Notes: On Quantifiable Taste

Harboring identity statistics that do not impact our health or wellbeing

On the morning of 2 January, I purchased my first monthly MetroCard of the decade. The act made me wonder if I had actually bought 12 of them in 2019 or if my travel schedule had prevented it. I didn’t keep track. I could have looked through Mint to see my transaction history—but I didn’t. Instead, I opened my iPhone Notes app and went to …

An Ever-Growing Database of Good News

Meant to “move our attention beyond dramatic news headlines to the slow developments and quiet trends that go unseen, uncelebrated,” Beautiful News (by Information Is Beautiful) stores infographics and research results that deviate from the grim headlines found more commonly. Updated daily, the graphics detail positive developments in the fight against climate change, news of rising global literacy, falling mortality rates—even the announcement of new …

Edward Snowden’s Design Will Check if Your iPhone’s Snitching

Edward Snowden has been researching with hardware hacker Andrew “Bunnie” Huang to design a device that will check on your iPhone—just to make sure if it is (or, rather, isn’t) snitching on you. The case-like creation will access your iPhone’s insides and monitor electrical signals—essentially letting the user know, at all times, if their phone radio is transmitting any information. Snowden spoke to Wired on …