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"A new spin on [the classic video game Oregon Trail] focuses on more accurately representing Native Americans and includes new storylines and playable Native American characters."  npr.org
Lovely and insightful reflections on 20 years of blogging from Cory Doctorow. I nodded along to almost all of this.  doctorow.medium.com
"A new analysis of the toll of the Covid-19 pandemic suggests 6.9 million people worldwide have died from the disease, more than twice as many people as has been officially reported."  statnews.com
New issue of the @kottke newsletter just published  mailchi.mp
CDC says vaccinated Americans can go maskless outdoors and indoors in most situations. I worry this is premature.  nytimes.com
The American Girl Doll: Imperial Wives Collection.  twitter.com
Recent studies found that men who had Covid-19 were more likely to have severe erectile dysfunction, lower sperm counts, and decreased genital size. So...get vaccinated maybe, hesitant gents?  twitter.com
Hans Zimmer is creating an in-car soundscape for BMW's new M-brand EVs to compensate for the lack of growling engine noise.  autoblog.com · via @tedgioia
A high-level report concludes that the WHO and national leaders should have acted faster and more decisively to try to curb the pandemic. "It is glaringly obvious that February 2020 was a lost month."  nature.com
The Emerging Movement for Police and Prison Abolition. "I want [to] build up another world that is rooted in collective wellness, safety, and investment in the things that would actually bring those things about."  newyorker.com
I Mailed an AirTag and Tracked Its Progress; Here's What Happened.  intego.com
An anti-vaccine conspiracy theory (that vaccinated people can "shed" harmful proteins) is "leading some anti-maskers and anti-vaxxers to contemplate wearing a mask and social distance".  vice.com
Health Conspiracy Theorists Hate Living in the World They Helped Create. "By fighting the most commonsense public health measures at every turn, the health conspiracy theorists helped create a climate where more restrictive ones are looking...necessary."  vice.com
Did a cicada write this?  nytimes.com
"From the makers of Portrait of a Lady on Fire and The Favourite comes Lesbian Period Drama..."  youtube.com
This seems really useful: tests that can detect Covid, flu, RSV, and other respiratory illnesses in a single go.  nytimes.com
TurboVax, the personal side-project site that centralized all of NYC's vaccine appointments, is closing down because vaccine availability is widespread now. Bravo!  twitter.com
On Monday, England, Scotland, and Northern Ireland recorded zero deaths from Covid-19. Lockdown + strong vaccine rollout saved thousands of lives.  bbc.com
The FDA has approved the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds. (The CDC still needs to sign off.)  nytimes.com
Huh, a new incarnation of StumbleUpon.  stumbled.cc
scroll + click.  lab.hakim.se
Vaccine Side Effect, or Have You Just Been Alive for 40 Years? "Q: Are you experiencing unusual nausea? A: I am nauseous, but it could be because I ate some fried food yesterday. Fried food upsets my stomach. So does spicy food. So does too much fiber."  mcsweeneys.net
It seems that con man Frank Abagnale, the basis of Spielberg's 'Catch Me if You Can', made up many of his criminal exploits. We really should have seen this coming...  whyy.org
A list of the 100 best sitcoms of all time. Frasier over Fleabag? No thank you.  rollingstone.com
How Filippo Brunelleschi, Untrained in Architecture or Engineering, Built the World’s Largest Dome at the Dawn of the Renaissance.  openculture.com
For a number of reasons (like a new less-lively ball), MLB hitters are having trouble getting on base this season, "maintaining a .233 batting average, the lowest mark in the league's 150-year history".  bleacherreport.com
I'd been unaware of recent goings-on at Vimeo: they've repositioned themselves as a "B2B SaaS company" and will spin out of IAC as an independent company later this year.  protocol.com · via @djacobs
This is potentially exciting: James Burke wants to make a new Connections series. Yes, please.  twitter.com
Ibram X. Kendi is launching a new podcast next month: 'Be Antiracist with Ibram X. Kendi'  deadline.com
The US ranks 44th on the 2021 World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders.  rsf.org
This is the most succinct description of the American pandemic I've seen (by @jbouie): "the pandemic made it very clear that we live in a society and a good chunk of americans said 'no thanks'"  twitter.com
Bill and Melinda Gates announced today that they will divorce.  vox.com
"The F.D.A. is set to authorize the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for those 12-15 years old by early next week."  nytimes.com
When NYC's Eleven Madison Park restaurant reopens, they will no longer serve meat or seafood due to environmental concerns. "What at first felt limiting began to feel freeing, and we are only scratching the surface."  nytimes.com
Post-vaccination Inertia Is Real. "Readjusting our ideas about what's safe is going to take time."  theatlantic.com
Reaching 'Herd Immunity' Is Unlikely in the U.S., Experts Now Believe. This has seemed the likely outcome for months now – simply not enough people are interested in the vaccine to get us there.  nytimes.com
When you look at the success & popularity of solo artists compared to their former groups/bands, Beyoncé is an outlier.  pudding.cool
Harrison Ford's reaction to a card trick had me on the floor  twitter.com
This is incredible: Andre Agassi decoded Boris Becker's formidable service game by watching his tongue movements.  twitter.com
Nice collection of video essays about Citizen Kane to mark the 80th anniversary of the film's premiere.  openculture.com
The pandemic clearly exposed the deadly inequality of our economic and political systems. But will we finally do anything about it?  nature.com
Dodai Stewart, The Case for a National One-Week Vacation. "We could all take a deep breath and go outside. Feel the sunshine. Sit in the park. Hike. Bird watch. Make out with a stranger."  nytimes.com
More than you probably wanted to know about "granny knots" and how to avoid tying them.  fieggen.com
Informative photoessay: How Pfizer Makes Its Covid-19 Vaccine. "Pfizer currently operates on a 60-day timeline from start to finish, and more than half of that time is dedicated to testing."  nytimes.com
Michael Collins, who journeyed to the Moon with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on Apollo 11, has died at the age of 90.  nytimes.com
This update on what James Turrell is up to in the Arizona desert with his Roden Crater project is bonkers. "The spaces inside are far more elaborate than Turrell has ever revealed in public."  smithsonianmag.com
One man's six-year quest, aided by a spreadsheet, to park in every single parking spot at his local supermarket.  twitter.com
"Happiness is the letting go of craving and no longer being dominated by the endless pursuit of control."  yungpueblo.substack.com · via @legalnomads
Human Rights Watch: "Israel is guilty of the international crimes of apartheid and persecution because of discriminatory policies toward Palestinians within its own borders and in the occupied territories."  apnews.com
This low-stakes story about a mother duck, her ducklings, and the Dad who loves them is maybe the perfect heartwarming thing you need to read this morning.  twitter.com · via @kellianderson
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