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Links van 18 juli 2015 tot 28 juli 2015

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The Corbyn Effect | The Disorder Of Things
Blair and company argue that the Tories crave a Corbyn win, but the trap has been set a move beyond that: Cameron and Osborne can rest confident that the terror of electoral wipe-out will have a neo-Blairite Labour party galloping towards their position anyway. Always fighting the last war, and on a badly-chosen battlefield. The Labour mainstream cannot adapt to new parameters, cannot think except in the abjection of the spectre of a hard left, even as they appoint themselves the true custodians of the world-to-come.

John Horton Conway: the world’s most charismatic mathematician | Siobhan Roberts | Science | The Guardian
On a late September day in 1956, John Horton Conway left home with a trunk on his back. He was a skinny 18-year-old, with long, unkempt hair – a sort of proto-hippie – and although he generally preferred to go barefoot, on this occasion he wore strappy Jesus sandals. He travelled by steam train from Liverpool to Cambridge, where he was to start life as an undergraduate. During the five-hour journey, via Crewe with a connection in Bletchley, something dawned on him: this was a chance to reinvent himself.

Startups And The Big Lie | TechCrunch
Lying is a requisite and daily part of being a founder, the grease that keeps the startup flywheel running. No one likes to put it that way of course. Instead, we use phrases like “hustling” and “fake it until you make it” to make the idea of lying more palatable. “Information control” is among the most important skills a founder has traditionally needed for success, and these euphemisms change nothing of the daily behavior.

Have anti-GMO activists gone off the rails? – Notes & Errata by Mark Morford
Example after example, Saletan shows how anti-GMOers, far more than advocates (who are far from perfect, obviously), have become the worst kind of hypocrites, repeating lies and long-discredited myths to the point that not only have genetically modified foods, seeds and plants been demonized far beyond their actual threat (which is, scientifically and nutritionally speaking, negligible) they’ve turned the anti-GMO argument into the exact kind of toxic dogma these same progressives usually decry about the conservative mind-set: that is, a nasty calcification of thought, extreme righteousness, willful disregard of fact.

Tools en utilities voor Genealogen
U vindt op deze site verschillende links naar software en waardevolle informatie voor de genealogen.

Links van 9 juli 2015 tot 14 juli 2015

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How Not To Sort By Average Rating
PROBLEM: You are a web programmer. You have users. Your users rate stuff on your site. You want to put the highest-rated stuff at the top and lowest-rated at the bottom. You need some sort of "score" to sort by.

From Folklore to Exotica: Yma Sumac and the Performance of Inca Identity—Vol. 1, No. 3—The Appendix
Yma Sumac, the Peruvian singer, startled audiences in the United States and Europe with her remarkable voice, beauty, and mysterious “Inca” princess/priestess persona. Accounts of Sumac’s life—like the largely fictional narrative quoted above—are full of fantasy and contradictions. Nevertheless, this piece begins with yet another story about her discovery: a true one.

UK to block Greece short-term funding solution
"The idea that British taxpayers' money is going to be on the line in this latest Greek deal is a non-starter", a British treasury official was quoted as saying. — in het Duits is het nog mooier: "Die Vorstellung, das Geld britischer Steuerzahler für die neuste Vereinbarung mit Griechenland zu verwenden, ist ein Rohrkrepierer."

Ontmanteling euro is straks nog enige optie | Opinie | de Volkskrant
Operatie geslaagd, patiënt overleden. Waarschijnlijk is dat de beste samenvatting van het akkoord van afgelopen weekend. Ik moet de eerste econoom nog tegenkomen die het nieuw afgesproken pakket voor Griekenland ziet werken.

‘We underestimated their power': Greek government insider lifts the lid on five months of ‘humiliation’ and ‘blackmail’ | Mediapart
In this interview with Mediapart, a senior advisor to the Greek government, who has been at the heart of the past five months of negotiations between Athens and its international creditors, reveals the details of what resembles a game of liar’s dice over the fate of a nation that has been brought to its economic and social knees. His account gives a rare and disturbing insight into the process which has led up to this week’s make-or-break deadline for reaching a bailout deal between Greece and international lenders, without which the country faces crashing out of the euro and complete bankruptcy. He describes the extraordinary bullying of Greece’s radical-left government by the creditors, including Eurogroup president Jeroen Dijsselbloem’s direct threat to cause the collapse of the Hellenic banks if it failed to sign-up to a drastic austerity programme. “We went into a war thinking we had the same weapons as them”, he says. “We underestimated their power”.

I can’t support a Europe that acts as a thuggy bailiff against Greece | Comment is free | The Guardian
As I watch what is happening in Greece, I feel myself to be increasingly Eurosceptic and wondering too if Eurosceptism is not code for the anti-German sentiment that currently abounds. If the European project that once seemed so noble now comes down to the European Central Bank, which is not in any way independent but acts as a thuggish bailiff to further impoverish Greece, what actually is it? If Germans believe they should not have to pay for the mistakes of Greek governments, then they do not see the crisis of Greece for what it is: a crisis of all Europe. Bailouts have been funded for the financial sector since 2008. To simply blame Greece is unsustainable.

Links van 4 juli 2015 tot 7 juli 2015

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Greece is solvent but illiquid: Policy implications | VOX, CEPR’s Policy Portal
Greece’s debt is 180% of GDP, which seems to make it insolvent without large primary surpluses. This column argues that since restructuring lowered the interest burden to just 2% of GDP, Greece is solvent – or would be with nominal GDP growth of just 2%. The ECB’s misdiagnosis has caused an unnecessary banking crisis. The solution is to accept that Greek debt is sustainable, so the austerity programme can be relaxed and liquidity support provided to the Greek banking sector.

Column: Laat u niet verblinden: als Griekenland de Eurozone verlaat, is de ECB verantwoordelijk | Paul De Grauwe | De Morgen
De ECB stelt dat ze gebonden is door regels. Alsof het regels zijn die God aan Mozes heeft gegeven op de berg Sinai. Maar de regels die de ECB zichzelf heeft opgelegd, zijn louter boekhoudkundig. De ECB heeft die goddelijke boekhoudkundige regels trouwens tijdens de grote bankencrisis van 2008 zonder schroom opzijgezet. Het ging toen niet om Griekse banken, maar om Belgische, Duitse, Franse en Nederlandse banken. Een centrale bank is verantwoordelijk voor financiële stabiliteit. En als dat leidt tot boekhoudkundige verliezen, dan is dat zo. Een centrale bank hoeft zich geen zorgen te maken om verliezen die alleen een boekhoudkundig leven hebben. Helaas is de ECB meer bezorgd om een propere balans dan om de stabiliteit van het Griekse banksysteem en het welzijn van een hele natie.

Hoezo, Byzantijnen en Ottomanen? – De Standaard
Mia Doornaert beoefent een soort van essentialistische wit-zwartgeschiedschrijving van grote lijnen en kort genomen bochten, waarvoor gebrek aan serieuze kennis blijkbaar geen belemmering vormt. Het is dan ook geen toeval dat zij precies Robert Kaplans Balkan Ghosts ‘een prachtig boek’ noemt. Ik ken binnen de internationale gemeenschap van historici van de Balkan niet één die dat boek ernstig neemt.

Longread: De Griekse crisis: dit was allemaal zo vermijdbaar | Standpunt | De Morgen
Jeroen Dijsselbloem. Zijn kleurloze loyauteit zal hem een verlenging van het mandaat aan het hoofd van de eurogroep opleveren. De geschiedenis zal genadelozer oordelen dan zijn tafelpartners.   De Nederlander Dijsselbloem is het symbool geworden van alle verdeeldheid en alle vertwijfeling van Europees links. Ook voor wie de materie van dichterbij volgt, zal het schrikken zijn geweest dat de ideeëncrisis van de sociaal-democratie zo totaal is.

Greece: Only the ‘No’ Can Save the Euro
To understand the bitter fight, it helps first to realize that the leaders of today's Europe are shallow, cloistered people, preoccupied with their local politics and unequipped, morally or intellectually, to cope with a continental problem. This is true of Angela Merkel in Germany, of François Hollande in France, and it is true also of Christine Lagarde at the IMF. In particular North Europe's leaders have not felt the crisis and do not know the economics, and in both respects they are the direct opposite of the Greeks.

Links van 28 juni 2015 tot 29 juni 2015

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The Alleged $7.5 Billion Fraud in Online Advertising – Moz
The only way to reduce wasted impressions significantly is to research and implement digital ad campaigns manually rather than use programmatic ad buying. Digital advertisers should research potential websites on which they want to run advertisements to see if they are legitimate—potentially even running ads on only the largest, well-known sites but doing so continuously. This way, it might be best to focus your ad campaigns on quality viewers rather than trying to maximize the quantity of viewers by also including lesser-known sites.

Lead Bullets – Ben’s Blog
Early in my tenure as product manager for the web servers at Netscape, we faced a terrible crisis. We just got our hands on Microsoft’s new web server, Internet Information Server (IIS), and benchmarked against our product. Microsoft’s IIS had every feature that we had, was five times faster and we knew that they were going to give it away for free. This might not sound so bad, but we had just gone public three months earlier with a story to Wall Street that said, “Don’t worry about Microsoft giving away the browser because we will make money selling servers.” Oh snap.

Greece crisis could be a Sarajevo moment for the eurozone | Business | The Guardian
It will be said in response that Greece is a small, insignificant country and that the single currency has much better defences than it had at the last moment of acute trouble in the summer of 2012. Diplomats in Europe’s capitals took very much the same view in late June 1914.

Europe’s Empress stays silent – POLITICO
When Greece first called on Europe to save it from collapse in 2010, Merkel faced a stark choice: follow the advice of the world’s leading economists and offer Athens a path to debt relief in exchange for reform or heed the demands of her center-right coalition by extending loans at punitive interest rates with no debt forgiveness.

Merkel, with a PhD in physics and a reputation for cool calculation, chose politics over economic reason. That strategy now lays in shambles.

L’UE n’a pas d’argent pour la Grèce, mais a 11 milliards d’Euros pour un pays non membre, l’Ukraine. Victoria Nuland avait eu raison, « F**K the EU » | Réseau International
Alors que la Grèce demande un accord avec l’Europe et que l’Union européenne, la bave aux lèvres, impose encore plus d’austérité paralysante à un autre de ses membres… Bruxelles n’a aucun problème pour distribuer des milliards pour un état non membre, l’Ukraine. Le plus drôle, c’est que la Grèce, l’Espagne, le Portugal et d’autres pays touchés par l’économie de la Troïka de l’UE devront débourser pour les néo-nazis ukrainiens. Imaginez si les milliards généreusement octroyés par une UE corrompue à une Ukraine encore plus corrompue, étaient plutôt utilisés pour stimuler la croissance dans une Europe appauvrie.

Links van 12 juni 2015 tot 25 juni 2015

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Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head: A Mosquito’s Lament – Phenomena: Curiously Krulwich
A study says a mosquito being hit by a raindrop is roughly the equivalent of a human being whacked by a school bus, the typical bus being about 50 times the mass of a person. And worse, when it’s raining hard, each mosquito should expect to get smacked, grazed, or shoved by a raindrop every 25 seconds. So rain should be dangerous to a mosquito. And yet (you probably haven’t looked, but trust me), when it’s raining those little pains in the neck are happily darting about in the air, getting banged—and they don’t seem to care. Raindrops, for some reason, don’t bother them.

Bye, bye Amazon, Netflix and Uber. China is here and you’re losing. | Duco van Breemen | LinkedIn

Building Analytics at 500px — Medium
A look at building analytics from the ground up at a mid-sized start-up and some of the challenges faced along the way

“Onhoudbare leningen aan Grieken opgelegd alleen om Duitse en Franse banken te redden” –
“Waar de Griekse schuld tot 2010 in hoofdzaak een zaak was van de privésector, meer bepaald de banken, werd vanaf 2010 de schuld volledig verschoven naar de Griekse overheid. Daarmee werden de Duitse, Franse en Nederlandse banken gered die in de problemen kwamen omdat de Griekse banken hun schulden niet langer konden betalen. Die schuld werd door het Europees akkoord volledig verschoven naar de Griekse overheid, dus naar de bevolking. Met andere woorden, de 'oplossing' die Griekenland werd opgedrongen had als enige bedoeling de privéschuldeisers in Duitsland, Frankrijk en Nederland te redden.”

New Zealand’s Mighty Mongrel Mob gang in haunting portraits | Daily Mail Online
It is New Zealand's most notorious gang whose members operate in a criminal world of violence that is usually shut off to the outside world. But one photographer managed to gain their trust – and in turn rare access – resulting in haunting images of some of the key members of the Mighty Mongrel Mob.

Links van 26 mei 2015 tot 11 juni 2015

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Syriza moet op de knieën vanwege Spanje – De Groene Amsterdammer
Totale vernedering van de Griekse populisten is sinds januari het onuitgesproken doel. Syriza moet en zal op de knieën. De ruggengraat moet worden gebroken. En dat heeft niets met Griekenland te maken – hinderlijke kiezelsteen in de hiel van de Europese schoen – maar alles met Spanje, de vierde grootste economie van de eurozone, waar zo’n zelfde progressief populistische beweging op het punt staat de middenpartijen weg te vagen.

I’m a liberal professor, and my liberal students terrify me – Vox
I have intentionally adjusted my teaching materials as the political winds have shifted. (I also make sure all my remotely offensive or challenging opinions, such as this article, are expressed either anonymously or pseudonymously). Most of my colleagues who still have jobs have done the same. We've seen bad things happen to too many good teachers — adjuncts getting axed because their evaluations dipped below a 3.0, grad students being removed from classes after a single student complaint, and so on.

The man who was caged in a zoo | Pamela Newkirk | World news | The Guardian
In 1904, Ota Benga was kidnapped from Congo and taken to the US, where he was exhibited with monkeys. His appalling story reveals the roots of a racial prejudice that still haunts us

Horror and hope: paintings from the Zaïre popular school – in pictures | World news | The Guardian
A new exhibition gathers rarely seen works by leading Congolese artist Tshibumba Kanda-Matulu, who depicted the country’s brutal colonial past, the fight for independence and later struggles for power

Verschillende vormen | Pleegzorg Vlaanderen
Pleegzorg bestaat in heel veel verschillende vormen. Een pleegkind kan vele jaren in je gezin wonen. Maar je kunt er ook voor kiezen om een kind af en toe een weekend op te vangen. Samen met jou zoeken we naar de vorm van pleegzorg die je op het lijf geschreven is.

Links van 17 mei 2015 tot 26 mei 2015

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

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

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

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

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

Links van 4 mei 2015 tot 11 mei 2015

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

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

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

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

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

Links van 24 april 2015 tot 2 mei 2015

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

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

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

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

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

Links van 16 april 2015 tot 23 april 2015

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

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

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

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

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

Links van 11 april 2015 tot 16 april 2015

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

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

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

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

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

Links van 6 april 2015 tot 10 april 2015

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

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

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

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

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

Links van 4 april 2015 tot 6 april 2015

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

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

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

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

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

Links van 31 maart 2015 tot 4 april 2015

zaterdag 4 april 2015 in Links. Permanente link | 2 reacties

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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