This explanation of what happened to Kyle McDonald after he installed image-capturing software in Apple store computers is fascinating.
It's the future of the Internet—the just-launched Long Reads website! Previously conducted solely through Twitter, the Long Reads project is now live, searchable and full of wordy goodness. Here's where you can help: the most-frequently suggested sources for Long Reads are good but a little traditional, including as they do the Times and the New Yorker and those usual suspects. And also the list of writers being added are a little expected too (and with only one woman in the top ten—Jill Lepore!). You can help! This is the one time we actually agree with the usually fascist advice that if you see something, say something. [...]
Every year I screw this up bad. (Except the year that I resolved to "be less nice," in emulation of a friend who successfully went with that one the year prior. That WORKS.) So I started brainstorming about my New Year's resolution last week, and I finally came up with a winner. I hereby resolve: to record an album's worth of cover versions of the very fine work of one of the world's best bands, if not the world's very best band, Slow Children. This resolution has it all: personal satisfaction, a chance to gain some new technical skills and also the benefit of not being exactly what everyone [...]