Issue 30 May 14, 2023

Sunday link edition


This letter is a little different than usual. I realized I had too many links that I wanted to share, and also that there really wasn’t time to write an essay this weekend due to family obligations. So, this thirtieth issue is all about links elsewhere.

As always, feel free to send your links my way. Just hit reply to this letter, or tweet to @tdh.


🤬 There’s a .zip domain name, and it’s Google’s fault. Read this, and then make sure that you’re extra careful with links that look like zip files.

😷 Covid is over says WHO but it sounds more like surrender than victory.

🧑‍🎤 An interesting study on how much money Swedish artists are making on Spotify. Spoiler: It’s not good.

🏢 This Tom Gauld cartoon on writing dystopia hit home.

🌛 “I like the slowness of the night” – what a wonderful quote from this piece. Hear hear!

🧠 My friend Jesper on thinking cost. I have thoughts on this too, expect them in a future letter.

📵 More schools should probably ban smartphones, if this the Atlantic piece is anything to go by. I’m personally not against either phones nor tablets as a rule, there’s a lot of good things coming from them, too. But at school, there should probably be an idea, a concept, around them for it to truly work.

⛱️ Your phone is ruining your vacation is another one of those “let’s hate on the iPhone” pieces, but there’s some truth to it, as always. The same could be said about a book, however…

🦾 A wonderful stop-motion video of Lego droid assembly line.

🤔 Why we usually can’t tell when a review is fake.

🚶 Whatever the problem, it’s probably solved by walking makes a good argument. I agree, I wish I could go for a walk right now, actually.

Got something I should read? Send it to me, either by replying to this letter, or tweeting to @tdh. Thanks!


📚 I’m continuing my Roger Zelazny Amber streak, with The Courts of Chaos. I never read this one as a kid, so it’s interesting to see how the story develops.

🎵 Garbage has a new EP out, Witness to your love, that I’ve been listening to a couple of times.

📺 Love & death is a new mini-series based on real events. Both Elizabeth Olsen and Jesse Plemons are brilliant, I’m enjoying it thus far.

🎮 Well, I failed with my goal to finish Breath of the Wild before Tears of the Kingdom came out. Maybe next week?

That’s it for this week. I’ll be back with a proper essay next Sunday. Until then, take care.

— Thord D. Hedengren ⚡

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