I’m here for the panel, but really, truly, honestly here for the free food.
In case you’re still not really sure what Aaron Swartz did to be targeted by the government until he killed himself, this Chronicle of Higher Education piece is super clear and does a really good job of explaining all that.
Basically: He downloaded articles from JSTOR because he—like many—believed that public-funded information—which most research is!—should be available to the public. And right now it’s not. It’s available to organizations able to pay huge fees for access.
Would I post something on Facebook anyway for $5? I would not, but others clearly are willing to do so.
When we talk about money, we’re often not talking about money. We’re talking about our hopes and our fears, the plans we’re making and the ones we’d rather not make.
A friend suggested that I try the $20 trick. I had no idea what it was, but the name alone intrigued me. It sounded like something you would do in Las Vegas, and even if it was a scam, it wasn’t a bank-breaking amount of money, nor did it seem like enough to get arrested over. So I Googled.
This week, a neighbor has left out a blender that looks like it’s possibly from the ’80s.
My neighbors leave out things they don’t want.
Perhaps you got this email last week, and like me wondered: Is this spam?
Sarah Mirk spent a month in New York doing research for a book she’s writing (gonna be dope). She also drew a little love letter to NYC detailing her favorite bits, and it is delightful!
Let’s all go on walks and notice the little things this weekend. And then draw pictures of those things. And then stare at the pictures and smile, both at the memories, and our still-full (or, less-empty) wallets. And then send the pictures to me.