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Israel’s Netanyahu brings his dirty laundry to Washington. Literally.

Not the Onion:

Israeli officials denied that Netanyahu overuses his American hosts’ laundry services, calling the allegations “absurd,” but they acknowledged that he has been the target of laundry-related accusations in the past.
Linked on the 26th of September, 2020 Details

Spotify's search-optimised spammers.

This article explains the glut of generic mood-based music that infects every corner of Spotify.

Linked on the 24th of September, 2020 Details

Kathleen Ryan’s decomposing fruit.

Artist Kathleen Ryan creates decomposing fruit sculptures from precious gems. I love the absurdity of it.

Linked on the 21st of September, 2020 Details

Boredom is good.

In this era of reaching for your phone whenever your mind is left to wander, being inured to boredom is practically a superpower.

A study found that, when confronted with boredom in an experimental setting, many people chose to give themselves unpleasant electric shocks simply to distract from their own thoughts, or lack thereof.

I endorse the idea of diving headfirst into boredom, it's quite liberating.

Linked on the 20th of September, 2020 Details

The privileged have entered their escape pods.

Interesting take on (Silicon Valley) privilege versus exposure to the current Covid-19 pandemic.

They’re simply succumbing to one of the dominant ethos of the digital age, which is to design one’s personal reality so meticulously that existential threats are simply removed from the equation. The leap from a Fitbit tracking your heart rate to an annual full-body cancer scan or from a doorbell surveillance camera to a network of autonomous robot sentries is really just a matter of money. No matter the level of existential security, the Netflix shows we stream are the same.

I've certainly thought about this myself as we sit comfortably at home while delivery drivers and shop staff risk exposure to supply us with anything we need.

Linked on the 13th of September, 2020 Details

Inside the Courthouse Break-Ins that Landed 2 White Hat Hackers in Jail.

I just got round to reading this account of the legal shambles a couple of white hat hackers were dropped into when their clients, the state of Iowa, decided to abandon and ignore them. It's a gripping read.

Linked on the 31st of August, 2020 Details