Backup Brain: I’ve had a big secret. Now I’m sharing it.
Tom has stage IV cancer. Read his post, it’s quite eloquent on his feelings about the situation. Given Tom’s preferences, I’ll send him a wish I wish I’d fulfilled for my own father. The night before he died of myelodysplasia/leukemia (we knew it was close, just not THIS close), he’d asked for us to move the television into his room so he could watch his beloved “Law and Order.” We begged off until the next day, because a) it was late and b) we were tired mentally/physically/emotionally and c) it was a bloody huge tube TV with a wooden case. Turns out he passed just before noon the next day, never really becoming conscious except for a few seconds here and there. I will forever rue that choice. Pleasures are few and precious when a life winds down. Tom, I fervently wish (with all the love I can push behind it) you get to drive that Mercedes of yours.
Vox: Bookslut’s founder on shuttering the website, why American publishing is “repulsive”.
“... her unapologetic frankness is a reminder of the spirit of forthright criticism that made Bookslut great. It will be sorely missed.” Yes, indeed. Another archetypal blog gone.
Techdirt: The Chilling Effect Of Mass Surveillance Quantified.
“A study from PEN America writers found that 1 in 6 writers had curbed their content out of fear of surveillance and showed that writers are ‘not only overwhelmingly worried about government surveillance, but are engaging in self-censorship as a result.’” Hell, I know I’m thinking twice, thrice before posting certain phrases for fear of misunderstanding.
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.
Deleted MeFi post: RIP Kuro5hin.
If you no longer have a valid URL, you can’t be an FPP. Apparently. Not even the Wayback Machine can show it. Wikipedia says it closed permanently today. Another piece of essential weblog history, as gradual disappearing screenshots ...
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.
Flutterby™!: On Afghanistan and Higher Education Funding.
Dan’s at the same place I am. I doublethink my linking efforts here constantly, because vetting even the most benign articles is now a requirement.
I wish I could link some of the good articles at The Nation.
After three ‘free reads’, they start putting popup roadblocks in the way. So I can’t expose you to their work. There is one today on Sanders and Progressivism that I wanted to comment upon.
Medium: Being A Developer After 40.
Guardian.UK: Zero-waste bloggers - the millennials who can fit a year’s worth of trash in a jar.
Makes you think twice about what you’re doing daily (hourly) (minutely).
Busy this morning, links later on.
Tootle off to other interesting places. I’ll be back soon.
Seth’s Blog: I am not a brand.
“You have choices. You have the ability to change your mind. You can tell the truth, see others for who they are and choose to make a difference. Selling yourself as a brand sells you too cheap.” Short and oh so sweet.
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.
Tootle along elsewhere, I’ll be with you after a bit. Busy Friday.
I’ve stepped off my high horse for a while.
Links got me rather exercised this morning. “Everybody’s doing it wrong, and I’m the only person who knows how to do it right!” Sorry. The blogger malady.
I won’t spend much time linking today ...
... with April Fool pranks, it’s a whole lot of wasted effort. Authentic interestingness vs. tomfoolery.
Roads and Kingdoms: 19 Things to Know Before You Go to Vancouver.
All true, Roland?
I’m going to try for a T-less day.
Wish me luck.
TownHall: The Hypocrisy Behind the Student Renaming Craze.
Here’s a name I haven’t heard since the ‘warbloggers’ ruled the airwaves in the early ‘00’s. Victor Davis Hanson. He’s still around!
EuanSemple: Do you wanna be in my gang?
“We form gangs around our stories and exercise control over membership, who’s in and who’s out. We threaten eternal damnation to those who fall on the wrong side of that line.” This leans toward the correlation-is-not-causation trap too. Problem is, personal stories tend to concretize a single experience into a deeply-held belief. How can we stop this tendency? Seems to be part of human nature. Perhaps we should regularly remind ourselves that we need multiple repeated instances before a deeply-held belief should be formed ... ?
[Dammit, I know I saw those boxes of blue-powder cereal in 2001: A Space Odyssey. They were there. And if you don’t believe me ...]
Re/Code: Dan Lyons Book About Startup Culture After HubSpot.
PS Blog: Flickr’d Out.
An opinion we may not share. But worth noting.
FishbowlNY: Medium Spins Off ‘Matter’ Into New Company.
FYI. I’ve not run across any groundbreaking Matter pieces in my RSS as of yet.
PDN: FTC Wrist-Slaps Lord & Taylor for Deceptive Instagram Campaign.
“Lord & Taylor has agreed to settle federal charges that it deceived consumers by paying fashion ‘influencers’ thousands of dollars each to promote its products on Instagram, without disclosing that the posts were paid advertisements.” Four THOUSAND bucks. To wear a dress. And take a photo. *Raises hand.* FTC’s gonna be real busy, if they want to track down all of this behavior. Many niches are drinking deeply at this well, methinks ... given the affluence of the supposed ‘solo bloggers’. My basic rule: if someone’s life seems perfect, plenty of time for excellent photography and well-proofed content ... I smell a rat. Harsh? Feigning an inaccurate reality is harmful to others. Oh, a little gloss is fine. Supporting a fake persona - never.