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Lin-Manuel Miranda on The Role of the Artist in the Age of Trump

Jason Kottke writing for

In a 1969 piece, Kurt Vonnegut asserted that art is an early warning system for society:

I sometimes wondered what the use of any of the arts was. The best thing I could come up with was what I call the canary in the coal mine theory of the arts. This theory says that artists are useful to society because they are so sensitive. They are super-sensitive. They keel over like canaries in poison coal mines long before more robust types realize that there is any danger whatsoever.


Google Is Finally Rolling Out its Own RCS in the US | WIRED

Ron Amadeo writing for WIRED

The only power RCS has comes from the fact that your carrier might do it, which would instantly upgrade the baseline messaging service it offers on (at least new) phones. RCS's power comes from it being the default. Google's version of RCS isn't the default, though. You need to download the Google Messages app to use it, and Google Messages isn't the default texting app on most phones. The app is not required to ship alongside the Play Store like Gmail, Google Maps, Search, and other top-tier Google apps, so most OEMs don't ship it at all. Instead, they opt for their own messaging app.

I don't have high hopes for RCS.


@TeksavvyCSR My DSL in Ajax has been down for an hour or so now, any idea when service will be restored?


Researchers hack Siri, Alexa, and Google Home by shining lasers at them | Ars Technica

Dan Goodin writing for Ars Technica:

The attack exploits a vulnerability in microphones that use micro-electro-mechanical systems, or MEMS. The microscopic MEMS components of these microphones unintentionally respond to light as if it were sound. While the researchers tested only Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant, Facebook Portal, and a small number of tablets and phones, the researchers believe all devices that use MEMS microphones are susceptible to Light Commands attacks.


I think I've found a way to post quick status updates to my blog using Pretext rather than Drafts. I like Drafts, and I'd probably use it if it just kept plaintext files in iCloud Drive.


This is a blog post from on iOS


Looking at using Drafts to publish to my blog. In fact, this one was done using it 🤞🏼