It’s a Big World Out There

I'm a new father coming upon my daughter's first birthday. There. Are. So. Many. Photos.

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Learning to Love Giant Steps Again

Listening to covers affects how I hear and understand music. Here's one that helped me rediscover John Coltrane's Giant Steps. And here are a dozen others to make a point.

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Instagram Food Is a Sad, Sparkly Lie – Eater

Those food shots you see on Instagram aren't about eating what's in the photo. Instead, they showcase the privilege of being somewhere where such food exists to begin with.

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The Lost Photographs of Tiananmen Square

Three decades after Jian Liu shot 60 roles of film of China's 1989 Tiananmen Square protest, he finally has them developed and released to the world.

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We’re About to Anger the Volcano Gods. Again

Samsung's AI lab releases video showing how it can manipulate a single image to emulate someone talking. An AI startup creates a near perfect reproduction of a popular podcaster's voice. It's only just the beginning.

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AirPods Are a Tragedy – Vice

Airpods are made from materials from Earth's past. After their brief life, they'll litter long into the future.

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Manufacturing Ignorance at Scale

How does ignorance get strategically manufactured? Flooding the field with dubious content and spreading it with homespun networks.

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Medieval Scholars Joust With White Nationalists. And One Another – NYT

Each May, some 3,000 people descend on Kalamazoo, Mich., for the International Congress on Medieval Studies, which brings together academics and enthusiasts for four days of scholarly panels, performances and after-hours mead drinking.

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Hubble Turns 29, Continues to Make Pretty

The Hubble Telescope has captured the spectacular in space for almost three decades, bringing us light years into the past and helping us ponder the future.

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