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Links van 29 augustus 2018 tot 7 september 2018

Niet Hitler maar Breivik is het model voor Schild en Vrienden – Jan Blommaert (en z’n gedachten)
Wie de laatste dagen aandachtig heeft gekeken naar wat over Schild en Vrienden naar buiten is gekomen ziet snel waar ze de mosterd hebben gehaald. Niet bij het VNV van de jaren 1930, en evenmin bij het VMO van de jaren 1970. Wel in het online extreemrechtse wereldje dat Breivik mee heeft geschapen, en waarin de autochtone linkse medeburger de onmiddellijke vijand is die door een zuiverende burgeroorlog vernietigd moet worden. Ze vormen dus geen nieuwe Hitler Jugend, wel een Breivik Jugend met extreem geradicaliseerde digital natives die zich in de eerste plaats richten op al wie ze als linkse verraders-in-eigen-land kunnen bestempelen.

Introduction · Front-End Developer Handbook 2018
This is a guide that anyone could use to learn about the practice of front-end development. It broadly outlines and discusses the practice of front-end engineering: how to learn it and what tools are used when practicing it in 2018.

“Let’s talk about genre”: Neil Gaiman and Kazuo Ishiguro in conversation
The two literary heavyweights talk about the politics of storytelling, the art of the swordfight and why dragons are good for the economy.

I was deluded. You can’t beat fake news with science communication | Jenny Rohn | Science | The Guardian
When does any of our evidence, no matter how carefully and widely presented, actually sway the opinion of someone whose viewpoint has been long since been seduced by the propagandists?

Exodus and the Plagues of Egypt | Is That in the Bible?
The plight of the Egyptian livestock also stands out. In Exod. 9:1–7, Yahweh sends a pestilence upon all the livestock: horses, donkeys, camels, cattle, and sheep. Verse 6 tells us that “all the livestock of the Egyptians died.” Then the Priestly writer jumps in with the plague of boils (vv. 8–12), which afflict all the humans and animals. One assumes the text is referring about livestock, except that they’re all supposed to be dead. The livestock is targeted again in the plague of hail and lightning. All livestock that is left in the field instead of being put into shelters is killed (vv. 19, 25). And finally, with the so-called tenth plague, all the firstborn of the livestock are killed (12:29). That’s three times the livestock of the Egyptians dies, if you’re keeping count. The plants of Egypt don’t fare much better. The hail and fire of the seventh plague destroy all the plants and trees (9:25). Then locusts come and eat every single plant, tree and fruit in the land (ch. 10).

Links van 25 augustus 2018 tot 28 augustus 2018

Microsoft will soon automatically transcribe video files in OneDrive for Office 365 subscribers | TechCrunch
yay!

Luke’s Surprising and Oft-Ignored Views on Marriage and Resurrection | Is That in the Bible?
Of all possible guests at a society wedding, an apocryphal Apostle was the worst.

‘Parkeren in Gent en Antwerpen is veel te goedkoop’ – De Standaard
In vergelijking met Nederland betaal je in Antwerpen of Gent soms bijna de helft minder voor een uurtje parkeren in de binnenstad.

A ‘Maverick,’ Revisited – Rolling Stone
This is the story of the real John McCain, the one who has been hiding in plain sight. It is the story of a man who has consistently put his own advancement above all else, a man willing to say and do anything to achieve his ultimate ambition: to become commander in chief, ascending to the one position that would finally enable him to outrank his four-star father and grandfather.

Bruegel museum in Brussels blocked by Belgian bureaucracy | Art and design | The Guardian
Tiens. Nieuws voor mij. “Bruegel House, a dedicated museum to his life and work, was due to have opened in October 2019, the centrepiece of the 450th anniversary of his death. But a strict financial rule to guard against over-spending has led to the project being put on hold, despite no money being required from Belgium’s federal government.”

Links van 20 augustus 2014 tot 21 augustus 2014

How presidential elections are impacted by a 100 million year old coastline | Deep Sea News
Hale and Bamberg belong to a belt of counties cutting through the deep south–Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina–that have voted over 50% Democratic in recent presidential elections. Why? A 100 million year old coastline.

Hillary Clinton’s 11th-hour diplomacy
Imagine you are Benjamin Netanyahu and you would know you really, really messed up. And then, all of a sudden, along comes Hillary Clinton, courtesy of a Jeffrey Goldberg interview in the Atlantic magazine, riding like the Fifth Cavalry to the rescue, signaling virtually uncritical support for Netanyahu’s war and the way he fought it – civilian deaths and all –  pouring blame on the heads of Hamas, Islamic terrorism and European anti-semitism and giving Netanyahu the green light, should she succeed Obama, to demand ongoing control of security in the West Bank.

The Book of Enoch as the Background to 1 Peter, 2 Peter, and Jude | Is That in the Bible?
Although the quotation of 1 Enoch in Jude 14–15 is often noted, the complex dependencies between 1 Enoch, Jude, and the Petrine epistles, as well as the general importance of the theology of 1 Enoch in the New Testament, often go under-appreciated. Taking a closer look at these books provides some insight into how early Christian authors adapted each others’ work and drew upon texts that were ultimately omitted from the Bible.

Ambient space sounds playlist
From YouTube, a playlist of 12- and 24-hour-long videos of ambient space noise, mostly of the sounds of spaceships like the Tardis, the USS Enterprise, and the Nostromo (from Alien).

How to Fix It
Ending this war in Gaza begins with recognizing Hamas as a legitimate political actor.

Links van 24 mei 2013 tot 1 november 2013

Sonos Play:1 review – gdgt
Misschien wel, maar 't is toch wel nog duur. Als het nu pakweg 100 euro zou zijn, zou ik er twee kopen. Nu: geen één. "At just $199, the Play:1 is the cheapest way to jump into the Sonos wireless music system, or just a good addition to your existing collection of Sonos speakers."

Information Architecture: Beyond Web Sites, Apps, and Screens :: UXmatters
Het blijft moeilijk: hoe maak je iets dat voor het overgrote deel aanvoelen is, respectabel genoeg voor de buitenwereld? — "Can a craft-like profession of information architecture that lacks internal theory keep up with the growing complexities of ubiquitous ecosystems that comprise both digital and physical objects? I don’t think so."

Pages 5.0 for Mac review: Apple writes a new chapter for its word processing app | Macworld
Ahem. "The new Pages is, without question, only related in name to its predecessor. The app’s list of missing features is significant: It has limited page-layout capabilities, no linked text boxes, you can’t customize the toolbar, it has almost no AppleScript support, no style drawer, and lacks file-level compatibility with Pages ‘09. Honestly, the list of what’s missing could go on and on."

Meet “badBIOS,” the mysterious Mac and PC malware that jumps airgaps | Ars Technica
Sppoky! "But the story gets stranger still. […] Ruiu posited another theory that sounds like something from the screenplay of a post-apocalyptic movie: "badBIOS," as Ruiu dubbed the malware, has the ability to use high-frequency transmissions passed between computer speakers and microphones to bridge airgaps."

Religious Texts from Ugarit (whole) | Nick Wyatt – Academia.edu
Altijd al eens zin gehad om kleitabletten uit Ugarit te lezen? Bij deze — helemaal gratis en voor niets.

Things Come Apart, 50 Disassembled Objects in 21,959 Individual Parts by Todd McLellan
I’ll never forget the excitement I felt as a child when first disassembling a telephone on our back porch using an old screwdriver and a pair of pliers. It was like making a discovery akin to unearthing a dinosaur. The sudden knowledge that the speaker part was magnetic and contained a mile of thin copper wiring was practically miraculous.

The Floating Temple: How to Lift a Seven Million Pound, 112-year-old Building

Links van 27 juli 2012 tot 30 juli 2012

Stoya™, Our Bodies, Our Press Materials (Part 1)
“No one has ever said that they fap to my ribcage.” seems like a fantastic line to end on for now.

Talking About Wife’s Horse, Romney Shows Why Americans Don’t Like Him
Something tells me that if Romney were mayor of New York, he’d sneak into the opera wearing a fake nose and a mustache—while the next day we’d see him front and center at the Rangers hockey game, clutching a beer he doesn’t really want to drink.

They should have mailed it to the Marx Brothers | MetaFilter
The Ben-Zvi Institute in Jerusalem houses the Aleppo Codex, considered the oldest and most authoritative text of the Hebrew Bible. Written in the 10th century AD and annotated by Maimonides himself, it was safeguarded by the Jewish diaspora and revered for its linguistic precision and its beauty. "The story of how some 200 pages of the codex went missing — and to this day remain the object of searches carried out around the globe by biblical scholars, private investigators, shadowy businessmen and the Mossad, Israel’s intelligence agency — is one of the great mysteries in Jewish history."

OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion: the Ars Technica review | Ars Technica
magine creating several different kinds of images with your favorite image editors, saving them all to iCloud. Later, try opening all your images using the Preview application. Whoops, Preview can't see your images; all it can see is its own iCloud document container. I hope you remember which image editor you used to create each image.

I’ve Never Shaved My Legs, So What? | The Official Mayim Bialik Blog at Kveller
My son knows I have body hair just like he knows my husband does. It’s normal and natural to have body hair.

Links van 8 april 2012 tot 11 april 2012

Interesting Articles
A curated stream of interesting articles.

Beste MIVB, heb uw personeel en de passagiers lief | Sixlog
Je bent nergens meer veilig, niet in het verkeer, evenmin thuis en zeker niet op een boot. Dat heet toeval of noodlot en hoeveel blauw ook op straat, of hoe streng de straffen: het zal altijd blijven gebeuren. Heden mosselen, morgen gij.

Demoscene – The Art of the Algorithms | MetaFilter

Elaine Pagels on the Book of Revelation : The New Yorker
Millions are annihilated, every major city has been destroyed, but nobody you really like has died. It’s a Hollywood ending in that way, too.

The Grandmaster Experiment
“Girls can learn how to play just as well as boys,” Susan says. “But they often approach the game differently. Girls would rather solve chess puzzles than play against one of their friends,” she says. Boys will always choose to compete.

Links van 14 januari 2012 tot 18 januari 2012

cliff richard dying inside
As with a lot of pictures of Cliff, at first glance he looks happy. But if you look closely, if you really search his eyes for signs of life, you soon realise that he is dying on the inside.

[Updated] The rise and fall of personal computing | asymco
Note the log scale.

bloodrunsclear’s real trailers for fictional films | MetaFilter
The sci-fi and fantasy trailer edits of bloodrunsclear range from a more diverse recasting of The Last Airbender and a more accurate version of the upcoming live-action Akira film to a moody treatment of The Sandman to the retro-looking adaptation of Neuromancer and the haunting Call of Cthulhu film. Want trailers to video game adaptations? To wargamers he has a live-action Warhammer 40,000 teaser. To LARPers he gives you Vampire: the Masquerade. To video gamers? Well… which kind are you interested in?

Going Cardboard: A Board Game Documentary
Do you have fond childhood memories of gathering around the table with the family for a game of Monopoly, Scrabble, or LIFE?

Cardboard is making a comeback.

In an era of tech-based entertainment, word is spreading about a new breed of board game. Going Cardboard takes you into the designer "German-style" board gaming scene, from its community of enthusiastic fans to the creative passions of the designers and their journeys from concept to reality.

Notes on Ezekiel
The point of all this is to note the fact that none of the elements of Ezekiel's vision are foreign to religious iconography of the times (or before Ezekiel's era).  The cloud / storm element of the vision is very common to the Old Testament, and is chiefly aimed at Baal, the king of the gods at Ugarit (the storm god), which is outside Babylon, both terribly common to Israelite thinking.  Hence the vision of Ezekiel, in many respects, is an amalgam of familiar (early) Israelite theophanic portrayals of Yahweh and Babylonian elements, all designed to put Yahweh "in the picture," ousting the pagan god(s).

The (Real) Definition Of Standard & Poor’s Credit Ratings….. ‘Tom Pride’ (Satire) via reddit.com
A lot of people are talking about credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s downgrading of several EU countries yesterday but not many people actually understand what the ratings mean.

So here’s a quick guide from S&P itself to help you understand the ratings system.

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