The Wednesday Four (12/07/16)

It’s been a month since the election. That’s pretty much all I’ve got. Onto the links.

  • Blade Runner: the typography and design (Typeset in the Future)
My Grape Jelly Raider

Male baltimore oriole in my back yard (c) Tina :0)

The Wednesday Four (6/22/16)

Happy Cleveland Cavaliers Championship Parade Day! I wish I was in Cleveland. Onto the links.

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2016 NBA Champions (c) Cavs

The Wednesday Four (09/23/15)

Today’s theme is sports and amazing ladies. Enjoy!

  • Wheels Up The fast, bruising life of Lizzie Armanto (California Sunday Magazine)

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Armanto (photo (c) Julian Bleecker)

The Wednesday Four (09/09/15)

I hope everyone had a nice, long Labor Day weekend, if you celebrate it, that is (or, you know, live in the US). We have new New York Times links today. And yes, before you ask, I am a Serena Williams fan.

  • Like It’s 1999: On Serena Williams’s Dominance and the Passage of Time (Grantland)
  • The Agency: From a nondescript office building in St. Petersburg, Russia, an army of well-paid “trolls” has tried to wreak havoc all around the Internet — and in real-life American communities. (NYTimes)

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Serena Williams  Day 9 action at the 2015 BNP Paribas Open. (photo (c) mirsasha)

The Wednesday Four (07/15/15)

I guess I should apologize for having three Buzzfeed links, but that would require me to be sorry about it. Which I’m not. Also, there’s a link from Fusion, which if you don’t read, you should. Their stuff’s pretty interesting. My only concession about Buzzfeed is that their headlines suck, but then again everyone’s using headlines that are basically clickbait — does that make it okay? I don’t know, but I don’t have to like it.

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Lake Michigan, South Haven, MI (photo (c) Eve Hermann

The Wednesday Four (07/01/15)

A lot of these are depressing. Apologies in advance. To make up for it, there’s a picture of a kitten at the bottom of this post.

  • Split Image: On Instagram, Madison Holleran’s life looked ideal: Star athlete, bright student, beloved friend. But the photos hid the reality of someone struggling to go on. (ESPN)

 

Our new kitten Shetti

Our new kitten Shetti (c) Merlijn Hoek

 

The Wednesday Four (04/22/15)

Hey, look, some links!

  • The future of loneliness  As we moved our lives online, the internet promised an end to isolation. But can we find real intimacy amid shifting identities and permanent surveillance? (Guardian)

As someone who has a social life divided by the internet and the physical world, I found the first article to be fascinating, if somewhat ill-informed. I truly believe that friendships you make online are just as real as those you make in person. Actually, I don’t just believe this, I know it. I have several very close friends who I only know through the internet. I’ve met a couple of them in person and I was the bridesmaid in another’s wedding. But there are others who I may never meet, as we live oceans apart. This doesn’t devalue our friendships in any way, shape or form.

I believe the crux of the problem is relying on the idea that followers on social media are the same as tangible friends — the ones you talk to (you may email them every day, or every week, month or even once or twice a year — but they are your friends and not just people you happen to know). I have over 100 followers (each) on twitter, tumblr and on Facebook. I would only consider a handful of these to be actual friends and of those, even fewer who are close friends. If you confuse friendship and followers, then you’re missing two things: the point of social media is not to create a super large group of actual friends and friendships cannot be bound or determined by anything other than the relationship between two people. I feel that the author, at the end of the article, came to realize that it is the quality of the friendships, not the quantity of the ‘friends’ that really matters.

The Wednesday Four (04/08/15)

Trying again to do links posts. Maybe this time it’ll work! Hopefully, every week, I’ll share four of the most interesting links I’ve run across. We’ll see how long it lasts. Also, keep your eyes on this blog, I’m going to try to use it more and more. Onto today’s links:

A note about the fourth link. I’m a huge fan of Bong Joon Ho’s flims (the only one most of you might’ve watched is Snowpiercer) but I would recommend any of the films he’s directed (except for Barking Dogs Never Bite, because I haven’t seen it). The Host is (or was) on Netflix, I think Mother might be on it, too. But if you can, I would highly, highly recommend Memories of Murder, it is excellent in every way.

Thursday Links

A collection of interesting links I’ve read throughout the week (or, really, since the last time I made a links post).

  • The Ghost Files: US historians have long complained about gaps in the National Archives. Can big-data analysis show what kinds of information the government is keeping classified? (Columbia)
  • China Gives Hong Kong Its Worst: If China wants Hong Kong residents to stop taking to the streets in protest, it should start picking better leaders. Of course, that’s exactly why an estimated 300,000 demonstrated yesterday and almost 800,000 voted in a recent unofficial referendum: to gain the right to choose the city’s chief executive officer. (Bloomberg View)
  • Hobby Lobby Is Only the Beginning: A country that cannot even agree on the idea of religious accommodation, let alone on what terms, is unlikely to agree on what to do next. A country in which many states cannot manage to pass basic anti-discrimination laws covering sexual orientation is one whose culture wars may be beyond the point of compromise. And a nation whose marketplace itself is viewed, for better or worse, as a place to fight both those battles rather than to escape from them is still less likely to find surcease from struggle. (New York Times)
  • The Urgent Need to Shield Journalism in the Age of Surveillance: The media landscape has been transformed by NSA contractor Edward Snowden’s decision to leak a vast cache of documents to select journalists, notably at the Guardian and the Washington Post, which made global headlines a year ago this month. And “the new challenge this year is how to maintain the Internet as somewhere for free expression and innovation,” as Michael Maness, VP of journalism and innovation at the Knight Foundation, said. (PBS)