From the newsletter:
When I saw the Kindle clipping pop up this morning, I felt a rush of "aw, I loved that book!" and of course my first impulse was to tweet it, which is a statement approximately equivalent to: my first impulse was to write it on a slip of paper and throw it into the wind. It doesn't work anymore, Twitter; not for things like this. Appreciations, recommendations -- they are swept away and the people who ought to see them, don't.
"How can it be that the elderly or children aren't able to use the street because of cars?" asks César Mosquera, the city's head of infrastructures. "How can it be that private property—the car—occupies the public space?"
(I always love these moments of like "seeing the water." Even if we ultimately decide "we like the water" or "the water's there for a reason" or whatever—at least we SEE it)
The year will be 2038. Social networks will exist at every scale, for every purpose. Most attention will have shifted to the glittering lens-layers, reducing the incentives for bad actors to abuse flat, text-based platforms. People will play in the bones of the old networks.
I will still just want one that lets me use italics 😓
If you sent me a feed, *I HAVE SUBSCRIBED TO IT* 🤖
Do you maintain a blog or something blog-like and if so does it have an RSS feed?
Give me your feeds 😛
While playing No Man’s Sky I've been turning my favorite screenshots from the game into classic sci fi novel covers. I've made three so far: Ascendant Eden, The Satellite Sun, and The Scavenger of Eden.
Stoic Electronics is truly one of the great internet moodboards https://www.are.na/are-na-commons/stoic-electronics
Random entry from the notes file. It's possible 10% of my notes are of the form, "X! What a name!"
This blog post by Alan Jacobs is terrific and feels relevant to people who might or might not be migrating to new media platforms. Exhausted vocabularies: https://blog.ayjay.org/excerpts-from-my-sent-folder-on-exhausted-languages/
This was my first 500-character swish, btw 🏆
Finished Kim Stanley Robinson's New York 2140. One of the great properties of novels, for me, is that they can be good in so many ways, and often, that way will be entirely a novel's own, 100% unique.
That's how New York 2140 felt; almost like it defined its own genre and then executed the demands of that genre perfectly. By certain "external" measures, it was a weird book—plot that wandered? Sentences floppy? A bit gonzo in parts?—but the actual, engaged experience of reading it was wonderful.
I sense a handle/entity switch may be in the offing 🤔
Hmm I was seduced by the opportunity to have a first-name-only handle, a classic blunder; it really doesn't communicate enough, particularly when included in a list of mentions. Just as on Twitter, it's like, who is this cryptic entity?
Spinning wheels of fate Show more
I've hoped Dan Bouk would post something about these colorful paper wheels ever since he first told me about them. They are tools used by the pioneering statistician Alfred Lotka in the mid-30s to work through the probabilities governing a life; they're like odd, flat dice, with the sides all weighted differently. Does that even make sense? Read Dan! He explains them better! http://censusstories.us/2018/08/11/foudray.html