Music from test equipment. Crazy good or just, crazy?
I loved it!

Voyager 2 Illuminates Boundary of Interstellar Space

As if gender wasn’t complicated enough.

Den här texten på Vattenfalls webbplats hade varit lite komisk om det inte varit så att det börjar bli kallt i lägenheten utan både värme och varmvatten en hel dag:

Fjärrvärme är miljöriktigt, kostnadseffektivt och driftsäkert med låg underhållskostnad.

Jag kan hålla med om att driftstopp är miljöriktigt och kostnadseffektivt – innan vi börjar elda i kakelugnar och sätter på elektriska element i alla fall – men driftsäkert?

Berliners are trolling Trump by shipping him a 2.7-ton piece of the Berlin Wall

Tech and Liberty

Kill the algorithm

Sverige är världsledande – på sprängdåd

”Vi måste tyvärr söka oss till krigszoner för att hitta något liknande” (Amir Rostami).

We’ve made the decision to stop all political advertising on Twitter globally. We believe political message reach should be earned, not bought. Why? A few reasons…?” (Jack Dorsey).

Finally some good news from Twitter.

Not new but newer old.

Woman Wins 50K Ultra Outright, Trophy Snafu for Male Winner Follows

“When Ellie Pell took first overall, the surprised race organizers realized they had no trophy for the first place male” (Runners World).



Why do people believe the world is flat?

I have an op-ed in today’s Globe and Mail, “Why do people believe the Earth is flat?” wherein I connect the rise of conspiratorial thinking to the rise in actual conspiracies, in which increasingly concentrated industries are able to come up with collective lobbying positions that result in everything from crashing 737s to toxic baby-bottle liners to the opioid epidemic” (Cory Doctorow).

Saved from the death of iWeb! Also, a new home for IPA 2015 at

Robert Cornelius’ Self-Portrait: The First Ever 'Selfie' (1839)

The First Ever ‘Selfie’ (1839).

Music that kills. Literally.

Highlights from In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson

Reading it, I couldn’t help but notice several parallels between what was happening in 1933 & 1934 as Hitler worked to establish an authoritarian government in Germany and some of the actions of our current government and its President here in the US. If you think that sort of statement is hyperbolic, I urge you to read on and remember that there was a time when Nazi Germany and its rulers seemed to its citizenry and to the world to be, sure, a little extreme in their methods, fiery in their rhetoric, and engaged in some small actions against certain groups of people, but ultimately harmless…until they weren’t and then it was too late to do anything.

Here’s everything I highlighted on my Kindle presented with some light commentary…much of it speaks for itself and the parallels are obvious. I apologize (slightly) for the length, but this book provided a very interesting look at the Nazi regime before they became the world’s canonical example of evil” (Jason Kottke).

Read this summary!

Amazing performance.

Deprecating scripting

Plastic Bag Bans Might Do More Harm Than Good

Where we are

Loren Roberts for The Planetary Society after a concept by Olaf Frohn

From the July Solstice issue of The Planetary Report.


”In our effort to save the climate, are we destroying the environment” (Michael Shellenberger)?

Want to check for retractions in your personal library — and get alerts — for free? Now you can

We’re thrilled to announce a collaboration with Zotero, the free and open-source research platform, that will allow its users to be alerted to retractions of any papers in their personal libraries” (Retraction Watch).

Competition can fix Big Tech, but only if we don’t make “bigness” a legal requirement

I’m all for making Big Tech small again and fixing the internet so that it’s not just five giant websites filled with screenshots from the other four, not to mention doing something about market dominance, corporate bullying, rampant privacy invasions and so on” (Cory Doctorow).

Open gardens

To summarize:

  • Open gardens have curators instead of gatekeepers.
  • Open gardens use standards so that the same formats exist inside and outside the platform.

This is only possible by embracing the open web. I believe it’s an important part of the way forward for all great platforms” (Manton Reece).