Fresh links for July 27th through August 31st
- Yarn Bombing & Its Discontents – Why do we respond so differently to paint on walls and wool on trees? I think this is the most thoughtful piece I've read about yarn bombing so far.
- Big data is our generation’s civil rights issue, and we don’t know it – They can guess your race or gender based on your taste in music, then use it to set your credit limit or your insurance premiums. This could be a problem.
- » The Amazons of Edwardian London: martial arts-trained Suffragette Bodyguards – “It’s Mrs. Pankhurst, friends! Don’t let her be arrested!” The crowd surged forward but the police pounced first. When the constables pulled out their truncheons, the Bodyguard responded in kind, drawing hardwood Indian clubs (bowling-pin shaped clubs intended for exercise classes) from the bustles of their long dresses.
- The H Open – How free is my phone? – A good rundown of what parts of your phone are proprietary, even if you're running Android or another free/open mobile OS.