May 30, 2020

Txt.fyi, reminds me of an old project

There’s no tracking, ad-tech, webfonts, analytics, javascript, cookies, databases, user accounts, comments, friending, likes, follower counts or other quantifiers of social capital. The only practical way for anyone to find out about a posting is if the author links to it elsewhere.

But it is legible, no-nonsense static hypertext, good for short stories, not-short-enough tweets and adventures and all your numbers station or internet dead drop needs. Here you can scream into the void and know the form of your voice is out there forever.

Reminds me of a project we ran a decade back. https://ofgettinglost.blot.im/iwinkd-tag-real-world-objects

Link: txt.fyi

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May 3, 2020

The canary in the black ink

What book is this (I have not blocked the title, this is the way it appears in the bookshop)? Usually, this time of the year, I am in Rangoon. This book cover brings back memories of the 1990s Burma; sometimes, we would see magazines or newspapers with such blocked out articles or pages thanks to last minute visits by the censors. Either the editor could not find a harmless replacement article, or it was some brave editor who let the blocked section go. It was akin to the Canary In The Coal Mine” that sent a signal that some controversial incident had taken place.

1984

Still, looking for the book? Clue: The author worked as a police chief in colonial Burma.

Burma
March 5, 2020

Neanderthal Dispersal - Neanderthals Traversed Vast Distances

For a long time, Neanderthals were seen as intellectual lightweights. However, several recent finds have forced a rethink of their cognitive and creative abilities.

Link: Neanderthal Dispersal - Neanderthals Traversed Vast Distances

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March 4, 2020

An iOS Shortcut for your library’s Overdrive search

Some public libraries now offer digital books via a service called Overdrive. Often when I am reading an article, I want to search for the name of the book or author to see if there is anything in the Overdrive collection related to the text. I made an iOS shortcut that lets me search for a book from a highlighted text on a web page.

Select the text that you want to search Search Overdrive

Select Share to open the Share menu. Select the shortcut to run. Search Overdrive

The Shortcut searches for the selected text on Overdrive search engine Search Overdrive

Video demo

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March 2, 2020

Kobo ebook reader

I like e-Ink readers. I have used a couple of Kindles over the years. Kindle is economical for me as I buy e-books from the Indian Kindle store, which has perhaps the cheapest ebooks anywhere. But Kindle does not work with Overdrive based library digital book systems (outside of the US). I was hence trying out Kobo. Another positive is the integration with Pocket, a read-later app.

Trying Kobo reader with Overdrive

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March 2, 2020

The Insight: Genetics and (pre)history of Southeast Asia

Razib and Spencer talk all things genetic and prehistorical Southeast Asia!

Link: The Insight: Genetics and (pre)history of Southeast Asia

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