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Links van 7 december 2015 tot 20 december 2015

“Cats and Dogs” by H. P. Lovecraft
Between dogs and cats my degree of choice is so great that it would never occur to me to compare the two. I have no active dislike for dogs, any more than I have for monkeys, human beings, negroes, cows, sheep, or pterodactyls; but for the cat I have entertained a particular respect and affection ever since the earliest days of my infancy. In its flawless grace and superior self-sufficiency I have seen a symbol of the perfect beauty and bland impersonality of the universe itself, objectively considered; and in its air of silent mystery there resides for me all the wonder and fascination of the unknown. The dog appeals to cheap and facile emotions; the cat to the deepest founts of imagination and cosmic perception in the human mind. It is no accident that the contemplative Egyptians, together with such later poetic spirits as Poe, Gautier, Baudelaire, and Swinburne, were all sincere worshippers of the supple grimalkin.

The mysterious Islamic movement quietly sweeping the Middle East – CSMonitor.com
An ultraconservative Muslim order that preaches nonmilitancy is gaining followers across the region. Does Dawah represent an antidote to Islamic State or another threat to the West?

‘A tortured heap of towers’: the London skyline of tomorrow | Art and design | The Guardian
The ley lines, the hallowed dome of St Paul’s, packs of hungry dogs – and a tipsy surveyor in the 1930s … these are the invisible forces shaping the City’s skyline

How Elmo Ruined Sesame Street
Sesame Street’s most-marketed character is an over-exposed drag. He has managed, ironically, to make a children’s show too childish. Thanks in large part to Elmo, Sesame Street is now a less sophisticated and less useful tool for kids to learn from. This sentiment may hurt, but it’s time to do something about this furry, red problem.

The Pristine Myth: The Landscape of the
The myth persists that in 1492 the Americas were a sparsely populated wilderness, -a world of barely perceptible human disturbance.- There is substantial evidence, however, that the Native American landscape of the early sixteenth century was a humanized landscape almost everywhere. Populations were large. Forest composition had been modified, grasslands had been created, wildlife disrupted, and erosion was severe in places. Earthworks, roads, fields, and settlements were ubiquitous. With Indian depopulation in the wake of Old World disease, the environment recovered in many areas. A good argument can be made that the human presence was less visible in 1750 than it was in 1492.

Links van 19 januari 2012 tot 22 januari 2012

The 5 Most Horrible Things Nobody Tells You About Babies | Cracked.com
Hollywood comedies about parenthood depend entirely on making raising a kid look a ridiculous, hectic mess. Then, eventually the leading man finds out that in the end, the rewards make it all worth it. That's mostly because for whatever reason, baby murder is still taboo in modern Hollywood comedies.
When you have a real kid, you realize there's plenty of stuff those movies don't show you. If they did, their zany comedy about a single father finding a baby on his doorstep would quickly become a nightmare inducing horror that would shut down the genitals of any aspiring parent.

Newt Gingrich Profile – Esquire Story on Newt Gingrich – Esquire
She was married to Newt Gingrich for eighteen years, all through his spectacular rise and fall, and here she is in a pair of blue jeans and a paisley shirt, with warm eyes and a big laugh and the kind of chain-smoking habit where the cigarettes burn right down to the filter — but she's quitting, she swears, any day now.

Nikon 1 System Review: 19. Conclusion: Digital Photography Review
Many photographers within Nikon's sizeable user base had been eagerly anticipating the camera giant's move into mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras, and a lot of them reacted with disappointment when the curtain parted on the 1 System in late 2011. Despite containing some very interesting technology, the 1 J1/V1 are clearly intended to appeal to upgraders from lower-level compact cameras. Nikon firmly believes that there is a market here, largely untapped, and made up of people who don't like to be bothered by the intricacies of 'serious' photography but just want to be like Ashton Kutcher in the commercials and have fun, and take photographs, and have fun. And did we mention having fun?

The end result of this laudable design philosophy is a pair of rather curious cameras which have a lot to offer (we're hugely impressed by their phase-detection AF performance, and how many other cameras can you think of that allow 60 fps RAW+JPEG capture?) but which in our opinion, fail to wholly address the needs of any class of camera buyer.

Famous Photogs Pose With Their Most Iconic Images | Raw File | Wired.com
The Tank Man of Tienanmen Square. Muhammad Ali standing over Sonny Liston in victory. The portrait of the Afghan Girl on the cover of National Geographic. Many of us can automatically recall these photos in our heads, but far fewer can name the photographers who took them. Even fewer know what those photographers look like.

Tim Mantoani hopes to change that by taking portraits of famous photographers holding their most iconic or favorite photos in his new book Behind Photographs: Archiving Photographic Legends. Mantoani has shot over 150 of these portraits in the last five years, most of which are contained in the book.

Fadades | Musique gratuite, dates de tournées, photos, vidéos
J'ai également le projet de mettre au point un ( propulseur gravitationnel ) "sorte d'engin en forme de sphère de ma propre conception capable de se déplacer sans roues ni hélice ni moteur a réaction ou fusée…"j'ai une certaine expérience sur la conception et construction de moteurs fusée a propergol solide".Le procéder tente a contrer la loi de Newton sur la force gravitationnelle . Ce type d'appareil pourrait se déplacer en théorie sur le sol ,dans l'eau ,dans l'air et dans l'espace sans roues ni ailes et sans aucune émanation de gaz . Celui-ci pourrait être totalement silencieux s'il était mis sous vide et ne générerait aucunes pollution…

Links van 9 maart 2011 tot 10 maart 2011

URL Hunter!
An experimental game using the URL bar as the game screen.

The patter of little feet. | MetaFilter
Kid Crazy: Why We Exaggerate the Joys of Parenthood. All parents know that having kids is a blessing, even if researchers don't agree. Researchers have known for some time that parents with minors who live at home report feeling calm significantly less often than than people who don't live with young children. Parents are also angrier and more depressed than nonparents — and each additional child makes them even angrier. Couples who choose not to have kids also have better, more satisfying marriages than couples who have kids.' Yet parents report quite the opposite. How to reconcile this? New research in cognitive-dissonance looks at parenting.

ThinkProgress » Koch Industries Employs PR Firm To Airbush Wikipedia, Gets Banned For Unethical ‘Sock Puppets’
Last year, Koch Industries began employing New Media Strategies (NMS), an Internet PR firm that specializes in “word-of-mouth marketing” for major corporations including Coca-Cola, Burger King, AT

Hunch Blog | Blog Archive | You’ve got mail: What your email domain says about you
Gmail users are most likely to be thin young men ages 18-34 who are college-educated and not religious. Like other young Hunch users, they tend to be politically liberal, single (and ready to mingle), and childless. Gmail users live in cities and have traveled to five or more countries. They’re career-focused and plugged in — they mostly read blogs, have an iPhone and laptop, and listen to music via MP3s and computers (but they don’t have a DVR). At home, they lounge around in a t-shirt and jeans. Gmail users prefer salty snacks and are introverted and entrepreneurial. They are optimistic or pessimistic, depending on the situation.

The Official DreamHost Blog! » Wren Jones
Ik. Moet. Er. Niet. Aan. Denken. Finally, have you ever heard (or can you even imagine hearing) somebody say, “If only I’d had a home birth, my baby would be alive.”?Because if only I hadn’t.

Wren Jones
If only we’d never seen the fucking “Business of Being Born.”If only we didn’t live in hippy dippy Santa Monica.If only we couldn’t afford to do a home birth.If only there had been some pregnancy complication.If only the OBs had told us WHY we shouldn’t do a home birth.

Stupid EU cookie law will hand the advantage to the US, kill our startups stone dead
Lees zeker ook de uitstekende reactie van Pascal Van Hecke.

Films Universal Studios Will be making Instead of At the Mountains of Madness
Ah fer fuck's sake. Er komt blijkbaar geen At the Mountains of Madness. Fuck, fuck, fuck.

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