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Don’t Mind the Fire - Issue #4

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Hello friends, I never start putting together a newsletter with a preconceived theme in mind, but som
 
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Don’t Mind the Fire
Hello friends,
I never start putting together a newsletter with a preconceived theme in mind, but somehow there always seems to be a gentle, common thread that runs through it. I love that there’s some unique overlap of what the web is thinking about in any given week, and what I find interesting and thought-provoking. I feel like this is one of the biggest benefits of the internet: there will always be ways to go deep on topics that we might not even realize are interesting to us (well, if we can manage the constant flow of information properly).
This week, the thread that runs through all of the articles below is a renewed focus on the ethics of the products we put into the world, and turning that inward to be more mindful and deliberate with how we evaluate and use these products. I’m sure you saw the news last week that Google canceled their just-formed AI ethics board in response to an outcry from employees. There appears to be an ethics awakening happening — or perhaps a reckoning — that is long overdue.
I hope you enjoy this issue, and have a fantastic week.
Rian

🚶‍♀️ How we live online
Why "Doing Nothing" Is the Best Self-Care for the Internet Era Why "Doing Nothing" Is the Best Self-Care for the Internet Era
More search, less feed
Why People Are Giving Out Their Instagram Handle
YouTube Executives Ignored Warnings, Let Toxic Videos Run Rampant
Smartphone society: Photos showing how essential the cellphone has become Smartphone society: Photos showing how essential the cellphone has become
💻 How we work online
Future Ethics with Cennydd Bowles at SustainableUX Future Ethics with Cennydd Bowles at SustainableUX
We Built A Broken Internet. Now We Need To Burn It To The Ground.
Productivity Isn’t About Time Management. It’s About Attention Management.
Is ‘Lo-fi Beats To Study/Relax To’ The New Muzak?
The Sometimes Catastrophic, but Mostly Just Embarrassing Consequences of Screen Sharing at Work
📖 Quote of the week
The sugar high of convenience is fleeting and the sting of missing out dulls rapidly, but the meaningful glow that comes from taking charge of what claims your time and attention is something that persists.
📺 Video of the week
BEL-AIR
Morgan Cooper imagines what a serious reboot of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air might look like. I really want this to become a real thing.
🎹 Favorite new album of the week
Full Bloom by Savoir Adore
🏡 Take me home
Subscribe for the curated list of articles, stay for the Phil Collins stories, right? We covered the reason for this newsletter’s name in last week’s issue, but it turns out I’m not done talking about this version of Take Me Home. I wanted to explain why it is my strong opinion that it is the quintessential version of that amazing song.
It’s all about the drum fills at the end of it. On the No Ticket Required tour (1985) Chester Thompson used an electronic drum kit and a pretty standard drum fill. You can see it in action here. On much later tours, even though Chester used real drums, the drum fill became a thing in the background, not distinctive at all. An example from The First Farewell Tour is available here.
But oh boy. That version from the Serious Hits… Live! tour in 1990… The drum fills are just absolutely 100% perfect. Do yourself a favor and watch the last 3 minutes of the song via the drum cam on Chester. He’s such a joy to watch, and he’s clearly having such a great time playing this as well.
And that’s why the 1990 Live in Berlin version of Take Me Home is the best version of the song. Note that it’s not the version that’s on the Serious Hits… Live! album. He did release it as a B-side on the 2016 reissue of No Jacket Required, so you can hear a high quality version of it here.
I didn’t really intend for this newsletter to become an outlet for my Phil Collins obsession, and yet here we are. Please don’t unsubscribe.
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