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Links van 18 juli 2014 tot 26 juli 2014

zaterdag 26 juli 2014 in Links. Permanente link | Geen reacties

In a hospital. At the beach. Hamas, Israel tells us, is hiding among civilians | Richard Seymour | Comment is free | theguardian.com
Hamas, they tell us, is cowardly and cynical.

Hamas Didn’t Kidnap the Israeli Teens After All — NYMag
After Israel's top leadership exhaustively blamed Hamas for kidnap of 3 teens, they've now admitted killers were acting as "lone cell."

Bourgeois I plant kamikazebeleid inzake mobiliteit – DeWereldMorgen.be
Mobiliteit wordt eigenlijk gereduceerd tot verkeer. Verkeer wordt dan weer gereduceerd tot autoverkeer. En dat autoverkeer wordt dan weer voornamelijk herleid tot infrastructuur. Vanwaar ook de ruime aandacht voor infrastructuurwerken, als voornaamste ‘oplossing’ voor de verkeersproblematiek. Het worden gouden tijden voor wegenaannemers.

Deprivation in Gaza Strip – Opinion – The Boston Globe
In almost three decades of research and writing on Gaza, I have often asked myself, “Is there a language to really express the torment of Gaza and the way in which the world’s unflinching indifference and heartlessness contribute to it?

Meet the electric life forms that live on pure energy – life – 16 July 2014 – New Scientist
Stick an electrode in the ground, pump electrons down it, and they will come: living cells that eat electricity. We have known bacteria to survive on a variety of energy sources, but none as weird as this. Think of Frankenstein's monster, brought to life by galvanic energy, except these "electric bacteria" are very real and are popping up all over the place. Unlike any other living thing on Earth, electric bacteria use energy in its purest form – naked electricity in the shape of electrons harvested from rocks and metals.

Art critic Julian Spalding was banned from Damien Hirst’s Tate exhibition but we smuggled him in | Mail Online
I had dared to say what many of my colleagues secretly think: Con Art, the so-called Conceptual Art movement, is little more than a money-spinning con, rather like the emperor’s new clothes. That goes for the ‘artist’ Carl Andre who sold a stack of bricks for £2,297. It goes for Marcel Duchamp, whose old ‘urinal’ was bought by the Tate for $500,000 (about £300,000). It goes for Tracey Emin’s grubby old bed. And, of course, it goes for Damien Hirst.

Links van 14 juli 2014 tot 18 juli 2014

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Gamasutra – The History of Civilization
Gamasutra is proud to be partnering with the IGDA's Preservation SIG to present detailed official histories of each of the first ten games voted into the Digital Game Canon. The Canon "provides a starting-point for the difficult task of preserving this history inspired by the role of that the U.S. National Film Registry has played for film culture and history", and Matteo Bittanti, Christopher Grant, Henry Lowood, Steve Meretzky, and Warren Spector revealed the inaugural honorees at GDC 2007. This latest piece follows the carrer of industry icon Sid Meier as he established himself as one of the most important contributors to PC gaming with the iconic turn based strategy epic Civilization

Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality | Petunia married a professor, and Harry grew up reading science and science fiction.
HPMOR.com is an authorized mirror of Less Wrong‘s / Eliezer Yudkowsky‘s epic Harry Potter fanfic-in-progress, Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Netanyahu finally speaks his mind | The Times of Israel
At his Friday press conference, the prime minister ruled out full Palestinian sovereignty, derided the US approach to Israeli security, and set out his Middle East overview with unprecedented candor. His remarks were not widely reported; they should be

Twitter User Stats Crackdown – Business Insider
Twitter has taken the unusual step of shutting off its datapipe to certain companies that have published their own stats on how big Twitter's user base really is, according to two sources. The move comes after Twitter's stock was hammered in the early part of the year when investors discovered growth in monthly active users (MAUs) was slowing or stagnant, and that measures of engagement per user were on the decline.

Fontblog | FontShop schließt sich Monotype an
Wohow: "Der heu­ti­ge Tag ist weg­wei­send in der 25-jäh­ri­gen Ge­schich­te von Font­Shop, der wich­tigs­te seit un­se­rer Grün­dung. Das US-Schrif­ten­haus Mo­no­ty­pe über­nimmt die Un­ter­neh­mens­grup­pe von Font­Shop In­ter­na­tio­nal. Zu dem er­wor­be­nen Paket ge­hö­ren, neben der Fir­men­zen­tra­le in Ber­lin, die Font­Font-Schrif­ten­bi­blio­thek, der US-Ver­triebsa­b­le­ger in San Fran­cis­co (fontshop.​com), sowie die deut­sche Fi­lia­le Font­Shop AG."

The Olympic City
The Olympic City is an ongoing documentary photography project by Jon Pack and Gary Hustwit that looks at the legacy of the Olympic Games in former host cities around the world. Hosting the Olympics has become a way for a city to show itself off on an international stage and generate toursim dollars, and cities spend millions or billions for the privilege. But after the events are over, the medals have been handed out, and the torch is extinguished, what’s next? What happens to a city after the Olympics are gone?

Links van 10 juli 2014 tot 14 juli 2014

maandag 14 juli 2014 in Links. Permanente link | Geen reacties

Clone-a-beacon: iBeacon and the proof of location issue
In our previous issue, I covered the basics of using iBeacons in iOS and Android apps, today I want to show some privacy and security issues, as well as how to clone and fake beacons such as Estimote, Shopkick, and how to get location based app rewards without ever leaving your desk.

García Media → Is the blog as a genre in danger?
"A real blog is one that reflects one voice, is essentially unedited and causes the writer to experience butterflies of anxiety as he hits the publish button."

Celan Reads Japanese | The White Review
Engelse vertaling van een Japans essay over een Japanse vertaling uit het Duits. Zo wijs — "There are some who claim that ‘good’ literature is actually untranslatable. Before I could read German, I found this thought comforting because I was completely unable to appreciate German literature, particularly the literature of the postwar period. I thought I should just learn German and read these works in the original and then my problem with German literature would evaporate of its own accord."

Personal names around the world
How do people's names differ around the world, and what are the implications of those differences on the design of forms, databases, ontologies, etc. for the Web?

Google’s Paris Tabriz Profile – Information Security Engineer Parisa Tabriz Interview – Elle
“Security Princess” is Parisa Tabriz’s official title at Google. Seriously. And yes, you can google that. “‘Information Security Engineer’ is just completely dry and boring and horrible,” she says of the HR-speak title, which indeed whitewashes what Tabriz does all day, which is to hack her employer—the single most recognizable entity of the Internet age—bad-guy-in-basement style. She came up with the moniker before a trip to Japan because she needed business cards to hand out during the elaborate professional introductions traditional in that country. “A couple of people had ‘hired hacker,’” she says. “But I like to one-up people. I thought it was cute.”

Links van 5 juli 2014 tot 9 juli 2014

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‘Israel under renewed Hamas attack’, says the BBC. More balance is needed | Owen Jones | Comment is free | theguardian.com
"Israel under renewed Hamas attack": this was last night's BBC headline on the escalating bloodshed in Gaza. It is as perverse as Mike Tyson punching a toddler, followed by a headline claiming that the child spat at him. As Elizabeth Tsurkov, a Tel Aviv-based Israeli human rights activist, tweeted: "We are targeted by mostly shitty rockets. Gazans are being shelled with heavy bombs. We have shelters, sirens, Iron Dome. They have 0."

Consciousness on-off switch discovered deep in brain – life – 02 July 2014 – New Scientist
One moment you're conscious, the next you're not. For the first time, researchers have switched off consciousness by electrically stimulating a single brain area.

Pulp Magazines Project
The Pulp Magazines Project is an open-access digital archive dedicated to the study and preservation of one of the twentieth century's most influential literary & artistic forms: the all-fiction pulpwood magazine. The Project also provides information on the history of this important but long neglected medium, along with biographies of pulp authors, artists, and their publishers.

Futurese (JBR Precoglang)
Predicting the future of the English language is rather easy, in the short term.  The odds are, over the next few decades its New World dialects are going to gain increasing global dominance, accelerating the demise of thousands of less fortunate languages but at long last allowing a single advertisement to reach everybody in the world.  Then after a century or two of US dominance some other geopolitical grouping will gain the ascendancy, everyone will learn Chechen or Patagonian or whatever it is, and history will continue as usual.  Ho hum.  But apart from that… what might the language actually look like in a thousand years time? 

Down Wit Dat: A Brief History of Down Syndrome, Part 1: How Down syndrome Got its Name
Deel 1 van (voorlopig) 8. Fascinerend.

Links van 30 juni 2014 tot 3 juli 2014

vrijdag 4 juli 2014 in Links. Permanente link | Eén reactie

The Internet’s Own Boy. Aaron Swartz HD – YouTube
The story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz, who took his own life at the age of 26.

Terry Pratchett forced to cancel appearance by Alzheimer’s | Books | theguardian.com
Urgh. Right in the feels: "the Embuggerance is finally catching up with me".

Eric’s Archived Thoughts: What Not To Say to a Grieving Parent
In the face of tragedy and grief, it’s hard to know what to say or do.  And one thing I’ve noticed is that some people—not most, maybe even not many, but more than enough—say and do what they think would help them, without really considering what might be helpful to the person who’s grieving.

10 Tricks to Appear Smart During Meetings — Medium
It’s important to find out if things will scale no matter what it is you’re discussing. No one even really knows what that means, but it’s a good catch-all question that generally applies and drives engineers nuts.

De niet zo onschuldige knipoog-journalistiek van Newsmonkey: de treinstaking | Maarten is benieuwd
Bij Newsmonkey geldt entertainment als uitvlucht voor slechte journalistiek.

Links van 26 juni 2014 tot 30 juni 2014

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random thoughts: Dissecting the 128-byte raycaster
Lately a Reddit post caught my attention which is about a raycaster demo, animated, with mouse control and texture mapping,  in only 128 bytes. Out of curiosity, I took a look at the source code  and spent some time trying to figure out how it works.

Fontblog | Ed Sheeran’s Album Cover Fail
Ein Pa­ra­de­bei­spiel dafür, warum es in der Ty­po­gra­fie auf Klei­nig­kei­ten an­kom­met, die eine große Wir­kung haben kön­nen.

Discover more works by Bach – All of Bach
At the moment, The Netherlands Bach Society has re-recorded 14 of the 1080 works by Bach. A new number will be added each week.

Tchau Orkut – Orkut Blog
Another one bites the dust: "We will shut down Orkut on September 30, 2014."

Advanced A/B testing: Make more profit, learn more about customers | Customer Laboratories
In this article, I'd like to introduce 2 improvements over traditional A/B testing in the hopes that other people can profit from it as well.

Probabilistic Models of Cognition
In this book, we explore the probabilistic approach to cognitive science, which models learning and reasoning as inference in complex probabilistic models. In particular, we examine how a broad range of empirical phenomena in cognitive science (including intuitive physics, concept learning, causal reasoning, social cognition, and language understanding) can be modeled using a functional probabilistic programming language called Church.

Wikipedia Editors Hit With $10 Million Defamation Suit – Slashdot
Wikipedia is a MMORPG where the guy with most free time always wins. Anybody who takes it seriously is a victim of either ignorance or zeal.

Piano Phase
In "Piano Phase", [Reich] has the two pianists begin by playing a rapid twelve-note melodic figure over and over again in unison (E4 F♯4 B4 C♯5 D5 F♯4 E4 C♯5 B4 F♯4 D5 C♯5). After a while, one of the pianists begins to play his part slightly faster than the other. When he is playing the second note of the figure at the same time the other pianist is playing the first note, the two pianists play at the same tempo again. They are therefore playing notes at exactly the same time, but they are not the same notes as they were at the start of the piece. The process is repeated, so that the second pianist plays the third note as the first pianist is playing the first, then the fourth, and so on until the process has gone full circle, and the two pianists are playing in perfect unison again.

Links van 24 juni 2014 tot 26 juni 2014

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The Elephant was a Trojan Horse: On the Death of Map-Reduce at Google : Paper Trail
Map-Reduce is on its way out. But we shouldn’t measure its importance in the number of bytes it crunches, but the fundamental shift in data processing architectures it helped popularise. This morning, at their I/O Conference, Google revealed that they’re not using Map-Reduce to process data internally at all any more.

crr » Words known by men and women
Some words are better known to men than to women and the other way around. But which are they? On the basis of our vocabulary test, we can start to answer this question (on the basis of the first 500K tests completed). These are the 12 words with the largest difference in favor of men (between brackets: %men who know the word, %women who know the word):

Visualizing Algorithms
Heerlijk — Algorithms are a fascinating use case for visualization. To visualize an algorithm, we don’t merely fit data to a chart; there is no primary dataset. Instead there are logical rules that describe behavior. This may be why algorithm visualizations are so unusual, as designers experiment with novel forms to better communicate. This is reason enough to study them.

De Wever is niet zo onschuldig – Chris Serroyen
Ook rechtvaardige fiscaliteit wordt begraven. De nota heeft het wel over een tax shift. Maar dan richting hogere BTW. Dit is de minst rechtvaardige van alle belastingen want ze treft consumenten met lagere inkomens harder dan de hoge inkomens. Lagere inkomens consumeren immers een groter deel van hun inkomen. Hoge inkomens sparen veel meer. Werknemers betalen die BTW-verhogingen trouwens nog een tweede keer. Want de nota wil het effect van die BTW-verhogingen neutraliseren in de index.  Raken aan de vermogens en kapitalen, dat ziet De Wever dan weer duidelijk niet zitten. Want die zijn al oh zo zwaar belast.

Meet Moondog, a Blind Genius in Circus-Freak Clothing and a Great, Forgotten New Yorker | Vanity Fair
Louis Hardin was born in Kansas in 1916, banged a drum on an Arapaho chief’s lap in Wyoming, and lost his sight in a farming accident in Missouri as a teenager. But the world knew him as Moondog. And the world did, for a time, know him. While mostly forgotten today outside the rarified halls of experimental music festivals, Moondog's genius-in-circus-freak’s-clothing story makes him one of the essential characters of American subculture.

The Sharing Economy and the Mystery of the Mystery of Inequality | Op-Eds & Columns
Uber, like Amazon, has allowed a small number of people to become extremely rich by evading regulations and/or taxes that apply to their middle class competitors.

Links van 23 juni 2014 tot 24 juni 2014

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sino-platonic.org/complete/spp194_justinian_silk.pdf
In this study I will be looking at three aspects of the international silk trade as it affected Justinian’s Byzantium in the mid-sixth century: the introduction of sericulture, the availability of draw-loom technology, and Procopius’ allegation that Justinian bankrupted the Syrian silk merchants by a policy of price-cutting at a time when the Persians had raised the price of silk

Osama Bin Laden’s seven rules for terrorists: ISIS will regret not following the al-Qaida leader’s advice.
Niet zo'n idioot, die Bin Laden.

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Teardown – iFixit
Tech zombies that we are, we'll have to be content to leave this CPU in place, as it is not coming off the board. Millions of upgrade junkies suddenly cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced.

Soms kan ik ook zo kwaad worden op deze krant – Opinie – De Morgen
Preach it — "egocentrisch gebagger in de marge, geneuzel over lipstick en gloss, met beautytips waar je onwel van wordt"

Scoop: A Glimpse Into the NYTimes CMS – NYTimes.com
Here at The Times, our own CMS, Scoop, is central to our ambitions to innovate on all platforms. It’s also the repository for all the aspirations for what the merging of print and digital journalism may one day become — and many of the frustrations for what it is today.

Links van 21 juni 2014 tot 22 juni 2014

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Tono Tono – YouTube
Afasie is raar.

The Early History Of Smalltalk

Online advertising effectiveness: For large brands, online ads may be worthless.
The Internet has given us an ocean of data. Turns out, most of it is pretty useless.

ANCIENT GREEK GEOMETRY
Voor alle leraars wiskunde, en alles leraars geschiedenis.

Ask Chris #172: ‘The Problem’
To put it bluntly, The Problem is that DC wants to be Marvel, and they have for the past 50 years.

Links voor 19 juni 2014

donderdag 19 juni 2014 in Links. Permanente link | Geen reacties

Moving product recommendations from Hadoop to Redshift saves us time and money | Monetate Engineering Blog
We’ve demonstrated the ease with which we can transition one of our legacy MR jobs to pure SQL running against Redshift. Not only was this a neat problem to solve, but it will end up lowering the cost of our backend services.

(2) More Details on Today’s Outage
Early today Facebook was down or unreachable for many of you for approximately 2.5 hours. This is the worst outage we’ve had in over four years, and we wanted to first of all apologize for it. We also wanted to provide much more technical detail on what happened and share one big lesson learned.

Mozilla to Develop Comments Platform for New York Times and Washington Post – NYTimes.com
Through the new platform, the news organizations said in a news release, “Readers will be able to submit pictures, links and other media; track discussions; and manage their contributions and online identities.” The news outlets can then collect and use the reader content “for other forms of storytelling and to spark ongoing discussions.”

The Board Game of the Alpha Nerds «
Before Risk, before Dungeons & Dragons, before Magic: The Gathering, there was Diplomacy. One writer enters international competition to play the world-conquering game that redefines what it means to be a geek (and a person).

Your Company Is Not a Family – Reid Hoffman, Ben Casnocha, and Chris Yeh – Harvard Business Review
When CEOs describe their company as being “like family,” we think they mean well. They’re searching for a model that represents the kind of relationships they want to have with their employees—a lifetime relationship with a sense of belonging. But using the term family makes it easy for misunderstandings to arise. In a real family, parents can’t fire their children.

N-VA maakt vernedering voor Verhofstadt compleet – België – Knack.be
Ah well. Zou er al Verandering zijn ondertussen, eigenlijk? "De ECR, de European Conservatives and Reformists group of de Europese Conservatieven en Hervormers is de Eurosceptische fractie waar de Tories van de Britse premier David Cameron deel van uitmaken, maar ook de Deense Volkspartij, de Duitse anti-europartij Alternative für Deutschland en de Ware Finnen, partijen die aanleunen bij extreem-rechts. N-VA komt er ook de Poolse partij Recht en Rechtvaardigheid (PiS) tegen. De partij van ex-premier Jaroslaw Kaczynski is tegen de legalisering van abortus, euthanasie en het homohuwelijk."

Alien: Dan O’Bannon’s list of design requests for H.R. Giger
THE ALIEN, THIRD (MATURE) PHASE.  Having left its victim, the Alien promptly grows to man-size, whereupon it is terrifically dangerous. It is very mobile, strong, and capable of tearing a man to pieces. It feeds on human flesh. This creature should be a profane abomination. Our producers have suggested that something resembling an over-sized, deformed baby might be suffieciently loathsome. In any event, we wish you to feel free to create your own design.

Links voor 17 juni 2014

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Twitter’s Founding Engineer Launches Collaboration Platform, Poetica | TechCrunch
The ability to collaborate on the draft of a document is actually fiendishly tedious online. Many people might be used to Microsoft Word ‘Track Changes’ (ugh) despite the fact it looks awful and takes some getting used to. Nor does Google Docs really create a collaboration experience that mere mortals can get into. Step in Poetica, a brand new startup co-founded by Blaine Cook, formerly Twitter’s founding lead engineer.

artoo · The client-side scraping companion.
artoo is a piece of JavaScript code meant to be run in your browser's console to provide you with some scraping utilities. This nice droid is loaded into the JavaScript context of any webpage through a handy bookmarklet you can instantly install by dropping the above icon onto your bookmark bar.

Slingshot Blog
To get started on Slingshot, shoot a photo or video. It can be what you’re up to, who you’re with or a quick selfie. Add some text and color, then sling it to a bunch of friends. Here’s the deal: friends won’t be able to see your shot until they sling something back to you. They can then reply with a reaction—or simply swipe your shot away.

Nokia ‘paid millions to software blackmailers’: TV | Timmins Press
Finnish telecoms equipment company Nokia paid several million euros to criminals who threatened to reveal the source code for part of an operating system used in its smartphones some six years ago, Finnish TV station MTV said on Tuesday.

Quackmail: Why You Shouldn’t Fall For The Internet’s Newest Fool, The Food Babe. – Forbes
That the media should give The Food Babe a free pass as an expert or as a credible consumer watchdog is especially troubling when you look at some of her other claims, as recorded by the doctors at Science-Based Medicine. As infectious disease specialist Mark Crislip MD noted, Hari out goops Gwyneth Paltrow on the feelings of water by claiming that if you expose water to the words “Hitler” and “Satan” it will change its physical structure in exactly the same way as if you microwaved it. She believes getting the flu shot will give you cancer from all the “chemicals.” She is, naturally, against GMOs.

We zijn topfavoriet, maar waarom zit ons dat niet lekker? – Rode Duivels – De Morgen
Nationale symboliek, op spiegelsokjes en daarbuiten, valt vele Belgen nog altijd moeilijk. Juist het gebrek aan nationale trots is immers mettertijd de kern gaan vormen van wat je de Belgische non-identiteit zou kunnen gaan noemen. Ziedaar de geboorte van de 'belgitude'. Het is de ironische en afstandelijke omhelzing van het eigen nationale tekort als vorm van identiteit. Het is de omschrijving met een mengeling van trots en schaamte van dit land als een licht surrealistische plek waar niets kan maar alles mogelijk is. De poging om de Belgische trots over het nog prille voetbalsucces te duiden als een heropleving van die belgitude zit dan ook fout. Optimistische verwachtingen over sportprestaties staan juist haaks op de belgitude. Met zijn verwarrende mix van beats en tristesse past Stromae in de belgitude, een perfecte dribbel van Eden Hazard niet.

Links van 13 juni 2014 tot 15 juni 2014

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rm -rf remains
Just for fun, I decided to launch a new Linux server and run rm -rf / as root to see what remains. As I found out, rm lives in the future with idiots like me, so you have to specify –no-preserve-root to kick this exercise off.

The Making Of: Elite | Features | Edge Online
When someone unfamiliar comes knocking on your door at ten o’ clock in the evening dripping with rain and weary after travelling the 300 miles from Liverpool to Cambridgeshire, you know you are in the presence of an obsessive. Questions including: ‘In which galaxy can the Generation ships be found?’ and ‘Just how many stars make up the whole game universe?’ only serve to re-establish the weird world of fandom which David Braben and Ian Bell, co-creators of Elite, must occasionally warp into.

Language, Twitter, Misunderstanding & Drupal Community | morten.dk
Jezus bloederige christus. (Deense) mens A wordt door zijn (Deense) vriend B als "pussy" omschreven op Twitter nadat A van een mechanische stier tuimelt. Omdat A dat niet zo erg vindt, moet hij ontslag nemen uit de board van Drupal. hashtag-ja-de-slinger-is-te-ver-door-aan-het-slaan.

A Dangerous Question: Does Internet Advertising Work at All? – Derek Thompson – The Atlantic
The Internet was supposed to tell us which ads work and which ads don't. But instead it's flooded consumers' brains with reviews, comments, and other digital data that has diluted the power of advertising altogether.

8 ‘Aha moments’ you need to have before marketing your startup – Startup Marketing
Marketing your startup is hard, especially if you’re a solopreneur or a small team. If you’ve never done it before or are still early on in your startup journey you probably have some basic assumptions that you use to guide your marketing decisions.

Links van 8 juni 2014 tot 9 juni 2014

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2001: A Space Odyssey | Typeset In The Future
2001: A Space Odyssey – Stanley Kubrick's 1968 sci-fi masterpiece – seems an appropriate place to start a blog about typography in sci-fi. Amongst other delights, it offers a zero-gravity toilet, emergency resuscitations, exploding bolts, and product placement aplenty. It's also the Ur Example of Eurostile Bold Extended's regular appearance in spacecraft user interfaces.

The Kanye West Self-Confidence Generator
WHEN I THINK OF COMPETITION IT'S LIKE I TRY TO CREATE AGAINST THE PAST. I THINK ABOUT MICHELANGELO AND PICASSO. YOU KNOW, THE PYRAMIDS.

Das Referenz: Wikipedia Redesigned for iPad — Medium
Wikipedia is ripe for a thorough redesign because it’s not 2004 anymore. We designed and built Das Referenz: an iPad app that changes Wikipedia according to our taste in typography, visual style, and interaction design.

Netanyahu ‘loathes’ Obama, Israel’s opposition leader charges | The Times of Israel
PM’s hostility to president is ‘endangering Israel’s security,’ claims Labor’s Isaac Herzog, in rare confirmation of long-rumored strained ties between ‘Bibi’ and ‘Barack’

As forests are cleared and species vanish, there’s one other loss: a world of languages | Environment | The Observer
A new report shows a direct link between disappearing habitats and the loss of languages. One in four of the world's 7,000 spoken tongues is now at risk of falling silent for ever as the threat to cultural biodiversity grows

Links van 6 juni 2014 tot 7 juni 2014

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Contrabass Trombone: Saint-Saens – YouTube
The rare contrabass trombone is a very loud and powerful instrument. I'm convinced it can also be an instrument of warmth and beauty. In the few days I had access to one I wasn't able to fully achieve that beauty. Nonetheless, I think this video has a few glimpses of the richness possible from this unwieldy beast.

Nothing To Do With Arbroath: Pig the unusual dog lives on despite the odds
Pig the unusual, oddly shaped dog was born in the woods northeast of Atlanta last autumn to a feral mother. Pig's profound birth defects make her survival and attitude remarkable.

Islands of Sanity | Wikipediocracy
anyone reading this post, and then trying to correct the mistakes identified, will be forbidden to do so

Twitter’s in Trouble. Here’s How It Can Avoid Becoming the Next AOL | Business | WIRED
Twitter has already lost more than half its market value, a staggering $18 billion, since late December. Users are abandoning the service, growth has been stagnant and social media pundits wonder if Twitter is heading toward irrelevance.

Don’t tell me what to read. | Stupid Evil Bastard
"As The Fault in Our Stars barrels into theaters this weekend virtually guaranteed to become a blockbuster, it can be hard to remember that once upon a time, an adult might have felt embarrassed to be caught reading the novel that inspired it. Not because it is bad—it isn’t—but because it was written for teenagers." — I have two words for Ms. Graham: Fuck you.

Industrial design | The Brothers Brick | LEGO Blog
Microscale building is most commonly associated with the giant collaborative ‘Micropolis’ city displays at events like Brickworld, where the focus is on gleaming modern architecture. So it’s refreshing to see Flickr member HOEFOL going seriously old school with microscale models of structures from the industrial revolution.

Links van 3 juni 2014 tot 6 juni 2014

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Adactio: Journal—Notes from a small website
Postel's Law is alive and well in 2014: afstappen van Twitter en toch niet en toch wel. En zelf controleren wat en hoe.

Steve Wozniak – Founders at Work
I built this whole Basic up and it worked, and that was the hardest project I did. Normally you type a computer program into a computer; that's the only way it's done. You type it into a computer or you feed it in on cards. What I did was I handwrote it on the left side of the pages in my program, in what's called machine language. That's as close as you can get to the ones and zeros. And then I looked at a little card and I translated my program into ones and zeros on the other side. If it said, "Jump ahead," I'd have to count—if it's jumping ahead 19 bytes, I'd have to write 19 in zeros and ones. I would write the zeros and ones myself because I couldn't afford a computer program that did this assembly job. I went down to the absolute lowest level jobs you could do. For the computer itself, I not only designed it on paper (I was the draftsperson, I would draft it on my drafting board), I would hook up all the parts and figure out where to plug them into some boards, and I would solder wires between each one.

24, the Monster, and quantum gravity Think of a prime number other than 2 or…
Think of a prime number other than 2 or 3. Multiply the number by itself and then subtract 1. The result is a multiple of 24. This observation might appear to be a curiosity, but it turns out to be the tip of an iceberg, with far-reaching connections to other areas of mathematics and physics.

N-VA moet in de Federale Regering!
Bart, laat u niet rollen, eis dat premierschap toch gewoon op! 1,4 MILJOEN VLAMINGEN STAAN ACHTER U! Vergeet dat niet, vergeet dat niet…

» Grootste partij uitsluiten is ook democratie
Stel je eens voor dat de regel wél bestond vóór de verkiezingen: “de grootste partij moet in de regering”. Dat zou uiteraard het gedrag van de partijen sterk beïnvloed hebben. Groen zou quasi zeker een kartel vormen met sp.a. CD&V en N-VA zouden ook een kartel vormen; Open VLD zou zich daar willen tussen wringen. Of het zou helemaal anders kunnen uitdraaien. Maar in ieder geval zou er heel wat kartelvorming zijn, en uiteindelijk zouden we wellicht naar een tweepartijen-systeem overgaan.

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