A little while ago I did a series of monthly posts sharing some links. I liked it a lot, but I think it made the blog feed a little cluttered. Therefore, I’m going to be collecting links here. I’ll group them chronologically to maintain a sense of time. The blog posts will remain up, but I’m going to be replicating the contents here. I’ve also moved my blog roll here.
These are the places I like to go and read things on the web. Some of these people I know personally while others are internet strangers whose blogs I read. None of them asked to be on this blogroll. Also it should go without saying that I don’t endorse everything these people may say or do. I read the blogs because they produce slightly more content I like than not.
- Ana Rodrigues
- Angelika Strohmayer
- Brett & Kate McKay
- Charlie Owen
- Colin Walker
- Drew Devault
- Heydon Pickering
- Libera Folio
- Max Böck
- Maggie Appleton
- Mike Dent
- Patrick Rhone
- Phil Lord
- Robert Nielson
- Rosie Bellini
- Ruben Schade
- Scott Nesbitt (mostly The Plaintext Project)
These links are English only, there is a different set of Esperanto links on the Esperanto version of this page.
- Libertarianism is not what you think – Heydon writes clearly, succinctly, and brilliantly about how the superficial appeal of right-libertarianism masks a shallow philosophy which is designed to further empower those who want to work you to death without any regulations affecting their liberty to do so.
- Ebooks are an abomination – I actually read this article back in September (I swear it used to be called something different?), and I’ve got a response to it sitting half-finished in drafts. I disagree with the tone of this article a lot and reject some points made in the conclusion, but from an interactional design perspective the core argument around the haeccities of books was an eye-opener for me. Thoughts to follow, one day.
- A Solarpunk Post (Tumblr) – I wouldn’t normally link off to a Tumblr blog or other silos, but someone sent me this and I want to pass it on. It contains a list of UK-centric resources to take a break from the US-centred stuff that we often find online.
- From productivity porn to mindful productivity – Anne-Laure Le Cuff writes for Ness Labs about the difference between actually spending time thinking about being productive vs the ‘Productivity Porn’ which is sold. Trust capitalism to commodify the idea of being productive itself, and then package it back to you. The article is a solid read.
- How to Negotiate with Ransomware Hackers – I found this article via Scott Nesbitt’s Monday Kickoff. I’ve always found ransomware fascinating, due to the one time I had to remove some from my late father’s laptop manually as it had replaced the Windows Shell. It was as close as I’ve ever gotten to be a cool-ass hacker.
- The Aztecs Foresaw the End of the World – an old favourite of mine. I miss Sam Kriss a lot. He combines anti-capitalism with the mythopoetic language and worldview that I hold dear. Read this, it affected me once and I re-read it every year.
- Why are hyperlinks blue? – Elise Blanchard does a deep dive into the history of hyperlinks. I found this fascinating and thoroughly enjoyable.
- A Brief History & Ethos of the Digital Garden – I’ve been hiking around the Indieweb as of late, enjoying seeing people’s personal sites and reading blogs properly. One of the things I stumbled across was a bunch of people tending what they termed as “Digital Gardens”; collections of ever-green, constantly growing, articles that form a halfway house between a thesis on a subject and a public notebook. This was enlightening and something I may try out in the future.
- What Happened After My 13-Year-Old Son Joined the Alt-Right – I can’t remember how I found this one. It was a chilling read, but one that ultimately ends in hope. I think anyone who wants to counteract contemporary fascism should read this as it’s very insightful.
- Tagging is Broken – Tiago Forte unknowingly takes a potshot at my entire PhD thesis (not really, but close) and make some incredible points about the mental load required of tagging items. Whereas I once championed tags over categories, my academic research and posts like these are making me rethink the overall approach. I haven’t come to a solid conclusion yet, though. Perhaps this is something to plant in a digital garden in the future.
- A Markdown to PDF Workflow on Linux – a useful tutorial on generating a paginated PDF from markdown on Linux using
wkhtmltopdf. Perhaps you’re generating a paper from a markdown source and you’re wanting to avoid the LaTeX middle-step!
- Mormonism’s Sci-fi Swansong by Andrew Kay – a funny and interesting longread about an event in the Mormon Church.
- I Miss It All by Devin Kelly – Another longread, but one that captured a lot and made me feel things.
- A Man’s Guide to Wristwatches – I quite like AoM as a source of, generally, positive influence on contemporary men’s interests. This is one of their older articles, but as I’ve just started wearing a wristwatch again after some years I re-read it and found myself just as captivated as before.