Links van 13 mei 2014 tot 18 mei 2014

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The death of the homepage in one simple graph
So it’s an odd thing when you’ve been saying something for years and nobody believes you, then suddenly, someone publishes one leaked graph, and overnight all the world agrees with you: The homepage is dead. And still they’ve got it wrong.

Gamasutra – The Cabal: Valve’s Design Process For Creating Half-Life
While Half-Life has seen resounding critical and financial success (winning over 50 Game of the Year awards and selling more than a million copies worldwide), few people realize that it didn’t start out a winner — in fact, Valve’s first attempt at the game had to be scrapped. It was mediocre at best, and suffered from the typical problems that plague far too many games. This article is about the teamwork – or "Cabal process" — that turned our initial, less than impressive version of Half-Life into a groundbreaking success.

The Trade of the Century: When George Soros Broke the British Pound
In 1992, George Soros brought the Bank of England to its knees. In the process, he pocketed over a billion dollars. Making a billion dollars is by all accounts pretty cool. But demolishing the monetary system of Great Britain in a single day with an elegantly constructed bet against its currency? That’s the stuff of legends.

SUPERHOT by SUPERHOT Team — Kickstarter
A unique first-person shooter game where time moves only when you move, making each level a deadly puzzle. PC/Mac/Linux.

Metaprogramming for madmen | The ryg blog
Alas, we spent an afternoon looking at different such packages, and none of them actually understood even that much about C/C++ code; they were mostly trying to make do with regular expressions. That wasn’t gonna fly for what we needed. At the end of the day (the Sunday before Easter Sunday, 2004), we hadn’t found anything useful – we had a plan, but no way to make it work. That’s when Chaos decided that, “well, guess I’ll need to write my own C++ parser then”. What, you think I was kidding with the title of this post? Note we had about 3 days total to make this work, and we were going all in by doing this; if this hadn’t worked out, we’d have been screwed.

Cuttings from a Medieval Italian Choirbook | The Public Domain Review
James Freeman, intern in Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts Section at The British Library, looks at cuttings from a huge 14th-century Italian choirbook and how digital technology is now helping scholars build a picture of the once intact original through virtually reuniting the “diaspora” of fragments.

Links van 5 februari 2014 tot 16 februari 2014

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The Facebook Comment That Ruined a Life – - News – Dallas – Dallas Observer
Approximately one hour after Justin Carter posted a sarcastic comment on a Facebook thread, his life began to ­unravel.

The Economics of Star Trek — Editor’s Picks — Medium
The key here, to me, is to start thinking about how economics would work when we decouple labor from reward. Does that make a system inherently communist? I don’t think it does. People work. They get paid. It is market driven, and not centrally planned. In reality,the market already basically dictates this, for who can claim that a Wall Street banker works more than a teacher? The only thing we really need to do is take this to a logical extreme: that people can still get paid doing zero work.

What the hell is a pixel?
So to future CSS designers: We are sorry for the confusion we caused you. Just try to forget about the pixel and it's now meaningless original definition. To you a pixel is just an arbitarily small dot. To us it will always be the size of the ball in pong.

Big Breakthroughs Come in Your Late 30s – Atlantic Mobile
Damn. Te laat.

The Brief Wondrous Life of Zina Lahr | Media | OutsideOnline.com
When 23-year-old Lahr went missing on a trail outside Ouray, Colorado, the world lost an amazing young talent

Your 60-Hour Work Week is Not a Badge of Honour | Jeff Archibald
Your 60-hour work week is not a badge of honour. It is a problem. There is a sense of pride over being able to state that we worked an exorbitant amount of hours this week, last week, or last month. But as you dig into the 60-hour work week, you realize it is a problem. Not just for the obvious reasons either, like work/life balance, burnout, how unhealthy it is, errors that come with being tired and so forth.

The Startling Intelligence of the Common Chicken – Scientific American
These new insights into the chicken mind hint that certain complex cognitive abilities traditionally attributed to primates alone may be more widespread in the animal kingdom than previously thought. The findings also have ethical implications for how society treats farmed chickens: recognizing that chickens have these cognitive traits compels moral consideration of the conditions they endure as a result of production systems designed to make chicken meat and eggs as widely available and cheap as possible.

Marvel gives comic book characters their own API
From Captain America and Spider-Man to Wolverine and Iron Man, Marvel Entertainment, a Disney subsidiary, has built an empire by bringing more than 8,000 characters to life through a diverse array of mediums, including comic books, movies and other entertainment properties. Now, it’s giving those characters a new medium to inhabit: the world of the API.

Links van 18 januari 2014 tot 21 januari 2014

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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 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 – 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.

Vriendjes

Zoek

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