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Links van 20 mei 2018 tot 21 mei 2018

Gell-Mann amnesia effect – Wikiwand
the Gell-Mann amnesia effect labels a commonly observed problem in modern media,[2] where one will believe everything they read from a journalist even after they come across an article about something they know well that is completely incorrect

Tim Harford — Article — Statistics, Fast and Slow
One way to understand China is to look at the statistics. Real income per person has increased nearly tenfold since 1990. Since the early 1980s, the number of extremely poor people in China has fallen by more than three-quarters of a billion people, more than half the population of the country. China consumed more cement in a recent three-year period than the US used in the entire 20th century. Even on paper, it is the most dramatic explosion of economic activity in human history. Seeing it with your own eyes is another experience entirely.

Acephalic Agile—worse than Waterfall? – Oliver Wyman Labs: Technical
At least in Waterfall if you did a good job of designing the project, and if you stuck to the spirit of the method, you were to some extent insulated from management noise and ‘dreck effekt’. But the outcome in a badly governed Agile project is that each iteration takes us further off course. Or at least it doesn’t (‘asymptotically’) converge on the right outcome as it should. The result can be even worse than a badly planned Waterfall project, and with more late nights worked along the way. The pain coefficient at the project’s end can also be greater than with the Waterfall. Here it is that Agile can actually be worse than Waterfall.

How many people with disabilities did you have test the design before you let people try it out? : beta
I am curious about whether or not you guys even bothered talking to a single person who uses a screen reader/has vision loss or poor vision/ or is totally blind? What about people who can't use a mouse? If you did, can you explain the process by making things hard to access with keyboard, totally unavailable to access with a keyboard, and why you made certain decisions to make things harder to see? EDIT: Reddit has responded with the following, which answers my question with a "None."

Time to ditch Wikipedia?
As an active editor for almost 15 years, Cross is very familiar with some of the more arcane Wikipedia rules and guidelines (along with their obscure acronyms) and uses them to justify removing information he dislikes in favour of his own inclusions. Often in a very subtle manner and over a long period of time. Anyone familiar with the work of the people he targets will recognise how one-sided and distorted those entries become.

Links van 25 maart 2018 tot 15 mei 2018

Drupal takes on risky admin interface renewal to catch up with WordPress | Drupal Shell
It is sad to see that the gradual adoption plan was switched to chase down shiny technology, without good thought on the long term effects on the community. With the original monolithic model of Drupal, falling out of favour it no longer has the module moat it had to protect it will dry up. Soon there might be no particularly good reason to use Drupal, and it will be further entrenched in the Enterprise niche Acquia is chasing. If the brand won’t be too tarnished by security issues.

Yep, That $500 M from China to Trump Project Looks Like a Pretty Big Deal – Talking Points Memo
You probably saw the news yesterday that just days before President Trump tweeted that he was intent on saving that sanctions-busting Chinese telecommunications company, China had agreed to loan $500 million to a major Trump-backed development in Indonesia. These kinds of situations are now basically commonplace in the Trump Era. But it is important to look at them from a macro- and a micro-perspective. The details are quite complex in the latter case. We are still digging into them. But I wanted to give you a first sense of what we’re finding, because they make Trump’s connection to the operation and potential profits look considerably tighter than what I’d been led to expect yesterday from early reports.

Why I Love the GDPR: 10 Reasons – TeachPrivacy
In the United States, a common refrain about GDPR is that it is unreasonable, unworkable, an insane piece of legislation that doesn’t understand how the Internet works, and a dinosaur romping around in the Digital Age. But the GDPR isn’t designed to be followed as precisely as one would build a rocket ship. It’s an aspirational law.  Although perfect compliance isn’t likely, the practical goal of the GDPR is for organizations to try hard, to get as much of the way there as possible. The GDPR is the most profound privacy law of our generation.  Of course, it’s not perfect, but it has more packed into it than any other privacy law I’ve seen. The GDPR is quite majestic in its scope and ambition.  Rather than shy away from tough issues, rather than tiptoe cautiously, the GDPR tackles nearly everything. Here are 10 reasons why I love the GDPR

Waarom boycot Israël (BDS) een morele plicht is – DeWereldMorgen.be
Een recent rapport van een VN Commissie over de behandeling van het Palestijnse volk door Israël Staat concludeert dat “het beschikbare bewijsmateriaal buiten iedere redelijke twijfel aantoont dat Israël zich schuldig maakt aan … de misdaad van apartheid”. Civiele samenleving en burgers hebben daarbij als “een morele plicht” er bij middel van boycot (BDS) toe bij te dragen dat er een einde komt aan dat Israëlische apartheidsregime.

Doc Searls Weblog · GDPR will pop the adtech bubble
Adtech relies on misdirection. See, adtech looks like advertising, and is called advertising; but it’s really direct marketing, which is descended from junk mail and a cousin of spam. Because of that misdirection, brands think they’re placing ads in media, while the systems they hire are actually chasing eyeballs to anywhere. (Pro tip: if somebody says every ad needs to “perform,” or that the purpose of advertising is “to get the right message to the right person at the right time,” they’re actually talking about direct marketing, not advertising.)

A surprising bullying battleground: Senior centers – San Francisco Chronicle
Mensen zijn universeel altijd en overal klootzakken: “The unwanted were turned away from cafeteria tables. Fistfights broke out at karaoke. Dances became breeding grounds for gossip and cruelty. It became clear this place had a bullying problem on its hands. What many found surprising was that the perpetrators and victims alike were all senior citizens. MOST POPULAR A surprising bullying battleground: Senior centers Editorial: The Bay Area’s housing crisis has become an emergency Trump is more popular than Dems want to admit Practice wars shaped Kevin Durant, James Harden into MVP-type players SF’s legacy restaurants hang on amid changing tastes California motorists can get slammed twice in hit-and-run accidents Stephen Curry vs. Chris Paul: A rivalry renewed Nursing homes, senior centers and housing complexes for the elderly have introduced programs, training and policies aimed at curbing spates of bullying, an issue once thought the exclusive domain of the young.”

(703) Introducing Visual Studio Live Share – YouTube
Nice.

Index of /L2/L2017
Unicode-voorstellen. Wonderlijk wijs.

Digital Photocopiers Loaded With Secrets – CBS News
Nearly every digital copier built since 2002 contains a hard drive – like the one on your personal computer – storing an image of every document copied, scanned, or emailed by the machine. In the process, it’s turned an office staple into a digital time-bomb packed with highly-personal or sensitive data. If you’re in the identity theft business it seems this would be a pot of gold. “The type of information we see on these machines with the social security numbers, birth certificates, bank records, income tax forms,” John Juntunen said, “that information would be very valuable.” Buffalo Reacts to CBS News Investigation

Troye Sivan Is a New Kind of Pop Star: Here, Queer and Used to It – The New York Times
The 22-year-old singer is climbing the charts while demonstrating how his sexual orientation is both part of his art and beside the point.

The shocking story of Israel’s disappeared babies | Israel News | Al Jazeera
This was a crime perpetrated against thousands of parents, who still don’t know the truth about their children’s fate.

Radio Garden Live
radio van over heel de wereld!

Pink Trombone

Fonts for Complex Data | News, Notes & Observations | Hoefler & Co.
Retail displays, packaged goods, financial reports and apps all present readers with a dizzying array of data. Here are a few ways to make quick work of their long lists, tiny annotations, and mighty stacks of numbers.

104-year-old David Goodall’s journey to Switzerland for voluntary euthanasia – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Dr David Goodall’s life has been one of teaching, learning and discovery. Now the 104-year-old academic has departed on the last journey he will ever make.

43-year-old Australian trapdoor spider was world’s oldest known spider – The Washington Post
This is the story of the oldest known spider in the world and the people who knew her. The details are compiled largely from research conducted by Barbara Main and Leanda Mason, who knew her best over nearly half a century.

Library Genesis: David Gerard – Attack of the 50 Foot Blockchain: Bitcoin, Blockchain, Ethereum & Smart Contracts
tl;dr “blockchain” anything is a boondoggle at best and horribly
damaging at worst, and you really don’t want to go near this actively
terrible rubbish.

How to Collaborate When You Don’t Have Consensus
When people have fundamental disagreements, they can’t articulate their mutual interests harmoniously. Getting them to agree isn’t a realistic option. Only a few choices are available. You can try to force the issue (and face the repercussions of a backlash); you can try to adapt to the unacceptable situation as it is; or you can try to exit from the situation altogether. If those paths aren’t feasible, only one alternative remains: to find a way to collaborate despite disagreement.

banzaipanda comments on Doctors/nurses/redditors, what has been your most gory, disgusting or worst medical experience?
He was performing surgery in the swamps of Dagobah, except the swamps had just come out of this woman’s ass and there was no Yoda.

The Meanest Things Vladimir Nabokov Said About Other Writers | Literary Hub
Vladimir Nabokov was an unusually opinionated man—particularly when it came to literature. His own, primarily—when asked about the function of his editor, he sniffed, “By ‘editor’ I suppose you mean proofreader”—but as a close second (what else could it be): everybody else’s. In interviews, he seemed to delight in airing his grievances about other writers’ work, especially when he considered them unfairly beloved by the public.

Why programmers are not paid in proportion to their productivity
The most productive programmers are orders of magnitude more productive than average programmers. But salaries usually fall within a fairly small range in any company. Even across the entire profession, salaries don’t vary that much. If some programmers are 10x more productive than others, why aren’t they paid 10x as much?

Peter Dedecker toch kandidaat op Gentse N-VA-lijst (Gent) – De Standaard
Humor. Dedecker, die eind vorig jaar het einde van zijn politieke loopbaan aankondigde, staat op de N-VA-lijst in Gent. Hij zal na de verkiezingen geen mandaat opnemen. De partij spreekt van een ‘frisse wind’ op de lijst.

“En dan nu keihard werken” | Gent | Regio | HLN
Integreren in een totaal nieuw land, in een totaal nieuwe cultuur. Het kan, en Abdo Khawas (28) is er het levende bewijs van. Amper twee jaar (!) nadat hij in ons land aankwam als vluchteling uit Gaza, heeft Abdo zijn eigen kapsalon, vlak bij de Heuvelpoort, waar hij zijn klanten in het Nederlands bedient. “En over een jaar of vijf ga ik weer psychologie studeren”, zegt hij.

The Way of Testivus – Unit Testing Wisdom From An Ancient Software Start-up
Some good advice on developer and unit testing, packaged as cryptic bits of ancient Eastern wisdom in the hope of getting your attention.

I miss Windows Phone – The Verge
I recently switched on an old Windows Phone to create a silly April Fools’ joke about returning to using it as my daily device, and then it hit me: I really miss Windows Phone.

Israel is the terrorist – Opinion – Israel News | Haaretz.com
That’s the reality there, and it’s one of state-sponsored terror, the State of Israel. Because what is land confiscation on a huge scale, what are restrictions on freedom of movement, and with it freedom of employment and commerce, home demolitions, the imposition of curfews and closures, the building of innumerable fences and walls and the deployment of military forces armed to the teeth, in the heart of a Palestinian civilian population, in order to protect an Israeli civilian population that settled among it by force – what are all these if not terror, in other words, a war against unarmed citizens?

Network of fortified towns indicates Amazon was once heavily populated | Ars Technica
Today we think of the Amazon as a pristine rainforest, sparsely populated by indigenous communities. But in records from the 1500s, Spanish colonizers describe a densely populated region, crisscrossed by canals and sunken roads and dotted with bustling, fortified towns. Unfortunately, fortification couldn’t protect the towns’ inhabitants against European diseases, which devastated South American indigenous populations and left the fortified villages abandoned.

“Future Language for Collaborative Design” (PUARL2016)

Pastor who starved toddler to death to exorcise demon gets 99 years in prison | Courts | Dallas News
Videos captured the hours-long resurrection ceremony Meza led after Benjamin died on March 22, 2015. In the video, the boy is frail, nothing but skin and bones. His clothes hang from his lifeless body.  Weeks before his death, Meza had ordered that food be withheld from Benjamin for 21 days because she believed he was possessed by the “demon of manipulation.”

Links van 11 november 2017 tot 14 november 2017

Vier vragen over de rellen in Brussel – DeWereldMorgen.be
Op sociale media circuleren vele gelijkaardige getuigenissen: er was feest, er leek niks aan de hand en plots greep de politie hardhandig in, waarna alles ontplofte. Dit betekent natuurlijk niet dat er geen incidenten waren voordat de politie ingreep. Maar het lijkt er wel op dat die incidenten klein waren aangezien velen ze zelfs niet opmerkten, en dat het optreden van de politie enkel olie op het vuur betekende.

«Géopoétique» de MC Solaar, la chute d’une idole | Slate.fr
Claude et moi, on ne se comprend plus. Conscient d’avoir vieilli, l’assumant même au détour de certaines lignes, il clashe pourtant les plus jeunes tout en semblant rêver de faire partie de leur cercle. Un vrai paradoxe sur pattes. J'imaginais qu'après dix ans d'absence, le rappeur allait revenir avec un regard d'adulte mûr et sage sur le monde actuel. Ce n'est pas franchement ce qui s'est passé. Mes grands frères spirituels d'hier n'ont visiblement plus rien à m'apprendre, errant comme des zombies un dictionnaire de rimes à la main. C'est dur de grandir entre Solaar et Miossec: cela donne l'impression qu'il est impossible de bien vieillir, d'accepter son sort, de vivre en phase avec son époque. À moins que je n'aie simplement pas choisi les bonnes idoles.

UX Mapping Methods Compared: A Cheat Sheet
Empathy maps, customer journey maps, experience maps, and service blueprints depict different processes and have different goals, yet they all build common ground within an organization.

Europa ‘is bezorgd’ over de Saudische kroonprins. Daarmee moeten we het voorlopig stellen | buitenland | De Morgen
Stel dat een onverkozen autocraat de democratisch verkozen premier van een naburig land zou uitnodigen om vervolgens die premier onder huisarrest te plaatsen. Je zou verwachten dat dit straffe verhaal in alle Europese hoofdsteden voor verontwaardiging en afkeuring zou zorgen. Als diezelfde autocraat een dag later diezelfde premier zou dwingen om op televisie zijn ontslagbrief voor te lezen, zou je verwachten dat Europese leiders toch al een beetje met economische sancties beginnen te dreigen. Maar niets is zo selectief als internationale verbijstering. Als die autocraat leider is van een Afrikaans landje zonder grondstoffen spreken we vlotjes over een onbesuisde tiran. Maar als de betrokkene toevallig kroonprins Bin Salman is van oliegigant en wapencliënt Saudi-Arabië, blijft het ijzingwekkend stil. 0 SHARES

How Picasso Bled the Women in His Life for Art
After Jacqueline Roque, Picasso’s second wife, barred much of the family from the artist’s funeral, the family fell fully to pieces: Pablito, Picasso’s grandson, drank a bottle of bleach and died; Paulo, Picasso’s son, died of deadly alcoholism born of depression. Marie-Therese Walter, Picasso’s young lover between his first wife, Olga Khokhlova, and his next mistress, Dora Maar, later hanged herself; even Roque eventually fatally shot herself.”Women are machines for suffering,” Picasso told Francoise Gilot, his mistress after Maar. After they embarked on their affair when he was sixty-one and she was twenty-one, he warned Gilot of his feelings once more: “For me there are only two kinds of women: goddesses and doormats.”

Links van 16 april 2016 tot 18 april 2016

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.

Links van 9 augustus 2015 tot 13 augustus 2015

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.”"

Links van 11 maart 2015 tot 16 maart 2015

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.”

Al Lowe
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.

Links van 16 december 2014 tot 17 december 2014

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.

Links van 27 november 2014 tot 1 december 2014

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.

Links van 21 juni 2014 tot 22 juni 2014

Tono Tono – YouTube
Afasie is raar.

The Early History Of Smalltalk

Online advertising effectiveness: For large brands, online ads may be worthless.
The Internet has given us an ocean of data. Turns out, most of it is pretty useless.

ANCIENT GREEK GEOMETRY
Voor alle leraars wiskunde, en alles leraars geschiedenis.

Ask Chris #172: ‘The Problem’
To put it bluntly, The Problem is that DC wants to be Marvel, and they have for the past 50 years.

Links van 18 januari 2014 tot 21 januari 2014

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
Your Randomly Generated Identity!

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.

Links voor 5 november 2013

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.

such browser so html5
type for great instant compile wow

Links van 17 augustus 2012 tot 31 augustus 2012

Vital Signs: The Woman Who Needed to Be Upside-Down | Health & Medicine | DISCOVER Magazine
Real-life House: A doctor is baffled: Why did a giant man walk into the ER holding a tiny woman by her feet?

Everything you never wanted to know about the mites that eat, crawl, and have sex on your face | Not Exactly Rocket Science | Discover Magazine
New Scientist published a story yesterday stating that rosacea – a common skin disease characterised by red blotches on one’s face – may be “caused” (more on this later) by “tiny bugs closely related to spiders living in the pores of your face.” Tiny bugs that “crawl about your face in the dark”, lay eggs in your pores, and release a burst of faeces when they die.

Edge of the abyss
Michael Schofield thought his young daughter, Janni, was a genius, until he realised her bright mind masked an inner darkness.

Spotify Classical Playlists: Frank Zappa: Chronological Discography (available soon on Spotify)
I put all Zappa albums into one playlist, sorted by release date. From Freak Out!, debut of the Mothers of Invention, to the posthumous release Mystery Disc. You can subscribe to it now and (hopefully) the tracks will be available as soon as the last license issues are sorted out. If you are a premium user, you can set the playlist, or some tracks, as available offline, so you will know when the playlist/tracks become available (to download) without checking everyday.

Interpreting some of Twitter’s API changes – Marco.org
I sure as hell wouldn’t build a business on Twitter, and I don’t think I’ll even build any nontrivial features on it anymore. And if I were in the Twitter-client business, I’d start working on another product.

Links van 18 december 2011 tot 23 december 2011

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.

therumbox comments on I am a makeup artist on a porn set. AMA
Ik moest even grinniken: "TIL people produce porn where girls cry."

Links van 13 juni 2011 tot 14 juni 2011

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)
download for free!

The 9 Most Important Things to Remember If You Want to Sell Your Startup
eikes bah

Links voor 24 april 2011

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?”

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