the life and times of humans and non-humans on the internets.
July 22, 2014
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- Amazon's "Popular Highlights" feature provides one quick and dirty measure. Every book's Kindle page lists the five passages most highlighted by readers. If every reader is getting to the end, those highlights could be scattered throughout the length of the book. If nobody has made it past the introduction, the popular highlights will be clustered at the beginning.
- Thus, the Hawking Index (HI): Take the page numbers of a book's five top highlights, average them, and divide by the number of pages in the whole book. The higher the number, the more of the book we're guessing most people are likely to have read.
- Bestsellers Lean In, by tech executive Sheryl Sandberg; Thinking Fast and Slow, by Nobel Prize–winning economist and psychologist Daniel Kahneman; and Hawking's Brief History of Time all fared poorly, scoring 12.3%, 6.8%, and 6.6%, respectively. But the most unread book of all, by a wide margin, was French economist Thomas Picketty's bestselling Capital in the Twenty-First Century, which came in at 2.4%.
- http: //online.wsj.com/articles/the-summers-most-unread-book-is-1404417569
- "The Goldfinch" by Donna Tartt : 98.5%
- "Catching Fire" by Suzanne Collins : 43.4%
- "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald : 28.3%
- "Fifty Shades of Grey" by E.L. James: 25.9%
- "Flash Boys" by Michael Lewis : 21.7%
- "Lean In" by Sheryl Sandberg : 12.3%
- "Thinking Fast and Slow" by Daniel Kahneman : 6.8%
- "A Brief History of Time" by Stephen Hawking: 6.6%
- "Capital in the Twenty-First Century" by Thomas Piketty : 2.4%
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As I’ve noted before, when we were growing up “later” meant that you could paint the same landscape, see the same animals, climb the same trees, fish the same rivers, visit the same Antarctica, enjoy the same weather or rescue the same endangered species that you did when you were a kid — but just later, whenever you got around to it. Not anymore. Later is now when you won’t be able to do any of them ever again. So whatever you’re planning to save, please save it now. Because later is when they’ll be gone. Later will be too late. Later — like private, local and average — is over.
May 9, 2014
May 8, 2014
Our economies hadn’t been shaped by our sense of fairness; it was the other way around.
May 2, 2014