things i read #2

Sometimes I read something really good online and I just wanna save it somewhere. This is that stuff. Split into categories for easier browsing! (Category names intentionally vague/sometimes inaccurate.)

Femme Wearables!

Yes that’s right, I found not one but two articles on decorative tech for feminine humans this week, so I had to make a category! Admit it, you’re thrilled.

Virtual Reality Nail Art Is Here And It’s Insane, Arabelle Sicardi for i-D: Wearable animated interactive nails! I’ve never worn fake nails in my life but these are so great. Tech where the point is decoration. I love it. (I nerd out about beauty, okay.)

Somehow Teen Girls Get the Coolest Wearable, Kyle Vanhemert for Wired: Mr. Vanhemert, did you write this headline? Pick a better one. Anyway the wearable is basically a programmable, light-up, digital friendship bracelet. Real talk: I kind of want one.

Tech Culture

Why there are so many video lectures in online learning, and why there probably shouldn’t be, Katherine McConachie & Philipp Schmidt for Medium (on Medium? how does Medium work?): Video lectures have never really worked for me…in many ways they just replicate the flaws of a regular old lecture in a format that makes me want to multitask even more, you know? The best sentence in this whole article is: “If you do use video, take advantage of its strengths as a medium.” Yes. Exactly. Thank you.

The Life Cycle of Programming Languages, Betsy Haibel for Model View Culture: “Each new project that thinks of diversity and inclusion and anti-harassment policies as questions for later — you know, after the ladies and the queers show up and start demanding them — dooms itself to making similarly fundamental, direction-setting mistakes in both the shape of its community and in the shape of the code itself.” New programming language communities are frustratingly homogenous/dominated by white men. This is a great criticism of that culture.

Data

What the Different Emoji Hearts of Instagram Mean, Molly McHugh for Wired: Machine learning on Instagram emoji.

(Sorry, I meant to make this one shorter than the last one! Next time.)

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