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    • Audubon | 3/24/21 | 12 min
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      Really true! And actually, that doesn’t sound entirely boring. After those three weeks he must have gotten a very good grip on the system and how it works (or is supposed to work). Some people also inherently enjoy organizing and tagging things as nauseam... 😁👀

      However, I’m thankful when automation is clearly the winner over grinding. I’m tasked tomorrow to make a report on ~500 products which failed to transfer from one system to another. I could scan error logs manually and copy-paste what I find, but I’m going to write a script to automate that. From past similar experiences I know it’s an easy automation case, and it takes less time than doing it manually. Plus, it can be used again, which will probably be needed! Good reminder here that grinding is a real option when automation benefits are less clear-cut.

    • Attention Activist | Jay Vidyarthi | 2 min
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      Excellent reminder.

    • GQ | Doug Bock Clark | 7/23/18 | 54 min
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    • Tricycle: The Buddhist Review | Zenju Earthlyn Manuel | 3/13/21 | 5 min
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      Unpopular opinion: this wasn’t really my cup of tea. Why single out tea as a spiritual ceremony when so many other things come from the earth just the same? 🤷‍♂️

    • threader.app | 11 min
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      Really interesting article/thread! Lessons on how to (not) compete in the startup world.

      But better than failing is getting to learn by reading about my failures in a tweet instead of losing $10MM yourself.

      This made me laugh though. I don’t know about his past, but for Flow he at least had a privileged starting position. With this statement he seems to be mostly addressing his friends in the Millionaires Club: most people are never in a position where they can pour hundreds of thousands of personal dollars of into a venture for years. Sounds a bit like “a small loan of a million dollars”.


      Threader App plays nicely with Readup btw. And if they can make the Apple App of the Day, Readup can too.

    • The Practical Dev | Eevis (she/her) | 3/6/21 | 8 min
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      I want to emphasize that you don't know what people around you have going on.

      Powerful!

    • The Practical Dev | whatminjacodes [she/they] | 3/8/21 | 1 min
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      Not easy being a non-male in tech 😨 good to be aware of biases and injustices. Respect for all who do just their job, and all who keep exposing issues like these.

    • The Freelance Graduate Student | Adam Bartley | 3/25/21 | 5 min
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      Thought-provoking stuff @bartadamley!

      Linktree reminds me of about.me, which has been around for long (but I've seen it less lately). Still, both of these seem to be a simplified substitute for a personal website. Why not create a page on your website with links?

      I think starting more of an open dialogue on the tools we use, and how it levels us up in our creative work… is a critical conversation for anyone working digitally to have.

      For sure! And not just the tools, but also how we use them. Workflows. Or whatever workflows are when we're not talking about work.

    • What next | 3/18/21 | 2 min
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      For instance, the project EqualStreetNames brought a group of volunteers together who mapped the streets of Greater Brussels according to the gender of their names. Not all participants were in it to make a statement from the beginning, but rather because they enjoyed mapping. However, through the process of collaborating on a project around gender equality, they were sensitized to the issue themselves.

      Such cool projects. How community can influence people for the better. Readup missed a few paragraphs at the start, check the original for those.

    • Attention Activist | Jay Vidyarthi | 1 min
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      I got this in my inbox two weeks ago, read it, and it lingered around in my head all that time. Everything will end.

    • The New York Times Company | ELLEN BARRY | 7/2/18 | 12 min
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      “It will turn into the parallel society they’re so afraid of. They will create it themselves.”

    • ABC News | SAMY MAGDY Associated Press | 3/27/21 | 4 min
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      Humans build big things. If this is possible, then maybe Bezos’ ring world isn’t that far-fetched.

    • The New Yorker | Jen Spyra | 3/12/21 | 11 min
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    • The New Yorker | Jen Spyra | 3/11/21 | 12 min
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      Crazy stuff, good stuff.

    • Angry Metal Guy | 2/27/21 | 4 min
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      Music reviewers use lots of adjectives :)

      I can so relate to some music growing on you, as it did with the reviewer. It’s like wine or beer or many other good but not immediately catchy things: it takes repeated exposure to grow a sensitivity and appreciate it more and more. Empyrium is among my favorite bands!

    • Pocket | 12 min
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      Not uninteresting, but a little dry?

      As of 2005, lawns covered an estimated 63,000 square miles of America. That's about the size of Texas.

      🤯

    • The New York Times Company | MARK VANHOENACKER | 17 min
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      Beautiful! And interesting too, that about the altimeter.

      1. Update (3/16/2021):

        gently climbing or descending in a collective, school-of-fish-like movement as the true air pressure below changes with time and location.

        A change of perspective really.

    • NPR.org | Bobby Allyn | 3/6/21 | 7 min
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      Still confused. You’re basically buying a public proof that you gave money to an artist, for something digital that they (hopefully) made?

    • Wait But Why | Tim Urban | 6/2/15 | 140 min
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      Took me a few days to finish, but I really enjoyed it. This takes you through the history of energy, global warming, markets and politics related to cars in a simplified Harari fashion, with signature Tim Urban cheekiness. Some things were probably over-simplified or just Tesla-fanboyism. But many topics were super interesting, like the energy mix of different countries, and the discussion on “electricity is dirty too”. Thanks @deephdave!

    • listory.com | 1 min
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      If think they’re missing the ball a bit with “no algorithms”. Even intersecting the recommendations of two humans has to be done by an algorithm. “Refinement” is also a weird term for transparent recommendations.

      But I like the idea of "Intersection, not union". Readup's AOTD algorithm is doing exactly that: intersecting everyone's (verified!) reading activity. Which is importantly different from having only experts run the show.

      Curious to look at some experts' recommendations on this app! (with Readup :) ).

    • RisingStack Engineering - Node.js Tutorials & Resources | Tamas Kadlecsik | 2/17/20 | 8 min
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      A bit messy and incorrect code in the examples, but you can glean some good take-aways by comparing the pure Promise versions with async/await ones. These take-aways are key I think:

      ... As it is pretty clearly intended to be used for imperative code styles. [...] Rewriting callback-based Node.js applications

      • If you liked the good old concepts of if-else conditionals and for/while loops,
      • if you believe that a try-catch block is the way errors are meant to be handled, you will have a great time rewriting your services using async/await.

      I actually like the functional programming paradigm, which means no for-loops, no try-catch. Sometimes async/await can do things cleaner though... and mixing styles is a mess. Life is hard.

    • Open Collective | Xavier Damman | 1/30/17 | 4 min
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      Nice read! Also, hello Laloux. This has a special shade of teal to it.

      Companies can now book office hours with the core contributors.

      And companies need to because their devs can’t make sense of webpack 🙃. Jokes aside: this is a cool thing.

    • Open Collective | Xavier Damman | 12/12/17 | 4 min
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      We need to break through the old divide and bring new ideas, new ways of looking at the world outside of the echo chamber of social media.

      In other words, old recipes don’t work anymore: strikes and demonstrations have become useless.

      In other words, old recipes don’t work anymore: strikes and demonstrations have become useless.

      That’s a pretty bold statement, and I don’t think it applies generally. It’s at least not backed up much further. Demonstrations (BLM for example) lead to more awareness, which leads to more change and action. But of course they don’t fix problems in themselves (sometimes they even create problems in themselves!). Action without demonstration is also good. Action is demonstration.

    • Open Collective | Xavier Damman | 6/29/18 | 3 min
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      This new publication will put a spotlight on inspiring citizens who create initiatives.

      Cool!

      Whereas startups were defined as companies started in a garage with a laptop and ambition to scale globally, citizen initiatives are grassroots activities that grow as a network. Rather than operating as top-down institutions, they feed off the energy of their community and grow organically from the bottom-up.

      By this definition, does Readup qualify at least a little as a citizen initiative 😁 ?

    • deno.land | 11 min
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      Lots of intriguing technobabble here about V8, Wasm, C++ and system-level bindings. My run-of-the-mill web developer take away: less overhead, better standards compared to Node.js, out-of-the-box compatibility with browser APIs like fetch.

    • Noteworthy — The Journal Blog | Frederik Vincx | 1/31/18 | 14 min
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      Inspiring story of how a senior designer chose purpose over (immediate) big bucks and learned a lot by working for non-profits.

      Spoiler 1: He succeeded in finding the inspiration for his Next Big Thing this way. The dementia application became Soulcenter.

      Spoiler 2: I helped him in the initial stages of that project as an intern. A defining moment in my career!

    • BBC News | BBC News | 3/3/21 | 1 min
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      The picture was stitched together on Earth from 142 individual images.

      Now we have this thing called "cloud-based computing". Soon space colonies will have this thing called "earth-based computing".

      The raised ground to the right is the remnant delta formed when an ancient river flowed into the lake-filled crater and dropped its sediment.

      So there was water on Mars? I feel like I need to learn about these things.

    • lapham’s quarterly | 11 min
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      “Will it play in Peoria?”

      What a solid way to analyze a sentence I have never heard about! Interesting piece on American history and stereotype, and how habitual language used today still can lead to misguided perceptions.

      But in place of nuance, hard truths, and tricky patches of history, it’s easier and comforting to pick up a couple of pieces and hold them up as the whole.

      when the Peorias of our imagination eclipse the Peorias of reality —omission becomes erasure

      I'm reading the book 1984 now, this made me think about that. Though in 1984's world, it's worse. We can say "erasure becomes non-existence". Or unexistence.

    • Wouter Cocquyt, world cyclist | 10/25/15 | 3 min
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      Regret piles up around us like books we haven’t read yet.

      Seems I saved this in Pocket when I first tried that app some 5 years ago?

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      I like foam pits. One happy day in my rollerblading past I was like this boy on YouTube doing backflips in a now-demolished indoor skatepark in Roeselare, Belgium.

      It’s an interesting analogy. Is inner awareness, inner strength really the same as a foam pit? Maybe. The foam pit represents the guaranteed safe landing, the safety net, quite literally.

      Having a safety net provides room for failure and experimentation, which reduces fear. But I don’t think that inner strength is a perfect substitute for other concrete safety nets (social, financial, ...).

    • io9.gizmodo.com | Charlie Jane Anders | 11/8/12 | 27 min
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      I have to agree with the review that was haphazardly included at the end. But that doesn’t take away from the punch. This story really sucked me in!

    • Everything After Z by Dictionary.com | Dictionary.com | 3/1/18 | 2 min
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      A fine history 🔥

    • Better Marketing | Zulie Rane | 5/24/20 | 11 min
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      No. 1 of my Medium & Money research project. There are TONS of Google results when you look for "How to make money on Medium". This one is not a comprehensive overview, but it points out some interesting findings!

      I used it in a back-of-the-envelope comparison with Readup revenue.

      Why are later views worth more?

      The paragraphs in the article after this are an interesting analysis of a reader dynamic. Some similarities might emerge in Readup, though I think Readup is less bound to the recency of an article than Medium/Substack. "Old" articles will appear more often in the AOTD competition.

      What I mean by that is that stories don’t earn one day and never get a second glance tomorrow — they keep cropping up to readers.

      Exactly, and Readup has potential to catalyze this effect. It is a transparently curated database with the potential of becoming the ultimate article search engine.

      Medium recommended me this story that Kyrie Gray wrote four months ago. That’s the power of curation.

      ZOMG 4 months ago??? What about a 161-minute article from 1941? That is Readup's jam. Mic drop.

      This does not mean to write a long, rambling post

      Take note Patricia! 🙃

      Second, you should focus on curation. Love it or hate it, curation is how Medium continues to show readers your stories long after they were published.

      I dream of a Readup where Readers can make lists of articles they have read (and want to read), and put those on their profile. Like Goodreads. Even kinda like Instagram! Reader-curation. Learning lists. Starting reading-projects, reading challenges. Spreading the reading joy & inspiration.

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      No. 3 of my Money & Medium research project. Jeff brought me here from No. 2.

      When we calculate your story’s earnings, we’ll also include reading time from non-members if they become members within 30 days of reading your story. So we encourage you to share your stories widely!

      That's interesting. Makes sense.

      [...] you will receive 10% of their share (a portion of their subscription fee).

      This is the part I don't like, and where Readup is making serious improvements. This is really not transparent. You get 10% of a share, without knowing how large that share is. For all we know, Medium pockets 50% of the subscription and divvies up another 50%. Or 40%. Or 60%. It's guesswork. They might also change this without notice.

      We take care to differentiate between gaps in scroll activity versus long periods of time during which the viewer stepped away for a coffee break.

      This is how I initially thought Readup's tracker worked. Looking only at "scroll activity" and trying to determine if that is realistic reading-scrolling activity. The word-based Readup algorithm is much cooler however, and more versatile! (and Medium could easily copy it, if they were so inclined? @jeff?).

      When short pieces are well-written and thought provoking, we’ve found that readers will end up spending more time with the piece. And vice versa: if a long piece is filled with fluff, readers simply won’t reach the end. In a world competing for attention, readers spend their limited time where it counts. Longer stories don’t guarantee more reading time. On average, readers actually spend the most time reading mid-length pieces.

      On Readup, it's all or nothing. A new kind of question might emerge for readers. If you're at 60% of a long article, and it is OK, but not great, and there's other stuff for you to read: do you read on, and pay the writer? Or stop, knowing the writer won't get any of your $? A decision where compunction may come into play. Completion as a necessity for commenting? No doubt. Completion as a necessity for pay? I think there's more room for debate there.

      All in all, we hope our system supports all thoughtful work, long or short, and we plan to keep a careful eye on the outcomes as we learn and iterate into the future.

      👼

    • London Review of Books | Patricia Lockwood | 2/21/19 | 37 min
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      This was relatively difficult to read, and special. I didn't know writing could have this effect. It's almost like watching this music video (serious warning: don't open if you have photosensitive epilepsy), but then with text.

      I also think I missed about 80% of the references. I actually looked up a few. A good "year in summary".

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      Patricia Lockwood brought me here. Tripartite presidency? I suppose this will be a next read.

    • TechCrunch | Anthony Ha | 10/22/19 | 2 min
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      Loundy believes that building a system to ensure readers read the article before commenting encourages time spent on the page and loyalty over time, both wins for publishers in need of ad-spend and reader revenue.

      I think Loundy has since stepped away from this thought :) I was just on time to experience a Readup without mandatory reader mode for some time. It had its perks as well, and I recall some also liked the "always on" mode. But seamless & distraction-free reading is so much nicer! The apps now beat the extension on that front. However, in some possible futures, there could be a return of this feature?!

      But Loundy isn’t deterred: “The longer-term vision for the company is that we want to be the reading certification of record across the web and we want our technology all over the place, and then all the comments always end up in a singular spot.” Also interesting!

      A commenting system that is all over the place. Yet another possible future. I see potential!

      He also suggests that reallyread.it could work in industries beyond journalism, like firms ensuring their employees have actually read compliance materials or doctors making sure their patients read health forms.

      Really interesting thoughts too!

      1. Update (2/23/2021):

        Ad-spend is so 2018.

    • blog.readup.com | Bill Loundy | 2/22/21 | 7 min
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      Free Readup is a free utility. Paid Readup is a two-sided marketplace.

      This perfectly summarizes a complex transition. I'm beyond excited for a near future with more flow-state reading, more listening, more paid writers, and respect for human beings on the internet.