CNN reported today that over 200 people in Nigeria died today from a massive explosion and fire resulting from a tapped oil pipeline. VQR's Winter issue (in the mail as we speak) features a portfolio of essays on oil in Africa, and in light of today's news, we're posting in advance John Ghazvinian's important essay "The Curse of Oil." It offers some important background on the little-known practice (at least in the West) of pipeline "tapping" and on the larger issues of oil development and revenue in Africa.
A good friend of mine is a photographer for the Baltimore Sun, and he shot for a story on Oil in Nigeria. It's a multi-part story with a pretty good set of pics (related story and links to pics in the right column). Link
I asked Amy Parness, the co-founder of Sparkle Labs, maker of fantastic educational electronics kits, to write a Medium post about gender and the business of being a maker business person. Her terrific essay calls out the problems with “pink girly engineering kits.” From Medium:
Zero UI is the new term for “invisible interfaces”—what happens in the future when all the clicking and tapping and typing is history: “If you look at the history of computing, starting with the jacquard loom in 1801, humans have always had to interact with machines in a really abstract, complex way.” [Fast Company]
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