Sentiers No.20 — Ursula K. Le Guin, Lanier, AI, Luddites, Cities

Feedback is always appreciated but this week I have a small request; it’s always a challenge to decide exactly which articles to feature more, which to discard so this newsletter remains readable, and which to include only as links. If you have opinions on things I spend too much time on or pieces you would […]

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Sentiers No.19 — Free speech, Facebook, cities, hip hop photographers, solutionism, history, and Allen

This one starts social media (FB) heavy, sorry about that. Good articles though and lots of other excellent stuff further down. It’s the longest issue yet, I’m pretty much done catching up with holiday readings and will get back to the slightly shorter usual. Welcome to all the new subscribers sent from the Thames Delta. ✕ […]

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Rest in peace Dean

Last night I learned about the death of Dean Cameron Allen, of Textism, TextPattern and Textile fame. I retweeted Ethan Marcotte’s message, adding this: “Nooooo!! One of the pillars of my early(ish) web life with his writing and his code and his dogs.” It’s a huge loss. Not directly personal for me, or because of […]

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Buckminster Fuller and his domed city design, image by Steve Yelvington (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Sentiers No.18 —Talk loudly, cities, history, the firm, geekery, drones and dolphins

Hello again, I hope you had a good holiday break. I’ve managed to get back into the habit of checking RSS again (!!) and I’m hoping to re-reduce my Twitter reading so if you think this week there are too many links to Twitter threads, you’re right and it’s possibly the last time that happens. […]

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Notification Windows

I just thought of this and suddenly it feels like a must have feature for me. Nowadays I have notifications activated on my iPhone for only two apps; iMessage and the phone. 97% of the use for those two apps is family updates and ‘logistics’ during the day. Everything else is deactivated, which is working […]

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Sentiers No.17 — Magic Leap. AI Fear. Future of Work. A Black Wolf. Short Stories.

A day early for this last Sentiers of 2017. In the end I decided to write a normal issue and skip next week, and possibly the one after. I’ll ‘see’ you on the 7th or 14th of January. Happy Holidays! ✕ SpaceX Last minute add: SpaceX launch wowed many, scared some, in SoCal last night. ✕ […]

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Sentiers No.16 — Blockchain and a low waste society. Toxic entitlement. Working less. CCTV in China. Journalism.

I’m not planning on talking about Bitcoin/blockchain all the time but the current price and worries around energy consumption are also surfacing interesting discussions. So, more blockchain in this issue with Vinay Gupta and some pretty mind blowing ideas. There’s an “Updates” section at the bottom with news on topics covered previously. Finally, the next two issues would normally […]

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Sentiers No.15 — Commons (and a dying internet), strength, history, scifi, Bitcoin, Eudamonia machine

No real intro this week because, oops, after the shortest issue ever here’s the longest. ✕ The Commons To Oppose The Churn Q&A: Yochai Benkler on the Benefits of an Open Source Economic System The brilliant Benkler on the potential of the commons as a way to organize our world, the only real option to […]

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Sentiers No.14 —Ku, Mesopotamia, utopian dreams, books, pivoting to readers, and slaughterbots

This issue randomly ended up as more focused on physical and/or the past, with great threads of historical topics, a Media section, and a Print section with books and bookstores. It’s also a bit shorter, do hit reply and tell me what you think. ✕ MUJI’s design philosophy is emptiness, not minimalism Ku is not a poverty or absence of ideas […]

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Sentiers No.13 — Harassment, green communism, net neutrality, an ice apocalypse, and a ‘spaceship’

Apologies if you are getting this on (your) Monday, I finished up this issue just before dinner on Sunday my time. Nothing much else to say in lieu of intro except that my new favorite expression is Irony poisoning. ✕ Rebecca Traister on #MeToo, female rage, and Anita Hill’s legacy (Audio) Very, very highly recommended. You’ll be thinking […]

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Sentiers No.12 — China and aliens, new institutes, Amazon, and destroying all the things

I held a lunch & learn last week on the topic of Personal Knowledge Mastery (PKM), based in part on Harold Jarche’s Seek, Sense, Share framework. Preparing the slides (with Deckset, you should check it out) made me realize that, other than this here newsletter I recently started, the Sense(making) and Sharing parts of my habits were […]

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Sentiers No.11 — Impakt, commons, broken systems, the internet zucks and biomimicry

You’re getting this a bit later than usual. Sorry about that, I spent a good chunk of the afternoon finally watching Blade Runner 2049. Found it pretty great but I sure hope the objectification of women changes quicker than that in the actual future. ✕ Lets start on a positive note with this list from the STEPS […]

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Sentiers No.10 — Stack monopoly, adversarial objects, giant boring machines, gutter biomes, and an epistemic crisis

Issue ten already, and just in time for the 📱 X! So far I’m having fun writing this, although still struggling a bit with finding the time. ✕ Overflow Things that were much praised elsewhere but are by now getting a bit oldish. Since I haven’t gotten to them yet, might as well include this week: Who […]

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Sentiers No.9 — O’Reilly, Bell, Autonomy, D&D, Cities, China and misc churnings

It’s starting to feel like some recurring categories and groupings are settling down while keeping things flexible with numerous one offs. OH this week: “I’m in my filter bubble and I’m enjoying it.” ✕ Why is anyone listening to Tim O’Reilly? It wasn’t as thorough an evisceration as many tweets led me to believe but still, […]

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Sentiers No.8 — Intelligence Reconsidered, go, utopias, Twitter, UBI

This week is the longest Sentiers so far, although still at a manageable length I think. I got some great feedback this week from readers randomly bumped into in town but do hit reply and tell me what you like, what’s less likeable or annoying and what you think of the format. ✕ Intelligence Reconsidered Fascinating […]

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