Reader's Corner for June 2013

June 29, 2013

Some people have a favorite color or a favorite food. It may come as no surprise that I have a favorite compiler bug. Today, I'm going to demonstrate it and pick it apart, a topic suggested by reader Daniel Jalkut.

For the geeks.

A minimalist text adventure

This is really fun.

June 28, 2013

This is the story of India's Joint Entrance Examination, the yearly attempt to pick out the ten thousand most intelligent students in a country of 1.2 billion people.

June 27, 2013

At a quarter to midnight on Friday I spotted the man with a wire coming out of his ear and a giant flower on his lapel.

I think every one needs to read this. It's from 1993, but still quite relevant to (undergrad) education in most countries.

June 19, 2013

Dear Cutie-Pie, Recently, your mother and I were searching for an answer on Google. Halfway through entering the question, Google returned a list of the most popular searches in the world. Perched ...

June 16, 2013

WHEN Elisha Otis stood on a platform at the 1854 World Fair in New York and ordered an axeman to cut the rope used to hoist him aloft, he changed cityscapes for...

This is cool.

June 4, 2013

The sushi chef was leaving his apartment when he noticed the stranger outside. He could tell by the man's suit—black and badly made—that he was North Korean. Right away, the chef was nervous. Even in his midsixties, the chef is a formidable man: He has thick shoulders, a broad chest; the rings on hi...

This is a fascinating and captivating read. Really worth reading.

June 1, 2013

While the American medical system is famous for expensive drugs and heroic care at the end of life, a more significant factor in the nation’s annual health care bill may be the high price tag of ordinary services.