The Great Filtering - How filter bubbles work, and more information doesn't necessarily make you immune. I like the term epistemic bubble, and defining it against an echo chamber. Echo chambers are actually the more significant problem because even alternate streams of information are undermined. It's not just liberals and conservatives living in bubbles, fringe cranks like Antivaxxers and flat-earthers are locked in echo chambers. The only real escape is to change who you trust, which likely means changing a core identity.
If You're Curious - WIRED links a test to see if you or one of your friends used the quizzes that built out Cambridge Analytica's dataset. In the ongoing quest to ensure that people don't understand that the only problem was that CA didn't pay Facebook for the privilege of using your data this way, this quiz frames it as a leak.
Life On A Universal Timeline - Forbes has another science explainer, this time on the timeline for life after the Big Bang. It’s a nice primer.
The Toilets Of Rome - How did they wipe their ass in a Rome? It’s less primitive than you’d expect, but also a little grosser too.
A Less Gross Look At Rome - An insanely detailed recreation of Imperial Rome.
Be Yourself - Granted it's weird to read this on Lifehacker, who perpetuates these trendy "fixes" for people's problems. Whatever the source, this is good advice. If you're truly miserable because you're always trying to deal with too many things, then a cleanup and clear out is in order. On the other hand, if you're fine with your stuff the way it is, don't stress. Let these turtlenecked weirdos feel great joy from their single tea kettle.
The Crown Prince Of Weird Returns - A preview of a new game from Keita Takahashi, the creator of Katamari Damacy. His design sense is not everyone's cup of tea, but they are always inventive games that are completely different from things you've played before.
The Case For An iPhone SE2 - Small and budget phone lovers have been hoping the end of the A9 means their favorite device gets a refresh.
Sad Bob Talks - In advance of a festival curation and The Cure's 40th Anniversary shows in London, Robert Smith sat down with BBC 6 for an interview. He hints at the possibility of some new music as well.
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