great thread on blocking by zeynep tufekci

zeynep tufekci thread on blocking the noise on twitter to actually see the interesting feedback and responses. I try not to block actual criticism but things I've started pretty much automatically blocking to make Twitter usable: Snitch-tagging; "Oh you're surprised?" reply guys; People who respond to an article *I* wrote with a point made in the article as if I could have no idea. — zeynep tufekci (@zeynep) February 16, 2021 meta location: Minneapolis weather: 1....

February 17, 2021 · 1 min · steve ulrich

today, there's a solid argument for keeping the skyways

an excellent 99% invisible episode about the minneapolis skyways. these are truly a mixed bag. but today, it was -19F when i woke up. at midday, it’s -10F. we definitely need to do something about the unwelcoming nature of the skyways. i’m not ready to give up on them yet. meta location: Minneapolis weather: -9.4°F and Clear

February 14, 2021 · 1 min · steve ulrich

policy/ideological consistency and polarization

misc. reading … ‘Conservatives’ may be more liberal than they let on The researchers set out to better understand recent studies showing that self-described liberals are likelier than people who call themselves conservative to shield themselves from contact with their ideological out-group, including by blocking them on social media and cutting out would-be friends because of their views. For example, data from the 2018 Cooperative Congressional Election Study corroborated the asymmetry between the groups, showing that liberals are more likely than conservatives to report both blocking and being blocked over political differences....

February 10, 2021 · 2 min · steve ulrich

when the news is an attack on you personally

largely apropos of nothing given the state of things these days. the article is primarily interesting to me given the author author and the candor. Op-Ed: I called Arizona for Biden on Fox News. Here’s what I learned Having been cosseted by self-validating coverage for so long, many Americans now consider any news that might suggest that they are in error or that their side has been defeated as an attack on them personally....

February 1, 2021 · 1 min · steve ulrich

even satan disappointed by GOP

Even I, Satan, Am Appalled at the State of the Republican Party so many gems in this piece. And make no mistake, I hate war. Sure, all the people responsible for the millions of deaths get tormented with Ben Shapiro’s audiobook version of Lolita on full volume for all of time. But you know what happens to the millions of innocent people? They go UP, not DOWN. …...

January 18, 2021 · 1 min · steve ulrich

from the department of ... trust us.

“A U.S. Department of Justice lawyer argued Monday that the United States can kill its own citizens without judicial review when litigation would reveal state secrets. The argument drew alarm among judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Courthouse News Service reports.” US can kill its own citizens without review when state secrets are involved, DOJ lawyer argues via Instapaper meta location: home weather: 26....

January 6, 2021 · 1 min · steve ulrich

reading: to hold up the sky

to hold up the sky – cixin liu a coworker described liu’s work as having a very small view of humans. my initial interpretation of his remarks were that liu held a dim/negative view of humans and humanity. this was largely informed based on my (incomplete) reading of the dark forest trilogy. human’s don’t behave well and are driven by base desires. i was wrong.b this collection of shorts corrects my understanding of things....

January 3, 2021 · 1 min · steve ulrich

shocking amounts of debt

READING: I Don’t Feel Like Buying Stuff Anymore “The US didn’t become a nation of consumers because everyone has ample amounts of discretionary cash. Before the pandemic, income inequality had reached its highest levels since the Depression. Most Americans’ wages, when adjusted for inflation and purchasing power, have barely risen in four decades. In 2018, with the economy at its most robust in years, 61% of Americans said they could not cover a surprise expense of $400....

May 27, 2020 · 2 min · steve ulrich