[nonostantement #186] - undercover scammer / nike & men / netflow

Now with even LESS privacy on the Internet!

Welcome to nonostantement: a weekly newsletter with sincerelovely and natural stuff found all over the Internet.

Ciao everyone, I'm Joele, I spend a lot of time on the Internet as I'm an online communication consultant. During the week I collect links to interesting things which I then send to my friends on Sunday in this newsletter. In the last few weeks I have been on vacation and therefore the newsletter is in a somewhat shorter version.

For those who have recently subscribed, it doesn't normally look like this (it is usually longer and with a description for each link) but until September I think it will :)


  • Philip Glass on Artificial Intelligence and Art
    This conversation with the composer Philip Glass and me discusses an exciting project in partnership with OpenAi, in which we trained a neural net on a corpus of Glass’ work.

  • [Video] - I Went Undercover in a Scam Call Center
    We speak to Casey, a former scammer in India who is now working undercover in call centres — gathering evidence to help warn would-be scam victims (who sometimes listen, but sometimes fall for the scam anyway).

  • [Video] - Why Australia’s Crosswalk Buttons are the Best (ft. Billie Eilish)
    If there was a competition for world’s best crosswalk button, Australia would have gold locked in with the remarkable PB/5 button. Its distinct sound has been streamed over 1 billion times on Spotify and YouTube thanks to a collaboration with Billie Eilish.

  • Amazon Plans to Open Large Retail Locations Akin to Department Stores
    Online shopping pioneer wants a larger retail presence to sell clothing and household items and facilitate exchanges.

  • Nike's End of Men
    Yes, I know ads aren’t supposed to be high art. I understand that they are the purest distillation of manipulative greed. And yet, they sometimes are culturally relevant generational touchstones. While Nike was weaving soccer into enduring pop culture abroad, it was having a similar kind of success with basketball and baseball stateside. These ads weren’t just pure ephemera. Michael Jordan’s commercials were so good that, as he nears age 60, his sneaker still outsells any modern athlete’s.

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