Grab a tissue

The best TED talk from TED2018

I had the utmost privilege to see this talk in person in Vancouver earlier this year. It’s an absolutely incredible story, told with love and levity, that touches on the best humanity has to offer in matters of the heart and in scientific achievement.

I could drink you

Everything is Alive

Ian Chillag’s new podcast is so. delightfullly. weird.

Each episode features an unscripted interview with an inanimate object. Louis, a can of cola, has lived a long shelf life and, nearing the end, has some compelling thoughts about death, er… being consumed.tthan 

Wrong Inbox

re Taye Diggs concert tomorrow

This is the email that started it all. And how could it not? 

When one is unwittingly invited into the inner circle of a bone fide triple threat, you start to scrutinize to all of those misdirected emails that might have been trashed or spammed in the past.

Hi ██████,
█████ (cc’d here), gave me your email. Glad to work with you tomorrow.
I’ve attached a stage plot, even though I’ll also be there to help set up/place instruments tomorrow. I’ve also attached a set list, which details some of the “moods” of each song (to give lighting ideas) and also who’s playing/when my mic needs to be on for backup singing, etc, etc.
Also, wanna confirm that the stage extension will be in, yes? Taye will often be dancing - really, dancing and moving around - so we’ll need the space (and also make sure we light the space accordingly, please).
And we can still use the drums in the space?
And also, I’m hoping the piano is well in tune?
Oh, finally, we’ll have some VIPs tomorrow (this may be more of an April question), so hoping we can have some tables with “reserved” place-cards on them? I can give the reserved list to whomever is at the door.
Thanks much!
Best,
███ ████
Books

On Bullshit by Harry G. Frankfurt

Highlights

[…] In fact, people do tend to be more tolerant of bullshit than lies, perhaps because we are less inclined to take the former as a personal affront. We may seek to distance ourselves from bullshit, but we are more likely to turn away from it with an impatient or irritated shrug than with the sense of violation or outrage that lies often inspire.
Anti-social

Surveillance capitalism

Anna Wiener in The Atlantic on digging through a decade of her Facebook data:

If anything, Download Your Information is a consolation prize offered to those of us on the losing end of surveillance capitalism. The folder underscored some of social media’s most unappealing qualities: the distortion of a natural, human experience of time, and an insistence on never quite letting it go.
Books

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Highlights

Once again this argument was unanswerable. Certainly the animals did not want Jones back; if the holding of debates on Sunday mornings was liable to bring him back, then the debates must stop. Boxer, who had now had time to think things over, voiced the general feeling by saying: “If Comrade Napoleon says it, it must be right.” And from then on he adopted the maxim, “Napoleon is always right,” in addition to his private motto of “I will work harder.”
ᴀʟʟ ᴀɴɪᴍᴀʟs ᴀʀᴇ ᴇǫᴜᴀʟ ʙᴜᴛ sᴏᴍᴇ ᴀɴɪᴍᴀʟs ᴀʀᴇ ᴍᴏʀᴇ ᴇǫᴜᴀʟ ᴛʜᴀɴ ᴏᴛʜᴇʀs
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