Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The wandering mind ...

... finds plenty to distract it on the Internet.

  • Fabiano Caruana Returns to Team USA
    Current World #3 Fabiano Caruana announced today that he will switch federations to represent the United States in international competitions. Born in Miami and raised in New York City, the 22 year old and his family moved to Europe to further his career as a budding chess professional.
  • Fabiano Caruana to Join U.S. Chess Federation
    The United States Chess Federation (USCF) today announced that Grandmaster Fabiano Caruana has initiated the application process to change chess federations, which, when approved, will allow him to play for the United States. Fabiano, who has dual citizenship in the United States and Italy, has been playing for the Italian Chess Federation for a number of years.
  • 2015 Click Clean Report
    Greenpeace has been evaluating the energy demand of the Internet, and the energy choices made by individual Internet companies, since 2010.

    See the companies that host much of the Internet in their data centers, and whether they’re going green or not.

  • Greenpeace, Renewable Energy, and Data Centers
    The best way to address these small deployments that make up the bulk of the problem is to move them to cloud computing. Suddenly the utilization goes up, they are immediately running on very current, high-efficiency technology, it frees up office space in their facility, and they no longer need to overdrive office cooling systems not designed to cool data centers efficiency to cool servers.
  • Beekeepers see 42% of US honeybee colonies die off in a single year
    Since April 2014, beekeepers lost 42.1% of their colonies, the second-highest rate in nine years, according to an annual survey conducted by a bee partnership that includes the US Department of Agriculture.
  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: 'Fear of causing offence becomes a fetish'
    Using the contrast between Nigerian and American hospitals as an example, Adichie pointed out that Americans like to be “comfortable”. And she worried that the comfort has brought “dangerous silencing” into American public conversation. “The fear of causing offence, the fear of ruffling the careful layers of comfort, becomes a fetish,” Adichie said. As such, the goal of many public conversations in the United States “is not truth … [it] is comfort”.

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