January 19, 2020

A boy in the fog at the edge of a forest.


The US isn't an option anymore - The American dream is truly dead when the tired, the poor, and the huddled masses no longer see it as a place to breathe free.

GitHub admits that 'significant mistakes were made' in firing of Jewish employee - Apparently it was "offensive" that he used the word "Nazi" to refer to actual Nazis. At least they're publicly admitting to their mistake.

Report: Trump Admin’s Promised COVID Vaccine Reserve Doesn’t Exist - These motherfuckers didn't have time to figure out how to vaccinate the United States against a deadly, highly contagious disease. But there was plenty of time to plan a coup.

Come 21.04, Ubuntu will be making the Home folder private - This is one of those overdue things that kinda shoulda been done a while back, but there were reasons for the delay.

A dating sim, featuring senior citizens - It might surprise you that old people like to get it on like Donkey Kong. And now there's a lovely dating-sim about it, from love and life to death and loss. Available on Switch or PC.

What a Brief Jog Can Do For Your Brain - There are reasons I try to go running every day... except when it's freezing outside.

I Miss the Commodore 64 - So do I, man... so do I.

Alice Denham, Who Kissed and Told About Literary New York, Dies at 89 - Manhattan was a river of men flowing past my door, and when I was thirsty, I drank.

Facebook warns their employees not to wear company gear in public - It took a goddamn insurrection, a raid on the Capitol Building, for Facebook to finally do something about Trump. But I've got an even better idea, one that doesn't involve changing your wardrobe all that much. Do you work for Facebook? Then stop that.

Cory Doctorow talks about 20 years of blogging - I've followed him for almost the entire trip too. I don't always agree with him, but we're usually not all that far away from each other on most opinions. 

Facebook is going to demand that WhatsApp users share their data with the company, because Facebook. Here are some great alternatives if you're looking to jump ship. By the way, you should totally jump ship.

NASA is sending a probe to check out some of the lesser known satellites of Jupiter - Seriously, this has been a long time coming, and I'm really excited to see what comes back!


As it happens, one of the defining things in 80s music arose from a mistake.

La Roux - In For the Kill

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This article was updated on January 19, 2021

Daniel Messer

Dan is a systems librarian, technologist, podcaster, blogger, historian, coder, digital creative, author, and cyberpunk. He's the creator and host of Cyberpunk Librarian, a podcast exploring public libraries and open source. He's written five or six books, depending on how you want to count them. And he's typically working on some kinda musical project involving ambient and space genres.

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