10 Things I Liked Enough to Show You: 7–13 March 2015

Medium is slowly rolling out custom domains for publications, which means that we'll be able to use Medium as a content management system with our own urls.


"Dutch students choose to live in nursing homes rent-free (as long as they keep the residents company)". I love reading about innovative initiatives for building healthier, more integrated communities, because I can say, without any doubt, that our present North American society is not one in which I want to grow old.


If you were alive in the 70s, you might remember Sha Na Na. I can't believe this weirdness was really a television show:


"Canada’s race problem? It’s even worse than America’s.":

The racial mess in the United States looks pretty grim and is painful to watch. We can be forgiven for being quietly thankful for Canada’s more inclusive society, which has avoided dramas like that in Ferguson, Mo. We are not the only ones to think this. In the recently released Social Progress Index, Canada is ranked second amongst all nations for its tolerance and inclusion.
Unfortunately, the truth is we have a far worse race problem than the United States. We just can’t see it very easily.

Want to read the full, 400-page text of the Federal Communication Commission's net neutrality order? Neither do I, but there it is if you're doing battle with insomnia.


Feedbands is:

an experimental crowdsourced record company dedicated to spreading awesome tunes and supporting independent musicians. With Feedbands, you can listen to the music that artists submit to us, vote on your favorites, and see the highest-rated bands get their record pressed. Then, when you subscribe to Feedbands, we ship the record right to your door each month.

The Rocketbook is a paper notebook that uploads to the cloud and can be erased in the microwave. It is the future and the past all at once:


If you haven't heard already, Gigaom, one of the oldest tech blogs, has closed up shop. Parts of the internet are in mourning. Other parts don't know what we're going on about.


"Media Hacking" covers the how and why certain stories take over the internet:

Media critics like Jay Rosen use the term, ‘view from nowhere’ to describe how some media strives to find a balance between objectivity and the reporting of facts, often erring on the side of reporting each side of an argument. They offer each perspective equal weighting, setting up the false impression that both perspectives are equally valid since they required equal coverage. As Rosen outlines (in a debate with himself) mainstream media are loath to say: ‘this is rubbish.’ They want to provide “perspective” — rather than take a position. And in today’s optimized world they want to generate SEO and social traffic from both sides of an argument.
Match this phenomenon with the torrid pace of sharing before or without reading and you have a toxic mix that can be effectively gamed or hacked.

"The Death of Outrage" wonders if advertising might be our ticket out of the internet's most tiresome fuel. THANKS TO ALL THE POWERS IN THE UNIVERSE if this turns out to be true.


cover photo: William Morris Agency-management [public domain], via Wikimedia Commons