Media Websites Battle Faltering Ad Revenue and Traffic – The New York Times
85 cents of every new dollar spent in online advertising will go to Google or Facebook, said Brian Nowak, a Morgan Stanley analyst. (…) Facebook also announced that it would open up Instant Articles — which encourage publishers to post their content directly to Facebook — to “any publisher.” (…) the rate at which links to outside websites are shared on Facebook,
compared with videos and Instant Articles, has declined. (…) Mr. Denton, once known for harsh assessments of the media business, struck a conciliatory tone. “The Instant Articles deal seems great,” he said in an interview last week. “Users get relevant stories and relevant ads. It’s the realization of that particular Internet dream."
Opinie: Dit mag niet overwaaien als het zoveelste Wetstraat-relletje | Standpunt | De Morgen
Dit mag niet overwaaien als het zoveelste Wetstraat-relletje. Ofwel is er een ernstig veiligheidsprobleem, ofwel heeft een vicepremier in de federale regering een significant deel van de bevolking die hij moet beschermen, moedwillig gestigmatiseerd met een islamofoob discours zonder bewijs. Dan zal de minister zelf mee de veiligheid en samenhorigheid in het land in gevaar gebracht hebben. Dat zou onaanvaardbaar zijn. Dit is niet iets dat je in de nek van een verbindingsofficier kunt schuiven.
Two despised frontrunners, two dying parties and a deeply broken system: How did we get here? – Salon.com
Trump and Clinton may be the two most hated frontrunners in history, dueling symbols of a duopoly in decay
Dag Laurens – De Standaard
En daar is hij, de akeligste en tegelijk mooiste zin van het jaar: "Als hij de rug rechtte om van zijn fles Spa te drinken, zag ik hem in profiel. Voor we zoogdieren werden, waren we vogels."
Neoliberalism – the ideology at the root of all our problems | Books | The Guardian
It may seem strange that a doctrine promising choice and freedom should have been promoted with the slogan “there is no alternative”. But, as Hayek remarked on a visit to Pinochet’s Chile – one of the first nations in which the programme was comprehensively applied – “my personal preference leans toward a liberal dictatorship rather than toward a democratic government devoid of liberalism”. The freedom that neoliberalism offers, which sounds so beguiling when expressed in general terms, turns out to mean freedom for the pike, not for the minnows.
One Book’s Cover | Brightweavings Journal
This spring I was working with my American and Canadian editors, and an art director, and a gifted artist to devise and shape the cover those territories are sharing for Children of Earth and Sky.
sbdc » Betrayed
I used to be able to trust that Apple products would just work. Now I can’t. I feel betrayed. And that’s on top of the massive piece of shit that iTunes has become. While I’ve been reassessing my digital interactions I now find myself reassessing what tools I use as well. Suddenly a dumb music player that reads 256GB MicroSD cards sounds like a more appealing travel companion than my iPhone. And that makes me reassess everything else.
How Trigger Warnings Are Hurting Mental Health on Campus – The Atlantic
Something strange is happening at America’s colleges and universities. A movement is arising, undirected and driven largely by students, to scrub campuses clean of words, ideas, and subjects that might cause discomfort or give offense.
Het Islamdebat en hoe ik het probeer te voeren | Jan Blommaert (en z’n gedachten)
“levensbeschouwelijke neutraliteit” is dan ook niet de afwezigheid van religieuze symbolen uit het publieke theater, het is de onverschilligheid tegenover religieuze symbolen
Google’s $6 Billion Miscalculation on the EU – Bloomberg Business
Oops. "Whatever goodwill it had stored up, Google started to lose in 2014, in the aftermath of the Snowden affair. Several of the leaked NSA documents revealed how Google and other companies had given the spy agency access to users’ accounts. Google said it was following the law and fought the NSA practice, but the damage was done. “What’s the use of a two-factor authenticated e-mail if the NSA is reading it, too?” Wagner says. “There was a huge shift.”"
Paleo isn’t a fad diet, it’s an ideology that selectively denies the modern world | Jason Wilson | Comment is free | The Guardian
Celebrity chef Pete Evans ‘won’t be silenced’ after his paleo book for children stirred up controversy – but paleo’s assumptions are only superficially plausible
How clickbait grew up and got (sort of) serious – The Washington Post
“Congratulations, Viral Nova!” The Awl’s Choire Sicha wrote in October 2013. “You’re HORRIFIC, ILLITERATE and MONSTROUS.” But now, some 18 months and 34908450984590734 page views later, DeLong wants to go legit. In doing so, he makes a perfect case study for the clickbait economy — and the trends rapidly disrupting it. “Our strategy has evolved,” DeLong said by phone. “We don’t want to get clicks. We want engagement.”
I'm Al Lowe and I created a series of games called Leisure Suit Larry for Sierra back in the '80s and '90s along with another 20 games and titles back in that period. I was with Sierra from 1982 until 1998 when it — well, it was the poor victim of a hostile takeover by criminals. How about that for an opening?
Israel’s Foreign Minister calls for beheading Arab citizens and it’s not anywhere in the New York Times
Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman has said that Arab citizens who are not loyal to the state of Israel should have their heads “chopped off with an axe”. The minister, leader of the Yisrael Beiteinu party and an outspoken critic of Israel’s Arab population, made the controversial remarks on Sunday in a speech to an election rally held in the western Israeli city of Herzliya ahead of the March 17 vote. “Those who are with us deserve everything, but those who are against us deserve to have their heads chopped off with an axe,” the ultra-nationalist politician said.
After GigaOm, The Non-VC “SimCity” Approach To Growing A Media Business — Medium
If your company is working fine internally to generate the revenues you’re after, no one notices. Instead, all the attention (and thus role-models, good or bad) goes to the VC-funded. Folks, someone getting a lot of VC investment isn’t a sign they’re successful at anything other than getting VC funding.
Hexspeak – Wikiwand
Hexspeak, like leetspeak, is a novelty form of variant English spelling using the hexadecimal numbers. Created by programmers who wanted a magic number, hexspeak words can serve as a clear and unique identifier with which to mark memory or data.
The Fatal Pinch
Many startups go through a point a few months before they die where although they have a significant amount of money in the bank, they're also losing a lot each month, and revenue growth is either nonexistent or mediocre. The company has, say, 6 months of runway. Or to put it more brutally, 6 months before they're out of business. They expect to avoid that by raising more from investors. That last sentence is the fatal one.
Tim Burton Confirms Winona Ryder Will Return For Beetlejuice 2 via reddit.com
Keaton told us on February 13 that he was in if Burton was, and on October 17 he mentioned that they were waiting for a script; but now Burton is here to set the record straight — “Beetlejuice 2″ is happening, and some very familiar faces will return.
David Mumford | Can one explain schemes to biologists
The sad thing is that this was rejected as much too technical for their readership. Their editor wrote me that 'higher degree polynomials', 'infinitesimal vectors' and 'complex space' (even complex numbers) were things at least half their readership had never come across. The gap between the world I have lived in and that even of scientists has never seemed larger. I am prepared for lawyers and business people to say they hated math and not to remember any math beyond arithmetic, but this!? Nature is read only by people belonging to the acronym 'STEM' (= Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and in the Common Core Standards, all such people are expected to learn a hell of a lot of math. Very depressing.
How NASA Stays Beautiful | Co.Design | business + design
NASA has a better grasp of design than any other government agency. The U.S. space agency has several teams devoted solely to data visualization and graphics, and its materials have a consistent design language that’s pretty much the best compared with any other arm of federal bureaucracy.
Dan Grover | Chinese Mobile App UI Trends
One day, for the fun of it, I started writing a list in my notebook of all the things that are different between apps here and those I’m accustomed to using and creating back in the US. When I finished, I was surprised by how long the list was, so it seemed fitting to flesh it out into a post.
Is My Startup Burn Rate Normal? | Hacker News
If you're not filling an efficiency gap, and you're not making money, you're not a business. You can fail one of those criteria and be either a parasite or a charity, but you need both to be a business.
A eulogy for RadioShack, the panicked and half-dead retail empire – SBNation.com
This may very well be RadioShack's final holiday season. Jon, a former employee, looks back on a strange, craven, five thousand-fingered strip-mall monster from a forgotten age.
Why I don’t like hackathons, by Alex Bayley aged 39 1/2 | Infotropism
The result is that people build quick hacks that are cute and flashy, but have little depth. Meh.
What I Wish I’d Known About Emacs
The admission of emacs into the editor war is something of a misrepresentation. That emacs can be used as a text editor is incidental to its nature as a computing environment.
Beats Music | Online Music Streaming
Our curators are driven by a passion for music. They know the only thing as important as the song you’re hearing now is the song that comes next. Their expertise, combined with the best technology, always delivers the right music to you at the right time.
Geocodio | Ridiculously cheap bulk geocoding
turn street addresses into map coordinates using our straightforward REST API
Generate a Random Name – Male, French, Belgium – Fake Name Generator
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Oxfam: 85 richest people as wealthy as poorest half of the world | Business | theguardian.com
The extent to which so much global wealth has become corralled by a virtual handful of the so-called 'global elite' is exposed in a new report from Oxfam on Monday. It warned that those richest 85 people across the globe share a combined wealth of £1tn, as much as the poorest 3.5 billion of the world's population.
Gaan we voor angst en vernedering, of zetten we in op emancipatie en hoop? – Opinie – De Morgen
Crul vergeleek de situatie van jonge Turkse Europeanen in al die landen met elkaar. De ondervraagde jongeren hadden allemaal dezelfde startpositie (geboren in Europa), dezelfde herkomst (ouders geboren in Turkije) en het betrof allemaal kinderen van laaggeschoolde arbeidersgezinnen. De onderzoeker vroeg zich af of die jongeren, die in verschillende landen in erg vergelijkbare omstandigheden aan de start kwamen, zich anders zouden ontwikkelen op sociaal-economisch vlak en of ze vervolgens ook andere maatschappelijke opvattingen zouden ontwikkelen. Het antwoord op beide vlakken luidt ontegensprekelijk "ja". In Zweden stromen zes (6!) keer meer van die jongeren door naar academische opleidingen dan in Duitsland.
Het keerpunt is bereikt: de emancipatie is niet uit, maar simpelweg af – nrc.nl
Emancipatie wordt dan niet gemeten in termen van vrijheid, maar in termen van gelijke uitkomsten. Maar wordt het zo langzaamaan niet eens tijd voor de conclusie: allebei kan blijkbaar niet? De huidige, ongelijke (of in ieder geval verschillende) verhoudingen en opvattingen zijn dan juist het product van die vrijheid, omdat vrouwen nu eenmaal geneigd zijn om andere prioriteiten te stellen en keuzes te maken, wat er vervolgens toe leidt dat er meer vrouwen zullen zijn die parttime werken, en net wat minder vrouwelijke ME’ers en topmanagers.
Out of the picture: why the world’s best photo startup is going out of business | The Verge
But as time ran out, hopes diminished. "It succeeded in every possible way," said Jason Eberle, who built the web version of Everpix, "except for the only way that matters."
Offices For All! Why Open-Office Layouts Are Bad For Employees, Bosses, And Productivity | Fast Company | Business + Innovation
We’ve been told that our small squat in the vast openness of our open-office layouts, with all its crosstalk and lack of privacy, is actually good for us. It boosts productivity. It leads to a happy utopia of shared ideas and mutual goals. These are the words of imperceptive employers and misguided researchers.
7 Sins of Doomed Teams
Here’s a run down of ways engineers can err. As dreadful as it sounds, rejoice. Salvation is right around the corner. Watch for those signs of trouble and lead the way to redemption.
Cosmic Census Finds Billions of Planets That Could Be Like Earth – NYTimes.com
Somewhere in all of this, there must be a planet where the volcanoes spout chocolate.
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The Real Story Behind Apple’s ‘Think Different’ Campaign – Forbes
In writing this story, I’ve drawn from handwritten, dated creative journals I’ve diligently chronicled throughout my agency career as well as files I saved from the 1997 Apple time period (being a packrat often proves useful). In these journals are countless pages of notes and concepts I jotted down during the process of trying to bring Apple back to prominence. I also found the original “To the crazy ones” television script I presented to Jobs, as well as a plethora of rough drafts.
While I’ve seen a few inaccurate articles and comments floating around the Internet about how the legendary “Think Different” campaign was conceived, what prompted me to share this inside account was Walter Isaacson’s recent, best-selling biography on Steve Jobs. In his book, Isaacson incorrectly suggests Jobs created and wrote much of the “To the crazy ones” launch commercial. To me, this is a case of revisionist history.
Being a Dude Is a Good Thing by @TMatlack — The Good Men Project
Here’s my theory, and it’s nothing but a theory. Men and women are different. Quite different in fact. But women would really like men to be more like them.
Medieval Names Archive Compact Index
This collection of articles on medieval and renaissance names is intended to help historical re-creators to choose authentic names.
Stephen Colbert Interviews Neil deGrasse Tyson at Montclair Kimberley Academy – 2010-Jan-29 – YouTube
A discussion about science, society, and the universe with Stephen Colbert, who is out of character, at the Kimberley Academy in Montclair, New Jersey.
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Ik moest even grinniken: "TIL people produce porn where girls cry."
Spreekt deze Vlaam Nederlands? – Goesting in een blogje
De kennis over België reikt bij de gemiddelde Nederlander helaas niet veel verder dan het oprakelen van gênante episodes van 'De Pfaffs'. Het zien van mijn Belgisch paspoort was voor het KLM-personeel aan de gate op Schiphol voldoende om van de weeromstuit enkele Pfaffs te imiteren. Het idee dat 'Oh oh Cherso' en 'Oh oh Tirol' nu op de Vlaamse buis losgelaten worden, stemt me dan weer helemaal blij. Ik verkneukel me over zoveel gerechtigheid.
Only 50% iPhones Have Been Synced At Least Once
This is a crazy figure: 50% of the iPhones brought to Genius bars have never been connected to a computer. Ever.
Oriental Institute | The Assyrian Dictionary of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago (CAD)
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The 9 Most Important Things to Remember If You Want to Sell Your Startup
The 50 Things Every Graphic Design Student Should Know – Jamie Wieck – Design, Illustration
A condensed primer for students and graduates-to-be.
Terraria – Coming soon!
Dig, fight, explore, build! Nothing is impossible in this action-packed adventure game. The world is your canvas and the ground itself is your paint. Terraria is coming soon!
YouTube – Creativity Masterclass [excerpts]
Audience was mostly silent.
Concept Camera: The WVIL on Vimeo
The WVIL camera is a concept camera envisioned by Artefact's award-winning design team. It answers the question: “what’s next for camera design?”