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  1. John Perry Barlow gave internet activists only half the mission they need.

    Because it hasn’t quite occurred to me that all that “keep your hands out of our internet, you stupid governments” stuff meant that we left a space in which corporations could do whatever they liked. (via @michalmigurski)

  2. Look for the Lungfish

    Some great paragraphs from a good post by Charlie Stross about questioning all assumptions when imagining what our future is like.

  3. The Online Photographer: How To Buy Lenses

    A nice summary of a series of posts about camera lenses, for future reference when/if I’m feeling flush.

  4. How I coined the term ‘open source’ |

    it had never occurred to me to wonder how and when the term arrived. (via Oblomovka)

  5. Asking the Right Questions About AI – Yonatan Zunger – Medium

    A good summary of the basic things to know about AI when thinking about it. (via FaveJet)

  6. geek old semi-formal (Danny O’Brien’s Oblomovka)

    For trying to write somewhere in “the hellish triangle of being readable, entertaining, and truthful”.

  7. The Playboy of West 29th Street (London Review of Books)

    Colm Tóibín on John Butler Yeats. For the unrequited, long-distance love in old age and the perpetually almost-but-never finished artwork. (Subscribers only)

  8. The Lost Picture Show: Hollywood Archivists Can’t Outpace Obsolescence - IEEE Spectrum

    From last year, on the amount of money and effort it takes to maintain archives of movies and TV shows.

  9. DataFire - Build APIs and Integrations to process, serve, and sync your data

    Interesting way to integrate *lots* of things. The Node-based code is open source so you can run it for free on your own server, or use the pay-for hosted version. (via @richardjpope)

  10. Cinema Treasures

    Such a nice site that keeps turning up in my searches for cinemas I went to years ago, many of them closed, split, renovated or simply renamed.

  11. reverie and anarchy

    Danny on Essex New Towns and leaving places behind.

  12. The Strange Brands in Your Instagram Feed - The Atlantic

    On the stores that are a bunch of small pieces loosely joined in front of a Chinese dropshipper.

  13. ftfy - fix unicode that’s broken in various ways

    Shows you how to fix “broken” encoded text using python.

  14. Loop | Holly Herndon on process - YouTube

    A conference talk from 2016. Liked especially for describing the laptop as an intimate, personal instrument, and for trying to make music like the sound of the internet.

  15. Postmortem: Every Frame a Painting – Tony Zhou – Medium

    Particularly for the bit that stresses the importance of independence, because that’s what helps you control the balance of the “fast, cheap, good: pick two” triangle.

  16. Van der Home – Bryan Boyer – Medium

    Lovely post about looking closely at the origins and details of a Mies van der Rohe apartment in order to renovate it.

  17. Is 1024×768 showing more or less than 800×600? | One Terabyte of Kilobyte Age

    “800×600 is like a beauty filter for web pages of all ages. Looking at the web through it you get sentimental. … On a bigger screenshot you see how the amateur web was shrinking and shriveling…”

  18. Learn ES2015 · Babel

    “A detailed overview of ECMAScript 2015 features.” (via FaveJet)

  19. The Problem with Muzak | Liz Pelly

    Although I love having so much music available in Spotify, I’m increasingly aware how often I use it unthinkingly just for “background music for working” which I’m not very proud of. So even aside from these odd industry-changing effects, I’m feeling uneasy about Spotify.

  20. Future Historians Probably Won’t Understand Our Internet - The Atlantic

    On the impossibility of archiving the experience of using social media, even if ignoring the fact, like this article seems to, that so much of social media is private to some degree. (via @kevin2kelly)

  21. The Dangers of Elite Projection - Human Transit

    A useful term. (via several people on Twitter)

  22. Using pyvenv (venv) With Django on WebFaction. :: Solid Ether

    Also for the earlier post it links to. Django-type sites on WebFaction (as opposed to standard Apache sites) do sound a bit messy though.

  23. 52 things I learned in 2017 – Fluxx Studio Notes – Medium

    So many interesting things leading to more interesting things to read. (via Kottke)

  24. Citizen Code of Conduct | A project of Stumptown Syndicate

    A sample code of conduct, to use as a basis for your own community’s.

  25. Tips for in-house teams in a free market software culture

    Alice’s really good description of how to develop and improve in-house software tools that people will want to use.

  26. What Do We Do with the Art of Monstrous Men?

    About how to, or whether it’s possible to, enjoy the art of people like Roman Polanski and Woody Allen, and whether you have to be selfish, to be an “art monster”, in order to make great art. (via Kottke)