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Links van 13 augustus 2018 tot 18 augustus 2018

The un-celebrity president: Jimmy Carter shuns riches, lives modestly in his Georgia hometown
Jimmy Carter finishes his Saturday night dinner, salmon and broccoli casserole on a paper plate, flashes his famous toothy grin and calls playfully to his wife of 72 years, Rosalynn: “C’mon, kid.” She laughs and takes his hand, and they walk carefully through a neighbor’s kitchen filled with 1976 campaign buttons, photos of world leaders and a couple of unopened cans of Billy Beer, then out the back door, where three Secret Service agents wait. They do this just about every weekend in this tiny town where they were born — he almost 94 years ago, she almost 91. Dinner at their friend Jill Stuckey’s house, with plastic Solo cups of ice water and one glass each of bargain-brand chardonnay, then the half-mile walk home to the ranch house they built in 1961.

The Islamic fundamentalist Jeremy Corbyn should be ashamed of himself – if only he’d behaved more like Margaret Thatcher | The Independent
Corbyn supported every gay rights campaign at a time when it was considered extremist to do so. And the way he managed to be an extremist Islamic fundamentalist and an extremist gay rights fanatic at the same time only shows how dangerous he is — "I suppose it may just be possible that the wreath he laid at an event organised to mark the bombing of civilians in 1985 was actually put there to mark the bombing of civilians in 1985.

But it’s much more likely that secretly, Jeremy Corbyn supports Palestinian terrorists who murder athletes. "

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Ziet er echt zeer leutig uit — Interactive Construction of Bespoke Chart Layouts

The Corbyn wreath ‘scandal’ is just an exercise in hypocrisy | Owen Jones | Opinion | The Guardian
let’s take the case of Ariel Sharon. In 1982, up to 3,500 Palestinian and Lebanese refugees were massacred by Israel’s Phalangist allies in the Sabra and Shatila camps. An Israeli commission later found Sharon to have been personally responsible” for the massacre. Among those attending his funeral in 2014 was Tony Blair: and yes, he laid a wreath. Who cried scandal then?

Trump has to be reminded of different time zones when calling world leaders – Business Insider
President Donald Trump reportedly has to be reminded of differences in time zones on a "constant basis" as he impulsively attempts to call other world leaders, a diplomatic source told Politico.  Trump apparently isn't "great at recognizing" that an older world leader might not be awake "or in the right place at 10:30 or 11 p.m. their time." Trump has a particularly "bizarre" interest in French President Emmanuel Macron, one former official said, and randomly calls him for no apparent reason.

Links van 11 augustus 2018 tot 12 augustus 2018

What Caused the Dinosaur Extinction? – The Atlantic
A Princeton geologist has endured decades of ridicule for arguing that the fifth extinction was caused not by an asteroid but by a series of colossal volcanic eruptions. But she’s reopened that debate.

Jeremy Corbyn for U.K. prime minister – Opinion – Israel News | Haaretz.com
Anyone who wants to see the world take action against the Israeli occupation should dream of Corbyn. Corbyn has been declared the next enemy of the Jews. Viktor Orban is a righteous among the nations; the American alt-right is the rock of Israel and its savior; Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippines’ leader who called to kill millions “like Hitler,” is a welcome guest in Israel – and Corbyn is the enemy of the people. The Jewish establishment in Britain and Israeli propaganda have taken out a contract on him, to foil his election: He’s an anti-Semite, Labor is anti-Semitic, Jewish life in Britain is in “existential danger,” no less, as three British Jewish newspapers cried out in a joint editorial.

Why decentralized social networking never makes it — ever heard of Crossing the Chasm? – Upon 2020
decentralized social networking will never amount to anything unless it solves at least one real, burning problem much better than the centralized alternatives

She’s the world’s top empathy researcher. But colleagues say she bullied and intimidated them | Science | AAAS
Tania Singer, a celebrated neuroscientist and director at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany, is known as one of the world’s foremost experts on empathy. In her research, she has sought to demonstrate that meditation can make people more kind and caring. The title of a profile of Singer written by this reporter in 2013 summed up her public image: Concentrating on Kindness. But inside her lab, it was a very different story, eight former and current colleagues say in interviews with Science. The researchers, all but one of whom insisted on remaining anonymous because they feared for their careers, describe a group gripped by fear of their boss. “Whenever anyone had a meeting with her there was at least an even chance they would come out in tears,” one colleague says.

The World’s Newest, Most Gloriously Designed Maps – Atlas Obscura
Calling all map enthusiasts: the North American Cartographic Information Society will soon be releasing the 2018 Atlas of Design, its latest compendium of the world’s newest and best maps.

Links van 10 augustus 2018 tot 11 augustus 2018

How Facebook, Twitter, YouTube have taken a new job as content cops – Axios
Together, the moderation disputes and privacy debates point to a future in which Facebook and its peers face a tough choice: Get good, fast, at being quasi-governments themselves — or hand the mess back to real governments and return to writing code and making money.

Anatomy of Tik Tok: The viral video app from Bytedance | FactorDaily
Tik Tok is a crazy place. Every time I open the app, time flies. Full of bite-sized videos, it is immensely entertaining. You can find Parkour athletes doing gravity-defying stuff, creators making magic, comedians, dancers, models and more. All of this led Tik Tok to get more iOS downloads than Instagram in Q1 2018 – that’s huge! How did this happen?

Why Is Jordan Peterson So Popular? – The Atlantic
When the poetry editors of The Nation virtuously publish an amateurish but super-woke poem, only to discover that the poem stumbled across several trip wires of political correctness; when these editors (one of them a full professor in the Harvard English department) then jointly write a letter oozing bathos and career anxiety and begging forgiveness from their critics; when the poet himself publishes a statement of his own—a missive falling somewhere between an apology, a Hail Mary pass, and a suicide note; and when all of this is accepted in the houses of the holy as one of the regrettable but minor incidents that take place along the path toward greater justice, something is dying. When the top man at The New York Times publishes a sober statement about a meeting he had with the president in which he describes instructing Trump about the problem of his “deeply troubling anti-press rhetoric,” and then three days later the paper announces that it has hired a writer who has tweeted about her hatred of white people, of Republicans, of cops, of the president, of the need to stop certain female writers and journalists from “existing,” and when this new hire will not be a beat reporter, but will sit on the paper’s editorial board—having a hand in shaping the opinions the paper presents to the world—then it is no mystery that a parallel culture of ideas has emerged to replace a corrupted system.

#QAnon, the pro-Trump conspiracy theory, explained – Vox
The Russia investigation is a sham. It’s actually a cover story for special counsel Robert Mueller and Donald Trump working together to expose thousands of pedophiles hidden in plain sight — including Hillary Clinton (and Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama), who will soon be under arrest.

Joods Forum heeft bedenkingen bij nieuwe CD&V-kandidate Frie… – De Standaard
Ah well. "Toen deze krant vroeg wat ze over onverdoofd slachten vond, zei ze dat ‘alle dieren goed moeten worden behandeld. Als de wet zegt dat het slachten verdoofd moet gebeuren, dan is dat zo.’ Die laatste uitspraak vindt Raphael Werner, voorzitter van het Joods Forum, bijzonder jammer, zo zegt hij op de site van Joods Actueel.

Links van 8 augustus 2018 tot 10 augustus 2018

It’s Nice That | Adobe has added 665 new Monotype fonts to Creative Cloud
Typographers of the creative world rejoice! Christmas has, sort of, come early this year: Adobe and Montoype have just snuck down the chimney, glugged the port, polished off Rudloph’s carrot, and deposited 665 new fonts from 41 type families under the tree. It’ll be like unwrapping a shiny new Playstation 2 all over again. Remember how good that felt? Being 10? Not having any real understanding of the full and crushing weight of the anxieties and stresses that were soon to wash all over you, day in, day out? Today’s like that, all over again.

Sex, Beer, and Coding: Inside Facebook’s Wild Early Days in Palo Alto
When the young Mark Zuckerberg moved to Palo Alto in 2004, he and his buddies built a corporate proto-culture that continues to influence the company today.

Why SETI Relies On Us Accepting Our Mediocrity
Why we downplay Fermi’s paradox.

Websites not available in the EU because of GDPR – data.verifiedjoseph.com

Are Facebook and YouTube quasi-governmental actors? – Infowars
The media platforms’ banishment of Alex Jones, a conspiracy theorist, raises difficult questions about constitutional standards

Links van 3 augustus 2018 tot 8 augustus 2018

How I gained commit access to Homebrew in 30 minutes
If I were a malicious actor, I could have made a small, likely unnoticed change to the openssl formulae, placing a backdoor on any machine that installed it. If I can gain access to commit in 30 minutes, what could a nation state with dedicated resources achieve against a team of 17 volunteers? How many private company networks could be accessed? How many of these could be used to escalate to large scale data breaches? What other package management systems have similar weaknesses?

BBC – Culture – Is horror the most disrespected genre?
Whenever a horror movie makes a splash… there is invariably an article calling it ‘smart’ or ‘elevated’ or ‘art house’ horror. They hate horror SO MUCH they have to frame its hits as something else.

Patrick Stewart cast in new Star Trek TV show | EW.com
“With overwhelming joy, it’s a privilege to welcome Sir Patrick Stewart back to the Star Trek fold. For over 20 years, fans have hoped for the return of Captain Jean-Luc Picard and that day is finally here. We can’t wait to forge new ground, surprise people, and honor generations both new and old.”

‘You’re getting nothing’: Steve Jobs’ daughter wrote a heartbreaking memoir about their often brutal relationship | Business Insider India
In one telling detail, Brennan-Jobs outlines how Jobs' lawyers insisted on finalising child support payouts and other payments on December 8, 1980. Four days later, Apple would IPO and Jobs would become immensely wealthy. She also recalled believing that her father replaced his Porsche every time it had a scratch, and asking if she could have his current model when he got rid of it. "You're not getting anything," he responded. "You understand? Nothing. You're getting nothing." Brennan-Jobs added that her father had not been "generous with money, or food, or words."

How-To | The Nation
"In the end, this decision means that we need to step back and look at not only our editing process, but at ourselves as editors." Ja inderdaad. En niét wegens het publiceren van het gedicht.

Links van 30 juli 2018 tot 3 augustus 2018

The Three Horizons of innovation and culture change
‘Three Horizons thinking’ is an effective method for making sense of and facilitating cultural transformation and exploring innovation and wise action in the face of uncertainty and not-knowing.

Enduring Ideas: The three horizons of growth | McKinsey & Company
Steve Coley, a director emeritus in McKinsey’s Chicago office, describes the three horizons framework. Based on research into how companies sustain growth, this approach illustrates how to manage for current performance while maximizing future opportunities for growth.

kitao/pyxel: A retro game development environment in Python
Pyxel is a retro game development environment in Python.

Your Friendly Guide to Colors in Data Visualisation | Chartable
An overview of color tools

The Grammar of Arabic – Type Thursday – Medium
How do you adapt a latin type design into Arabic? TypeThursday spoke with Arabic typeface designer Kourish Beigpour to find out how he interpreted the font Faction from Lost Type Co-op.

Hunting for fossils in the quirks of language – Johnson
Not all fossils are made of stone. For example, at The Economist’s headquarters in London there is a sign reading “By the lifts”; under it are pinned assorted memos and news reports. There are no lifts nearby. Only those of us familiar with the newspaper’s history understand the allusion: such clippings were displayed near the lifts in our previous HQ. Similarly, departments of the paper continue to call themselves “12th floor” and “13th floor”, even though they now share the same (sixth) floor in the new building.

Links van 26 juni 2018 tot 28 juli 2018

Adobe Flash’s Gaming Legacy — Thousands upon Thousands of Titles — and My Efforts To Save It
Allow me to summarize. In less than two years from the time of this article, hundreds of thousands of games are likely to disappear from the internet, forever. Simply no longer playable. Hundreds of millions of views, likes, 5-star reviews, 1-star reviews…all gone. The companies who helped bring these games to life don’t seem concerned. The people who made these games aren’t exactly talking about it, to my knowledge.

Why Designers Hate Politics (And What To Do About It)
Designers claim, and often with good reason, that they understand human behavior better than others, but their distaste for what they call politics reveals they’re ignorant of one of the most natural behaviors people in groups have. Designers who hate, or don’t comprehend, politics betray their own ideas by not recognizing how politics defines the landscape they must work on.

Waarom 1 miljard uitgeven een crisis is maar 221 miljard verliezen niet – DeWereldMorgen.be
Fiscale spitstechnologie en belastingontwijking kosten ons land tweehonderd keer zoveel als de opvang van asielzoekers. Bij dat eerste haalt men de schouders op; dat tweede vult dagelijks de kranten, de zendtijd, en de sociale media. En enkel het tweede blijkt de term ‘crisis’ waard.

Zo lost Algerije het probleem van illegale migranten op – Het Nieuwsblad
Zozo. En binnenkort gaan we daar dan de opvang organiseren in plaats van de mensen tot in Europa te laten komen, juist? Minstens 13.000 Afrikaanse migranten zijn het afgelopen jaar op bussen of vrachtwagens gezet en gedropt in de woestijn. Bij 45 graden overdag en koude nachten. Zonder eten of drinken. Zonder enige bescherming. Hoeveel vrouwen er onder een brandende zon bevallen zijn en hun kind verloren hebben, is niet geweten. Maar het IOM heeft weet van meerdere gevallen. Van pasgeboren baby’s die in het woestijnzand begraven zijn. Of van vrouwen die een miskraa kregen. Van uitputting en ontbering.

The Heilmeier Catechism
DARPA operates on the principle that generating big rewards requires taking big risks. But how does the Agency determine what risks are worth taking?

Links van 4 juni 2018 tot 25 juni 2018

Overlijden prof. em. Raoul Van Caenegem — Faculteit Recht en Criminologie — Universiteit Gent
Oh nee. Mijn zowat favoriete prof aan de universiteit is niet meer. Zijn boeken A Historical Introduction to Private Law, A Historical Introduction to Western Constitutional Law en Judges, Legislators and Professors zijn meer dan aangeraden, ook voor wie geen rechten studeert.

SS St Louis: The ship of Jewish refugees nobody wanted – BBC News
On 13 May 1939, more than 900 Jews fled Germany aboard a luxury cruise liner, the SS St Louis. They hoped to reach Cuba and then travel to the US – but were turned away in Havana and forced to return to Europe, where more than 250 were killed by the Nazis.

Opinion | No, the Broadway Musical Isn’t Doomed – The New York Times
It’s the run-up to Tony Award time, and entrenched Broadway wags are once again raising their voices in unison, singing the same old reprise, taking it up a key with each chorus: The Broadway musical is doomed, hopelessly degraded by the devolution of its subject matter.

Israëlisch leger doodt vier Palestijnen bij nieuwe protesten – De Standaard
Veel gekker moet het niet worden. "Het Israëlische leger zette daarop traangas in, en schoot met scherp. Emmanuel Nahshon, de woordvoerder van het Israëlische ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken, omschreef de opstandelingen op Twitter als de ‘Hamas Jugend’, een overduidelijke toespeling op de Hitlerjugend."

Microsoft + GitHub = Empowering Developers – The Official Microsoft Blog
Today, we announced an agreement to acquire GitHub, the world’s leading software development platform. I want to share what this acquisition will mean for our industry and for developers.

Links van 29 mei 2018 tot 3 juni 2018

De nieuwe schoolstrijd: excellentie versus gelijke kansen – De Standaard
Wie zegt dat ons onderwijs tegenwoordig onvoldoende excellentie stimuleert, heeft een punt. ‘De zesjescultuur’ noemen de voorstanders van excellentie het. Niet dat die enig effect zou hebben op leerlingen met een achterstand, want de ‘verloren groep’, die zelfs het laagste niveau niet haalt in de PIRLS-test, is bij ons eveneens groter dan in de ons omringende landen. Op basis van de cijfers blijken de pogingen om de achterblijvers en drop-outs op te krikken weinig succesvol. We scoren dus niet op het vlak van excellentie, maar evenmin op dat van gelijke kansen creëren.

A New Hope (2003) on Vimeo
The original concept was to film people playing their favourite scenes from Star Wars episode IV. It quickly became clear that not all of the scenes would get filmed if we proceeded in this way. The AAS pookahs told us to film any remaining scenes reading from the script wearing rabbit masks.

Microsoft – GitHub acquisition talks resume
Microsoft recently held talks to acquire software developer platform GitHub. The talks have come amid GitHub's struggle to replace CEO and founder Chris Wanstrath, who stepped down 10 months ago. GitHub was last valued at $2 billion in 2015, but the price tag for an acquisition could be $5 billion or more.

Israeli army kills Palestinian nurse in Gaza border protest: medics | Reuters
Razan Al-Najar’s death brought to 119 the number of Palestinians killed in weekly demonstrations launched on March 30 in the Gaza Strip, an enclave controlled by the Islamist group Hamas and long subject to grinding Israeli and Egyptian embargoes. Najar, a 21-year-old volunteer medic, was shot as she ran toward the fortified border fence, east of the south Gaza city of Khan Younis, in a bid to reach a casualty, a witness said. Wearing a white uniform, “she raised her hands high in a clear way, but Israeli soldiers fired and she was hit in the chest,” the witness, who requested anonymity, told Reuters.

Senior EPA officials collaborated with climate change denial group, emails show | Environment | The Guardian
Newly released emails show senior Environmental Protection Agency officials working closely with a conservative group that dismisses climate change to rally like-minded people for public hearings on science and global warming, counter negative news coverage and tout Scott Pruitt’s stewardship of the agency.

Links van 26 mei 2018 tot 27 mei 2018

Opinion | How to Survive Your 40s – The New York Times
Indeed, the strangest part of the 40s is that we’re now the ones attending parent-teacher conferences and cooking the turkey on Thanksgiving. These days, when I think, “Someone should really do something about that,” I realize with alarm that that “someone” is me.

She Married 3 Brothers in Family Torn by Afghan War – The New York Times
Khadija is 18 now, just a year older than the Afghan war itself, and she has already been married three times — to three brothers. One was a Taliban insurgent, killed fighting the United States Marines. One was a policeman, killed fighting the Taliban. One was an interpreter for the Marines who is now hunted by the Taliban, who have threatened to kill him and his infant son.

How 99 strangers in a Dublin hotel broke Ireland’s abortion deadlock | World news | The Guardian
In all, it took five weekends. But at the end of it, they voted for change. In doing so, they did not just pave the way for an abortion referendum in May, details of which were announced today. They showed the world what democrats can do with a little imagination.

The GDPR blog post – TSEngineering – Medium
The more I worked with GDPR the more I appreciated it. The effect of this legislation was never pushing us to do things that felt wrong. Quite the opposite. It was forcing us to think more about our interactions with people and to be careful about how we treated them. I would be very wary of a company who claims this legislation is onerous. It is potentially life threatening to companies who do very shady things without your consent. That much is true. That is the entire point.

Latest World & National News & Headlines – USATODAY.com
Heerlijk: niet één tracker of reclameding. En dus verblindend snel. Welcome to USA TODAY NETWORK’S EUROPEAN UNION EXPERIENCE.

Links van 23 mei 2018 tot 25 mei 2018

Israeli court approves razing West Bank Bedouin village | World news | The Guardian
Israel’s supreme court has ruled in favour of demolishing a Palestinian Bedouin village in the occupied West Bank, despite a campaign by European governments to save it. The court ruled that the village was built without the relevant building permits. Such permits are nearly impossible to obtain for Palestinians in Israeli-controlled areas of the West Bank. Earlier on Thursday, Israel’s defence minister, Avigdor Lieberman, announced 2,500 new settlement units in the West Bank. All settlements are considered illegal under international law.

Israel bill seeks to criminalise documentation of soldiers’ actions – Middle East Monitor
Mhu? "The Israeli Ministerial Committee for Legislation will discuss, Sunday, a bill that would prohibit the documentation of Israeli soldiers’ human rights violations against Palestinian citizens."

Juist de Palestijnen moeten zich verdedigen – De Standaard
Er is geen tussenweg. Men kan niet voor zowel de Palestijnse kant als de Israëlische kant begrip opbrengen en beide deels gelijk geven, aangezien het onweerlegbaar is wie de agressor is. We vinden zulks vanzelfsprekend als het over verhoudingen tussen slachtoffer en dader gaat die ver achter ons liggen. De slavenhandel, de kinderarbeid, Hiroshima, Dresden, de Vietnamoorlog, de val van Allende. Stuk voor stuk onderwerpen die twee zijden hadden in de toenmalige media, maar intussen op voldoende historische afstand staan om elementair moreel fatsoen de overhand te geven op de objectiviteit van de twee kanten. Niemand die vandaag de Apartheid nog zou durven relativeren, alvast niet in een respectabele krant. De kwestie Palestina is van die orde, maar spijtig genoeg nog niet vandaag.

‘Beautiful’ dinosaur tail found preserved in amber – BBC News
The tail of a feathered dinosaur has been found perfectly preserved in amber from Myanmar. The one-of-a-kind discovery helps put flesh on the bones of these extinct creatures, opening a new window on the biology of a group that dominated Earth for more than 160 million years. Examination of the specimen suggests the tail was chestnut brown on top and white on its underside.

Studio 100-topman Hans Bourlon eist excuses van Greenpeace n… – Het Nieuwsblad
Ding ding ding! De nagel op de kop: “De vergelijking tussen vlees eten en roken is ook buiten proportie”, vervolgt Bourlon. “En waarom viseren ze Maya? Maya rookt niet, want dat is schadelijk, kankerverwekkend. Waarom viseren ze een Vlaams bedrijf en bijvoorbeeld niet Mickey Mouse? Hebben ze schrik dat ze dan wel juridisch aangevallen zullen worden en alle hoeken van de kamer te zien zullen krijgen?”

Links van 20 mei 2018 tot 21 mei 2018

Gell-Mann amnesia effect – Wikiwand
the Gell-Mann amnesia effect labels a commonly observed problem in modern media,[2] where one will believe everything they read from a journalist even after they come across an article about something they know well that is completely incorrect

Tim Harford — Article — Statistics, Fast and Slow
One way to understand China is to look at the statistics. Real income per person has increased nearly tenfold since 1990. Since the early 1980s, the number of extremely poor people in China has fallen by more than three-quarters of a billion people, more than half the population of the country. China consumed more cement in a recent three-year period than the US used in the entire 20th century. Even on paper, it is the most dramatic explosion of economic activity in human history. Seeing it with your own eyes is another experience entirely.

Acephalic Agile—worse than Waterfall? – Oliver Wyman Labs: Technical
At least in Waterfall if you did a good job of designing the project, and if you stuck to the spirit of the method, you were to some extent insulated from management noise and ‘dreck effekt’. But the outcome in a badly governed Agile project is that each iteration takes us further off course. Or at least it doesn’t (‘asymptotically’) converge on the right outcome as it should. The result can be even worse than a badly planned Waterfall project, and with more late nights worked along the way. The pain coefficient at the project’s end can also be greater than with the Waterfall. Here it is that Agile can actually be worse than Waterfall.

How many people with disabilities did you have test the design before you let people try it out? : beta
I am curious about whether or not you guys even bothered talking to a single person who uses a screen reader/has vision loss or poor vision/ or is totally blind? What about people who can't use a mouse? If you did, can you explain the process by making things hard to access with keyboard, totally unavailable to access with a keyboard, and why you made certain decisions to make things harder to see? EDIT: Reddit has responded with the following, which answers my question with a "None."

Time to ditch Wikipedia?
As an active editor for almost 15 years, Cross is very familiar with some of the more arcane Wikipedia rules and guidelines (along with their obscure acronyms) and uses them to justify removing information he dislikes in favour of his own inclusions. Often in a very subtle manner and over a long period of time. Anyone familiar with the work of the people he targets will recognise how one-sided and distorted those entries become.

Links van 16 mei 2018 tot 18 mei 2018

Total set to pull out of Iran gas deal without sanctions waiver – BBC News
Slecht nieuws: “French energy giant Total is preparing to pull out of a billion dollar gas project in Iran in the face of renewed US sanctions. Total said it will unwind operations by November unless sanctions are waived.” 🙁

3D printed tourniquet: Day 2 of Gaza field trials ends badly (May 14)
Despite our efforts to clearly identify ourselves as first responders, several of our medical team were wounded by Israeli live fire. One paramedic, Musa Abuhassanin, was killed while attempting a victim rescue under fire. One hour before he was shot in the thorax and killed, Musa was one of my rescuers when I was shot by live ammunition. I sustained a moderate injury to my left leg and a minor one to the right leg. Musa was also the paramedic who discovered and reported the failed buckle in our previous report. He had a great laugh and was a good paramedic.

Tex, le dézamour – Culture / Next
«Les gars, vous savez ce qu’on dit à une femme qui a déjà les deux yeux au beurre noir ? On lui dit plus rien, on vient déjà de lui expliquer deux fois !»

The Language of the Roman Empire | History Today
Latin was used throughout the Roman Empire, but it shared space with a host of other languages and dialects, including Greek, Oscan and Etruscan, which give us a unique perspective on the ancient world.

How Fortnite Captured Teens’ Hearts and Minds | The New Yorker
The craze for the third-person shooter game has elements of Beatlemania, the opioid crisis, and eating Tide Pods.

Links van 25 maart 2018 tot 15 mei 2018

Drupal takes on risky admin interface renewal to catch up with WordPress | Drupal Shell
It is sad to see that the gradual adoption plan was switched to chase down shiny technology, without good thought on the long term effects on the community. With the original monolithic model of Drupal, falling out of favour it no longer has the module moat it had to protect it will dry up. Soon there might be no particularly good reason to use Drupal, and it will be further entrenched in the Enterprise niche Acquia is chasing. If the brand won’t be too tarnished by security issues.

Yep, That $500 M from China to Trump Project Looks Like a Pretty Big Deal – Talking Points Memo
You probably saw the news yesterday that just days before President Trump tweeted that he was intent on saving that sanctions-busting Chinese telecommunications company, China had agreed to loan $500 million to a major Trump-backed development in Indonesia. These kinds of situations are now basically commonplace in the Trump Era. But it is important to look at them from a macro- and a micro-perspective. The details are quite complex in the latter case. We are still digging into them. But I wanted to give you a first sense of what we’re finding, because they make Trump’s connection to the operation and potential profits look considerably tighter than what I’d been led to expect yesterday from early reports.

Why I Love the GDPR: 10 Reasons – TeachPrivacy
In the United States, a common refrain about GDPR is that it is unreasonable, unworkable, an insane piece of legislation that doesn’t understand how the Internet works, and a dinosaur romping around in the Digital Age. But the GDPR isn’t designed to be followed as precisely as one would build a rocket ship. It’s an aspirational law.  Although perfect compliance isn’t likely, the practical goal of the GDPR is for organizations to try hard, to get as much of the way there as possible. The GDPR is the most profound privacy law of our generation.  Of course, it’s not perfect, but it has more packed into it than any other privacy law I’ve seen. The GDPR is quite majestic in its scope and ambition.  Rather than shy away from tough issues, rather than tiptoe cautiously, the GDPR tackles nearly everything. Here are 10 reasons why I love the GDPR

Waarom boycot Israël (BDS) een morele plicht is – DeWereldMorgen.be
Een recent rapport van een VN Commissie over de behandeling van het Palestijnse volk door Israël Staat concludeert dat “het beschikbare bewijsmateriaal buiten iedere redelijke twijfel aantoont dat Israël zich schuldig maakt aan … de misdaad van apartheid”. Civiele samenleving en burgers hebben daarbij als “een morele plicht” er bij middel van boycot (BDS) toe bij te dragen dat er een einde komt aan dat Israëlische apartheidsregime.

Doc Searls Weblog · GDPR will pop the adtech bubble
Adtech relies on misdirection. See, adtech looks like advertising, and is called advertising; but it’s really direct marketing, which is descended from junk mail and a cousin of spam. Because of that misdirection, brands think they’re placing ads in media, while the systems they hire are actually chasing eyeballs to anywhere. (Pro tip: if somebody says every ad needs to “perform,” or that the purpose of advertising is “to get the right message to the right person at the right time,” they’re actually talking about direct marketing, not advertising.)

A surprising bullying battleground: Senior centers – San Francisco Chronicle
Mensen zijn universeel altijd en overal klootzakken: “The unwanted were turned away from cafeteria tables. Fistfights broke out at karaoke. Dances became breeding grounds for gossip and cruelty. It became clear this place had a bullying problem on its hands. What many found surprising was that the perpetrators and victims alike were all senior citizens. MOST POPULAR A surprising bullying battleground: Senior centers Editorial: The Bay Area’s housing crisis has become an emergency Trump is more popular than Dems want to admit Practice wars shaped Kevin Durant, James Harden into MVP-type players SF’s legacy restaurants hang on amid changing tastes California motorists can get slammed twice in hit-and-run accidents Stephen Curry vs. Chris Paul: A rivalry renewed Nursing homes, senior centers and housing complexes for the elderly have introduced programs, training and policies aimed at curbing spates of bullying, an issue once thought the exclusive domain of the young.”

(703) Introducing Visual Studio Live Share – YouTube

Index of /L2/L2017
Unicode-voorstellen. Wonderlijk wijs.

Digital Photocopiers Loaded With Secrets – CBS News
Nearly every digital copier built since 2002 contains a hard drive – like the one on your personal computer – storing an image of every document copied, scanned, or emailed by the machine. In the process, it’s turned an office staple into a digital time-bomb packed with highly-personal or sensitive data. If you’re in the identity theft business it seems this would be a pot of gold. “The type of information we see on these machines with the social security numbers, birth certificates, bank records, income tax forms,” John Juntunen said, “that information would be very valuable.” Buffalo Reacts to CBS News Investigation

Troye Sivan Is a New Kind of Pop Star: Here, Queer and Used to It – The New York Times
The 22-year-old singer is climbing the charts while demonstrating how his sexual orientation is both part of his art and beside the point.

The shocking story of Israel’s disappeared babies | Israel News | Al Jazeera
This was a crime perpetrated against thousands of parents, who still don’t know the truth about their children’s fate.

Radio Garden Live
radio van over heel de wereld!

Pink Trombone

Fonts for Complex Data | News, Notes & Observations | Hoefler & Co.
Retail displays, packaged goods, financial reports and apps all present readers with a dizzying array of data. Here are a few ways to make quick work of their long lists, tiny annotations, and mighty stacks of numbers.

104-year-old David Goodall’s journey to Switzerland for voluntary euthanasia – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Dr David Goodall’s life has been one of teaching, learning and discovery. Now the 104-year-old academic has departed on the last journey he will ever make.

43-year-old Australian trapdoor spider was world’s oldest known spider – The Washington Post
This is the story of the oldest known spider in the world and the people who knew her. The details are compiled largely from research conducted by Barbara Main and Leanda Mason, who knew her best over nearly half a century.

Library Genesis: David Gerard – Attack of the 50 Foot Blockchain: Bitcoin, Blockchain, Ethereum & Smart Contracts
tl;dr “blockchain” anything is a boondoggle at best and horribly
damaging at worst, and you really don’t want to go near this actively
terrible rubbish.

How to Collaborate When You Don’t Have Consensus
When people have fundamental disagreements, they can’t articulate their mutual interests harmoniously. Getting them to agree isn’t a realistic option. Only a few choices are available. You can try to force the issue (and face the repercussions of a backlash); you can try to adapt to the unacceptable situation as it is; or you can try to exit from the situation altogether. If those paths aren’t feasible, only one alternative remains: to find a way to collaborate despite disagreement.

banzaipanda comments on Doctors/nurses/redditors, what has been your most gory, disgusting or worst medical experience?
He was performing surgery in the swamps of Dagobah, except the swamps had just come out of this woman’s ass and there was no Yoda.

The Meanest Things Vladimir Nabokov Said About Other Writers | Literary Hub
Vladimir Nabokov was an unusually opinionated man—particularly when it came to literature. His own, primarily—when asked about the function of his editor, he sniffed, “By ‘editor’ I suppose you mean proofreader”—but as a close second (what else could it be): everybody else’s. In interviews, he seemed to delight in airing his grievances about other writers’ work, especially when he considered them unfairly beloved by the public.

Why programmers are not paid in proportion to their productivity
The most productive programmers are orders of magnitude more productive than average programmers. But salaries usually fall within a fairly small range in any company. Even across the entire profession, salaries don’t vary that much. If some programmers are 10x more productive than others, why aren’t they paid 10x as much?

Peter Dedecker toch kandidaat op Gentse N-VA-lijst (Gent) – De Standaard
Humor. Dedecker, die eind vorig jaar het einde van zijn politieke loopbaan aankondigde, staat op de N-VA-lijst in Gent. Hij zal na de verkiezingen geen mandaat opnemen. De partij spreekt van een ‘frisse wind’ op de lijst.

“En dan nu keihard werken” | Gent | Regio | HLN
Integreren in een totaal nieuw land, in een totaal nieuwe cultuur. Het kan, en Abdo Khawas (28) is er het levende bewijs van. Amper twee jaar (!) nadat hij in ons land aankwam als vluchteling uit Gaza, heeft Abdo zijn eigen kapsalon, vlak bij de Heuvelpoort, waar hij zijn klanten in het Nederlands bedient. “En over een jaar of vijf ga ik weer psychologie studeren”, zegt hij.

The Way of Testivus – Unit Testing Wisdom From An Ancient Software Start-up
Some good advice on developer and unit testing, packaged as cryptic bits of ancient Eastern wisdom in the hope of getting your attention.

I miss Windows Phone – The Verge
I recently switched on an old Windows Phone to create a silly April Fools’ joke about returning to using it as my daily device, and then it hit me: I really miss Windows Phone.

Israel is the terrorist – Opinion – Israel News | Haaretz.com
That’s the reality there, and it’s one of state-sponsored terror, the State of Israel. Because what is land confiscation on a huge scale, what are restrictions on freedom of movement, and with it freedom of employment and commerce, home demolitions, the imposition of curfews and closures, the building of innumerable fences and walls and the deployment of military forces armed to the teeth, in the heart of a Palestinian civilian population, in order to protect an Israeli civilian population that settled among it by force – what are all these if not terror, in other words, a war against unarmed citizens?

Network of fortified towns indicates Amazon was once heavily populated | Ars Technica
Today we think of the Amazon as a pristine rainforest, sparsely populated by indigenous communities. But in records from the 1500s, Spanish colonizers describe a densely populated region, crisscrossed by canals and sunken roads and dotted with bustling, fortified towns. Unfortunately, fortification couldn’t protect the towns’ inhabitants against European diseases, which devastated South American indigenous populations and left the fortified villages abandoned.

“Future Language for Collaborative Design” (PUARL2016)

Pastor who starved toddler to death to exorcise demon gets 99 years in prison | Courts | Dallas News
Videos captured the hours-long resurrection ceremony Meza led after Benjamin died on March 22, 2015. In the video, the boy is frail, nothing but skin and bones. His clothes hang from his lifeless body.  Weeks before his death, Meza had ordered that food be withheld from Benjamin for 21 days because she believed he was possessed by the “demon of manipulation.”

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Hacking my body clock by getting up at 4am changed my life – for the worse | Arwa Mahdawi | Opinion | The Guardian
Please, fellow night owls, do not suffer like I did. Listen to your body; do not force yourself to be someone else. If someone invites you to a stupid breakfast meeting at a stupid hour, feel free to tell them No. Defend your chronotype and never let anyone disrespect your DNA.

» Hitchhiking the Galaxy Infocom-Style The Digital Antiquarian
Deel 2.

» The Computerized Hitchhiker’s The Digital Antiquarian
Deel 1.

» Elite (or, The Universe on 32 K Per Day) The Digital Antiquarian
Sometimes great works go unappreciated during their time. Other times their time knows exactly what they’re on about. The latter was the good fortune of Elite, Ian Bell and David Braben’s epic game of space combat, trading, and exploration.

‘Sociale sector heeft alle vertrouwen in Antwerps stadsbestuur verloren’ – Apache
Het Antwerps schepencollege heeft de tien sociale projecten die het op de private markt wilde aanbieden aan commerciële bedrijven terug toegewezen aan de oorspronkelijke uitvoerders in de non profit sector. Dit gebeurde al op vrijdag 6 oktober, maar hierover is vrijwel niets in de pers verschenen.

Staying awake: the surprisingly effective way to treat depression | Mosaic
Using sleep deprivation to lift people out of severe depression may seem counterintuitive, but for some people, it’s the only thing that works.

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