Posted on February 8, 2019
It’s that time of year – the Unicode Consortium announced their 2019 emoji collection (launching in March). Amongst them? A sloth (finally!), a “crushing your head” one, and a waffle. In other words, so many more ways to express yourself via text message. Much more expressive than words, yes? But emoji(s)* (*you aren’t alone, I’ve also asked myself this) are complicating the legal system (Phys.org) and may be more inclusive, but not necessarily more representative (Apple Insider).
Plus, we’ve been reading about super skinny NYC buildings (The Guardian), Spotify + Gimlet?! (Vulture), and the amazing (and very helpful) comment section of NYT Cooking (The Ringer).
New Emojis Are Coming: Interracial Couples, Guide Dogs, Falafel and More ~ Some of the new emojis for 2019 announced by the Unicode Consortium this week. | The New York Times
Pinching Hand ~ A hand with thumb and index finger in close proximity. Used to suggest that something is small, or to gesture a small amount. | Emojipedia
The rise of emoji is causing big problems inside the US judicial system ~ The increase in the use of emoji in daily life is reportedly causing issues for the United States legal system, with courts slowly coming to terms with the how to interpret the iconography in evidence and its appearance in other court filings. | Apple Insider
Emoji are becoming more inclusive, but not necessarily more representative ~ At least 230 new emoji, when different skin tones and genders are included, are due to be released this year. That’s a leap on 2018 when only 157 emoji were added to the Unicode Standard – the code used to support emoji on different platforms. | Phys.org
Super-tall, super-skinny, super-expensive: the ‘pencil towers’ of New York’s super-rich ~ An extreme concentration of wealth in a city where even the air is for sale has produced a new breed of needle-like tower. By Oliver Wainwright | The Guardian
Years of warning, death and disaster ~ How the Navy failed its sailors | Propublica
CHEN’S MOUNTAIN ~ The story of a Chinese billionaire who moved back home, setting his mansion down in the middle of his economically depressed ancestral village. | Pacific Standard Magazine
Paul Dewar, 1963-2019 ~ The former MP died of brain cancer at the age of 56. In his last months, he offered a message of hope to Canadians. | Maclean’s
Yelp Elite Are Becoming Obsolete ~ When it comes to wielding real influence, Instagram is taking over — but much like Yelp reviewers, they are also facing major backlash | Eater
What Spotify’s $230 Million Gimlet Deal Means for the Podcast Industryv ~ The podcast world was hit by an earthquake late last week when news broke that Spotify, the Swedish music-streaming giant responsible for those Discover Weekly playlists you love, was “in advanced talks” to acquire Gimlet Media, the buzzy podcast publisher behind beloved shows like Reply All, Startup, and Homecoming. | Vulture
‘You will have an emotional reboot’: the ultimate guide to stress at every age ~ Every life stage brings its own pressures, from worrying about exams to juggling the needs of family. Here are the best coping tactics for each generation | The Guardian
Artificial Intelligence Study of Human Genome Finds Unknown Human Ancestorv ~ The genetic footprint of a “ghost population” may match that of a Neanderthal and Denisovan hybrid fossil found in Siberia | Smithsonian
How NYT Cooking Became the Best Comment Section on the Internet ~ The subscription-based service offers hundreds of recipes—and even more suggestions, from helpful, well-meaning users. Who knew that such a thing was possible? | The Ringer
Skin Worn Thin ~ Every time someone sees me as either white or black, I wonder, is passing an act of capitulation, or resistance? A rejection of identity, or of identification? | Hazlitt
Standing at Ground Zero for UFO Believers ~ A Scientist Studies Our Need to Believe in Aliens | Lit Hub
The Making of the Cranberries’ Haunted Farewell ~ Dolores O’Riordan’s band and family talk about her troubled last days, the songs she left behind and the creation of the band’s final album, ‘In the End.’ | Rolling Stone
What my dissident dad taught me about privilege ~ A young woman and her father clash over what it means to fight the powers that be—and correct injustice | Maclean’s
Compiled by Emmeline Hobbs, who is always asking the hard grammatical q’s.
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