Like the Car Talk Puzzler, the Friday podcast needs to take a break, now and then, to recharge its batteries. It will return next week. Meanwhile, if you're looking for some audio brain food and haven't yet tuned into The Long Now Foundation's monthly Seminars On Long-term Thinking, I highly recommend them. So far I've listened to about half the series and, while they're all worthwhile, Stephen Lansing's Perfect Order: A Thousand Years in Bali has made the biggest impression on me. It's about politics, religion, complexity, cellular automata, irrigation, pest control, sustainable agriculture, social networks, technology transfer, self-organizing systems, and -- of course, since it's a Long Now talk -- time.
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