 2008

Links ...

Blogging has been non-existent over the last ten days or so because of my Chennai visit for a series of family events. Here are a few links to (re-)start things off:

  • Andrew Gelman and Noah Kaplan on why we vote at all. Bottom line: Yes, voting is rational. And no, being rational is not the same thing as being selfish.

  • National Geographic's Tom Mueller on biomimetics -- "applying designs from nature to solve problems in engineering, materials science, medicine, and other fields."

  • Aaron Swartz on how to launch new software. Bottom line: The GMail-style launch -- "you grow the site" -- is better than the Hollywood launch.

  • An interview with Michael Kimmel who "has just published a new book that offers an inside look at this young male culture, Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men."

  • Carolyn Johnson on multiple ways of doing open science via the web.