Phoning it in

Some weeks are better than others, right?

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This week has been a real headache. For me, quite literally so. I have been dealing with some kind of tension headaches that have led to a lot of negativity and downtime when I’d rather be reading or relaxing.

I had something that I wanted to write about podcasting for a long time, only accelerated by the announcement that Spotify bought the Joe Rogan podcast. It was inevitable, but also makes me wonder what is going to happen to the future of the medium. I still plan on getting these thoughts together in the future to share here.

More important: Minneapolis. I don’t have any deep insight to offer here, just solidarity with protesters here and around the country.

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Speaking of Minneapolis, you may want to know what you can do regarding police involvement in your neighborhood. The Unitarian Universalist Association has a good guide on Alternatives to Calling the Police. The zine 12 Things to do Instead of Calling the Cops is also a quick guide of suggestions on how you can better serve your community than involving problematic authorities.

After last week’s newsletter where I mentioned Robin Sloan’s Atlantic story of a fictional set of remarks on the opening of The Conspiracy Museum, I read through the rest of the Shadowland series that the periodical put out.

Take a look at the series, and a few of my other favorites including The Conspiracy Theorists Are Winning by Jeffrey Goldberg, The Paranoid Style in American Entertainment by Megan Garber, and The Prophecies of Q by Adirenne LaFrance.

Not part of that series (somehow), but in the same issue, proof that sometimes conspiracy thinking is true. Since I Met Edward Snowden, I’ve Never Stopped Watching My Back, by Barton Gellman.

A $350 “anti-5G” device is just a 128MB USB stick, teardown finds – Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica

This would just be some sad story of capitalism run amok, were it not for an elected official touting the benefits of this digital snake oil. Hat tip to Chris Wiegman for this article.

The Insecurity Machine –  Astra Taylor, Logic

Capitalism generates security for the few and insecurity for the many. Digital technologies are making it worse.

If Trump kicks out Twitter, there’s always Germany – Douglas Busvine, Reuters

Not that Mastodon, my social media of choice, is perfect. But it does already exist as a better alternative to Twitter. And the founder pointed out that he is already located in Germany as a citizen.


Melissa Villaseñor – Dreamin’ You Up (Official Music Video)

For something light, this song is rather catchy, and it’s nice to see Melissa Villaseñor go for a straightforward pop song and not have to make it about comedy just because she’s known as a comedian.

Why Facebook just paid $400m for GIFs

I use Signal for texting, and I hope that they do migrate to a different platform for gifs, regardless of if they can anonymize your usage in the app. Fuck Facebook.

That’s it for this week. Stay safe. I love you. ๐Ÿ’

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