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"This is a list of characteristics of white supremacy culture which show up in our organizations."  cwsworkshop.org
Reminder: if you attend a protest with your phone, law enforcement (or anyone else really) can track you back to your home using readily available "anonymized" data.  twitter.com
Letters for Black Lives is a collection of multilingual resources geared towards explaining the Black Lives Matter movement to members of immigrant communities. Basically: "Dear beloved elders, we want to explain BLM to you and why it's important..."  lettersforblacklives.com
A list of anti-racism resources, including books to read, movies to watch, resources for parents, etc.  docs.google.com
Artist Christo died today at age 84. The Gates in Central Park is one of my favorite public artworks I've ever experienced in person.  instagram.com
Police Erupt in Violence Nationwide. "Here are some of the ways law enforcement officers escalated the national unrest."  slate.com
30 Movies That Are Unlike Anything You've Seen Before, incl. The Act of Killing, Just Another Girl on the I.R.T., Morvern Callar, and The Portrait of a Lady.  theatlantic.com
More Than 100,000 People Have Died Of The Coronavirus In The US. "Public health experts say the real number of infections and deaths from COVID-19 is likely much higher than the official count."  buzzfeednews.com
Adobe is offering their entire 99U Conference online this year for free (it's regularly ~$1000). Talks, classes, and workshops from folks like Kelli Anderson, Taeyoon Choi, Yancey Strickler, and Michelle Rial.  conference.99u.com
Protestors Criticized For Looting Businesses Without Forming Private Equity Firm First. "It's disgusting to put workers at risk by looting. You do it by chipping away at their health benefits and eventually laying them off."  theonion.com
Birding While Black. "I've seen a shit-ton of birds from sea level to alpine tundra. But as a black man in America I've grown up with a profile."  lithub.com
75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice. "40. Don't be silent about that racist joke. Silence is support."  medium.com
NVIDIA trained an AI to not only play Pac-Man but to generate a fully functional version of the game. "We were blown away when we saw the results, in disbelief that AI could recreate the iconic PAC-MAN experience without a game engine."  blogs.nvidia.com
A lovely collection of photos by @tara_wray of her older neighbors in Vermont and how they are coping with the pandemic.  npr.org
Holy crap, they still make Hypercolor shirts?! "A heat activated unisex color changing tshirt for men that changes color when you touch it or by your surrounding heat."  amazon.com
Great compilation by Open Culture: The 135 Best Podcasts to Enrich Your Mind.  openculture.com
Designer Sara Little Turnbull pioneered non-woven fabrics at 3M, which eventually led to the development of the N95 mask.  designmuseumfoundation.org
A short summary of the current research: what we know and don't yet know about Covid-19. "We don't yet know how long immunity lasts. Once you get it once, will you be immune for a month? A year? A lifetime?"  twitter.com
Tomorrow NASA is launching astronauts into orbit from the US for the first time since 2011. They'll ride in a spacecraft built by SpaceX, which will become the first private company to launch humans into space.  theverge.com
Japan has had success against Covid-19 so far without a national lockdown or mass testing. How did they do it? Early, aggressive, and competent contact tracing & "an expert-led approach" are two reasons.  bloomberg.com
A low dispersion factor of SARS-CoV-2 may indicate that most people don't spread the disease. "We are certainly seeing a lot of concentrated clusters where a small proportion of people are responsible for a large proportion of infections."  sciencemag.org
J.K. Rowling has posted online the first two chapters of a new fairy tale called The Ickabog (unrelated to the Wizarding World btw). A book version will be published in November w/ all royalties going to Covid-19 relief.  theickabog.com
What happens if Trump tries to cancel the election, shuts down urban polling places, contests the election results, or refuses to leave the White House? He was always going to attempt this stuff – the pandemic just makes it waaaay easier.  nytimes.com
Wearing masks is a public health issue. "No shoes, no shirt, no mask, no service."  daringfireball.net
"SARS-CoV-2 blocks one virus-fighting set of genes but allows another set to launch, a pattern never seen with other viruses", which allows it to easily spread in the lungs. But, this may also point the way towards a preventative treament.  statnews.com
The 2020 Minnesota State Fair has been cancelled "for only the sixth time in a history that predates the US Civil War." The last time it was cancelled was in 1946 because of the polio epidemic.  startribune.com
Results of a large study about the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine & chloroquine for Covid-19 treatment: "People treated with either drug had a higher mortality rate, as well as an increased risk of developing ventricular arrhythmia."  theverge.com
This is weird: John Krasinski sold Some Good News to ViacomCBS "following a massive bidding war" and will no longer host the show. All good things, etc.  hollywoodreporter.com
A profile of LearnedLeague, the invite-only online trivia tournament, and its founder. "Twelve people have walked on the Moon; only three have won the Commissioner T.A. Integrity Scarf as LearnedLeague Champion."   theringer.com
I am a simple potato guardian who needs my Second Amendment rights. "I can't believe the governor would come for our Second Amendment rights. No potato will be safe then. It's monstrous."  washingtonpost.com
Taking advantage of the empty roads of the pandemic lockdown, the record for the fastest car trip across the US has been broken several times. The current record is less than 26 hours (which means they averaged 107mph across the entire US).  whichcar.com.au
Advice for getting children & their grandparents back together again. "Once you're confident in your family's quarantine vigilance for 14 days, it's less risky to visit an older family member. But go with a plan."  nytimes.com
After The Empire Strikes Back opened in 1980 in a few theaters in 70mm, George Lucas *changed the end of the movie* before its wider 35mm release 3 weeks later. "I don't wanna tell you this. We need some more shots for Empire."  starwars.com
A new photograph (a self-portrait, no less) of blues legend Robert Johnson has surfaced.  vanityfair.com
Despite what you may see on TV news media, polls say a majority of Americans believe wearing masks is a matter of public health and is a sign of respectfulness (69%) not weakness (8%).  huffpost.com
The Young Vic is streaming their 2014 production of A Streetcar Named Desire with Gillian Anderson as Blanche DuBois for free on YouTube for the next week.  youtube.com
A barber training video from 1950 shows trainees practicing shaving with straight razors on balloons.  youtube.com
Scientists are releasing a recalibration of radiocarbon dating techniques that increases their accuracy, extends the useful range by 5,000 years, and may "shift the age of some prehistoric samples hundreds of years".  nature.com
When developing new typefaces, pangrams like "the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" are bad for testing out real-world letter combinations & letter frequency. So Jonathan Hoefler wrote some new text that includes dozens of useful common combos.  typography.com
Ed Yong on America's Patchwork Pandemic. "In a pandemic, the actions of 50 uncoordinated states will be less than the sum of their parts. Only the federal government has pockets deep enough to fund the extraordinary public-health effort now needed."  theatlantic.com
In less than a week, a grad student casually solved a famous math problem that had gone unsolved for decades. When she told her advisor: "He started yelling, 'Why aren't you more excited?'"  quantamagazine.org
A Succession insult generator. "FitBit moron whatever people." "He looks waxy, like an unshaven candle."  alexislloyd.com
"If at least 60% of the population wore masks that were just 60% effective in blocking viral transmission – which a well-fitting, two-layer cotton mask is – the epidemic could be stopped." STOPPED.  newyorker.com
This set of photos is a lovely reminder that my home state of Wisconsin is more than a political garbage fire.  theatlantic.com
Mount St. Helens erupted 40 years ago today. Here are some photos of the eruption and the aftermath.  theatlantic.com
We should all be required to wear masks in public. "This evidence seems, to me, clear and simple: COVID-19 is spread by droplets. We can see directly that a piece of cloth blocks those droplets and the virus those droplets contain."  theconversation.com
Pizza Arbitrage. "If someone could pay Doordash $16 a pizza, and Doordash would pay his restaurant $24 a pizza, then he should clearly just order pizzas himself via Doordash, all day long. You'd net a clean $8 profit per pizza."  themargins.substack.com
What's the last "normal" photo you took with your phone before the pandemic & lockdown hit?  bbc.com
"Cornelia Vertenstein, a Holocaust survivor, is still teaching piano lessons over FaceTime from her Denver home."  nytimes.com
Here's How Time Works Now. "A minute can now either be one hour, or it can take 3.5 seconds. We hope you enjoy this new feature."  mcsweeneys.net
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