1. America Is Not For Black People →

    The worst part of outfitting our police officers as soldiers has been psychological. Give a man access to drones, tanks, and body armor, and he’ll reasonably think that his job isn’t simply to maintain peace, but to eradicate danger. Instead of protecting and serving, police are searching and destroying.

    If officers are soldiers, it follows that the neighborhoods they patrol are battlefields. And if they’re working battlefields, it follows that the population is the enemy. And because of correlations, rooted in historical injustice, between crime and income and income and race, the enemy population will consist largely of people of color, and especially of black men. Throughout the country, police officers are capturing, imprisoning, and killing black males at a ridiculous clip, waging a very literal war on people like Michael Brown.

    Of everything I’ve read about Ferguson, this piece (inflammatory title aside) probably does the best job of taking a holistic view of the situation.

  2. The Race to the Bottom Benefits Platforms (not Developers)

    There’s been a ton of recent conversation in the iOS world about the inability for most indie developers to create sustainable businesses through the iOS app store. In particular, these devs are talking about apps that require larger development efforts – they want to charge more than “impulse purchase” prices for these, and thus want…

  3. Some years from now I will watch Dead Poets Society with my daughter and hope it means as much to her as it did to me.

    RIP Robin Williams.

  4. Me: Do you want some ham or turkey on your grilled cheese sandwich?

    5-year old: How about bacon?!

    That’s my girl…

  5. Just learned how to use Compare mode in Adobe Lightroom. Why I never bothered to do this in the past I have no idea. Well executed feature.

    Pro tip: click on the Candidate image to have keyboard shortcuts (like reject) apply to that image.