News and Links in Bulk, 03-11-2017

Ethan Marcotte wrote about the cost of using Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages on #MuellerMonday.  That was a sequel to an earlier post about AMP which is worth a re-read.

Does reading about writing allow me to avoid sitting down to write? Maybe.

The latest TinyLetter from Jessa Crispin about writing, employment and Coins was very heartening. It can be hard writing, publishing and earning a living. Thankfully. One doesn’t have to do it all at once. On a related note, Sara Benincasa also wrote about writerly joys and pains in To the writers.

On writing and capitalism again, DNAinfo and Gothamist shut down a week after their New-York staff decided to unionize. They put the whole damn operation offline without letting their employees get their articles. Paul Ford and other beautiful souls prepare to spend their week-end to right this wrong using the Internet Archive and an AMP cache scraper provided by Kyle Petrovich.

William Gibson was interviewed on Motherboard about Archangel, a graphic novel he wrote (via Jérémie Fontana). The interview talks about the political climate and the specter of nuclear wars past, present and future.

Zeynep Tufkeci’s TED talk about how machine learning algorithms radicalize people in order to get them to click and engage (via Suw Charman-Anderson). On the same subject, David Roberts at Vox publishes about the United States’ Epistemic Crisis (via Fredrik Blanc). I don’t always like Vox’ explainer tone but this is an interesting read.

‘I Forgot My PIN’: An Epic Tale of Losing $30,000 in Bitcoin by Mark Frauenfelder is a breath-taking tale of ruin. Forgetting a PIN is a horrible experience. I once forgot my work iPhone’s personal identification number (PIN) within minutes of setting it up. Resetting it was an ordeal because iTunes is crap. Anyway, his story is way more interesting and high-stakes.

I just received the latest book by one of my heroes John Hodgman. If you read French, you’ll find more info and links about him in this blog post. I read the first 60 pages on the spot with the cardboard box still at my feet. Vacationland is moving and so laugh-out-loud funny I can’t read it on the train.