Links: Claude Shannon, the housing mess, the squat, HPV vaccines, pseudo-public space, and more!

* 10,000 Hours With Claude Shannon: How A Genius Thinks, Works, and Lives. Adapted from the book A Mind at Play, which is good but not great.

* Learning to Squat; unexpectedly found in The New Yorker.

* A decade on, HPV vaccine has halved cervical cancer rate. The real tragedy is that vaccine compliance is so low.

* Are college costs finally declining, along with enrollments?

* “Busy, distracted, inattentive? Everybody has been since at least 1710 and here are the philosophers to prove it .” A useful historical perspective.

* Revealed: the insidious creep of pseudo-public space in London.

* Google enters the nuclear fusion race.

* “A promising new coalition looks to rewrite the politics of urban housing: An end to defensive planning could unleash huge change.”

* “The Swedish Novel That Imagines a Dystopia for the Childless.”

* Regional income convergence in the U.S. has declined because of zoning and land-use policies. Regular readers are familiar with the many pernicious consequences of modern zoning practices. Basically, we feel poorer than we should because we’ve systematically raised the cost of housing, which we must pour our newfound wealth into, causing us to scramble to pay for the housing that ought to be cheaper than it is.

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