October 2023 – Clay Carson

October 2023

This newsletter is a collection of things I have found in the last month that I enjoyed, found interesting, or simply wanted to share.

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Pick Pockets

‘Pockets’ Review: Carrying Capacity

By the 15th century, the shape of armor had changed, and the contours of civilian men’s clothing changed with it. Breeches emerged from the formless void, and men began to walk on two well-turned legs, with pockets to carry their essentials. Tracking the pocket’s real-world appearance through sources as diverse as tailors’ inventories and royal household accounts, Ms. Carlson reveals the emergence of a new feature of male dress and with it, a new “seat of patriarchal power.” (Early modern writers made high comedy of “the fight for the breeches.”) Function followed form. Pockets changed larceny, as pickpockets edged out cutpurses. They changed reading and writing: Pens, almanacs, watches, compasses, even abridged books all shrank to fit the pockets of the man on the move, a miniaturization trend Ms. Carlson calls “the science of the small.” They changed self-defense, too; pistols and pockets grew up together. “Tied up in any man’s look were ideas about honor and his capacity for violence,” Ms. Carlson writes.

Honk Honk

Cars Are the Worst Product Category We Have Ever Reviewed for Privacy

Car makers have been bragging about their cars being “computers on wheels” for years to promote their advanced features. However, the conversation about what driving a computer means for its occupants’ privacy hasn’t really caught up. While we worried that our doorbells and watches that connect to the internet might be spying on us, car brands quietly entered the data business by turning their vehicles into powerful data-gobbling machines. Machines that, because of all those brag-worthy bells and whistles, have an unmatched power to watch, listen, and collect information about what you do and where you go in your car.

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Clay