how are you today? 2021 isn’t necessarily off to the best start, I already saw people asking if it’s too early to ask for 2020 back… I'm trying to remain cautiously positive, but looking at the news from around the world this isn’t particularly easy.
This week’s links
🗣 How to Talk to Friends and Family Who Share Conspiracy Theories
Unfortunately, many people may need a guide like this right now.
💩 The Inciter-in-Chief
”It’s just four years, how bad can it really be?” Turns out, pretty bad.
✊ White Supremacists Have Weaponized an Imaginary Viking Past. It's Time to Reclaim the Real History
Alas, white supremacists don’t seem to let reality interfere with their weird notions, but it’s worth a try.
☎ How Telephone Phreaking Worked
I already knew most of this, but this conference talk by Dave Murray aka The 8-Bit Guy is a neat summary of phreaking, war dialing, and related concepts (the actual talk starts about 4:20 minutes into the video). While not relevant anymore today, phreaking plays a central role in the early hacking culture.
🇸🇬 A minority within minorities: Growing up as an African-Singaporean
Singapore is slowly coming to terms with the fact that its citizens can’t all be clearly assigned to one of the four official racial categories.
🧫 Bacteria can tell the time
Like humans, animals, and plants non-photosynthetic bacteria also seem to have biological clocks.
🎤 The Wondrous Rhymes of MF Doom
The public only quite recently learned that rapper MF Doom passed on Halloween and this New Yorker article is a great tribute to one of my favorite MCs.
🪐 Scientists Find More Evidence That Galaxies Are Synced Up In a 'Cosmic Web'
Probably a result of the simulation, our creators probably had to take a couple of shortcuts to make the code fast enough 😉
🥷 Stealing Your Private YouTube Videos, One Frame at a Time
While not a supercritical bug in itself, this is a great read on how to find security vulnerabilities.
I love biographies and am currently reading “Open” (Amazon affiliate link) by Andre Agassi my favorite tennis player during the 90s and early naughts. I really like it so far, it’s well-written and seems to offer an honest look at his past, his complicated relationship with his father, and other topics.
Until next week,
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