Idle Words

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Shuffleboard at McMurdo

A visit to the American base in Antarctica, an “open-air museum of prefabricated regret.”

Previously: Maciej Ceglowski on the Longform Podcast
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What Happens Next Will Amaze You

A talk on personal data and the people who collect it:

"Let me ask a trick question. What was the most damaging data breach in the last 12 months? The trick answer is: it's likely something we don't even know about."
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Web Design: The First 100 Years

Right now, never-ending technological progress feels inevitable. It isn’t. And that’s a good thing. A talk on the future of the internet.

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Sana'a

A trip to the capital of Yemen.

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The Internet With a Human Face

Privacy, memory, data and advertising—how the modern web has become a Ponzi scheme and how we might be able to fix it.

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No Evidence of Disease

Stephanie had cancer, until she didn’t.