by John Hodegeman
If only know John Hodgeman from his appearances on The Daily Show, or as the PC in the old Apple ads you are missing out. He had a run of fake trivia books. He also has a podcast where he settles your petty social disputes.
Vacationland moves away from Hodgeman’s adopted personas and instead is a straightforward memoir. We start out with him . . .
Greg Ginn And Henry Rollins Still Not Playing Together
The Oracle Isn’t All Knowing - Aeon has an article on how algorithms pick up on their creator’s biases. The idea that algorithms are all knowing perfect mathematical beings is overstated.
Saving Publishing From Itself - The social media advertising model has made almost every site you go to a vacuum for your personal data. Doc Searls looks at . . .
Spot the Buzzcocks reference
A Different Kind Of Bias - We spend a lot of time talking about media bias under the guise of ideology. The data doesn't back that up. On the other hand, you have a cultural bias. On Monday Note Gilles Raymond breaks down the way that news is produced and the way it can distort our perceptions.
Homicidal Negligence - When a water slide . . .
I drafted before 12
In Case You Thought About Sleeping, Ever - Dangerous Minds has a story about a shrine to a drowned child using discarded dolls in Mexico.
Quantum Possibilities- Though Quantum Physics lives mostly as an excuse for every New Age bullshit belief, it is still serious science. Adam Becker lays out the several possibilities for the unsolved . . .
Can we get Google to ask TensorFlow to scan the Internet for terrible hot takes?
Green AI - Granted, we spend a lot of time talking about the various ways that AI is going to kill us all, here is it being used for something positive. Google's TensorFlow is being used to help listen for the sounds of deforestation. I assume that some people think that an always listening AI is dystopian enough for some people.
This prattle is also backed up by the Internet Archive, albeit with much less fanfare.
The Norse Worshipped Assholes - The New Yorker reviews Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology which came out in paperback recently. If you wanted more proof of genre fiction's ascendency, Neil Gaiman discussed in the New Yorker is about as good as it gets.
Typography Of Astronomy - I Love Typography looks at the designs in classical astronomy . . .
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Cue The Alarmists - By now most people have shared their terrible take on this sad event, ranging from a condemnation of Uber to out and out calls for a ban on self-driving cars. Considering the state of discourse and news in our society, I assume that most of this will be forgotten by the time Uber releases what actually happened.