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Interesting Reads – links from around the web
- Does Scrabble Need To Be Fixed? – “If we want to make Scrabble scoring more indicative of skill, we’ve been looking at the wrong part of the game for years.”
- China Filed 54% More Trademark Applications in 2017 in Push to Become Major Branding Player – Many might find this ironic, considering the fact that Chinese factories take the IP of Western companies and produce (sometimes better) copycats of the same product.
- George Mason University’s historical hoaxes – The Edward Owens hoax managed to fool the media, while Reddit serial killer hoax was debunked in an hour.
- How a Medical Catastrophe Can Bankrupt a Life – “I was an invalid, completely useless to all around me at a time when those same people needed me the most.”
- How the IRS Was Gutted – Tax cuts and the Affordable Healthcare Act.
- 1980s Amiga has been running the AC and heat in 19 schools for 30 years – The only person who knows how to fix its software glitches is the high school student who originally programmed it in the 80s.
- An Elephant Crackup? – This long read investigates the similarities between elephants’ and humans’ behavior as a result of childhood trauma.
- Home College: an Idea Whose Time Has Come (Again) – I deeply wish I could do this.
- The Last Curious Man – I wish I had met Anthony Bourdain.
- The Boys in the Band – I love Brockhampton.
- Colorize – Colorize your old photos with machine learning, based on Jason Antic’s DeOldify.
- baddiewinkle – A 90-year-old Instagram influencer who works with brands like Sketchers and Urban Outfitters.
Shutter – photo of the week
Pneutube, an architecture experiment by the Eventstructure Research Group (ERG). Read more about it here.