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Think globally, microblog locally
Thu, 31 Jan 2019

This is why doctors still use pagers | Marissa Laliberte/Reader's Digest https://www.rd.com/health/healthcare/hospital-pagers/

From books to bullets: inside Amazon's push to 'defend' America Levi Pulkkinen/The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jan/31/amazon-defense-cloud-computing-pentagon-jeff-bezos

How Finland solved homelessness | Laura Paddison/HuffPost https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/homelessness-finland-housing-first_us_5c503844e4b0f43e410ad8b6

Google Plus for consumers will shut down on April 2, 2019 – Frederic Lardinois/TechCrunch https://techcrunch.com/2019/01/30/google-for-consumers-will-shut-down-on-april-2nd/

Apple was warned about alarming FaceTime eavesdropping bug last week - Chris Welch/The Verge https://www.theverge.com/2019/1/29/18202398/apple-facetime-bug-warned-eavesdropping

Google will stop peddling a data collector through Apple’s back door – TechCrunch https://techcrunch.com/2019/01/30/googles-also-peddling-a-data-collector-through-apples-back-door/

Wed, 30 Jan 2019

Watch all of these videos from @theoae on Baroque and early Classical instruments https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVabz8LneI4&list=PLa0I2f4DpWlonE2ESxBKRg8Ft-ttK4_Eh

Recursion alert — This Twitter post has a life of its own, outside of Twitter. It lives here: http://updates.stevenrosenberg.net/

Write.as 'ends' its Medium integration, but it looks like what really ended it was Medium closing its API. Moral of this ever-repeating story: Own your content, control your content. https://write.as/blog/ending-our-medium-integration

Facebook will shut down its controversial market research app for iOS that gives the company near total access to data on a phone in exchange for a gift card (and yes, this is a real thing) - Casey Newton/The Verge https://www.theverge.com/facebook/2019/1/30/18203349/facebook-research-app-apple-shutdown

Parmigiano-Reggiano: Italy’s practically perfect food - Amanda Ruggeri/BBC http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20190127-italys-practically-perfect-food

Tue, 29 Jan 2019

From 'Hello World' to VP Eng – Nick Caldwell (This is an inspiring article) https://blog.devcolor.org/career-journey-part-1-3bdddf1f87a

World's oldest periodic table chart found in St Andrews | University of St Andrews news https://news.st-andrews.ac.uk/archive/worlds-oldest-periodic-table-chart-found-in-st-andrews/

Meet the 'cleanfluencers', the online gurus who like things nice and tidy - Arwa Mahdawi/The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/jan/29/meet-the-cleanfluencers-the-online-gurus-who-like-things-nice-and-tidy

Mon, 28 Jan 2019

Most people with addiction simply grow out of it - Maia Szalavitz/Pacific Standard https://psmag.com/social-justice/people-addiction-simply-grow-widely-denied-91605

Longwave broadcasting retains listeners - James Careless/Radio World https://www.radioworld.com/news-and-business/longwave-broadcasting-retains-listeners

Your TV is now a computer, but not in a good way - Alexis C. Madrigal/The Atlantic https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2019/01/smart-tvs-are-dumb/581059/

Fri, 25 Jan 2019

Seeing Theory: A visual introduction to probability and statistics from Brown University using the D3.js library (trust me, it's excellent) https://seeing-theory.brown.edu/

The Mac App Store welcomes Office 365 - Apple https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2019/01/the-mac-app-store-welcomes-office-365/

Zuckerberg plans to Integrate WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger - Mike Isaac/The New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/25/technology/facebook-instagram-whatsapp-messenger.html

Marie Kondo, 'Fyre Fraud,' and TV's millennial burnout - Sophie Gilert/The Atlantic https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2019/01/marie-kondo-fyre-fraud-and-tvs-millennial-burnout/580753/

Wed, 23 Jan 2019

Pharo - Pharo 7.0 released https://pharo.org/news/pharo7.0-released

Canadian researcher behind one-minute workout has a shorter option - The Globe and Mail https://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/article-the-canadian-researcher-who-coined-the-one-minute-workout-has-an-even/

Mon, 21 Jan 2019

Amazon ruined online shopping - Ian Bogost/The Atlantic https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2019/01/amazon-made-online-commerce-bewildering/580660/

Fri, 18 Jan 2019

So I'm switching from Firefox to Google Chrome for my news editing work because one of my co-workers coded a Chrome Extension that makes everything we do easier. But by the end of the day today, my 8 GB desktop was chugging, with almost all of the memory gone.

I don't want to lose track of the comprehensive websites of Rob MacKillop, who has done a lot of thinking, a lot of playing and has made a lot of videos of himself playing everything from jazz and "orchestral" guitar (think Mel Bay) to classical guitar without nails, the lute and theorbo. There's a lot to explore. So far I really love his playing on the classical guitar with gut (real gut) strings, which I didn't even know were still a thing you could get.

Here are the sites, which I'm dropping here before I lose them:




The guitar he plays that I really like is by Simon Ambridge

Thu, 17 Jan 2019

Thrift stores donations are up, thanks to Marie Kondo's "Tidying Up" on Netflix - AJ Willingham and Andrea Diaz/CNN https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/12/entertainment/marie-kondo-konmari-tidying-up-netflix-trnd/index.html

Wed, 16 Jan 2019

Battle of the Ax Men: Who Really Built the First Electric Rock ‘n’ Roll Guitar? | Collectors Weekly https://www.collectorsweekly.com/articles/who-really-built-the-first-electric-rock-n-roll-guitar/

Tue, 15 Jan 2019

Dog poop bags are a menace. But what's the green alternative? - Jemima Kiss/The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jan/15/dog-poop-bags-plastic-alternatives

Spirited Media, the Billy Penn and Denverite parent company, is helping build Newspack, the subscription-revenue component for WordPress.com publishers - Nieman Journalism Lab http://www.niemanlab.org/2019/01/heightening-the-cms-race-wordpress-com-and-news-revenue-hub-devise-a-toolkit-for-local-newsrooms/

Automattic aims to help publishers generate membership revenue on WordPress.com (yes, .com, not .org) with Newspack https://newspack.blog/

Sat, 12 Jan 2019

A post of mine got into Hacker News: If not SICP, then what? Maybe HTDP? https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=18890417

The embroidered computer - Irene Posch http://www.ireneposch.net/the-embroidered-computer/

Thu, 10 Jan 2019

Happy Birthday, Ruby! - Dave Thomas https://github.com/ruby-no-kai/ruby25/blob/master/dave_thomas.en.md

Wed, 09 Jan 2019

Composing Software: The Book – Eric Elliott/JavaScript Scene https://medium.com/javascript-scene/composing-software-the-book-f31c77fc3ddc

How .8M in seed funding started Gatsby as an open source company - Changelog https://changelog.com/founderstalk/59

The unlikely resurgence of Dungeons & Dragons makes its way to the Inland Northwest - Chey Scott/Inlander https://www.inlander.com/spokane/nearly-45-years-after-its-creation-a-fantasy-game-played-with-paper-pencil-and-dice-is-having-its-biggest-year-yet-in-the-inland-northwest-a

The LaTeX fetish (Or: Don’t write in LaTeX! It’s just for typesetting) – Daniel Allington (2016) http://www.danielallington.net/2016/09/the-latex-fetish/

Tue, 08 Jan 2019

Not a good look for Zuck: Zuckerberg San Francisco General’s aggressive tactics leave patients with big bills - Vox https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/1/7/18137967/er-bills-zuckerberg-san-francisco-general-hospital

Mon, 07 Jan 2019

The melting pot of JavaScript – Dan Abramov/Increment https://increment.com/development/the-melting-pot-of-javascript/

Where to download all the books that just entered the public domain - Motherboard - Caroline Haskins/Motherboard https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/qvq99b/how-to-download-the-books-that-just-entered-the-public-domain

Fri, 04 Jan 2019

Embracing Apple's boring future - Ian Bogost/The Atlantic https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2019/01/apples-earnings-stumble-could-improve-iphone/579445/

NBA players love coffee (and need it) - Baxter Holmes/ESPN http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/25667397/the-game-day-caffeine-routine-keeps-portland-trail-blazers-nba-most-well-traveled-team-running

Considering app vs. website? It’s 2019: Build a website. - Julie Enthoven/Atrium https://www.atrium.co/blog/founders-should-build-website-not-mobile-app/

Blockchain in the art world: the pros and cons - James Pickford/Financial Times https://www.ft.com/content/1c5062d8-900b-11e8-bb8f-a6a2f7bca546

Wed, 02 Jan 2019

Building Blocks for Theoretical Computer Science - Margaret M. Fleck http://mfleck.cs.illinois.edu/building-blocks/

Free algorithms book by University of Illinois Professor Jeff Erickson http://jeffe.cs.illinois.edu/teaching/algorithms/