These cold opens are increasingly hard to write and I don’t know if I’ve lost all creativity, or if it’s just my brain finally relaxing a bit after over four years of clenching in constant fear. Anyhoo, here’s where I’d put something super cute and clever and inspiring to kick us off, but instead all I’ve got for you before the caffeine kicks in is an otter gif (side note: can we get new otter gifs?!?! I feel like I’ve been using the same ones for years.)
TO THE INTERNET
I want to start us off with the gorgeous photography of Cara Romero, a member of the Chemehuevi Tribe, who shoots to “redefine what contemporary Native art is.” (Hyperallergic)
Cat Zakrzewski spoke to 73 technology leaders and found that 93 percent of them agreed with the decisions made to take Trump off of social media platforms. (The Washington Post)
Something to be hopeful about? McConnell Relents On Senate Filibuster Stalemate. (NPR)
I know that some of this interview is post-45 CYA, but my goodness this headline made my soul ache: Birx says there was no "full-time team" working on COVID response in Trump White House (Face The Nation)
According to a study, Americans began staying home at the top of the pandemic before state government shutdown orders were put in place. So this talk about reopening to kickstart the economy is nonsense if it’s not safe to go out and participate in said economy. (The Washington Post)
So let’s talk about this: This site posted every face from Parler’s Capitol Hill insurrection videos. One website took all of the data downloaded from Parler before the site was taken down and “used open source software to detect, extract, and deduplicate every face.” Now, I want all seditionous yahoos brought to justice, but does it help me sleep at night to know that anyone with a keyboard, a server and time could go through hundreds of hours of public footage, isolate every person, and put their faces up mugshot-style on the internet? Nope, sure doesn’t. (Ars Technica).
Ooof, I need to end this on something happy… here’s another otter gif for ya.
And challenge of the day: you know that person you’ve been thinking of calling and reminding them you care about them? Why don’t you do that?
Be kind to each other.