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Don’t Mind the Fire - Issue #9

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I'm back from my hiking trip in the Escalante region, and it was a fantastic. That said, my anxiety a
 
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Don’t Mind the Fire
I’m back from my hiking trip in the Escalante region, and it was a fantastic. That said, my anxiety about what I might be missing at work and at home did remind me of this Guy Almes quote:
There are three kinds of death in this world. There’s heart death, there’s brain death, and there’s being off the network.
And then I read Virginia Heffernan’s funny and excellent WIRED essay called Breaking My Phone Addiction—Via My Phone and felt extra bad:
The alcoholic, says AA’s Big Book, is often told he or she is “in full flight from reality.” That seemed to apply here. Whatever else you say about the elusiveness of an “addiction” definition, alcoholics prefer drunkenness to clarity. Tech addicts likewise prefer Metro Exodus over a nagging parent, or ageless online personas to this mortal coil.
Anyway, enough about my inner turmoil… I’ll spare you the photos here, but I did post a few on Instagram if anyone is interested.
Have a good week, and stay safe.
Rian

🧶 How we live online
The Gentle Side of Twitch The Gentle Side of Twitch
Putting Down Your Phone May Help You Live Longer
LA’s Plan to Reboot Its Bus System—Using Cell Phone Data
The Return of Measles Is a Failure of Communication
Think You’re Discreet Online? Think Again
💻 How we work online
How teenage hackers became the tech world’s go-to bounty hunters How teenage hackers became the tech world’s go-to bounty hunters
Running the Numbers
'It's not play if you're making money': how Instagram and YouTube disrupted child labor laws
A doorbell company owned by Amazon wants to start producing “crime news” and it’ll definitely end well
stacy-marie ishmael
“The Managing Editor, News will work on an exciting new opportunity within Ring to manage a team of news editors who deliver breaking crime news alerts to our neighbors.” I have no jokes, only MAJOR CONCERNS about surveillance + the worst of NextDoor https://t.co/2rFvgutbo0
4:40 PM - 26 Apr 2019
Here Come AI-Enabled Cameras Meant to Sense Crime Before it Occurs
📖 Quote of the week
Just as food companies learned that if they want to sell a lot of cheap calories, they should pack them with salt, fat, and sugar — the stuff that people crave — media companies learned that affirmation sells a lot better than information. Who wants to hear the truth when they can hear that they’re right?
📷 Photo of the week
W. Gerrod Parrott's Emotion Classification
I found this mind map of emotions endlessly fascinating. Full version available for download here.
🐦 Tweet of the week
This is a little too on the nose for me…
TechnicallyRon
WARNING: This film contains ADULT THEMES. All the characters are really tired all the time and have too many responsibilities and just want a nap
1:58 PM - 16 Apr 2019
🎹 Album of the week
So that you might hear me by Bear's Den
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