weekly reel January 12, 2020
¡Hola! Music, with a haunting remix album for Penelope Trappes, and have some Milk & Bone candy:
Penelope Redeux by Penelope Trappes (bandcamp.com)
Deception Bay by Milk & Bone (bandcamp.com)
Around the interwebs,
- LOOK MUM NO COMPUTER, exceptional musical tinkering with a million billion synths & other unrelated machines; thx Julien.
- Kottke: Anand Giridharadas - Winners take all.
- [fr] Game Spectrum : Qui sont les joueurs de jeu vidéo ?, via Korben. 👍👍👍 large revue historique des problèmes et impacts de la culture gamer.
- NPR: Deceased gerrymandering GOP strategist's daughter makes files public / The Hofeller files. Fuck yeah, more of this.
- [fr] Agnès Giard - Harcèlement de rue : "violence" ? et Eye rape : le viol par le regard.
- Kottke: 2019's chart topper summarizes the current state of media.
- NYT on the rise of ridiculous pop music copyright lawsuits, via waxy.
- David Cain on tech nuking human interactions.
- Schneier: Scaring people into supporting backdoors.
- Buzzfeed: Disinformation for hire; how PR firms sell lies online.
- LA Times: Union pushes to organize video game & tech workers.
- Drew DeVault: Hello World and Following up on "Hello world".
- mjd: Benchmarking shell pipelines and the Unix “tools” philosophy. Concluding with a kinda-summary of Unix that made me smile:
What a weird mishmash of stuff I had to remember or look up. [...]
Was it a win overall? What if Unix had less compositionality but I could use it with less memorized trivia? Would that be an improvement?
I don't know. I rather suspect that there's no way to actually reach that hypothetical universe. The bizarre mishmash of weirdness exists because so many different people invented so many tools over such a long period. And they wouldn't have done any of that inventing if the compositionality hadn't been there. I think we don't actually get to make a choice between an incoherent mess of composable paraphernalia and a coherent, well-designed but noncompositional system. Rather, we get a choice between a incoherent but useful mess and an incomplete, limited noncompositional system.