Year: 2019

  • Invisible Filter Bubbles

    Invisible Filter Bubbles

    This did not occur to me. As an algorithm gets better at recommending content that matches and reinforces what a community is looking for, the negative complaints go down which makes it harder for someone outside (such as platform moderators) the filter bubble from detecting these closed communities in the first place. The algorithm is […]

  • The week that was

    The week that was

    Quirky stories from the week prior.

  • Distribution without tears

    Written somewhere over Kansas on the way to WordCamp for Publishers. Please look me up if you want to chat about this post. This is a shameless pitch for a plugin to WordPress my company just published but there are also broader ideas proposed here and I would love your feedback. SmartNews is a mobile […]

  • The week that was

    The week that was

    Quirky stories from the week prior.

  • Pete Buttigieg & Structural Change

    While it’s important to talk about the issues, they are all just ideas and plans until we have a debate about the structure of our political system – that is what is limiting our ability to make real changes that will stick. Here’s Mayor Pete from last night’s debate: [This is] the conversation that we […]

  • The week that was

    The week that was

    Quirky stories from the week prior.

  • The week that was

    The week that was

    Quirky stories from the week prior.

  • The week that was

    The week that was

    A rooster in France was hauled into court for crowing too loudly during the early morning hours. An Uber pulled up to a wildlife rehabilitation center in Utah with a single passenger, a baby Lesser Goldfinch bird. Tim Crowley came across the bird when he was drinking with his friends and was too drunk to […]

  • The week that was

    The week that was

    In preparation for all-electric double-decker buses, Transport for London commissioned new sounds that will alert people when these new, much quieter, buses are approaching. Bubbling noises and intermittent bleeps were voted down as “too spaceshippy” in favor of a canned recording of the old Routemaster bus which could be heard “a mile off.” It was […]

  • The week that was

    The week that was

    An outfit called BASE Hologram has put together a tour featuring Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison holograms touring with a live backup band. A bit more DIY, a zoo in Japan held a drill for a polar bear escape and dressed a zoo employee in a bear suit the make the exercise more realistic. He […]

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