Medium Discourse

  • Medium articles neither rare nor well-done for the week ending 03 November 2018.

    Focus and Deep Work — Your Secret Weapons to Becoming a 10X Developer: A webshit passes a long, wet fart about how to become a thing HR apparatchiks with zero understanding of software engineering need to stop demanding: a ‘rockstar developer’. The whole concept is flawed, and usually what you get when you hire a ‘rockstar developer’ is an egotist with shit for brains.

    The 2018 DevOps RoadMap: A Java developer showcases their ability to write terrible English and explain a chart they totally didn’t just shit out via Inkscape. There’s a lot of shit to wade through and none of it is really organized with a view toward helping people develop their careers.

    Lessons learned from mapping the mobile gaming market: A product manager at a company chiefly known for producing that game Microsoft preinstalls on Windows 10 in lieu of a decent free Solitaire game lets out a long, wet fart about the worst gaming market in the world. What this shitpost says is that mobile gaming companies don’t care about producing high-quality original content if they can make more money shitting out syntheses of existing content.

    It’s Too Late to Stop Trusting Facebook: A Medium claims it’s too late to stop trusting Facebook since the data breach earlier this year. I think it’s never too late to demand that Congress take effective action regarding social media’s inability to keep tabs on their hen houses.

    Rare articles which are well-done.

    #MeToo Will Not Survive Unless We Recognize Toxic Femininity: A writer points out that feminist campaigns like #MeToo need to be careful to prevent toxicity from destroying the movement from within. I’d add that such campaigns also need to exclude TERFs(Feminism-Appropriating Radical Transphobes), since those people will gleefully ruin feminist campaigns if it means denying rights to trans women.

    Europe Just Screwed over Android: A writer looks at the results of the EU’s recent investigation in to Google’s practices regarding Android, and points out that the resulting decision, like every other tech decision the antitrust regulators have made, is actually pretty bone-headed.

    Tech Companies Are Getting Free Work Out of Job Applicants: A designer takes issue with HR apparatchiks insisting on working in interviews.

    Don’t Stop Procrastinating, Just Get Better at It: A journalist suggests taking control over your laziness. I approve.

    To Take Control of Your Time, Ditch the Scarcity Mentality: Another writer suggests ensuring you have time to get shit done so you’re not feeling rushed. This kinda ties in with the above article, so…again, I approve.

    This Simple Yet Powerful Weekly Planning Routine Puts You in Control: A rich asshole shares their planning process. It looks pretty reasonable, all things considered.

    Uber’s Valuation Is Insane: A professor of con artistry marketing states the obvious.

  • Medium articles neither rare nor well-done for the week ending 27 October 2018.

    How to become a Git expert: A programmer writes the thousand-and-first shitpost on how to deal with git when you make a mistake, because of course the first thousand are somehow not discoverable on DuckDuckGo.

    From Clockworks to Computers on Our Wrists: A Googler claims Apple’s smartwatches are overtaking Swiss watches. I can’t say I’ve ever been tempted to buy either one, since I refuse to use iOS devices (because Apple’s QA for accessibility has collapsed since Steve Jobs died) and I can’t read analogue clocks for accessibility reasons.

    The ultimate guide to proper use of animation in UX: A self-proclaimed UX/interface designer (for a company whose front page doesn’t look the least bit accessible) claims to offer the last guide you’ll ever need for properly using animations in user experiences. I have something better: if it’s more than two seconds long, don’t. People have shit to do, they don’t want to wait for your flashy ass to sit the fuck down.

    The 50/50 Murder: A tech investor poses a thought experiment and tries to wax philosophical. Instead of reading about shitty thought experiments like this, take a real philosophy course.

    Can This Evangelical Leader Turn Her Flock Against Trump?: A journalist asks a question, for which the answer is probably going to be “no”, unless she can turn her congregation left without losing any of them. Which is going to be a tall order.

    How to Achieve Your Most Important Career Goals in a Fraction of the Usual Time: A chronically lucky overachiever promises tips for achieving career goals rapidly. This appears to be just another fluff piece written by someone trying to share the secrets of their luck success.

    How to Be Ready to Lose Your Job: A professional shitposter offers tips on how to be prepared for the pink slip. In short: somehow manage to save 3-6 months’ worth of bills & shopping money, secure letters of recommendation from colleagues before your number’s up, keep networking, get feedback from your ex-boss if possible, take a few days to recover, and appreciate yourself. I’ve saved you the trouble of reading this shitpost.

    Sex Is Power, and It Has Freed Me: A writer pens the umpteen-millionth shitpost about how they found sex empowering, having grown up with helicopter parents who insisted on celibacy as a proxy for innocence & purity.

    Sofia Sears: Pansexual Student Taking A Gap Year Abroad: A professional shitposter interviews a writer about a book. Like the book, this is a fluff piece.

    Rare posts which are well-done.

    The Simple Art of Creating Long-Lasting Habits: A professional shitposter writes about habit-forming techniques. Using Spaced Repetition to Supercharge Your Habits is another habit-forming technique from a different professional shitposter, if you wanted more.

    How to Win Your Next Argument: A therapist redefines ‘winning an argument’ in order to make arguing less toxic.

    Facebook’s Domino Effect on Our Nation: A professor of con artistry marketing states the blindingly obvious regarding social media and modern attitudes toward innovation.

    The Finger Banger and the Heart Healer: A writer points out that men are just as capable of healing others as they are of hurting others, using their own experiences.

    Why Are The Proud Boys So Obsessed With Not Masturbating?: A writer explores a common taboo among cults.

    I Know the Salaries of Thousands of Tech Employees: An engineer at a payment processor discloses their pay rate because pay equity is a huge problem in the tech industry, in part because almost nobody uses fixed pay brackets that everyone slots in to.

    I’m an Amazon Employee. My Company Shouldn’t Sell Facial Recognition Tech to Police.: Anonymous writes to complain about the use of facial recognition software by law enforcement. I tend to agree, but they don’t go far enough; facial recognition software should be illegal to develop, manufacture, produce, cause to be made, sell, advertise, donate, distribute, or cause to be disseminated in any form. Period. It is impossible to create a form of facial recognition which cannot be abused to oppress human beings.

    There Is Literally No Excuse to Keep Using Facebook: A journalist documents how to escape from Facebook, and why it’s imperative that everybody do so.

  • Medium articles neither rare nor well-done for the week ending 22 October 2018.

    Apologies for the lateness of this article; I’d attended a deafblind conference over the weekend, and it was held at a state park. No reliable internet means no ability to fetch shitposts and therefore no ability to write this shitpost. I don’t expect other such delays any time in the near future, however.

    Why you learn the most when you feel like you’re struggling as a developer: An artistic webshit talks about how learning works in the context of software development. There’s nothing non-obvious here, so there are no real insights to be had.

    Why Fasting Diets Are About to Get More Extreme: A journalist looks at the science of yet another diet fad: fasting. Please ensure you discuss your dieting high-deas with a dietician who knows what they’re talking about before you embark on them, especially if you’re going to deliberately cut yourself off from caloric intake for extended periods of time.

    Drowning in the Fountain of Youth: A science journalist looks at two competing companies’ purported anti-ageing pill. As per usual, I’m skeptical of the claimed health benefits, and the continued invocation of ‘SCIENCE!’ to support this shit is going to do far more harm than good if it turns out that the thinking behind this particular pill is flawed.

    Confessions of an Author Who Isn’t Ashamed to Do #SponCon: A former copywriter gets so worked up over a question they declined to answer on Instagram that they answered it on Medium instead.

    Aristotle’s Defense of Private Property: A philosopher defends the concept of private property, without really understanding what we socialists mean when we talk about it. (Hint: it’s not personal possessions like my iMac or your phone. It’s land ownership by the private sector and by individuals.)

    Universal Basic Income Is Silicon Valley’s Latest Scam: A writer takes a look at UBI from Silicon Valley’s perspective, and comes away feeling like perhaps it’s not the best idea because of how vulture capitalists would interact with it. UBI requires a cross-cultural series of bugfixes, and nobody who seriously supports it should be arguing that we can just implement it and things will be okay, so instead of writing about how SV would exploit it, perhaps write about how we can prevent vulture capitalists from being able to…?

    Rare articles which are well-done.

    Why open office design makes you less productive: A webshit tries to explain why open office spaces are a terrible idea, and offers their own solution. It’s workable and ties in to the webshit’s article from last week.

    How I hacked hundreds of companies through their helpdesk: An infosec documents how easy it is to abuse support features to infiltrate companies’ internal services.

    Kavanaugh Is the Face of American Male Rage: A journalist explores the ‘bro’ culture so common among America’s elites, and how holding a bunch of man-children accountable for the first time causes them to lash out exactly the same way a toddler does when they’re confronted with “no” or variations thereof.

    Naming the Unspoken Thing: A journalist explores San Francisco’s “underground” parties.

    Costumes, Consenticorns and the New Rules of Nightlife: A journalist explores a NYC nightclub, and one of the features of the nightclub: consent monitors, employees whose job it is to keep an eye out and provide support for anyone who might be feeling unsafe. (Nightclubs aren’t really my scene—social anxiety disorder—but I approve of measures that reduce or outright eliminate the risk of sexual assault from partying.)

    What Exactly Is Cancer Immunotherapy?: A science journalist explores the field of cancer immunotherapy, and the science behind it.

    The Riddle of UX Writing: A product designer explores user experiences and the writing involved in creating such experiences.

    “I Hate That I’m Black. I Hate That I’m Ugly. I Hate My Nose.”: A young writer explores the pressures women face to be beautiful and social, and how difficult it is to find relatable representation for children of colour in the media.

    What Truly Makes a Senior Developer: A software engineer explores the ‘senior’ in ‘senior developer’.

  • Medium articles neither rare nor well-done for the week ending 13 October 2018.

    How To Digest Books Above Your “Level” And Increase Your Intelligence: An asshole who’s had everything handed to them on a silver platter claims to have One Weird Trick™ for success: reading hard books, for which this article is One Weird Trick™ for absorbing. Long story short: take notes; read these things in short, digestible chunks; and look unfamiliar words and concepts up. Short story long: this shitpost.

    Focus on productivity, not efficiency: A webshit talks about productivity over efficiency. A history lesson is shared; specifically, how Henry Ford invented the assembly line. A productivity-focused model of computer engineering is shared; this model is almost indistinguishable from a well-trained assembly crew, only ideas are assembled and not vehicles.

    Explained Simply: How DeepMind taught AI to play video games: An engineer tries to ELI5 DeepMind. It’s probably still too complex for an actual five-year-old, but whatever; ring me when I can put DeepMind on a desktop computer to produce a competent opponent in the strategy game du jour. Until then, projects like DeepMind are just showing off what Big Data™ can do.

    Why the Founder of Headspace Wakes Up at 5 a.m.: A professional shitposter thinks a Buddhist webshit’s personal habits are somehow noteworthy. Successful people come from all walks of life, but they generally don’t succeed due to personal habits like meditation. They succeed with a lot of effort and no small amount of luck.

    How to Stop Sabotaging Your Sleep: A writer has One Weird Trick™ for fixing sleep problems, which includes pseudoscientific ‘use night mode which eliminates blues’ garbage. Most of the rest of the advice here is actually fairly sensible, but once again for those in the back: Blue light is not a driver of insomnia, using ‘night mode’ to eliminate blue light will not help with that. (Also, install black-out curtains instead of a sleep mask if you can; it’s less distracting.)

    Meet the Startup That Thinks DNA Can Predict Your Best Diet: A writer looks at a startup which claims to be able to tailor diet to genetics. I am highly skeptical, in part because most diet-related startups are founded by idiots who don’t actually know what they’re doing. I’m having a hard time seeing how this one is any different, since experts are left out of the loop…again.

    How to Get Rich and Never Die Trying: A journalist looks at the various attempts to lengthen the human lifespan. As none of these seem to be focused on lengthening the most productive years of our lives, I’m extremely skeptical that we’ll actually figure anything out. Eliminating age-related disease won’t magically make 35-year-olds able to perform the same feats a 25-year-old can.

    The Case for Genetically Engineering Ethical Humans: A writer tries to up-sell eugenics under a different guise. Along the way, he promotes the ‘individual choices’ myth of climate change (only 100 companies are responsible for 71% of the pollution responsible for climate change, fun fact). The solution to this, of course, is trying to engineer a more ethical human. This belies the fact that the very idea is unethical and requires unethical behaviour.

    Giving up on the American Dream: A journalist writes about a successful first-generation American. The insistence that there is an ‘American Dream’ redolent throughout this article is breathtaking, since the whole concept was a lie drummed up in the 1950s as a tool of repression. Success, according to this lie, is owning your home, having a nuclear family of 2.4 kids, a stay-at-home wife, and a dog, all while the husband earns a living wage on a single income. Notice how neatly this strangles independence of thought.

    Bitcoin Bodice Rippers Are Romance’s Most Sizzling New Subgenre: I don’t even know where to begin with this one. Some deranged individual has decided that what the world really wants is cryptocurrency drama meeting romance. Pardon me while I go wash out my brain…

    Can Silicon Valley ‘Do Good’?: A writer asks a stupid question, then tip-toes around the monumental arrogance engendered by a founder of PayPal to arrive at the real issue. Silicon Valley, and tech firms situated elsewhere which model themselves after SV firms, have an unbelievable capacity to do good, but the vast majority of them are too busy insisting on technological solutions to what are fundamentally allocation-based problems to notice that they are, in fact, part of the problem. (Given that an overwhelming majority of these businesses are powered by coddled white men…)

    Rare articles which are well-done.

    How Erectile Dysfunction Pills Hooked Younger Guys: A writer looks at two biotech firms due to their advertising being directed at millenials. Lack of confidence in the bedroom is probably a much more significant cause for these men than anything else, and the lack of sex clinics in the US is probably the main driver here.

    I Made 14 Times Less Than My Co-Host on Morning Joe: A reporter reports on sexism in her workplace.

    Slavery and the Origins of the American Police State: A writer takes a look at colonialism in the early United States.

    Confessions of a Fake News Writer: A writer pens a tell-all about their involvement in ‘fake news’.

    The Gaslighting of American Women: A writer talks about the experience of women in a country which hates them.

  • Medium articles neither rare nor well-done for the week ending 06 October 2018.

    The Economy’s Not Booming. Capitalism Is.: An asshole breathlessly incorrects everyone about a phenomenon economists have known about for years (and have been periodically talking about in the news, oddly enough). Strangely, this segues in to yet another attack on America…during which the asshole continues to incorrect everyone about economic history.

    Don’t listen to those productivity gurus: why waking up at 6am won’t make you successful: A webshit pretends to be a self-help booklet. This is mostly the same shit as last week’s article about ultradian rhythms, so I presume the webshit read that article, digested it for a few months, and then shit out this post.

    Education is the Key to a Better Future, But…: A professor talks about education, particularly the unfortunate reality that grade school doesn’t really teach kids how to self-educate. It’s not really a result of the push for standardisation of curricula, though; grade school teaches most subjects badly, in part because textbook contents are set by two state boards of education, effectively: Texas’ and California’s. Neither of them require actual pedagogical experience in order to serve on these boards.

    REST is the new SOAP: A webshit incorrects everyone about REST because other webshits have incorrected each other about what REST is actually about. (Hint: CRUD is not synonymous with RESTfulness; very few CRUD APIs actually are.)

    How to Test for Heavy (Toxic!) Metals — and Why It’s a Good Idea: A professional shitposter documents both their elevated mercury & arsenic levels and their doctor’s pseudoscientific woo to combat it. If the word ‘detox’ ever passes your doctor’s lips and it’s not associated with a negative opinion of this shit, find a new doctor.

    Kids Don’t Damage Women’s Careers — Men Do: A feminist complains about men not pulling their weight at home. While this is a problem with implications regarding how kids perceive equity (even egalitarian couples tend to not do equitable divisions of labour), this really doesn’t have anything to do with the shenanigans men damage women’s careers with in the workplace.

    Why I’m Only Having One Kid: A parent attempts to explain why they’re sticking to one child. This explanation relies on anecdotal evidence, though; not a single study is cited to support these anecdotes.

    What If Reality Isn’t Real?: A journalist discovers the simulation hypothesis, which is basically a bunch of idiots thinking too hard after watching The Matrix Trilogy too many times. This hypothesis rests on two major planks: first, that processing capabilities will be advanced enough to not require a supercomputer to model reality; and second, that we will even be capable of modeling reality well enough for it to be convincing. Given that Moore’s Law has been dead for several years now, and given that game developers still have to utilize motion capture to accurately model interactions, which is really only useful for set-pieces…yeah, no.

    Rare articles which are well done.

    Extreme Athleticism Is the New Midlife Crisis: A sports writer comments on the recent surge in middle-aged people trying to reinvent themselves through health-consciousness and over-indulgence in exercise. (If you weren’t athletic in high school through mid-20s, please just put the running shoes back on the store shelf; your identity won’t be found there.)

    How Juul Exploited Teens’ Brains to Hook Them on Nicotine: A journalist explores how vaping has become the new way for teenagers to get hooked on nicotine, all thanks to the efforts of a single company whose product is now dominating the market. (Protip, assholes: don’t make your products ‘cool’; it attracts teenagers and then the FDA’s negative attention.)

    Decision-Making Should Be a Required Course in Every High School: A self-help booklet complains about how grade school leans overmuch on rote memorization and that we should be teaching decision-making processes. While I don’t disagree with the premise, we should be teaching kids how to think. Decision-making follows logically from that.

    What Algorithms Know About You Based on Your Grocery Cart: A professor explores algorithms and what your product purchases say about you.

    Seeing Through Kavanaugh’s Tears: A writer talks about Kavanaugh’s testimony. Excuse me, I need a moment: Kavanaugh should never have been chosen to begin with, and his behaviour since the allegations of sexual assault came out is inexcusable and should result in him being immediately relieved of his judgeship and his nomination withdrawn, regardless of whether you believe the allegations or not, because he is a man-child who is clearly incapable of comporting himself when his feewings awe huwt, as they clearly were when he lied to Congress.

    Why Women Don’t Get to Be Angry: A writer explores how women express their anger and how those expressions came to be.

    When Did the American Dream Become Flying Private to Dubai?: A professional grifter writes about the death of the concept of the public good at the hands of con artists who style themselves ‘conservatives’ (and a few who claim to be liberal but really aren’t).

    R.L. Stine on the Importance of Scaring the Hell Out of Children: A journalist interviews R L Stine, famed author of the Goosebumps series of children’s literature.

    The End of Snap and Tesla: A professor writes about Tesla and Snapchat. Snapchat’s biggest four rivals have more or less conspired to destroy Snapchat. Tesla, on the other hand, is run by a fucking moron whose insane(ly stupid), Ambien- and weed-fueled 120-hour working weeks are catching up to him.

  • Medium articles neither rare nor well-done for the week ending 29 September 2018.

    Does America Have Capitalist Stockholm Syndrome?: An asshole assumes the poor fully support the abuses the wealthy elites subject them to for their own aggrandizement. I can only assume this asshole has never actually talked to poor Americans, because this shitpost makes no sense otherwise. In fact, he gives as an example a middle-manager at some tech firm.

    Why reading 100 books a year won’t make you successful: A webshit tries to explain to us that strong literacy is actually not conducive to success. While he’s technically correct—success is primarily about getting lucky—the real issue here is that speed-reading is useless and reading a lot of books because you feel you have to is about as effective as speed-reading. You should still read, but find material you enjoy reading, and read that, even if it’s something your friends or family think is absolute trash.

    It’s Not What You Know, It’s How You Think: A professional shitposter tries to talk philosophy and fails miserably, in part because he confuses it with metacognition. Pro-tip: Intro to Philosophy will help you think. This shitpost won’t.

    The definitive Node.js handbook: A webshit publishes an entire book on Medium. Why the fuck did you think this was a good idea?

    The Safe, Boring, and Extremely Cheap Drug That Could Cure Aging: A professional shitposter claims to have found the fountain of youth in metformin, a drug commonly prescribed for type 2 diabetes and certain cancers. I’m highly skeptical.

    Star Wars’ Biggest Blunder Isn’t What You Think: An uber-nerd tries to explain how people with wrong opinions about Star Wars developed those opinions. Star Wars’ biggest blunder is that George Lucas, despite his incessant lying since the 90s, was making up the original trilogy’s story as he went along. There was no master plan, there was no intent to produce a prequel trilogy or sequel trilogy until well after the original trilogy was cemented in pop culture.

    Breathing Underwater: An Autism Tale: A writer looks at one family’s interactions with their non-verbal autistic son. From the description given, it sure sounds like facilitated communication, though he later claims it isn’t. I’m not sure how to file this.

    Rare articles which are well-done.

    My Life Has Been Ruined by an Anti-Baldness Drug: A victim of medical malpractice writes about his misfortune. I can only say that I’m glad I don’t give a shit about my own receding hairline.

    What’s the Perfect Amount of Running for Good Health?: A writer takes a look at the science of running for exercise. Shockingly, excessive running is bad for your health.

    Why Older People Have Always Trashed Young People: A writer examines the late adulthood phenomenon of blaming the kids for ruining society.

    How Very Bad Men Get Away With Rape: A feminist explores rape culture to explain how rapists can get away with being terrible people. A key component is that people don’t want to admit to themselves that a friend did something bad, though another one is that rapists tend to find one another as non-rapists tend to shun them (which is entirely normal social behaviour).

    The Boundary You Didn’t Know You Were Missing: A self-help booklet informs us that personal boundaries are a key component to a healthy, happy life. I couldn’t agree more.

    Why Successful People Learn to Ask for Help: A therapist explains why people don’t ask for help.

    Avoid Burnout and Increase Awareness Using Ultradian Rhythms: A self-help booklet suggests realigning work processes with natural body rhythms, mirroring the natural sleep cycle.

  • Medium articles neither rare nor well-done for the week ending 22 September 2018.

    If the Point of Capitalism is to Escape Capitalism, Then What’s the Point of Capitalism?: An asshole lets rip an excessively long, wet fart about capitalism. The asshole poses a ridiculously stupid question and then tries to answer it.

    The 3 Keys to Becoming Irresistible: A professional shitposter shits out a post about attraction. This is a lightweight self-help booklet, and like most in its genre there’s a nugget of truth buried in a mountain of platitudes.

    21 Quotes That (If Applied) Change You Into a Better Person: A writer publishes a listicle. From the slug in the URL, it’s pretty obvious it was originally intended to support toxic masculinity. Sources include such luminaries as the racist Laura Ingalls Wilder and the colossally shitty colonialist asshole Winston Churchill. Perhaps you should be more selective in whom you choose to quote.

    An A-Z of useful Python tricks: A programmer shares some knowledge. Some of these tidbits include examples, but others do not. You can’t just throw out a Python module and call it a day; you have to explain why we should use that particular module over alternatives. And the example for ‘f’ is for Python 2.x. Why the fuck did you do that?

    Confessions of a 40-Year-Old Mega-Nerd”: A nerd feels weird about being a nerd. There’s nothing particularly interesting about this shitpost, however; this is just what happens when you’re raised under the (mistaken) impression that grown-ups aren’t allowed to have fun.

    How I Escaped from Prison: An inmate discovers yoga. Absolutely nothing of substance is discussed.

    Rare articles which are well-done.

    Your Childhood Memories Are Probably Fake: A journalist explores memory.

    Cutting Through the Haze: A journalist looks at cannabidiol and the hype surrounding the supposed wonder-drug. There are two things I care about regarding marijuana: providing evidence-based medicine and destroying stoner culture.

    The Case for the Nightcap: A professional shitposter writes about the occasional evening tipple.

    The Case for Playing Fortnite with Your Kids: A writer points out that family time doesn’t have to be an outing to the zoo or a natural history museum; it can be playing video games together.

    Indigenous Peoples Are Decolonizing Virtual Worlds: A journalist looks at how the indigenous peoples of the Americas and the Pacific are producing games free of the taint of colonialism.

    Inside the Far-Out World of Dream Therapy: A journalist looks at dream therapy, an evidence-based take on dream interpretation.

    How to Escape While Standing Still: A journalist talks about daydreaming.

    Your Climate Change Survival Plan: A journalist talks about climate change survival. I find the feeling of inevitability involved in this shitpost deeply disturbing.

    The 5 Best Places to Live in 2100: Another journalist talks about climate change survival. This is probably more practical than the one above, given the current state of technology. I sure hope you can stand Canada, though.

    Why People Refuse to Evacuate: A journalist looks at what the science has to say about people too stubborn to evacuate when told.

    What Kids Need to Learn to Succeed in 2050: A historian has opinions on what skills kids will need to have in order to succeed in 32 years. They may even be right, but the sad reality is that modern pedagogy in America is deeply fucked between elementary school and graduation from high school.

    I’m a Heart Doctor. Here’s Why I’m Wary of the New Apple Watch: A doctor expresses a very healthy skepticism of the latest Big Tech attempt to medicalize consumer technology.

    The Scientific Case for Eating Bread: A journalist looks at bread. As an aside, pop nutrition is a hotbed of lies, misinformation, and junk science, and this journalist is attempting to correct some of it.

  • Medium articles neither rare nor well-done for the week ending 15 September 2018.

    Seven Things Everyone (Especially Americans) Should Know About 21st Century Political Economy: An asshole assumes all Americans are fuckwits who don’t know anything about anything. There’s nothing actually insightful here, it’s just this asshole pretending Republican propaganda pieces are mainstream American discourse and letting loose a seemingly endless verbal diarrhoea.

    Travel Is No Cure for the Mind: An artist reminds us that the grass only appears to be greener on the other side, it usually actually isn’t. He uses way too many pictures to illustrate his point; does he think we’re children?

    Why you shouldn’t share your goals: A webshit tells a fable, the fable supposedly being “don’t sell yourself before you have something to sell”. In reality, it’s more along the lines of “don’t be an egotistical shit”.

    25 fun questions for a machine learning interview: A person who should know better poses a bunch of questions for the latest iteration of the “iteratively build a filter on this firehose” buzzword bingo square.

    Is the Price of Bitcoin Based on Anything at All?: A professional shitposter asks a rhetorical question. Or, I’m assuming it was supposed to be rhetorical, because any idiot who’s passed Economics 101 understands that Bitcoin is a fiat currency that differs from government-backed fiat currencies only in that a bunch of fuckwits and trust fund kids are propping it up in order to scam each other out of real money. The shitpost is only tangentially about Bitcoin, however; it instead looks at Tether, a money-laundering scheme that appears to be the main reason cryptocurrencies are a thing.

    Chasing the Bitcoin Boys in the Crypto Capital of the World: A town was taken over by hipsters. A “Bitcoin ATM” is discussed. My brain cramps processing the monumental stupidity involved. Is there some way we can ensure this shithole gets nuked first if World War III ever happens?

    The Way to Fix the Gig Economy: A person who should know better not only assumes the gig economy is a good thing, but also asserts that it can be fixed. There is nothing positive about app-driven pseudo-contracting; Uber & Lyft are contributing to an increase in greenhouse emissions from automobiles while ‘disrupting’ a trade that’s run by companies who are every bit as shitty as Uber was under Travis K.

    Silk Road: A Cautionary Tale about Online Anonymity: A fuckwit who drank the cryptocurrency kool aid incorrects everyone about how the dark web works and the terminology involved.

    Our Crisis of Heart: A Buddhist thinks compassion is the cure to the problems caused by capitalism. Unfortunately, compassion is not the problem. The inability of the compassionate to run for and win political office is the real issue, and micro-solutions such as teaching people compassion does not generally effect macro-scale change. Ask any vegan how their personal choices are changing the world. (The smart ones will admit that they don’t.)

    Reality TV Mattered, and We Should Have Realized It: A professional grifter pretends to have something meaningful to say…but it’s buried so far up the grifter’s ass that you won’t find it before you quit reading in disgust. This shitpost has the same nihilistic assumptions about America that underlie the dumpster fires the asshole I opened this week with puts out.

    Rare articles which are well-done.

    The Capitalist Origins of the Myers-Briggs Personality Test: An English professor delves in to the history of the Myers-Briggs personality test, and just how much of a load of shit it actually is.

    American Daredevil: A professional shitposter provides a short biography of a colossal fuckwit.

    The Prepper Moms: A professional shitposter and Vice alumna documents a bunch of women who drank the doomsday cult kool-aid.

    Notes to myself on software engineering: A programmer publishes a bunch of tips that won’t be read by anyone who needs to.

    Nuance: A Love Story: A journalist takes a deep dive into YouTube, specifically the part populated by a bunch of fuckwits who think they’re smart while actually being complete and utter wastes of resources better allocated to charitable causes.

  • Medium articles neither rare nor well-done for the week ending 08 September 2018.

    The Simple Truth Behind Reading 200 Books a Year: A professional shitposter sits on the pot for way too long. Long story short: Start with books of a comfortable size, find time to read—even if you lose focus, read. Short story long: this shitpost.

    A developer’s guide to web design for non-designers: A webshit rips a long, wet fart about how to design without being a designer. (He recommends proprietary software, too, which is turbo-gross. I would suggest Paint.NET or the GIMP, or any of KDE’s graphic tools.)

    How Capitalist Utopia Became Everyone Else’s Dystopia: An asshole interprets two charts for us, and blames capitalism for America’s ills and socialism for Europe’s so-called comparative well-being. Sir, your fingers should be pointing at the confidence artists who keep getting elected to loot the economy, and don’t pretend Europe is immune to the phenomenon, either—the UK is part of Europe, its Parliament’s protestations to the contrary aside.

    This Is How Vegans Are Taking Over the Meat Industry: A professional shitposter and vegan chews over recent developments in vat protein and attempts to prognosticate. Among other lies, this shitpost perpetuates the myth that dietary fat and animal protein are the main drivers of obesity, as well as the myth that animal abuse is rampant in ranching. (The reality in ranching is, most abuse occurs at meatpacking facilities and on poultry farms, and the farmers have no ability to protest.) One last myth for the road: fresh, local, natural is ahistorical hipster trash, and we ought to be improving our industrial foods’ healthfulness.

    The Truth About Fish Oil: A fishing author reels in one hell of a whopper about the fish oil, uh, snake oil industry. Historical claims about diet are made, without reference to where that data came from (see the Jacobin Magazine linked above for why that can be an issue). As well, a lot of assertions are made about how it’s an omega-6 imbalance that’s killing us Americans.

    How To Chart A New Course For Your Life With 3 Simple Diagrams: A self-help booklet tells a story, then utilizes Oriental mysticism to try to sell his bullshit.

    How to Dramatically Improve your Public Speaking Skills: A webshit releases an excessively long, wet fart which doesn’t say anything a Public Speaking class won’t. Better: the Public Speaking class will give you some structure to work with.

    Tech Titans Dish Advice About Phone Addiction: A professional shitposter shits out a post about mobile phone addiction. Long story short: don’t let the phone take over your life, and disable non-essential notifications. Short story long: this shitpost.

    Down the Security Rabbit Hole: A professional shitposter looks at security software. The first two examples rely far too much on TOR, which is not as anonymous as its proponents claim, and which requires a fairly rigid set of behaviours to achieve even the limited anonymity you can get.

    Rare articles which are well-done.

    Is Blue Light Really What’s Keeping You Awake?: A professional shitposter points out what would be blindingly obvious to anyone who’s actually looked at the research regarding light and its effects on sleep. Put simply, minimize interactive device usage in the evening. Period. Any claims that specifically blue light causes sleep disturbances are pure bunk.

    Why Scientists Still Disagree About Lyme Disease: A professional shitposter looks at Lyme disease, particularly what is termed ‘chronic’ Lyme disease. This is a reasonable high-level overview of the issue.

    The Ultimate Model for Successful and Long-Lasting Behavior Change: A professorial self-help booklet talks about how to effect real behavioural change in oneself.

    HBO’s Misguided Quest to Become Netflix: A professor of con artistry marketing explores AT&T’s attempt to revamp HBO. Long story short: they’re attempting to clone Netflix, without looking at how Netflix is achieving its stature (lots of capital and not much concern about quality, versus HBO’s quality-centric approach).

    How to Achieve the Best Grades Possible With Minimal Stress: A professional shitposter looks at study habits. Included are some tips which are basically impossible if you have repetitive strain injuries in your hands. The rest of the advice given is reasonable, however.

    How Do You Teach Your Kid to Wipe His Own Ass?: A professional shitposter and kid-wrangler talks about parenting.

    The Absurdity of Student Loan Debt: A professional shitposter wishes to remind us that student debt is a Lovecraftian horror by telling us a story.

    How Facebook Has Flattened Human Communication: A professional shitposter explores the consequences of shaping our communications to fit within the filters provided by corporate mass-surveillance platforms.

    Black Twitter Is Laughing Racism to Death: A writer talks about racism and how people of colour are handling it online, specifically on Twitter.

    Dumb Rules That Make Your Best People Want to Quit: A professional speaker reminds us that people don’t quit companies, they quit management, particularly poor management decisions.

    Why ‘Sleep on It’ Is Our Most Useful Advice for Learning: A teacher wishes to remind us that learning isn’t a once-and-you’re-done process, but rather a continual one which requires taking some time away from it in order for the brain to digest the data obtained and rewire around it.

    Don’t Be Afraid to Be Simple: An artist points out that complexity is hard on cognition, probably one of the more unnecessary but unfortunately actually necessary things anyone’s ever said.

  • Medium articles neither rare nor well-done for the week ending 01 September 2018.

    Why Everyone Should Watch Less News: A self-help booklet is tired of outrage culture. His solution is, of course, to cut the news out entirely. You don’t have to live under a rock to escape outrage culture, however; subscribe to your local newspaper, maybe watch your local cable news affiliate (ABC, Fox, and NBC all still partner with local channels). And, above all, cut national news sites and channels out of your life. I mean, you can still, and ought to, read books.

    A quick introduction to web security: A webshit talks about web insecurity. This is not a pro click, however, as nowhere does he suggest the following: don’t do anything online if you can possibly avoid doing so.

    Why is a Java guy so excited about Node.js and JavaScript?: A webshit talks about the biggest mistake they ever made. The double-take of realization still hasn’t struck, if this long, wet fart is anything to go by.

    Potential Reasons Why Your Girlfriend Is Suddenly Horny: A massive piece of shit somehow manages to make part of the internet a Superfund site.

    Depression and Metaphysics: A journo shits out woo and helps to reinforce the myth that Alcoholics Anonymous is actually effective (twelve-step programs are woefully understudied and cannot claim to be efficacious).

    Fortnite Is so Much More Than a Game: A gamer tries to justify his love affair with a game. It comes across about as well as you would expect: gustily, with a faint odor of Dorito dust in the air.

    Game Over: An ex-gamer explores his exit from gaming due to badly fucking up his work/life balance. See a therapist, please. This isn’t healthy.

    Rare articles which are well-done.

    The Trump Cult?: An author talks about cults.

    I Didn’t See a Thing: The perennial “our brains are easy to fool” article makes an appearance, this one on inattentional blindness.

    It’s All Fun and Games Until You Run Out of Coins: A professional maker of poor life choices makes some poor life choices.

    Another pair of accounts about life as a person of colour.

    What Really Kills Most Startups: A webshit reports the blindingly obvious: most startups fail due to personal problems or toxic work cultures.

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