Around the Intertubes: January 8, 2011

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on January 8, 2011

1. This is more of an all-purpose FAIL, really.

2. . . . and then, the English Language said to me “Where is it that you said we are going? And what’s with the handbasket?”

3. A lovely tribute to the late, great Denis Dutton. I found the following passage particularly poignant:

The unexpected news of Dutton’s passing left many of us feeling stunned and guiltily remiss. The shock came in part because Dutton had kept his illness private and had never given any obvious sign of weakening powers. The guilt was due to the realization that his contributions to contemporary intellectual life had never been properly esteemed during his lifetime.

Be sure to check out Professor Dutton’s TED talk:

4. Wonderful; yet another thing for me to worry about.

5. “Tears shed by women contain chemical signals that decrease sexual arousal and testosterone levels in men . . .” (Via 3 Quarks Daily.)

6. As Tyler Cowen might put it, “Markets in Everything: Companies that tend to your online profile after you die.” The article discusses more than just the panoply of services out there that deal with one’s cyber-presence after death, of course, and it is a very interesting read. (Via 3 Quarks Daily.)

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