Neighborhood security apps are making us wildly paranoid | The Outline:

Much has already been written about the problems inherent in neighborhood watches: in short, that they convince paranoid white people to become “protectors of the neighborhood,” patrolling their neighborhood for “suspicious” people (re: people of color) to harass. But the convenience of the internet has given that prejudice new life. People of color already fear being profiled by law enforcement; now they have to worry about Ring cameras videotaping them and sending the footage straight to the cops. Police officials claim that they’ll only look into videos that “meet their standards” for investigation, but when you consider how often police have harassed people of color simply for existing, it makes sense to take that claim with a grain of salt.

I was on my neighborhood’s NextDoor group a few years ago. It is hard to think of a web-based platform that better exemplifies the gulf between the promise of bringing people together and the reality of people being horrible to one another without the modicum of decorum required by face-to-face contact.

These apps are terrible.

I rely almost entirely on Apple Music for my day-to-day music needs. At home, I have a big shelf of CDs, a cabinet of records, and a pretty decent amp, CD player, turntable, and set of speakers, and while I’ll never give them up, I’m pretty okay with streaming for the convenience it provides.

One of the downsides, of course, is that there are albums and songs that just aren’t available via any of the streaming services. It is not a problem I run into often, but sadly, one of my old-school favorites falls into this category:

And yes, it is obviously available on YouTube, but that always feels vaguely scummy.

This is a pretty exciting birthday present from my wife and kids.

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They took a while to arrive, but my Pebble Stationery pocket notebooks showed up today. Exciting!

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I don’t remember ever seeing “The Crack Master” animation on Sesame Street when I was a kid, but this Studio 360 episode about it is pretty fascinating.

I am instituting a new rule for meetings: Any time anyone says the word “middleware”, it automatically gets added to the parking-lot list and never revisited.
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