- Misinformation dropped dramatically the week after Twitter banned Trump and some allies | “Zignal Labs charts 73 percent decline on Twitter and beyond following historic action against the president.”
- It’s like a Little Free Library, but there’s art inside. People are flocking to it, tiny art in hand. | “Stacy Milrany probably runs the only art gallery in the country where visitors are encouraged to walk away with the art. And as far as she knows, her Little Free Art Gallery in Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood is likely the only museum where all of the works will fit neatly in a pocket.”
- The Year in Illustration 2020 | “The most memorable illustrations of 2020, as chosen by art directors at The New York Times.”
- Expensify CEO David Barrett: ‘Most CEOs are not bad people, they’re just cowards’ | “Remember that one time when we almost had civil war? What did you do about it?”
- Goodbye and good riddance to the 16:9 aspect ratio | “For lovers of tall screens, it’s a great time to be alive.”
- The case for a four-day week | “A new book argues that shorter working time should be at the heart of post-pandemic recovery.”
- A 43,900-year-old cave painting is the oldest story ever recorded | “At this very moment, you’re a participant in one of the things that makes us human: the telling and consumption of stories. It’s impossible to say when our species began telling each other stories—or when we first evolved the ability to use language to communicate not only simple, practical concepts but to share vivid accounts of events real or imagined. But by 43,900 years ago, people on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi had started painting some of their stories in images on cave walls.”
- What color was “Apple Beige”? | “I went looking for a defining color of its era. I found it in an old jar of paint.
Apple’s second computer — its first to have a case — launched in 1977, and that boxy beige Apple II was soon everywhere: in classrooms, living rooms and offices.”
- HALT AND CATCH FIRE SYLLABUS | “This site features a curriculum developed around the television series, Halt and Catch Fire (2014-2017), a fictional narrative about people working in tech during the 1980s-1990s. The intent is for this website to be used by self-forming small groups that want to create a “watching club” (like a book club) and discuss aspects of technology history that are featured in this series.”
- Retiring Tucows Downloads | “We have made the difficult decision to retire the Tucows Downloads site. We’re pleased to say that much of the software and other assets that made up the Tucows Downloads library have been transferred to our friends at the Internet Archive for posterity. “
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