Elsewhere: Week of March 8, 2021
Elsewhere is a series of interesting things I came across during the week, published every Sunday.
- We Hate You Now is an op-ed exploring the feelings developing amongst people who've worked and sacrificed to slow down the spread of COVID-19, and what happens when they meet those that didn't.
- Related to the above, an empirical report suggests that “lower levels of empathy and higher levels of Callousness, Deceitfulness, and Risk-taking are associated with lower compliance with [COVID-19] containment measures” like mask wearing and physical distancing.
- We don't have children, so it somehow never occurred to me that the concept of affordable daycare is foreign to people outside of Quebec. It's not a perfect system, but this op-ed puts forward a strong argument for how it helps bring tenderness and compassion to communities.
- “Don't scale past the number of users you can excellently serve” is one of the best mantras I've read in a very long time.
- While I'd like to believe that fast fashion is dying, the fact remains that craft labour —which you absolutely should support, if you can— is priced way out of reach of the average person. Ethical consumption is, unfortunately, for the privileged.
- Speaking of fashion and style, this thread on why you look like shit in your clothes shines a light on a) the outsized impact of low-cost alterations, and b) the value of finding your neighbourhood alterations guru.
- Because I'm a sucker for methodologies: Johnny.Decimal is an interesting Dewey decimal system-like approach for organizing projects (H/T Jack).
- This Glitch app customizes a Ron Miller-inspired practice guide for your craft.