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"Treating all engagement equally, irrespective of content, will invariably amplify misinformation, sensationalism, hate, and other societal harms. It is so predictable that it is (perhaps) a natural law of social networks."

gimletmedia.com/shows/the-jour

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the matrix sequels were good, actually

i will not be elaborating

pandemic (joke) 

starting to think that that televangelist guy who blew COVID away forever, ending the pandemic, may not have been totally on the level

I haven't heard that name since the great vowel shift of 1600

anyone want to do NaBloPoMo with me?

rules: make one blog post (of at least one word) every day of November

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Insect (cute tho) 

Found a chunky friend in the garden 🐛

song in which every note, every beat, is a compressed, pitch-shifted copy of the song itself

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if uber drivers decide to strike, then calling an uber is not "crossing the picket line". but driving for uber is.

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PSA: when workers withhold their labor, that's a strike. when consumers withhold their patronage, that's a boycott.

both are examples of collective action but they are not the same - they exert pressure from different sides of the market. each serves a different group with different demands. you don't need a boycott for a strike to be effective, and vice versa.

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my perspective on delta as a public health worker 

as a person who works closely with a county public health department, i am often privy to an internal perspective that is less accessible to the general public.

currently, that narrative in my county heath dept is as follows:

delta is aggressively spreading, and hospital beds are filling. if you haven’t already, return to lockdown procedures to the best of your ability. yes, even if you and everyone you know is vaccinated.

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who called them blood-bourne pathogens and not hemogoblins

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here's an idea: bring back Google Labs. don't change anything about the product strategy, just stick things under the Labs moniker when they launch and if they survive two years then graduate them into a full-fledged Google product (and actually keep supporting them)

this would solve the google graveyard PR disaster while basically not changing how the company is run

(Google, you can have this idea for a small* consulting fee)

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> I've written before about how Google's constant product shutdowns damage the brand, and messaging apps are one of the biggest contributors to the growing Google graveyard. [...] Like any social app, messaging apps are dependent on the network effect, and shutting them down every two years is a great way to sabotage any possible user adoption.

and there it is. Google's already-aggravating product shutdown habit is doing double damage to their chat attempts

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