This week, I became a patron of the arts. Matt Round, who feels like one of the last people left doing fun stuff on the internet for its own sake, runs…
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Like going bankrupt, there are two ways to lose an election: gradually and then suddenly. For Donald Trump, the suddenly part won't happen until Novemb…
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Six months after the pandemic started, I have finally acquired a bike, just in time for the weather to break and autumn to set in. (Autumn, for America…
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In 2018, Rafaela Vasquez was working as a "safety driver" for Uber in Arizona. Employed to sit in a "self-driving car", and seize control if something …
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This week, Microsoft made one of the most daring bets in technology, and I can't wait to see how it pays off. The company announced – in a bit of a rus…
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Facebook vs Australia Facebook is in a standoff with the Australian state. I know, what's new, they've been in some sort of row for years now, ever sin…
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By now, you have probably seen the increasingly viral reddit thread about the American teen who has written almost half of the entire Scots Wikipedia d…
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I think this was the week I finally stopped defending Apple. I grew up with a Mac in the house, in the darkest days of Apple's history, though at the t…
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I was struck by this call, in a New York Times opinion piece by Brian X. Chen, to "have some patience and empathy for the indie developers" as a form o…
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We were supposed to have a baby on Monday. We didn't, and won't. We found out we were expecting last year. Late November, I think. My partner had terri…
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I made jam yesterday. The whole process was sort of magical, in a very childlike way. We went blackberry picking on Sunday, and managed to gather 800g …
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I received some pushback on last week's email, about GPT-3, from people who think that what we're seeing isn't anywhere near as impressive as it looks.…
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