Reading and Wandering. Economics After Neoliberalism. Economism, technocracy, and citizens. Magicverse. Aquaponics. A minister for the unborn. — No.70

This week: Reading and Wandering. Economics After Neoliberalism. Economism, technocracy, and citizens. Magicverse. Aquaponics. A minister for the unborn. A year ago: Small b blogging. Rebecca Solnit on a Childhood of Reading and Wandering Great essay on libraries and forests, reading and wandering, and the connections between all. I felt like highlighting all the quotes […]

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A high five that can’t land. Model Metropolis. A flâneur approach to social media. Micromobility. Greta Thunberg. The Big Here. — No.65

This week: A high five that can’t land. Model Metropolis. A flâneur approach to social media. Micromobility. Greta Thunberg. The Big Here. A year ago: Post-work: the radical idea of a world without jobs A high five that can’t land Charlie Loyd beautifully weaving together stories about a bridge in Oakland, the Shinkansen to Hokkaido, […]

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Intellectual humility. Automation Bites Back. Gradually, Then Suddenly. Defending Earth’s biodiversity. Light electric vehicles. Oumuamua. — No.63

Quick note that I completely redid the template for this newsletter, partially based on the Tinyletter styling. I’m trusting their code but do get back to me if you encounter display issues. Intellectual humility: the importance of knowing you might be wrong Excellent piece at Vox on reasons for and signs of intellectual humility in […]

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Extras — No.53

Last week was skipped for a little rest but I ended reading just as much, so No.53 is almost a two for one. Here’s “the rest” of what I wanted to share. ⁓ Tech A New Kind of Economy—An Interview with Andrew Yang Placing this under “tech” even though it’s politics because it’s mostly interesting […]

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The Automation Charade — No.52

This week we have: The Automation Charade. Tim Berners-Lee’s Inrup. The Chia cryptocurrency. Plain, trains, and automobiles. IP and data in Toronto. In praise of mediocrity. Hidden details of the NYPL, and much more. Fall is here 🍂, make sure to take long walks outdoors, enjoy the colours where you have them, and don’t watch […]

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Slow reading. What to measure. — No.50

So this is issue No.50. I’d hoped to produce something special for it, either some twist on the content or some artefact to “commemorate” but in the end, it’s “just” a newsletter and, more importantly, I’ve spent some time on finally finalizing Sentiers at Work, the prototype of which I’ll be sending to a few […]

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Harari doing some bleak abyss gazing — No.49

Harari twofer, lots and lots of tech topics this week, including an important copyright vote in Europe which I couldn’t really bring myself to write about more but it’s in there, you should read up. Also a longer than usual Miscellany section, including a couple that might be classified elsewhere but there you go, if […]

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Resisting Reduction: A Manifesto — No.48

We need to teach our children to read, and to enjoy reading.We need libraries.We need books.We need literate citizens. — Neil Gaiman (see Miscellany, which is the “books section” today) Resisting Reduction: A Manifesto The MIT Media Lab director, Joichi Ito, proposing an interesting vision for the future. Contrasting the “religion” of the Singularity with […]

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