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2021 media diet

movies save yourselves - far more entertaining than initially expected. this made 2021 the year of the poufe. shirley - elizabeth moss plays menace with glee. not fun, tough to pull away from as well. the assistant - i can’t recall the last time that you loathed a character that you never actually saw on screen so much. oh, and seriously? boner injections are a thing? women in blue (PBS) - predates the murder of george floyd....

February 14, 2021 · sulrich

reading: termination shock

reading: termination shock termination shock author: neal stephenson ISBN: 0063028050 personal rating: 4/5 misc. notes burned through this as quickly as i was reasonably able to as a grown-ass man with other responsibilities. it’s a pretty solid and fun stephenson ride. as far as fiction goes, i enjoyed it immensely as a work of fiction and fodder for thought. there’s quite a bit to dig into. but frustratingly for me it falls a bit short on the range of impacts and options out there....

November 27, 2021 · steve ulrich

20211127 - links, etc.

meta location: Minneapolis, MN weather: 28.4°F and Partly Cloudy links, etc Here’s Why Rapid COVID Tests Are So Expensive and Hard to Find — ProPublica a particularly irritating read givenour recent need to scrounge up some tests over the past couple of days given an unexpected exposure. when we were in iceland last month, it was interesting to see that they have endcaps full of at-home test kits....

November 27, 2021 · steve ulrich

20211125 - links, etc.

meta location: Minneapolis, MN weather: 15.8°F and Clear links, etc Wildfire Is Transforming Alaska and Amplifying Climate Change - Scientific American given everything that’s at stake this is particularly bad news. also, a delicious data visualization that lines up alaskan seasonal temps with fire seasons and first/last snows over the past 100-ish years. the trend against acreage burned is particularly interesting.

November 25, 2021 · steve ulrich

20211123 - links, etc.

meta location: Minneapolis, MN weather: 26.6°F and Clear links, etc How Facebook and Google fund global misinformation | MIT Technology Review oof.

November 23, 2021 · steve ulrich

20211122 - links, etc.

meta location: Minneapolis, MN weather: 19.4°F and Mostly Cloudy links, etc Creating dangerous viruses in the lab is a bad way to guard against future pandemics - Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists apparently, we’ll fund the wildest shit.

November 22, 2021 · steve ulrich

20211121 - links, etc.

meta location: Minneapolis, MN weather: 35.6°F and Partly Cloudy links, etc Not to Be | by Audrey Wollen | The New York Review of Books dignified death. Q&A: Ghost Robotics CEO on Armed Robots for the U.S. Military - IEEE Spectrum yeah, wallow in that nightmare fuel.

November 21, 2021 · steve ulrich

20211115 - links, etc.

meta location: Lanesboro, MN weather: 28.4°F and Cloudy links, etc The Future Is Electric | by Bill McKibben | The New York Review of Books Bugs in Our Pockets: The Risks of Client-Side Scanning - Lawfare companion paper both are worth hunkering down with.

November 15, 2021 · steve ulrich