The 2014 World Chess Championship is about to begin, featuring Anand and Carlsen again, this time with Anand as challenger and Carlsen as defending champion.
Last year when I followed the World Chess Championship match, I wrote several blog posts looking at each game that was played. This year I’m not planning to do the same, but instead, I would like to offer some predictions and hopes for the rematch.
Recall that I made one prediction that was eerily correct last year:Read On →
I voted today, on Election Day in the US.
That said, now is as good a time as any for some interesting articles about politics and voting. Here are some that came my way:Read On →
I never heard of the pianist Dejan Lazić until a news article about him started circulating: he was upset about a 2010 review of a concert of his, written by a Washington Post critic. Because a link to this review appeared high in Web searches of his name, he asked the Washington Post to remove the review under the EU’s “right to be forgotten” law. The result: this article in the Washington Post about the situation that came to my attention from music blogs I follow.
I don’t have much to add to the commentary about the important questions about politics or philosophy regarding the “right to be forgotten”; there are very complex questions there.
In any case, Lazić claimed he has a right to control his public image, to make the Web reflect the “truth” about his concert performance.
But what about unintended consequences?Read On →
It’s that time of year again: three days from today is Election Day. I’ve written a few posts about voting over the past couple of years here already, and I’ve clearly changed my attitude about it over time:
This is my first post before an Election Day rather than after having voted. Why the change this time?Read On →
I read a juicy article Hard-Nosed Advice From Veteran Lobbyist: “Win Ugly or Lose Pretty” that exposed a speech by a political consultant, Rick Berman, that remarkably, offended one of the participants enough to cause a leak to the public.
The full transcript is here
If you love preserving your independence of mind, get angry when secretly manipulated, and want to learn a bunch of tricks of the trade, you’ll want to read the whole thing!
Here are some highlights I found worth making note of.Read On →