“In today’s world, for a sick child, going viral can mean the difference between life or death.” How GoFundMe has become the last hope for many Americans. bbc.com/news/technology-471561

This essay makes a well-researched argument for why Fortnite is uniquely positioned to be the start of the Metaverse. If you’re like me and haven’t been paying much attention to the game, this is an excellent primer on its history and cultural importance. redef.com/original/fortnite-is

“Pharmaceutical and biotech companies and health startups see the opportunity Instagram presents and are increasingly using influencer-advertising as a way to increase their bottom lines.” These stories are awful, and also not unexpected at all. vox.com/the-goods/2019/2/15/18

The real reason behind the rise of helicopter parenting: ”Across countries, the intensity of parenting lines up very closely with economic inequality,” said Doepke. Parents get more intense as a country gets more unequal over time, and grow more permissive if the country gets more equal. qz.com/1549521/whats-so-wrong-

The best way to help kids recognize fake news is to teach them to be fact-checkers: A better approach, according to experts like Hornik, would be to teach kids at a young age the skills of lateral learning, including how to “interrogate information instead of simply consuming it,” “ver... rianvdm.com/29242

Elisabeth Sherman on family group texts and anxiety: Writing for Psychology Today in 2014, Theresa DiDonato, a social psychologist at Loyola University Maryland, said that constant texting can lead to ‘a cycle of mobile relationship maintenance’, in which ‘individuals begin to feel an ... rianvdm.com/22115

I’m feeling this quote more and more these days: The Republic of Newsletters and the Isles of Blogging, my friend. That’s what’s left. Messages in bottles from hermit caves by the sea. tinyletter.com/lmsacasas/lette

So this was an interesting find today. It is, as best I can tell, an original pressing (Discogs release #10900025 if anyone wants to check my work). It’s not a Blakey album I was familiar with, but I had a quick listen and loved it. Hidden gem for sure.Anyway, the vinyl didn’t look to b... rianvdm.com/60103

This Quartz deep-dive on the drum beat known as the “Purdie Shuffle” is amazing and now I’m hearing it absolutely everywhere. qz.com/emails/quartz-obsession

Not gonna lie, this is a question that has kept me awake many times. But no more! Why can’t a bot tick the ‘I’m not a robot’ box? There is difference between how humans move the mouse versus how bots do. Google’s reCaptcha system takes advantage of the above fact to predict whether yo... rianvdm.com/bots

This review of Part of the Light by Ray LaMontagne had me falling over myself to find it and click play: The way I figure it, Ray LaMontagne was dropped on his head sometime last year and woke up days later, thinking it was 1971, he was Pink Floyd, and he had to go into the studio righ... rianvdm.com/59786

Ok this is blowing my mind a little bit: Like botanical pinball machines, you could design, plant, and grow entire forests based on their ability to reflect future WiFi signals in very specific ways, artificial landscapes destined to perform computational tasks. bldgblog.com/2019/02/computati

The kind of album that can save a life if you hear it at the right time.🎵 Nils Frahm, Spaces song.link/album/i/731352946

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