[nonostantement #163] - glitterbombed phone scammer / codemiko / mini tokyo 3d

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Welcome to nonostantement: a weekly newsletter with pungentdisrespectful 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.

  • 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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