New Yorker: “The Artist’s Way” in an Age of Self-Promotion.
“Affixing the word “creative” to something is the quickest way to make it sound virtuous, and creativity has almost become a moral imperative. And yet today the “creative class” no longer calls to mind a generation of struggling artists, but a group of college graduates with soft skills and Internet-based jobs they have difficulty explaining to their parents.”
Register.UK: Server-jacking exploits for ImageMagick are so trivial, you’ll scream.
FYI. Ugh. Our weblogs stand atop a house of cards ...
Atlas Obscura: Safe Zones For Exchanging Internet Purchases Are Popping Up Around the U.S.
Good idea. I bought a used piece of photo equipment over CompuServe (back in the Stone Age), and met the seller at a rest stop on the southern portion of the NJ Turnpike. Skeevy as all hell - didn’t realize how clandestine it would feel until I actually arrived. Probably considered sexist of me, but for a woman alone - highly unadvisable.
OpenCulture: Sir Ian McKellen Releases New Apps for Shakespeare’s Plays.
$5.99 per play? Seems ... steep. 37 apps, by the time you’re done, you’re out $220 some bucks, sans tax.
DZone: Average People Will Never Care About Their Stuff Enough for Personal APIs to Be a Thing.
Delve into the links in the article before judgment.
TechDirt: Facebook Has Lost The War It Declared On Fake News.
“Many of these fake news pieces contain headlines for stories that some people want to believe, typically for ideological reasons. This is why a family party recently saw me trying to explain to my grandmother that, no, Michelle Obama probably does not in fact have a penis.” And that’s just the egregious category. There are subtle misdirections and purposeful leading-by-the-nose that make quality linkblogging a real chore.
MeFi: The history of my stupidity would fill many volumes.
The thing is, not to avoid mistakes, but to make better mistakes. Iterate more efficiently.
One sentence equivalent articles.
I’m running into more and more lengthy ‘preach’ pieces ... you know, the old ‘best practices’ articles ... ones that run hundreds, even thousands of words long. And in each and every case, they could be communicated in one (admitted compound, but quickly-understood) sentence.
I’m reminded of a quote from Fowles’ The Magus: “Why should I struggle through hundreds of pages of fabrication to reach half a dozen very little truths?”
Mashable: Ouch - Some Slack developers have been exposing corporate data
Re/code: Activists urge Google - ‘Don’t be evil, #DumpTrump’.
Macworld: Vivaldi 1.0 review - Browser offers innovative ideas, some more polished than others.
FYI. I’ve downloaded and fooled with it a bit. Nice enough, but I’m not switching from Chrome/Safari/Firefox. I’ll use it for accessing client CMSs and accounts from time to time, see if it chokes.
Register.UK: Batten down the hatches! OpenSSL preps fix for high impact vulnerability.
c|net: Dropbox looks to declutter your hard drive.
‘Twould be lovely to free up some space on the old primary hard drive. Security issues twangle in the back of my brain, however. DB’s had some issues. Even so, they’re so ubiquitous among my clients, using them is the #1 option.
Medium: Being A Developer After 40.
TechDirt: FCC To Ban Charter Communications From Imposing Usage Caps If It Wants Merger Approval.
“Like net neutrality, usage caps are a sign of a lack of competition in the broadband market, and streaming competitors like SlingTV worried that the Charter merger would simply result in yet another giant like Comcast - with a vested interest in using the lack of broadband competition to hammer emerging streaming TV evolution.” At least scan it.
Responsive Storytelling: Broken Heart.
TechCrunch: Hundreds of Spotify credentials appear - users report accounts hacked.
FYI. I went ahead and changed my password, nonetheless.
CJR: For enthusiast media, ethics can be costly.
I got a snort out of this, at least: “The profile suggests a readership of fewer aspiring Olympians than what cyclists call M.A.M.I.Ls, or ‘Middle-Aged Men in Lycra.’”
TechDirt: Optometrists Push For State Laws Blocking Online Eye Exams.
LRB: Nick Richardson · Short Cuts.
On emoji. Good read.
WordPress 4.5 “Coleman”.
Backup, and update.
“The people who came here to express themselves in an original manner are being drowned out. The people who came here to read original writing are finding less and less to read. The people who are trying to improve their writing and share within a community are being pushed aside by the big mouthed marketing assholes and start up know-it-alls whose ultimate goal is to become another zuckerberg and retire on top of a pile of cash by 34.” Come now, stop holding it all in. Let us know what you really think. I find good stuff on Medium, I find terrible stuff on Medium. I expect the marketing of Medium is partially at fault (word-of-mouth); many tend to believe excellence is bestowed simply by using the service. The funny thing is, when I open Medium here, my feed is 90% Dave Winer and Chris Messina - both of whom I prefer to read on the open web. In general, the only reason I go to Medium is when an article pops up in my RSS feeds. I don’t review Medium as a standalone news source. Thanks for the heads-up, Ray.
PVC: Helium Core helps iPhoneographers add accessories to the camera.
This looks completely brilliant.