📕 Finished reading Fletch and the Man Who by Gregory Mcdonald

📕 Finished reading Fletch and the Man Who by Gregory Mcdonald

There’s some great stuff in the last half of the book about Wheeler’s platform that is eerily prescient of the situation we now find ourselves in with regard to a heavily internet connected world and who owns it. It’s also an odd feeling reading this after experiencing what’s recently happened in the 2016 presidential election and it’s ensuing results.

Fletch and the Man Who
Fletch and the Man Who

Chris Aldrich is reading “Fix the internet by writing good stuff and being nice to people”

Read Fix the internet by writing good stuff and being nice to people by Vicki Boykis (blog.vickiboykis.com)
Today’s internet is mean. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when everyone online became a jerk, but to me it seems that the tipping point occurred right when making money off content started being worth more than the content itself. I wrote the following post before the election but never got around to publishing it. Now, it seems more necessary than ever.

Chris Aldrich is reading “Let’s replace Twitter with something much better.”

Read Let's replace Twitter with something much better. by Charl BothaCharl Botha (cpbotha.net)
I love that by following certain people, my timeline has become a stream of interesting and entertaining information. I love that sometimes I am able to fit my little publication just so into the 140 characters given to me.

Chris Aldrich is reading “How The 2016 Election Blew Up In Facebook’s Face”

Read How The 2016 Election Blew Up In Facebook’s Face (BuzzFeed)
As Facebook attempted to capture the fast-moving energy of the news cycle from Twitter, and shied away from policing political content, it created a system that played to confirmation bias and set ...

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📖 35.0% done with Fletch and the Man Who by Gregory Mcdonald

📖 35.0% done with Fletch and the Man Who by Gregory Mcdonald

Usually Fletch is the one with all the sharp, ascerbic statements, but in this installment I’m noticing that he’s the tame one and everyone else is somehow playing the part he usually does.

Fletch and the Man Who
Fletch and the Man Who

📖 21.0% done with Fletch and the Man Who by Gregory Mcdonald

📖 21.0% done with Fletch and the Man Who by Gregory Mcdonald

Fletch has a new job, and like usual, the first few minutes of the book throw us right into a riveting high concept. Where we’re ultimately headed is anyone’s guess…

Fletch and the Man Who
Fletch and the Man Who

 

📖 On page 70 of 206 of The Science of the Oven by Hervé This

📖 On page 70 of 206 of The Science of the Oven by Hervé This

This just keeps getting better and better! This isn’t the fluff on food writing that I supposed it might be based on its title which drastically undersells the overall work. This is a great writer, and the translation is generally excellent. It borders frequently on poetry in its descriptions while maintaining a heavy reliance on underlying science. It manages to maintain enough generality to keep a broad audience while still expounding on the science at play. It will eventually sit in a place of pride on my bookshelf on next to Harold McGee who is one of the few writing at this level.

This does an excellent job of debunking some commonly held misconceptions about food and cooking while simultaneously creating a new vocabulary to make future descriptions and work easier to grasp.

Somehow I had been under the misunderstanding that the author was a chef when in fact he is a physical chemist. And the translator is a poet by trade.

Book cover for The Science of the Oven

📖 On page 26 of 206 of The Science of the Oven by Hervé This

📖 On page 26 of 206 of The Science of the Oven by Hervé This

His poetry just keeps flowing. This is not only great food writing, this is really great science writing. The introduction has some interesting philosophy both of and on science.

Book cover for The Science of the Oven

 

Chris Aldrich is reading “Field Notes: Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing”

Read Field Notes: Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (The WordPress.com Blog)
Automattic heads to Houston, Texas — along with 15,000 other people — to talk women in tech.

Chris Aldrich is reading “WordPress Without Shame”

Read WordPress Without Shame by Gina TrapaniGina Trapani (Track Changes)
By Gina Trapani, Director of Engineering, Postlight

 they actually use Medium for their core publication

This is definitely not an IndieWeb way to go!


But not every nail needs a fully-custom hammer.

Ain’t this the truth.

Chris Aldrich is reading “Donald Trump’s proposed “Muslim registry,” explained”

Read Donald Trump’s proposed “Muslim registry,” explained by Dara Lind (Vox.com)
His administration might revive a Bush-era program that registered thousands of immigrants — most of them Muslim.

Chris Aldrich is reading “West Virginia mayor resigns after racist Michelle Obama Facebook post”

Read West Virginia mayor resigns after racist Michelle Obama Facebook post (CNNPolitics.com)
The mayor of Clay, West Virginia, has resigned and another county official is out following their exchange over a racist Facebook post that compared first lady Michelle Obama to an "ape in heels." The county employee, Pamela Taylor, worked as director of the Clay County Development Corporation and wrote on Facebook: "It will be so refreshing to have a classy, beautiful, dignified First Lady back in the White House. I'm tired of seeing a (sic) Ape in heels," according to a screengrab obtained by CNN affiliate WSAZ.

Chris Aldrich is reading “Want to keep fake news out of your newsfeed? College professor creates list of sites to avoid”

Read Want to keep fake news out of your newsfeed? College professor creates list of sites to avoid (latimes.com)
During the election, many people fell prey to fake news stories on social media -- even the president-elect ended up retweeting fake statistics. A professor of communication has created a list of unreliable news sites to help people do better.

Chris Aldrich is reading “Facebook Restores Iconic Vietnam War Photo It Censored for Nudity”

Read Facebook Restores Iconic Vietnam War Photo It Censored for Nudity (nytimes.com)
The social network was criticized for removing the image of a naked girl fleeing napalm, renewing questions about the company’s role in what can be published online.