Occult Typefaces, Troll AI, and AeStHeTiC dAtiNg
Plus: Weird corporate swag and SkyMall!
Hi, dear reader. I’ve got lots of cool stuff for you this time! As always, feel free to reply directly to this message if you’ve got thoughts, questions, comments, love letters, hate mail, or cryptic riddles.
TL;DR: to get to know you better, and to build a relationship. Also IMHO if you buy swag you’re more invested in the brand.
Try this interactive trust game to understand a bit about game theory. I was left with the takeaway that cooperation works, but only if we continue to have exposure to differently-minded others.
TL;DR: Not really. But there may be a ‘halo effect’ at play.
My partner told me a bit about the Amanda Knox saga, and here, she discusses a bit about how one’s name can be taken out of context to mean something else. This fits with my recent interest in self, identity, avatars, and cyberspace.
Mercenary companies are willing to provide disinformation services for governments in a way that is plausibly deniable. This is a relatively new development (since the actual campaigns occur online) and there aren’t international norms yet like in traditional warfare.
I’m highly nostalgic for flying toasters. This isn’t perfect, but it’s enjoyable nonetheless! “Only 90s kids will remember these screensavers!”
Enable camera access, and this site makes small changes whenever you blink. Freaky, and fun to play with.
Have a browse through this site and their exhaustive list of aesthetics appropriated by capital.
“…a collective association of researchers and designers dedicated to carrying on the important work of categorizing "consumer aesthetics" from the late midcentury, when work on the subject somewhat trailed off, through today.”
A lovely look at occult books and media and the fonts they adopted.
Arabic typography is truly exceptional.
Dating apps continue to try anything and everything. As a long time watcher of this space, it’s interesting to see such a focus on jUsT vIbEs~~
“The Salton Sea has geothermal activity below it that loosens up lithium, which can be extracted and turned into car batteries.”
Tech companies’ HQs are probably going to flood within the next decade. Should taxpayers be contributing to the costs of mitigating these likely disasters?
THIS is truly the best use of AI, IMHO.
“The ads are a nonstop slurry of surreal products, and I love it”