Bookmarks for August 1st through August 3rd

by danhon

This is an auto-posted collection of public links I’ve either posted to, or favourites from Twitter, my Instapaper bookmarks and my public links posted to Pinboard.in for August 1st from 23:13 to 20:25:

  • 25 Years Ago, Apple Introduced the Newton – 512 Pixels
  • Towards a welcoming Web – Speaker Deck – “This talk will set the necessary context for an inclusive design practice, focusing on accessibility and equality. We'll learn how to foster a user-experience focused culture, no matter whether you're a developer, designer, project or business owner. You will leave inspired to build a better Web for everyone.”
  • Did a Fan Just Find Proof of Quantum Leap’s Secret Lost Ending?  – “You’ll come back. Anyone who came back from Vietnam can come back from anywhere.”
  • Reboot Your Team by Christina Wodtke – Mind the Product
  • From Territorial to Functional Sovereignty: The Case of Amazon – Law and Political Economy – “In this and later posts, I want to explain how this shift from territorial to functional sovereignty is creating a new digital political economy. Amazon’s rise is instructive. As Lina Khan explains, “the company has positioned itself at the center of e-commerce and now serves as essential infrastructure for a host of other businesses that depend upon it.” The “everything store” may seem like just another service in the economy—a virtual mall. But when a firm combines tens of millions of customers with a “marketing platform, a delivery and logistics network, a payment service, a credit lender, an auction house…a hardware manufacturer, and a leading host of cloud server space,” as Khan observes, it’s not just another shopping option.”
  • The internet fuels conspiracy theories – but not in the way you might imagine – “rather than increasing belief in conspiracy theories generally, the internet plays a crucial role in fostering distinct and polarised online communities among conspiracy believers. Believers share their opinions and “evidence” with other believers but are less willing to share with people who are critical of conspiracy theories. So with the internet, conspiracy groups become more homogeneous and their beliefs become even stronger over time.”
  • Of Gods and Platypuses: Is There a Science of Culture? – Scientific American Blog Network – “These insights are being used to investigate and understand a wide range of cultural domains. Perhaps the most well-known (but certainly not the only example) is the finding gods and other supernatural entities tend to have the character of being minimally counterintuitive. Supernatural beings have to have some qualities that distinguish them from ordinary humans, but they are otherwise quite familiar. The god in Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal is omniscient (that’s why the character asks the difficult question about the platypus) but it also speaks English. Being counterintuitive makes such ideas attention-gabbing, and being only minimally so makes them easy to represent and remember. Put these two properties together and you have something that’s just as appealing to the mind as the common cold is infectious to the body.”