Archive for August, 2019

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The Mobility Trap: Why We'll Never Fix Congestion by Speeding Up Traffic — Strong Towns

Love to hate congestion? We’ll never fix it by obsessing over speed or traffic delays. We need to rethink our whole transportation debate, starting with this premise: it’s not about how fast you can go. It’s about what you can get to.

https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2019/8/28/the-mobility-trap-why-well-never-fix-congestion-by-speeding-up-traffic

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The Only Dependable Source of Happiness

I once wrote about a peculiar practice I do to help me become a less judgmental person. Whenever I’m out in public and I catch myself judging a stranger—for such offenses as poor sidewalk-sharing, or imprecise parking—I resolve instead to […]

https://www.raptitude.com/2019/08/the-only-dependable-source-of-happiness/

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Adactio: Journal—Opening up the AMP cache

A proposal to tackle the injustice of Google AMP pages receiving preferential treatment in Google search results.

https://adactio.com/journal/15726

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“Bicycle for the Mind” - Learning By Shipping

Steve Jobs said this and a lot more in 1980 as explored in this annotated twitter thread tracing the earliest use of this quote and how it evolved.

https://medium.learningbyshipping.com/bicycle-121262546097

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US Flags [dot] Design

US Flags [dot] Design is a collection of visual design guides for the flags of the states and territories of the United States. Each guide describes a flag’s history and official specifications including composition, iconography, colors, and construction.

https://usflags.design/

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Adactio: Journal—Passenger’s log, Queen Mary 2, August 2019

The inaugural Dance The Atlantic crossing from Southampton to New York.

https://adactio.com/journal/15650

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How to write an essay well

Learn how to write well. Topics include figuring out what to write about, how to write an introduction, the writing process, writing style, and copyediting.

https://www.julian.com/guide/write/intro

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Peter Fonda, star of 'Easy Rider,' dies at age 79 - CNN

Actor Peter Fonda, the star of "Easy Rider," has died, his manager, Alan Somers, told CNN on Friday. Somers, told CNN on Friday.

https://www-m.cnn.com/2019/08/16/entertainment/peter-fonda-death-trnd/index.html?r=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cnn.com%2F

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How YouTube Came to Promote Fascism

Hi, Welcome to Big, a newsletter about the politics of monopoly. If you’d like to sign up, you can do so here. Or just read on… Today I’m going to do a short issue, a bit of the backstory on this terrifying New York Times article on how YouTube radicalized Brazil.

https://mattstoller.substack.com/p/how-youtube-came-to-promote-fascism?token=eyJ1c2VyX2lkIjoyOTg5NjgyLCJwb3N0X2lkIjo4NDQzMCwiXyI6InBndythIiwiaWF0IjoxNTY1ODg3MDgzLCJleHAiOjE1NjU4OTA2ODMsImlzcyI6InB1Yi0xMTUyNCIsInN1YiI6InBvc3QtcmVhY3Rpb24ifQ.xINwDSNPxjbZL5O

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A Field Guide To The 'Weapons' Of Hostile Architecture In NYC - Gothamist

'There are these battles of access that often play out through architecture and urban design. They seem neutral at first, but then they become political.'

https://gothamist.com/2019/08/14/hostile_architecture_nyc.php

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‘Close’ Proximity, ‘End’ Result, and More Redundant Words to Delete From Your Writing

Much repetition in writing comes under the heading of Two Words Where One Will Do. Some may strike you as obvious — though that doesn’t stop them from showing up constantly. Others are more arcane.

https://forge.medium.com/close-proximity-end-result-and-more-redundant-words-to-delete-from-your-writing-3258be693a3d

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‘No One Saw a Thing’: When a Small Midwest Town Banded Together to Kill the ‘Town Bully’

The new docuseries “No One Saw a Thing,” premiering Aug. 1 on SundanceTV, explores the 1981 killing of Ken Rex McElroy, a local menace executed in front of 60 townsfolk.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/no-one-saw-a-thing-when-a-small-midwest-town-banded-together-to-kill-the-town-bully

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The Soft Cavalry: The Soft Cavalry Album Review | Pitchfork

Though the ethereal presence of Slowdive’s Rachel Goswell is unmistakable, the UK band’s self-titled debut is often tedious.

https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/the-soft-cavalry-the-soft-cavalry/

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Google's War on Publisher Paywalls

Hi, Welcome to Big, a newsletter about the politics of monopoly. If you’d like to sign up, you can do so here. Or just read on… Today I’m going to write about Google’s change to its Chrome browser, which is ruffling a few feathers in the publishing world.

https://mattstoller.substack.com/p/googles-war-on-publisher-paywalls

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MLB leans on longtime mud supplier, not Rawlings, to coat balls | SI.com

MLB still leans on its longtime mud suppliers who harvest the secret sauce needed on every baseball.

https://www.si.com/mlb/2019/08/07/baseball-mud-rawlings

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Facebook Hit by Apple’s Crackdown on Messaging Feature — The Information

Apple is taking a swipe at Facebook and other messaging apps by making a small but significant change to its mobile operating system.The change will restrict a feature that apps like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp used to make voice calls over the internet. Right now, the calling feature in ...

https://www.theinformation.com/articles/facebook-hit-by-apples-crackdown-on-messaging-feature

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Australia Strips Google/Facebook to Their Underwear

Hi, Welcome to Big, a newsletter about the politics of monopoly. If you’d like to sign up, you can do so here. Or just read on… A few weeks ago, the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) dropped a giant report on the power of Google and Facebook, the result of an eighteen month investigation known as the

https://mattstoller.substack.com/p/australia-strips-googlefacebook-to?token=eyJ1c2VyX2lkIjoyOTg5NjgyLCJwb3N0X2lkIjo5OTAyNCwiXyI6InlIVGtIIiwiaWF0IjoxNTY1MTAzMzU3LCJleHAiOjE1NjUxMDY5NTcsImlzcyI6InB1Yi0xMTUyNCIsInN1YiI6InBvc3QtcmVhY3Rpb24ifQ.JSrx4fTEc8InJvCH

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The evolution of Stereolab's analogue-inspired record sleeves

Often taking motifs from record sleeves or film posters, Stereolab's cut-and-paste aesthetic has provided a wealth of compelling cover art.

https://thevinylfactory.com/features/the-evolution-of-stereolabs-analogue-inspired-record-sleeves/

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Adactio: Journal—Navigation preloads in service workers

A little performance boost for your network-first service worker strategy.

https://adactio.com/journal/15588

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Is There Anything Private Equity Doesn't Own?

Hi, Welcome to Big, a newsletter about the politics of monopoly. If you’d like to sign up, you can do so here. Or just read on… Today I’m going to do a bit of follow-up on private equity, the force taking over global business. In the last issue of Big, I wrote about the history and philosophy of PE, and why it’s such a remarkably impactful trend. Here’s one reaction, which I think hits at something important.

https://mattstoller.substack.com/p/is-there-anything-private-equity?token=eyJ1c2VyX2lkIjoyOTg5NjgyLCJwb3N0X2lkIjo5NzA4OSwiXyI6ImIxR2J3IiwiaWF0IjoxNTY0NjcyNDAzLCJleHAiOjE1NjQ2NzYwMDMsImlzcyI6InB1Yi0xMTUyNCIsInN1YiI6InBvc3QtcmVhY3Rpb24ifQ.20BIlojzLD1XkJBEwM