Recommended Reading: Possible Problems of Persona Politeness — Ben Hammersley

I just read and enjoyed this:

One of my AIs is funnier than the other. This is proving to be a problem. But first, consider how the amazing becomes normal very quickly. It feels like I’ve been using Siri on my phone my entire life, Siri on the iPad charging by my bed since forever, and Siri on my watch since last summer.

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Pocket Finds: The Internet of Things You Don’t Really Need

I just read and enjoyed this:

Atlanta turns yellow for two weeks in April. Streets, driveways, terraces, cars—everything cakes with pollen. It’s the trees that cause the worst of it. Pine, oak, sweet gum, sycamore, mulberry, hackberry, birch, willow. Prolific itching, sneezing, and car-washing ensue.

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My First Amazon Order

While Amazon Prime Day turned out to be a bit of a disappointment (at least I saved money by not buying anything), The Verge took the opportunity to reminisce about their first Amazon orders, which got me digging in my account history as well:

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Almost 13 years ago, and those DVDs are still in my living room. Looking through the comments at The Verge, it seems that 2002 makes me an early-ish adopter, didn’t expect that.