Pluralistic: 01 Apr 2020

Today's links

  1. Wood-metal worry beads: Chris Bathgate's latest, "The Woody."
  2. Overly descriptive color palettes: Handpicked from the Colorschemez bot.
  3. American Prospect high-school essay contest: An antidote to the Ayn Rand Institute contest.
  4. Snowden's Box: The logistics of leaking are a mix of tradecraft and philosophy.
  5. Alteon cuts covid-fighters' pay: $20k paycuts for docs fighting covid-19.
  6. Tiktok Kremlinology: Systematically exploring Tiktok's algorithm.
  7. American employment exceptionalism: Why the US is losing jobs much faster than other countries.
  8. Solar as a beneficial fad: How good ideas spread.
  9. This day in history: 2015, 2010, 2019
  10. Colophon: Recent publications, upcoming appearances, current writing projects, current reading

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Pluralistic: 30 Mar 2020

Today's links

  1. Lax antitrust killed ventilator stockpiles : The USG procured <$3k ventilators from a startup, so an incumbent bought them and shuttered them.
  2. Koch network demands an end to lockdown: While sending its staff home for their safety.
  3. Private equity firms scooping up pandemic bargains: It's not the wound that gets ya, it's the opportunistic parasitic infections.
  4. Digital rights are human rights: Why broadband should be a public utility.
  5. ACLU vanquishes the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act: Terms of Service violations are not felonies.
  6. Munching Squares and Munching Tunes: The music and visuals of slow-decay phosphors.
  7. This day in history: 2010, 2015, 2019
  8. Colophon: Recent publications, upcoming appearances, current writing projects, current reading

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Pluralistic, your daily link-dose: 27 Feb 2020

Today's links

  1. Ripping the window-dressing off the .ORG selloff: It's not even an ethos.
  2. CDC guide to filter-mask-friendly facial hair: You're good to go with a Zappa, Villain or Hitler, but stay away from the Dali, Hulahee and the dread F(l)u Manchu.
  3. Don't trust Google to build Toronto's Smart City: Sidewalk Labs's sleaze has disqualified it.
  4. A "girls-only" social service wants to analyze your facial bone structure: "It's science!"
  5. Norman Rockwell turned into a radical civil rights activist: His last painting was of Nixon, too.
  6. Gmail's filters are blocking opt-in election emails: Mayo Pete and Andrew Yang are winning the spam-filter primary.
  7. Talking Radicalized with The Next Chapter: Shelagh Rogers is a national treasure.
  8. Neoliberalism kills, the coronavirus edition: And you thought capitalism would kill us all with climate change!
  9. Bernie Sanders and Public Enemy LA rally this Sunday: With Sarah Silverman and Dick van Dyke!
  10. Venezuelan women's "army" break into dead factories to reboot them: "Only the people can save the people."
  11. Meet Akil Augustine, voice of the Raptors…and Radicalized: A fighter in my corner.
  12. This day in history: 2019, 2015, 2005
  13. Colophon: Recent publications, current writing projects, upcoming appearances, current reading

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Pluralistic, your daily link-dose: 25 Feb 2020

Today's links

  1. Russian Multiplication: turning hard multiplication into easy addition with binary.
  2. Cops' qualified immunity: so long as it's not identical to an established atrocity, it's fine.
  3. Bloomberg's Plan B: buying the DNC: I don't care who does the voting, so long as I get to do the nominating.
  4. Private equity looters underperform the S&P 500: Believing that you are accomplishing extraordinary things merely because you are paid extraordinary amounts is top-grade self-delusion.
  5. New podcast about the history of Gopher and adversarial interoperability: It's judo for network effects.
  6. This day in history: 2010, 2015, 2019
  7. Colophon: Recent publications, current writing projects, upcoming appearances, current reading

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