Author Archives: artcarden

In Defense of Candy Crush

How much time should you spend playing Candy Crush? Or SimCity? Or Tetris? or Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes? If you think these are just time wasters, you’re wrong. In a really interesting TED Talk and similarly interesting interview on Tim Ferriss’s podcast, Jane McGonigal (creator of SuperBetter) has discussed how gaming per se improves brain […]

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Arnold Kling, “Three Languages of Politics”

It looks like most political commentators are just talking past one another. Why? Arnold Kling hazards a guess, arguing that people don’t understand one another because they have fundamentally different visions of how the world works. According to Kling, conservatives see the world as a conflict between civilization and barbarism, liberals see it as a […]

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Emma Maersk: World’s Largest Cargo Ship

Here’s an interesting documentary on the Emma Maersk, an ultra-large container ship. It’s worth 45 minutes of your time–as you watch, consider just how many people–and how many jurisdictions–are involved in what you see. In the video, Emma Maersk is carrying over 10,000 containers of cargo. Could the captain list a complete inventory of what’s on […]

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WWE Booty-O’s

I know it’s “fake,” but I enjoy pro wrestling nonetheless. The best answer I’ve read from someone asked “why do you like pro wrestling?” is “it’s a live-action comic book,” and someone else has said that when you watch WWE you’re watching a show about a company putting on a wrestling show; in this sense, […]

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