Unless I’m reading things wrong, it turns out people can scan existing 3D objects in order to generate models that then can be 3D-printed? So if I could find somewhere that could scan this hard plastic Kobo case (absent the book-like cover), a model could be generated to then print it in thermoplastic (or other printable rubber-like material), giving me the Kobo cover I want?

As someone who’s not been to San Diego Comic-Con for enough years now that I’ve lost count and don’t remember when was my last, two things have struck me about all the virtual panels happening under the Comic-Con@Home branding. First, it’s making me miss going to San Diego, but I’ll never again be able to afford to go and with the post-diagnosis “regression” (a bad but commonly-used term for it) I’m not sure how I’d deal. Second, this Brady Bunch-style multi-box panel format actually works pretty well, and even when in-person conventions resume I think it would do them some good to include a virtual track of would-be or erstwhile panels and participants who could not present at the event itself.

This blog might need a new Unsupported Use Case tag, as I’m always running into new ways in which I myself or things that I do can’t seem to have needs met. Today’s ridiculousness: for my Kobo, I really just need a lightweight, thin, rubberized case akin to my Spigen case for the iPhone 11. I’ve never really dropped my ereaders, and I’ve never scratched the display, despite typically not even using a case at all. The problem is that being a more cheaply-made device than the Kindle Paperwhite, the Kobo Clara HD should have something on it, as unlike the Paperwhite it’s not got a very secure grip to it in and of itself. Of course, no one makes Kobo covers that are akin to my preferred kind of iPhone case. Sometimes my google-fu is poor; if anyone spots a Kobo cover that takes this design approach, please let me know.

Lyta Gold’s cultural profile for Current Affairs of “the fake nerd boys of Silicon Valley” (via Paris Marx) pretty much is impossible to summarize, which in this case is a good thing. I’ll just drop this one paragraph, for its final two sentences. Emphasis mine.

As long as we live under capitalism, new hardware and software will only have two real purposes: to collect data, and to sell it. Inventors and investors can claim whatever specific inspiration from Tolkien they like, but every single one of the enchanted objects in our midst is a palantir. Suburban neighbors use Google Nest or the aptly named Amazon Ring to spy on each other (and to let the police spy on them); employers use a variety of techniques to monitor their employees’ every move. As Nicole Aschoff writes in Jacobin, “Microchips, mobile spyware, and perpetual, individualized monitoring are all part of capital’s fantasy of twenty-first-century scientific management—a future in which our movements, impulses, and rhythms are perfectly adapted to the needs of profit-making.” ‘The future’—our present—is capital’s fantasy, and that’s why it’s a nightmare. We live in a hell of black magic, and it’s not even composed of original or imaginative spells: just random objects dragged out of previous works and remembered for us, half-sale.

New plugin for WordPress wanted: each day, automatically re-activate comments on posts from that day in previous years, then close them when the day is over. So that if anyone ever finds something good on my On This Day page, they can comment on it.