Link Dump 007
Books, Articles, Threads, Short Stories
- The Dark Mountain Project: The Manifesto is easily the best thing I've read on the internet in recent memory. If you don't read anything else on this list, please read this.
- This thread is about to-do list debt. I'd heard the idea before, but it was good to hear it again.
- Ray Bradbury's short story "The Fog Horn" is beautifully written, like most of his stuff.
- "How To See Things As They Are": "We have a habit of looking at what surrounds us through a self-referential lens. We don't just see a thing, we see the way that thing fits, or doesn't fit, into our lives...Even a short glimpse of something as it is — of any scene free from entanglement with our stories — comes with relief."
- "How Social Media Shapes Our Identity": I haven't actually read this article, but the tagline ("The Internet constantly confronts us with evidence of our past. Are we losing the chance to remake ourselves?") reminded me of a desire I once had to constantly prune my social media accounts down to only the posts I'd made in the last 30 days or so. The point, I suppose, is to avoid the sunk-cost fallacy of "I've been this way for so long, and I can't change now or I'll lose my identity and/or people will think I'm stupid for changing." I still want to figure out how to do this. I've considered doing it on this blog, and I've even deleted old or badly written posts every once in a while. But I suppose it's all about attitude, since it's entirely possible to keep old posts around for the very purpose of appreciating how one has changed.
- "What Does a Coder Do If They Can't Type?": Naomi Saphra explains how she overcame a disability in which she could no longer use her hands in order to keep pursuing her career in programming.
- Basic Machines and How They Work: I haven't read this yet, but it seems cool!
- "Rituals of Childhood" broke my heart, but it's exactly true.
- Sign language of protesters in Hong Kong: It's fascinating and terrifying and heartbreaking. Good luck, HK. We're rooting for you.
- "Who supports animal rights? Here's what we found": Pretty much unsurprisingly, people who support animal rights also tend to support stronger and more expansive human rights, like LGBTQ+ rights, women's rights, disability rights, racial equality, etc. Does this show that the right's main problem is a failure of empathy?
- "New frontiers: re-establishing System 1 / System 2 truths": If you haven't read Kahneman's book, this is a good primer.
- "Toward an Information Operations Kill Chain": "Cyberattacks don't magically happen; they involve a series of steps. And far from being helpless, defenders can disrupt the attack at any of those steps. This framing has led to something called the "cybersecurity kill chain": a way of thinking about cyber defense in terms of disrupting the attacker's process. On a similar note, it's time to conceptualize the "information operations kill chain." Information attacks against democracies, whether they're attempts to polarize political processes or to increase mistrust in social institutions, also involve a series of steps. And enumerating those steps will clarify possibilities for defense."
- "A Buttplug Hacker Talks Security, Consent, and Why He Hacked a Buttplug": The first sentence got me: "Voting machines weren't the only thing getting penetrated at DEF CON this year."
- "The Eternal Lie of the Pools That Turn Blue If You Pee in Them": I believed this lie too! It's amazing how ideas like this get perpetuated!
- "Archive shows medieval nun faked her own death to escape convent": "Archbishop's register reveals how Joan of Leeds crafted a dummy of her body that was buried, while she pursued 'the way of carnal lust.'" Sounds like a cool lady.
- I've been on a vaporwave / synthwave / outrun / whatever other '80s-'90s genre kick this past week. These websites are so fun!
- SALES: forever & ever is very chill.
- Squaring Circles: Motion is an interesting experimental album.
- W O L F C L U B: Frontiers has been on repeat for me all week. Favorite track: "Symmetry"
- Makeup and Vanity Set: 88:88: This review summed it up: "Let's pretend the year is 2106 and you're a private detective in Neo Miami. You've just solved the murder of your sister and you're visiting her grave site to tell her the news. It starts to rain as you return to your car. You pop a Zyme capsule into your mouth, put this album on and start the drive to apprehend the killer..."
- Every Noise at Once isn't an album; it's an attempt to map out all music genres.