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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?

Links van 29 februari 2016 tot 1 maart 2016

Dissolving the Dead · thewalrus.ca
DALE HILTON can show you fear in a bagful of dust: 160 pounds of once-living human, pressure-cooked, baked, and pulverized into soft white powder fine enough to sprinkle over French toast. The ground bones sit in clear plastic on a counter, next to a pacemaker, a false hip, and a pair of breast implants extracted from some of the eighty bodies Hilton has disintegrated at his bio-cremation facility in Smiths Falls, Ontario, an hour’s drive southwest of Ottawa. “It’s a lovely product,” he says, looking proudly at his handiwork.

The City States of Europe | Big Think
“The 21st century will not be dominated by America or China, Brazil or India, but by the city,” writes Parag Khanna. The author of several books on global strategy, Khanna argues that (some) cities, as islands of good governance in an increasingly unstable world, will become the cornerstone of a new world order.  That new world order won’t be a “global village” of nation states, for globalisation is corroding national sovereignty. Rather, it will be a loose network of semi-independent city states, perhaps resembling the Hanseatic League and other medieval trading alliances.

Who Killed James I? | History Today
The accusation that James I was murdered by his favourite, the Duke of Buckingham, may have been a false one but it was widely believed and helped to justify the execution of Charles I. Alastair Bellany and Thomas Cogswell explain.

Twitter Has Lost More Than $2 Billion in 10 Years
When Twitter went public back in 2013, it was an unprofitable company. More than two years later, that hasn’t changed. In fact, the company revealed in its annual 10-K filed Feb. 29 that it has lost more than $2 billion in total since launching a decade ago.

BBC – Earth – How our ancestors drilled rotten teeth
Long before humans invented writing, the wheel and civilisation, they learned how to drill rotten teeth to relieve the pain of tooth decay

re:Work
Practices, research, and ideas from Google and other organizations to put people first.

Hackathon Be Gone
Last weekend I attended the MHacks: Refactor hackathon on behalf of my company. I acted as a representative of my company as well as a mentor for the hackers. I saw a lot of amazing projects and helped a lot of students. The energy of the students and their output was phenomenal. Needless to say, the entire experience was rewarding. However, the more of these events I attend, the more disgusted I become with the process.

New Korean War Will Lead US to Final Ruin
A touch-and-go situation is now prevailing in the Korean peninsula due to the confrontational hysteria of the US imperialist aggression forces that have deployed in south Korea their special operation troops from all arms and services. Under this grave situation the Supreme Headquarters of the Korean People’s Army announced a crucial statement carrying the fixed will of all servicepersons and civilians in the DPRK to bring the US imperialist aggressors to the final doom. The statement turned the whole country all at once into a scene of towering hatred toward the aggressors.

A Visual Look at 2 Million Chess Games
We’ll take a look at more than 2 million games, taken from the MillionBase PGN database. I ignored any Chess960 games contained, but in total there are 2,197,113 games. I was interested to see what kind of visualizations I can do, and what patterns would be revealed by considering so many games. It was the biggest collection of games I could find, spanning games from 1801 up to 2013, and players with ratings between 215 (wow!) to 2861 (I wonder who that is?). So I think it’s a pretty good representation of chess games all around.

Links van 12 juni 2015 tot 25 juni 2015

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
Slik.

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” – DeWereldMorgen.be
“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 18 februari 2015 tot 23 februari 2015

The Trouble with Dijsselbloem | Jacobin
For Dijsselbloem, extinguishing Syriza’s promise is imperative. It is a precondition for restoring the stability of the EU that he, his party, and economic elites so desire. But it is as necessary for the continuation of the dreamless, managerial, suit-and-tie progressivism from which he has never strayed.

The dangers of the “Google Analytics-powered Startup”
Let me start off by saying that I am not advocating for people not to use Google Analytics; in fact I use it avidly and consider myself a big fan. With this post, my mission is rather to provide a bit of perspective for the many current and prospective startup founders out there who base (or intend to base) their ‘data-driven work style’ on Google Analytics alone. In my world, Google Analytics should be seen as one advisor of many rather than ‘the one truth’, and here’s a few reasons for that:

Opt Out From Online Behavioral Advertising By Participating Companies (BETA)
Some of the ads you receive on Web pages are customized based on predictions about your interests generated from your visits over time and across different Web sites. This type of ad customization — sometimes called "online behavioral" or "interest-based" advertising — is enabled through your computer browser and browser cookies. Such online advertising helps support the free content, products and services you get online. Using the tools on this page, you can opt out from receiving interest-based advertising from some or all of our participating companies.

Greece Should Not Give In to Germany’s Bullying | Foreign Policy
Had the Varoufakis plan been put forward by an investment banker, it would have been perceived as perfectly reasonable. Yet in the parallel universe inhabited by Germany’s Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble, such demands are seen as “irresponsible”: Greece must be bled dry to service its foreign creditors in the name of European solidarity.

Yanis Varoufakis: How I became an erratic Marxist | News | The Guardian
A Greek or a Portuguese or an Italian exit from the eurozone would soon lead to a fragmentation of European capitalism, yielding a seriously recessionary surplus region east of the Rhine and north of the Alps, while the rest of Europe is would be in the grip of vicious stagflation. Who do you think would benefit from this development? A progressive left, that will rise Phoenix-like from the ashes of Europe’s public institutions? Or the Golden Dawn Nazis, the assorted neofascists, the xenophobes and the spivs? I have absolutely no doubt as to which of the two will do best from a disintegration of the eurozone.

Links van 19 november 2014 tot 20 november 2014

The Shazam Effect – The Atlantic
By studying 20 million searches every day, Shazam can identify which songs are catching on, and where, before just about anybody else. “Sometimes we can see when a song is going to break out months before most people have even heard of it,” Jason Titus, Shazam’s former chief technologist, told me. (Titus is now a senior director at Google.)

Google Algorithm Change History – Moz
Each year, Google changes its search algorithm around 500–600 times. While most of these changes are minor, Google occasionally rolls out a "major" algorithmic update (such as Google Panda and Google Penguin) that affects search results in significant ways. For search marketers, knowing the dates of these Google updates can help explain changes in rankings and organic website traffic and ultimately improve search engine optimization. Below, we’ve listed the major algorithmic changes that have had the biggest impact on search.

Facebook Has Finally Killed Organic Reach. What Should Marketers Do Next? | Forrester Blogs
After years of pushing brands’ reach lower with one hand (and opening marketers’ wallets with the other) Facebook has finally announced the end of organic social marketing on its site.

The Online Photographer: Urgent Controversy? No
I've mentioned that people often point me to things, and occasionally lots of people point me to the same thing. That's the case with an article in an otherwise useful British newspaper by an otherwise sensible British critic titled "Flat, soulless and stupid: why photographs don’t work in art galleries." The writer doesn't actually make an argument. He just says he wishes people wouldn't put photographs in art galleries. This is in one sense a bit like saying he just wishes people wouldn't let black people and Jews fully participate in society—which is to say, it's baldly retrogressive, and blatantly bigoted—but he doesn't even advance an argument for his opinion; it's apparently the result of some dyspeptic musings while attending a particular exhibit he didn't enjoy.

Oxford students shut down abortion debate. Free speech is under assault on campus – Telegraph
An attempt to hold a reasonable debate about abortion in Oxford was called off after students threatened to disrupt it. Tim Stanley, one of the debaters, writes that the authoritarian Left has become everything it claims to hate.

Freedom of speech dies a little more as SJWs shut down Oxford University abortion debate via reddit.com
An attempt to hold a reasonable debate about abortion in Oxford was called off after students threatened to disrupt it. Tim Stanley, one of the debaters, writes that the authoritarian Left has become everything it claims to hate.

Links van 28 februari 2014 tot 1 maart 2014

Jan Tritten crowd sources a life or death decision and the baby ends up dead | The Skeptical OB
Homebirth midwives are dangerous, witless fools and babies die as a result.

Most winning A/B test results are illusory
In this article I’ll show that badly performed A/B tests can produce winning results which are more likely to be
false than true. At best, this leads to the needless modification of websites; at worst, to modification which
damages profits.

A tcpdump Tutorial and Primer
In a discipline so dependent on a true understanding of concepts vs. rote learning, it's important to stay fluent in the underlying mechanics of the TCP/IP suite. A thorough grasp of these protocols allows one to troubleshoot at a level far beyond the average analyst, but mastery of the protocols is only possible through continued exposure to them.

Obama’s Trauma Team: Inside the Nightmare Launch of HealthCare.Gov – TIME
Unknown to a nation following the fiasco, McDonough's assignment from the President had boiled down to something more dire than how to fix the site. As the chief of staff remembers his mission, it was "Can it be patched and improved to work, or does it need to be scrapped to start over? He wanted to know if this thing is salvageable." Yes, on Oct. 17, the President was thinking of scrapping the whole thing and starting over.

De achterkant van de revolutie in Oekraïne | RTL Nieuws
De EU speelt in de politieke gang van zaken een bedenkelijke rol. Het was een komen en gaan van zwaaidiplomaten uit Brussel en Den Haag op het demonstrantenpodium in Kiev. Even een hart onder de riem steken, heet dat dan. Maar zulke dikke vrienden met het arme land zijn we nooit geweest. Het land is met 140 miljard dollar schuld binnenkort failliet. En wie draait ervoor op? We steunen de Maidan-opstand van harte zolang we voor de buis zitten, maar de revolutie mag ons in Europa niets kosten. De Europese verkiezingen staan voor de deur. Nou, de kiezer ziet de  Oekraïners al aankomen. Dus dat Europarlementariër Guy Verhofstadt het rouwende publiek visumvrijheid met de EU belooft moet met een korrel zout genomen worden. Je moet het maar durven.

Links voor 8 november 2013

/dev/null as a Service
We support BigData!

Amazon Analytics Service (beta)
AND SO IT BEGINS. "Introducing a simple, cross–platform mobile analytics reporting service for your app or game"

Thermosaurus radiator
Thermosaurus is a heat exchanger with a Tyrannosaurus as a backbone. The item is highly efficient and energy-savvy, thanks to its complex structure that includes a skull, spine, ribs, legs, and tail bones.

Zynga’s darkest moments – Jeremy Wilson – The Kernel
Pretty much everything has gone wrong at social gaming company Zynga. Here’s some of their darkest moments.

FlyKly Smart Wheel by FlyKly — Kickstarter
500 euro voor een elektrisch wiel, dat van elke fiets een elektrische fiets maakt.

Everpix, Snapchat, and The Startup Lie
Belachelijk. "Yet an even more bizarre activity in the Valley than shushing the talk of a bubble is how some start-ups are advised by investors not to make money. This concept may sound ridiculous from a business standpoint, but for investors, it fuels the get-richer-quicker mentality that exists here."

Links van 7 maart 2012 tot 12 maart 2012

Improv Everywhere – Spinning Beach Ball of Death – YouTube
It's rare that two obnoxious phenomena completely jump the shark at the same time.

Striptekenaar Jean Giraud/Moebius overleden – De Standaard
Met de dood van de Franse stripmaker Jean Giraud, die ook publiceerde als Moebius, verliest Europa een van zijn invloedrijkste auteurs.

U.S. Warns Apple, Publishers on E-Book Pricing – WSJ.com
The Justice Department has warned Apple Inc. and five of the biggest U.S. publishers that it plans to sue them for allegedly colluding to raise the price of electronic books, according to people familiar with the matter.

Stephen Wolfram Blog : The Personal Analytics of My Life
JALOERS.
"One day I’m sure everyone will routinely collect all sorts of data about themselves. But because I’ve been interested in data for a very long time, I started doing this long ago. I actually assumed lots of other people were doing it too, but apparently they were not. And so now I have what is probably one of the world’s largest collections of personal data. "

How I Helped Destroy Star Wars Galaxies » Medium Difficulty
I couldn’t even bring myself to fight back. I just stood there. I was one of the few true Dark Jedi Masters, and I let him kill me. That very act illustrated perfectly what SOE did wrong. Those of us who had faithfully put in the hours and weeks and months required to earn those lightsabers were spit on and betrayed by the very architects of the game we loved.

Google Analytics Slowdown

Google Analytics is tegenwoordig—sinds gisteren—hondstraag.

En het moet zijn dat het alleen maar op een aantal pagina’s is, of alleen maar voor mensen in Europa of zo, want op Technorati is er niets over te vinden, behalve bij een paar weblogs van (op wereldschaal gezien) hier in de buurt:

Ist das Ding bei euch auch soooooooooo lahm?

Seite lädt langsam – dank Google Analytics

Google Analytics hindert het laden van websites

Im Moment ist Google Analytics dermassen langsam, dass sämtliche Sites, welche damit arbeiten, sehr lange für den Aufbau brauchen.

Google Analytics Has Cost Me £500 Today

Goed bezig mannen, goed bezig. Zoals elders al gezegd is een voorlopige oplossing, minder dramatisch dan de hele code eruit kappen, de javascript die Google oproept naar het einde van de html-pagina bewegen. Maar ’t zijn toch wel pipo’s, daar bij Google.

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Don your tinfoil hats

Grappig om zien: trek uw Firefox open, ga naar Tools > Options > Privacy > View Cookies. En ga dan uw cookies af op zoek naar __utmz en __utma en gelijkaardige.

Die cookies worden namelijk gezet door Google Analytics, en zijn dus een gemakkelijke manier om te zien wie er allemaal Google’s gratis websitestatistiekenpakket gebruikt.

Grappig om zien dat zelfs Sitemeter klant is.

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’t Werkt

Allez ju, Analytics is er door gekomen:

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…en het moet gezegd: het ziet er redelijk zwaar indrukwekkend uit.

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Bon, ik ben dus super-critisch. Op het onredelijke af. Een zaag. Een gegeven-paard-in-de-bek-kijker.

En al.

Sorry hoor, ‘t kan zijn dat ik me vergis, maar stond daar ergens in vette letters (of zelfs in kleine, iele lettertjes) op dat Google Analytics een beta-product was?

Nee toch?

Google, dat zijn toch die mannen die miljoenen requests per seconde opvangen hé? Kunnen die dan niet inschatten hoeveel man hun overgekochte Urchin gaan gebruiken? Gisteren was het onbruikbaar traag, vandaag zijn we meer dan 24 uur later en heb ik nog geen weet van iemand die al statistieken gezien heeft.

En is er dan echt niemand die hun feedback leest die die ene gif-file kan aanpassen?

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Waarom krijgen die mannen al dat krediet altijd? Ach ja. Positief blijven. Het komt allemaal wel goed op den duur—en ik ben tenminste geen betalende klant van Urchin, ‘t schijnt dat die tegenwoordig op dezelfde servers staan als de gratis accounts (tot zover hun 200 dollar per maand!).

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Statistieken

Nog een aantal bedrijven die hun inkomsten dag met het handje mogen zeggen: Google Analytics is uit.

Urchin, dat ze overgekocht hadden, nu ook gratis voor iedereen. En uiteraard, want daar is het ze echt wel om te doen, integrated with AdWords.

Slim. Slim.

[en ook wel grappig: een afzonderlijke English UK en English US versie van hun tekst. Wat is het verschil? Kijk hier. 🙂 ]

update iets later op de dag—dat belooft:

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update nog iets later—tee hee:

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Et pour les flamands la même chose 🙂

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