The Weekly Linklist

Vasudevan Mukunth
A list of links to articles I recently read and liked, nothing more.
Created 31 May 2019
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  • Linklist: January 3, 2021
    03 Jan 2022 • 12 min read
    💥 Things I won't work with: dioxygen difluoride "The heater was warmed to approximately 700C. The heater block glowed a dull red color, observable with room lights turned off. The ballast tank was fi...
  • Linklist: December 27, 2021
    27 Dec 2021 • 11 min read
    🍷 The politics of wine in 18th-century England "Luxury claret was first created for very specific conditions in the English market by a Frenchman who could not have foreseen that the rapid increase o...
  • Linklist: December 13, 2021
    13 Dec 2021 • 10 min read
    💽 The myth of artificial intelligence "TO CLAIM, AS THE AGE OF AI DOES, that this book fills a “gap” in “basic vocabulary and concepts for an informed debate about this technology” requires erasure o...
  • Linklist: November 30, 2021
    30 Nov 2021 • 12 min read
    😔 https://pessimistsarchive.org/ – "Welcome to Pessimists Archive, a project created to jog our collective memories about the hysteria, technophobia and moral panic that often greets new technologies...
  • Linklist: November 23, 2021
    23 Nov 2021 • 9 min read
    🍲 The Gradual Extinction of Softness by Chantha Nguon with Kim Green "The first time I cooked rice by myself, at five years old, I burned it to a tarry blackness. My mother saw how much I loved to “h...
  • Linklist: November 7, 2021
    07 Nov 2021 • 17 min read
    🧮 Will it rot my students' brains if they use Mathematica? " Jerry: People are very attached to the value of their skills. They believe that the skills of their generation should be preserved, with n...
  • Linklist: October 31, 2021
    31 Oct 2021 • 15 min read
    🚢 An unexpected victory: Container stacking at the port of Long Beach "Here’s my understanding of what happened. First, the setup. The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach together are responsible for...
  • Linklist: October 24, 2021
    24 Oct 2021 • 16 min read
    👁️ The future is not a solution "But the promise of a better tomorrow is no excuse for the inequitable, unjust, and harmful deployment of technology today—a topic that I’ve written about previously f...
  • Linklist: October 17, 2021
    17 Oct 2021 • 14 min read
    🐊 Modern crocodiles are evolving at a rapid rate "Crocodiles look like they belong to another time, an era when reptiles ruled. But appearances can be deceiving. Today’s crocodiles are not holdovers ...
  • Linklist: October 9, 2021
    09 Oct 2021 • 11 min read
    📻 The uncertain future of ham radio "“It's the $60,000 question: How do we get the kids involved?" says Howard Michel, former CEO of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL). (Since speaking with IEEE ...
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