The Racial History of Soda in America: … “the long and often fractious history of soft drinks, prohibition laws and race…. "kottke.org

Victorian-era polar exploration can teach us about what to expect as we explore space. On the Secret History of the Future podcast: “Polar exploration was the Victorian equivalent of the space race. Major powers vied to outdo each other, funding expeditions to the most inhospitable parts of the world as demonstrations of their supremacy over nature and each other. Today, the resulting tales of triumph and tragedy hold valuable lessons about what to do—and what not to do—as human explorers plan missions to Mars.” slate.com

Conversations With Tyler: Philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah was born to a Ghanain father and British mother and settled in America, and brings perspectives from all those cultures to his work. medium.com

“Born to a Ghanaian father and British mother, Kwame Anthony Appiah grew up splitting time between both countries — and lecturing in many more — before eventually settling in America, where he now teaches philosophy at New York University. This, along with a family scattered across half-a-dozen countries, establishes him as a true cosmopolitan, a label Appiah readily accepts. Yet he insists it is nonetheless possible to be a cosmopolitan patriot, rooted in a place, while having obligations and interests that transcend one’s national identity.”

What’s the best travel mug to use with an AeroPress? www.reddit.com I was looking for a mug to use at my desk that would keep a 16-ounce cup of coffee hot for as long as it takes me to drink it.

I ordered this one www.amazon.com. It arrives by tomorrow 9 pm.

Until now, I have been using three containers: Brew coffee into this glass server: www.amazon.com. Pour coffee into this travel mug to keep it warm: www.amazon.com. Then pour about 5-6 ounces at a time into this cup to drink: www.amazon.com.

It’s a ceramic reproduction of the iconic New York “We Are Happy To Serve You” Greek-style cardboard coffee cup.

I love the cup but it doesn’t do the job. This page says the cup has a 10-ounce capacity; the one I use looks more like 6-8 ounces.

I have needed three containers because the glass server doesn’t keep the coffee hot, the travel mug keeps the coffee hot but the mouth is too narrow to receive the Aeropress and is uncomfortable to drink from, and the cup only holds a small amount of coffee.

Thar she blows! The history of whales and America: Native Americans faced both opportunity and stereotyping in whaling, how the industry went from boom to bust, and a how real white whale named Mocha Dick inspired the novel “Moby Dick.” www.backstoryradio.org

A former Google employee, who is black, shares a public memo about the racism he says he routinely faced at the company — “the burden of being black at Google.” www.vice.com

“Over the last 5 years I’ve heard co-workers spew hateful words about immigrants, boast unabashedly about gentrifying neighborhoods, mockingly imitate people who speak different languages, reject candidates of color without evidence because of ‘fit’ and so much more.”

luke kurtis: qz.com

kurtis innocently bought a fraudulent iTunes gift card and was locked out of his Apple account for two months. He lost access to $15,000 worth of media and apps amassed over 15 years.

At first, it seemed like a mild inconvenience, but I soon found out how many apps on my iOS and Mac devices couldn’t be updated, not to mention how I couldn’t download anything new. When I had to take a trip for a family emergency, the JetBlue app wouldn’t let me access my boarding pass, saying I had to update the app to use it. It was the first time I’d flown with a paper boarding pass in years. I couldn’t even pass time on the flight playing Animal Crossing on my phone, because I got a similar error message when I opened the game.

I couldn’t use my HomePod to stream anything from my vast music collection I’d spent 15 years building; I couldn’t watch purchased movies or shows on my Apple TV; and I couldn’t download apps needed for my work at Quartz. As we anticipated the July 4th holiday in a team meeting, a manager recommended we all uninstall Slack for the holiday to truly disconnect and enjoy some time away from work. I wanted to, but I knew that if I did, I wouldn’t be able to reinstall it.

Several customer service representatives seemed friendly at first and said they’d help, but then they shut him down without explanation. Finally, after writing to Tim Cook, he got his access restored.

This whole ordeal made me wonder if I want to continue using Apple products. The more I consider it, the more I realize it’s not just a question of choosing one product over another. The truth is that Google or Microsoft (or Nintendo, or Samsung, or Sony, the list goes on) could just as easily cut off a customer for no stated purpose and without recourse.

Do we think enough about the rights we as consumers have when skimming over those long, unwieldy terms and conditions documents we sign to get access to the gadgets and products we buy every day? How much are we really buying, and how much are we just renting for a while?

❤️the headline: "Cisc-o-no! ‘We’re being uninvited to bid’ on China deals admits CEO as Middle Kingdom snub freaks out investors" www.theregister.co.uk

Contemptible idiots: Kenneth Cuccinellli, a top Trump immigration official, says that ““Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free” was meant to apply to Europeans. www.nytimes.com And Rep . Stephen King says the Earth’s population depends on “rape and incest.” www.cnn.com

I could go the rest of my life without hearing the earnings call hold music.

One day in 1967 Sweden switched from driving on the left to driving on the right. This was that day. Via