A totally non-comprehensive list of stuff for the bird-inclined

If you have birder in your life and you yourself are not a birder, you might be starting to sweat a little. It’s a high-risk proposal to pick a gift for someone who’s really into something that you’re not really into. …

Nick Russo weighs a black-casqued hornbill in the Dja Reserve in Cameroon while guide Luc Mbembo waits to assist with tagging the bird.

Nick Russo is wearing one sock and holding a small dinosaur. For a few moments it is settled in his arms, wings held tightly against its body, and then it erupts with a squawk-squeal-scream that hurts my ears and makes me think of Laura Dern.

Nick is an ornithologist and…

Visualization of the number of Monday checklists submitted to eBird in New York State from 2019–2021

A new generation of post-pandemic birders can change the way we see our cities

If you were to wake up tomorrow from sixteen months of fairy-tale sleep, you’d probably have a few questions. What the heck is a delta variant? What happened to restaurant menus? When did all of my friends become birdwatchers?

On the last Monday in May of this year, 1,046 birders…

My son and I write Joseph Wilson’s name on the cobblestone sidwalk beside the Chrystie St. Playground in Chinatown.

This morning, my family and I walked over the Manhattan bridge to the Lower East Side, to write two names on the sidewalk in chalk: Joseph Wilson and Fannie Lansner. Both twenty-two when they died, both workers at the Triangle Shirtwaist factory, both Russian Immigrants, both living in the same…

The Mueller report is 203,028 words long. Here’s a much shorter version, centered around its primary subject.

The President said, “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go.”
The President had not directed Flynn to discuss sanctions with Kislyak.
The President told White House…

Last month, IBM ran a minute-long ad during the Oscars, titled ‘Let’s Put Smart To Work.’ Backed by a dramatic string score, the spot features a sequence of famous people — singer and actress Janelle Monae, spelling bee champion Akash Vukoti, Open Source software advocate Bruce Perens, Me Too movement…

Illustration by Joe Kim

In Brussels he spoke of courage, of defending principles, of cultivating a ‘healthy suspicion of authority.’ He lavished praise on the GDPR, and called for a new comprehensive privacy law in the United States. He admonished the practice of collecting personal data and demolished big tech’s favorite talking point, that…

Jer Thorp

Jer Thorp is an artist, writer & teacher. He is Innovator-in-Residence at the Library of Congress. His book Living in Data is out now from MCDxFSG.

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