The Night Watch

This is some pretty cool news – the Rijiksmuseum in Amsterdam will be livestreaming their restoration of Rembrandt’s The Night Watch.

If you don’t know much about this painting then you can do a lot worst than checking out Peter Greenaway’s film Night Watching, which is a weirdly mesmerizing primer on the history behind the painting, told as if it was a Rembrandt painting itself.

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The Google Pixel 3 Is A Very Good Phone. But Maybe Phones Have Gone Too Far.

My neck hurts. I am never not looking down. When I am not looking at my phone, I become slightly anxious. And then, when I do actually look at it, I become even more so. It reminds me of how I once felt about cigarettes. I experience the world with a meticulously crafted, tiny computer slab between me and it. I am an asshole. But so, maybe, are you?

Instead of the usual gushing over the new shiny, I wish more people wrote phone reviews like this.

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Apple Watch Series 4 Fall Detection Tested By a Hollywood Stunt Double

The new Apple Watch OS has improved “exercise detection”. Except when I’m sitting on the couch, rocking the baby to sleep, it will buzz and say “It looks like you’re doing an elliptical workout, track it?”. At least the fall detection looks like it actually works.

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Net Split or, the Fathomless Heartbreak of Online Itself | MC Frontalot

I have a really low tolerance for nerdcore, but this is actually pretty good. And it speaks volumes that even MC Frontalot is sorta renouncing nerd culture. From “Internet Sucks”:

I don’t love you any more internet
You used to be a safe home for my nerd hard and my intellect
Now you got so much hate but you just gotta interject
Now you got too many chefs up in your kitchenette

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Apple buys animated film from Kilkenny-based Cartoon Saloon

Delighted for Cartoon Saloon. They’re quietly pumping out some of the loveliest animations I’ve seen in a long time — like Ghibli at their finest. If you don’t believe me, check out Puffin Rock on Netflix, which is a genuinely great children’s cartoon that’s full of charm and wit and visual inventiveness and it tells stories about friendship and intelligence that have none of the normal moralising one traditionally associates with children’s tv.

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Just Read the Book Already

Laura Miller reviews Maryanne Wolf’s Reader, Come Home, a book about rediscovering the power to actually read — I mean deep read — in the digital world of 2018.

There’s a lot of things that stood out to me in this review, but I’ll highlight this one because it’s so obvious and also so right

One of the reasons that digital readers skim is not because of some quality inherent in screens, as Wolf seems to think, but because so much of what we find online is not worth our full attention.

Ordered.

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Unfollowing Everybody

Anil Dash recently took the step of unfollowing everyone he was following on Twitter. This line in particular stood out to me:

… when something terrible happens in the news, I don’t see an endless, repetitive stream of dozens of people reacting to it in succession. It turns out, I don’t mind knowing about current events, but it hurts to see lots of people I care about going through anguish or pain when bad news happens. I want to optimize for being aware, but not emotionally overwhelmed.

That’s entirely it. I’ve got a private list of maybe 20 people I follow because they’re the ones that are the least outraged about The Thing That People Are Outraged About Today, and it’s recently become my main view for Twitter because I’m too exhausted (emotionally, spiritually) for the main timeline.

See also Matt Haughey’s recent announcement I’m done with Twitter.

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