- Pocket | 12 min2 reads2 comments9.012 min2 reads9.0jeff3 hours ago
“She didn’t give you up,” says my mom. “She was still keeping your secret.”
Right on, grandma.
- Eater | Lauren Oyler | 6/29/16 | 17 min2 reads1 comment7.0EaterLauren Oyler|6/29/16|17 min2 reads7.0jeff4 hours ago
I want one of these biscuits.
- Stratechery by Ben Thompson | 12/9/19 | 11 min1 read1 comment8.0Stratechery by Ben Thompson12/9/19|11 min1 read8.0jeff16 hours ago
An intelligent, considered approach to regulating large internet companies. These are ideas that I feel like I am open to and can actually engage with. A refreshing divergence from most of what passes for analysis on the subject. Still, I have absolutely zero confidence in our government actually enacting any such policies fairly or effectively.
- The Intercept | 23 min1 read1 comment9.0The Intercept23 min1 read9.0jeff16 hours ago
There are plenty of complicated problems in the world that don't have easy solutions. This is not one of them. How many more billions of dollars and millions of lives must be wasted before people realize that prohibition doesn't work?
- jeff3 days ago
This was a great article, I wish it got more reads as AOTD! I'm definitely not in the Burning Man demo but still really enjoyed it. A very well written piece on suicide prevention and human connection.
- The New York Times Company | Bruce Schneier | 1/20/20 | 6 min7 reads9 comments6.8The New York Times CompanyBruce Schneier|1/20/20|6 min7 reads6.8jeff3 days ago
I read this article twice but I'm still missing the point. I propose a new rule that whenever someone says "we need new rules" (five time in this article) they have to state what those rules would actually look like.
Yes, the author is correct that facial recognition is but one of many ways individuals can be identified and tracked. What really disturbs me though are lazy, non-specific cries for authorities to regulate the free flow of information in order to address a poorly defined problem.
- The Verge | 7/28/15 | 11 min5 reads7 comments9.5The Verge7/28/15|11 min5 reads9.5jeff4 days ago
Lots of interesting history and lessons to be learned. We need to make sure Readup becomes the Spotify of stories and not the Grooveshark. I can't believe they had signed a contract with EMI but failed to make it work due to a lack of proper analytics and accounting.
- The Outline | Mikala Jamison | 12/30/19 | 8 min18 reads13 comments9.4The OutlineMikala Jamison|12/30/19|8 min18 reads9.4jeff4 days ago
Another great example highlighting the absurdity of the government telling adults what they can and cannot put into their own bodies. Endlessly frustrating.
- apmreports.org | 48 min7 reads7 comments9.6apmreports.org48 min7 reads9.6jeff5 days ago
Wow, this was eye-opening. I guess I always took it for granted that phonics was just the only way to learn how to read. After reading this article I'm feeling very lucky about that. These educators that are pushing back against the cueing system are doing amazing work.
- London Review of Books | Lauren Oyler | 1/13/20 | 27 min6 reads9 comments9.0London Review of BooksLauren Oyler|1/13/20|27 min6 reads9.0jeff6 days ago
This is the smartest god damned thing I've ever read. Hilariously it's also more martyr fuel and attention for Jia. She wins no matter what.
- The Christian Science Monitor | Amanda Paulson | 1/15/20 | 18 min2 reads2 comments8.5The Christian Science MonitorAmanda Paulson|1/15/20|18 min2 reads8.5jeff1 week ago
Interesting, extremely readable look at a problem I had no idea existed. I like to think that the Judas horse understands exactly what it's doing.
- The Atlantic | Ian Bogost | 1/16/20 | 12 min20 reads9 comments9.0The AtlanticIan Bogost|1/16/20|12 min20 reads9.0jeff1 week ago
I love the convenience of superspaces and efficiency of non-places but the author does a great job of articulating some of what has been lost to progress. It takes real effort to not just Netflix and Fresh Direct one's life away. With these great amenities comes great responsibility.
- GEN | Elizabeth Wurtzel | 1/8/20 | 26 min7 reads4 comments10GENElizabeth Wurtzel|1/8/20|26 min7 reads10jeff2 weeks ago
Incredibly powerful. Easy 10. Start reading this and you won't be able to stop.
- The Correspondent | Rob Wijnberg | 11/7/19 | 18 min14 reads10 comments8.8The CorrespondentRob Wijnberg|11/7/19|18 min14 reads8.8jeff2 weeks ago
Leonard Read's pencil question is my favorite thought experiment ever. Perhaps mostly for that reason I enjoyed this article overall, though I still found it a bit handwavy, especially concerning the history of energy revolutions.
Government policy and public opinion have always been and will continue to be huge factors in determining how we produce and consume energy. If not for those two factors, we might have found ourselves currently in the midst of a nuclear revolution with no worries of runaway greenhouse gas emissions to speak of.
- earth-wizard.livejournal.com | 39 min2 reads3 comments9.5earth-wizard.livejournal.com39 min2 reads9.5jeff2 weeks ago
This is sad, fascinating and at times hilarious. Despite all the pain that might be behind them, some of the quotes are just so over-the-top that I laughed out loud after reading them. After all, what more can a puppet do? Consciousness without appropriate levels of dopamine and other neurotransmitters certainly does sound like a disease, an evolutionary mistake.
I just watched this excellent talk on depression by Robert Sapolsky and he touched on the fact that the most severely depressed individuals are not at the highest risk of suicide because they can't even summon the motivation for it. It makes sense then that someone who is completely anhedonic would go on living, but how does a person like Ligotti manage to be such a prolific writer in such a state? I think Splintering Bone Ashes Alex might be on to something with the inverted libido.
- Associated Press | 1/9/20 | 6 min3 reads2 comments9.0Associated Press1/9/20|6 min3 reads9.0jeff2 weeks ago
What a disaster. The video released by the NY Times seems pretty conclusive. I'm really curious how Iran will respond to all the mounting evidence.
- The New York Times Company | 8/2/81 | 27 min8 reads5 comments8.4The New York Times Company8/2/81|27 min8 reads8.4jeff2 weeks ago
An enthralling account of the formation and uncovering of a CIA assassination plot. There is so much important history here. I can't recommend this one enough.
- Organizer Sandbox | Scott Galloway | 12/24/19 | 8 min4 reads3 comments9.5Organizer SandboxScott Galloway|12/24/19|8 min4 reads9.5jeff3 weeks ago
I could genuinely use some help with this one. I'm trying to read through the cool professor schtick to see if this guy's actually saying there's anything wrong with what's happening with FedEx or not.
If Walmart or Shopify can acquire FedEx to better compete against Amazon how is that a bad thing? Anti-trust legislation is meant to protect consumers, not big businesses and more competition for Amazon is certainly a good thing for consumers.
- thenewatlantis.com | 29 min11 reads10 comments10thenewatlantis.com29 min11 reads10jeff3 weeks ago
This is an absolute must-read; a brilliant look at the impact of modernity (especially the American variety) on mental health and the implications it has for society as a whole. How can we address any of the immense challenges we face when such a large portion of the population has such difficulty coping with day-to-day life?
I don't view the mental health crisis as an indictment of the American ethos, but rather as an indication that ultimate freedom is not an end in and of itself. Ardent individualism isn't incompatible with a sense of community and collective belonging, but it does mean that you might have to search such things out for yourself. Likewise, the freedom to obsessively pursue a goal doesn't mean that everyone has to structure their life in such a way in order to feel fulfilled.
I honestly think that just reading and sharing articles like this one can make a big difference. I feel like any kind of positive change has to start with awareness. People need to be educated not only about the drugs they're taking but also the risks and responsibilities that accompany maximum personal autonomy.
- The Davenant Institute | 10/4/19 | 27 min2 reads5 comments8.5The Davenant Institute10/4/19|27 min2 reads8.5jeff3 weeks ago
The author does a great job of presenting a captivating historical overview of the Protestant Reformation and connecting those events to the evolution of modern civil society. This is great stuff.
- Rolling Stone | EJ Dickson | 7/11/19 | 12 min6 reads3 comments9.0Rolling StoneEJ Dickson|7/11/19|12 min6 reads9.0jeff4 weeks ago
Apparently I'm late to the party on this one but it was still a fun read. Last night I watched a video of one of my favorite YouTuber making carbonated water from diamonds and saw a bunch of comments comparing the expensive drink to "gamer girl bathwater" and I had to know more.
Yes, I do think Belle Delphine is one of the greatest trolls on the internet. I also think she's an example of how trolling can be both an art form and a business. Same goes for all the people making reaction videos, especially the guy who pretended to vape the bathwater. Internet culture is amazing.
- Vox | Jason Del Rey | 5/3/19 | 31 min4 reads1 comment9.5VoxJason Del Rey|5/3/19|31 min4 reads9.5jeff4 weeks ago
Super interesting insights from the people who worked there at the time. I love this format where multiple interviews with different individuals are woven together to tell the whole story.
- Sports Illustrated | 7/1/19 | 10 min15 reads8 comments9.0Sports Illustrated7/1/19|10 min15 reads9.0jeff1 month ago
I was left with some questions about the legality of gender discrimination after reading about the Wing and their membership policy. This is a solid article that explains the differences between private clubs and places of public accommodation and what laws apply to which.
- WIRED UK | João Medeiros | 24 min5 reads4 comments10WIRED UKJoão Medeiros|24 min5 reads10jeff1 month ago
Well this is absolutely terrifying! Since when is the military-industrial complex something to be celebrated, replicated and doubled down on? It isn't a fix for capitalism, it's the epitome of crony capitalism and we certainly don't need any more of that.
Mazzucato keeps hearkening back to the Apollo program (which cost $152bn in today's dollars) as a model for mission-oriented initiatives but completely ignores the opportunity cost of such programs. All those tens or hundreds of billions of dollars being allocated by decree siphon resources away from and prevent the development of competing alternatives. She also misrepresents the benefits derived from such programs by trivializing the productization of research developments and discoveries; an oversight that only an academic who has never brought a product to market could make.
There is also conveniently no mention of any examples of these initiatives going sideways. No mention of the billions wasted on programs like The Human Brain Project, bad loans to the Solyndras of the world or massive projects like ITER that span decades, cost billions and move ahead with designs and technology that are already becoming obsolete due to the momentum of government sponsorship.
Here's my proposal to fix capitalism: We remove the subsidies and either give the money back to the people who earned it in the first place or reallocate it to underfunded government departments that actually serve the public.
“Those profits could be used to fund research and training for workers,” Mazzucato says. “Instead they are often used on share buybacks and golfing.”
Right. Let's get the tax payers off the hook. Of course they're not going to spend it on research when the government is offering to foot the bill.
- Outside Online | Graham Averill | 6/28/19 | 6 min1 read1 comment8.0Outside OnlineGraham Averill|6/28/19|6 min1 read8.0jeff1 month ago
On it. Nice to hear about the scale of the restoration projects and the benefits of the farmed oysters. Would love to visit Ludford's farm.
- Outside Online | Rowan Jacobsen | 1/10/19 | 17 min20 reads8 comments9.4Outside OnlineRowan Jacobsen|1/10/19|17 min20 reads9.4jeff1 month ago
Damn this was fascinating and kind of scary. The new research in support of sunlight makes a lot of sense. I know I'm not getting enough now and I can remember getting burned really badly multiple times in my earlier years.
Reading this, reflecting on big sunscreen propaganda, made me think of some strange spoken word song that I remember hearing as a kid with the refrain: "Wear sunscreen." Apparently it's Everybody's Free to Wear Sunscreen by Laz Luhrmann. It's even weirder than I remember and very trippy to be listening to for the first time in probably 20 years!
- The Gradient | Gary Marcus | 11/30/19 | 16 min1 read1 comment10The GradientGary Marcus|11/30/19|16 min1 read10jeff1 month ago
This article isn't very exciting or even especially interesting but it's great journalism. I'm not an AI expert but I've had enough experience as a programmer to see through the hyperbolic reporting that the field has been garnering in reputable publications. It's unfortunate and makes me very skeptical whenever I read something about some new development in an industry that I'm not familiar with at all.
- Columbia Journalism Review | 14 min6 reads14 comments9.5Columbia Journalism Review14 min6 reads9.5jeff1 month ago
I think this article is high-minded and moralistic. I feel conflicted after reading it because while I sympathize with the plight that journalists face, I also just see so many problems with this author’s analysis and questions.
There is a fundamental distinction between the internet and radio/broadcast television in that the usable spectrum of airwaves is a finite public resource. If I’m broadcasting on 700 AM then you’re not. The licensing and regulatory structure that is (debatably) appropriate for public broadcast has no application to the internet. There is room for everyone to publish what they want.
The advertising model is not broken. The wealth of information and services available to users at zero monetary cost is a miracle of the “free-market free-for-all” and is most beneficial to those with the least amount of disposable income. Coining “surveillance capitalism” as a pejorative term to describe the success of this model is ridiculous.
While it’s true that public service media like Wikipedia have had to share the landscape with increasingly sophisticated commercial companies, it’s also true that they fill a void in the marketplace.
Wikipedia is not a “public service” media organization. The author uses the same term to describe the BBC. If that were the case, then the sale of every internet-connected device would be taxed to fund Wikipedia and the organization would be run by the government. Instead Wikipedia is funded by voluntary donations from millions of individuals. The fact that it fills a void in the marketplace is a testament to the success of the free market approach to the internet.
We’ve grown so used to the idea that social media is damaging our democracies that we’ve thought very little about how we might build new networks to strengthen societies.
Built into this is the assumption that social media is doing more damage than or is more susceptible to malevolent influence than state-run news organizations or the monopolistic broadcast and print publications of the 20th century and I reject that. If you don’t like Twitter and Facebook, then stop using them. Asking the government to get involved is the least productive thing anyone can do. Increased regulation will only serve to further cement the current crop of companies in their dominant position and we don’t need any more Quaeros. The alternatives are out there, you just have to be willing to put in the effort to find them and be an active participant instead of passive consumer.
- The New York Times Company | N. R. Kleinfield | 6/21/14 | 34 min7 reads6 comments9.8The New York Times CompanyN. R. Kleinfield|6/21/14|34 min7 reads9.8jeff1 month ago
Positively gripping read! The short introduction is a little slow but you'll immediately get sucked in after the first couple minutes. Another incredible story from the the author of The Lonely Death of George Bell.
- BBC News | BBC News | 12/13/19 | 1 min6 reads3 comments9.0BBC NewsBBC News|12/13/19|1 min6 reads9.0jeff1 month ago
Short update for anyone that read the excellent Vanity Fair article The Secret Life and Strange Death of Quadriga Founder Gerald Cotten. Will be interesting to see how this plays out!
- The New York Times Company | Emma Pattee | 11/20/19 | 11 min23 reads6 comments9.4The New York Times CompanyEmma Pattee|11/20/19|11 min23 reads9.4jeff1 month ago
Wasn't expecting much given the title but was pleasantly surprised by the depth and thoughtfulness of this article. Friendships can be tricky. I just started re-watching Seinfeld and had forgotten that the very first (non-pilot) episode was "Male Unbonding." The show did such a great job exploring the difficulties and intricacies of both same and different-sex friendships throughout its run.
- Seattle Seahawks & NFL News | 6/24/08 | 7 min4 reads4 comments6.7Seattle Seahawks & NFL News6/24/08|7 min4 reads6.7jeff1 month ago
A timeless rant about software usability from 2003. A lot has changed since then but the propensity for software to get crapped up over time remains the same.