Weekend Reading CXCIX

by uber

How Spotify Shuffles Songs

Humans are so terrible at stochastic processes, it’s so random.

https://labs.spotify.com/2014/02/28/how-to-shuffle-songs/


A very long way from home: Byzantine Artefacts around the World

A very long way from home: early Byzantine finds at the far ends of the world

The silk road is reborn as the ‘one belt, one road’ policy. A train from the UK is on its way to China.

http://www.caitlingreen.org/2017/03/a-very-long-way-from-home.html


Ur-Fascism

D’Annunzio brought theatre and ritual to national politics, he dressed the stage not just for the fascists, but for modern political theatre. The current incumbent is not the first showman to parley his way onto the Oval Stage, but he seems less separated, less inured from the darkly whispered stage directions than others.

http://www.nybooks.com/articles/1995/06/22/ur-fascism/