how are you? I hope better than me because my current mood can be adequately summed up in a single tweet:
This week’s links
😡 The Rage of the Incels
This is a few years old but still an interesting and jarring read.
🦠 Human tissue preserved since World War I yields new clues about 1918 pandemic
”And this, children, is how the Spanish flu pandemic of 2032 started.” 😉
The live CD, the distribution vector that changed Linux forever.
🐜 The Never-Aging Ants With a Terrible Secret
This is a super fascinating read. It almost feels like if you replaced “tapeworm” with “money” and “ants” with “people” you’d end up with a decent description of the world we live in:
”[An agent] not of disaster, but of an insidious social sickness that sets reality only slightly, barely perceptibly, askew. Infected workers get a taste of invincibility and status, swaddling themselves in youth and the benefits it brings. They also form resource sinks that sap the energy of those around them.”
😱 Hackers Are Having a Field Day With AirTags
So if you give people location tracking devices they find ways to abuse them? Quelle Surprise…
📸 “Relentless Absurdity”: An Army Photographer’s Censored Images
Often, a picture indeed says more than a thousand words.
🇨🇳 Can the Xi Jinping Empire Hold?
With all eyes on the Middle East once again the ongoing human rights crisis in Xinjiang and Tibet won’t receive much attention. This article looks at Xi Jinping’s attempts at empire-building.
This may not be for everyone (or even for most) but I’m currently reading “UNIX: A History and a Memoir” (Amazon affiliate link) by Brian Kernighan (yes, the Brian Kernighan) and I really enjoy it. The amount of raw talent at Bell Labs at the period he describes is mind-boggling.
Until next week,