All bookmarks from the Cardfile. (Listed in the order I added them, with the newest first – it’s still a hot mess.)

How technology literally changes our brains

The Ezra Klein Show interviews Nicholas Carr about deep reading and digital thinking.

2 notes

Metaphor: the Alchemy of Thought

Axis Praxis on the importance of metaphor.

3 notes

How the Blog Broke the Web

Amy Hoy writes about how early blog engines grew into CMS-es while keeping their chronological content sorting as standard. This brought a focus on datestamped updates to a whole bunch of people who wanted easy websites, but with no need to stamp their content with a publish date.

1 note

The mind of an anthill

Interview with behavioral biologist Stephen Pratt about his paper “The Psychology of Superorganisms: Collective Decision Making by Insect Societies”.

1 note

The Endless Struggle of the About Page

Daniel Benneworth-Gray on the neurotic thought processes that go into writing an “About”-page for a personal website.

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Carnival Knowledge: On Mort Drucker

Mort Drucker’s obituary in The Comics Journal.

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The Vandalisation of ‘UX’

Everything wrong with “UX”.

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Ant colony memories

Super interesting article about emergent ant behavior and superorganism memory. (Ants are fascinating, it’s fun comparing ant colonies to our own brains.)

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Mississippi towboats

“The Triumphs and Tribulations of Towboats on the Mississippi River”, Atlas Obscura, Oct. 2019.

Wild article about some insanely badass people hauling barges on the Mississippi.

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Peter Thiel: Back to the Future

Review of Ross Douthat’s “The Decadent Society: How we became the Victims of our own Success”, outlining “four aspects of decadence: stagnation (technological and economic mediocrity), sterility (declining birth rates), sclerosis (institutional failure), and repetition (cultural exhaustion).”

1 note

Canadian ‘prairie castles’

The Guardian writes about rural, Canadian towns and how people there feel about their “praire castles” disappearing. These castles are towering, decrepit grain elevators, but strangely beautiful and important to the towns’ identities.

1 note

Artificial Mountains

“The World Is Studded With Artificial Mountains”, Atlas Obscura writes about man-made mountains, feb. 2020.

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Bored and lonely? Blame your phone.

“Our emotions today are radically different from what 19th-century Americans felt. That’s partly due to technology.”

The headline makes it sound like another “turn off your facebooks” article, but it’s a fascinating interview with Susan J. Matt about how we’ve talked about and related to boredom over the last couple of centuries.

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The Guardian interviews Chris Ware

“‘I envy writers who suffer from no self‑doubts’: inside the world of graphic novelist Chris Ware”

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Syd Mead, 86, Maker of Future Worlds in ‘Blade Runner’ and More, Dies

NYT obituary of a master concept artist and hero of industrial design students everywhere. When we learned to render with markers, we referenced him a lot. Not only did he draw extremely well, he designed some incredibly cool-looking things.

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True Tales of High Adventure! With Boobs

A funny look at Mort Künstler’s 60s pulp magazine illustrations.

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Consume less, create more

Inspiring article by Tom Cleveland about the effect of plugging away at creative endeavors, one small bit at a time, and how it adds up.

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Auden’s Grumpy Moon Landing Poem

Not everyone was up in arms about the moon being “invaded” and “exploited for television”.

Worth going to see? I can well believe it.
Worth seeing? Mneh! I once rode through a desert
and was not charmed: give me a watered
lively garden, remote from blatherers

about the New, the von Brauns and their ilk, where
on August mornings I can count the morning
glories where to die has a meaning,
and no engine can shift my perspective.