Roel Schouwenberg speaking to Ben Makuch, of Vice/Motherboard’s Cyber, about the political strategy that benefits from the viral spreading of fake news.
…you’re trying to create chaos within your adversary or at least have your adversary mistrust it’s own political system so when you’re dealing with it on a global level they’re weakened?
Right. The way impersonally look at 2016 was a continuation of a long term, systemic, attack against our institutions.
We now basically mistrust everything.
If you look at censorship, you can look at the Russian model and look at the Chinese model.
China very thoroughly controls what information is available to its…
Interesting take on the economics of a divided US Congress from Scott Galloway on Pivot.
So I think there’s this fissure on a bigger level, and I think about how it translates to business and that is we now we have about 70% of the senate is elected by about 30% of the populace. A lot of these red states don’t have big populations, either they lost population, or they just get two senators regardless of the fact that Wyoming has a population that’s smaller than most congressional districts. …
On a recent In Our Time podcast, Kate Jones (Professor of Ecology and Biodiversity at University College London) explains to a confounded Melvyn Bragg that bats are in fact really really loud.
For example bats which have high frequencies, they don’t travel very far, so they make them very loud , so that they can can get them across the air. So this means as you said in your introduction: Bats are really loud. Really really loud.
Really as loud as that? I mean i said my introduction what you said in your notes. …
I just recieved another thrilling marketing email from the once monopolistic Adobe Systems incorporated. A bright photograph of some crayons and an article about another minimalist mobile app for making colour palettes out of a picture of a horse.
I guess I get signed up to this junk every time I dutifully load Creative Cloud on to a new computer. As always, I go off to hunt down the unsubscribe link.
It occurs to me that tracking down this link is taking me a little longer than usual.
It makes me realize that if the players won’t be killed by their impatient girlfriends or wives, they’ll probably die because of car accidents. Playing Pokemon Go while driving is much worse than texting while driving.
Ariel is of course right. Pokemon Go will kill people. And Nintendo will be going to jail.
When we drive we concentrate on a number of things. The road, signs, traffic, the shrill screams of our impatient wives or girlfriends, just to name a few. All of these separate tasks, performed in concert, create a significant cognitive load for our brains. That load, for now, is not overwhelming. …
I got a weird little notification from the YouTube app on my iPhone the other day. It asked me if i wanted to try a free trial of YouTube Red for a month.
Sure! No ads. Why not? So I happily tapped OK!
And I like it, no ads is great. There’s also access to YouTube Red original content, which is utterly terrible to me, but more likely just not for me.
So all good.
Then came this weird email, from iTunes.
This email confirms your order of the following subscription with a free trial of 1 month. You are not charged for the free trial period, but when your 1 month subscription automatically renews on 18/06/16 you will be billed $12.99 …
In his article, SASS: Stop Defining Useless Color Variables, Jono Herrington argues that:
There is never a time where you will update the variables $White or $Black to be anything other then #FFF or #000.
Jono’s definition of black is too narrow.
Blackness lives in a multitude of shadows swimming on the edge of perception. #1e1313 is not #000000 but in a composition sitting against #ffc30b and #5cb890 it is black. #1e1313 is a warm and beautiful black. It inhabits the world of that yellow and turquoise instead of being superimposed in front of it. But it isn’t a dark grey. It isn’t a very very very very dark red. …
So I’ve been meaning to write for a while.
I’ve thought-written numerous articles. Witty, sophisticated, and irreverant prose. Shining word lights beaming in to the darkness. Really great stuff.
If I do say so myself.
But I can’t say so becase I never said them out loud, let alone wrote them down. They aren’t great stuff at all. They aren’t anything.
Just formless whisps of ideas. Swirling about in the safety of my own head. Ideas that make sense to me and reinforce my world view. Ideas that are unchallenged because they are untested.
That’s going to change. I’m going to stop thinking about what this could be and just write what it is.
This is a thing that I wrote. This is something.