Sunday, 1 December 2013

The Procrastinator (some) Times Sunday 1st of December Edition


EDITORIAL

First day of December! So many clichés to say about time and the future. I won't say any just because I promised last month not to do it. But I'm dying here people. In this week's edition of The Procrastinator we have an article about Bitcoin for everyone that, like me, still don't understand Bitcoin very much. Interesting articles about Design Thinking, GhostFood and about amazing/crazy plans for the Moon. In Dog We Trust introduce us to Eiconne and Pootle. And finally, cool projects in our Culture & Entertainment section; some lovely like Yoni Lefévre's Grey Power, some bonkers like James Franco & Seth Rogen's parody video, amazing example of massive procrastination.


Happy Sunday and happy reading! x


NEWS

Photo via The Economist.

I have to confess that I don't truly understand Bitcoin yet. I know. I'm making an effort here. This article helped me understand a bit more because it explains how it all began, its popularity and controversy, and I love how it starts: "ALL currencies involve some measure of consensual hallucination, but Bitcoin, a virtual monetary system, involves more than most. It is a peer-to-peer currency with no central bank, based on digital tokens with no intrinsic value. Rather than relying on confidence in a central authority, it depends instead on a distributed system of trust, based on a transaction ledger which is cryptographically verified and jointly maintained by the currency’s users." Read full article in The Economist. E.T.P. 8'


Photo via The New Yorker.

Gregory Gause explains in The New Yorker why the deal between the United States and Iran scares Saudi Arabia. "After the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany concluded a preliminary agreement with Iran on Sunday, it did not take long for regional critics of the deal to react. The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, blasted the agreement as “a historic mistake.” Saudi Arabia, the other American ally in the Middle East worried about an opening to Iran, took a different approach, issuing a carefully worded statement that cautiously welcomed the deal." Read full article in The New Yorker. E.T.P. 

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