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Links van 8 februari 2018 tot 11 februari 2018

This Mutant Crayfish Clones Itself, and It’s Taking Over Europe – The New York Times
Before about 25 years ago, the species simply did not exist. A single drastic mutation in a single crayfish produced the marbled crayfish in an instant. The mutation made it possible for the creature to clone itself, and now it has spread across much of Europe and gained a toehold on other continents. In Madagascar, where it arrived about 2007, it now numbers in the millions and threatens native crayfish.

Palettes | Flat UI Colors 🎨 280 handpicked colors ready for COPY & PASTE
Flat UI Colors 2 features 13 more color palettes. Collaborating with 13 designers around the world, a total set of 280 colors are on your command for COPY / PASTE for your next project, design, presentation.

3.000 huurders dreigen hun sociale woning te verliezen | VRT NWS
Wie een deel van een huis bezit, heeft geen recht meer op een sociale woning. En Veerle bezit een deel van een huis. Haar vader is 6 jaar geleden overleden, vlak na een scheiding met haar moeder. Haar moeder erft de helft van het huis. Veerle en haar drie broers krijgen de andere helft. Voor ieder een kwart van de helft van het huis. Veerle bezit dus één achtste van het huis, volle eigendom, ter waarde van ongeveer 30.000 euro. Die erfenis breekt Veerle nu zuur op. Op 1 maart van vorig jaar besliste de Vlaamse regering dat iemand die in een sociale woning woont, geen eigenaar mag zijn van een woning of bouwgrond, niet voor de helft, niet voor een kwart, niet voor één percent.

Wanneer gaat het eindelijk weer over ons eigen volk? – België – Knack.be
Uber en Deliveroo zouden namelijk het liefste helemaal géén sociale bijdragen betalen. En wat ook al disruptief is: ze winden daar geen doekjes om. Dat de Belgische werkgeversorganisaties officieel nog altijd het standpunt huldigen dat ook bedrijven een faire bijdrage moeten leveren aan de collectieve welvaart, zal hun worst wezen. Door zo weinig mogelijk kosten te maken, houden ze de tarieven voor hun klanten zo laag mogelijk en de winsten voor henzelf zo hoog mogelijk. Dat willen de meeste bedrijven, natuurlijk, maar de Ubers en Deliveroos van deze wereld passen die visie rücksichtslos toe – op de rug van de sociale zekerheid. Toch wordt tegen hén het argument ‘betaalbaarheid van de sociale zekerheid’ amper gebruikt.

The Minimum Viable Design System — HeyDesigner

Links van 24 januari 2018 tot 26 januari 2018

Wireflows: A UX Deliverable for Workflows and Apps
In the UX field, wireframes are a common deliverable to show page-level layout ideas, whereas flowcharts are useful for documenting complex workflows and user tasks. However, despite the fact that both of these deliverables remain in common use among UX professionals, there are situations in which they are suboptimal tools for communicating design ideas, particularly when documenting mobile, desktop, or web apps that don't have many unique pages, but instead feature a few core pages which change content (or layout) dynamically based on user interaction. In the last few years, an alternative deliverable called wireflow has emerged as a solution to these issues, used to show designs in the context of common user tasks.

Designing Screens Using Cores and Paths
“Instead of beginning with the homepage and overall navigation scheme, start with the core content and work outward from there.” “Start with the goal.” Information architect, Are Halland, makes this recommendation in his presentation “Cores and Paths: Designing for Findability”. He outlines an alternative approach for web design: instead of beginning with the homepage and overall navigation scheme, start with the core content and work outward from there. It’s that straightforward.

Hamburger Menu: alternatives to mobile UI’s disputed pattern
When it comes to controversial UI, the hamburger menu has had its fair share of criticism, dismissed as everything from ‘mystery meat’ to ‘the devil’. We take a closer look at the hamburger menu and alternative navigation patterns.

Agile Architecture – Scaled Agile Framework
Agile Architecture is a set of values and practices that support the active evolution of the design and architecture of a system while implementing new system capabilities. This approach allows the architecture of a system (even a large solution) to evolve over time, while simultaneously supporting the needs of current users. This avoids the overhead and delays associated with the start-stop-start nature and redesign inherent in phase-gate methods. With Agile architecture, the system always runs, supporting a more continuous flow of value.

Project Horseshoe 2017 report section 3
Coziness in Games: An Exploration of Safety, Softness, and Satisfied Needs. Discusses coziness as an aesthetic in games, explores ways to make cozy games and cozy game elements, and explains how this can increase appeal and user retention.

Links van 21 januari 2018 tot 23 januari 2018

Longreads Best of 2017: Food Writing
We asked writers and editors to choose some of their favorite stories of the year in various categories. Here is the best in food writing.

AI-Assisted Fake Porn Is Here and We’re All Fucked – Motherboard
“This is no longer rocket science.”

The 29 Stages Of A Twitterstorm In 2018
The anger factory has changed a bit since 2013.

Het integratiepact bouwt luchtkastelen
De projectoproep van het integratiepact is het product van haar context. Het is een goedbedoelde maar vage lijst met sleutelkenmerken die voor vernieuwing moeten zorgen. Want een ‘coalition of the willing’ mondt niet vanzelf uit in systeemverandering. Daarvoor is machtsopbouw nodig die niet alleen de geesten verandert, maar ook strijd voert om gesloten deuren te openen en structurele hefbomen op te eisen en te voorzien.

Voorlopig blijven veel middenveldorganisaties op hun honger zitten. Het is niet duidelijk hoe het integratiepact zal leiden tot het dichten van de herkomstkloof, de bestrijding van discriminatie of gegarandeerde grondrechten. Het integratiepact baadt in het beste geval in een authentieke hoop op spontane transitie, en slechter in vrijblijvendheid.

“What is XML good at?” | Hacker News
Degelijk en beknopt overzicht wanneer xml ipv json zin heeft.

Links van 20 januari 2018 tot 21 januari 2018

Home | Laws of UX
Prachtig mooi van design.

Introduction | Hyperledger Composer
Hyperledger Composer is an extensive, open development toolset and framework to make developing blockchain applications easier. Our primary goal is to accelerate time to value, and make it easier to integrate your blockchain applications with the existing business systems. You can use Composer to rapidly develop use cases and deploy a blockchain solution in weeks rather than months. Composer allows you to model your business network and integrate existing systems and data with your blockchain applications.

UX/UI Breakdown: The Guardian app (January 2018) – Prototypr
The purpose of this article is not to discuss the rebrand, but to look at any UI/UX decisions they’ve made in the app and attempt to understand why they were made.

Welcome to a new look for the Guardian | Media | The Guardian
today, our newspaper is being printed in a new tabloid format for the first time, a decision we took seven months ago. We decided then that we also wanted to redesign the Guardian for our global readership online – to create a beautiful new design that works for readers across mobile, apps and desktop. It’s been an exhilarating period of creativity, imagination and focus, and we’re thrilled with the result. We hope you like it.

There are only three apps in the entire world – Prototypr
In software the equivalent of the story is the app — a self-contained vessel that holds an experience for the end user. I posit the same general rule that applies to stories is true for applications, except there are only three types of applications:

1. Apps that help users make money (or store value)
2. Apps that help users save time
3. Apps that help users communicate

Links van 18 januari 2018 tot 20 januari 2018

Adactio: Journal—Needs must
In Resilient Web Design, I documented the three-step approach I take when I’m building anything on the web: Identify core functionality. Make that functionality available using the simplest possible technology. Enhance! Now I’m wondering if I should’ve clarified that second step further. When I talk about choosing “the simplest possible technology”, what I mean is “the simplest possible technology for the user”, not “the simplest possible technology for the developer.”

10 New Principles Of Good Design
If 2017 revealed anything, it’s that good design has never mattered more; it’s just the parameters of “good design” that have changed. With a nod to Braun legend Dieter Rams–whose 10 principles for good design remain indispensable, though somewhat narrowly concerned with the particulars of industrial design–here are 10 new principles for good design.

Adele – Design Systems and Pattern Libraries Repository
The repository of publicly available design systems and pattern libraries

Want to Design User Behavior? Pass the ‘Regret Test’ First
The tech industry needs a new ethical bar. Google’s motto, “Don’t be evil,” is too vague. The Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” leaves too much room for rationalization. I’d argue that what we ought to be saying is, “Don’t do unto others what they would not want done to them.” But how can we know what users do and don’t want? I humbly propose the “regret test.” If we’re unsure of using an ethically questionable tactic, “If people knew everything the product designer knows, would they still execute the intended behavior? Are they likely to regret doing this?”

We’re Changing the News Feed So You See More Posts From People Who Suck – McSweeney’s Internet Tendency
Research shows that more meaningful social interactions make us happier and less lonely. Common sense shows that, too, but we only trusted the research. The science was foolproof: if we changed the News Feed to increase the number of posts users saw by friends who sucked, then they definitely would be happier.

So no more news stories from non-meaningful sites, like the New York Times, the Washington Post, or the local paper whose staff has shrunk by 90 percent because of Facebook’s influence on online advertising revenues. Now, you’ll only get your news from that guy you met in college who was really into Nietzsche.

Links van 17 januari 2018 tot 18 januari 2018

Pros and Cons of Personalization in Your Website Design | Design Shack
When it comes to website personalization, designers have a lot of opinions. Is the research and hassle of designing a personalized interface worth the reward? For big companies such as Amazon and Netflix, personalization has been a game-changer. But what about for your website? Can you use personalization to a great benefit as well? Here, we look at the pros and cons of personalization in your website design.

A chart Hans Rosling would have loved – Junk Charts
If you went to Professor Rosling’s talk, he was bitter that the amazing gains in public health, worldwide (but particularly in less developed nations) during the last few decades have been little noticed. This chart makes it clear: note especially the dramatic plunge in extreme poverty, rise in vaccinations, drop in child mortality, and improvement in education and literacy, mostly achived in the last few decades.

Declutter your Business Communication to Build a Better Brand (1/2)
Coherent branding is a result of consistency across systems. One may overlook the approach to most daily processes, hinting away more about your brand than you notice.

Airtable – The Monster List of UX Books
Akelig hoeveel boeken op deze lijst ik thuis staan heb. Ook akelig hoeveel boeken ik nog zou willen hebben.

Nintendo Labo proves UX isn’t just a digital medium
Tune in to discover a new interactive experience for Nintendo Switch that’s specially crafted for kids and those who are kids at heart. That interactive experience turned out to be Labo, an almost inexplicable mixed media product for the Nintendo Switch.

The grand lifecycle of a small product change – Prototypr
It’s downright hard to change something within a live product. When we decided to change how users create cards in Purple.pm, we saw that difficulty firsthand and had to make some tough strategy calls.

Making Motion Meaningful – Library – Google Design
Motion is essential to bringing digital products to life. Something as simple as tapping a card to expand and reveal more information is made better by fluid animation. New content is introduced, shared elements move into their new position, and the user is given guidance with a clear focal point. In Material Design, we’ve developed four principles of motion to help designers and developers implement effective motion design.

Why Perceived Performance Matters, Part 1: The Perception Of Time — Smashing Magazine
I will use examples that are observable in the offline world and, using principles of psychology, research and analysis in psychophysics and neuroscience, I will try to answer some “Why?” questions, like:

Why do time and performance matter? Why don’t we like to wait? Why does faster not always mean better in the online world?

Links van 11 januari 2018 tot 14 januari 2018

Laurie Anderson – Home Of The Brave (1986)
32 jaar na datum nog altijd fris.

Origins of the Sicilian Mafia: The Market for Lemons
In this article, we study the emergence of an extractive institution that hampered economic development in Italy for more than a century: the Sicilian mafia. Since its first appearance in the late 1800s, the reasons behind the rise of the Sicilian mafia have remained a puzzle. In this article, we argue that the mafia arose as a response to an exogenous shock in the demand for oranges and lemons, following Lind's discovery in the late eighteenth century that citrus fruits cured scurvy. More specifically, we claim that mafia appeared in locations where producers made high profits from citrus production for overseas export. Operating in an environment with a weak rule of law, the mafia protected citrus production from predation and acted as intermediaries between producers and exporters. Using original data from a parliamentary inquiry in 1881–1886 on Sicilian towns, the Damiani Inquiry, we show that mafia presence is strongly related to the production of oranges and lemons. The results hold when different data sources and several controls are employed.

Interactive Maps in Python, Part 3 – Prototypr
Camera, lights, action! In this final part of our python cartography tutorial we take what we learned in part 1 and part 2 and set it in motion.

Interactive Maps in Python, Part 2 – Prototypr
In part 1 we covered how to do basic visualizations with python and folium. Here we will dig a little deeper and make custom map overlays.

Interactive Maps with Python, Part 1 – Prototypr
This is part 1 of 3. In part 1 we’ll make some basic plots and use circle markers to visualize net arrivals and net departures. Part 2 will cover custom layers with a glow effect, and part 3 will cover animations.

Links voor 10 januari 2018

Nasa wants government to stop hitting reset button after Trump admin shifts target from Mars to Moon
Not The Onion: "NASA has been ordered by the administration of US President Donald Trump to go back to the Moon instead of focusing on Mars, leaving experts baffled as to what this would accomplish."

QB64 Wiki
QB64 is a modern version of the Basic programming language that allows programs created using Quick Basic 4.5 or Qbasic to run on Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10, Linux and Mac OSX. It will work on 32 or 64 bit machines and has many new features such as stereo sound, improved graphics and TCP/IP internet capabilities. QB64 can make reliable programs or games for the entire family!

“Lavatory Self-Portraits In The Flemish Style”: Artist Recreates 15th Century Paintings In Airplane Toilets – Design You Trust
Created by Nina Katchadourian “Lavatory Self-Portraits in the Flemish Style” is part of a bigger piece called “Seat Assignment” which is based on improvising with materials close at hand while in flight. This project started in 2010 and still ongoing.

Ad retargeters scramble to get consumer consent – Digiday
The enforcement of the GDPR will fundamentally change ad retargeting as we know it, said Dave Morgan, CEO of TV ad-targeting company Simulmedia. As browsers start policing ad tracking, Morgan thinks more users will refuse to consent to handing over their data to ad companies, and aggressive ad targeting will become harder to execute. “I don’t know how one would argue that [the retargeters’] approaches truly amount to clear notice and consent,” Morgan said. “In fact, this is the kind of stuff that holds back digital advertising and undermines the industry’s trustworthiness with both advertisers and users.”

En Sicile, «une chose très belle est arrivée, nous avons été envahis par les immigrés» – Libération
A Palerme, Catane et Sutera, loin de voir les migrants comme une menace, la population facilite leur intégration. Ils sont perçus comme une chance pour le sud de l’Italie, frappé par la désertification et le chômage.

Links van 8 januari 2018 tot 10 januari 2018

Want to fix gun violence in America? Go local. | US news | The Guardian
The Guardian’s new geographic analysis is the first time that gun homicides nationwide have been mapped down to the census tract level, researchers said. This new approach was made possible with the geocoded data collected since 2014 by the not-for-profit Gun Violence Archive, which tracks shootings and gun deaths using media reports. The FBI’s national crime data only provides gun murder statistics down to the city level, which masks the clustering of violence within neighborhoods.

What If Renaissance Sculptures “Behaved” In A Modern Way – Design You Trust
“I thought about the millions of attitudes and situations that old artworks couldn’t capture because they were simply inappropriate for a lady in the 15th century,” Mas says. “I decided to try to do it in an old media and style. It was something like an invented old art. After that, the anachronisms came and pop elements, too, as a natural evolution.”

The Vintage Beauty Of Soviet Control Rooms – Design You Trust
Just for the pleasure, a selection of vintage control rooms dating back to the Soviet era! A beautiful collection of control rooms filled with large buttons and analog dials, long before the democratization of computers and screens.

Leitmotif Catalogue Online Version
Complete Catalogue of the Motivic Material in Star Wars, Episodes I-VII

BBC GEL | Homepage
Global Experience Language, (GEL), is the BBC's shared design framework which enables us to create consistent and delightful user experiences across all of our Digital Services.

Links van 15 november 2017 tot 8 januari 2018

IBM Design Language
Heerlijke stijlgids.

Trump is making Obama great again – The Boston Globe
Beyond the nation’s shores, there are some places around the world, though not many, where Trump is more popular than Obama. A 2017 Pew Research Center survey polled 37 nations across the world about their opinions of the two presidents, and all but two countries rated Obama higher. The ones that preferred Trump? Israel by 7 percentage points and Russia by 42.

Wij vergeleken de tarieven in 100 parkeergarages – Het Nieuwsblad
Voor wie drie uur wil parkeren zijn minstens 55 parkeergarages in België duurder dan de duurste parkings in Gent. Wil je acht uur parkeren dan zijn de duurste Gentse parkeergarages nog steeds goedkoper dan minstens 25 andere parkeergarages in het land.

Anzeigen und Ermittlungen nach Hass auf Baby laufen – Multimedia | heute.at
"Ich hoffe auf einen plötzlichen Kindstod", "Wenn sie 18 ist, ist sie eh schon eine Terroristin" und "Schiebt den Abschaum sofort ab". Hasserfüllte User ließen am Neujahrstag alle Grenzen des Geschmacks und Respekts hinter sich und begegneten dem Wiener Neujahrsbaby Asel mit schockierenden Kommentaren. Dabei dürfte aber auch die Grenze zur Strafrechtlichkeit überschritten worden sein. Auffallend: Viele User posteten mit ihrem echten Namen.

Everyone in Trumpworld Knows He’s an Idiot – The New York Times
There’s an old joke that describes where we are right now: A guy falls from a 50-story building. As he flies by the 25th floor, someone asks how it’s going. “So far, so good!” he says. Eventually, we’ll hit the ground, and assuming America survives, there should be a reckoning to dwarf the defenestration of Harvey Weinstein and his fellow ogres. Trump, Wolff’s reporting shows, has no executive function, no ability to process information or weigh consequences. Expecting him to act in the country’s interest is like demanding that your cat do the dishes. His enablers have no such excuse.

The Systems Thinker – Check In, Check Out: A Tool for “Real” Conversations – The Systems Thinker
Nothing encourages people to share their views more than the knowledge that they will be listened to with empathy. We jump in and out of tasks so frantically that we often have little time left to create the field of appreciation that enables full self-expression. This type of listening can extend beyond the check-in process. Once people begin listening to each other with empathy, they simply can’t go back to their ordinary meeting style. The empathy remains even as they advocate for their views, inquire into other views, and make decisions together.

Stop de borstvoedingsterreur – De Standaard
In oktober ben ik bevallen van mijn derde kind. Het eerste kwam er nu bijna veertien jaar geleden en sindsdien zijn zowat alle richtlijnen en adviezen veranderd: geen fruitpap maar groentepap eerst, flesjes moeten niet langer verwarmd worden en badjes hoeven niet meer dagelijks. Toch is één ding alvast niet veranderd: de borstvoedingsterreur.

The Systems Thinker – Systems Thinkers Must Go Down the Rabbit’s Hole – The Systems Thinker
At the root of every system, every set of paradigms, beats a story so deep that most people are born into it and then die without ever knowing that a different way of viewing the world might exist. Our worldview operates like a cosmic screenplay that we enact each moment of our lives, guiding our actions and, ultimately, creating our reality. When we don’t realize it exists, our worldview manipulates us like a disembodied puppeteer, guiding our actions and thoughts.

Donella H. Meadows, Places to Intervene in a System (1997)
Folks who do systems analysis have a great belief in "leverage points." These are places within a complex system (a corporation, an economy, a living body, a city, an ecosystem) where a small shift in one thing can produce big changes in everything. The systems community has a lot of lore about leverage points. Those of us who were trained by the great Jay Forrester at MIT have absorbed one of his favorite stories. "People know intuitively where leverage points are. Time after time I've done an analysis of a company, and I've figured out a leverage point. Then I've gone to the company and discovered that everyone is pushing it in the wrong direction!"

Michael Wolff: My Insane Year Inside Trump’s White House | Hollywood Reporter
Donald Trump's small staff of factotums, advisors and family began, on Jan. 20, 2017, an experience that none of them, by any right or logic, thought they would — or, in many cases, should — have, being part of a Trump presidency. Hoping for the best, with their personal futures as well as the country's future depending on it, my indelible impression of talking to them and observing them through much of the first year of his presidency, is that they all — 100 percent — came to believe he was incapable of functioning in his job. At Mar-a-Lago, just before the new year, a heavily made-up Trump failed to recognize a succession of old friends. Happy first anniversary of the Trump administration.

Aram Zucker-Scharff on Twitter: “These moments all seem inevitable. Oh, Chrome will be on top forever. But remember all those hip web devs making Firefox only sites back in… https://t.co/Fm2nB3q3id”
These moments all seem inevitable. Oh, Chrome will be on top forever. But remember all those hip web devs making Firefox only sites back in the day? Hubris leads to downfall. Chrome's wings are melting as we speak.

Strategic Storytelling for Designers – UX Design Collective
The hardest part of design is presenting work. This is not an additional skill, it is not a “soft skill,” presentation of ideas is essential to the role of a designer. If you cannot advocate for your ideas or your users, then you are missing fundamental aspects of what it means to design.

Prospect Theory and Loss Aversion: How Users Make Decisions
When choosing among several alternatives, people avoid losses and optimize for sure wins because the pain of losing is greater than the satisfaction of an equivalent gain. UX designs should frame decisions (i.e., questions or options given to users) accordingly.

You Are Not the User: The False-Consensus Effect
The false-consensus effect refers to people’s tendency to assume that others share their beliefs and will behave similarly in a given context. Only people who are very different from them would make different choices.

Net Promoter Score Considered Harmful (and What UX Professionals Can Do About It)
For some reason, NPS thinks that a 6 should be equal to a 0. Nobody else thinks this.

Mind your Manners – a look at late Medieval and Tudor mealtimes and The Banquet | Living History Today
Anyone who has ever seen an old film about the late Medieval/Tudor period can be forgiven for coming away with the idea that feasts were riotous chances to eat and drink far too much, as rowdily as possible. It would seem that everyone present tried to cram as much meat into their mouths as possible before hurling their bones at hungry dogs who prowled in the rushes on the floor. In fact, the only bit of this message that holds any truth at all are the rushes on the floor, and by Queen Elizabeth’s day rush matting which could be taken outside and shaken or swept was becoming far more fashionable.

Tracking Down the Roots of a “Super” Word : Word Routes : Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. So many of us learned that outrageous mouthful of a word at an early age, when it was truly a verbal milestone to be able to pronounce it without getting tongue-tied. And just saying the word is an invitation to start singing the song from the classic 1964 Disney movie Mary Poppins. But how did the word come to be? When I heard the news that one of the Mary Poppins songwriters passed away last month, I set about to answer that question, taking me down many unexpected alleyways of 20th-century popular culture.

02 – Supercalafajalistickespeealadojus by RediculusT
The original from 1949. Disney claimed in the later court case the word in their song was a 'common slang word'.

Michael Wolff’s ‘Fire and Fury’: Inside Trump’s White House
Once he lost, Trump would be both insanely famous and a martyr to Crooked Hillary. His daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared would be international celebrities. Steve Bannon would become the de facto head of the tea-party movement. Kellyanne Conway would be a cable-news star. Melania Trump, who had been assured by her husband that he wouldn’t become president, could return to inconspicuously lunching. Losing would work out for everybody. Losing was winning. Shortly after 8 p.m. on Election Night, when the unexpected trend — Trump might actually win — seemed confirmed, Don Jr. told a friend that his father, or DJT, as he calls him, looked as if he had seen a ghost. Melania was in tears — and not of joy. There was, in the space of little more than an hour, in Steve Bannon’s not unamused observation, a befuddled Trump morphing into a disbelieving Trump and then into a horrified Trump.

Why Mother Teresa’s sainthood is tainted by controversy | JOE.ie
“A lying, thieving Albanian dwarf”

Origami-Style Cardboard Tents for Homeless in Brussels – The New York Times
With material tents forbidden on the streets of Brussels, homeless people in the Belgian capital are often left without a safe place to sleep. But one entrepreneur seems to have found a way around the rule: origami-style cardboard tents.

The Year the News Accelerated to Trump Speed – The New York Times
One year out, this may be Mr. Trump’s greatest trick: His tornado of news-making has scrambled Americans’ grasp of time and memory, producing a sort of sensory overload that can make even seismic events — of his creation or otherwise — disappear from the collective consciousness and public view. He is the magician who swallows a sword no one thought was part of the act, stuffs a dozen rabbits into a hat before the audience can count them — and then merrily tweets about “Fox & Friends” while the crowd strains to remember what show it had paid to attend in the first place.

Geert Noels: “Frankrijk chanteert België alsof het een kolonie is” | VRT NWS
Frankrijk wil dat ons land het Franse Rafale gevechtsvliegtuig aankoopt om de oude F16’s te vervangen. De Fransen voldoen niet aan de vorm- en procedurevereisten, maar spelen het anders. Zo stellen ze voor dat België 20 miljard euro economische compensaties zouden krijgen bij aankoop van de Franse jets. 16 miljard euro van deze 20 miljard euro zijn echter de optelling van huidige activiteiten van Franse bedrijven over een periode van 20 jaar. Hiermee zegt Frankrijk dat deze activiteiten onzeker zijn als we niet kiezen voor hun jets.

The year’s best film is an 18-hour TV series — ‘Twin Peaks’ | HeraldNet.com
I didn’t see anything else this year that matched Lynch’s wild experimental saga — surely the most expensive avant-garde film ever bankrolled by Hollywood. Lynch’s teeming (if often baffling) imagination was executed with supreme control, and Kyle MacLachlan’s dazed, vacant Dougie Jones was obviously the Man of the Year.

Beyoncé Caught Shapeshifting In Front Of Celebs At Serena Williams’ Wedding
Beyoncé’s legions of fans were dealt a devastating blow when the Single Ladies singer was caught shapeshifting into a reptilian at Serena Williams’ wedding ceremony on Saturday.

Kristina (11) ‘viert’ kerst in terugkeerhuis: “schandalig” | VTM NIEUWS
Staatssecretaris Theo Francken wil niet op de zaak reageren omdat het om een individueel dossier gaat.

The King William’s College quiz 2017 | From the Guardian | The Guardian
Whence the minty bivalves? Which Hungarians masqueraded as sheep? Who beheld the faces of man, lion and ox and eagle? Plus 177 more fiendish questions in the most tortuous quiz of them all

Quitting – Signal v. Noise
We all know people all over the spectrum. Someone who’s been working on something forever that’s never going to work out. And someone who quits every project they start before giving it a fair chance. Then we have those friends who seem to have the magical instinct to know when to quit and when to stick with it until it takes off. So how do you know when to quit? 3 months? A year? Is there some signal to look for?

Wie wir die Datenproduktion neu denken sollten
IT ist zu einer strategisch bedeutsamen Triebfeder für Unternehmen geworden. Wie Ideen aus der Massenfertigung genutzt werden können, um mit Daten digitales Geschäft zu generieren.

Big data meets Big Brother as China moves to rate its citizens | WIRED UK
On June 14, 2014, the State Council of China published an ominous-sounding document called "Planning Outline for the Construction of a Social Credit System". In the way of Chinese policy documents, it was a lengthy and rather dry affair, but it contained a radical idea. What if there was a national trust score that rated the kind of citizen you were?

(14) The Use of ASCII Graphics in Roguelikes: Aesthetic Nostalgia and Semiotic Difference | Mark R Johnson – Academia.edu
This article explores the semiotics of the "roguelike" genre. Most roguelikes reject contemporary advances in graphical technology and instead present their worlds, items, and creatures as American Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII) characters. This article first considers why this unusual graphical style has endured over time and argues that it is an aesthetic construction of nostalgia that positions roguelikes within a clear history of gameplay philosophies that challenge the prevailing contemporary assumptions of role-playing games. It second notes that the semantic code for understanding the ASCII characters in each and every roguelike is different and explores the construction of these codes, how players decode them, and the potential difficulties in such decodings. The article then combines these to explore how such visuals represent potential new ground in the study of game semiotics.

As Venezuela Collapses, Children Are Dying of Hunger – The New York Times
Kenyerber Aquino Merchán was 17 months old when he starved to death. His father left before dawn to bring him home from the hospital morgue. He carried Kenyerber’s skeletal frame into the kitchen and handed it to a mortuary worker who makes house calls for Venezuelan families with no money for funerals.

Microsoft Considers Adding Python as an Official Scripting Language to Excel
If approved, Excel users would be able to use Python scripts to interact with Excel documents, their data, and some of Excel's core functions, similar to how Excel currently supports VBA scripts.

jwz: Mitch McConnell, Prince of Dust
Mitch McConnell, prince of dust, took his current form on February 20, 1942, molded of a strange flesh, his mouth open and already seeking. Mitch McConnell, for whom the ghouls slaver, spent his childhood crushing spiders in paper napkins and stuffing them into his mouth, one after the other, and never was he seen to expel them at all. Mitch McConnell, who waits in the gravel pit, attended high school in Georgia, where he sat with the cobwebs and giggled, and would not say where all the town's dogs had gone.

What Omarosa Did Best: Get Fired – The New York Times
Ouch. "We don’t know what exactly Omarosa Manigault Newman did at the White House, but we do know the number one skill she brought to the table — being fired. Donald Trump has now axed her four times: on “The Apprentice” in 2004, on “The Celebrity Apprentice” in 2011 and 2013 and on Tuesday evening. She is really, really good at getting canned. Maybe her true purpose was to remind America of the time when Mr. Trump was popular because he fired people like her, including her."

Fernand Huts weg bij Voka – De Standaard
"You're fired!" "Ha! You can't fire me, I quit!!" — De Antwerpse haven- en logistieke groep Katoen Natie heeft zijn Voka-lidmaatschap opgezegd. Voka zegt dat zij Huts zelf aan de deur hebben gezet.

Mimi O’Donnell Reflects on the Loss of Philip Seymour Hoffman and the Devastation of Addiction – Vogue
Literally two weeks after Phil died, some fellow parents asked me to show up on a Friday morning to man the stall where they sold school paraphernalia. And after the fifth person suggested I should start running, I lost it. “I don’t want to fucking run,” I said. “I want to jump in the river and kill myself.” When I finally did decide to run, it was always at night by the Hudson. The darker and rainier it was, the more violent the water, the better. I couldn’t get enough. Something about the extremity of it, the closeness to death, was weirdly comforting. If I wanted to jump, it was there.

the cake is a lie. | MetaFilter
“Food is often seen in games as a means of survival, mostly as health. A piece of bread stolen off a vendor's table in Skyrim will grant you two health; the cabbage stew at the tavern will grant you 10. In The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the spicy pepper steak will take the edge off of cold weather. A game like Castlevania: Symphony of the Night has a huge inventory of food items, many of which are dropped after knocking out enemies. While the enormous variety adds an element of immersiveness into Castlevania, it's often nothing health or a novelty. Though none of these games' food systems could be considered simplistic, they have a narrow view of eating; food is health, and eating is the mechanic in which it's used. It's easy to see food only as a function of survival, but there’s a whole breadth of games—”

This Is The Daily Stormer’s Playbook | HuffPost
"Women can be called the following: slut, whore, bitch, harlot, trollop, slag, skag. Whenever writing about women make sure to follow the prime directive and blame Jew feminism for their behavior."

(215) The Fantastic Masculinity of Newt Scamander – YouTube
Newt Scamander, protagonist of the Harry Potter spinoff, is an unconventional male hero. He performs a refreshingly atypical form of masculinity, especially for the lead in a fantasy adventure story.

PuTTY Begone! Microsoft will ship an OpenSSH client | TechCrunch
What what? "Microsoft has added its own ssh client to Windows, a move that points to more openness on the part of Redmond."

Sneeuw- en ijzelbestrijding | Stad Gent
Fijn om weten.

Belgium’s Lavish Energy Use Sheds Light on More Than Just Its Roads – The New York Times
“What purpose does it serve to illuminate at full power?” The official explanation is that it helps road safety and provides security. But critics doubt this and say the phenomenon sheds light not only on Belgium’s roads but also on a mutually profitable relationship among its politicians, electricity distributors and main energy supplier, Electrabel.

We messed up. We’re sorry, and we’re not rolling out the fees change. – The Patreon Blog
We’ve heard you loud and clear. We’re not going to rollout the changes to our payments system that we announced last week. We still have to fix the problems that those changes addressed, but we’re going to fix them in a different way, and we’re going to work with you to come up with the specifics, as we should have done the first time around.

xkcd: Seven Years
[hart breekt]

NATO Expansion: What Gorbachev Heard | National Security Archive
Declassified documents show security assurances against NATO expansion to Soviet leaders from Baker, Bush, Genscher, Kohl, Gates, Mitterrand, Thatcher, Hurd, Major, and Woerner

How to Get Your First 100k (Active) Users – Winnie
This was probably the biggest mistake we made early on. While we correctly sized up our target market (millennial parents) as heavy consumers of apps, when it comes to growth the web is still hugely important. These days the lion’s share of our organic growth comes from web traffic in the form of organic search, social shares and word of mouth. Mobile-first is great. Mobile-only is not.

Mohammed minder gediscrimineerd op huurmarkt (Brussel) – De Standaard
Door praktijktesten van de stad Gent worden kandidaat-huurders van vreemde origine er minder gediscrimineerd. Toch blijft Vlaams minister Homans ertegen gekant.

The Not Yorker
The Not Yorker is a collection of declined or late cover submissions to The New Yorker, curated by illustrators who love and admire traditional cover illustration. This is a site for celebrating cover art, and great ideas that didn't make it.

FAQ · Storify
Another one bites the dust: "Unfortunately, Storify will no longer be available after May 16, 2018. As of December 12, 2017, no new Storify.com accounts can be created."

Hate Smears India’s Symbol of Love, the Taj Mahal – The New York Times
Millions flock to marvel at its shimmering magnificence, with intricately inlaid and carved white marble inscribed with verses from the Quran, every year. And that is exactly what the Hindu right finds so galling. In October, it came to light that the state of Uttar Pradesh — where the Taj Mahal is located, in the city of Agra, and which is headed by the firebrand Hindu cleric Yogi Adityanath — had omitted the monument from its tourism brochure and cut its funding from the state’s tourism budget. Sangeet Som, a member of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, railed that the Taj Mahal was “a blot on Indian culture” built by “traitors.”

Bat cave solves mystery of deadly SARS virus — and suggests new outbreak could occur
After a detective hunt across China, researchers chasing the origin of the deadly SARS virus have finally found their smoking gun. In a remote cave in Yunnan province, virologists have identified a single population of horseshoe bats that harbours virus strains with all the genetic building blocks of the one that jumped to humans in 2002, killing almost 800 people around the world.

The Family Gene | Tufts Magazine
There’s a disease you’ve never heard of. No one has. It’s so rare it doesn’t have a name. Just fourteen people are believed to have ever carried the gene for it. Five of them are in this 1979 picture of my family (that’s me there in the center, in green). The rest can all also be found on my family tree. The disease has killed many of the people I love and now I’ve got it, too. So my family has decided to put an end to it.

Jared Kushner is wreaking havoc in the Middle East | Moustafa Bayoumi | Opinion | The Guardian
Here’s where state department diplomacy should kick in. The US ambassador to Qatar could relay messages between the feuding parties to find a solution to the stand-off. So what does the ambassador to Qatar have to say about the Kushner-Salman alliance? Nothing, since there still is no confirmed ambassador to Qatar. What about the US ambassador to Saudi Arabia? That seat’s also vacant. And the US ambassador to Jordan, Morocco, Egypt? Vacant, vacant, and vacant. What about assistant secretary for Near Eastern affairs, a chief strategic post to establish US policy in the region? No one’s been nominated. Deputy assistant secretary for press and public diplomacy? Vacant. It’s partly this vacuum of leadership by Tillerson that has enabled Kushner to forge his powerful alliance with Salman, much to the detriment of the region. And in their zeal to isolate Iran, Kushner and Salman are leaving a wake of destruction around them.

Scientists discover dinosaur trapped in amber in unprecedented find – CNN
The tail of a 99-million-year-old dinosaur has been found entombed in amber, an unprecedented discovery that has blown away scientists.

Catapult | What the World Gets Wrong About My Quadriplegic Husband and Me | Laura Dorwart
When I lie awake at night, the honest-to-god truth is that I don’t fantasize about miracle cures and redemption songs. I dream of ramps. Ramps leading up to showers and houses and waterfalls, to haunted hayrides and carriages and job interviews and Capitol Hill. And level ground that fulfills its rhetorical purpose by keeping everyone on the same plane.

And Now: A Bummer | Jason Scott on Patreon
Essentially: Patreon has changed their fee structure, which translates to it costing more to support folks like me; but they also did it in the most disingenuous way possible, which compounded a bad idea into something much worse.

How Trump’s Jerusalem Move Just Helped Iran Win the Mideast
Trump managed to bring Turkey and Iran together by what they called his “wrong” and “illegal” action. In fact, Rouhani called for all 56 Muslim-majority countries to make a stand against the US. Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that Jerusalem will always be Arab and Islamic. The country’s Leader, Ali Khamenei, also weighed in, pledging to organize the Muslim world for a response. So now the Iranians (not Arabs) are the champions of Arab nationalism, while Saudi Arabia and Egypt are supine. So Trump is helping make Iran a leader of the Muslim world. Good job.

Palestinians recognize Texas as part of Mexico – The Beaverton
“We understand that the Mexican state of Texas is a sacred place for many large-buckled Americans, but they can rest assured that a two-state solution or a wall was not feasible,” explained Abbas. “Besides, most people in Texas speak Spanish.”

l’An 2000 – Le Berghain à Berlin et l’éthique du «no photos» – Libération.fr
La lentille du smartphone apparaît en fait comme un bouc-émissaire, comme la métaphore de ce que la scène berlinoise refuse à tout prix : les regards et les jugements. Rentrer au Berghain, c’est apprendre à ne jamais fixer son regard sur ce qui s’y passe. Non pas tourner la tête, mais juste s’en foutre.

Il paraît qu’en Allemagne, les hommes ne draguent pas. Je suis allée vérifier
"Ce soir, il y a un mec qui est venu me parler. Je crois qu’il me draguait mais c'était tellement subtil que je n'en suis pas sûre. On ne sait pas. Les Allemands draguent tellement mal que tu ne sais pas trop ce qu'il se passe."

"Ici, en tant que Française, tu te rends compte à quel point tu as construit ta féminité en étant au centre d'une attention que tu n'as pas désirée."

IFComp 2017
De winnaars van 2017!

Crusader Kings 2 data shows most kills | Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Royal incompetence simulator Crusader Kings 2 is one of the best games ever. Over hundreds of years, sultans and kings create new empires and murder their families. Today a data science man gets in touch to say he recorded a 700-year game in ‘observation’ mode, pulled out all the data like a big reel of cassette tape, shoved it through some kind of magical process I won’t pretend to understand, and came up with statistics on several rulers. This also resulted in detailed “networks” of kills and marriages. The important thing is: this lets us see who had the most babies.

Hi. I love you. | The Bloggess
Do something good and kind.  Laugh loudly.  Don’t wear pants.  Tell people you love them.  Embrace ridiculousness.  Be unapologetically yourself.  Inspire others.  Inspire yourself.  Salute the brave.

Aan Ivo Mechels, generaal-overste van Test-Aankoop – De Standaard
Is het niet mogelijk om in Test-Aankoop een lijst te publiceren van alle OCMW’s van Vlaanderen en daarbij de beste koop kenbaar te maken?

Émeute à Gand: “Ce qui frappe, c’est la différence de traitement médiatique et politique” – Belgique – LeVif.be
Ce qui me choque le plus dans la différence de traitement politico-médiatique de ces deux évènements, c'est que j'ignore s'il est mû par la phobie des jeunes "Marocains" ou par le mépris total pour les Roms.

Time Cube
Children will be blessed for Killing Of Educated Adults Who Ignore 4 Simultaneous  Days Same Earth Rotation. Practicing  Evil  ONEness – Upon Earth Of  Quadrants.  Evil Adult Crime VS Youth.   Supports Lie Of Integration.   1 Educated Are Most Dumb.   Not 1 Human Except Dead 1.   Man Is Paired,  2 Half 4 Self.   1 of God Is Only 1/4 Of God.

Curl Power: Poodles Return to the Field – Garden & Gun
Poodles take a bit longer to train, Louter says, than other hunting breeds. Part of that has to do with their intelligence (the AKC describes them as “very smart”). “When you train Labs, it’s all repetition and building muscle memory,” he explains. “Poodles find that very boring. You have to stay one step ahead of them and switch it up. Sometimes you even have to make it seem like they are the ones in charge.”And though poodles were originally hunting dogs, they’ve essentially had that instinct bred out of them. The AKC lists them as nonsporting. Says Louter: “A decently bred Lab knows what it’s supposed to do in life from a young age. With poodles, we’re trying to wake up those natural instincts, that love of water and that good nose.”

McDonald’s is stealing my dead weasel and it’s insultingly obvious. | The Bloggess
Someone get me a copyright lawyer and a small apron for this poor naked thing.

Chinees godbetert! GO! en het thuistaalbeleid.
Vele keren dit.

Andrew Anglin: The Making of an American Nazi – The Atlantic
How did Andrew Anglin go from being an antiracist vegan to the alt-right’s most vicious troll and propagandist—and how might he be stopped?

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Vier vragen over de rellen in Brussel – DeWereldMorgen.be
Op sociale media circuleren vele gelijkaardige getuigenissen: er was feest, er leek niks aan de hand en plots greep de politie hardhandig in, waarna alles ontplofte. Dit betekent natuurlijk niet dat er geen incidenten waren voordat de politie ingreep. Maar het lijkt er wel op dat die incidenten klein waren aangezien velen ze zelfs niet opmerkten, en dat het optreden van de politie enkel olie op het vuur betekende.

«Géopoétique» de MC Solaar, la chute d’une idole | Slate.fr
Claude et moi, on ne se comprend plus. Conscient d’avoir vieilli, l’assumant même au détour de certaines lignes, il clashe pourtant les plus jeunes tout en semblant rêver de faire partie de leur cercle. Un vrai paradoxe sur pattes. J'imaginais qu'après dix ans d'absence, le rappeur allait revenir avec un regard d'adulte mûr et sage sur le monde actuel. Ce n'est pas franchement ce qui s'est passé. Mes grands frères spirituels d'hier n'ont visiblement plus rien à m'apprendre, errant comme des zombies un dictionnaire de rimes à la main. C'est dur de grandir entre Solaar et Miossec: cela donne l'impression qu'il est impossible de bien vieillir, d'accepter son sort, de vivre en phase avec son époque. À moins que je n'aie simplement pas choisi les bonnes idoles.

UX Mapping Methods Compared: A Cheat Sheet
Empathy maps, customer journey maps, experience maps, and service blueprints depict different processes and have different goals, yet they all build common ground within an organization.

Europa ‘is bezorgd’ over de Saudische kroonprins. Daarmee moeten we het voorlopig stellen | buitenland | De Morgen
Stel dat een onverkozen autocraat de democratisch verkozen premier van een naburig land zou uitnodigen om vervolgens die premier onder huisarrest te plaatsen. Je zou verwachten dat dit straffe verhaal in alle Europese hoofdsteden voor verontwaardiging en afkeuring zou zorgen. Als diezelfde autocraat een dag later diezelfde premier zou dwingen om op televisie zijn ontslagbrief voor te lezen, zou je verwachten dat Europese leiders toch al een beetje met economische sancties beginnen te dreigen. Maar niets is zo selectief als internationale verbijstering. Als die autocraat leider is van een Afrikaans landje zonder grondstoffen spreken we vlotjes over een onbesuisde tiran. Maar als de betrokkene toevallig kroonprins Bin Salman is van oliegigant en wapencliënt Saudi-Arabië, blijft het ijzingwekkend stil. 0 SHARES

How Picasso Bled the Women in His Life for Art
After Jacqueline Roque, Picasso’s second wife, barred much of the family from the artist’s funeral, the family fell fully to pieces: Pablito, Picasso’s grandson, drank a bottle of bleach and died; Paulo, Picasso’s son, died of deadly alcoholism born of depression. Marie-Therese Walter, Picasso’s young lover between his first wife, Olga Khokhlova, and his next mistress, Dora Maar, later hanged herself; even Roque eventually fatally shot herself.”Women are machines for suffering,” Picasso told Francoise Gilot, his mistress after Maar. After they embarked on their affair when he was sixty-one and she was twenty-one, he warned Gilot of his feelings once more: “For me there are only two kinds of women: goddesses and doormats.”

Links van 9 november 2017 tot 10 november 2017

IBM Type
Thanks for your interest in IBM Plex, IBM’s new corporate type family. IBM Plex is open source, and should be used by IBMers for all typographical situations, replacing Helvetica Neue, whenever possible.

Why This Fungus Has Over 20,000 Sexes – D-brief
One species of fungi, Schizophyllum commune, really shines when it comes to gender diversity. The white, fan-shaped mushroom has more than 23,000 different sexual identities.

Skyrim rendered in text – Filip Hracek – Medium
I decided some time ago to create a text-based Skyrim. That sounds overly ambitious at first, but as I developed the story and the game’s mechanics, I discovered its basic elements: a sword & sorcery game in a living, simulated world that is presented as a Choose Your Own Adventure (CYOA) book. The idea has already brought a short game into the world, Insignificant Little Vermin, which I submitted to this year’s IFCOMP.

The neuroscience of no regrets: why people still support Brexit and Trump | Science | The Guardian
Essentially, asking people “Do you still support Brexit/Trump?” in such the volatile, impassioned, confusing environment we currently find ourselves in is likely to be perceived as “Do you think that you and everyone you agree with is wrong, and your hated enemies are right?” And who’s going to say yes to that?

Leegloop handelspanden: “Cijfers zonder context zeggen niets” (schepen Peeters)
"Met cijfers zonder duiding kan je niets", repliceert de schepen. "Gent heeft een leegstandspercentage van 8,6%, minder dan het Vlaams gemiddelde en lager dan de 12,2% in Antwerpen, die andere Vlaamse grootstad. Gent loopt helemaal niet leeg, integendeel. Ons handelscentrum is kerngezond." Peeters begrijpt niet waarom de cijfers niet beter geduid zijn. "Tussen 2008 en 2016 nam de leegstaande winkeloppervlakte toe met 10.000 m2, maar er kwam in die periode wel in totaa l 60.000 m2 bij. Dat is een stijging met maar liefst 50.000 m2", beklemtoont de schepen. "Bovendien verbouwen in Gent heel wat winkeleigenaars een bestaand pand, wat ook voor leegstand zorgt. Er wordt in de aangehaalde cijfers geen onderscheid gemaakt tussen het stadscentrum en wijken in bijvoorbeeld de 19de eeuwse gordel." Dat de cijfers niet in perspectief worden geplaatst, stoort de schepen. "Ik heb de indruk dat men telkens de cijfers kiest die de premisse moeten bewijzen dat het een ramp is in Gent. Andere cijfers zwijgt men dan weer dood."

‘Pretty gruesome’: giant coconut crab seen hunting birds | Science | The Guardian
The crab climbed a tree and attacked the seabird in its nest situated on a branch close to the ground. The crab broke the bird’s wing, causing it to fall out of its nest and then took to the bird with its claws, breaking its other wing and leaving it incapacitated. Once the bird was unable to move, other coconut crabs arrived and pulled the bird apart in scenes Laidre described as “pretty gruesome”.

China’s Race to Find Aliens First – The Atlantic
As America has turned away from searching for extraterrestrial intelligence, China has built the world’s largest radio dish for precisely that purpose.

Links van 7 november 2017 tot 9 november 2017

Johnstown Never Believed Trump Would Help. They Still Love Him Anyway. – POLITICO Magazine
Polling continues to show that—in spite of unprecedented unpopularity—nearly all people who voted for Trump would do it again. But as I compared this year’s answers to last year’s responses it seemed clear that the basis of people’s support had morphed. Johnstown voters do not intend to hold the president accountable for the nonnegotiable pledges he made to them. It’s not that the people who made Trump president have generously moved the goalposts for him. It’s that they have eliminated the goalposts altogether.

My web app died from performance bankruptcy @ tonsky.me
Basically, Chrome broke half of user websites, the ones that were relying on touch/scroll events being cancellable, at the benefit of winning some performance for websites that were not yet aware of this optional optimization. This was not backward compatible change by any means. All websites and web apps that did any sort of draggable UI (sliders, maps, reorderable lists, even slide-in panels) were affected and essentially broken by this change.

Trump and the Authoritarianism of Fails – Talking Points Memo
Incompetence and authoritarianism aren’t incompatible or even in tension. Historically they tend to go together. Incompetence and failure borne of ineptitude tend to show up both as a cause and outcome of democratic breakdown and collapse. Small-d democratic government is hard, by design. It’s meant to be. It should be. But it’s not just hard. It relies on a particular package of skills: persuasion, inspiration, patience, canny use of patronage, threats, carrots and sticks, both consensus building and fight. Look at a Lincoln, an FDR, a Reagan – whatever you think of the different men’s politics, successful presidents are almost quite good at using this toolkit.

Something is wrong on the internet – James Bridle – Medium
Tiens, iets meer mainstream mensen beginnen te ontdekken wat h3h3 al een eeuw geleden zei: "Someone or something or some combination of people and things is using YouTube to systematically frighten, traumatise, and abuse children, automatically and at scale, and it forces me to question my own beliefs about the internet, at every level. Much of what I am going to describe next has been covered elsewhere, although none of the mainstream coverage I’ve seen has really grasped the implications of what seems to be occurring."

Zappaland the Hard Way | IRK THE PURISTS
What interests me is a simple question: why isn’t Frank Zappa better-known, and better-liked, than he is? Why don’t more people ‘get’ him?

Links van 2 november 2017 tot 6 november 2017

(112) LEGO RC Motorized AT-M6 First Order Heavy Assault Gorilla Walker 75189 lego tlj – YouTube
Machtig.

“What If Orthodox Priests Became Cosmonauts?”: Artist Unites Two Russian Pillars In His Paintings
Russian digital painter Vladimir Malakhovsky has created a series of bold canvases. He’s combined two subjects, both of which are very important in the country: Space exploration and the Orthodox church.

Alex Jones warns of pig/gorilla/human hybrids who can talk
You see humanoids, they’re like 80 percent gorilla, 80 percent pig, and they’re talking

New great ape species identified in Indonesia – BBC News
Scientists who have been puzzling for years over the genetic "peculiarity" of a tiny population of orangutans in Sumatra have finally concluded that they are a new species to science.

jwz: Today in rectal eel news.
The patient told doctors in Guangzhou that he had heard word on the street that his condition could be effectively relieved or even cured by a living eel. When the man arrived at the hospital, his stomach was inflated like an air balloon, causing sharp pain. In surgery they found the animal had broken through the intestines and generated "a mess" in the man's abdominal cavity, "almost killing him", the doctor said.

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Quantifying the Release of Climate-Active Gases by Large Meteorite Impacts With a Case Study of Chicxulub
The asteroid impact roughly 66 million years ago that wiped out three-quarters of plant and animal species, including the dinosaurs, dropped temperatures globally below freezing for several years. The new assessment, reported in the journal Geographic Research Letters, gives scientists a much clearer picture of the climate catastrophe following the event.

Starting a new life in a foreign country at 13 – BBC News
Thirteen-year-old Israa lives in Germany, where she and her family were given asylum after they fled their home in Syria. She shares how she has rebuilt her life, made friends and is able to go to school again – something she couldn't do in Aleppo.

(98) Why Horror VHS Artwork Was So F*cked Up – YouTube
A love letter to video stores, horror films, and the AIDA Advertising Method that made the artwork on their VHS covers so effectively grotesque and memorable.

Fooling Neural Networks in the Physical World with 3D Adversarial Objects · labsix
3D printing a turtle that looks like a rifle to a machine, and an espresso baseball

Just to Be Clear, the Witch-King of Angmar Was an Insignificant Volunteer in the Great Army of the Dark Lord Sauron – McSweeney’s Internet Tendency
Thank you for joining us today, Middle-earth media. I’d like to start today’s briefing by addressing the recent news of the Witch-King’s indictment. The Witch-King of Angmar was an extremely minor cog within the Ringwraith organization and has never had, nor currently has, a relationship with Lord Sauron. Despite all of the evidence to the contrary, please believe me when I say the Witch-King was basically an unpaid summer intern in Mordor during last year’s campaign.

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