July 2019

Friday Food for Thought

We shall see, I suppose, how long this idea lasts, but I thought I’d try doing a version of something that I think Jason Kottke used to do–that is, post a handful of links to things that I recently came across that (a) I found interesting, (b) made me pause and think, (c) made me laugh, (d) made me groan, or (e) elicited some other emotional reaction or some combination of those listed above–but with minimal commentary beyond a few words to contextualize each thing (if that). So here we go!

  • What ever happened to Einstein’s brain? A very interesting episode of Radiolab has the answer–and it isn’t one that I would have expected. [WNYC Studios]
  • No, you can’t buy a genuine Bob Ross painting. They’re all boxed up in an office park somewhere in Virginia. [NYTimes]
  • Knowledge should be prioritized over reading skills. It seems as though preexisting knowledge makes it easier for kids to learn to read, and not the other way around. [The Atlantic]
  • Amazon’s “Go” convenience stores are laboratories for the future of retail. Interesting how the e-commerce behemoth still seems to think that brick-and-mortar retail is worth investing in heavily. [Bloomberg]

Looking backward, moving forward

I can’t remember who exactly I was talking to a few weeks ago about this website–I had mentioned to this person that it (this site) had come up in a recent conversation I’d had at work, which was strange, given that for months if not longer there has been literally nothing posted here aside from an “About Me” page that I half-heartedly updated after installing WordPress on this domain for the umpteenth time. But I made the off-hand comment that I felt like we (as a community of internet users, as much as a relatively anonymous mass can be considered a “community”) had lost something since the earliest days of blogging–perhaps you recall when Blogger was new and novel, or WordPress was still delightfully buggy, or those who weren’t quite ready to host their own site could still dip their toes into the water by using LiveJournal.

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