👓 A Reading List for Ralph Northam | The Atlantic

Read A Reading List for Ralph Northam by Ibram X. KendiIbram X. Kendi (The Atlantic)
If he won’t step down, the governor will need this anti-racist syllabus.

The sad part is that there needs to be a Ralph Northam story for people to potentially be interested in reading an article like this much less consume some of the reading list he kindly provides. I’ve started Kendi’s book myself and have to say it’s quite enlightening with lots of history that’s not commonly taught in most high school or college curricula.

For those without as much reading time there’s also the excellent Seeing White podcast that folks might appreciate.

👓 Before Bezos Fight, Enquirer Publisher AMI Faced Steep Losses | Bloomberg

Read Before Bezos Fight, Enquirer Publisher AMI Faced Steep Losses by Shahien Nasiripour (Bloomberg)
  • AMI had negative net worth as of Sept. 30, documents show
  • Losses spurred borrowing, leading to more than $1 billion debt

👓 Kara Swisher interview with Jack Dorsey: Highlights | Recode

Read Kara Swisher interview with Jack Dorsey: Highlights by Kurt Wagner (Recode)
How hard is it to have a conversation on Twitter? So hard even the CEO can’t do it. Kara Swisher’s live-tweeted interview with Jack Dorsey highlighted some of Twitter’s product issues.

👓 Cycl’Assist/Cygnal 0.4 is out! | Phyks’ blog

Read Cycl’Assist/Cygnal 0.4 is out! by (Phyks' blog)
Cycl’Assist aims to be a webapp to ease tracking and reporting issues with bike infrastructures while riding your bike (any danger on the way such as holes in the ground, cars parked like sh*t, road work, etc). You can think of it as Waze for bikes :) Version 0 …

👓 Paid contributing to Drupal | realize.be

Read Paid contributing to Drupal by swentelswentel (realize.be)
Doing maintenance on Display Suite today, thanks to @dropsolid ! One day a month does make an impact, so let's talk to see if I can get more days :)

This is awesome news. I wish there were more companies who did this sort of thing.

👓 New Year, New Website | Medium

Read New Year, New Website by Meagan Fisher (Medium)
The motivations and struggles behind redesigning my own website

Sure the cobbler’s kids may not have shoes and the plumber’s pipes are always leaky, but when you’re presenting your web development work online, it seems painfully disingenuous to host your content on social silos like Dribble and Medium. What kind of message does that send to clients?! Should they do the same?

I’m glad she’s managing to make some effort to have her own site with a game plan for moving things over.

👓 Say 'no' to Hopkins' private police | Baltimore Sun

Read Say 'no' to Hopkins' private police (baltimoresun.com)
Johns Hopkins’ claim that it will create a model police force for the country is nearly impossible in practice. It is clear that the police force will only answer to a small class of administrators and not to community members, residents and lawmakers, as any proper police force should.

Given Ron Daniel’s past statements about partnering with the city to make things better for everyone, he obviously needs to have a better stance on why they need to do something like this. What’s in it for Hopkins? Why are they doing it?

I’m very troubled after reading this article because it doesn’t sound like the Hopkins I typically know.

👓 Groupware Bad

Read Groupware Bad (jwz.org)

Greetings, people of the future!

This piece has gotten a lot of attention over the years. I have heard a lot of people saying that they had been "inspired" by it. I fear that what they meant was that they were inspired by the one pull-quote that people tend to quote from it, and ignored the rest. So if someone has linked you to this page, or if you've googled that pull-quote and ended up here, let me give you some context. I wrote this in 2005, which was was more than a year before Facebook was open to the general public.

The world was different then.

When I hear people say that they were "inspired" by this, I fear that the result of such inspiration was most likely to cause them to participate in the construction of the Public-Private Surveillance Partnership. These people told themselves that they were building tools to "bring people together" when in fact what they were doing was constructing and enabling the information-broker business models used by companies like Facebook and Equifax, where people are not the customers but rather are the raw materials whose personal details are the product.

I was talking about decentralization and empowerment of the individual. They went and build the exact opposite.

It's not a great feeling to think that someone may have read your words and then gone on to construct the dystopian hellscape that we're now living in, where Twitter is the prime enabler of actual Nazis and Facebook's greatest accomplishment has been to put a racist rapist in the White House.

If all the people who claimed to have been "inspired" by this piece hadn't been, and had just kept writing middleware for banks or whatever, the world might have been a slightly better place.

I wish I had never published this.

- jwz, 24-Nov-2017

👓 We pressed Jill Abramson on plagiarism charges. Here’s what she said. | Vox

Read We pressed Jill Abramson on plagiarism charges. Here’s what she said. by Sean Illing (Vox)
"What we’re talking about here are sets of facts that I borrowed."

👓 Technology and Distracted Students: A Modest Proposal | The Tattooed Professor

Read Technology and Distracted Students: A Modest Proposal by Kevin Kevin (The Tattooed Professor)
A few days ago, news broke in the higher-ed sphere about a new paper in the Educational Psychology Review, “How Much Mightier Is the Pen Than the Keyboard for Note-Taking? A Replication and Extension of Mueller and Oppenheimer (2014),” which seemed to undercut a study that’s become the go-to ...

👓 Spotify’s Podcast Aggregation Play | Stratechery by Ben Thompson

Read Spotify’s Podcast Aggregation Play by Ben Thompson (Stratechery)
Spotify is making a major move into podcasts, where it appears to have clear designs to be the sort of Aggregator it cannot be when it comes to music.

An interesting take on Spotify’s recent acquisitions. I’m worried what a more active aggregator play in the podcast space will look like, particularly with most of the players (by this I mean companies) in the audio game using players (by this I mean the actual JavaScript interfaces that play online audio) hiding the actual audio files.

👓 Joe’s Syndicated Links Considered ‘Spam’ By Some Mastodon Instance | Kicks Condor

Read Joe’s Syndicated Links Considered ‘Spam’ By Some Mastodon Instance by Kicks Condor (kickscondor.com)
I actually kind of understand this—only because I think Mastodon is at odds with the Indieweb.

👓 The inspiration for Twitter? AOL Instant Messenger | The Next Web

Read The inspiration for Twitter? AOL Instant Messenger by Joel Falconer (The Next Web)
Twitter started out life as an AIM hack that Jack Dorsey added to his pager, Wired reports. Dorsey had been quite involved in the world of instant messaging, and had launched a dispatch software startup in 1999. Dorsey became quite interested in his friends’ status messages and wanted to see them and set his own …

👓 The Lost Origin of Twitter | WIRED

Read The Lost Origin of Twitter (WIRED)
Before Twitter was public, it was just an AIM hack on Jack Dorsey’s pager. Twitter founder Jack Dorsey had a background in messenger culture. He had even launched a dispatch software startup called D-Net, back in 1999. He was also captivated by his friends status messages on AOL Instant Messenger. He wanted to combine the \[…\]