[weekly linkdump, somewhat edited]
Apparently some people think I hate capitalism now. I'm ok with that.
— Molly Sauter (@OddLetters) October 12, 2014
#biggest news this week
Self-combusting communication for the Wikileaks era – “The paper is normal thermal paper used in receipt printers. As the document is printed it is treated with glycerol and a potassium salt. When these two substances mix at the end of the process they react exothermically to produce fire, this reaction ignites the paper and the heat also blackens any unburnt parts of the document as it is printed on thermal paper.”
Glenn Greenwald: Why privacy matters – “In this searing talk, Greenwald makes the case for why you need to care about privacy, even if you’re “not doing anything you need to hide.””
How White People Got Made – “There’s a perception that whiteness is working for white people. It’s not. Whiteness is one of the biggest and most long-running scams ever perpetrated.”
Gamergate Is Running Out of Heroes – “We have to accept that pretty much the entirety of western society has turned against us and chugged kool-aid like crazy.” Yeah, because you are wrong.
Refold’s Portable Cardboard Standing Desk – “Flexible, foldable, portable, affordable & 100% recyclable. Refold’s cardboard standing desk will change the way you work!”
Starck with Riko – now, where can we place it?
Rothko Me – more trippy stuff.
The ultimate weapon against GamerGate time-wasters: a 1960s chat bot that wastes their time – “In a kind of digital version of an unstoppable force meeting an immovable object, tenaciously dull videogame truthers have met their match in an inexhaustibly interested chat program coded 50 years ago.”
Black Flag’s Greg Ginn Accused of Child Abuse – And … punk is dead.
PIXEL TRADE – “In exchange for my skills as a professional photographer, all I’m asking from my subjects is a roof to sleep under, food to keep the stomach happy and a ticket or ride to the next trade. Shelter, food and transport traded for whatever photography work you need snapped. It’s that simple.”
The Distortion of Sound: Musicians Explain How We’ve Created “a McDonald’s Generation of Music Consumers” – “data compression (not audio compression—a different technology), “removes up to 90% of the original song.” With our low-quality MP3s and cheap, tinny earbuds and laptop speakers, says Zimmer, we’ve become “a McDonald’s generation of music consumers.””
The Flaming Lips: With a Little Help From My Fwends – “Currently available in US only.” You think?