[nonostantement #163] - glitterbombed phone scammer / codemiko / mini tokyo 3d
Now with MORE encabulator devices!
Welcome to nonostantement: a weekly newsletter with pungent, disrespectful and enchanting stuff found all over the Internet.
Hello everyone and welcome back - I'm joele, I work on the internet all the time (I'm a digital strategist) so I find a lot of interesting stuff online. This is the email that collects some of the best links of the past week.
I'm thinking of doing something like this and find a way to thank the musicians who make me arrive alive at the end of the day - right now I would surely thank Anouar Brahem of which I suggest you this amazing concert as a soundtrack while you visit the links this week.
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An interesting collection of reports about the impact of COVID-19 on last year. I found frightening and fascinating the reflection on the “Y-axes” that needed to be continually adjusted to accommodate ever-higher numbers.
[Video] - I have already posted something from this guy but I find this (maybe a bit too long for my attention span) video really fun and too interesting not to recommend it: Glitterbomb Trap Catches Phone Scammer (who gets arrested)
Many of the people I work with (and with whom I find myself in very long calls) read this email, so I'm quite self-sabotaging by linking this - but whatever: Zoom Escaper is a tool to help you escape Zoom meetings and other videoconferencing scenarios. It allows you to self-sabotage your audio stream, making your presence unbearable to others.
75 artists interviewed after a year of pandemic - I know it may sound ridiculously mundane but I love this answer about bad ideas: “Ordering a couch during the pandemic. It took four months to arrive, and I had never sat on it, but once I did, it was so uncomfortable, so I had to send it back. Then I ordered another one and had to wait another three months.”
I'm continuing on my weird mission of not posting links about NFTs, but this article about the race to collect COVID ephemera (like homemade masks, store-closure signs) even before it’s history it seems to me very much connected to the frenzy with which some NFT "collectors" are moving right now.
[Video] - if you want to take a look at the present (not the future, we still don't know what the future holds) of what being a “streamer” is like, check out this fascinating video on codemiko - her project for me is truly one of the more interesting things happened on the internet in recent times. I already had links to share about her in the past but I just needed to know more about it before sharing.
Mini Tokyo 3D is a real-time 3D map of public transportation in Tokyo. Trains in operation and airplanes that are arriving or departing are represented on a realistic 3D map with smooth animation. This is a “digital twin” that looks exactly like the real world in the digital world. Simply amazing.
[In Italian] [Video] - I'm sorry but this will not be easily interpreted by those who are not Italians: Antonio Rezza - The telephone
California is banning companies from using 'dark patterns' - sneaky website design that makes things like canceling a subscription frustratingly difficult. Yes some features are difficult to use, on purpose.
Last year, at the beginning of the pandemic, I remember hearing from an expert on Chinese affairs that "you don't listen to what China says, you observe what it does". So when you see that China has a program that aims to surveil 100% of public space of course you get interested… but I think that, given the actual difficulty of the project, it will be interesting to see what will really be implemented in the future.
That's it for now.
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