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Knitting at the end of the world I love this picture of actor Nicholas Hoult knitting on the set of Mad Max: Fury Road. As do I. Contrasts are always interesting. Trent Reznor Thinks Artists Should Speak Out “Bad Witch,” your ninth studio album with Nine Inch Nails, is the final record of a politically-minded trilogy you began in 2016. If you have a platform you must use it, now more than ever. Now is the envy of the dead Do not lose time on daily trivialities. Do not dwell on petty detail. For all of these things melt away, and drift apart within the obscure traffic of time. Live well, and live broadly. You are alive and living now. …

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Philosophy shrugged: ignoring Ayn Rand won’t make her go away Philosophers love to hate Ayn Rand. It’s trendy to scoff at any mention of her. One philosopher told me that: ‘No one needs to be exposed to that monster.’ Many propose that she’s not a philosopher at all and should not be taken seriously. The problem is that people are taking her seriously. Academic arguments aside, if it works for you, it can’t be all that bad. Can it? Disposable America A straw is a simple thing. It’s a tube, a conveyance mechanism for liquid. The defining characteristic of the straw is the emptiness inside it. This is the stuff of tragedy, and America. As we ban plastic ones, look …

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Can our phones solve our love lives? It would be most of our first choices to have relationships in the real world; but for many of us, it is a great deal more plausible to pursue them with, and via, our phones. Phones provide exemplary compensation for the frustrations of living with actual people. Solve? My phone IS my love life! This Dr is demanding to be addressed by her title, and the men aren’t happy A woman on Twitter had the audacity to ask to be referred to by her earned title of Dr and, unsurprisingly, drew ire from a gaggle of angry men online. The end of angry men cannot happen quickly enough Open Ocean: 10 Hours of …

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Why are (some) Star Wars fans so toxic? With at least one new film every year, you’d think it would be easy being a Star Wars fan in 2018, but it isn’t. That’s not because JJ Abrams killed off Han Solo in Episode VII, or The Last Jedi snuffed out Luke Skywalker. I love Star Wars. It’s my childhood universe. How can it bring so much hate? Ersatz Free Trials On Monday Apple announced that they are officially supporting so-called “free trials” for non-subscription apps. The reaction has been a breathless celebration that Apple has finally relented and given developers something we’ve been asking, no begging, for since the dawn of the App Store. Apple are relentless at maintaining their …

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10 Strikes and You’re Out – the iOS Feature You’re Probably Not Using But Should For many years now, iOS has offered an option in the Passcode section of the Settings all: “Erase all data on this iPhone after 10 failed passcode attempts. tldr; the timeout between attempts increases, would take 4 hrs to get through all 10. Wearing glasses may really mean you’re smarter, major study finds If you wear glasses I’ve got some good news: you may well be smarter than the average person. A new study published in the journal Nature Communications has found that needing to wear glasses is associated with higher levels of intelligence. But you probably knew that already. Does having glasses but not wearing …

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Poverty lingers a septic wound, choleric, stenching, bursting rancid all over your Sunday best. You jest at scars, that never felt a wound, I muttered to my phone screen as an avatar of a sneering man stared back, his grainy face positioned just to the left of his barbed jab about why a ‘bestselling author needs to be begging for tips on Twitter’. Heart wrenching post from Jack Monroe. Never presume what others are going through. Appearances invariably are NOT as things actually are. Life is complex for everyone. The Unconscious Rules of Personal Space The distance you keep from others is an elaborate, instinctive dance. President Trump has a signature handshake. It hit the world stage at the United …

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Google’s File on Me Was Huge. Here’s Why It Wasn’t as Creepy as My Facebook Data. Google has far more data about us than Facebook. Yet unlike Mark Zuckerberg’s social networking empire, which has been under fire for improperly leaking user data, Google has sidestepped controversy. Next up, Apple who announced their own way to check all your data. I’ve checked. Apple has the least data on me of the big ‘3’. Just sayin’ Rise And Shine! Astronauts Get Wake-Up Music In Space As you might expect, many of the tracks match a theme: Fries’s list includes David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” on three separate occasions, and Elton John’s “Rocket Man” six. Struggle to get out of bed, wake up like …

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The Power of Eddie Vedder’s Voice: Hear Isolated Vocal Tracks from Three Classic Pearl Jam Songs A lifetime of rock star excess has taken its toll on Eddie Vedder’s voice but not on his talent. Most recent performances have tilted towards the gentle, the acoustic, the Americana, reflecting his larger embrace of the broad expanse of American music. And yes, he can still rock when needs be. This man literally brought me to tears the first (and only) time I saw them live. They opened with Release Me. Powerful. And for His Next Act, Ev Williams Will Fix the Internet For years, Ev Williams was saddled with doubts. As a co-founder of Blogger and Twitter and, more recently, as the …

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Which Came First, The Chicken Or The Egg? Roman scholar Plutarch made the earliest written reference to this problem, but it’s clear from his treatise “On Whether the Hen or the Egg Came First” that he wasn’t the first to ask it. In his circle, it wasn’t just about poultry. Alas, this still doesn’t explain why everything tastes like chicken. ErrorPort It’s a pretty standard pattern. If Apple neglects a product line for five-plus years, it’s dead, Jim. And this one, we actually already knew about in 2016. Still, it’s shockingly dumbfounding that Apple has officially killed off the AirPort product line. If only… echoes a lot of my thoughts. Unless there is a much longer game being played, surprised …

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quotemail #46: stitched together It me. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about communication in the last couple of years, and how intention isn’t magical. We may not have intended to be unclear (at best) or offensive (at worse), but it is on us to repair the damage nonetheless. Breaking the format for this week, I wanted to highlight this. Partly because it’s written by a very talented person whom I’m lucky enough to call a friend, and partly because it speaks to the very heart of this blog, the title, and my entire raison d’etre. It’s a daily email which I’ve linked to before and, 46 days since it started, has yet to be anything other than interesting, …

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