Shitty framing device aside (don't pretend to be drunk, just admit you want to be brutally honest and sincere, friend!), there's a lot of truth here.# Monday May 31, 2021
I sometimes half-joke that I really hate the Dad in Bluey because he's always so fuckin perfect and he makes me feel like a bad parent but the truth is that I've learned a lot about being a better parent from watching Bluey. The fact that it's a genuinely delightful show is just a happy bonus.# Tuesday May 25, 2021
What I’m talking about here is “straight TikTok,” the side of the app that can be described as “pretty people filming themselves being pretty.” On straight TikTok, you can be an okay dancer with an expressive face, and one year later, you get a beauty brand, a publicist-concocted friendship with a Kardashian, and the starring role in the gender-swapped Netflix adaptation of She’s All That.
TikTok has been one of the highlights of 2020 for me and one of the things that kept me from Twitter-doomscrolling myself into an early grave. But this is a fairly spot-on evaluation - it's interesting to see who bubbles to the top on that stupid clock app and I wonder how much of this is an algorithm thing and how much of this is just the mediocrity of aggregated opinions.# Tuesday May 18, 2021
Amazon Kindle owners can now set the lockscreen image to the cover of the book they’re reading. The long overdue Display Cover feature, first spotted by Engadget, was previously only available after jailbreaking your device (and a popular motivator to do so). Amazon says that it works with “most books, magazines, comics, and Manga.”
I'm not sure what the hold-up was -- some kind of competitor's patent or just laziness or whatever -- but as someone who has been waiting for this feature for over 10 years now, I'd just like to say: fuckin FINALLY.
I've been reading a lot more books over the last couple of months. Physical books, I mean. I think this is partly A) coming out of baby/pandemic brain-fog and B) I'd forgotten how lovely it is to hold a physical book. Every time you see your book, every time you open it, every time you turn a page with it, you increase your connection to it. A well-beaten book is a well-loved book that's been with you for a while.
Opening the Kindle and seeing a generic screen saver gives you absolutely nothing. It's not cementing my relationship to the form or the content. This isn't helped by the fact that the Kindle turns on immediately drops you where you left off with no indication of whether you're near the end of the book or just getting started. Like getting dropped in an unfamiliar place with no map. You just have to keep going forward and eventually you'll reach somewhere. It's a handy feature, for sure, but my dumb lizard-brain gets something from the physicality of being able to feel where I am in a book. The Kindle's attempt to address this -- putting the % completed in the corner just fills me with anxiety. Kind of like the inverse of watching a phone battery percentage trickling down, why amn't I making progress in this goddamn book?!
Spotify completely changed my connection to music (I could probably tell you the name of every song on every album I've physically owned - these days I couldn't even describe the cover of albums I love that I've only listened to on Spotify), the Kindle changed my connection to the books I read. It's not unusual for me to finish a book and not be able to tell you the name of the author. Hopefully for the sake of my already-overflowing bookshelves, this will draw me back to the Kindle as a device for reading again and my physical to-read pile (here's a photo from last month - yikes) won't grow any more.# 3 minute read · Saturday Apr 24, 2021
Trent Reznor, answering the question of what art he's turned to during the lockdown:
I’ve stumbled into the world of YouTube tutorials for various bits of musical gear. I’ve really found some comfort in curling up with a nice long video of someone demonstrating an obscure guitar pedal or synth at length. I’m usually watching and forgetting all information simultaneously but it feels like some kind of accomplishment.
Same, Trent. Same.# Friday Mar 12, 2021
This hit hard.# Wednesday Mar 10, 2021
All the best essays are about the "why" and not the "who". This is a great introduction to the idea of reading around a subject.# Wednesday Mar 10, 2021
This is lovely but also really sort of makes me want to watch the OA again?# Tuesday Feb 23, 2021
A 7-hour album of LEGO ASMR might not be your cup of tea, but it's exactly what I need right now.# Wednesday Feb 3, 2021
A bunch of celebrities remade The Princess Bride while in lockdown. Adorably handmade and 100% better than the cover of Imagine, I promise you.# Tuesday Feb 2, 2021
Just lovely. I really want a piano and a lovely sleepy dog to listen to me play piano.# Saturday Jan 23, 2021
This site features a curriculum developed around the television series, Halt and Catch Fire (2014-2017), a fictional narrative about people working in tech during the 1980s-1990s.
I can think of few TV shows that deserve a syllabus like this. I can't wait to dive into it.# Friday Jan 22, 2021
This lady redesigns book covers after she reads them. I love this idea.# Tuesday Jan 12, 2021
For the last four years, Vanity Fair have been doing an interview with Billy Eilish where they ask her the same questions each year year. They first caught her in 2017, right before she blew up, so it's amazing to watch the changes as she's become one of the biggest pop stars in the world.# Wednesday Dec 2, 2020
A little too real.# Tuesday Dec 1, 2020
A hilarious thread from someone who hated the first book as much as I did. But what's with the random, selective takedowns of pictures of her highlighted passages from the book? Who is the copyright holder in cases where it's a photo of a book that only contains whole passages from other, better things?# Friday Nov 27, 2020
Oh, your OS boots from a floppy disk? That's cute too, I guess.# Monday Nov 23, 2020
mom friend™ on Twitter: 'This thread is evidence of the way TikTok’s duet feature can result in the most hilarious and creative collaborations.' →
I know I'm not exactly the target market for this stuff, but I think TikTok is just about the last great thing on the internet right now.# Wednesday Oct 7, 2020
Browsing Twitter the other day, I once again found myself sucked into a far-off event that truly does not matter, and it occurred to me that social media is an orthographic camera.
This has been stuck in my brain since Robin mentioned it because I think he's hit the nail right on the head. I look at my Twitter timeline and see jokes and breakfast updates and outrage given the same space and importance as world-changing news events. No wonder we're all so exhausted.# Tuesday Sep 15, 2020
My (least?) favourite part of this story is that some people noticed it might have been written by an AI because there was nothing substantial being said and it was pure regurgitation and these people got downvoted for being rude.
A perfect encapsulation of the Internet in 2020.# Thursday Aug 6, 2020