Every day, it seems, there’s more evidence that William Gibson was dead on when he said “the street finds its own uses for things.” Kids are swapping AirPods in class then using text to speech to ‘talk’ without talking
Oh, so that’s how it’s gonna be, 2020? Beloved ‘Great British Bake Off’ Host Sandi Toksvig Is Leaving the Show
What appears to contain the cover painting of every paperback I read in high school: Space Colony Art from the 1970s
Another favorite in my list of old-fashioned, obsessive blogs: Hardboiled Wonderland
The “30 Days Has Noirvember” series there has been a wonderfully deep dive into noir movies that should keep us busy for months.
This may be my favorite celebrity-as-hardcore-nerd news ever, beating out Vin Diesel as a D&Der: I am railing: Sir Rod Stewart reveals his epic model railway city
The Amazon Go store provided the most intimidating, class/ability unfriendly experience I’ve come across, and I’m ostensibly dead center of the target customer profile. I turned around at the guillotine turnstiles and bought breakfast elsewhere with dirty old cash.
I love good, old-fashioned blogs with an obsessive focus on discarded pop culture. We need more of these. Let me introduce you to We Are the Mutants. Enjoy their October series on TV horror.
Public Good is looking to fill a couple of media positions. See https://publicgood.com/blog/2019/10/20/join-our-team/ or ask and I can forward job descriptions or tell you about the company.
[Podcasting] will inevitably become more like the display ad ecosystem: commoditized, automated, audience-driven rather than contextual. The podcast ad world has been craft; it’s destined to be mechanized.”
Mind you, the folks at Digiday see this as a good thing.
Eventually, every creative utterance will be “platformed” if the gray goo of advertising has its way.
Any time someone locks up behind Medium’s paywall their article describing their open source project, I’m greatly disinclined to look deeper into that project. Publish on your own site, please.
Annual Reminder: I just had a flu shot. And soon I will have that flu stuffed and displayed over my fireplace.
(Get your flu shot.)
Well, this is sad: Lockout at WBAI - “Off the Hook” Indefinitely Suspended. Been listening to that show for many years. Hopefully they can find a home somewhere else.
Every year the alderman sends around a public service flyer: Do Not Feed the Shelobs. And every year someone feeds the shelobs.
AWS case study regarding my company’s experience using AWS AppSync to create our GraphQL API: AWS AppSync Helps Public Good Software Do Good by Prompting Real-Time Reader Action
Currently reading: The Food Lab: Better Cooking Through Science by J. Kenji López-Alt 📚
Currently reading: Wanderers by Chuck Wendig 📚
Profile of my colleague, Thales Exoo (🐦 @thales), “a fierce female with an impressive STEM career”: Highlighting Women in STEM: Thales Exoo, Software Engineer.
“Towards the end of a decade marked by chaotic cultural shifts, mounting tensions, and mass violence, Scooby Doo insists that there is always an underlying solution that may be achieved through calm investigation.” Don’t we wish. 50 Years Ago, Scooby Doo was the Perfect, Weird, Hopeful Mystery Series 1969 Needed
“Fifty years ago, on September 13, 1969, Scooby Doo, Where Are You! premiered on CBS.” I am older than Scooby Doo, my wife was quick to point out. How Scooby Doo Revived Gothic Storytelling for Generations of Kids