Hi everyone. No intro today, we've got a lot of ground to cover. The usual five recommendations, and no fewer than eight instant-gratification links at the bottom. Enjoy!
Here's a problem I have with the crypto space, from currencies to NFTs and whatever promises Web3 might hold. It's too big to ignore, and I know too little to form a firm opinion (hang on, that's not the problem yet). However, the space is dominated by obnoxious enthusiasts, criticism on the other hand is often rather one-dimensional. This essay by Tim O'Reilly helped me get a better understanding of one key aspect: What is value? Slightly tilted towards crypto-optimism, but measured in its argument. Standout quote: «In a world where more and more has become a commodity, things become valuable again because we mix in ideas that persuade people to value them differently.»
2. Beyond pronouns: How languages are reshaping to include nonbinary and gender-nonconforming people
Come for the beautiful, subtle design, stay for...the beautiful, subtle design and a tour du monde of gender inclusive language. There's a bit of historical context, on why inclusive language matters and how people argue against it, but it's mostly about the manifold challenges different languages face in becoming gender inclusive.