It’s difficult to deny that the social and technological experiment that is the Internet has essentially failed – instead of becoming a forum for the free exchange of ideas, we’ve been subsumed by for-profit algorithms, disinformation, and trolls spewing hatred. While it won’t solve most of these problems, there’s a great browser extension called Shut Up that blocks comments on most sites.
Lastly, this Nick Drake song has been in my head this week.
I recently finished reading Lisa Margonelli’s book ‘Underbug: An Obsessive Tale of Termites and Technology‘ and I highly recommend it, even if you don’t think you’re interested in termites. I had no idea how much I didn’t know about termites and what they reveal about the complexity of natural systems.
Finally, I’ve been listening to a lot of John Coltrane lately, and I can’t get enough of his performance of ‘My Favourite Things‘ on the album Afro Blue Impressions.