Friday Tab Dump: Feb. 16 2018

Friday tab dump

What Amazon does to poor cities {the atlantic}

“The debate over Amazon’s HQ2 obscures the company’s rapid expansion of warehouses in low-income areas.”

A list of 25 principles of adult behavior by John Perry Barlow {kottke}

“Silicon Valley visionary John Perry Barlow died last [Wednesday] night at the age of 70. When he was 30, the EFF founder (and sometime Grateful Dead lyricist) drew up a list of what he called Principles of Adult Behavior. They are:”

He predicted the 2016 fake news crisis. Now He’s Worried About An Information Apocalypse {buzzfeed}

Scary stuff.

Everything easy is hard again 

Frank Chimero’s take on modern web design.




Friday Tab Dump: Feb. 9 2018

Friday tab dump

Why paper jams persist {new yorker}

“A trivial problem reveals the limits of technology.”

Amazon and healthcare {exponent podcast}

Ben and James breakdown the possible outcomes of Amazon’s recent announcement that they’re getting into healthcare. Highly recommended for anyone trying to understand Amazon and its effects.

An updated lead-crime roundup for 2018 {mother jones}

I always thought this was a super interesting hypothesis but never read up on it.

Worries grow that the price of Bitcoin is being propped up {new york times}

My investment advice: Max out your IRAs, people.

Intel made smart glasses that look normal {the verge}

Loved learning more about the design priorities of this project.

How automation could worsen racial inequality {the atlantic}

I learned a lot from this piece. Important stuff.


Friday Tab Dump: Feb. 2 2018

Friday tab dump

Toward a constructive technology criticism {columbia journalism review}

I’m still processing everything in this piece but it summarizes a lot of things I’ve been thinking about over the past couple years. An excerpt:

“A critic of literature examines a work, analyzing its features, evaluating its qualities, seeking a deeper appreciation that might be useful to other readers of the same text. In a similar way, critics of music, theater, and the arts have a valuable, well-established role, serving as a helpful bridge between artists and audiences. Criticism of technology, however, is not yet afforded the same glad welcome.”

Craft beer is the strangest, happiest economic story in America {the atlantic}


#878: Ta-Nehisi Coates {wtf podcast}

Great talk.

#138: A moat too far {exponent podcast}

“Ben Thompson and James Allworth discuss Amazon Go and what it says about the economics of tech and how Amazon is building multiple monopolies.”


Friday Tab Dump: Jan. 26 2018

Friday tab dump

This story is incredible: A prison film made in prison {new yorker}

Through lockdowns and pat-downs, the filmmakers behind “O.G.” tried to capture the hopes and despair of the inmates, who played most of the roles.

Jonah Peretti: Everything is fine {columbia journalism review}

While he admits his digital-media empire has had a difficult few months, Peretti sticks to his optimism about BuzzFeed’s model and its identity as a social-first media organization in an interview with CJR.

How The New York Times is using interactive tools to build loyalty (and ultimately subscriptions) {digiday}

In recent months, the team has launched calendars to integrate into readers’ Google and Apple calendars to inform them of content produced by the paper. Later this year, it will launch a modified version of a text message experiment it ran during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.

Why we should be disagreeing more at work {hbr}

Friday Tab Dump: Jan. 19 2018

Friday tab dump

This story is so sad: A tech pioneer’s final, unexpected act {new yorker}

Cool feature in which All Songs Considered in DC call member stations around the country: Eight new artists to watch in 2018 {npr}

Improving ourselves to death {new yorker}

Ads don’t work that way {melting asphalt}

Desperately seeking cities {n+1)

It’s the (democracy-poisoning) golden age of free speech {wired}