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Vintage engraving of a dead letter office where postal officials struggle to decipher addressing information; captioned 'Who is it for? A scene in the dead letter office experts trying to decipher an illegible address'.

This week on my podcast, I read my latest Medium column, Dead Letters, about the spam wars and they way they’ve led to a corporate enclosure of email, making it nearly impossible to run an independent, standalone newsletter.

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Judith Merril introducing Doctor Who on TVOntario, some time in the 1970s.

This week on my podcast, I read my latest Locus column, Breaking In, on the futility of seeking career advice from established pros who haven’t had to submit over the transom in 20 years, where you should get career advice, and what more established writers can do for writers who are just starting out.

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Mad Tea Party at Disneyland c.1960. Guests are seen boarding/exiting the original Mad Tea Party in Disneyland's Fantasyland in this undated photo from around 1960. Other photos in the set are dated between 1959 and 1962. Monstro the Whale, King Arthur Carrousel, and the Skyway can be seen in the background. Evan Wohrman https://www.flickr.com/photos/lyght55/51200454472/ CC BY-SA https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

This week on my podcast, I read Expectations management, and Disneyland at a stroll, parts five and six of my ongoing Medium series on “amusement parks, crowd control, and load-balancing,” on what we can learn about aggregate demand management and scarcity from the history of queues at Disney theme parks.

Part I: Are We Having Fun Yet?

Part II: Boredom and its discontents

Part III: Now you’ve got two problems

Part IV: Managing aggregate demand

(Image: Evan Wohrman, CC BY-SA)

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A mousetrap superimposed over the Matrix 'waterfall' effect.

This week on my podcast, my latest Locus column, Tech Monopolies and the Insufficient Necessity of Interoperability, about the true purpose of fighting monopolies – not competition, nor interoperability, but rather, human freedom.

(Image: https://www.flickr.com/photos/99783447@N07/9433864982/, CC BY, modified)

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This week on my podcast, my May 2021 Locus Magazine column, Qualia, about the illusory “fairness” of a politics that turns on “objective” qualities.

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