Findings – Feb/27/2016

General

Joshua Brown’s post on Abundance.

Clear 360° circles – A Lawyer’s rant on a case where defended a 17 yo kid.

These Millenials man. I litteraly can’t even.

Warren Buffet writes an annual letter to his shareholders and it is well regarded.

Umbero Eco

Umberto Eco passed away this week.

His review of the Bible.

His interview with the Paris Review

INTERVIEWER

You are one of the world’s most famous public intellectuals. How would you define the term intellectual? Does it still have a particular meaning?

ECO

If by intellectual you mean somebody who works only with his head and not with his hands, then the bank clerk is an intellectual and Michelangelo is not. And today, with a computer, everybody is an intellectual. So I don’t think it has anything to do with someone’s profession or with someone’s social class. According to me, an intellectual is anyone who is creatively producing new knowledge. A peasant who understands that a new kind of graft can produce a new species of apples has at that moment produced an intellectual activity. Whereas the professor of philosophy who all his life repeats the same lecture on Heidegger doesn’t amount to an intellectual. Critical creativity—criticizing what we are doing or inventing better ways of doing it—is the only mark of the intellectual function.

Umberto Eco's Library
Umberto Eco’s Library

Tech

Interview with Jay Kreps on Apache Kafka and further pointers to learn more about it.

Chris Dixon on what’s next in tech.

 

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