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    Heat Death of the Internet

    Enumerating all the ways the internet currently sucks. Example:

    You buy a microwave and receive ads for microwaves. You buy a mattress and receive ads for mattresses.

    No one wants this.

    The article does end on a positive note:

    You read the Wikipedia entry and there is a lot of useful information supplied by a community. One of the sources cited is a non-fiction book. You go to your local library’s website and although they don’t have the exact book, they do have others by the same author. You place a hold on two of them, then go get your shoes on.

    /via Chris Glass

    Thursday May 2, 2024
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    How a Connecticut middle school won the battle against cellphones (🎁 link)

    Gabe Silver, another eighth-grader, echoed that sentiment. When the pouches first arrived, “everyone was miserable and no one was talking to each other,” he said. Now he can hear the difference at lunch and in the hallways. It’s louder. Students are chatting more “face to face, in person,” Gabe said. “And that’s a crucial part of growing up.”

    I know there has been pushback against The Anxious Generation’s use of research, but I tend to agree with Zoë Schiffer from Platformer. Too much phone time (for kids or adults) just feels bad:

    At the same time, we shouldn’t set aside the lived experiences of so many everyday smartphone users. For many of us, constant connectivity feels bad, and doomscrolling can heighten feelings of anxiety and depression. Meanwhile, getting outside and spending time with loved ones face to face can be the antidote to despair. I’m sympathetic to researchers who call attention to that dynamic, even if disputes remain about which claims are grounded in unassailable evidence.

    Thursday May 2, 2024
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    Is the kottke.org comment section the best community on the web? I’m not a member yet, but I have been a lurker and it seems like a great place to hang out digitally.

    Wednesday April 24, 2024
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    Some things for week 16 of 2024.

    • Anyone else enjoy looking at the tracking details of a package. Watching an item wend it’s way through a system of warehouses, trucks / trains, and multiple states. Maybe I’m the only shipping infrastructure nerd out here.

    • “And yet, making observations is a good starting point for giving feedback. The trouble arises when we assume that those observations are both the start and the end, that we’re walking along a very short track.” From What you see by Mandy Brown. Can I say how much I appreciate everything changes? Lot’s of thoughtful writing!

    • The website for the restaurant, Madeline’s is just so great. I was thinking the receipt concept would break down with deeper navigation, but nope!

    • Lake Superior should really be considered an inland sea that is “wild, masterful, and dreaded.”

    • Ok, I want this van.

    Friday April 19, 2024
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    The Analog Web: “Owning your own piece of the Internet (to borrow a recent phrase from Anil Dash) is itself a radical act. Linking to others at will is subversive all on its own.”

    Wednesday April 17, 2024
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    Paper and pencil: “The tool which allows you to plan, record, create, schedule, sketch, brainstorm and write a love note. Never be without the pair.”

    Monday April 15, 2024
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    The Death of the Follower: “Something that’s not contorting our online personas in the image of the algorithm to reach ~10% more strangers who probably don’t care, and won’t stick around.”

    Monday April 15, 2024
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    We Need More Calm Companies: “The path to success isn’t to “grind harder” but to build products that people want that you can sell with healthy profit margins.”

    Monday April 15, 2024
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    The truth is that whether or not AI determines our future will be decided by a confoundingly small minority of humans who nevertheless control a counfoundingly vast majority of the world’s wealth. This is not a technology issue, really, but one of structural inequality.

    From Out Random the AI.

    See also, Jon Stewart on the False Promises of AI

    Saturday April 6, 2024
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    “Night Driving” for Volkswagen. Man, I forgot ads used to have the capacity to be amazing. See “Milky Way” also for Volkswagen. Via @genmon on accessing something other: “escape time, escape selfhood, whether that’s driving in the dark or sitting in a hotel lobby or walking.”

    Friday April 5, 2024
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    No joke, loveless grilled cheese sandwiches suck.

    Little Nuggets of Pride

    Monday March 18, 2024
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    Walden Pond “is a little paper zine that comes once a month in the mail. It’s full of a selection of the articles you’ve saved to Pocket.”

    Tuesday March 5, 2024
  • slow

    I miss human curation. Same, I’m doing my best at thingstoclick.com!

    Wednesday February 7, 2024
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    "Humans weren’t designed for this level of omniscience"

    Source: @technicallymims on threads.net

    Thursday February 1, 2024
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    Recommended dosage of work: “to get the mental wellbeing benefits of paid work, the most “effective dose” is only around one day a week – as anything more makes little difference.” Not an Onion article.

    Tuesday November 21, 2023
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    Deepening a relationship. Visiting a sick friend. Serving at a soup kitchen. Andreessen’s “techno-optimist” mindset is confounded by acts of love. They don’t make money, they don’t supercharge a market, and perhaps most heretically, they’re typically low-tech or even involve no technology at all. What is a techno-optimist supposed to do with this “love” idea, this thing that keeps people out of markets and off the internet? It literally doesn’t compute.

    Marc Andreessen is right – love doesn’t scale

    Friday November 17, 2023
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    There were devices that simply did what they were for, without demanding attention. For their makers, they had some real problems. They had moving parts, which meant that they required more factory tooling and had more warranty returns. They were terrible for displaying advertisements. Without always-on internet connections, they were really bad for buying other things with.

    From Glow by Tom MacWright.

    Some of my favorite non-glowing devices that are still in use:

    The LightPhone II An e-reader A digital watch

    Thursday November 2, 2023
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    They talk about you, gurgling sugar through their roots …

    Source: Root Words

    Wednesday August 2, 2023
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    A touchscreen, then, operates as a digital platform where features can be locked or unlocked by the company at will, depending on customers’ rent payments. Physical buttons, on the other hand, can’t be turned into rent. They only serve the customer, so they’re less attractive.

    Source: Creative Good: Why car companies (still) ignore customers

    Tuesday August 1, 2023
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    Rad Reader by Alexander Cobleigh. “It’s like a pokedex for personal websites, and designed to surface the latest posts for you to view rather than juggle an ever-increasing inbox.”

    Friday July 28, 2023
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    If your concept of “progress” doesn’t put people at the center of it, is it even progress?

    Source: I’m a Ludite (and so can you!)

    Thursday July 27, 2023
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    Friday March 31, 2023