It’s been two full years now since I’ve been creating these monthly logs. Wow!
Transit Maps: Apple vs. Google vs. Us [Medium] – Written by designers at Transit, this is a cool look at some design principles behind making beautiful and useful transit maps in a general way.
Women are fading out from Bollywood music [Hindustan Times] – An analysis of over 24000 Bollywood songs across multiple decades shows that fewer songs sung by female playback singers get made these days, compared to before.
The unexpected and boundless generosity of HBO’s High Maintenance [Vox] – Last month I mentioned the HBO show High Maintenance, about a weed delivery guy in Brooklyn, and why I love it. This article is a love letter to the show.
‘I made Steve Bannon’s psychological warfare tool’: meet the data war whistleblower [The Guardian] – Cambridge Analytica and Facebook have been the flavor of the month. This article looks at how it all came to be, described by Christopher Wylie who was a key participant in the effort.
Blind since birth, writing code at Amazon since 2013 [Day One] – The inspiring story of Michael Forzano, who works at Amazon as a software engineer and is blind.
‘Corporations Are People’ Is Built on an Incredible 19th-Century Lie [The Atlantic] – A brief history of one of the weirdest ideas in America – Corporate personhood. This article describes how the Southern Pacific Railroad Company turned a law that was created to protect the rights of minorities into a law that also (and primarily) started applying to corporations.
Half-century of US civil rights gains have stalled or reversed, report finds [The Guardian] – Civil rights gains of the past half-century have stalled or in some areas gone into reverse, according to a report marking the 50th anniversary of the landmark Kerner Commission. Child poverty has increased, schools have become resegregated and white supremacists are becoming emboldened and more violent, the study says.
When Malcolm X Met the Nazis [Vice] – A white author on Vice writing a story with a clickbaity title should make your ears perk up, and rightly so, because this article misses important context. Primarily though, it does touch upon some interesting historical events.