Wait But Why Wait But Why
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Your weekend long read that attempts to explain why the US is politically polarized:
"Destructive cherry-picking breeds fear, anger, and cynicism. It’s why we always think crime is getting worse even though it’s almost always getting better."
The most resonant part to me was about media negativity bias and disgust. It's a cliché that we don't hear good news but it's also true and feeds our cognitive biases.
github.com github.com
LOL. Nerds.
Nelson's log Nelson's log
"The new thing here is that Yandex is working not just as a reverse image search tool; it seems to be doing facial matching."
Nelson has an interesting follow-up to the bellingcat guide to reverse image searching I posted recently.
The Outline The Outline
"The warmongers are never ruined by their mistakes."
Justified outrage at the media's willful ignorance of recent history.
basecamp.com basecamp.com
Thoughtful ideas about team communication from Basecamp with a focus on writing vs. meetings:
"Speaking only helps who’s in the room, writing helps everyone. This includes people who couldn't make it, or future employees who join years from now."
It makes sense that they're down on chat (the competition!), but I don't agree that live chat is a mind-killer. Some decisions require quick consensus rather than lengthy position statements for the ages.
dark room with lit music stand holding sheet music
music space

Productivity Train

Two aesthetics that aestheticize well together: YouTube train cams and lofi hip hop. For example, throw on the Bergen Line:

And this Spotify playlist:

Leave the volume up on both. You won't know if those muffled clicks and light mumbling are part of the song or happening between Bergen and Oslo.
Chicken looking back and brooding
Dramatic Chicken
Pile of puzzle pieces and a glass of mimosa
Hello 2020
bellingcat bellingcat
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The state of reverse image search on the web.
"...if you only use Google for reverse image searching, you will be disappointed more often than not."
As disinformation season ramps up in 2020, finding an image origin is a useful tool to have.
jeffhuang.com jeffhuang.com
The web is becoming more and more ephemeral.
"Vanished are amazing pieces of writing on kuro5hin about tech culture, and a collection of mathematical puzzles and their associated discussion by academics that my father introduced me to; gone are Woodman's Reverse Engineering tutorials from my high school years, where I first tasted the feeling of dominance over software; even my most recent bookmark, a series of posts on Google+ exposing usb-c chargers' non-compliance with the specification, disappeared."
This article includes some steps you can take that could help preserve what you publish. Complex frameworks, walled-gardens, and serverless publishing trade away endurance for convenience.
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