Cultures of Typographic Design

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How to run a small social network site for your friends

Since August 2018 I have run a social network site called Friend Camp for about 50 of my friends. I think Friend Camp is a really nice place, and my friends seem to agree that it has enriched our lives. I’d like to see more places like Friend Camp on the internet, and this document […]

Pentagon testing mass surveillance balloons across the US | US news | The Guardian

Travelling in the stratosphere at altitudes of up to 65,000ft, the balloons are intended to “provide a persistent surveillance system to locate and deter narcotic trafficking and homeland security threats”, according to a filing made on behalf of the Sierra Nevada Corporation, an aerospace and defence company. Source: Pentagon testing mass surveillance balloons across the […]

How robots became a scapegoat for the destruction of the working class

Three papers in the last year — one by the Aspen Institute’s Future of Work Initiative, one from the Roosevelt Institute and Duke University, and another in development from Roosevelt — suggest maybe the automation we’re seeing now is little different from the technological advances we’ve seen in every other era. Instead, the problems of […]

But I’ve lately undergone a crisis of confidence: I find it hard to hit the road without consulting my phone. And while I’d like to think the recommended route (from Google, Waze, Hopstop, etc.) is just one influence among many—that I have other preferences their algorithms can’t perceive—I’m not too proud to confess that I […]

View of Owning the servers: A design fiction exploring the transformation of fandom into “our own” | Transformative Works and Cultures

View of Owning the servers: A design fiction exploring the transformation of fandom into “our own” | Transformative Works and Cultures cfiesler: cfiesler: I wrote this essay for the “future of fandom” issue of Transformative Works and Cultures.  It is written as a design fiction, which is a cousin to fanfiction in the same way that […]

on the suicide of Tumblr

bowiesongs: I’ve wondered for a few years now what the endgame would be for this odd site: the black sheep of the social media venues. Tumblr is, and always has been, completely un-”monetizable”—i have no idea how it makes any money whatsoever . But at its best, it’s the last throwback to the internet that […]


notational: dailyrothko: My last Rothko painting post was just flagged as adult content, showing you how well these bots work. Sigh. If I don’t make the cut somehow, please check my instagram for updates on where I will land. Hope to see you all after the 17th! Wow! shop for your fine AI and […]

papasmoke: papasmoke: the funniest glitch gif ive ever seen is that one of the onion knight standing on that rock waving then becoming the rock This couldn’t be better if it had been intentional. The looping makes it better, fractal. It’s a thing of beauty, this glitch gif

The story of “Lenny” — a chatbot designed to make telemarketing unprofitable

mostlysignssomeportents: I get several robocalls a day, along with Microsoft tech support scams, and IRS scams. The calls get forwarded to Jolly Roger Telephone bots that engage in inane conversations with the pests. From Jolly Roger’s website: By keeping the bad guys busy, you keep them from pestering other innocent people, and you hit them […]