This Week I Learned #8 – 7 August 2013


  1. The global economy is now distinctly Victorian,” a very interesting read.
  2. UPS to trial 3D printing in several stores.
  3. The moon affects our sleep patterns, even when we can’t see it.
  4. An interesting profile of Machiavelli. Amazon is selling the Kindle version of Tim Parks‘ very good, clear translation for just $2!
  5. An interview with the late George Mitchell, shale gas pioneer.
  6. The problem with this smart toilet is that it can be hacked: “Attackers could cause the unit to unexpectedly open/close the lid, [or] activate bidet or air-dry functions, causing discomfort or distress to user.”
  7. This app tries to solve the problem with hailing taxis.
  8. Jeff Bezos has bought the Washington Post, and the whole internet is talking about it. Here are three interesting takes.
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