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I usually try to avoid indulging in schadenfreude, but in this instance, I’m going to roll with it.

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This visualization of objects in LEO is simultaneously kinda cool (look at all the things!), a little sad (look at all the debris!) and vaguely terrifying (look at all the Starlink satellites!).

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I realize that it’s a long way from the point of the article, but WTF is a “cozy cottage-core” RPG? 🤔 I’m imagining something like a table top version of Animal Crossing, but really have no idea.

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How is it that we can stream GPU-intensive video games, but are still stuck with shitty, laggy VNC for connecting to remote desktops?

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If you’ve got a minute or two to spare, go fill out Ben’s survey. As someone who has recently started reading more fiction myself, I’ll be very interested to see what comes out of it.

Posted in reply to “How do you read fiction?

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“…the more I learned, the more ludicrous it became“—Jeremy captures almost exactly how I feel when I hear people bang on about various crypto projects. I did have hope for the underlying tech for a while, but that’s about dead now.

Posted in reply to “Adactio: Journal—Knowing

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This subway sandwich (note: it’s a collaboration between Katz’s and Alidoro, not a sub from capital-S Subway!) looks amazing, but the fact that it’s not available at Alidoro on Sullivan St is a travesty.

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I know a few people (mostly looking at you James 😉) that might be interested in this press release from theEuropean Society of Cardiology (or, for the really eager reader, the study itself):

Drinking two to three cups of coffee a day is linked with a longer lifespan and lower risk of cardiovascular disease compared with avoiding coffee, according to research published today in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, a journal of the ESC. The findings applied to ground, instant and decaffeinated varieties.

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If this article doesn’t convince you that our tech billionaire overlords have NFI what they’re doing, nothing will.

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If you want to learn how to make your own version of a £3.94 toaster for only £1187.54 (😱), take a look at today’s issue of The Prepared. Definitely going to pick up a copy of The Toaster Project.

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ICYMI, NASA—deliberately!—crashed a spacecraft into an asteroid to try and divert it, just like they would to avoid an Armageddon-like event where there’s a danger of one Deep Impact-ing the Earth. (See what I did there?)

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I spent several hours last night banging my head against a wall trying to get Wallabag set up. A quick cry for help in the IndieWeb chat revealed that I had been reading a ‘<’ as a ‘>’. 🤦🏻‍♂️ With that idiocy resolved, it took me about 15 mins to get things up and running this evening. There’s also an iOS app and—surprisingly!—a Safari extension, so the switch from Pocket has been remarkably painless.

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I loved Nina Li Coomes’ article about rewatching Spirited Away; it’s a film I can (and do!) go back to as well. Also noted: her point about “the precarity of media”—I’ve been bitten by stuff disappearing from streaming too.

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Lots to unpack and think about in today’s Galaxy Brain; creativity as “a by-product of mastery,” tech designed to make us inattentive, our fixation with (and veneration of) building over maintaining… 🤔

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Evidently I’m still on a bit of a LEGO kick at the moment…

Two LEGO jigsaw puzzle boxes, one of minifigures making up the classic space logo and one of stacks of minifigure heads

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Thematically related to the bookmark I posted earlier today: W3C TAG Ethical Web Principles. It’s nice to know that the people shaping the direction of the web are thinking about what can be done to make it better beyond just the technologies.

(Via Jeremy Keith)

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TIL a name for something I see almost every day, but for which I didn’t have a good label: Certainty Theatrics.

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(Note: I’ve had this article open in a tab for weeks now, and I was going to write something a little more thought-out about it, but now I just want to post it and close the window because it’s kind of depressing me.)

Ted Gioia asks “Where Did the Long Tail Go?” It’s a great question; I read and enjoyed Chris Anderson‘s book, but it’s pretty much turned out to be a bust—if anything (and I know this is a broad generalization, and that there are some counter-examples), it appears that big players selling huge amounts of high-grossing product have become even more entrenched and dominant in the market, squeezing out the potential long-tailers that were supposed to flourish.

And, sadly, I think Gioia’s explanation around why the Long Tail has proven false is accurate:

There’s one more reason why the Long Tail has died in the digital world. Web platforms aren’t really focused on serving users—what they really want to do is control users. This almost always requires them to squeeze out niche and alternative views, and force as many customers as possible to follow the herd.

The Long Tail was published back in 2006, just before the rise of the social media giants, so while the premise may have been reasonable back then, my hypothesis is that the amplification + homogenization of cultural trends (“echo chambers”) that the social silos created has made it infinitely more difficult for the people on the fringes that were supposed to benefit to actually break through and reach the audiences that would enable them to thrive.

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A couple of trivially interesting Melbourne-related things I saw this morning:

  1. Melbourne made the top 25 list of cities with the most skyscrapers, but Sydney did not (apparently, Sydney sits at #42); I would never have thought that.
  2. The City of Melbourne has decided that the smell from a Vegemite factory is “of significant heritage value” and will need to be “acknowledged” (whatever that means) in any future redevelopment. I also totally agree with the—admittedly Australian—author’s assessment that this settles the argument about the superiority of Vegemite over (🤢) Marmite.

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Since I got injured last year, running and I have not been great friends, but I do miss having something to do outdoors. And because I apparently need more aggravation in my life, I’ve decided to pick up the clubs again (after a long hiatus!) to try to spoil a few good walks. ⛳️