Reading List

I haven’t posted here in a while so I figured I’d put up some links to things I’ve been reading recently.

Android’s emoji problem

Android has a myriad of problems, but one of the as-yet-to-be-solved ones is that of emoji.

Other core parts of Android are broken out and updated out of band through the Play Store, but emojis are still tied to Android release versions and OEMs just aren’t keeping up.

With numbers like that, it’s no wonder so many apps are providing their own custom emoji support these days.

As always my opinion is that if you want any hope of a decent Android experience you need to use a Google branded device 😔

» Android’s emoji problem

Doomsday prep for the super-rich

This is a fascinating look at doomsday preppers and what they’re doing for the impending collapse of civilisation.

“He was telling me we should buy land in New Zealand as a backup. He’s, like, ‘What’s the percentage chance that Trump is actually a fascist dictator? Maybe it’s low, but the expected value of having an escape hatch is pretty high.’ ”

That little voice in the back of your head has never sounded more sensible.

» Doomsday prep for the super rich

The debate over punching white nationalist Richard Spencer in the face, explained

Look, I’m not going to say I didn’t enjoy this entire fiasco, but this outlines both sides of the argument.

Also, this tweet:

» The debate over punching white nationalist Richard Spencer in the face, explained

Speak, memory

“When her best friend died, she rebuilt him using artificial intelligence”. Hit me right in the feels, with an obligatory Black Mirror reference.

Who’s your best friend?, she asked.

Don’t show your insecurities, came the reply.

It’s an older story, but this has been at the forefront of my thoughts a lot lately, that our digital detritus may one day keep us alive. Supplemental thought: What makes up “me”?

Anyway, it’s beautiful and I dare you not to get teary.

» Speak, memory