This is the best news about upcoming TV I’ve seen in a while: Hulu Has Ordered a Pilot for Nnedi Okorafor’s Binti Series, Penned by the Author. Also, there’s a new story. Recommended reading.
If you really want to help, wash your hands, cover your mouth, & share good information: Don’t Panic: The comprehensive Ars Technica guide to the coronavirus
Today’s recommended comics reading: Carlo Collodi’s Pinocchio by KC Green (the “This is Fine” cartoonist). If all you’ve ever known is the Disney version, you might like to see just how weird the original story was.
Today’s recommended comics reading: Epidemic. “Malevolent and incompetent” barely scratches the surface.
Today’s recommended reading: Something is Happening to Norway – more excellent publication design in the service of climate change journalism.
After I dunno how many years, I switched from the low bit-rate podcast of 2600 Off the Hook (🐦 @HackerRadioShow) to the full bit-rate version. I’ve made a terrible mistake.
Freelance front-end devs: I have a potential contract gig for someone to help do some ADA-compliance work for a company in Chicago. Existing site has already been given an accessibility audit & there’s a punch list of things to do. If you’re interested, contact me by email.
For the last five years, my wife and I have attended this workshop, and it truly has changed my life. Feel free to ask me anything about it: Wildacres Writers Workshop
My dad might haunt me for promoting anything Audubon (he never liked that Audubon killed and taxidermied the birds he painted), but this is a well-designed page, graphically and informationally: Your Guide to Climate Action
My awesome niece: “I want to see the look on the guys’ faces when they realize we can throw stuff.” Meet The Humboldt Park Gators Chicago’s Only All-Girls Baseball Team
This seems just a little bit off today, unless there’s a different temperature unit in our current dystopia.
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.