The Inimitable Tiff


  1. Historical Echoes: The Worst Bank Robbers in Mendham, New Jersey | Liberty Street Economics

    There are many methods by which financial institutions can ready themselves for worst-case scenarios: they participate in the federal deposit insurance system, they follow a variety of banking regulations, and they prepare for natural disasters, for starters. But what about bank robberies, which typically strike their targets with little or no warning? 

    Not every bank is lucky enough to get advance notice of a plot in the works. Even fewer banks are located in a small town with local police intent on catching would-be thieves in the middle of the act and patient enough to stake out the suspects for a year and a half with the assistance of shopkeepers and residents. 

  2. Usher Signals - NYTimes.com
Let’s just do the whole post as an image?  But I’m kinda glad in this case.
    Usher Signals - NYTimes.com

    Let’s just do the whole post as an image? But I’m kinda glad in this case.

  3. joydrurycox:

I am beginning to become an Ishmael of sorts in my search for the ideal edition of Moby-Dick. Big things on the horizon…

    joydrurycox:

    I am beginning to become an Ishmael of sorts in my search for the ideal edition of Moby-Dick.
    Big things on the horizon…

    (via fuckyeahmobydick)

  4. Russia Conspiracy Theories Trap Putin Malaysia Airlines MH17 | New Republic

    As the crisis surrounding the plane crash deepens and as calls for Vladimir Putin to act grow louder, it’s worth noting that they’re not really getting through to Putin’s subjects. The picture of the catastrophe that the Russian people are seeing on their television screens is very different from that on screens in much of the rest of the world, and the importance of this discrepancy does not bode well for a sane resolution to this stand-off.

    Floriana Fossato, a longtime scholar of Russian media, says that this, coupled with the media’s conscious use of the Soviet language of crisis“traitors,” “fascists,” “fifth columns”quickly brings to the surface the psychological demons of a society massively traumatized by the 20th century, traumas that society has never adequately addressed. The result, she says, is a kind of collective PTSD-meets-Stockholm Syndrome

    Sweet jesus.

  5. thelandofmaps:

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    thelandofmaps:

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    (via jenny-odell)

  6. The idea of geoengineering — tampering with the Earth’s climate to fit our needs — has been a favorite trope of science fiction since the 1920s. In the 1970s, Carl Sagan speculated that we could terraform Mars to make it into a second Earth. That inspired novelistKim Stanley Robinson to write his Mars trilogy  Red MarsGreen Mars, and Blue Mars — in which he imagines how that scenario would play out. Robinson relied on actual science — and there’s plenty on this subject.

    As the dangers of climate change become imminently clear, some scientists believe that geoengineering’s time has come — not on Mars, but on Earth. Yale professor and atmospheric scientist Trude Storelvmo studies cirrus clouds, which tend to trap heat in the atmosphere. She analyzes what would happen if the clouds were seeded with ice crystals that would thin them. “If you don’t put enough of these seeding particles into the upper atmosphere, you would get no effect at all,” Storelvmo says. “But if you put too much, you could actually have the opposite effect, which would obviously be disastrous.”

  7. I was a little bit surprised that the report didn’t spend much time tackling the hardest issue, which is why do they need to have so much revenue? It’s because their cost structure is made for print. When you look at how much revenue comes from print and the scale of their operation because of print, the challenge that they’re facing moving forward is how do they move into a post-print world….

    It just seems like if you’re reading a secret internal report for The New York Times, the things that people would be stressed about, isn’t that, oh, the website’s not good enough, or they haven’t moved fast enough with this feature or that feature, but more like how do we deal with this very different cost structure of our future business, compared to our past business.

    Finally getting to Felix Salmon’s really great Medium interview with Jonah Peretti. This point about the NYT innovation report was absolutely my reaction. That said, the problem is that the cost structure is both the most vital thing to address, and at the same time the one thing that never truly will.  (via markcoatney)
  8. Microsoft Is The Very Antithesis Of Strategy | Tech.pinions - Perspective, Insight, Analysis

    Microsoft could learn much from Sun Tzu. Over the past fifteen to twenty years, Microsoft has engaged in the very worst kind of generalship. Microsoft has allowed their competitors to join forces and successfully scheme against them. Microsoft has responded to the successes of their competitors by forswearing their strongest weapons, abandoning their strongest defensive positions and rushing to attack their competitors wherever they may be, even if those battlefields were located where Microsoft was at its weakest and their competitors were are at their strongest. When these attacks inevitably failed, Microsoft resorted to wars of attrition. Yet in these wars of attrition, it was Microsoft, not their opponents, who suffered most, taking disproportionally greater losses than they inflicted.

    Worth consideration, at very least for the Sun Tzu quote-employment.

  9. A People's History of Tattooine (with tweets) · Storify by tcarmody

    I know/work with a lot of the people joined this riff, so naturally it’s my kind of thing. But it’s still a pretty great parody of internet discussion eddies. I highly recommend you grab some lunch and enjoy.

  10. Drinking What’s Available - The Upshot | NYT

It’s another primary night. It’s after 11. You are still at your desk because they’re counting absentee ballots in Waukesha County and The Associated Press hasn’t called the race. Finally, the closest challenger concedes, and you’ve filed your story; you and the copy editor would really like a cocktail right about now. But you don’t want it to make you too tired. The last time you fell asleep on the subway home, you wound up in Coney Island.

You know there is a little room-temperature coffee left in the carafe on the hot plate that’s been turned off for hours. And, behold, behind the fat stack of exit poll results that have accumulated over the last few months, there are a few airplane bottles of rum. Those were leftovers from the New Hampshire primary, when you and a few reporters made the best out of a snowstorm in the lobby of the Manchester Holiday Inn.

For the record, the hot chocolate mix works better. And I have yet to fall asleep on the subway.
    Drinking What’s Available - The Upshot | NYT

    It’s another primary night. It’s after 11. You are still at your desk because they’re counting absentee ballots in Waukesha County and The Associated Press hasn’t called the race. Finally, the closest challenger concedes, and you’ve filed your story; you and the copy editor would really like a cocktail right about now. But you don’t want it to make you too tired. The last time you fell asleep on the subway home, you wound up in Coney Island.

    You know there is a little room-temperature coffee left in the carafe on the hot plate that’s been turned off for hours. And, behold, behind the fat stack of exit poll results that have accumulated over the last few months, there are a few airplane bottles of rum. Those were leftovers from the New Hampshire primary, when you and a few reporters made the best out of a snowstorm in the lobby of the Manchester Holiday Inn.

    For the record, the hot chocolate mix works better. And I have yet to fall asleep on the subway.