10 Things I Liked Enough to Show You: 14–20 November 2015
Parker Molloy's "5 Things Media Does to Manufacture Outrage" at Medium:
So is the world any more “outraged” than it’s always been? Nah. We’re just getting toyed with
Adrian Chen's "Unfollow: How a prized daughter of the Westboro Baptist Church came to question its beliefs" at The New Yorker:
Megan tried to put herself in situations that challenged the intolerance she had been indoctrinated with. One evening, after speaking at a Jewish festival in Montreal, she and Grace passed a group of drag queens on the sidewalk outside a cabaret. She felt a surge of disgust, but when Grace asked if they could watch the show she agreed. “It felt illicit,” she said. “Like, oh, my gosh, I can’t believe I’m here.” She and Grace ended up dancing onstage during the intermission.
Hemant Mehta's "Thousands Quit Mormon Church in Mass Resignation" at Patheos:
According to reports, there were more than 2,500 in attendance, with the majority announcing their plans to quit in the wake of the Church’s bigoted stance toward gay couples and their children
"The Ultimate Guide to Roasting Your Vegetables" at Bon Appétit:
Everyone—even if you don’t cook very often—needs to master roasted vegetables. And, to be honest, there’s not even that much to master: just some chopping, seasoning, and adding a bit of fat. For firm but tender veg with a nicely caramelized exterior, the trick is simply getting the quantity, time, and temperature right. So, we created six foolproof recipes to help even kitchen neophytes on their way.
Lori Chandler's "The Difference Between Empathy and Compassion Is Everything" at Big Think:
Empathy is a gateway to compassion. It’s understanding how someone feels, and trying to imagine how that might feel for you — it’s a mode of relating. Compassion takes it further. It’s feeling what that person is feeling, holding it, accepting it, and taking some kind of action
Gavia Baker-Whitelaw's "Dad films entire Vegas vacation with GoPro facing the wrong way" at The Daily Dot:
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Cory Doctorow's "New thing to be paranoid about: ads that use inaudible sound to track your gadgets" at Boing Boing:
Silverpush, a startup that's just received $1.25M in venture capital, uses ultrasonic chirps that are emitted by apps, websites, and TV commercials to combine the identities associated with different devices (tablets, phones, computers, etc), so that your activity on all of them can be aggregated and sold to marketers.
My favourite part is how you can't disable it. My tin foil hat collection is looking less and less crazy.
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