this week i

updated our estimates of the uninsured

spotted a dark-eyed junco


live through this convulsion of technology.  for 999,500 years, our species had been playing in the dirt.  we'd all been peasants and pursuants.  in the past 500 years, we've transitioned from a society where everybody hunts or harvests their own food into this new age of cultural complexity.  in the past 500 years, we've let go of thoughts about our next meal.  in this modernity, the security of a full belly has broken loose of our ability to fish or to farm.  for 999,500 years, humanity focused on solving one problem.  suddenly we've shifted to start solving all the others.  exciting to be here

read about mathematizing human behavior and psychographics.  to conquer humanity, artificial intelligence only need be smarter than humanity 

 everything, one day, might be predictable, and everyone, every human mind, simulated, each act anticipated, automatically, and even driven and directed, by targeted messages as unerring as missiles

if you're reading on a device, your reading behaviors will be correlated with those of multitudes of other people.  if someone who has a reading pattern similar to yours bought something after it was pitched in a particular way, then the odds become higher that you will get the same pitch

overlapped magellan's voyage at three points so far.  columbus visited the americas twice before western europeans confirmed a seaway to india

believe teeth the feature of our anatomy most likely responsible for our first realizations that the human body does not last forever.  if a manhattanite born 150 years ago walks fifth avenue today, they'd be less shocked by the crowds and bright lights than the share of the elderly

saw my father's obituary in print

Rocco D'Amico, child-welfare specialist

Rocco D'Amico, 77, a specialist in child-welfare systems who ran a consulting business as president of the Institute for Human Services Management, died Aug. 25 at his home in Bethesda, Md. The cause was hypertensive cardiovascular disease, said a son, Anthony D'Amico.  Mr. D'Amico was born in Philadelphia and had lived in the Washington area since 1964. He was a welfare systems specialist at what is now the Department of Health and Human Services, the Urban Institute and the American Rehabilitation Foundation before going into business for himself in 1981 as a consultant in such child welfare issues as foster care. He retired in 2008.