10 Things I Liked Enough to Show You: 23–29 May 2015
The Smiths have been my soundtrack lately. The 80s are strong with me right now:
[puts] the power of information in consumers’ hands", because, "when you know what’s in the products you bring into your home and how those chemicals may affect your health and the environment, you can make informed purchasing decisions.
I use it to research bath products and cosmetics so I can avoid potentially hazardous products, because why poison myself slowly when I don't have to?
Leigh Alexander's "All the women I know in video games are tired" at Boing Boing:
I'm not sure what we expected to get. Like the hollow feeling in my chest after that secret project lately that laid me low, what other result did I want than to complete it and have it be mine? I'm not sure, but that ambiguity depletes me of something, as it depletes all of us.
Mervyn O'Gorman's colour photographs of his niece Christina in 1913 are incredible. As Sammy Nickalls says in Hello Giggles: "This close-up looks remarkably modern. Those gorgeous beachy waves are in style now, and that red hood looks like it could belong to a jacket in our closets." They feed my morbid fascination with the brevity of human life.
Sara Eckel's "The problem with “cool” single women" at Salon:
…they’re entitled to their romantic happiness, and their extraordinary stories yielded great books. But there is something depressing about the fact that the major voices in the woman-going-it-alone genre are never alone for all that long. Are women only able to lead respectable single lives when they have the power of refusal? Do you have to make clear that guys dig you?
Taylor Hatmaker's "How to delete Instagram's secret map of where you live" at The Daily Dot:
If you realized that Instagram is quietly, unnecessarily performing this kind of geotagging in the background, well good for you — really. But I consider myself on the high end of the tech-savvy scale, and I polled a few friends who work in tech too, and we had no idea that Instagram was essentially drawing up a stalker's treasure map comprised of every selfie, #TBT, and #WCW.
Pranav Dixit's "Questioning Facebook’s Internet.org Altruism" at BuzzFeed:
“No one wants to live in a world with 16 different versions of the internet depending on which carrier you’re accessing it from,” said Nikhil Pahwa, editor of Medianama and a strong net neutrality advocate. “Internet.org is hastening an institutionalized shift in how people use the internet, which is worrying.”
Aran Khanna's "Stalking Your Friends with Facebook Messenger" at Medium:
Go ahead and see how many messages in your chats have locations attached. I’m guessing it’s a lot of them. And if this isn't already starting to get a bit weird, the first thing I noticed when I started to write my code was that the latitude and longitude coordinates of the message locations have more than 5 decimal places of precision, making it possible to pinpoint the sender’s location to less than a meter.
Hélène Tragos Stelian's "7 Appeals To Moms From Women Without Children" at Huff/Post50:
After years of hanging out with suburban moms, I had moved to the city and was a soon-to-be empty nester. I was meeting many new women and would likely face this scenario again. What was the etiquette around engaging with childless women? Was it ok to talk about my kids? Could I ask about their circumstances? And could I even use the term "childless"?