Earlier this week I got an email from Google.
One of my principles is to pay for things that I support. I can afford it, and things on the web are relatively cheap. Subscribing to ThinkUp, Pocket Premium, Feedly Pro, each cost about the same as a new pair of shoes, or a nice pair of jeans. To me, that’s a justifiable cost, so I pay it to keep the things I use and love alive.
Librarians are an underused, underpaid, and underestimated legion. And one librarian in particular is frustrated by e-book lending. Not just the fact that libraries have to maintain waitlists for access to a digital file, but also that the barriers to checking out an ebook are unnecessarily high. As she puts it,
“Teaching people about having technology serve them includes helping them learn to assess and evaluate risk for themselves.”
In her view,
“Information workers need to be willing to step up and be more honest about how technology really works and not silently carry water for bad systems. People trust us to tell them the truth.”
That seems like the least that can be expected by library patrons.
The Senate Intelligence Committee released hundreds of pages (soon available as a book) detailing acts of torture committed by the CIA.
Don’t read books, buy shoes. Urban Outfitters knows what you really wanted, and it wasn’t reading.
Sometimes, Facebook has the best ads.
This, for example, is a real play.
Disco pants let you be a Human Supernova. Minus the probable death that might be included in that.
If you have a lot of tabs open, and it takes you awhile to get back to them, sometimes they’ll completely glitch out before they recover.