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Links van 9 november 2017 tot 10 november 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Links voor 24 oktober 2017

Mobile First, Desktop Worst – prototypr
Mobile First should not be taken as an opportunity to over-simplify and, by the same token, Desktop First should not be taken as an opportunity to pile on complexity.

Facebook moving non-promoted posts out of news feed in trial | Technology | The Guardian
Facebook is testing a major change that would shift non-promoted posts out of its news feed, a move that could be catastrophic for publishers relying on the social network for their audience. A new system being trialled in six countries including Slovakia, Serbia and Sri Lanka sees almost all non-promoted posts shifted over to a secondary feed, leaving the main feed focused entirely on original content from friends, and adverts.

The problem with the Romans is they always try to walk it in
Using Latin phrases is often just verbal bullying, Bullingdon style. So let’s translate phrases into football.

Booking.com — UX Analysis and Responsive Redesign – uxdesign.cc
Zo'n old school artikel begot. Maar wel nostalgisch en wijs: "As a wanderlust and UX designer, I decided to challenge myself by redefining the user experience of Booking.com landing page."

The sad humanity of American Captain, the best anti-superhero comic about superheroes
“American Captain” gives us Steve Rogers (and to a lesser extent his peers) struggling with downtime, professional frustration, 21st century confusion, and post-traumatic stress. We look through the keyhole of the summer blockbuster and find the muted lifeworld of a sickly kid, now a grown man who can bench-press a car, but can’t figure out online banking. He’s the character who is both most and least like the reader, out of place in every room he enters. Steve is racked with guilt: not over losing Bucky, like he always is in the comics, but for not being able to protect his mother from his alcoholic father. For leaving the comm on so Sharon Carter could hear his plane crash. For forgetting to return The Hobbit to the NYPL before he was frozen in the ice. He’s thrilled to discover there’s a new Hobbit movie, but panics at the flame and explosions in the theater. He argues, sometimes passive-aggressively and sometimes aggressively, with everyone, including Nick Fury and Bruce Banner. He is marching, in kindness and honor, to his own destruction.

Links van 27 april 2016 tot 5 mei 2016

Microsoft’s hover gestures for Windows phones are magnificent | The Verge
It's not clear whether Microsoft will ever bring its 3D Touch work to the market. The software giant is largely retrenching from its Lumia Windows phones, and rumors suggest the company is focusing on a "Surface Phone" launch for next year. While Windows Phone might not have a competitive advantage on the app side, this type of 3D Touch interaction is truly innovative and unique. We just might never get the chance to test it in reality to see if it works as well as Microsoft's concepts.

Washington Should Prepare for Saudi Arabia’s Collapse – The Atlantic
It can’t last. The U.S. better get ready.

Tektonische verschuivingen – De Standaard
Geen foute analyse, mijn gedacht.

John Boehner slams Ted Cruz: ‘I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life’
Boehner harshly denounced Sen. Ted Cruz as “Lucifer in the flesh” during a discussion Wednesday night at Stanford University.

Postcards From Google Earth

Links van 16 april 2015 tot 23 april 2015

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 – Tech.pro
"revenue" & "breakeven", lost conscepts for pseudofounders

Links van 31 juli 2014 tot 9 augustus 2014

The War Photo No One Would Publish – The Atlantic
“It was one picture after another of a sunset with camels and a tank.”

An Empire of Stars » Lapsed Historian
As the V-2 disappeared into the distance the men of the AVKO couldn’t help but smile and cheer. Their delight was catching, and soon the rest of the soldiers and officers around the launchpad were cheering as well. British officers and soldiers. Because this was Operation Backfire, the beginning of something that most people don’t even know existed – the British Space Programme.

Python web scraping resource
If you need to extract data from a web page, then the chances are you looked for their API. Unfortunately this isn't always available and you sometimes have to fall back to web scraping. In this article I'm going to cover a lot of the things that apply to all web scraping projects and how to overcome some common gotchas.

I Refuse | Irwin E. Blank | Ops & Blogs | The Times of Israel
Erm, yeah. "I feel no need to apologize for refusing to allow myself to retain lands that were mine before your countries were born by imperialist wars and rivers of blood. When your ancestors were worshiping rocks and committing human sacrifice to please stone idols, mine were priests in the Temple of Solomon."

‘World stands disgraced’ as Israeli shelling of school kills at least 15 | World news | The Guardian
Fuckers. "The US, which has been at odds with Israel's prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, over efforts to secure a ceasefire, condemned the school shelling but did not specifically blame Israel."

Links van 14 november 2013 tot 15 november 2013

The Algorithm That Thinks Like A Human ⚙ Co.Labs ⚙ code + community
“We should be careful not to underestimate the significance… of this milestone,” says Facebook cofounder Dustin Moskovitz, an advisor to a six-person startup that is reinventing artificial intelligence.

7 Fantastic Ways To Distinguish Between Sense And Nonsense
What can be said at all can be said clearly, and what we cannot talk about we must pass over in silence.

Hey, designer!
Curated articles and resources for web designers and developers.

Why the tech press is ignoring Zulily’s huge IPO – The Term Sheet: Fortune’s deals blogTerm Sheet
Zulily is profitable. It's also growing, with $439 million in revenue over the first nine months of 2013, compared to $202 million for the year-earlier period (and, of course, Q4 is when it makes its largest dollars). In other words, it's a real business. Bo-ring.

Google+ YouTube Integration: Kind of Like Twilight, Except In This Version When +Cullen Drinks BellaTube’s Blood They Both Become Mortal, But +Cullen Is Still An Abusive Creep, Also It Is Still Bad | Vi Hart
The choice between having to use Google+ and never commenting on YouTube again is laughably easy for me. I invested so much into my YouTube channel, and they’re taking that investment and threatening to throw it away if I don’t also start investing in Google+. No thank you Google, but you’ve already made me regret investing so much into you the first time. Do you really think I’m going to do it again?

Links van 1 november 2013 tot 2 november 2013

fabiensanglard.net/doom3_documentation/DOOM-3-BFG-Technical-Note.pdf
This technical note describes some of the performance issues encountered during the development of DOOM 3 BFG.

The Strange and Mysterious History of the Ouija Board | History & Archaeology | Smithsonian Magazine
The real history of the Ouija board is just about as mysterious as how the “game” works. Ouija historian Robert Murch has been researching the story of the board since 1992; when he started his research, he says, no one really knew anything about its origins, which struck him as odd: “For such an iconic thing that strikes both fear and wonder in American culture, how can no one know where it came from?”

The Frankenstein Notebooks | The Shelley-Godwin Archive
Frankenstein in het origineel handgeschreven! "We present here for the first time in digital form all the known manuscripts of Frankenstein, perhaps the most famous and widely reproduced work of British Romanticism. These manuscripts consist of the now disbound pages from five notebooks once the property of Mary Shelley, purchased by the Bodleian Library, Oxford, in 2004, from her descendant, Lord Abinger."

Why We Chose Ghost to Take You Behind the Scenes at Envato
't Schijnt schoon te zijn, die Ghost. "We uhm'ed and ah'ed on WordPress or Tumblr, took a side step towards Jekyll, and then landed on the barely-released Ghost. They are all great products, all great for different things, but ultimately Ghost felt like the right choice for what we want to do here."

Clarkesworld Magazine – Science Fiction and Fantasy : The Things by Peter Watts
The Thing, uit het perspectief van het "monster": "I am being Blair. I escape out the back as the world comes in through the front. I am being Copper. I am rising from the dead. I am being Childs. I am guarding the main entrance."

Just like that…

En kijk, zo rap kan het gaan:

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Zo erg. 

Links van 2 mei 2012 tot 8 mei 2012

swissmiss | Two kids in a car
These two kids saw the GOTYE music video SOMEBODY THAT I USED TO KNOW and fell in love with it. They started requesting the song every time they’d be riding in the car, singing along, of course. One day, their parents set up a go camera behind their seat and taped them over a few car rides. Awesome.

don kenn gallery
BORN IN DENMARK 1978. I WRITE AND DIRECT TELEVISION SHOWS FOR KIDS. I HAVE A SET OF TWINS AND NOT MUCH TIME FOR ANYTHING. BUT WHEN I HAVE TIME I DRAW MONSTERDRAWINGS ON POST-IT NOTES… IT IS A LITTLE WINDOW INTO A DIFFERENT WORLD, MADE ON OFFICE SUPPLIES.

More Dutch men served in feldgrau than in khaki | MetaFilter
Needless to say, this part of WWII history doesn't quite fit with the image that us Dutch would like to have as ourselves as innocent victims of the Nazi occupation, where after the war everybody had been in the resistance.

I’m Sick Of Pretending: I Don’t "Get" Art | VICE
You know what? I'm sick of pretending. I went to art school, wrote a dissertation called "The Elevation of Art Through Commerce: An Analysis of Charles Saatchi's Approach to the Machinery of Art Production Using Pierre Bourdieu's Theories of Distinction", have attended art openings at least once a month for the last five years, even fucking purchased pieces of it, but the other night, after attending the opening of the new Tracey Emin retrospective at the Hayward Gallery, I'm finally ready to come out and say it: I just don't think I "get" art.

Spectrum Made Me • Articles • Retro • Eurogamer.net
Those other computers were good and they were popular, but – on a national, social and for me, personal level – the Spectrum was a phenomenon. It was a mercurial presence, a flashpoint, and it changed everything. It changed me.

I am the press and so can you

Allez ju: weblogs en websites zijn ook “drukpers”.

Alles wat voor drukpers geldt en dat in het algemeen geldt, geldt voor ons ook: burgerrechtelijke aansprakelijkheid blijft, auteursrechten moeten blijven gerespecteerd worden, en alles.

Maar ze kunnen ons bij deze niet meer preventief censureren, en voor strafrechtelijke sancties is het bij het Hof van Assisen te doen (behalve voor inbreuken tegen de racismewetgeving, natuurlijk, en wat dat betreft ben ik het eigenlijk volmondig eens met Matthias Storme, zie mij helemaal reactionair worden in my old age).

Links van 13 maart 2012 tot 18 maart 2012

Sustainable Pleasure – Sex Toy Recycling
find out how sex toy recycling works

Ruby, Ruby on Rails, and _why: The disappearance of one of the world’s most beloved computer programmers. – Slate Magazine
What happened when one of the world’s most unusual, and beloved, computer programmers disappeared.

The Inside Story of How John Carter Was Doomed by Its First Trailer via reddit.com
Because the Barsoom books were so influential to cinema's greatest sci-fi auteurs, just about everything in it had already been plundered and reused by other hits. And as a result, the more that was revealed of John Carter, the more derivative it looked, even if its source had originated these ideas. Look at what George Lucas took from Burroughs for his Star Wars movies alone: In his movies, the Sith are evil Jedis; in the world of John Carter, the Sith are evil insects. Star Wars had Princess Leia; John Carter has Princess Dejah. Leia’s infamous bikini in Return of the Jedi? Worn by Princess Dejah first. That flying skiff she’s standing on next to Jabba the Hutt? Carter again. Even those banthas in the Star Wars were culled from the John Carter books, which are populated with similar-looking beasts of burden called banths. Looking beyond Lucas, Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry famously pillaged the books, as did James Cameron, who in numerous interviews called Avatar “almost an Edgar Rice Burroughs kind of adventure.”

The Santorum Strategy | Truthout
Liberals tend to underestimate the importance of public discourse and its effect on the brains of our citizens. All thought is physical. You think with your brain. You have no alternative. Brain circuitry strengthens with repeated activation. And language, far from being neutral, activates complex brain circuitry that is rooted in conservative and liberal moral systems. Conservative language, even when argued against, activates and strengthens conservative brain circuitry. This is extremely important for so-called "independents," who actually have both conservative and liberal moral systems in their brains and can shift back and forth. The more they hear conservative language over the next eight months, the more their conservative brain circuitry will be strengthened.

Les Femmes de l’Avenir – 1902 | La boite verte
Cette série de cartes imaginant l’avenir des femmes dans différentes professions a été éditée par l’imprimerie A. Bergeret de Nancy en 1902.

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.

Links van 20 juni 2011 tot 21 juni 2011

FT Alphaville » George Clooney roils the Bitcoin market
Bitcoin – the virtual currency — has had a tough time of it lately. Having recently gained some mainstream prominence and become the world’s fastest appreciating currency, Bitcoin has also had to contend with political scrutiny, a Black Friday and now — a hacker-induced flash crash, of sorts.

10 Myths About Introverts || CarlKingCreative.com || Los Angeles, CA
Who'd a thunk? "It can be terribly destructive for an Introvert to deny themselves in order to get along in an Extrovert-Dominant World. Like other minorities, Introverts can end up hating themselves and others because of the differences. If you think you are an Introvert, I recommend you research the topic and seek out other Introverts to compare notes. The burden is not entirely on Introverts to try and become "normal." Extroverts need to recognize and respect us, and we also need to respect ourselves. "

EFF and Bitcoin | Electronic Frontier Foundation
…and it all came crashing down: "For several months, EFF has been following the movement around Bitcoin, an electronic payment system that touts itself as "the first decentralized digital currency." We helped inform our members about this unique project through our blog and we experimented with accepting Bitcoin donations for several months in an account that was started by others.

However, we’ve recently removed the Bitcoin donation option from the Other Ways to Help page on the EFF website, and we have decided to not accept Bitcoins. "

What is your biggest secret you keep from everyone?
Wow. "I may be a pedophile but I am not a monster. I am a human being goddammit and I am fully aware of my situation and how I am doomed to never know how my greatest fantasy, my greatest desire would feel when fulfilled."

IDontLikeYouInThatWay.com: Well, This Is Disappointing
I don't know, but my penis just put his hands on his head and walked around the room. Then he sat down to stare out the window while sipping his coffee. Because there's so many questions, my friends. So many questions.

Display’s New Kingpin: Facebook’s No. 1 | Digital – Advertising Age
Facebook doesn't really have to try to become the biggest player in digital media; it simply is.

Links voor 28 mei 2011

"Literally Unbelievable"
Stories from The Onion as interpreted by Facebook

YouTube – Black Sabbath – War Pigs (Live in Paris 1970)
The mighty Sabbath unleashing War Pigs.

Links van 5 mei 2011 tot 6 mei 2011

Dorothy | Casualties of War
Green army men with PTSD.

un altro Foglio di Otto da Codice Arca [ARK CODEX 0:2:38 — 0:2:45]
"102 di 144 pagine (71%) realizzato" — whee!

The last post – Penmachine – Derek K. Miller
Here it is. I'm dead, and this is my last post to my blog. In advance, I asked that once my body finally shut down from the punishments of my cancer, then my family and friends publish this prepared message I wrote—the first part of the process of turning this from an active website to an archive.

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