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James Whatley on Twitter: "June 5th, 2017 I tried to take my own life."
I've subscribed to Watley's Five Things on Friday newsletter and in [Issue #303](https://us8.campaign-archive.com/?u=a84512488c22cce34b03cbcaa&id=9d9a3a29bc) he linked to this Tweet-thread where he shares a very personal and important story.
3 days ago
Stripe Corporate Card: The corporate card for fast-growing businesses
New offering from Stripe for companies. Getting a message from your credit card after a business expense and messaging the photo of the receipt back seems very cool. Very innovative ideas here.
5 days ago
Apple Arcade — Let the games begin
100 second overview of games coming in Apple Arcade. 🎮
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5 days ago
Encrypted DNS could help close the biggest privacy gap on the Internet. Why are some groups fighting against it? —Deeplinks
I've done a lot to protect my privacy using tools on my web browsers, but DNS is very hard to protect. Think of DNS like the phone book for the internet, and right now every time you look you an entry, anyone in your network can see what you are looking up. This is a gold mine for companies like Comcast to watch what websites you visit and sell that data.

> Alongside technologies like TLS 1.3 and encrypted SNI, DoH has the potential to provide tremendous privacy protections. But many Internet service providers and participants in the standardization process have expressed strong concerns about the development of the protocol. The UK Internet Service Providers Association even went so far as to call Mozilla an “Internet Villain” for its role in developing DoH.

I've considered bringing DNS into my house with [Pi-hole](https://pi-hole.net), but even better would be encrypted DNS requests.
5 days ago
How the World Would Look in 2050 If We Solved Climate Change | Time
Provocative article from [Bill McKibben](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_McKibben) looking back from a fictional 2050 at how we have adapted to climate change.
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5 days ago
I Quit Social Media for a Year and Nothing Magical Happened | Josh C. Simmons
A year is a long enough time to get real perspective and see more than just the initial changes.

> I don’t see myself ever going back to social media. I don’t see the point of it, and after leaving for a while, and getting a good outside look, it seems like an abusive relationship – millions of workers generating data for tech-giants to crunch through and make money off of.

A good read on what it’s like outside of the bubble.
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5 days ago
Spoils of #nature on Instagram - Beside
This is bonkers and even just the animation at the top of the story makes you shake your head. Give it a full read for the full depth of crazy that folks will go to for social media, something. 🤦‍♂️
5 days ago
The importance of humility in product management - Thor Mitchell - Medium
A good dose of humility and empathy is a great thing for nearly (every?) role in a company. This is an interesting read thinking about those aspects for product managers. Worth reading for others as well to get some insight into the complicated world that product managers live in.
5 days ago
When Waterfall Principles Sneak Back Into Agile Workflows
Very few companies have Agile practices embedded through every facet of their organization. As the Agile process interfaces with non-Agile components, you need to be very mindful of how you structure them.
5 days ago
Waltz: A Distributed Write-Ahead Log
Streaming systems are very popular right now, but many of them have challenges around once-only delivery and transactional ordering. Waltz seems to solve that.

> Waltz is similar to existing log systems like Kafka in that it accepts/persists/propagates transaction data produced/consumed by many services. However, unlike other systems, Waltz provides a machinery that facilitates a serializable consistency in distributed applications. It detects conflicting transactions before they are committed to the log. Waltz is regarded as the single source of truth rather than the database, and it enables a highly reliable log-centric system architecture.

Definitely a highly focused service, but for certain solutions this would be a big deal.
5 days ago
The iPhone and Apple’s Services Strategy – Stratechery by Ben Thompson
Ben Thompson continues to elucidate on one of the biggest companies in the world, Apple, and it’s very intentional shift to more services revenue.

> To that end, how long until there is a variant of the iPhone Upgrade Program that is simply an all-up Apple subscription? Pay one monthly fee, and get everything Apple has to offer. Indeed, nothing would show that Apple is a Services company more than making the iPhone itself a service, at least as far as the customer relationship goes. You might even say it is innovative.

Outside of the gear and software itself, it seems that Apple is making a very intentional shift in services revenue, something it had nearly none of not that long ago.
5 days ago
Apple Watch Series 5: The MacStories Overview - MacStories
Always-on screen for the Apple Watch is a big deal! The compass as a new sensor isn't all that interesting though. I’m due to upgrade my Apple Watch S3 on this cycle, and I expect the screen technology to be a big deal. The delay for Apple Watch to activate it’s display isn't long, but you have to trigger it. It’s hard to catch a glimpse at your watch to check the time.
5 days ago
Official Google Webmaster Central Blog: Evolving “nofollow” – new ways to identify the nature of links
`nofollow` has been around for a long time. It makes sense to add additional link relationship values. `sponsored` and `ugc` make a ton of sense.
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5 days ago
iPhone 11 and 11 Pro: The MacStories Overview - MacStories
My preferred overview of the new iPhone's announced this week. The photography geek in me is super excited for the ultra-wide angle lens. It does make me wonder how many cameras are companies going to stick on the back of a phone. If 3, why not 5? Why not 9? A lot of other improvements too, but nothing that I'll pine after too much from my current iPhone XS.
5 days ago
My Apple Event Notes – On my Om
I like Om's highlights of the Apple event this week.
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5 days ago
Replay Apple's September 10, 2019 Keynote and New Product Videos - MacStories
The individual video cuts from this weeks Apple announcements. 📺
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5 days ago
The Founder’s Guide to Discipline: Lessons from Front’s Mathilde Collin | First Round Review
This is written for startup founders but the communication structures and practices suggested could be modified for many in a leadership role.
5 days ago
How to manage up with your boss — Quartz at Work
There isn't a ton written on this topic, or at least I haven't read a lot of it. This is short and sweet, and pulls in references from some of my favorite business writers.
5 days ago
Our journey to type checking 4 million lines of Python | Dropbox Tech Blog
I guess this is the kind of thing you can do when you hire the [creator of Python](https://www.python.org/~guido/) to be on your team.
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5 days ago
17 Reasons NOT To Be A Manager – charity.wtf
I think every engineer that wants to become a manager should read this list several times over before deciding to make that commitment.
5 days ago
Systems Thinking in Practice
I've read and shared copies of [Thinking in Systems](http://www.amazon.com/Thinking-Systems-Donella-H-Meadows/dp/1603580557). This link is a good quick overview of the concepts.
5 days ago
Analyzing hundreds of millions of SSL handshakes | Little Short Bulletins
Interesting read on real world activity in SSL certs. It’s awesome that Let's Encrypt is already servicing the majority of SSL certificates. I didn’t even think you could make a certificate that didn’t expire for a 100 years.
5 days ago
Opinion | Don’t Trust Facebook With Your Love Life - The New York Times
It’s hard for me to understand why anyone would trust Facebook with more of their personal data. I concur with the recommendation. The question to ask with nearly any move that Facebook makes is "What data does this give them to better monetize me?".
5 days ago
The Egg
Interesting read to make you think for a moment. 🥚
5 days ago
Travis Kalanick wrote an awesome letter to Uber employees. They never saw it. - without bullshit
I always assumed Kalanick was unrepentant about the caustic culture that he helped create at Uber, but it looks like he did see the light right at the end. It was far, far too late by then though. The analysis of this never-sent email is a fun read.
5 days ago
A Radical Guide to Spending Less Time on Your Phone
I know a lot of people that feel like they inadvertently spend too much time on their phones.

> Over the years, though, that pride has worn off. My phone, once a source of liberation — I could check my email without having to go home, which meant I could spend more time out doing things — eventually became a weight that tied me down. Instead of making me better at my job, it started preventing what Cal Newport calls “deep work” — focused, dedicated, creative time. Instead of helping me have fun, it was making me miserable.
>
> So recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about how to use it less. About how to get the benefits from the technology without all the downsides.

I have done some of these things for a long time, others I would not recommend. All are good food for thought.
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5 days ago
Apple Music launches a public beta on the web | TechCrunch
This works really well, and if you have iTunes Match it even shows your own music.
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13 days ago
Continuous Compliance | Dave Farley’s Weblog
This is a good set of idea if you need to deal with regulators and compliance as you build software.
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13 days ago
Minimum Viable Bureaucracy — Acko.net
A rant of sort on many aspects of modern business environments and tools, with a call to action around writing with clarity.

> The best way to capture the necessary mindset is that of Minimum Viable Bureaucracy: we need to make our tools and processes work for us, with a minimum amount of fuss for the maximum amount of benefit, without any illusions that the technology will simply do it for us. It can even save your bacon when the shit hits the fan.

Wikis deserve a lot more credit than people give them.
13 days ago
The history of Tetris randomizers - Simon Laroche
I’m a sucker for anything about the history of Tetris. I honestly hadn't considered that the randomizer for Tetris was anything but random, but it makes sense that it would be specialized with some rules.
13 days ago
Spam In your Calendar? Here’s What to Do. — Krebs on Security
This is one of the most insidious forms of spamming that I see. Easy to follow directions for ways to limit the impact of this garbage. 😡
13 days ago
swissmiss | How To Write by Elizabeth Gilbert
Great suggestions for writing. Doesn't matter what you are writing, all of these could be applied.
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13 days ago
Camera sales are falling sharply – On my Om
I have made significant investments in Canon camera gear. Expensive lenses, powerful bodies, etc. It’s hard to see any path for this gear outside of the very specific needs of professional shooters.

> I have a five-year old camera, and I can’t conceive of a convincing reason to get a new one. The one I own was very good at the start of its life, it cost me a lot of money, and I suspect it has a long life ahead of it. And to be clear, I am extremely fond of my camera. I find absolutely no joy in the demise of the standalone camera.

When someone that put up the money for a Leica is saying that, camera companies must realize they are in a no win spot.
13 days ago
Just Delete Me | A directory of direct links to delete your account from web services.
Great resource to easily find pages to delete your profiles places. I like that it also includes an indication of the level of difficulty. If only there were API methods for these kinds of requests!
13 days ago
Journaling :: Up and to the Right — Jonathan Borichevskiy
This idea of multiple "levels" of journaling is worthwhile. I often think level 1 is a waste of time, but maybe a better way to think of it is as a doorway to the other levels.
13 days ago
You’re Not Lazy, Bored, or Unmotivated - Forge
Not getting to that project, or that thing you want to do?

> You’re not lazy. You’re not bored. You’re not unmotivated. What you are — what all of us are — is afraid. And the best advice for overcoming fear is the bland three-word sentence Nike turned into the most successful marketing slogan of all time (after slightly tweaking a serial killer’s last words): Just do it.

This reminds me a lot of what [Pressfield](https://stevenpressfield.com) calls "[the resistance](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resistance_(creativity))"
13 days ago
Time Tracking with Timeular — MacSparky
I use my calendar along with some custom Shortcut scripts and Toggl to track my time, and I don't attempt to track non-scheduled time. Capturing your time is a very useful tool though, and having a physical object that you move to different positions seems like something that would actually work to track non-scheduled time.
13 days ago
Tim Harford — Article — What we get wrong about meetings – and how to make them worth attending
A short essay on meetings.

> A good meeting is a good meeting less because of what happens at the time, but because of what came before — and most importantly, what comes after.

This is very true.
13 days ago
Unix at 50: How the OS that powered smartphones started from failure | Ars Technica
This is a fun read on the early history of Unix. Consider the 50 years of Unix in two ways. it’s truly amazing that every smartphone you see is powered by a Unix-based system that started 50 years ago, that the technology has lasted that long. On the other hand, consider that it’s taken **five decades** for the combined intelligence of software developers to create a Unix kernel that is as stable as what we have today.

> The rest has quite literally made tech history. By the late 1970s, a copy of the operating system found its way out to the University of California at Berkeley, and in the early 1980s, programmers there adapted it to run on PCs. Their version of Unix, the Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD), was picked up by developers at NeXT, the company Steve Jobs founded after leaving Apple in 1985. When Apple purchased NeXT in 1996, BSD became the starting point for OS X and iOS.

Writing an operating system is not for the faint of heart.
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13 days ago
devopsdays Minneapolis 2019 - Megan Tischler - The Art of Continuous Improvement - YouTube
One of #TeamSPS doing a lightning talk at DevOpsDays Minneapolis 2019! 🙌
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13 days ago
Sharing the Data: How Technical Women Navigate Their Career | Developer Resources
Good insights and data from Automattic, the makers of WordPress, and what they learned about how women navigate the technology industry. I found this highlight interesting:

> Respondents read job descriptions almost exclusively for red flags; for instance, they search for language encouraging all relevant employees (not just women) to take parental leave.

I've highlighted other articles in the past that showed changing the style of job postings had a radical impact on the pool of candidates that companies got.
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21 days ago
You can heal the internet - Signal v. Noise
I’m with DHH on this one. Best way I can think of, put your content on your own website.
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21 days ago
Inno-Versity Presents: Greatness by David Marquet - YouTube
This is the author of [Turn the Ship Around!](https://www.amazon.com/Turn-Ship-Around-Turning-Followers/dp/1591846404/), which I've seen recommended many times but has never made it to the top of my reading list. This is a great 10 minute version of the concept with a well done video.
21 days ago
GitHub has SOC 1 and SOC 2 Type 2 reports - The GitHub Blog
A few years back I went looking for GitHub's certifications and was pretty surprised, particularly at their size and the function they provide, that they didn’t have any independent certifications. it’s great to see them now doing this. 🔒
21 days ago
Credit card privacy matters: Apple Card vs. Chase Amazon Prime Rewards Visa - The Washington Post
When you start looking at where your activity is tracked, it seems like there is no end of it.

> What I learned: The card data business is booming for advertisers, for aiding investors and for helping retailers and banks encourage more spending. And there are many ways a card swipe can be exploited that don’t always require a transaction being “sold” or “shared” in a way that fully identifies you. Data can be aggregated, anonymized, hashed or pseudonymized (given a new name), or used to target you without ever technically changing hands.

🤨
21 days ago
Mario Kart Tour Coming to iOS September 25 - MacStories
Mario Kart is one of my favorite Nintendo titles on nearly every platform. It will be fun to play this on iOS! 🎮
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21 days ago
Things I Learnt from a Senior Software Engineer | Neil Kakkar
It’s notable to me that things like deploying, monitoring, and derisking are on this list. These are the things you learn from writing, and more importantly, supporting your code in a 24x7 production environment.
21 days ago
The Official Bulletproof Coffee Recipe - It's Not Just Butter Coffee
I feel like I’m wired in on nearly every way of making and drinking coffee, but this one was not at all on my radar! I haven't tried it yet, but plan to, and [folks I know that drink this](https://twitter.com/mikebjerkness) love it. ☕️
21 days ago
For Young Female Coders, Internship Interviews Can Be Toxic | WIRED
Men working in the technology industry, especially those in leadership roles, need to read articles like this that share the experience that women in technology have. This article is even more troubling as it is focused on internships!

> More than half of the respondents said they either had a negative experience while applying for engineering internships or knew another woman who had a negative experience, such as being subjected to gender-biased interview questions and inappropriate remarks, or observing a noticeable lack of diversity when they interacted with company representatives during the interview process.
>
> Although the survey did not explicitly ask about sexual harassment and discrimination, respondents raised both issues in written responses at the end of the survey. They described instances where a male interviewer flirted with them during the interview, sent an unsolicited photo of himself, asked if they had a significant other, or made sexual remarks in their presence. The respondents also reported feeling dismissed or demeaned because of their gender. One respondent was asked why she would want to go into tech as a woman; in another instance, a male interviewer laughed when the candidate said she saw herself becoming a software engineer in five years.
>
> The inappropriate behavior they describe is alarming considering that the average age of the respondents was 19 and, for the most part, they’re describing interactions with grown men who have some control over their access to opportunity.

The scale of this problem is big, but it cannot be ignored.
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21 days ago
How to manage up effectively - Know Your Team | Blog
Good practical suggestions here. But you could probably just anchor on the very first sentence.

> You want to manage up – but what you really mean is that you simply want to work well with your boss.

👍
24 days ago
Facebook wants to manage Wi-Fi on your phone
Utterly deceptive capabilities used to undermine your privacy while pretending to offer you value. Just like the rest of Facebook! 🙄
24 days ago
Deconstructing Google’s excuses on tracking protection
Last week the WebKit team published their position on trackers and blocking them, focusing on improving privacy for those using the web. Google came out with an oddly titled response, [Building a more private web](https://www.blog.google/products/chrome/building-a-more-private-web/amp/), which got a good [Daring Fireball writeup](https://daringfireball.net/linked/2019/08/23/google-privacy-excuses).

This look at the statements Google is making is thorough.

> Google is trying to thread a needle here, implying that some level of tracking is consistent with both the original design intent for web technology and user privacy expectations. Neither is true.
>
> If the benchmark is original design intent, let’s be clear: cookies were not supposed to enable third-party tracking, and browsers were supposed to block third-party cookies. We know this because the authors of the original cookie technical specification said so ([RFC 2109](https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc2109), Section 4.3.5).

Google gets in tough spots when they have to address privacy. Everyone knows that they thrive on user data. Limiting the ability to collect user data directly, negatively, impacts they're revenue.
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24 days ago
Michael Tsai - Blog - Amazon Has Ceded Control of Its Site
Most people I know that use Amazon get frustrated with this. Personally I pay close attention to who the product is sold by and fulfilled by when shopping on Amazon. If it’s not fulfilled by Amazon, I won't buy it from them. I go somewhere that does it themselves. And I'd prefer it is sold by them too, otherwise go to that site and get it from them.
24 days ago
Introducing nushell
I 💚 that people are still innovating with shells and lower level geeky stuff. I've never played with PowerShell but am familiar with it’s concepts. This new shell, which borrows from PowerShells concepts, looks interesting. I'll likely still stick to fish, but I bet there are some things that nushell would do very well.
24 days ago
Sona Mehring - CaringBridge Founder - Twin Cities Business
I had the privilege of being on the CaringBridge board for 6 years and this is podcast with Sona Mehring is a great background on the organization, it’s mission, and Sona's energy and passion come through loud and clear.
26 days ago
WebKit Tracking Prevention Policy | WebKit
Want to know why I use Safari (WebKit) exclusively to browse the web? This is why.

> WebKit will do its best to prevent all covert tracking, and all cross-site tracking (even when it’s not covert). These goals apply to all types of tracking listed above, as well as tracking techniques currently unknown to us.
>
> If a particular tracking technique cannot be completely prevented without undue user harm, WebKit will limit the capability of using the technique. For example, limiting the time window for tracking or reducing the available bits of entropy — unique data points that may be used to identify a user or a user’s behavior.
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> If even limiting the capability of a technique is not possible without undue user harm, WebKit will ask for the user’s informed consent to potential tracking.

Simple and clear. Aligned with the user and what they should get. 🤝
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27 days ago
Amazon Forecast – Now Generally Available | AWS News Blog
Interesting new offering that could bring more sophisticated forecasting capabilities to a larger audience.
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27 days ago
The WeWork IPO – Stratechery by Ben Thompson
WeWork filed it’s S-1 to go public and it is drawing a lot of attention. There was a lot written about it, but I could only get time to read one of them so I picked Ben Thompson's. Two other articles worth a look are [WeWork isn’t a tech company; it’s a soap opera - The Verge](https://www.theverge.com/2019/8/15/20806366/we-company-wework-ipo-adam-neumann) which is a bit more salicious, and a detailed article [What is We!? Understanding the WeWork IPO - Byrne Hobart - Medium](https://medium.com/@byrnehobart/what-is-we-understanding-the-wework-ipo-b74f0f1f1b46) by a former banker.

I like Thompson's two-sided Bull and Bear look at WeWork. Comparing it to AWS is good, but I think the demand and adoption curve is so different that the comparison is strained. The references to WeWork Corporate Governance issues are worth noting. After Uber's horrible culture, one has to wonder about a company that seems to have so much self-dealing. Add to that the vast amount of money involved and I wonder if this isn't a future Enron-like story.
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27 days ago
Apple Card launches today for all US customers - Apple
I really don't need another credit card. But, I really want to get the new Apple Card. I’m curious to see how the interface works. It seems like a good deal as far as a card goes. Plus, the card is made of Titanium! If you do get it, check out the related [You should opt out of the Apple Card’s arbitration clause — here’s how](https://www.theverge.com/2019/8/20/20813800/apple-card-pay-arbitration-clause-goldman-sachs-credit-how-to-opt-out) article.
27 days ago
Exclusive: Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg on what’s next for Tumblr - The Verge
I don't think there would be a better buyer for Tumblr than Automattic.
27 days ago
World's largest EV never has to be recharged
I so 💚 this!

> The dump truck, at 45 tons, ascends the 13-percent grade and takes on 65 tons of ore. With more than double the weight going back down the hill, the beast's regenerative braking system recaptures more than enough energy to refill the charge the eDumper used going up.

It actually ends the day with more electricity than it started! ⚡️ And it's huge!
27 days ago
Chart.xkcd | xkcd styled chart lib
I want to make a website and put charts on it just to play with this!
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27 days ago
Exclusive: Apple planning $4.99/month price for Arcade game subscription service after free trial, works with Family Sharing - 9to5Mac
If $5/mo is the price this is would be an easy decision for me. Our family enjoys playing occasional games and having a curated set of new games seems perfect.
27 days ago
Feedbin for iOS
Feedbin is my RSS reader of choice. It is fast, efficient, and easy to use. With a supportable business model.
27 days ago
'Plastic recycling is a myth': what really happens to your rubbish? | Environment | The Guardian
So mostly plastic just gets sent somewhere we can’t see it and then, well, nothing really after that.
27 days ago
The Impact of Meditating every day - Pascal Precht's Blog
I've built a very consistent daily meditation practice, and I would concur with many of these benefits.
27 days ago
WorldCat.org: The World's Largest Library Catalog
This looks like a potential option to link books to instead of feeding visitors straight into an Amazon buy now page.
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27 days ago
Cloudflare S-1
Cloudflare has begun the process of filing to go public. I've been very impressed with Cloudflare's offerings, the technical depth that they bring to global Internet delivery is amazing. Plus, they are focused on being on the side of good on the Internet.
4 weeks ago
WARREN ELLIS LTD | This Ain’t Walden Pond, Mate
I like this perspective from Warren Ellis on his engagement with social platforms.

> I process a lot of stuff, and keep up with a lot of things, and a shift is required to allow for the career step-change. You can’t be dogmatic about anything. Situations tend to be fluid and dynamic, and you need to be able to flow and adjust in response.

Those adjustments are a good thing.
5 weeks ago
Michael Tsai - Blog - Verizon Sells Tumblr to Automattic
At this point Tumblr the company has long ceased to exist. Tumblr the Community, finding a home at Automattic with WordPress is by far the best outcome that could have ever happened for it. Mullenweg and team will treat this with care and respect.
5 weeks ago
Deep links to opt-out of data sharing by 60+ companies – Simple Opt Out
Nice set of links to immediately drop you to the hidden, obfuscated pages to opt-out of various data sharing things. Great reference!
5 weeks ago
Escape rooms are very big business - Vox
Our family has done well over 20 Escape Rooms. They are a lot of fun!
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5 weeks ago
How YouTube Radicalized Brazil - The New York Times
There is a lot of great content on YouTube, but this stuff is far too prevalent.

> As his time on the site grew, YouTube recommended videos from other far-right figures. One was a lawmaker named Jair Bolsonaro, then a marginal figure in national politics — but a star in YouTube’s far-right community in Brazil, where the platform has become more widely watched than all but one TV channel.
>
> Last year, he became President Bolsonaro.

It lowers YouTube (Google's) revenue by blocking this stuff. I wouldn't expect much to happen.
5 weeks ago
RSSMailer
Simple app to send emails when an item appears in an RSS feed. Cool tools like this are just one of the reasons I 💚 RSS.
5 weeks ago
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