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California's vanishing hippie utopias.

Fascinating look at the remnants of California’s hippie communes and the few hardcore idealists, now in their 70s or 80s, still living the dream.

Linked on the 15th of September, 2021 Details

Don't Upgrade Your Phone (Yet!)

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Do you need a new phone or can you just replace the battery instead?

Added on the 20th of August, 2021 Details

Covid doesn't infect people, it infects cells.

Charles Stross on our inner representation of Covid-19:

COVID19 infects human (and a few other mammalian species—mink, deer) cells: it doesn't recognize or directly interact with the superorganisms made of those cells.

By antropomorphising it and acting defiantly through mask or vaccination refusal, there's a will to be defiant in the face of some imaginary, sentient, enemy rather than the faceless, emotionless, little spiky blob it is.

People construct supernatural explanations for observed phenomena, and COVID19 is an observable phenomenon, so we get propitiatory or defiant/adversarial responses, not rational ones.

Linked on the 11th of August, 2021 Details

An automated policing program got a man shot twice.

The world is slowly catching up to dystopian sci-fi stories. A predictive policing program used by Chicago's police predicted a man would be involved in a shooting. The ramifications within the police and local community ended up getting him shot – twice!

Linked on the 1st of June, 2021 Details

How movie sounds are made.

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Fascinating look into how sounds in film are produced. As well as a custom house built to do the work.

Added on the 23rd of May, 2021 Details

Genre Is Disappearing. What Comes Next?

Genre was once a practical tool for organizing record shops and programming radio stations, but it seems unlikely to remain one in an era in which all music feels like a hybrid, and listeners are no longer encouraged (or incentivized) to choose a single area of interest.

An interesting take on the historical categorisation and the continuous flux of musical genres as well as the disappearance of group identification.

Linked on the 13th of March, 2021 Details