Friday Links: Covid, Anger, Computers. And Decorative Gourds.

Written by Natalie Luhrs

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October 1, 2021

This week’s links feature a trio of COVID-19 related essays: one very sweary, one very beautiful, and another very angry. I also found two interesting pieces about brains, computers, and organization. From the time I was a small child, I visualized my memory as a filing cabinet, a habit which persists to a certain degree to this day. And I try to be pretty vigilant about keeping my computer’s files organized–I have 30 years of files and if you’d like to see a terrible poem I wrote in high school, I can oblige within the next 5 minutes or so. Which reminds me–time to clean up my desktop and downloads folder. It’s getting a little scary over there.

  • Oh My Fucking God, Get the Fucking Vaccine Already, You Fucking Fucks: “Fuck you, you fucking selfish fucking shit-banana, you unredeemable ass-caterpillar, you fucking fuck-knob with two fucks for eyes and a literal poop where your heart should be. You want a two-month-old to wind up on a fucking ventilator instead of you, a fucking adult, getting a fucking sore arm for a day? What are you, a pitcher for the Yankees?”
  • Tree of Life: an achingly beautiful essay by Meg Conley on Covid and the vaccine. I cannot recommend her writing highly enough. Get thee to homeculture and subscribe.
  • What Do We Do With All This Rage? “More precisely: it is a deep, seething rage, one that seems to exist so close to the surface of our outward facing selves that it can appear at any moment, almost uncontrollably.”
  • File Not Found: An utterly fascinating discussion of a generationally driven digital divide–whether or not you (attempt) to keep your files organized in folders so you can find them again, or, if you rely on your computer’s search function to locate files and the ramifications this has for programming. Really, really interesting.
  • Your brain does not process information and it is not a computer: “But here is what we are not born with: information, data, rules, software, knowledge, lexicons, representations, algorithms, programs, models, memories, images, processors, subroutines, encoders, decoders, symbols, or buffers – design elements that allow digital computers to behave somewhat intelligently. Not only are we not born with such things, we also don’t develop them – ever.”

Bonus link because I have to: It’s Decorative Gourd Season, Motherfuckers.

 

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