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Hit and Miss #346


That feeling of relief, of deepest contentment. The shoulders unhunch, the jaw unclenches, the body rests.

What, dear reader, did I do to earn such bliss? Why, I closed many windows of long languishing tabs, freeing my and my computer’s memory from their heavy burden.

Relatedly / unrelatedly, this was a very fruitful week for reading and linking, so here are a series of vaguely grouped links!

  • The effects of smartphone use in childhood, ah! (via Sameer) This had me thinking, too, about how an asynchronous conversation can be one of many threads, woven back and forth with each flurry of replies—each thread, though, can have its own colour, sometimes differing quite significantly in their emotional weight. In one set of replies, I move from consoling to cheering—all with the same person, but speaking of very different contexts. A spoken conversation doesn’t go that way as often—its emotions are better grouped, versus having a series of sub-conversations at once.
  • Paul Robert Lloyd with an update on his Indiekit project—yay Indiekit! (A good reminder that I need to reboot my setup of this great little tool.)

  • The Venona project, an early and lengthy US cryptanalysis initiative, led by and with a number of women in key roles.
  • Birds are so cool, holy cow (err, holy flying cow). (via Jason Kottke)
  • Dan Pashman voyaged to Italy to learn more about Italian pasta, to inform his new cookbook, Anything’s Pastable. (via 99% Invisible)
    • A few things I appreciated about this: challenging the idea that Italy is stuck in traditional ways, doing things now as they’ve always been done; pointing out Italy’s intense regionality, how its relative youth as a country and nation manifest in its hugely varied cuisine.
    • But what I maybe appreciated most was the focus on Puglia, the region where my family’s from: less often visited by the usual tourist circuit, but no less full of interesting and rewarding places to go—and dishes to eat! (Puglia also offers a great example of that regionality: my family’s town speaks a dialect entirely different from that of the next town 6 km away.)

Okay, time for me to finish tuning up the jointer plane I dropped on my face yesterday. (lol) All the best for the week ahead!