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2015 News

This is the 2015 summary edition of the newsletter (archives), summarizing the best of the monthly 2015 newsletters:

Previously: 2015.


  1. Dark Net Market (DNM) archives, 2011–2015

  2. When Does The Mail Come? A subjective Bayesian decision-theoretic analysis of local mail delivery times

  3. DNM arrests census

  4. metformin for life-extension: cost-benefit analysis

  5. Dysgenics power analysis: how much genetic data would it take to falsify such claims?

  6. “Silk Goxed: How DPR used MtGox for hedging & lost big”




  1. Still Alice (our obituaries)

  2. The Fractal Prince & The Causal Angel

  3. Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

  4. A Perfect Vacuum, Lem

  5. The Martian (Weir)

  6. Ready Player One, Cline2011

  7. The Wind-up Girl


  1. Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety, Schlosser

  2. Bias in Mental Testing, Jensen1980

  3. Life in Our Phage World

  4. A History of Life Extensionism, Stambler2014

  5. Epic Measures: One Doctor. Seven Billion Patients., on Christopher Murray’s Global Burden of Disease

  6. Do No Harm, Marsh (elegantly written and moving neurosurgeon memoir on the theme of iatrogenics; I did disagree with his comments on the cost-benefit of operating in one case, though)

  7. Digital Gold: Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money, Popper

  8. Practical Criticism, I.A. Richards 1930


Nonfiction movies:

  1. Project Nim (review)

  2. Dead Birds

  3. A State of Mind


  1. How The Grinch Stole Christmas

  2. The Theory of Everything

  3. The Martian

  4. Big Hero 6

  5. The Great Gatsby


  1. Cowboy Bebop

  2. Mushishi Zoku Shou

  3. Hozuki no Reitetsu

  4. Expelled from Paradise (review)

  5. Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun

  6. Shirobako (review)

  7. Monogatari Second Season: Nekomonogatari+Kabukimongatari+Otorimonogatari+Onimonogatari+Koimonogatari

  8. Fate/stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works