A thread by Asad Haider
> Yo here's my rant. Words like "prison" or "capital" aren't just names for things in the world that have existed since the dawn of time
politics  socialism 
august 2017
Leigh Honeywell: The Al Capone theory of sexual harassment
It’s simple: people who engage in sexual harassment or assault are also likely to steal, plagiarize, embezzle, engage in overt racism, or otherwise harm their business. (Of course, sexual harassment and assault harms a business – and even entire fields of endeavor – but in ways that are often discounted or ignored.) Ask around about the person who gets handsy with the receptionist, or makes sex jokes when they get drunk, and you’ll often find out that they also violated the company expense policy, or exaggerated on their résumé, or took credit for a colleague’s project. More than likely, they’ve engaged in sexual misconduct multiple times, and a little research (such as calling previous employers) will show this, as we saw in the case of former Uber and Google employee Amit Singhal.
sexualassault  tech  gender 
july 2017
Ethan Marcotte: Designed lines.
We’re building on a web littered with too-heavy sites, on an internet that’s unevenly, unequally distributed. That’s why designing a lightweight, inexpensive digital experience is a form of kindness. And while that kindness might seem like a small thing these days, it’s a critical one. A device-agnostic, data-friendly interface helps ensure your work can reach as many people as possible, regardless of their location, income level, network quality, or device.
internet  society  inequality 
july 2017
Denise Lu: Here’s every total solar eclipse happening in your lifetime. Is this year your best chance? (Washington Post)
On Aug. 21, a total solar eclipse will traverse the contiguous United States. It’ll be the first to traverse coast to coast in nearly a century.
astronomy  science 
july 2017
Emmet Penney: Lectureporn: The Vulgar Art of Liberal Narcissism (Paste Magazine)
This belies an important distinction between liberals and conservatives, lectureporn and the ubiquitous tirade in conservative media. It’s the Nietszchean distinction between contempt and hate. You can hate an equal or someone with power over you. So conservatives hate liberals (hence their paranoiac victim narrative), whereas liberals have contempt for conservatives, which means they’re arrogant. Arrogant people are lazy in general and inept when it comes to empathy. If you can’t empathize with people, you can’t understand them. And if you can’t understand their worldview, you can’t hope to either win them over or defeat them. You’ve played yourself. No one cares if you’re right and ineffective. That’s called being an impotent loser. For all the talk about “bleeding heart liberals” who vote with their tears, they’ve proven to be staggeringly emotionally incompetent.
politics  america  media 
july 2017
Isolde Raftery: To understand white liberal racism, read these private emails (KUOW)
On a gray day last October, teachers across Seattle wore a shirt that read BLACK LIVES MATTER.



White parents from the city’s tonier neighborhoods wrote to their principals to say they were displeased. A Black Lives Matter day was too militant, too political and too confusing for their young kids, they said.



“They would prefer to be ‘all lives matter,’ because then their child is included in the conversation about mattering,” [Jill Geary, the school board director representing northeast Seattle] said. “What they don’t think is, would a black mother feel like her child matters, based upon the way that history, the nation, the city, the institutional structures, have treated her child? That’s not the process they’re using.”
racism  blm  race 
july 2017
Lucy Diabolo: Gender Variance Around the World Over Time (Teen Vogue)
Learn more about how gender variance has existed among people in different communities around the world throughout history.
history  lgbt  gender 
july 2017
Debbie Chachra: Gratitude for Invisible Systems (The Atlantic)
One way to improve democracy is for more people to appreciate its complex technological underpinnings.
democracy  government  infrastructure  community 
june 2017
Soleil Ho: Be Better: A Guide to Avoid Cultural Appropriation? (On She Goes)
There’s nothing inherently bad or good about cultural appropriation; it becomes unethical when you fail to consider the context of your actions.
culture  appropriation  food 
june 2017
Alexis P. Morgan: The Terrorists of Capitalism: A Response to Gary Vaynerchuk
We’re being devoured by people infected with the Damnable Trinity of capitalism, white supremacy, and kyriarchy. They are munching on people’s bones and baying to those infernal gods while our blood drips down their faces.
capitalism 
june 2017
Lance McVickar Discography (Discogs)
Lance McVickar owner, producer and head engineer at mcVaudio has had an eclectic career in the music business spanning over 20 years. Working his way up in the music industry starting in the mid 80‘s as a studio apprentice at Evergreen in Manhattan, then became an assistant engineer, and finally a recording engineer.
ancestry 
may 2017
McVickar House (Irvington Historical Society of New York — National Register of Historic Places
Irvington's newest addition to the National Register of Historic Places now serves the community as the home of the Irvington Historical Society, which previously did not have a permanent site for public research and visitation. The Reverend John McVickar built the house in 1853 as a residence for his son Reverend William McVickar, first rector of the Church of St. Barnabas. The elder McVickar was also responsible for the construction of the St. Barnabas church, located a short distance to the north and also listed on the National Register. John McVickar's own house stood on Fargo Lane, close by the home of his friend Washington Irving. Local tradition holds that Irving enjoyed the view from John McVickar's home better than that from his own Sunnyside.

The house passed out of the McVickar family in 1870 and a string of private owners followed until the house came into possession of the Consolidated Edison Company in 1957. Con Edison built a substation behind the house, and rented the house out to Dr. Mario Dolan, who lived in the house with his family for a brief time but kept an office there until 1984. Several other tenants followed until 1992 when the house was abandoned. The Village of Irvington acquired the house in 2002. The renovated and restored McVickar House was opened to the public in November 2005 as the Irvington History Center.
ancestry 
may 2017
Alex Pareene: Airlines Can Treat You Like Garbage Because They Are an Oligopoly (Fusion)
This is the end result of decades of corporate consolidation—aided by economists and regulators and politicians from both parties—that has greatly enriched a few at the expense of workers, consumers, and citizens in general. People chose to create a world that allows what happened on that plane to happen. Direct your outrage at the policymakers, economists, and industry cartels that created this future.
unitedairlines  capitalism  america 
april 2017
A Link to the Past: VT Randomizer
The basic idea is that all item locations in the game have their items shuffled around… so for example you never know what you’re going to find when you open a treasure chest! There are many item locations in the game beyond treasure chests, for example overworld heart pieces and NPC’s that give you items - these are all included too!
videogames 
april 2017
Isabel Castillo: 9 Ways To Customize The WordPress AMP Plugin By Automattic
This is a list of nine ways to customize the WordPress AMP plugin by Automattic.
wordpress  webdevelopment 
april 2017
Cloak VPN Blog: Congress, ISPs, and You
Historically, we haven’t advocated for using Cloak full-time at home. In general, we think that you should trust your home network; if you don’t, you probably have bigger fish to fry. Alas, if this resolution becomes law, there may be no alternative. We might genuinely start telling our customers “yes, you should use Cloak at home, all day, every day”. From our perspective, that day will be an unhappy day indeed.
vpn  internet  government 
march 2017
Wiki.js
An open source, modern and powerful wiki app built on Node.js, Git and Markdown.
javascript  wiki  markdown 
march 2017
Security Tips Every Signal User Should Know (The Intercept)
Here’s how to maximize the security of your most sensitive conversations — the ones that could be misinterpreted by an employer; be of interest to snooping governments; or allow a hacker to steal your identity.
privacy  security 
march 2017
Adam Pasick: The magic that makes Spotify’s Discover Weekly playlists so damn good (Quartz)
The main ingredient in Discover Weekly, it turns out, is other people. Spotify begins by looking at the 2 billion or so playlists created by its users—each one a reflection of some music fan’s tastes and sensibilities. Those human selections and groupings of songs form the core of Discover Weekly’s recommendations.
music  spotify  software 
march 2017
Katy DeCorah: What I learned after working remote for 1 year
Don’t do house chores during work hours (because you’ll never remember to fold the laundry). Don’t do work hours during downtime (because you’ll never stop working).
remotework  wfh  work 
march 2017
Katy DeCorah: What I learned after working remotely for 2 years

I have entered my terrific twos of working remotely. Working from yoga pants. Working from couch. Working from over the sink as I eat leftovers. The glamour. The rolling out of bed. The “I’m going to wake up early and walk, lol jk.”
remotework  wfh  work 
march 2017
User Role Editor
With User Role Editor WordPress plugin you can change user role (except Administrator) capabilities easy, with a few clicks. Just turn on check boxes of capabilities you wish to add to the selected role and click “Update” button to save your changes. That’s done. Add new roles and customize its capabilities according to your needs, from scratch of as a copy of other existing role.
_wordpress-plugins 
march 2017
Gianluca Gimini: Velocipedia
Back in 2009 I began pestering friends and random strangers. I would walk up to them with a pen and a sheet of paper asking that they immediately draw me a men’s bicycle, by heart. Soon I found out that when confronted with this odd request most people have a very hard time remembering exactly how a bike is made. Some did get close, some actually nailed it perfectly, but most ended up drawing something that was pretty far off from a regular men’s bicycle.
design  art  psychology 
march 2017
Rebecca Solnit: City of Women (New Yorker)
I can’t imagine how I might have conceived of myself and my possibili­ties if, in my formative years, I had moved through a city where most things were named after women and many or most of the monuments were of powerful, successful, honored women.
gender  culture  patriarchy  nyc 
march 2017
Joe Soss: Food Stamp Fables (Jacobin)
What also makes O’Connor’s article so troubling is that he wraps the usual scurrilous myths about SNAP in a veneer of health promotion — a framing that’s sure to win over some left-leaning readers who’d otherwise recoil at the usual trumped-up claims about food stamps. Yet in the end, O’Connor’s health paternalism doesn’t just run aground morally, but empirically: the study provides no evidence that SNAP encourages soda purchasing, and no evidence that SNAP funds (as opposed to personal funds) were used to buy soft drinks.

O’Connor writes a lot about sugar, and not much about social policy. So perhaps his main target here is the sugar industry. If so, he has thrown millions of food-insecure Americans — most of whom work or have significant disabilities — under the bus to advance his agenda.

Just as political attacks on social protections are on the rise, the article panders to the worst stereotypes of “welfare,” ignoring the SNAP program’s many successes. In the process, it tells people who imagine the worst about food stamps that they’ve been right all along. Facts be damned.
capitalism  poverty  politics  food 
march 2017
Saving SSH keys in macOS Sierra keychain
How to fix Sierra not remembering SSH keys.
As described in detail on https://openradar.appspot.com/27348363, macOS/OS X till Yosemite used to remember SSH keys added by command ssh-add -K <key>.

Unfortunately this way no longer works and command ssh-add -K in macOS Sierra no longer saves SSH keys in OS's keychain. As Apple Developer stated: "That’s expected. We re-aligned our behavior with the mainstream OpenSSH in this area."
mac  ssh  osx 
february 2017
Email Lab
Starter project for designing and testing HTML email templates
email  webdevelopment 
february 2017
Erica Chenoweth: It may only take 3.5% of the population to topple a dictator – with civil resistance (The Guardian)
The United States has a rich history with effective uses of nonviolent resistance. It’s time to become familiar with it.
activism  government  politics  trump 
february 2017
Mic.com: An imam gave a moving sermon at JFK. Everyone feeling worn out by Trump needs to read it.
All throughout human history, there have been people who have been trying to establish a beloved community somewhere on the planet earth. And always where there've been people who try to establish a beloved community, there have also been people who oppose them.
politics  trump 
february 2017
Paypal — Switching my default payment method
How to fix this problem that makes no sense.
february 2017
Reggie Ugwu: How Electronic Music Made by Neo-Nazis Soundtracks the Alt-Right (Buzzfeed)
Fashwave is championed on the same forums that gave voice to the so-called alt-right movement that aggressively supported Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, including the Daily Stormer, The Right Stuff, and the National Policy Institute. It’s the intuitive musical expression of that movement’s less self-serious, more sardonic tone, and has roots in the online imageboards, video games, and sci-fi propagated among young, white racists on the outer perimeters of the internet. Just as the alt-right surprised mainstream observers this year by effectively organizing to advance its political vision, it has now set its sights on remaking culture, consolidating around and promoting a music scene it can call its own.
nazis  music 
january 2017
Messy Nessy Chic: The Inexplicably Fascinating Secret World of Thomasson
“Thomasson: noun \ to-ma-son \ a preserved architectural relic which serves no purpose”. We’ve all come across an example at one time or another– probably didn’t give it too much thought and surely had no idea these random urban oddities actually had a name, let alone an entire movement dedicated to observing them as conceptual art. That’s right, art. People have written books about Thomasson, formed street observation societies to find them (notably in Japan) and even identified a classification system of categories for them.
architecture 
january 2017
Jennifer Weiner: Try a New Year’s Revolution
If you still want to make changes, understand that you are where you are not because you’re weak or you’re flawed, but because you’ve adapted to an environment that encourages you to drive instead of bike or walk, to watch TV instead of doing anything else. It’s a lot for three hours a week of gym time to counteract, Professor Wharton says. His suggestion is to go big. Don’t just swap half-and-half for skim milk, or take the stairs. Reorder your life to reflect your values and your priorities instead of just tinkering at the margins.
health  politics 
january 2017
Cliston Brown: Dear Democrats: Nobody Cares About Your Feelings
We are taught in school—to our everlasting disadvantage—that our elected officials, regardless of where they stand on various issues, are rational public servants who can be reasoned with. If we make enough polite phone calls, write enough letters, hold enough rallies, our voice will be heard. Nobody believes in this idealized version of our government other than progressives. (Conservatives are much more clear-eyed, and that’s why they win so often.)
politics 
january 2017
GitHub Help: Generating an SSH key
Since I forget how to do this or have problems every six months or so, and these instructions are concise and correct and always work.
git  development 
january 2017
Ta-Nehisi Coates: My President Was Black (The Atlantic)
A history of the first African American White House—and of what came next.
history  america  obama  politics 
january 2017
Jeremy D. Larson: The Year in Blame (Hazlitt)
We all have the ability to blame others. It comes natural, feels powerful and cathartic, and is essential to a society that seeks to dismantle oppressive systems and those who oversee them. If we can do this, then we can all take part in the radical act of blaming ourselves for this year and the years to come. Give it currency. Rate, like, and subscribe to culpability to help reverse the flow of democracy.
psychology  politics  america 
december 2016
David Chiu: The Forgotten Precursor to iTunes (Pitchfork)
You would go into a listening booth and peruse 3,000 popular songs dating as far back as the ’50s before purchasing individual singles (each priced from 75 cents to $1.50) for your own custom mixtape up to 90 minutes long, made in just five to ten minutes.



The music industry was fearful that the service would cannibalize album sales at a time when illegal home-taping reportedly accounted for $1.5 billion in revenue losses. But Garvin says there was evidence of much more business to be had from people who weren’t ready to shell out $20 for an album but would pay a dollar for a single; the iTunes Store, particularly when paired with the iPod, proved this.
musicindustry 
december 2016
Jeremy Bushnell: Class Actions (Real Life Magazine)
Studies suggest that, like the RateMyProfessors rankings, student evaluations too reveal predictable patterns of gender bias (and likely biases regarding race, age, and sexual orientation as well), and yet it’s mandatory for instructors to submit to their assessment. Student evaluations are deeply embedded in the body of educational institutions both logistically and ideologically — so much so that one can’t even begin to critique them without seeming like one is trying to defraud students somehow, deny them an oversight that feels somehow to be “rightfully” theirs. Even as I write this I feel the need to perform within the ideological space they inscribe: I want to showcase their deliciously quantifiable numbers, the ones that prove that I’m a good instructor, or at least above average. These numbers are available to the system; they help me to keep my job.

It’s going to be hard, over the next four years, to have a conversation about gender bias in student evaluations or about the conditions of part-time contingent faculty or about doing the hard work of making the tools of a liberal education more accessible to marginalized populations. It’s going to be hard, because it’s hard to have difficult conversations when it feels like you’re under assault; it’s hard to look critically at your colleagues when it feels like it’s time to lock arms against the oafish villains roaring at you.
education  internet  politics  labor 
december 2016
Jeremy Gordon: How Anthony Fantano, aka The Needle Drop, Became Today’s Most Successful Music Critic (SPIN)
Fantano is not unaware of his detractors, who range from viewers who think he doesn’t know what he’s talking about to fellow critics who think he doesn’t know what he’s talking about. The things that make him a successful vlogger—his speed, his unpretentious humor, his willingness to review everything regardless of his genre fluency, his refusal to assume a deep understanding of an artist’s politics or feelings—are at odds with traditional print and online criticism. He brought up an interaction with a Pitchfork writer who eagerly introduced himself at South by Southwest. The writer told Fantano he was only joking when he previously wrote on Twitter, “Anthony Fantano makes me want to quit my job.” Every music writer we spoke to is at least aware of Fantano’s work—some of them find it dumb, and at any rate, don’t want to talk about it on the record. It doesn’t bother Fantano too much, but it does bother him. “It obviously took time and took a lot of effort,” he says of his work. “I would at least like to be treated with the same amount of legitimacy. That’s all.”
music  criticism  internet 
december 2016
Vajra Chandrasekera: ‘Binti’ by Nnedi Okorafor (Strange Horizons)
A brilliant piece of literary criticism for a novelette I loved and am looking forward to the next installment of.
As a metaphor for acculturation into empire, this works almost too well. You can walk in the halls of empire, yes, as long as you're willing to accept invasive alien tentacles into your mind, to put alien needs above your own, to allow yourself to be instrumentalized.
literature  criticism  writing  culture  race  scifi 
december 2016
Isha Aran: Disney’s Moana is a powerful movie starring a brown girl—but I still have issues with it (Fusion)
A fully culturally authentic film requires having people of that culture at the helm; and that's not what Disney's done.
film  movies  culture  race 
december 2016
Moira Weigel: Political correctness: how the right invented a phantom enemy (The Guardian)
By making fun of professors who spoke in language that most people considered incomprehensible (“The Lesbian Phallus”), wealthy Ivy League graduates could pose as anti-elite. By mocking courses on writers such as Alice Walker and Toni Morrison, they made a racial appeal to white people who felt as if they were losing their country. As the 1990s wore on, because multiculturalism was associated with globalisation – the force that was taking away so many jobs traditionally held by white working-class people – attacking it allowed conservatives to displace responsibility for the hardship that many of their constituents were facing. It was not the slashing of social services, lowered taxes, union busting or outsourcing that was the cause of their problems. It was those foreign “others”.
politics  trump  america  language 
december 2016
Ruth Whippman: Actually, Let’s Not Be in the Moment (NY Times)
This is a kind of neo-liberalism of the emotions, in which happiness is seen not as a response to our circumstances but as a result of our own individual mental effort, a reward for the deserving. The problem is not your sky-high rent or meager paycheck, your cheating spouse or unfair boss or teetering pile of dirty dishes. The problem is you.
It is, of course, easier and cheaper to blame the individual for thinking the wrong thoughts than it is to tackle the thorny causes of his unhappiness. So we give inner-city schoolchildren mindfulness classes rather than engage with education inequality, and instruct exhausted office workers in mindful breathing rather than giving them paid vacation or better health care benefits.
philosophy  stress 
december 2016
Shush
Shush is a utility app for Mac OS X to quickly mute and unmute your microphone using a hotkey.
osx  mac  software 
november 2016
Are.na
‘A platform for collaborative research.’
On Are.na, you organically combine images, links, files and texts into collections (we call them channels). Use it collaboratively, publicly or privately. Once you get the hang of it, its dead-simple to use for just about any idea. Think of it as a connected archive of human knowledge.
research 
november 2016
Jeremy D. Larson: The Rewarded Patience and Solitude of The Lemon of Pink (Vinyl Me Please)
Our Album of the Month for November is the Books' The Lemon of Pink. In these original liner notes, Jeremy D. Larson writes about the transformative patience the record brings to bear on listeners, who are rewarded for unpacking its multitude of charms.
music 
november 2016
Admin Columns
Customize admin columns, including inline editing, sorting, and custom fields.
wordpress 
november 2016
The Serious Eats Doughnut Style Guide
What the different types of donuts are.
food 
november 2016
Reframe.js
Reframe.js is a javascript plugin that makes unresponsive elements responsive.
javascript 
november 2016
Jeremy Gordon: Is Everything Wrestling? (NY Times)
When everything becomes a story, the value of concrete truth seems diminished. There’s too much going on in the world to dive this deep into something as frivolous as entertainment, you might say. Worse still, you can begin to treat politics — the hammer and forge of our national reality — as a similar form of “show.” Sure, seeking out entertainment is a perfectly human impulse; it feels joyless to sharpen yourself into a hypervigilant instrument, ever ready to poke a hole in these swelling mythologies; we all know those people, who are no fun. But when we feel ourselves becoming too consumed with mastering the language of whatever unreality is currently holding our gaze, it might not hurt to consider the overarching forces subtly directing our attention and prepare ourselves to step back if we’re not comfortable with benefiting less than they do.
entertainment  politics 
november 2016
fronx: Underestimate your Programming Abilities
Doing work that doesn’t exceed your ability has traditionally been the exception for software developers. We are so used to the feeling that we can do everything, anything, but unfortunately only relatively poorly and with low predictability, that it takes conscious effort to focus on doing what you know how to do. Especially if there isn’t a lot of continuity in the type of work that you do, it can be hard to recognize that even though you are fairly certain about a technical solution you’ve chosen, you don’t know enough about it for it to qualify as a Safe Bet. In fact, most of the work programmers do lives somewhere on the spectrum between those categories. If you want others to rely on you, it is better to underestimate your abilities and overestimate risks than to go in a direction that actually involves more uncertainty than you can justify.
programming 
november 2016
Nameshouts
Learn how to pronounce names correctly.
names  language 
november 2016
Mack Hagood: The Real Problem is Not Misinformation (Culture Digitally)
If Trump’s rallies operated according to affective dynamics, should we assume that online spaces work differently? Trump supporters did not vote for him because they were misinformed online—rather, they consumed and circulated misinformation because they loved Trump, because it was an enormously pleasurable thing to do, and because they imagined (correctly) that it drove the educated classes crazy. Like the rest of us, they deployed their abilities to reason and select information in accord with their affective investments, worldview, and sense of self. For better and for worse, digital technologies are rechanneling and amplifying these aspects of human nature that we all recognize, but have a difficult time integrating into our “infocentric” research models.
election  information  internet 
november 2016
Vajra Chandrasekera: Which This Margin Is Too Small To Contain
Some thoughts on "diversity" in sf/f and discovering that I'm apparently a "writer of colour" and all that. I never actually use these words myself, whether to refer to either myself or anybody else. Though at the same time I don't object to their use to refer to myself or anybody else either. It's complicated.



If essentialism is the pernicious idea that categories are more real than people, strategic essentialisms are a rhetorical technique when you’re aware that the essentialism in question is bullshit but you temporarily accept being identified with a category in order to achieve something, even if that something is just making a point. There are all sorts of good, practical reasons to collectivize identity in this way, but I think it works best when it’s goal-oriented and time-bound. Because when it’s not, then it can also mean just signing up to be reduced to a category for somebody else’s convenience.
literature  race 
november 2016
Store Pages
Curated directory of the best store pages
internet  design 
november 2016
Rellax
Vanilla Javascript parallax library.
javascript 
november 2016
Ryan Alexander Diduck: Red Bull’s Sour Notes
Reaching the unreachables is what RBMA is all about. It’s worrying. Especially when you consider what’s in the stuff.
marketing  food  music 
november 2016
Nnedi Okorafor: The Key
It was due to a stupid thing done in a fit of panic that Fwadausi Bello altered her life forever.
writing  literature  fiction 
november 2016
Zaina Arafat: Dear Students: A Letter from Your Muslim American Teacher (VICE)
All the things I should've told my students about being a Muslim and a woman and an American.
muslim  history  america  race  religion  trump 
november 2016
PassSource
Create custom passes for Apple Wallet (formerly Passbook).
ios  iphone 
november 2016
Jeremy Larson: Toni Braxton’s “Un-Break My Heart” Is the Perfect Karaoke Song (Pitchfork)
People who say karaoke is art are both precious and wrong. Karaoke is a sport. It involves turning art into a very fun and loud game.
karaoke  music 
november 2016
Fronx: Can gender be adapted to our needs?
We all participate in the propagation of gendered ideas in one way or another. Even ignoring your assigned gender and being an eclectic mix of traits that you don’t see as gendered can serve as a point of reference to people around you. Every aspect of a person can serve as a source of inspiration for others that helps unlock a part of themselves they weren’t aware of before, or it can serve as an example of what they are not. Every instance of identification is also an instance of a meme reproducing.
gender  sex  evolution  society 
november 2016
Listen to This: Jacques Dudon — Lumiéres Audibles, 1995
"In his 'photosonic' process, Dudon shines light through a series of semi-transparent, rotating discs that slow and modify the light waves’ frequencies; the resulting waveforms are picked up by photoelectric (solar-power) cells connected to standard analog amplifiers."
mp3blogs  music  history  audio  sound 
october 2016
Jane Hu: Shirley Jackson’s Disappearing Act (The New Republic)
Underrated for most of her life, the author of "The Lottery" is at last experiencing a revival.
biography  literature 
october 2016
CSS-Tricks: Add Spaces to Dock in OS X
Do this as many times as you want spaces:

defaults write com.apple.dock persistent-apps -array-add '{"tile-type"="spacer-tile";}'
osx 
september 2016
Playlist Machinery
Apps for creating and organizing Spotify playlists.
september 2016
Scott Eden: Bobby Shmurda: His Surreal Saga and Exclusive Jailhouse Interview (GQ)
One minute he was a hip-hop sensation starting a viral dance craze, the Shmoney Dance, and rhyming about guns and drugs and murder. The next he was locked up, indicted on a slew of charges involving… guns and drugs and murder. The government’s case against Bobby Shmurda, now heading to trial, raises all kinds of nagging questions, but none more troubling than this: Does the justice system fundamentally misunderstand the world of rap?
music  hiphop  race  musicindustry 
august 2016
Kristi Coulter: Enjoli
Is it really that hard, being a First World woman? Is it really so tough to have the career and the spouse and the pets and the herb garden and the core strengthening and the oh-I-just-woke-up-like-this makeup and the face injections and the Uber driver who might possibly be a rapist? Is it so hard to work ten hours for your rightful 77% of a salary, walk home past a drunk who invites you to suck his cock, and turn on the TV to hear the men who run this country talk about protecting you from abortion regret by forcing you to grow children inside your body?
alcohol  america  women 
august 2016
Kate Crawford: Artificial Intelligence’s White Guy Problem
Histories of discrimination can live on in digital platforms, and if they go unquestioned, they become part of the logic of everyday algorithmic systems.
race  technology 
july 2016
Erica Joy: Processing
Though many black folks joke about it, there is no such thing as “calling in black.” To call in black would be a radical act of self care, were it available to most black people. On the day after we have watched yet another black body be destroyed by modern day slave patrols, it would be helpful for us to be able to take a day away to process. To grieve. To hurt. To be angry. To try to once again come to grips with the fact that many people in this country, especially those in power, consider us disposable at best.
race  black  work 
july 2016
Jeremy Larson: Who Was the Baby on Aaliyah’s “Are You That Somebody?”
As with many famous samples, this coo has a storied history in pop music. The same baby has crawled its way onto several songs, from the Rascals’ “Look Around” (1969), to Prince’s “Delirious” (1982), to TNGHT’s “Bugg’n” (2012). It’s like the Wilhelm Scream of baby samples, and it even mirrors the cadence of that famed cinematic sound effect. But even the identity of the Wilhelm Screamer is known (it’s actor Sheb Wooley). Who made this baby coo? Where is this person now?
music 
july 2016
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