Thursday, August 26 2021

Quote of the Day

For those of you who believe a free market is the best way to ensure people work hard and get what they deserve, it’s not a free market if a dude owns the market.

Amazon has created jobs, made our lives more convenient, made a lot of people money, saved a lot of people money. Now with Prime video they’re financing films. They made Audible so you can hear books and they made the Kindle in case you still remember how to read them. They own Twitch so by extension the entire streaming industry. They’re breaking into the prescription drug industry. The bought Whole Foods so they can revolutionize grocery shopping next.

And of course in all of Amazon’s services they’re recording every second that you’re interacting with their software so they can use that data to optimize the usefulness of their product for you. They’re extracting every moment of your relationship with every single product that they create. And they’re using that data to make your experience the best it could possibly be. And the only thing they ask for in return is their unquestioned dominance over all commerce.

CJ the X, Bo Burnham vs. Jeff Bezos – Video Essay

I haven’t even finished it, and it’s already amazing. Go watch it.

If I had a clone, her job would be to read all the books I want to get to and can’t

We Asked, You Answered: Your 50 Favorite Sci-Fi And Fantasy Books Of The Past Decade

So many of these books are on my list, and all of them look amazing.

There are so many people I want to be like when I grow up

My Le Guin Year: Craft Lessons From a Master

Ursula K. LeGuin is definitely one of them.