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  • Sriracha, but a little bit spicier.
  • Accessibility for software, but as a continuum instead of a few "accessibility features".
  • Me, but with the benefit of having observed a few more cycles of my habitual reactions to things and how those are oftimes unhelpful.
  • Now, but maybe paying attention to the meeting I'm in?

Writing on music worth your time

Open database of RSS feeds

psi-onyx

Interactive map of SF parking rules
Coord

Someday I'm going to need this badly enough to sign up.

Tape transfer

San Francisco exports more homeless people than it imports
I'm going to need this some day. Data on busing homeless people from the Guardian

rgraggghaaaaahhhhhhhggg

The Merchant Fleet of Late Medieval and Tudor England, 1400-1580

We launched a thing

Goblin King
Bowie 😭

Robert Heaton
Essays

Funny, well, written, it's a good blog. Say this one: Tracking friends and strangers with WhatsApp.

Use of proprietary IT associated with increased industry concentration
Paper

"Successful IT systems appear to play a major role in the recent increases in industry concentration and in profit margins, moreso [sic] than a general decline in competition."

Illustrating Group Theory
A coloring book

Online version is beautiful, I assume the printed version is too.

Thich Nhat Hanh - Let Go and Be Free
Talk on Youtube

Recently got back into meditation after years thinking I just couldn't hack it. I only recently learned that meditation in many traditions actually follows a concrete series of stages, the later stages of which are apparently inexpressible experiences.

This talk has a very clear outline of the very first stages, and what it means to meditate.

Plus just listen to dude's voice and tell me you're not more relaxed.

Poor Nick Mason
Pink Floyd Songs Ranked. Wait, come back, it's funny and surprisingly affecting. Also, it's 19,000 words long, but unlike the subject there's not much wasted space here.

Stop Using The Cup of Coffee vs. $0.99 App Analogy

Good photos of Italy that aren't NatGeo bait

Damore memo linkdump

Haven't read these yet. Having trouble seeing through the rage I'm feeling about acquaintances on Facebook posting "actually, the memo was thoughtful and well-argued".

Why Vienna doesn't have a housing crisis
Thread starts here:


of course ...


As a friend reminded me last weekend, everything is impossible until it isn't.

also check this, maybe better Vienna summary

"What's done is done, and there's more to come."

Hi Hamilcar and Felicia
Just realized I never posted my set from Lifted.

When infrastructure was cheap to build

Free images and stuff
Creative Commons licensed images, public domain, etc. I wonder how to confirm that someone actually is the rights holder for an image, and they didn't just upload it to Wikipedia and claim it's public domain. Reverse image search?

Cracks in the urbanist policy framework
Well, maybe not cracks but at least evidence of limitations. Lisa Schweitzer
I am not suggesting that zoning is not a binding constraint in some locations. But there are parts of that map where there are big deficits in affordable units in locales where land is basically free. Zoning cannot be a constraint in those locales.
And ...
I’m not convinced by that all the arguments that came my way last night via Twitter that zoning is hamstringing the productivity in urban areas so that people in the countryside are suffering. Cities may boost national productivity numbers, but that is a function of aggregation, not necessarily of strong economic spillovers. It might be that lack of growth in cities ultimately dampens demand for whatever Iowa supplies to cities, but the regional distribution of economic growth over the past four decades suggests that whatever economic spillovers there might be are weak.

But then the Iowans could move to the city if the housing were not so expensive. And that’s true….and yet they have had fewer constraints on migration than people internationally have, and yet there they are, still in Iowa, while I have crazy people telling me we need a wall (even though we already got one) because California and New York are too full of immigrants. People should be able to move to where the jobs are, sure, but I also think David Imbroscio has a point: people should be able to stay home and live a decent life, too.
Although aggregation might be a big deal if you think return on investment in some industries is nonlinear. Say, winner-take-all industries like tech.

Read research papers for free (legally even)
Unpaywall extension for Chrome

I know, it was more exciting when it was illegal.

Modern Javascript for ancient web developers
Useful resources and reassuring commentary

Also Medium's design is nice and friendly to those of us whose eyes are giving up in protest after years of looking at too-small text on glowing screens.

Loopy: a tool for thinking in systems
I want to die with a dry-erase marker in my hand, drawing a final arc between two poorly-drawn boxes.

Loopy webapp

I built a thing
Flagging for Android

1. Build an app for an obscure message board
2. ???
3. Beer!

Don't let them wear you out
What the fuck just happened today?

Trump news that actually matters (love/hate Twitter but the signal/noise ratio ...)

Kanda Shrine at Dawn

FFFFFuuuuuuuuuuu

"Now we can begin"
One fine day

This is the kind of stuff that's embarrassing to read years later, but right now I just want to give other people the chance to read it.

What makes me the enemy, you may ask? In their mind it’s very simple: if you’re not among the victims, you’re among the culprits. In your case, you’re that modern bogeyman called the liberal urbanite hipster ...
I resemble that remark.
But it took our leaders ten years to figure out they needed to actually go to the slums and to the countryside.
So, twenty years for the Democratic Party, then?

Ironically, one of the architects of the Democratic party's drift away from its base is folksy charmer Bill Clinton. The situations are not completely parallel. There were some engaged Democratic incumbents who lost. And some who faced a strong Republican challenge and held fast. But overall I think he's right that the Democratic party needs to have a stronger connection to voters. The link between the DNC and voters seems to be broken. I would argue that part of the problem is a professional class operating at an excessive level of abstraction but maybe I'd just be projecting.

OH INDEED
Poster hinting at the return of the KLF under their JAMMS guise

A bit older but more contemporary than rave archaeology:

this
and that with soundtrack

2017 could use some punk magic.

Visualize the CSS color function
Colorme

I absolutely do not need this, but ... direct manipulation!

neveragain.tech
We, the undersigned, are employees of tech organizations and companies based in the United States. We are engineers, designers, business executives, and others whose jobs include managing or processing data about people. We are choosing to stand in solidarity with Muslim Americans, immigrants, and all people whose lives and livelihoods are threatened by the incoming administration’s proposed data collection policies. We refuse to build a database of people based on their Constitutionally-protected religious beliefs. We refuse to facilitate mass deportations of people the government believes to be undesirable.

Webrings 2k16
Okay, idea: have a javascript widget you can insert on article pages on your blog. This widget collects basic tracking data, offers the ability to follow the author, and depending on how the author configures it can do a few other things: display related articles the user might want to read, let users fav articles, and let users comment on articles (using Twitter OAuth, maybe with Medium's highlighting UI.)

Basically it's Medium for the decentralized web, or an up-to-date version of webrings. To replicate Medium's success there would have to be editorial judgment applied to who can join the network, but it would be interesting to have an "unlimited class" version of the widget where the only control exercised is what's necessary to avoid malicious activity (easier said than done, I know.)

If you have all this stuff you can create a site to serve as a front door, or several front doors for different topics. You can also create composite RSS streams, a social layer (mention other users in comments, or even in the main body of an article - the crawler could look for twitter handles or links to in-network sites in article text.) Oh, and you're well-placed to create a boutique ad network, assuming you sign up the right people.

The tracking data would be anonymized, of course, despite the impact on ad revenue. I want to make the tracking data fully public, as well, to emphasize how non-creepy it is.

Like Medium, it could turn into a drug if the traffic angle works out, but that would be a good problem to have. And you can drop out any time, the only thing you lose is the comment history (and the service could offer an export feature for that.)

Someone's gotta have tried this, right?

Visualize higher-dimensional data

Tackling the big hairy problem of sync
Vesper Sync Diary

Haven't read this. Wonder how much of what he learned is broadly applicable vs app-specific.

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