Nick Heer (via Michael Tsai):
[U]sers should have always been viewing search results with much more scrutiny than they do. But many people are lulled into believing that Google’s representation of the truth is the correct one. Their rich snippet answer box made this already-pervasive belief far worse by highlighting a single piece of a webpage as, seemingly, The Answer, even for questions where The Answer doesn’t exist. That’s a deliberate design decision on Google’s part, and one that should be reversed.
I secretly hope that if I stick with RSS long enough, it will be cool again.
– Gabe Weatherhead, who keeps all of his best secrets hidden in footnotes
Most of this is beautiful and none of it is guaranteed.
– Mike Powell, reviewing Mount Eerie’s new album for Pitchfork
The drama is worse than what you read.
– Mike Allen
Can You Deal? takes on the complexities of issues female musicians encounter in an industry dominated by men. With this fire in their bellies, they connected with Alex Newport (Bloc Party, Mars Volta) to produce the EP. With their singularly triumphant mix of sunny melodies, thrashing guitars and lyrics highlighting the darker sides of life, Bleached continues to demand your attention
The title track is pretty great.
Fascinating to watch Broken Social Scene blow the dust off (on Colbert).
John Gruber, on “The 265 Members of Congress Who Sold You Out to ISPs, and How Much It Cost to Buy Them:”
There’s no argument that can be made in defense of this bill other than that the Republican party believes that increasing the profits of telecom companies is more important than protecting the privacy of people.
John Gruber and Merlin Mann pouring podcast gold on this week’s episode of The Talk Show.
Every fictional universe attempts to contract until it can be read as a family drama. Those universes which cannot so contract are rebooted or replaced by ones which can.
– @xenocryptsite’s Law
See also: The Small World Problem.
Nicholas Barber for The Economist:
There is something similar going on in numerous films and television series. The phenomenon has been called “universe-shrinking”.... Again and again, sprawling conflicts are being reduced to family feuds.... [N]ow that studios are so reliant on overseas sales, they don’t want to risk offending foreign markets. It’s safer to be personal than political.