The first three parts of my ongoing Medium series on queueing, aggregate demand management and theme parks.

A crowd of goths in front of the Disneyland castle posed for a group photo at the 2007 ‘Bat’s Day in the Fun Park.’
A crowd of goths in front of the Disneyland castle posed for a group photo at the 2007 ‘Bat’s Day in the Fun Park.’


Every “AI” covid tool was useless.


2020, 2016, 2011, 2006, 2001


Amusement parks, crowd control and load-balancing


Youtube-dl’s legacy.

EFF’s interoperability graphic, with the Github logo matted in.
EFF’s interoperability graphic, with the Github logo matted in.


2001, 2006, 2011, 2020


Terms of service banning fan art launch alongside a new transmedia subscription service.

Hello Kitty 40k mashup — an image depicting mecha Hello Kitties amid warring armies of power-armored Sanrio characters.
Hello Kitty 40k mashup — an image depicting mecha Hello Kitties amid warring armies of power-armored Sanrio characters.


2006, 2011, 2016, 2020


RFID-equipped disposable cups deny water to homeless people.

A self-service Coca Cola drink-dispensing machine displaying an error message: ‘You’re going to need a different cup. Just ask at the counter.’ A woman’s hand is holding a disposable wax-paper McDonald’s cup before the machine. Image: @AnemoneAndMe https://twitter.com/AnemoneAndMe/status/1420540789734612992
A self-service Coca Cola drink-dispensing machine displaying an error message: ‘You’re going to need a different cup. Just ask at the counter.’ A woman’s hand is holding a disposable wax-paper McDonald’s cup before the machine. Image: @AnemoneAndMe https://twitter.com/AnemoneAndMe/status/1420540789734612992
Image: @AnemoneAndMe

Cory Doctorow

Writer, blogger, activist. Blog: https://pluralistic.net; Mailing list: https://pluralistic.net/plura-list; Twitter: https://twitter.com/doctorow

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