Note-to-Self, December 3rd

10 a.m. What do I want to do today? Coffee shop. Definitely, coffee shop. Walk around Center City taking pictures. Withdraw some paper money from bank machine thing. Buy groceries. Remember to eat more vegetables. And steak. Eat more steak. Poor cows. Make pasta sauce. Purchase spray bottle and bath soap. Fill prescriptions—hurray for drugs! Love 'em. Spin down virtual servers I don't use, because they're expensive, and I don't need them. Process some photos. Clean apartment, especially the big pile of dishes stacked in white dish tub. Maybe don't clean the apartment today, but do the dishes. I hate doing dishes. Next apartment must have dishwasher. Absolute requirement. Sketch out some site redesign ideas. Going Angular. Need the practice. Make blog post. Probably can use this note-to-self as-is. Maybe tack on suggested reading list. Could become a recurring feature. Once a week or maybe every other?

Tacked on Suggested Reading List


- The Case Against Dark MatterA proposed theory of gravity does away with dark matter, even as new astrophysical findings challenge the need for galaxies full of the invisible mystery particles. (Quanta Magazine)
- How Technology Hijacks People’s Minds — from a Magician and Google’s Design EthicistI’m an expert on how technology hijacks our psychological vulnerabilities. That’s why I spent the last three years as a Design Ethicist at Google caring about how to design things in a way that defends a billion people’s minds from getting hijacked. (Medium)
- Watching the World Rot at Europe's Largest Tech ConferenceWeb Summit is Europe’s largest tech conference, and a terrifying place in which to get lost. In this vast grazing-ground for investors and entrepreneurs, thousands stampede in what looks like panic through the three vast halls of Lisbon’s FIL exhibition center. (The Atlantic)
- How Silicon Valley helps spread the same sterile aesthetic across the worldIt’s easy to see how social media shapes our interactions on the internet, through web browsers, feeds, and apps. Yet technology is also shaping the physical world, influencing the places we go and how we behave in areas of our lives that didn’t heretofore seem so digital. (The Verge)