I'm a software developer living in a haunted mansion in Chicago. I'm originally from Silicon Valley, a fact that I am both proud and ashamed of.
My pronouns are he/him/his; my website is evanhahn.com; my musical taste is embarrassing.
"How to Stop Freaking Out and Tackle Climate Change" https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/10/opinion/sunday/how-to-help-climate-change.html
#ClimateChange year in review from my favorite newsletter https://forgethefuture.substack.com/p/2019-the-climate-year-in-review
"We hear 'Google gives you advertisements that fit your preferences,' or 'we offer Waze users the best path.' Part of the effect of this is to suggest that these firms are in the process of doing some neutral or beneficent resource allocation, contributing to social welfare, when what they’re doing is profit calculation, with significant negative externalities."
A new report from @FinancialTimes says "When you visit WebMD & enter your stuffy nose & sore throat into its 'symptom finder,' & then get a diagnosis (it's lupus!), [ad platforms including] Facebook, thanks to a data-sharing agreement, know about it." https://mashable.com/article/google-facebook-tracking-online-health-activity-webmd/
"I too used to believe that these tech giants were all-knowing entities [who can predict and manipulate our behaviour with ads]. But while writing this story, I have come to realise that this belief is as wrong as it is popular." https://thecorrespondent.com/100/13228924500-22d5fd24
“I’ve always felt that one of the least interesting things for a wine writer to do is to try to describe how a wine tastes. I feel that even more strongly now.” https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/06/reader-center/wine-industry-climate-change.html
Ring (the Amazon surveillance device) used video captured on Halloween for PR
EmacsConf 2019 is tomorrow. Even if a conference about Emacs doesn't seem like your thing, it's worth taking a look at how it's being put on.
It's 100% remote, all talks are live streamed, live transcriptions are posted to IRC. Audience questions are taken from a different IRC channel.
It's the conference version of "everybody dials in." I'd like to see more conferences put on this way.
"Barr Pushes Facebook for Access to WhatsApp Messages" https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/03/us/politics/barr-whatsapp-facebook-encryption.html
"Five reasons people are not engaging with climate change and what to do about it"
"Athletes turn to plant-based and vegan diets to gain edge in a growing sports world trend", including Tom Brady https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/2019/08/08/vegan-plant-based-diets-take-over-sports-world-alex-morgan-tom-brady/1921383001/
According to the-federation.info the #fediverse has crossed 3 million registered users (and this is excluding Gab)
I'm a programmer who loves a good panini
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