Weekend Reading CCXXIV

by uber

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The Corrosion of High School Debate & how it Mirrors American Politics

The rules govern the behaviour.

https://www.americamagazine.org/arts-culture/2017/09/26/corrosion-high-school-debate-and-how-it-mirrors-american-politics


Inside the Different Models of iPhone

The self-repair movement gets a lot of air-time, but I wonder how practical it really is to require manufacturers make things accessible, or at least not obstructive to repair.

https://www.bloomberg.com/features/apple-iphone-guts/


Is your D&D Character Rare?

There are very strong mechanical reasons for certain classes to align with certain races.

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/is-your-dd-character-rare/


Photos before Photoshop

Ansel Adams said: ‘You don’t take a photograph, you make it’.
I have childhood memories of a real dark room. They were mysterious places that I feel are lost these days.


How to Persuade Terrorists to Spill their Secrets

There’s a lit of tropes that exist especially in the pseudo-espionage fiction (like Black List, 24, etc) that need to be discredited. This includes instant knock-out gas, truth serums, pixel enhancement, and the ticking-bomb interrogation.

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2017/oct/13/the-scientists-persuading-terrorists-to-spill-their-secrets