Links van 31 juli 2014 tot 9 augustus 2014

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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

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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

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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…

donderdag 10 januari 2013 in Sonstiges. Permanente link | 4 reacties

En kijk, zo rap kan het gaan:

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Zo erg. 

Links van 2 mei 2012 tot 8 mei 2012

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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

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 •
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

donderdag 22 maart 2012 in Weblog. Permanente link | Eén reactie

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

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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
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

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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 –
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
"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

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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 || || 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." 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

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"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

vrijdag 6 mei 2011 in Links. Permanente link | 2 reacties

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.

Links voor 27 maart 2011

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March 2011 Update – Strategic Planning
En nu hopen dat ze er écht iets aan doen: "Here’s what we think the Editor Trends Study tells us: Between 2005 and 2007, newbies started having real trouble successfully joining the Wikimedia community. Before 2005 in the English Wikipedia, nearly 40% of new editors would still be active a year after their first edit. After 2007, only about 12-15% of new editors were still active a year after their first edit. Post-2007, lots of people were still trying to become Wikipedia editors. What had changed, though, is that they were increasingly failing to integrate into the Wikipedia community, and failing increasingly quickly. The Wikimedia community had become too hard to penetrate."

7 myths about paper prototyping
"Many information architects are obsessed with wireframes but in most projects, they aren't needed: they are just a bureaucratic overhead. You'll find that an electronic prototype, modified as the project progresses, provides a much more useful design communication tool than a wireframe."

Is Advertising Revenue Dead as a Blogging Income Stream?
The topic of conversation? Monetizing blogs by selling advertising directly to advertisers.Their conclusion on the topic? It’s a dead and obsolete method of making money.

Design Principles for Visual Communication | April 2011 | Communications of the ACM
How to identify, instantiate, and evaluate domain-specific design principles for creating more effective visualizations.


vrijdag 27 april 2007 in Sonstiges. Permanente link | 6 reacties

‘t Is al een tijdje dat ik hem volg, Elio op het interweb. WordPress, Flickr, Dailymotion, een digg-achtig systeem om de vraag van de week te kiezen… technisch proper, allemaal. Maar vooral: persoonlijk, voor zover ik kan zien niet al te gefilterd door communicatie-experten, niet genant campagne-voerend.

Presidentieel, bijna: Elio staat boven al die politieke sordiditeiten.

Ik maak mezelf misschien dingen wijs, maar ik heb echt de indruk dat die mens het allemaal echt meent. En daar mogen ze, eigenlijk, in Vlaanderen nog wel een puntje aan zuigen.

Dites-moi un peu…
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Ik zie het, om zomaar iemand te noemen, Leterme niet doen.

Live Writer

maandag 14 augustus 2006 in Computers en dingen. Permanente link | 23 reacties

Ik denk dat nog wel het properste van Live Writer is, dat het écht WYSIWYG editeren is.

Dus dat als ik er een beeld in steek, dat ik daar alle mogelijke stijlen op kan plakken die op de website mogelijk zijn. Dat een blockquote doet wat ik ervan verwacht bijvoorbeeld, te weten:

een insprong met zo’n lichtgrijs lijntje ervoor

Verander van weblog, en de layout wordt helemaal omgezet naar de layout van dat andere weblog:

…en dat allemaal transparant en proper. Indrukwekkend ook hoe de installatie 110% pijnloos is–gewoon URL van weblog ingeven, naam en wachtwoord, en alles gebeurt automatisch:

Ook veelbelovend dat er blijkbaar een plugin-architectuur is, ik kijk al uit naar plugins voor Flickr en YouTube en dergelijke.

Grappig ook dat je kaartjes met één klik kan inserten:

Alvast na één entry gebruik: de image resize is me veel te fuzzy en ik mis Flickr-integratie heel erg. Maar de drag & drop en de extra image manipulatiedingen zij wel grappig–niet voor mij want ik gebruik die niet, maar ik kan me inbeelden dat, ahem, amateurs het wel allemaal zullen appreciëren.

Drafts werken perfect, posten ook, editen ook, de html is proper, enfin: ik denk dat ik het maar eens een tijdje in de plaats van BlogJet gebruik. Om te testen.

En ja: dat was inderdaad J.J. Allaire, van ColdFusion. Interview alhier.


donderdag 10 augustus 2006 in Kinderen. Permanente link | 2 reacties

Zelie zei het vanavond plots tegen mij, en ‘t schijnt deze namiddag ook al tegen Sandra: dat ze weer in haar dagboek wil schrijven.

Het is er een tijd niet meer van gekomen, omdat de routine er niet meer was: eerst kamp, dan Gentse feesten en elke avond veel te laat, en dan gewoon elke avond zo lang mogelijk wakker blijven tot ze echt wel moest gaan slapen.

Maar goed. Herbegonnen dus. Eens benieuwd of ze het uithoudt.

Louis wil trouwens ook schrijven. Niet dat hij het al kan lezen, maar hij wil ook zijn dag neergeschreven hebben.

Ik sta er helemaal achter: hun gedachten leren verwoorden en structureren, verhalen vertellen, ze kunnen er maar wel bij varen. Ik ben nog altijd niet van plan ze te corrigeren of zo, en al helemaal niet om in hun plaats te schrijven. Ik kijk er alvast naar uit hoe het evolueert over de maanden en jaren. en, voor wie het zich afvraagt.


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