Linklog for June 29, 2019: Massive Link Dump

I haven’t done linklogs in a while, but I have been storing and retracing links, so have a massive link dump:

I try not to linklog paywalled posts, but this Patreon-only post from Colleen Doran is worth it to me: Consistent Focus, Consistent Action. It is the first of a series in which she discusses her past habit of attending self-help seminars and distills the useful things she’s learned in them into short posts. The first one is about consistent focus and consistent action, and the need to spend time on something every day, even if it’s just half an hour.

In a recent blog post of my own, When Good Habits Aren’t, I was critical of the concept of daily, bite-sized habits, because people who promote them rarely discuss the cost of good habits or the relative benefits of one good habit compared to another. But if you can handle the cost and prioritize the habits that benefit you the most at any given time, building habits works. I may want to follow up on that.

I am really enjoying (note: impermanent URLs) which talks about organisation, activism, org-mode, LISP, Free Software and related issues in great detail, with great clarity and, it seems to me, a unified underlying vision. I don’t agree with everything they write, but each post has strong arguments and makes me think.

Trying Jack Monroe’s Pearl Barley, Lentil and Mushroom Risotto and boy do I need a cheaper source of pearl Barley. Their Aubergine and Lentil Vindaloo was a hit with the kids last week.

Anil Prasad’s Open Letter to Spotify Employees is worth a read. It was originally posted on Facebook, but a reader has been kind enough to repost it in full on their blog. Longish excerpt below:

Dear Assholes,

I know more about your business than you do. I am in direct contact with musicians at the highest levels, as well as industry executives that hate every fiber of your beings and all you represent. They have explained everything about your business to me. In particular, I know all about your “social media ops manipulation squad” sent to pepper comments in posts made by people like me revealing the truth about what you are.

Today, I removed multiple fake comments from fake accounts created by Spotify employees or agencies posting on your behalf. The language was VERBATIM what you’ve told my musician friends and industry people. The fact that you don’t have the balls to post as yourselves speaks volumes about the pernicious bullshit and lies you spew. I’m on to you.

I am amused I remain a threat to you. It’s been years. You had your IPO. Your employees make more than six-figures on average, while musicians can barely afford a cup of coffee with their earnings from your service. You won. You came, conquered and decimated the musician ecosystem, destroying countless lives and careers for your own enrichment. I hope you feel proud of yourselves.

What Does My Site Cost is great for testing how much it costs for users to use a single page from your website on a cellular collection, on a phone. Find out how much you’re subsidizing the mobile carriers with your site!

Macros in org-mode is a beginner’s guide to setting up macros in Emacs org-mode, which I’m likely to start doing soon now that I am using org-mode almost exclusively for writing tasks.

The New York Times has a follow-up to its report The Day The Music Burned called Here Are Hundreds More Artists Whose Tapes Were Destroyed in the UMG Fire. It’s unpleasant reading.

The Verge has a follow-up to its report The Trauma Floor: The secret lives of Facebook moderators in America, by that article’s writer Casey Newton: Bodies in seats: At Facebook’s worst-performing content moderation site in North America, one contractor has died, and others say they fear for their lives.

One of the spiciest, raciest, juiciest obituaries it has ever been my pleasure to read: Norman Stone.

Simon Jester thinks having passion for coding is bullshit.

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Finally, have some Dr. Brooke Magnanti on Twitter shutting down the concern trolling about ‘echo chambers’ that you get from certain quarters whenever you try to curate your social media experience. I can’t even see the Tweet that she is quote-tweeting but the thread itself is as concisely phrased as I coul ever want it to be.