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Het nieuwe station van Mechelen, 11 december 2019

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How I Eat For Free in NYC Using Python, Automation, Artificial Intelligence, and Instagram

Wat een held:

In today’s digital age, a large Instagram audience is considered a valuable currency. I had also heard through the grapevine that I could monetize a large following — or in my desired case — use it to have my meals paid for. So I did just that.

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It’s Not Enough to Be Right—You Also Have to Be Kind

In de lijst “dingen waar ik nog wel wat marge in heb”:

Why? Because you can’t reason people out of positions they didn’t reason themselves into. No one responds well to having their identity attacked. No argument made in bad faith—that the person on the other side is a moron or a dupe or a racist or a snowflake—is ever going to be received in good faith.

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How Social Media Hacked Civic Conversation

Cal Newport:

Adding quantifiable approval to a public forum leads to what’s known as moral grandstanding, an activity in which speakers take turns, each trying to out do those who came before them in whipping up approval from the crowd

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There is no algorithm for truth

Briljante lezing van YouTuber Tom Scott voor het Royal Institute in Londen:

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The Streaming Era Has Finally Arrived. Everything Is About to Change.

Interessante tijden, aldus ook The New York Times:

The onslaught is upending how Hollywood does business in almost every way.

Gerelateerd: Bij Business Casual, de podcast van de uitstekende dagelijkse nieuwsbrief Morning Brew, hadden ze het er ook over met iemand die er heel veel van af wist. Geweldig interessante aflevering. Ik parafraseer:

We don’t like to spend for media. You see us going back to the earlier days of television, where we used the attention of the people to sell other things. (Like soap.) And this is where Amazon and Apple have a head start.

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How Joe Buhlig’s Shabbat Helps Him Stay Intentional

Schermloze dagen for the win. Zo herkenbaar, dit interview op The Sweet Setup:

I was on the floor in our living room playing with my oldest daughter who was one and a half at the time. I was chasing her all over the house and she was giggling to no end. Life was good. But as we ran around the kitchen island once more, my phone dinged. I gave up chase, pulled out my phone, and read a notification that someone had liked one of my tweets. And that’s when it struck me that I had a problem.

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“We Followed the President’s Orders”: Gordon Sondland’s Testimony Likely Assures Trump’s Impeachment

Het kaartenhuisje begint te vallen, aldus The New Yorker:

Sondland testified under oath that the President manipulated U.S. foreign policy for his personal benefit, and that the White House is blocking the release of specific documents that corroborate Sondland’s account. For those Republican senators who have tried to maintain some distance from the President, the stakes are perilously high.

Meer bij The Atlantic:

“We did not want to work with Mr. Giuliani,” Sondland said. “Simply put, we played the hand we were dealt. We all understood that if we refused to work with Mr. Giuliani, we would lose an important opportunity to cement relations between the United States and Ukraine. So we followed the president’s orders.”

Ik heb lang gedacht dat de uiteindelijke fall guy Rudi Giuliani zou zijn, gezien hij een “externe” is in het Witte Huis en hij overal wel héél hard tussenzit. Deze getuigenis verbindt de opdrachten van de man expliciet aan de president én de vice-president, en dat maakt het des te grootser.

Wisten jullie dat, mochten de president én de de vice-president (de eerste opvolger) uit hun ambt ontheven worden, dat dan de speaker of the house de nieuwe president wordt? Dat is Nancy Pelosi. Ja, die, ja.

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Not Longer Life

Prachtig kunstproject dat stillevens namaakt in de huidige tijd, inclusief belachelijk veel plastic verpakking:

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In China, every day is Kristallnacht

The Washington Post:

Workers in the world of human rights tend to be highly reticent when it comes to Nazi analogies. The Holocaust was a unique event. Yet at the unveiling of the report last week, the Holocaust kept pushing itself into the conversation as the only adequate point of comparison. Omer Kanat, director and co-founder of the Uyghur Human Rights Project, noted the Kristallnacht anniversary.