Bureau of Programming


“Desert Train”

“Desert Train” is a one-hour video:

Take a relaxing train ride straight out of this garbage world.

On the plus side, watching this is a more productive use of time than reading productivity articles on Medium. See also: Stephanie Merry’s article on Norway’s “slow TV” from 2015.


eBay Tries to Stay Relevant

Chavie Lieber, writing for Racked, on eBay’s existential crisis:

It’s dedicated to remaining an online marketplace—nothing more than a platform on which buyers and sellers can interact—a position that’s hard to justify as it’s become less enticing to both kinds of users. It hasn’t invested in warehouses or inventory; it hasn’t introduced competitive shipping programs. It now needs to both differentiate and elevate itself, and then it must communicate all of that to the customer.