Random Thoughts

Dual-flush toilets 'wasting more water than they save'
theguardian.com/environment/2020/se… 
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Thames Water says design is more likely to leak as Waterwise warns 400m litres are being lost from UK toilets a day

What Is Math?
smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/w… 
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A teenager asked that age-old question on TikTok, creating a viral backlash, and then, a thoughtful scientific debate

You Really Don’t Need To Work So Much
newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/yo… 
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The irony of the American economy is that the people at the top are often as unhappy and overworked as those at the bottom.

You've only added two lines - why did that take two days!
mrlacey.com/2020/07/youve-only-adde… 

It might seem a reasonable question, but it makes some terrible assumptions: lines of code = effort lines of code = value all lines of c...

Why Are LED Indicator Lights (Especially Blue Lights) So Annoying?
tedium.co/2020/07/10/led-indicator-… 
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Have we let the LED indicator light go too far? These lights are everywhere, and they make it hard to sleep. Here’s a case for some less-annoying indicators.

The Unknown Duopoly That Needs Breaking Up (More than Google)
medium.com/@CM30/the-unknown-duopol… 

In the last few years, you’ve likely seen a fair few comments about monopolies in the tech industry, and suggestions for breaking them up…

The mark of an educated mind
standpointmag.co.uk/issues/may-june… 
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Many years ago I gave a talk at the London Metropolitan Archives in which I outlined my reasons for rejecting the then fashionable theory of social constructionism in relation to human sexuality.

There’s No Going Back to ‘Normal’
theatlantic.com/family/archive/2020… 
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Once we accept, and grieve, that our old way of life is gone, we can build a better future.

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Eric Foner · The Corrupt Bargain: Democracy? No thanks.
lrb.co.uk/the-paper/v42/n10/eric-fo… 
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Rooted in distrust of ordinary citizens and, like so many other features of American life, in the institution of slavery...

Ghosts at the museum
1843magazine.com/features/ghosts-at… 
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Inexplicable noises, spectral sightings, sudden drops in temperature – something strange is going on at the British Museum. As the clamour over colonial restitution grows, Killian Fox investigates the collection’s restless objects

Demand Nothing Less than a Visionary Future - Brandon Letsinger
thebioregionalist.com/things-i-find… 
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We are undergoing a Tipping Point Event. Assess the data to demand a visionary future As a society, we are more connected than ever before. However, until we learn to manage this connectivity better, these extreme disruptions are expected to become more numerous and severe. Based on projections for economic growth in 2020, the impact of …

What would you do if you lost your Google account?
blog.viktomas.com/posts/losing-goog… 

In this article author is researching what happens when you forget your password or lose your phone. What information will Google want to know about you and how can you best prepare for this situation so you don’t lose access to your account completely.

20-Things status update

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20-Things development update for April 25th 2020

Just another update on what's new and what's cooking :)