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Links van 17 mei 2015 tot 26 mei 2015

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Tanith Lee, 1947-2015 | Tor.com
Ugh. Nog een stuk jeugd verdwenen. — "We are saddened to report the passing of science fiction, fantasy, and horror writer Tanith Lee. Lee had a long and prolific writing career, publishing over 90 books and 300 short stories, as well as several poems, four BBC Radio plays, and two episodes of the BBC’s sci-fi television series Blake’s 7."

‘Mattress Girl’ Is a Perfect Icon for the Feminist Left | National Review Online
The continued lionization of Sulkowicz has proven so instructive: It has made clear how utterly uninterested the feminist movement is in anything like an appeal to facts or common reason.

Welcome to Ordos, China: The World’s Largest “Ghost City” | The Bohemian Blog
Built for over a million people, the city of Ordos was designed to be the crowning glory of Inner Mongolia. Doomed to incompletion however, this futuristic metropolis now rises empty out of the deserts of northern China. Only 2% of its buildings were ever filled; the rest has largely been left to decay, abandoned mid-construction, earning Ordos the title of China’s Ghost City. Last year I travelled to Inner Mongolia for myself, to get a closer look at the bizarre, ghost metropolis of Ordos… and the experience, as I would discover, was far stranger than anything I could have prepared for.

Secret’s collapse shows the traditional VC funding model is broken | VentureBeat | Entrepreneur | by Jenny Q. Ta, Sqeeqee
The monumental failure of anonymous social app Secret and the closing of the company’s doors after a mere 16 months in business has fueled serious discussion among entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. Concerned parties on both sides of the funding table are asking hard questions about what this development means to the future of venture capital funding and whether the well-funded startup’s demise might not in fact indicate that the traditional VC model is broken and badly in need of repair.

Solving Sudoku with SQL – Database tutorial – developer Fusion
I embarked on an exercise to write a program that solves Sudoku puzzles. And to make it even more challenging I decided not to write the program in the popular object-oriented fashion (Java, C++, C#, etc.) or in any of the old-fashioned procedural programming languages (Pascal, C, Basic etc); but in Transact SQL, within SQL Server 2000.

Links van 4 mei 2015 tot 11 mei 2015

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Canadian Government Says Free Speech is for Offending Muslims — Not Opposing Israel – The Intercept
When the views being suppressed are ones amenable to those in power (e.g., cartoons mocking Islam), free speech is venerated; when ideas are advocated that upset those in power (e.g. speech by Muslims critical of Western nations and their allies), the very same people acquiesce to, or expressly endorse, full-scale suppression.

Don’t believe Orson Welles, says his biographer Simon Callow — especially when he calls himself a failure » The Spectator
On the centenary of his birth, we celebrate the all-embracing genius of the great director, actor, theatre maker and story-teller

De dood van het politieke interview | Ico Maly
Ja, duizend keer ja. Met dank aan Siegfried Bracke en Ivan De Vadder en al wie in hun voetstappen treedt. "Het politieke interview is niet zozeer dood omdat het niet meer fris klinkt of spannend is. Het is ook niet zozeer dood omdat de politicus mediatraining heeft gehad of debatfiches ter beschikking heeft en daardoor zichzelf niet meer aan de galg praat. Het is dood omdat het interview geformatiseerd is en gecommodificeerd."

Why We Spent $172,298 in April and Only Made $45 – Startup Labs
We have what we perceive to be the best product on the market, and we could not sell one person from 1,391 who visited.

How I grew from 300 to 5k followers in just 3 weeks — Marketing & Growth Hacking — Medium
Urgh. Just… urgh.

Links van 24 april 2015 tot 2 mei 2015

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jamstik+ The SmartGuitar by Zivix — Kickstarter
A portable guitar that teaches you to play, sounds like any musical instrument and connects wirelessly so you can play guitar anywhere.

The Unhappy King of Snooker – The New Yorker
Heerlijk artikel over Ronnie O'Sullivan.

Zeppelin
A web-based notebook that enables interactive data analytics. You can make beautiful data-driven, interactive and collaborative documents with SQL, Scala and more.

Quinoakutten – VPRO
Het is donderdagochtend half tien en in mijn tijdlijn heb ik al drie foto’s voorbij zien komen van karaffen water met daarin slierten komkommer. Ik ram mijn voorhoofd een paar keer tegen mijn tafel, tot ik me beter voel. Een foto maken van je water met komkommer en die op internet zetten; het is alles wat er mis is met de wereld. Naast de man die allemaal mensen onthoofdt dan hè.

Blog Dyab Abou Jahjah – Web-site of Dyab Abou Jahjah
Droevig. En sterk. "Een land zoals Libanon, een land van veel problemen, van weinig geld en van vier miljoen inwoners, ontvangt bijna twee miljoen vluchtelingen. Europa, een continent met veel landen, met een sterke economie en met 300 miljoen inwoners, debatteert over 5.000 of 10.000 vluchtelingen. Het is zo cynisch dat je niet verder geraakt dan de schok en de vernietigende teleurstelling."

Links van 16 april 2015 tot 23 april 2015

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Wander (1974) — a lost mainframe game is found! | Retroactive Fiction
Wander was probably the first computer game that is recognisable as what came to be known as a “text adventure” (or “interactive fiction“) – pre-dating even ADVENT (a.k.a. Colossal Cave) by Crowther and Woods! But Wander was more than that because it seems to have been designed to be a tool to allow users to create “non-deterministic fantasy stories”[1] of their own. So perhaps it would be more accurate to say that Wander was in fact the earliest known precursor to modern interactive-fiction development-systems like Inform 7! Wander was thought to be lost, presumably languishing on one or more of the slowly decaying tape-reels of mainframe history.

You Do CrossFit? Tell Me More! | Observer
How the world’s hottest fitness craze really is like a cult In the last few years, a number of my friends have taken up CrossFit. I know this because they don’t shut up about it. When I’m around more than one of them at a time, it completely changes the way we socialize and speak.

Social Justice Bullies: The Authoritarianism of Millennial Social Justice — Medium
The modern social justice movement launched on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, Jezebel, Slate, Huffington Post, et al. is far more reminiscent of a Red Scare (pick one) than the Civil Rights Movement. When George Orwell wrote Nineteen Eighty-Four (and here some will lambast me for picking a white male author from a historically colonialist power despite the fact that he fought and wrote against this colonialism), he wrote it to warn against the several dangers of extremism on either side of the political spectrum. Orwell’s magnum opus is about authoritarianism on both ends of the political spectrum. If the arc of the moral universe bends toward justice, then the arc of the political spectrum bends toward authoritarianism at both ends.

Digital (dis)content: Test drive: real-time prediction with Amazon Machine Learning
This product has only been out a week or so and it's already fuckin' AWESOME. It's hard to believe Amazon made ML this simple. If I can get this to work, anyone can. Given the right level of price, performance and scale (all will come quickly), I see this product  crushing the competition… and not only other ML SaaS providers. Hardware & software vendors should start sweating even more than they already do.

Jason Calacanis’ epic rant on the state of the valley – Tech.pro
"revenue" & "breakeven", lost conscepts for pseudofounders

Links van 11 april 2015 tot 16 april 2015

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Study finds, surprisingly, that women are favored for jobs in STEM – The Washington Post
“At one point we turned to each other while we were coding email responses from faculty across the U.S. and said we hoped that the large preference for women applicants over identically qualified men applicants would slow down because it seemed too large to be believed!” Williams wrote in an e-mail to Inside Higher Ed. “It never did slow down, and the final tally was roughly a 2 to 1 preference. So, we were surprised.”

Anatomy of a Tragedy – The Texas Observer
As she lay dying, Duntsch performed his third surgery, on a woman named Mary Efurd. Another spinal fusion; another routine procedure. Efurd woke up after surgery in horrible pain, barely able to move her legs. Two days later, once Efurd was stable, Henderson was assigned to do the repair surgery. A CT scan found that the metal spinal fusion hardware, meant to be placed on the patient’s spine to keep the vertebrae from moving, was sunk into the muscles of her lower back, inches from her spine. Henderson went in to remove it. He had been a neurosurgeon for 40 years and what he saw inside Efurd’s back shocked him. “He had amputated a nerve root,” Henderson said. “It was just gone. And in its place is where he had placed the fusion. He’d made multiple screw holes on the left everywhere but where he had needed to be. On the right side, there was a screw through a portion of the S1 nerve root.”

The Nerdstream Era: Nameday
How cute is that? Congrats, Stefan! — "Rejoice! Our Queen of Love and Beauty, Lyanna Sasse, was born on March 10th. You may use the comment thread to do her hommage."

Quantifying the Clickbait and Linkbait in BuzzFeed Article Titles | minimaxir | Max Woolf’s Blog
I decided to determine which phrases in BuzzFeed headlines are the most successful in order to see if it’s possible to reverse-engineer BuzzFeed’s business model. Therefore, I scraped BuzzFeed’s website (after initial frustration) and obtained 60,378 distinct articles and the corresponding number of Facebook Shares for each article. From there, I decomposed each headline into its component n-grams, allowing me to perform quantitative analysis for each possible permutation of words in the article titles. You probably don’t know that the 3 most interesting things I found will blow your mind.

Math for eight-year-olds: graph theory for kids! | Joel David Hamkins
This morning I had the pleasure to be a mathematical guest in my daughter’s third-grade class, full of inquisitive eight- and nine-year-old girls, and we had a wonderful interaction. Following up on my visit last year (math for seven-year-olds), I wanted to explore with them some elementary ideas in graph theory, which I view as mathematically rich, yet accessible to children.

Links van 6 april 2015 tot 10 april 2015

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The Outlandish Adventure of Miss Amanda Collins « Oldskooler Ramblings
This little girl had decided one day to write a story, and when the program prompted for a diskette to save it, she grabbed — with sticky jelly fingers — whatever diskette was closest and jammed it in… in this case, Daddy’s expensive business program, ruining it in the process, and possibly the drive it was jammed into. I lack the skill to convey how adorable I find this.

Valar Morghulis: An illustrated guide to all 456 deaths in “Game of Thrones” – Washington Post
the 456 characters below all have one thing in common: They're dead. Before the “Game of Thrones” Season 5 premiere, The Washington Post took a look back and noted every on-screen death from the first four seasons. Here are all 456 deaths, including who, how, why and where

8088 MPH: We Break All Your Emulators « Oldskooler Ramblings
As of April 7th 2015, there are no IBM PC emulators in the world that can run the demo properly; they hang or crash before the demo is finished, and the colors are wrong.  Same goes for anything that isn’t the target hardware.  To see what 8088 MPH looks like, I direct you to the video+audio capture of the demo running on real hardware…

The Bird Family Tree Gets a Makeover – Scientific American
The new tree confirms many past observations, such as the common ancestor of the core landbirds. It also resolves some controversial links. Who might have guessed, for instance, that pigeons and flamingos are close cousins?

@chefjacqueslamerde • Instagram-foto’s en -video’s
small portions | tweezered everything

Links van 4 april 2015 tot 6 april 2015

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IMF admits: we failed to realise the damage austerity would do to Greece | Business | The Guardian
The International Monetary Fund admitted it had failed to realise the damage austerity would do to Greece as the Washington-based organisation catalogued mistakes made during the bailout of the stricken eurozone country. In an assessment of the rescue conducted jointly with the European Central Bank (ECB) and the European commission, the IMF said it had been forced to override its normal rules for providing financial assistance in order to put money into Greece.

BBC – Future – The disastrous events that would break the internet
The internet is unbreakable. At least, we think it is. That’s why when something goes extremely viral, such as pictures of Kim Kardashian’s bottom or #thedress, we joke about it “breaking the internet”. This is because, well, that obviously isn’t going to happen – but we’re searching for some way of exaggerating the impact of the event. It’s a great piece of contemporary hyperbole. But could you really, literally, break the internet? And if so, does anyone really know for sure what would happen next?

What if US & UN Sanctioned Israel over its Nukes they way they did Iran? | Informed Comment
Now that Iran is being constrained by a strict inspections regime and limitations on centrifuges from ever weaponizing its civilian enrichment program, what if the United Nations Security Council turned its attention to decommissioning Israel’s stock of several hundred warheads? If Britain, France, Russia, China and the USA decided Israel would have to give up its nukes, as a means of ensuring non-proliferation in the Middle East, how would they proceed?

The Evocative Photos Of Aleksandr Rodchenko, Who Changed The Way We See Photography
Before Stalin-era Soviet restrictions on artistic expression turned Aleksandr Rodchenko's work into a paean to Communism, the legendary Russian artist revolutionized photography. "We have a duty to experiment" was his motto, turning away from a century of "introspective" photography.

Max Headroom: the definitive history of the 1980s digital icon | The Verge
20 Minutes into the Future kicked off an extensive franchise, and Max became a singular '80s pop culture phenomenon that represented everything wonderful and horrible about the decade. Max hosted music video shows; Max interviewed celebrities; Max hawked New Coke; Max Headroom became US network television’s very first cyberpunk series. Max was inescapable — and then almost just as quickly as he had appeared, he was gone.

Links van 31 maart 2015 tot 4 april 2015

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A Eulogy for Twitter — The Atlantic
We've been trying to figure out the moment Twitter turned, retracing tweets to see whether there was something specific that soured the platform.  Something is wrong on Twitter. And people are noticing.  Or, at least, the kind of people we hang around with on Twitter are noticing. And it's maybe not a very important demographic, this very weird and specific kind of user: audience-obsessed, curious, newsy. Twitter's earnings last quarter, after all, were an improvement on the period before, and it added 14 million new users for a total of 255 million. The thing is: Its users are less active than they once were. Twitter says these changes reflect a more streamlined experience, but we have a different theory: Twitter is entering its twilight.

An update on Microsoft’s approach to Do Not Track – Microsoft on the Issues
As industry standards evolve, how we implement those standards evolve as well. So to reflect the current requirements of the privacy standard for tracking preferences, Microsoft is changing how Do Not Track (DNT) is implemented in future versions of our browsers: We will no longer enable it as the default state in Windows Express Settings.

Are Paleo Diets More Natural Than GMOs? – Scientific American
Stick that in you Origó and eat it.

Begrotingscontrole: diamantsector krijgt fiscaal cadeautje – DeWereldMorgen.be
Begrotingscontroles zitten vol verrassingen. Premier Charles Michel verkondigde op de persconferentie vrolijk dat er deze keer vooral meevallers waren. De federale regering moet 750 miljoen euro minder besparen. De regionale regeringen zullen dat gat moeten vullen. De diamantsector krijgt een fiscaal gunstige regeling. Een eerlijke taksshift is dus nog niet in zicht.

Meerkat Vs Periscope: Tech journalist is a sickly mess | BGR
Meerkat’s “success” was the creation of a handful of West Coast tech bloggers who managed to lure major newspapers into covering a phenomenon that did not exist.

Links van 27 maart 2015 tot 31 maart 2015

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Waarom de milieubeweging het ggo-dossier mag loslaten | Stijn Bruers, one world activist
Wat ik ook al een tijd volhoud: "Ik besloot hetzelfde te doen als wat de milieubeweging doet in verband met de klimaatopwarming: kijken of er een wetenschappelijke consensus bestaat die gebaseerd is op de meest betrouwbare wetenschappelijke studies zoals systematische reviews en meta-analyses gepubliceerd in toonaangevende peer reviewed topvakbladen zoals Nature en Science. Binnen een paar uur brokkelde mijn anti-ggo houding volledig af. Het ene na het andere bezwaar tegen ggo’s dat ik ooit van de milieubeweging hoorde, werd weerlegd. En ik kwam tot het inzicht dat de strategie en de houding van de milieubeweging op het vlak van ggo’s beangstigend sterk lijkt op de strategie en de houding van klimaatontkenners, net de groep waar de milieubeweging zich zo sterk tegen verzet."

Sounds of the Bodleian
You are listening to the sound of the Bodleian Old Library Upper Reading Room

Philip Greenspun’s Weblog » Ellen Pao v. Kleiner Perkins wrap-up
The jury has returned and Kleiner Perkins is not guilty of sex discrimination. How is it possible to lose a lawsuit like this in one of the most plaintiff-friendly jurisdictions in the world?

Wat is het verschil tussen N-VA en CD&V? – Mark Eyskens
Vlaamse nationalisten hebben nog steeds niet de intellectuele moed om aan de bevolking een evidentie uit te leggen. Het begrip ‘volk’ wordt steeds meer onwerkelijk en dient vervangen door het concept en de realiteit van multiculturele ‘bevolking’. De multiculturaliteit is een feit en dat feit is onomkeerbaar. De grote, ingewikkelde opdracht is multiculturaliteit om te zetten in interculturaliteit. Het is de interculturaliteit, die discriminaties en irrationele angsteffecten voor de vreemdeling moet onmogelijk en overbodig maken.

Being Andre the Giant – CBSSports.com
The third of Boris and Marianne Roussimoff's five children, Andre was born in the French town of Coulommiers on May 19, 1946, reportedly weighing 11 pounds. The Roussimoffs raised their family in Molien, a small village less than 40 miles east of Paris. Life began to change for Andre in early adolescence. He grew substantially, reaching six feet tall by the time he was 12, seven feet by age 18. He was physically enormous, immensely strong and distinctly charming. His voice was ultra-deep. People were drawn to him. Word of mouth spread fast about young Andre, the giant.

Links van 22 maart 2015 tot 27 maart 2015

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Obituary: Terry Pratchett: Of gods and men | The Economist
The Economist: wreed, wreed schoon gedaan.

Comic Papyrus Font – FINALLY! ~ Sans Serif Fonts on Creative Market
Presenting Comic Papyrus. You heard right — COMIC FREAKIN' PAPYRUS! Your two most favoritest fonts ever have FINALLY been smooshed together typographically, just as Darwin intended. Cross-bred. Cross-awesomified.

Pourquoi la techno c’est devenu de la merde et que maintenant ça n’intéresse que les enculés – Je t’encule Thérèse
La techno est morte, écoute du rock d’il y a 20 ans et de la musique plus sympa, change ton style de merde et va te faire enculer.

The Art of the Diva Quit | Wikipediocracy
The danger always exists that one’s allies may drift away and be less than fully attentive to one’s needs; after all, they have their own POVs to push. It is important to find ways to consolidate their support so that it is there when you need it most. These alliances will undergo stresses and trials, and should you come under major attack, such as with an Arbitration Committee case, some may jump ship in order to save their own skins. If things are not going your way under exigent circumstances, you may wish to consider the option of a Diva Quit.

BBC News – The men who uncovered Assyria
There are hundreds of ancient sites now in the hands of IS. But beneath the rubble of Nebi Yunus is a stretch of ground untouched by archaeologists – ground that holds the palace of the Assyrian King Esarhaddon, and that might might contain some of the great artistic or literary treasures of the ancient world. In all likelihood, we'll never know.

De rechtse show | Jan Blommaert (en z’n gedachten)
Auwtsj. "De socialisten hebben alles opgegeven wat ze hadden als verhaal: hun geschiedenis, hun traditie, hun cultuur, hun kritiek en hun analyse. Ze hebben dat allemaal ingeruild voor de troep die hen door reclamemakers wordt aangenaaid. Ze zijn dan ook al lang geen ‘socialisten’ meer, ze noemen zich ‘progressief’ – net als Verhofstadt dat deed, en, geloof het maar, bij gelegenheid zelfs Filip Dewinter. ‘Progressief’ staat hier dan gewoon voor ‘iets anders willen’ of – getuige de slogan “Ja” – gewoon voortdoen zoals gisteren, lekker progressief."

Links van 19 maart 2015 tot 22 maart 2015

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Oxford Study Shows HIV Originated Around 1920 | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building
't Is allemaal de schuld van de Belgen! De schuld van het APENland BelZIEK à papa! "The virus is believed to have jumped species through people hunting primates and handling bush meat. In fact, this is believed to have happened on at least 13 occasions. What set the Kinshasa incident apart from other transmissions was the city’s size and rapid urban growth, the heavily used railway network during Belgian colonial rule, and a flourishing sex trade in a city with a high proportion of men. There was also a very active water transport system. Kinshasa was a hub for the country’s railway network, and by the late 1940s an estimated one million people passed through the city using the rail network each year. This led to the virus being spread to other cities such as Mbuji-Mayi and Lubumbashi in the south of the country, and to Kisangani in the north by the end of the 1930s. These cities in turn were well connected to neighboring countries and the virus began to take off."

12-minute Mandelbrot: fractals on a 50 year old IBM 1401 mainframe
Heerlijk! "One complex feature of the IBM 1401 is Editing, which is kind of like printf implemented in hardware. The Edit instruction takes a number such as 00123456789 and a format string. The computer removes leading zeros and inserts commas as needed, producing an output such as 1,234,567.89. With the optional Expanded Editing feature (just $20/month more), you can obtain floating asterisks (******1,234.56) or a floating dollar sign ($1,234.56), which is convenient for printing checks. Keep in mind that this formatting is not done with a subroutine; it is implemented entirely in hardware, with the formatting applied by discrete transistors."

John Urschel, Ravens Offensive Lineman, Publishes Math Paper : The Two-Way : NPR
I love hitting people. There's a rush you get when you go out on the field, lay everything on the line and physically dominate the player across from you. This is a feeling I'm (for lack of a better word) addicted to, and I'm hard-pressed to find anywhere else.

Benjamin Netanyahu’s Disgrace in Victory | TIME
An Israeli soldier asked for my papers; I gave her my passport. “You’re American!” she said, not very officially. “I love America. Where are you from?” New York, I said. “Wow,” she said, with a big smile. And then she turned serious. “What were you doing in there,” she asked, nodding toward the Palestinian side, “with those animals?” And that, of course, is why Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “won” the Israeli election. That is how he won the election even though there was a strong economic case against him, and people were tired of his ways, and about 200 former Israeli military and intelligence leaders publicly opposed his dangerously bellicose foreign policy. He won because he ran as a bigot.

New Alzheimer’s treatment fully restores memory function – Australian researchers have come up with a non-invasive ultrasound technology that clears the brain of neurotoxic amyloid plaques via reddit.com
The team reports fully restoring the memories of 75 percent of the mice they tested it on, with zero damage to the surrounding brain tissue. They found that the treated mice displayed improved performance in three memory tasks – a maze, a test to get them to recognise new objects, and one to get them to remember the places they should avoid. "We’re extremely excited by this innovation of treating Alzheimer’s without using drug therapeutics," one of the team, Jürgen Götz, said in a press release. "The word ‘breakthrough’ is often misused, but in this case I think this really does fundamentally change our understanding of how to treat this disease, and I foresee a great future for this approach."

Links van 11 maart 2015 tot 16 maart 2015

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Paleo isn’t a fad diet, it’s an ideology that selectively denies the modern world | Jason Wilson | Comment is free | The Guardian
Celebrity chef Pete Evans ‘won’t be silenced’ after his paleo book for children stirred up controversy – but paleo’s assumptions are only superficially plausible

How clickbait grew up and got (sort of) serious – The Washington Post
“Congratulations, Viral Nova!” The Awl’s Choire Sicha wrote in October 2013. “You’re HORRIFIC, ILLITERATE and MONSTROUS.” But now, some 18 months and 34908450984590734 page views later, DeLong wants to go legit. In doing so, he makes a perfect case study for the clickbait economy — and the trends rapidly disrupting it. “Our strategy has evolved,” DeLong said by phone. “We don’t want to get clicks. We want engagement.”

Al Lowe
I'm Al Lowe and I created a series of games called Leisure Suit Larry for Sierra back in the '80s and '90s along with another 20 games and titles back in that period. I was with Sierra from 1982 until 1998 when it — well, it was the poor victim of a hostile takeover by criminals. How about that for an opening?

Israel’s Foreign Minister calls for beheading Arab citizens and it’s not anywhere in the New York Times
Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman has said that Arab citizens who are not loyal to the state of Israel should have their heads “chopped off with an axe”. The minister, leader of the Yisrael Beiteinu party and an outspoken critic of Israel’s Arab population, made the controversial remarks on Sunday in a speech to an election rally held in the western Israeli city of Herzliya ahead of the March 17 vote. “Those who are with us deserve everything, but those who are against us deserve to have their heads chopped off with an axe,” the ultra-nationalist politician said.

After GigaOm, The Non-VC “SimCity” Approach To Growing A Media Business — Medium
If your company is working fine internally to generate the revenues you’re after, no one notices. Instead, all the attention (and thus role-models, good or bad) goes to the VC-funded. Folks, someone getting a lot of VC investment isn’t a sign they’re successful at anything other than getting VC funding.

Links van 5 maart 2015 tot 10 maart 2015

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The anti-GM lobby appears to be taking a page out of the Climategate playbook | Environment | The Guardian
Vreemd hoe een hele reeks mensen u meteen in de Monsanto-fanboi-kliek duwen als ge het durft te hebben over hun GGO-nonsens. Mar hey, par for the course: "Climate change is real and GM technology is safe, but those in denial want to undermine the public understanding of science with misinformation and pseudo-debate."

The Ikepod Hourglass by Marc Newson: Quite Possibly The Coolest Desk Adornment Ever Made — HODINKEE – Wristwatch News, Reviews, & Original Stories
Let's begin this post by letting you know, right from the start, that this hourglass costs $28,500. Now, as you continue to read, you will notice how that number becomes more and more rational in your mind.  Finally, after seeing the short video we filmed at Basel World over the weekend, our guess is you will have not only rationalized the price to yourself, but may have even begun to think about where in your house you will put it.

J’en ai marre! | ericvanrompuy.be
De brutale chantagetaal van De Wever maakt op CD&V geen indruk. De Wever en N-VA zijn groot geworden door polarisatie tussen Vlamingen en Franstaligen, tegen de vakbonden en het “verzuilde” middenveld. CD&V en haar parlementsleden werden bij de splitsing van BHV en de zesde staatshervorming afgeschilderd als de “slechte Vlamingen”. We zijn dit alles bij CD&V niet vergeten, laat staan vergeven. Nu zijn we opnieuw het Zwarte Beest.

www.worldpressphoto.org/content/world-press-photo-withdraws-award-giovanni-troilo’s-charleroi-story
Och here: dat alles in scène gezet was, was niet zo erg voor WorldPress Photo, 't is pas als blijkt dat hij liegt over de locatie van zijn foto's dat het erg wordt. Maar ondertussen wel zeveren over teveel Photoshop-gepruts aan schaduwen en zo. Goed bezig. — "World Press Photo learned that the photo of a painter creating a work with live models had instead been shot in Molenbeek, Brussels. Troilo confirmed over telephone and email that the image had not been taken in Charleroi, contrary to what he submitted to the contest. This falsified information is a violation of the 2015 Photo Contest entry rules."

Charleroi-fotoreeks Troilo verliest prijs World Press Photo – Het Nieuwsblad
Gerechtigheid is geschied. Serieus, gasten. "Nadat nieuwe feiten aan het licht waren gekomen over de fotoreeks ‘La Ville Noir – The Dark Heart of Europe’, heropende World Press Photo dinsdag het onderzoek naar de integriteit ervan. De Italiaanse fotograaf bevestigde aan World Press Photo dat een beeld uit de reeks niet in Charleroi maar in Molenbeek genomen is, in tegenstelling tot wat hij eerder had verklaard."

Links van 1 maart 2015 tot 3 maart 2015

dinsdag 3 maart 2015 in Links. Permanente link | Geen reacties

Links: quo vadis? – DeWereldMorgen.be
Auwtsj. "De oppositiekuur die de sp.a nu noodgedwongen ondergaat had een moment kunnen zijn voor een diepgaande reflectie over de verleden en toekomst van de partij, maar blijkbaar gaat alle aandacht en energie naar het uitvechten van interne geschillen. Het schouwspel dat vandaag in de sp.a rond de voorzittersverkiezingen wordt opgevoerd is dan ook bedroevend: in de berichtgeving wordt gefocust op de machtsstrijd tussen de clans en de persoonlijke vetes tussen de kandidaten en hun supporters; over een diep programmatorisch debat en de eventuele pertinentie van een koerswijziging vernemen we niets. Het consensusdenken heeft de hele partij aangetast alsof het betonrot was. De enige credibiliteit die de Vlaamse socialisten lijkt te resten is dat ze het slachtoffer zijn van de othering vanwege de neoliberale diehards van de N-VA. Als die zeggen dat het ‘allemaal de schuld van de sossen’ is, kan dat nog wat sympathie voor onze verongelijkte sossen oproepen. Het ‘sossen bashen’ verhult ook meteen de hoge mate van beleidscontinuïteit tussen de vorige en de huidige regeringen op federaal en Vlaams vlak."

Bart Tommelein treedt op voorgrond: ‘Gekibbel moet stoppen’ – België – Knack.be
"Zijn bevoegdheden mogen dan niet de zwaarste zijn, staatssecretaris Bart Tommelein (Open VLD) is niet van plan zomaar wat aan temodderen. Facebook heeft het al geweten." — Oh ja, absoluut. "HELABA HELABA, wat odet Facebook hier allemaal?!?! Dat moet GEDAAN ZIJN!!!" // Even later, nadat de man op audiëntie mocht bij een paar mannen van Facebook: "Jamaarja, maarja, ge moet dat begrijpen, Facebook is ook geen vzw hé…"

V van Varoufakis: waarom we best goed luisteren naar de Grieken.
V van Verhelderend.

The Gospel of Supply Side Jesus – Album on Imgur
The Gospel of Supply Side Jesus!

Bill Nye says science changed his anti-GMO views
Score one for science! "After publishing in his book, Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation that he is critical of GMO’s he spent time with scientists in the field and revised his views and says he will be revising his book for the second edition due out in the fall of 2015."

Links van 24 februari 2015 tot 28 februari 2015

zaterdag 28 februari 2015 in Links. Permanente link | Geen reacties

Kibbelen voor gevorderden – De Standaard
In het veiligheidsdebat klinkt de kritiek van CD&V en Open VLD verrassend eensgezind: zowel Jambon als minister van Defensie Steven Vandeput ging onderuit. Zo moest Peeters Vandeput uit de nood helpen tijdens het kernkabinet dat besliste over inzet van paracommando’s. De defensieminister was zo slecht gebriefd dat hij niet eens een volledig dossier kon voorleggen, laat staan toelichten. Jambon ging de mist in tijdens de discussie over het intrekken van de identiteitspapieren van potentiële Syriëstrijders. Zo zag hij onder meer de rol van de jeugdrechtbank bij de aanpak van minderjarigen over het hoofd. Juist daarom werkt de aankondigingspolitiek van de N-VA zo op de zenuwen. De partij verkiest een stoere aanpak, maar kan het vervolgens legistiek niet waarmaken.

The dress is white and gold. Or, why BuzzFeed won – Digiday
Soon, Time, Esquire, GQ and the like will become indistinguishable from BuzzFeed. And the problem with that is simple: BuzzFeed is better at being BuzzFeed than Time. These brands will have to compete purely on BuzzFeed’s terms. As the saying goes, the problem with wrestling a pig is you get dirty and the pig enjoys it.

‘What ISIS Really Wants': How Readers Are Responding to The Atlantic’s Cover Story – The Atlantic
A survey of reactions to The Atlantic's cover story—from think tanks to jihadist Twitter

Tired of Safari – QuirksBlog
It is increasingly becoming necessary to do something about Apple, its absolute refusal to talk to anyone, and its dickish way of bending the mobile web to its desires. Personally, I became tired of Safari quite a while ago, and I wouldn’t mind taking Apple down a notch. So let’s do it.

Dagen zonder stoofvlees – De Standaard
Of weet ge wat, Byttebier? Laat ons hoofd ook eens gewoon gerust. "En ga zondag, als je langsgaat bij je kijkers, behalve vlees ook seitan proeven. Dan word je niet alleen de populairste kok vandaag, maar ineens de man van de dagelijkse kost van morgen."

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