Covered this week; The bullshit of red light cameras continues in the Chicago suburbs… Venice without water, Gondolas helplessly abandoned… Drivers don’t trust Uber, hard to see things changing… Hard to upgrade, but holy Jony Ive it’s fast… Roger Federer as religious experience… To understand Black Panther’s power, you need to understand Afrofuturism…
February 12, 2018
“Red light cameras were supposed to be the ultimate impartial witness, providing police with clear evidence that a driver had broken the law. When Chicago’s suburbs began pushing for their installation a decade ago, the law required that police officers review every video and citation, to further ensure fairness.
But a Tribune investigation found some police officers race through those reviews, approving dozens of $100 tickets in minutes, as if on an assembly line. Reporters found one suburban officer who reviewed and approved 41 tickets in 59 seconds. His boss, the chief, had more than 400 instances where he assessed and approved a citation in 2 seconds or less.”
February 13, 2018
“Venice without water… Gondolas helplessly abandoned on dried-up canals after water levels are the lowest since records began… and it has not stopped sinking.”
February 14, 2018
“To many of those drivers, however, after years of undercutting fares, raising commissions and refusing to listen to their demands, Uber was seen as less a partner and more a shadowy, money-hungry entity that fettered them to the company because of its hold on the market.”
February 15, 2018
“Some pro users’ discontent had reached a point at which assurances were needed. Two such assurances were made: Apple would overhaul the Mac Pro sometime after 2017, taking into account the mistakes it made in 2013, and it would double down on the iMac as a professional machine.” The Ars Technica iMac Pro review…
February 16, 2018
On the day when, at 36 years old, Roger Federer became the oldest tennis player to ever be ranked #1 in the world… here’s a great piece of writing for you from David Foster Wallace back in 2006.
February 17, 2018
The New York Times podcasting hit The Daily will soon be a radio program, too. The Daily, which the Times started in 2017, became a bona fide podcasting hit. Hosted by Michael Barbaro, the show has been downloaded more than 200 million times in under a year. Onstage, Tobin said it reaches 4.5 million unique listeners every month.
February 18, 2018
By drawing directly from Africa as its source material, “Black Panther” gives us a new way to think about a past, present and future rarely seen in mainstream movies. Marvel’s latest superhero flick is the perfect example of the genre and movement known as Afrofuturism. It combines elements of sci-fi, fantasy and African history and culture to create a new world to explore and escape into.