Irregular collections of internet links for your enjoyment and edification.
Fab interview with mycologist Merlin Sheldrake which also serves as a nice introduction to the joys and importance of fungus. (Guardian)
Tufekci was far ahead of the curve on all the social-tech issues I've been interested in over the years, so when she applied her brain to Covid I immediately paid attention. (NY Times)
Highlighting the awkward fact that you might not be able to read some of the things I link to because of paywalls. I love the Guardian's approach where my subscription means everyone can read it. I was really sad when the Atlantic went paywall. (Current Affairs)
Trevor Paglan has a new artwork. I like his work – he's one of the few people making work about computational culture that hits the mark. (NY Times)
I find the concept of "meritocracy" fascinating because it seems like a perfectly good thing, to be raised up by merit and hard work, while it disguises all manner of structural inequalities while placing the blame on individuals for not succeeding. This is a nice take-down which focusses on the emphasis given to individualism over collectivism by the left over the last few decades as part of the problem. (Guardian)
If you're not up to speed on how the USA is quickly losing the battle against conspiracy theories and reality-denial, this is a good refresher. It's getting scary over there. (Kottke)
Long overdue but very welcome continuation of the best dashcam series.