Something is wrong on the internet – James Bridle doing what he does best and opening everyone’s eyes to some messed up internet shit. The Story Behind the Chicago Newspaper That Bought a Bar is a great story and needs to be made into a movie (or a David Simon TV series). Humans Hate Being […]
Been a busy week this week… Inside the Mind of Thru-Hiking’s Most Devious Con Man is just one of those con-man articles I’m slightly addicted to. I Forgot my PIN: An epic tale of losing $30,000 in Bitcoin is Mark ‘Boing Boing’ Frauenfelder’s cautionary tale of not writing down you PIN and your recovery words […]
I spent most of this week at the Impakt festival in Utrecht listening to some brilliant people discuss the festival’s themes of Haunted Machines & Wicked Problems. Highlights included… Warren Ellis’ keynote: The Post Truth & Soft Power panel (especially Navine G. Khan-Dossos work): Royce Ng’s amazing Kishi The Vampire (you won’t get the whole […]
“Petscop,” the Creepy YouTube Series That Confounded Gamers on Reddit (a trip down the kind of murky internet rabbit hole I cannot resist). Farewell to Halt and Catch Fire, the best show that nobody watched (yes, it’s over, and it finished incredibly well). The War To Sell You A Mattress Is An Internet Nightmare (who […]
Mr. Robot returns, but is charging its batteries instead of changing the world (it’s back!). From Aggressive Overtures to Sexual Assault: Harvey Weinstein’s Accusers Tell Their Stories (me, and everyone else). Wim Wenders on his Polaroids – and why photography is now over Mr Throat and Me (I don’t smoke anymore but still enjoyed this).
The Polar Expedition That Went Berserk. How Breitbart And Milo Smuggled Nazi and White Nationalist Ideas Into The Mainstream Is the Internet Changing Time? A lovely, restrained Halt And Catch Fire lets everyone grieve in their own way (the third season of H&CF is just great). Also started reading Oliver Burkeman’s The Antidote: Happiness for […]
Michelle Dean Uncovers Some Truths About Snopes Stephen King on Movies Gerald’s Game, 1922, It, The Stand Kevin Smith’s Second Act Saying goodbye to white collar thinking A Novel on the Rise: Robin Sloan and Kevin Nguyen Talk “Sourdough” I read Robin Sloan’s brilliant, charming and slightly bonkers Sourdough this weekend. Highly recommended. Here’s his EYOE […]
Meet the Hands (and the Man) that Bring Chance the Rapper to the Deaf Where did rap’s now-ubiquitous “Migos flow” come from? Stephen King, The Art of Fiction No. 189 This Private Investigator Was The Original Most Interesting Man In The World Jeff Koons: Or, Who’s Liberating Whom? How to Make a Movie Out of […]
I wrote a work thing for Venture Beat. It’s about our efforts to personalise digital experiences and how that might be having the opposite effect. “In our attempt to engage everyone individually we are unwittingly creating a beige web, a homogenous echo chamber that is aesthetically and tonally normalized. And so we have to ask ourselves […]
Incredibly moving account of dealing with Alzheimer's #interesting2016 pic.twitter.com/O6zv0Uc3dx — Sinead Doyle (@smcdoyle) September 15, 2016 There were some absolutely fantastic talks at yesterday’s Interesting conference (I hesitate to call it a conference really, but I can’t think of a suitable synonym), but the one that really resonated with me for all sorts of reasons […]
Just some photos from tonight’s Interesting conference because I haven’t got time to write much today… because I’m at Interesting 2016.
An article from (shiver) the Telegraph’s property section about London’s ‘ghost signs’ and Sam Roberts, the man who ‘hunts for them’: With a background in advertising, working at big firms and on accounts such as Tesco, Roberts became interested in the history of advertising outdoors, and the ethical issues it raises. Big billboards, he says, […]
A column from today’s Guardian by Andrew Brown kind of resonated with me, probably because I’m on a bit of a break right now. Here’s a clip from the end: