Singularity Magazine July 2010

Singularity July 2010 cover

Well, frankly speaking, I didn’t think I’d make it this far. But hey whaddayaknow, the July 2010 issue of Singularity is out!

Buy it now! Update: Singularity is now available free of charge. Download the July issue now.

In this issue,

Ecological escape velocity

A discussion on our Earth, the ecology as a whole and the environment. There’s an ecological escape velocity where suddenly our resources become sustainable. I hope to get there sooner. I hope you will help.

Mohism

My friend Christopher contributes his thoughts on Mohism, a comparison with Confucianism, and the applications of Mohism to your daily life.

Descent into darkness

A discussion on darkness, fear and how the hero’s journey is a metaphor for our trials and tribulations.

Download the July issue now.

I am also proud to say that Singularity supports the efforts of Project Polymath, an interdisciplinary university with the goal of raising a new generation of polymaths. Project Polymath was established by Polymath Foundation, a non-profit organisation.

Project Polymath

I really like this quote:

One da Vinci changed the world. Let’s create thousands.

Price change

[UPDATE: I’m no longer charging for the magazine]

You may have noticed a price change, from US$1 to US$2. You don’t like it? I don’t like it either. I’d give the full issue for free if I could help it. The main cause is that PayPal charges a lot if the price is low.

At US$1, PayPal charges $0.30 + 2.9% of the original price. That comes up to $0.30 + $0.029, which means that when you buy Singularity at $1, I get $0.67.

At US$2, the charges are $0.30 + 2.9% of original price, which is $0.30 + $0.058. When you buy Singularity at $2, I get $1.64. Which is a bit more reasonable.

Of course, the maximum profits come at even higher prices, but I want to keep the price affordable and reasonable. There are other factors involved, but I don’t want to bore you with discussing my balancing act of integrity, transparency, psychology, consumer mentality and how my stomach gets strong votes for wanting to eat.

Download the July issue now.

Singularity – a micro magazine

Singularity June 2010 issue

I am launching a micro magazine, Singularity. You can buy it for US$1 right here. UPDATE: Singularity is now available free of charge. Download the June issue now. In it, you will read about:

  • Ayn Rand and Objectivism
  • Limitations of choice in a game
  • The lack of control in water colouring
  • Liberal arts education

You can also download a free preview to see if you like it.

Click here to download free preview [Download the full June issue now]

While you’re at it, how about doing a survey for me? Helps me customise the magazine for you.

Click here to take survey Survey closed.

In the past, I’ve launched 2 newsletters before. I stopped writing them because the email text format prevented me from using a lot of design elements, namely typography and images. Sure, there is the HTML email format I could use. But the effort in sending emails with a consistent look took too much effort, and your email system might not even be able to open it.

So when Seth Godin wrote about micro magazines, I liked the concept immediately. A small scale magazine with a few articles in PDF. It’s a file, can be easily shared, allows freedom of design elements, and doesn’t have to be printed (environmentally friendly).

[UPDATE: I’m no longer charging for the magazine.]
I’m also charging for it because, well, I need to eat. And you can buy the inaugural June 2010 issue of Singularity for just US$1. Think of it as a donation to me if you like. Hungry men don’t write well

Singularity currently runs ad-free, but I’m willing to consider sponsorship. Then you can get it for free! Yay! But you’re most welcome to buy my magazine.

Click here to buy Singularity June 2010 issue Download the June issue now.

And if you can spare a couple of minutes of your time, please help me with the survey too. I appreciate your time and attention. Thanks.

Click here to take survey Survey closed.

[UPDATE]
If you have any questions, comments, or enquiries on Singularity, you may contact me at
singularity@polymathprogrammer.com

If you’re an advertiser looking to sponsor Singularity, please contact me at the same email address:
singularity@polymathprogrammer.com

If you’re a die-hard supporter of Polymath Programmer, but you happen to not have money, fear not. The writing on this blog continues to be free. Tell your friends about the magazine. Tell your friends about the blog. I appreciate your help.