Open Tabs: 4 February 2018 (or: A Cry For Help)

I always have a bunch of open tabs on my browser (I know, “join the club”, right?).  It’s a problem of information overflow. I start reading one thing, that contains links to other interesting things or references stuff that I google, each piece fuzzy at the edges with threads that trail off into other corners of the internet. And I love learning new things, so this quickly gets out of hand. Before I know it, I’ve got 25 tabs going and my computer is freaking out about a lack of accessible memory and I find myself resenting my wife when she opens a new tab to check her email or look up something of her own. That’s precious tab real estate that I could clutter up with some random junk I will likely never get around to reading! Ridiculous, I know, but these are the thoughts we rightly keep to ourselves and (usually) never share with others.

In my never-ending quest to keep the tabs from taking over my computer like that old sci-fi novel about an alien grass or some plant-like thing that falls to earth and starts spreading like an invasive species that I refuse to look up as I write this in order to have an accurate reference because that’s kind of my whole problem, I’m just going to dump some of these tabs here. That way I’ll have someplace to put all these threads and start fresh each week with a clean rabbit hole to go down. And you, semi-fictitious reader of my blog, can see what I’ve been reading, or at least interested in, each week.

China’s Path to the Long Night: The Social Credit Score

The Road to Serfdom

  • I did not realize this was a 73 page document when I clicked the link

The Messaging App Fueling Syria’s Insurgency


To Make Our World Anew: May Day special ft. Robin D.G. Kelley

Must history have losers?

This might not seem like that many open tabs, but I’ve been trying to read and/or close open tabs all week to cut the number down. I have not read/listened to any of these all the way through, and most of them I haven’t read at all. Maybe I’ll get back to them later, maybe I won’t, and maybe if you’re reading this one of these links sounds interesting to you and you’ll make it one of your open tabs. If you get around to it, let me know how you liked it.

P.S. It was “The Day of the Triffids” by John Wyndham published in 1951. I couldn’t stop myself. Send help.

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