Liked Contextual Computing, Workflow Thinking, and the Future of Text (Ryan Boren)

To flow forward into this future of text where hyperlinks enable workflow thinking, contextual computing, and cultures of knowledge connection, we need intrinsic addressability in all of our tools. We need ubiquitous bidirectional linking of the sort Hook provides.


Liked The Seductive Appeal of Urban Catastrophe by Annalee Newitz (

Perhaps the fear of becoming one of those “loser” civilizations helps explain the current anxieties about how the coronavirus pandemic is causing people to flee San Francisco. When our only models for urban transformation come from lost-city tales, it’s hard to wrap our heads around the idea that some people will leave, some will stay, and still others will work to make the city more livable for the next generation. Imagining an apocalypse against which a city is helpless may be psychologically easier than doing the hard work, over years or decades, to bring about slow but wrenching change. Nevertheless, urbanites must be prepared for a gradual, bumpy transformation—at least, if they hope to base their futures on lessons from history, rather than on myths inherited from colonizers, travel literature, and action movies.

Liked Joan Didion: Why I Write (Literary Hub)

By which I mean not a “good” writer or a “bad” writer but simply a writer, a person whose most absorbed and passionate hours are spent arranging words on pieces of paper. Had my credentials been in order I would never have become a writer. Had I been blessed with even limited access to my own mind there would have been no reason to write. I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear. Why did the oil refineries around Carquinez Strait seem sinister to me in the summer of 1956? Why have the night lights in the Bevatron burned in my mind for twenty years? What is going on in these pictures in my mind?

Excerpted from Let Me Tell You What I Mean by Joan Didion.
Liked The unreasonable effectiveness of simple HTML by @edent (

I’ve told this story at conferences – but due to the general situation I thought I’d retell it here.
A few years ago I was doing policy research in a housing benefits office in London. They are singularly unlovely places. The walls are brightened up with posters offering helpful services for p…

Liked The bravery, tragedy, and mystery of Captain Smirnov’s secret diamond delivery by Mike Ladd (ABC News)

There’s gunfire in the distance as a famed Dutch pilot takes off in a desperate bid to reach Australia. He’s unaware that in the plane’s safe are millions of dollars worth of diamonds — most of which have never been found.

I love the closing statement of this WWII story:

After the war Palmer never really has to work again.

“He always said he loved to sit down and smoke, put his feet up for the rest of his life,” author and historian John Thompson-Gray says.

He buys a house in Broome, a blue Chevrolet, a boat and a business, and always has plenty of cash.

Liked Off the Beaten Tracks: Sufjan Stevens, motherless son | The Conservative Woman (The Conservative Woman)

When Sufjan was nine he and his five siblings moved with their father and stepmother Pat to Petoskey in Lower Michigan, where he attended a Christian high school and an arts academy before gaining a Master of Fine Arts degree from The New School in New York City. After studying piano and oboe, he had decided to learn guitar at the prompting of Lowell, who fed him a constant diet of Nick Drake’s music. He played in a band, Marzukie, and formed his own record label, Asthmatic Kitty, with the ever-faithful Lowell in joint charge. In 1999 it released his first solo album, A Sun Came, a slightly disjointed multi-instrumental tour of world music which has its moments such as the second track A Winner Needs a Wand.

Liked David Epstein’s Range – Austin Kleon (Austin Kleon)

One way you know if a book is any good is if you are still thinking about it a year after you read it. (Or five years, or a decade, etc. The longer you think about a book the better you know it is.) Another way to know if a book is good is if it seems like every week you read an article that could be a supplementary chapter.

Liked Thread by @dajbelshaw on Thread Reader App (

Thread by @dajbelshaw: Remote learning with kids this week? Unstable internet connection? Wifi drop-outs? This thread is for you! Let’s get you some help. Mostly for free. There’s some technical stuff, but if you c……

Liked So What About That (Self)-Coup? by zeynep (Insight)

This clearly wasn’t just politics as usual, and not because of the mob that took over the Capitol. This was a trial run for a self-coup that could very well be tried in the future. An overwhelming majority of the GOP representatives in the house spent the day in lock-down and came back and promptly voted to overturn the election. In a future scenario where the election had come down to PA—for example if Joe Biden hadn’t very very narrowly won Georgia and Arizona by a total of about 23,127 votes out of total of about hundred-and-fifty million cast, or if Trump hadn’t just contributed to the loss of two senate seats in Georgia for the GOP, and thus the loss of the control of the Senate. It’s absolutely plausible to me that even more Republicans would have joined this blatant attempt to overturn the election and that their base would mostly have been fine with that. The (self)-coup train wasn’t something that was just for show; it just wasn’t close enough to work this time.

Liked Nick Cave – The Red Hand Files – Issue #131 – This world is shit. (The Red Hand Files)

As for shitty art, all art is perfectly imperfect — like the world itself — and to some extent value judgments on art are largely subjective and beside the point. Creating art is about growing the world and increasing its reach, and it has more to do with the act of creation itself than what is actually made. Anything that animates us creatively in a positive way — be it the grand design of a great architectural wonder or the Big Bang of a child’s drawing — is a re-enactment of the original creation story. Whether we realise it or not, making art is a religious encounter as it is our attempts to grow beyond ourselves that energise the soul of the universe.

Liked The Monster Guide to Data Validation in Google Sheets: Free Course by Yagi Yagi (
  1. 00:00 Intro to custom formulas in data validation part 2.
  2. 00:27 Greater than the current day’s date.
    1. Formula example: =B6>TODAY()
  3. 02:28 Date must be a weekday.
    1. Formula example: =AND(WEEKDAY(B7) <> 7, WEEKDAY(B7) <> 1)
  4. 04:47 No more than 15 characters in the cell.
    1. Formula example: =LEN(B8) <= 15
  5. 06:08 Must meet specific phone number parameters.
    1. Formula example: =AND(LEN(B9) = 10, NOT(REGEXMATCH(TO_TEXT(B9),"D|s")))
  6. 10:14 Whole numbers between 1-20.
    1. Formula example: =AND(ISNUMBER(B10),
Liked Moral and Refuge (

I want to do better at not alienating people and helping people transition to a better world. I want to help people see the benefits of a healthy planet, a healthy workplace, a healthy society. My first step is to check my assumptions and biases by giving myself a bit of refuge from everyone else’s assumptions and biases.

Liked How to run a small social network site for your friends (

This document exists to lay out some general principles of running a small social network site that have worked for me. These principles are related to community building more than they are related to specific technologies.