A Note From The Editor
As per request, I’m including some music today. These are all mixes that I listened to on Mixcloud, my preferred DJ mix streaming site. If you like any in particular, let me know! If you want to hear more of what I’m listening to lately, check out my favorites on Mixcloud
Here are my selections:
A nice summertime funky chillout mix: https://www.mixcloud.com/paullinney50/not-long-now-a-summer-place-mix/
Perhaps you’d prefer some deep techno/dub/ambient: https://www.mixcloud.com/Dekmantel/dekmantel-podcast-330-sapphire-slows/
Upbeat and futuristic Garage & grime: https://www.mixcloud.com/RadioPrimaveraSound/the-selector-after-dark-josey-rebelle/
Disco & funky house vibes: https://www.mixcloud.com/dublab/dj-kerry-the-basement-042321/
Finally, my last suggestion is for some liquid drum’n’bass: https://www.mixcloud.com/unit_grooves/spread-some-liquid-love-april-2021/
An octopus takes a selfie. From the photographer:
I placed my camera near its den and the octopus started interacting with it. It came completely out of the den and to our amazement it started shooting pictures!
This photo gallery really captures a mood very well.
TL;DR: Probably yes. And definitely more humane than living in a tent!
Apparently in French, “tacos” can be singular. And it’s nothing like you expect. The write up, though, is quite the multi-cultural saga!
Salient take on how the US military’s culture is leaning into “warrior” mindset—this changes what it means to wage war from a “sometimes” thing to an “always” thing.
Very interesting consideration: most of the things that we worry about from technology (robots, AI, etc) stem from our way of life’s vulnerability to the pitfalls of unchecked capitalism.
TL;DR: bears and humans both try to take the flattest path to save calories (read: be lazy). As a result, we’re more likely to run into bears when hiking.
A curious journalist pulls the thread of a clickbait restaurant title offered on Uber Eats and finds out how deep the rabbit hole goes…
The title speaks for itself! For a more detailed history, check out the next link: Great Bitter Lake Association - 99% Invisible
TL;DR: more control for us as the users, and probably more mental health too.
The team behind the Signal app once again publishes a ridiculous yet important press release. Their target this time is the device that cops and spooks use to slurp data from seized phones.
The result is hilarious: they single-handedly have cast doubt on any data from a Signal user’s phone and undermined Cellebrite’s entire business model!
A seemingly small change on a huge scale can have a meaningful effect. I hope Apple also adds an option for a neutral-gendered voice in the future (e.g. X)
Beauty filters are hugely popular AR tech, and are changing the way young people (especially girls) think about their looks. Platforms (FB, Snap) regulate them a little bit, but it’s unclear what the result of all this will be.
One of the most cyberpunk things happening now is that Apple’s corporate endorsement of privacy, and the resulting conflict with the Chinese government (CCP).
TL;DR: CCP objects to Apple’s anti-tracking measures, and is trying to provide a workaround.
Spotify is becoming one of the biggest podcast publishers. In doing so, it’s privatizing one of the most vibrant pieces of the public Internet: Podcasts. The result will likely be monoculture, homogeneity, and a loss of choice for the consumer.