Vol. 2.23 | 06.07.19

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D-Day’s 75th Anniversary

There’s just no way to string words together that will ever do justice to the hinge moment of the 20th Century. The 27-minute opening scene of Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-winning epic Saving Private Ryan remains the most accurate portrayal of what the men who stormed Utah, Omaha, Gold, Sword, and Juno beaches endured in the name of defeating the evil machinery of Nazi tyranny. Don’t take my word for it; that’s how D-Day vets themselves describe Spielberg’s work.

The History of Art on the Internet

A fun ride in an internet time machine looking how art helped shape the internet, and now how the algorithm-driven, like-seeking internet of now is reshaping art. (I didn’t realize until reading this that DeviantArt.com predates Facebook and is nearly 20 years old!)

Emmanuel Laflamme, La Persistance de la Memoire Vive, 2012

Why Tears for Fears’ Anthem Is Still Great

Because it’s one of the iconic Euro-synth-pop songs of the 1980’s? Yes, but there’s more, so says … <checks notes> … The Economist. Yeah, I didn’t see that one coming either, which is why I clicked and read it in the first place. Now it’s your turn.

“It’s like trying to shoot a black hole with a bow and arrow.”

Nearly 16 years ago, a torrent-file sharing site came online, giving people all over the web access to all kinds of copyrighted materal free of charge if not conscience. Despite lawsuits and even jail time for the creators, the Pirate Bay remains online … and that’s unlikely to change anytime soon. This is the story behind the Jack Sparrow of the internet.

Update on the CRISPR Twins

In the world of CRISPR-enabled genetic editing, unintended consequences have a less-than-unsettling euphemism: “off-target effects.” In the case of the twin girls who represent the first ever (and highly illicit) use of non-therapeutic human genetic editing using CRISPR, one of those “off-target effects” could be a shorter life span. In the sanitized language of euphemism, that would be highly sub-optimal.

Oh, and the Chinese scientist’s stated reason for breaking the ethical seal on using CRISPR to design embryos — to reduce their susceptibility to contract HIV? Further analysis shows he didn’t even do that right.