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Journal 204

Everest Base Camp by Daniel Oberhaus

This week — a scandal in the French rare manuscripts market, history and big data, Rotten Tomatoes, and the quest for the best amusement park.

If you only read one thing — The New Yorker on elite mountaineering is worth the time.


Survivor’s Guilt in the Mountains | The New Yorker | Life

A man seeking to help elite mountaineers deal with a sadly common occurrence in their line of work - the death of their friends and collaborators.

History as a giant data set: how analysing the past could help save the future | The Guardian | Society

A look at the meeting of history and big data.

A Billion-Dollar Scandal Turns the ‘King of Manuscripts’ Into the ‘Madoff of France’ | The New York Times | Business

A major scandal in France, where a dealer purchased large quantities of rare manuscripts and letters, only to sell shares in them for a huge markup. His accusers suggest this approach was nothing more than a Ponzi scheme, while he continues to maintain its legitimacy.

Behind the Scenes at Rotten Tomatoes | Wired | Entertainment

A look at the popular film review aggregation website.

The Quest for the Best Amusement Park Is Ever-Changing and Never-Ending | The Ringer | Business

A piece on the arms race to develop the ultimate amusement park.


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