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Links van 15 november 2017 tot 8 januari 2018

IBM Design Language
Heerlijke stijlgids.

Trump is making Obama great again – The Boston Globe
Beyond the nation’s shores, there are some places around the world, though not many, where Trump is more popular than Obama. A 2017 Pew Research Center survey polled 37 nations across the world about their opinions of the two presidents, and all but two countries rated Obama higher. The ones that preferred Trump? Israel by 7 percentage points and Russia by 42.

Wij vergeleken de tarieven in 100 parkeergarages – Het Nieuwsblad
Voor wie drie uur wil parkeren zijn minstens 55 parkeergarages in België duurder dan de duurste parkings in Gent. Wil je acht uur parkeren dan zijn de duurste Gentse parkeergarages nog steeds goedkoper dan minstens 25 andere parkeergarages in het land.

Anzeigen und Ermittlungen nach Hass auf Baby laufen – Multimedia | heute.at
"Ich hoffe auf einen plötzlichen Kindstod", "Wenn sie 18 ist, ist sie eh schon eine Terroristin" und "Schiebt den Abschaum sofort ab". Hasserfüllte User ließen am Neujahrstag alle Grenzen des Geschmacks und Respekts hinter sich und begegneten dem Wiener Neujahrsbaby Asel mit schockierenden Kommentaren. Dabei dürfte aber auch die Grenze zur Strafrechtlichkeit überschritten worden sein. Auffallend: Viele User posteten mit ihrem echten Namen.

Everyone in Trumpworld Knows He’s an Idiot – The New York Times
There’s an old joke that describes where we are right now: A guy falls from a 50-story building. As he flies by the 25th floor, someone asks how it’s going. “So far, so good!” he says. Eventually, we’ll hit the ground, and assuming America survives, there should be a reckoning to dwarf the defenestration of Harvey Weinstein and his fellow ogres. Trump, Wolff’s reporting shows, has no executive function, no ability to process information or weigh consequences. Expecting him to act in the country’s interest is like demanding that your cat do the dishes. His enablers have no such excuse.

The Systems Thinker – Check In, Check Out: A Tool for “Real” Conversations – The Systems Thinker
Nothing encourages people to share their views more than the knowledge that they will be listened to with empathy. We jump in and out of tasks so frantically that we often have little time left to create the field of appreciation that enables full self-expression. This type of listening can extend beyond the check-in process. Once people begin listening to each other with empathy, they simply can’t go back to their ordinary meeting style. The empathy remains even as they advocate for their views, inquire into other views, and make decisions together.

Stop de borstvoedingsterreur – De Standaard
In oktober ben ik bevallen van mijn derde kind. Het eerste kwam er nu bijna veertien jaar geleden en sindsdien zijn zowat alle richtlijnen en adviezen veranderd: geen fruitpap maar groentepap eerst, flesjes moeten niet langer verwarmd worden en badjes hoeven niet meer dagelijks. Toch is één ding alvast niet veranderd: de borstvoedingsterreur.

The Systems Thinker – Systems Thinkers Must Go Down the Rabbit’s Hole – The Systems Thinker
At the root of every system, every set of paradigms, beats a story so deep that most people are born into it and then die without ever knowing that a different way of viewing the world might exist. Our worldview operates like a cosmic screenplay that we enact each moment of our lives, guiding our actions and, ultimately, creating our reality. When we don’t realize it exists, our worldview manipulates us like a disembodied puppeteer, guiding our actions and thoughts.

Donella H. Meadows, Places to Intervene in a System (1997)
Folks who do systems analysis have a great belief in "leverage points." These are places within a complex system (a corporation, an economy, a living body, a city, an ecosystem) where a small shift in one thing can produce big changes in everything. The systems community has a lot of lore about leverage points. Those of us who were trained by the great Jay Forrester at MIT have absorbed one of his favorite stories. "People know intuitively where leverage points are. Time after time I've done an analysis of a company, and I've figured out a leverage point. Then I've gone to the company and discovered that everyone is pushing it in the wrong direction!"

Michael Wolff: My Insane Year Inside Trump’s White House | Hollywood Reporter
Donald Trump's small staff of factotums, advisors and family began, on Jan. 20, 2017, an experience that none of them, by any right or logic, thought they would — or, in many cases, should — have, being part of a Trump presidency. Hoping for the best, with their personal futures as well as the country's future depending on it, my indelible impression of talking to them and observing them through much of the first year of his presidency, is that they all — 100 percent — came to believe he was incapable of functioning in his job. At Mar-a-Lago, just before the new year, a heavily made-up Trump failed to recognize a succession of old friends. Happy first anniversary of the Trump administration.

Aram Zucker-Scharff on Twitter: “These moments all seem inevitable. Oh, Chrome will be on top forever. But remember all those hip web devs making Firefox only sites back in… https://t.co/Fm2nB3q3id”
These moments all seem inevitable. Oh, Chrome will be on top forever. But remember all those hip web devs making Firefox only sites back in the day? Hubris leads to downfall. Chrome's wings are melting as we speak.

Strategic Storytelling for Designers – UX Design Collective
The hardest part of design is presenting work. This is not an additional skill, it is not a “soft skill,” presentation of ideas is essential to the role of a designer. If you cannot advocate for your ideas or your users, then you are missing fundamental aspects of what it means to design.

Prospect Theory and Loss Aversion: How Users Make Decisions
When choosing among several alternatives, people avoid losses and optimize for sure wins because the pain of losing is greater than the satisfaction of an equivalent gain. UX designs should frame decisions (i.e., questions or options given to users) accordingly.

You Are Not the User: The False-Consensus Effect
The false-consensus effect refers to people’s tendency to assume that others share their beliefs and will behave similarly in a given context. Only people who are very different from them would make different choices.

Net Promoter Score Considered Harmful (and What UX Professionals Can Do About It)
For some reason, NPS thinks that a 6 should be equal to a 0. Nobody else thinks this.

Mind your Manners – a look at late Medieval and Tudor mealtimes and The Banquet | Living History Today
Anyone who has ever seen an old film about the late Medieval/Tudor period can be forgiven for coming away with the idea that feasts were riotous chances to eat and drink far too much, as rowdily as possible. It would seem that everyone present tried to cram as much meat into their mouths as possible before hurling their bones at hungry dogs who prowled in the rushes on the floor. In fact, the only bit of this message that holds any truth at all are the rushes on the floor, and by Queen Elizabeth’s day rush matting which could be taken outside and shaken or swept was becoming far more fashionable.

Tracking Down the Roots of a “Super” Word : Word Routes : Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. So many of us learned that outrageous mouthful of a word at an early age, when it was truly a verbal milestone to be able to pronounce it without getting tongue-tied. And just saying the word is an invitation to start singing the song from the classic 1964 Disney movie Mary Poppins. But how did the word come to be? When I heard the news that one of the Mary Poppins songwriters passed away last month, I set about to answer that question, taking me down many unexpected alleyways of 20th-century popular culture.

02 – Supercalafajalistickespeealadojus by RediculusT
The original from 1949. Disney claimed in the later court case the word in their song was a 'common slang word'.

Michael Wolff’s ‘Fire and Fury’: Inside Trump’s White House
Once he lost, Trump would be both insanely famous and a martyr to Crooked Hillary. His daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared would be international celebrities. Steve Bannon would become the de facto head of the tea-party movement. Kellyanne Conway would be a cable-news star. Melania Trump, who had been assured by her husband that he wouldn’t become president, could return to inconspicuously lunching. Losing would work out for everybody. Losing was winning. Shortly after 8 p.m. on Election Night, when the unexpected trend — Trump might actually win — seemed confirmed, Don Jr. told a friend that his father, or DJT, as he calls him, looked as if he had seen a ghost. Melania was in tears — and not of joy. There was, in the space of little more than an hour, in Steve Bannon’s not unamused observation, a befuddled Trump morphing into a disbelieving Trump and then into a horrified Trump.

Why Mother Teresa’s sainthood is tainted by controversy | JOE.ie
“A lying, thieving Albanian dwarf”

Origami-Style Cardboard Tents for Homeless in Brussels – The New York Times
With material tents forbidden on the streets of Brussels, homeless people in the Belgian capital are often left without a safe place to sleep. But one entrepreneur seems to have found a way around the rule: origami-style cardboard tents.

The Year the News Accelerated to Trump Speed – The New York Times
One year out, this may be Mr. Trump’s greatest trick: His tornado of news-making has scrambled Americans’ grasp of time and memory, producing a sort of sensory overload that can make even seismic events — of his creation or otherwise — disappear from the collective consciousness and public view. He is the magician who swallows a sword no one thought was part of the act, stuffs a dozen rabbits into a hat before the audience can count them — and then merrily tweets about “Fox & Friends” while the crowd strains to remember what show it had paid to attend in the first place.

Geert Noels: “Frankrijk chanteert België alsof het een kolonie is” | VRT NWS
Frankrijk wil dat ons land het Franse Rafale gevechtsvliegtuig aankoopt om de oude F16’s te vervangen. De Fransen voldoen niet aan de vorm- en procedurevereisten, maar spelen het anders. Zo stellen ze voor dat België 20 miljard euro economische compensaties zouden krijgen bij aankoop van de Franse jets. 16 miljard euro van deze 20 miljard euro zijn echter de optelling van huidige activiteiten van Franse bedrijven over een periode van 20 jaar. Hiermee zegt Frankrijk dat deze activiteiten onzeker zijn als we niet kiezen voor hun jets.

The year’s best film is an 18-hour TV series — ‘Twin Peaks’ | HeraldNet.com
I didn’t see anything else this year that matched Lynch’s wild experimental saga — surely the most expensive avant-garde film ever bankrolled by Hollywood. Lynch’s teeming (if often baffling) imagination was executed with supreme control, and Kyle MacLachlan’s dazed, vacant Dougie Jones was obviously the Man of the Year.

Beyoncé Caught Shapeshifting In Front Of Celebs At Serena Williams’ Wedding
Beyoncé’s legions of fans were dealt a devastating blow when the Single Ladies singer was caught shapeshifting into a reptilian at Serena Williams’ wedding ceremony on Saturday.

Kristina (11) ‘viert’ kerst in terugkeerhuis: “schandalig” | VTM NIEUWS
Staatssecretaris Theo Francken wil niet op de zaak reageren omdat het om een individueel dossier gaat.

The King William’s College quiz 2017 | From the Guardian | The Guardian
Whence the minty bivalves? Which Hungarians masqueraded as sheep? Who beheld the faces of man, lion and ox and eagle? Plus 177 more fiendish questions in the most tortuous quiz of them all

Quitting – Signal v. Noise
We all know people all over the spectrum. Someone who’s been working on something forever that’s never going to work out. And someone who quits every project they start before giving it a fair chance. Then we have those friends who seem to have the magical instinct to know when to quit and when to stick with it until it takes off. So how do you know when to quit? 3 months? A year? Is there some signal to look for?

Wie wir die Datenproduktion neu denken sollten
IT ist zu einer strategisch bedeutsamen Triebfeder für Unternehmen geworden. Wie Ideen aus der Massenfertigung genutzt werden können, um mit Daten digitales Geschäft zu generieren.

Big data meets Big Brother as China moves to rate its citizens | WIRED UK
On June 14, 2014, the State Council of China published an ominous-sounding document called "Planning Outline for the Construction of a Social Credit System". In the way of Chinese policy documents, it was a lengthy and rather dry affair, but it contained a radical idea. What if there was a national trust score that rated the kind of citizen you were?

(14) The Use of ASCII Graphics in Roguelikes: Aesthetic Nostalgia and Semiotic Difference | Mark R Johnson – Academia.edu
This article explores the semiotics of the "roguelike" genre. Most roguelikes reject contemporary advances in graphical technology and instead present their worlds, items, and creatures as American Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII) characters. This article first considers why this unusual graphical style has endured over time and argues that it is an aesthetic construction of nostalgia that positions roguelikes within a clear history of gameplay philosophies that challenge the prevailing contemporary assumptions of role-playing games. It second notes that the semantic code for understanding the ASCII characters in each and every roguelike is different and explores the construction of these codes, how players decode them, and the potential difficulties in such decodings. The article then combines these to explore how such visuals represent potential new ground in the study of game semiotics.

As Venezuela Collapses, Children Are Dying of Hunger – The New York Times
Kenyerber Aquino Merchán was 17 months old when he starved to death. His father left before dawn to bring him home from the hospital morgue. He carried Kenyerber’s skeletal frame into the kitchen and handed it to a mortuary worker who makes house calls for Venezuelan families with no money for funerals.

Microsoft Considers Adding Python as an Official Scripting Language to Excel
If approved, Excel users would be able to use Python scripts to interact with Excel documents, their data, and some of Excel's core functions, similar to how Excel currently supports VBA scripts.

jwz: Mitch McConnell, Prince of Dust
Mitch McConnell, prince of dust, took his current form on February 20, 1942, molded of a strange flesh, his mouth open and already seeking. Mitch McConnell, for whom the ghouls slaver, spent his childhood crushing spiders in paper napkins and stuffing them into his mouth, one after the other, and never was he seen to expel them at all. Mitch McConnell, who waits in the gravel pit, attended high school in Georgia, where he sat with the cobwebs and giggled, and would not say where all the town's dogs had gone.

What Omarosa Did Best: Get Fired – The New York Times
Ouch. "We don’t know what exactly Omarosa Manigault Newman did at the White House, but we do know the number one skill she brought to the table — being fired. Donald Trump has now axed her four times: on “The Apprentice” in 2004, on “The Celebrity Apprentice” in 2011 and 2013 and on Tuesday evening. She is really, really good at getting canned. Maybe her true purpose was to remind America of the time when Mr. Trump was popular because he fired people like her, including her."

Fernand Huts weg bij Voka – De Standaard
"You're fired!" "Ha! You can't fire me, I quit!!" — De Antwerpse haven- en logistieke groep Katoen Natie heeft zijn Voka-lidmaatschap opgezegd. Voka zegt dat zij Huts zelf aan de deur hebben gezet.

Mimi O’Donnell Reflects on the Loss of Philip Seymour Hoffman and the Devastation of Addiction – Vogue
Literally two weeks after Phil died, some fellow parents asked me to show up on a Friday morning to man the stall where they sold school paraphernalia. And after the fifth person suggested I should start running, I lost it. “I don’t want to fucking run,” I said. “I want to jump in the river and kill myself.” When I finally did decide to run, it was always at night by the Hudson. The darker and rainier it was, the more violent the water, the better. I couldn’t get enough. Something about the extremity of it, the closeness to death, was weirdly comforting. If I wanted to jump, it was there.

the cake is a lie. | MetaFilter
“Food is often seen in games as a means of survival, mostly as health. A piece of bread stolen off a vendor's table in Skyrim will grant you two health; the cabbage stew at the tavern will grant you 10. In The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the spicy pepper steak will take the edge off of cold weather. A game like Castlevania: Symphony of the Night has a huge inventory of food items, many of which are dropped after knocking out enemies. While the enormous variety adds an element of immersiveness into Castlevania, it's often nothing health or a novelty. Though none of these games' food systems could be considered simplistic, they have a narrow view of eating; food is health, and eating is the mechanic in which it's used. It's easy to see food only as a function of survival, but there’s a whole breadth of games—”

This Is The Daily Stormer’s Playbook | HuffPost
"Women can be called the following: slut, whore, bitch, harlot, trollop, slag, skag. Whenever writing about women make sure to follow the prime directive and blame Jew feminism for their behavior."

(215) The Fantastic Masculinity of Newt Scamander – YouTube
Newt Scamander, protagonist of the Harry Potter spinoff, is an unconventional male hero. He performs a refreshingly atypical form of masculinity, especially for the lead in a fantasy adventure story.

PuTTY Begone! Microsoft will ship an OpenSSH client | TechCrunch
What what? "Microsoft has added its own ssh client to Windows, a move that points to more openness on the part of Redmond."

Sneeuw- en ijzelbestrijding | Stad Gent
Fijn om weten.

Belgium’s Lavish Energy Use Sheds Light on More Than Just Its Roads – The New York Times
“What purpose does it serve to illuminate at full power?” The official explanation is that it helps road safety and provides security. But critics doubt this and say the phenomenon sheds light not only on Belgium’s roads but also on a mutually profitable relationship among its politicians, electricity distributors and main energy supplier, Electrabel.

We messed up. We’re sorry, and we’re not rolling out the fees change. – The Patreon Blog
We’ve heard you loud and clear. We’re not going to rollout the changes to our payments system that we announced last week. We still have to fix the problems that those changes addressed, but we’re going to fix them in a different way, and we’re going to work with you to come up with the specifics, as we should have done the first time around.

xkcd: Seven Years
[hart breekt]

NATO Expansion: What Gorbachev Heard | National Security Archive
Declassified documents show security assurances against NATO expansion to Soviet leaders from Baker, Bush, Genscher, Kohl, Gates, Mitterrand, Thatcher, Hurd, Major, and Woerner

How to Get Your First 100k (Active) Users – Winnie
This was probably the biggest mistake we made early on. While we correctly sized up our target market (millennial parents) as heavy consumers of apps, when it comes to growth the web is still hugely important. These days the lion’s share of our organic growth comes from web traffic in the form of organic search, social shares and word of mouth. Mobile-first is great. Mobile-only is not.

Mohammed minder gediscrimineerd op huurmarkt (Brussel) – De Standaard
Door praktijktesten van de stad Gent worden kandidaat-huurders van vreemde origine er minder gediscrimineerd. Toch blijft Vlaams minister Homans ertegen gekant.

The Not Yorker
The Not Yorker is a collection of declined or late cover submissions to The New Yorker, curated by illustrators who love and admire traditional cover illustration. This is a site for celebrating cover art, and great ideas that didn't make it.

FAQ · Storify
Another one bites the dust: "Unfortunately, Storify will no longer be available after May 16, 2018. As of December 12, 2017, no new Storify.com accounts can be created."

Hate Smears India’s Symbol of Love, the Taj Mahal – The New York Times
Millions flock to marvel at its shimmering magnificence, with intricately inlaid and carved white marble inscribed with verses from the Quran, every year. And that is exactly what the Hindu right finds so galling. In October, it came to light that the state of Uttar Pradesh — where the Taj Mahal is located, in the city of Agra, and which is headed by the firebrand Hindu cleric Yogi Adityanath — had omitted the monument from its tourism brochure and cut its funding from the state’s tourism budget. Sangeet Som, a member of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, railed that the Taj Mahal was “a blot on Indian culture” built by “traitors.”

Bat cave solves mystery of deadly SARS virus — and suggests new outbreak could occur
After a detective hunt across China, researchers chasing the origin of the deadly SARS virus have finally found their smoking gun. In a remote cave in Yunnan province, virologists have identified a single population of horseshoe bats that harbours virus strains with all the genetic building blocks of the one that jumped to humans in 2002, killing almost 800 people around the world.

The Family Gene | Tufts Magazine
There’s a disease you’ve never heard of. No one has. It’s so rare it doesn’t have a name. Just fourteen people are believed to have ever carried the gene for it. Five of them are in this 1979 picture of my family (that’s me there in the center, in green). The rest can all also be found on my family tree. The disease has killed many of the people I love and now I’ve got it, too. So my family has decided to put an end to it.

Jared Kushner is wreaking havoc in the Middle East | Moustafa Bayoumi | Opinion | The Guardian
Here’s where state department diplomacy should kick in. The US ambassador to Qatar could relay messages between the feuding parties to find a solution to the stand-off. So what does the ambassador to Qatar have to say about the Kushner-Salman alliance? Nothing, since there still is no confirmed ambassador to Qatar. What about the US ambassador to Saudi Arabia? That seat’s also vacant. And the US ambassador to Jordan, Morocco, Egypt? Vacant, vacant, and vacant. What about assistant secretary for Near Eastern affairs, a chief strategic post to establish US policy in the region? No one’s been nominated. Deputy assistant secretary for press and public diplomacy? Vacant. It’s partly this vacuum of leadership by Tillerson that has enabled Kushner to forge his powerful alliance with Salman, much to the detriment of the region. And in their zeal to isolate Iran, Kushner and Salman are leaving a wake of destruction around them.

Scientists discover dinosaur trapped in amber in unprecedented find – CNN
The tail of a 99-million-year-old dinosaur has been found entombed in amber, an unprecedented discovery that has blown away scientists.

Catapult | What the World Gets Wrong About My Quadriplegic Husband and Me | Laura Dorwart
When I lie awake at night, the honest-to-god truth is that I don’t fantasize about miracle cures and redemption songs. I dream of ramps. Ramps leading up to showers and houses and waterfalls, to haunted hayrides and carriages and job interviews and Capitol Hill. And level ground that fulfills its rhetorical purpose by keeping everyone on the same plane.

And Now: A Bummer | Jason Scott on Patreon
Essentially: Patreon has changed their fee structure, which translates to it costing more to support folks like me; but they also did it in the most disingenuous way possible, which compounded a bad idea into something much worse.

How Trump’s Jerusalem Move Just Helped Iran Win the Mideast
Trump managed to bring Turkey and Iran together by what they called his “wrong” and “illegal” action. In fact, Rouhani called for all 56 Muslim-majority countries to make a stand against the US. Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that Jerusalem will always be Arab and Islamic. The country’s Leader, Ali Khamenei, also weighed in, pledging to organize the Muslim world for a response. So now the Iranians (not Arabs) are the champions of Arab nationalism, while Saudi Arabia and Egypt are supine. So Trump is helping make Iran a leader of the Muslim world. Good job.

Palestinians recognize Texas as part of Mexico – The Beaverton
“We understand that the Mexican state of Texas is a sacred place for many large-buckled Americans, but they can rest assured that a two-state solution or a wall was not feasible,” explained Abbas. “Besides, most people in Texas speak Spanish.”

l’An 2000 – Le Berghain à Berlin et l’éthique du «no photos» – Libération.fr
La lentille du smartphone apparaît en fait comme un bouc-émissaire, comme la métaphore de ce que la scène berlinoise refuse à tout prix : les regards et les jugements. Rentrer au Berghain, c’est apprendre à ne jamais fixer son regard sur ce qui s’y passe. Non pas tourner la tête, mais juste s’en foutre.

Il paraît qu’en Allemagne, les hommes ne draguent pas. Je suis allée vérifier
"Ce soir, il y a un mec qui est venu me parler. Je crois qu’il me draguait mais c'était tellement subtil que je n'en suis pas sûre. On ne sait pas. Les Allemands draguent tellement mal que tu ne sais pas trop ce qu'il se passe."

"Ici, en tant que Française, tu te rends compte à quel point tu as construit ta féminité en étant au centre d'une attention que tu n'as pas désirée."

IFComp 2017
De winnaars van 2017!

Crusader Kings 2 data shows most kills | Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Royal incompetence simulator Crusader Kings 2 is one of the best games ever. Over hundreds of years, sultans and kings create new empires and murder their families. Today a data science man gets in touch to say he recorded a 700-year game in ‘observation’ mode, pulled out all the data like a big reel of cassette tape, shoved it through some kind of magical process I won’t pretend to understand, and came up with statistics on several rulers. This also resulted in detailed “networks” of kills and marriages. The important thing is: this lets us see who had the most babies.

Hi. I love you. | The Bloggess
Do something good and kind.  Laugh loudly.  Don’t wear pants.  Tell people you love them.  Embrace ridiculousness.  Be unapologetically yourself.  Inspire others.  Inspire yourself.  Salute the brave.

Aan Ivo Mechels, generaal-overste van Test-Aankoop – De Standaard
Is het niet mogelijk om in Test-Aankoop een lijst te publiceren van alle OCMW’s van Vlaanderen en daarbij de beste koop kenbaar te maken?

Émeute à Gand: “Ce qui frappe, c’est la différence de traitement médiatique et politique” – Belgique – LeVif.be
Ce qui me choque le plus dans la différence de traitement politico-médiatique de ces deux évènements, c'est que j'ignore s'il est mû par la phobie des jeunes "Marocains" ou par le mépris total pour les Roms.

Time Cube
Children will be blessed for Killing Of Educated Adults Who Ignore 4 Simultaneous  Days Same Earth Rotation. Practicing  Evil  ONEness – Upon Earth Of  Quadrants.  Evil Adult Crime VS Youth.   Supports Lie Of Integration.   1 Educated Are Most Dumb.   Not 1 Human Except Dead 1.   Man Is Paired,  2 Half 4 Self.   1 of God Is Only 1/4 Of God.

Curl Power: Poodles Return to the Field – Garden & Gun
Poodles take a bit longer to train, Louter says, than other hunting breeds. Part of that has to do with their intelligence (the AKC describes them as “very smart”). “When you train Labs, it’s all repetition and building muscle memory,” he explains. “Poodles find that very boring. You have to stay one step ahead of them and switch it up. Sometimes you even have to make it seem like they are the ones in charge.”And though poodles were originally hunting dogs, they’ve essentially had that instinct bred out of them. The AKC lists them as nonsporting. Says Louter: “A decently bred Lab knows what it’s supposed to do in life from a young age. With poodles, we’re trying to wake up those natural instincts, that love of water and that good nose.”

McDonald’s is stealing my dead weasel and it’s insultingly obvious. | The Bloggess
Someone get me a copyright lawyer and a small apron for this poor naked thing.

Chinees godbetert! GO! en het thuistaalbeleid.
Vele keren dit.

Andrew Anglin: The Making of an American Nazi – The Atlantic
How did Andrew Anglin go from being an antiracist vegan to the alt-right’s most vicious troll and propagandist—and how might he be stopped?

Links van 12 september 2017 tot 19 september 2017

Nieuw Syrisch eethuisje aan Sint-Jacobs: “Een eerbetoon aan … (Gent) – Het Nieuwsblad
Een restaurantje op Bij Sint-Jacobs waar Gentenaars kunnen proeven van de Syrische keuken en ­cultuur. Met de hulp van zijn kinderen realiseert Mohamed Akrah (52) zijn levensdroom in 'De Dageraad van Aleppo'. “De grandeur van Aleppo komt terug.”

A beginner’s guide to using My Get Me There: Manchester’s hilarious attempt at reinventing London’s…
I’m sure there are plenty of reasons it’s ended up like this and I’m not suggesting for a moment that there’s an easy way out. But I’d much rather sit here and take the piss out of it than construct a fair and balanced assessment of the situation, or provide any semblance of a solution. I’m far too immature for that.

Donald Trump Betrays Everyone. Somehow, Republicans Still Seem Surprised.
Betrayal isn’t just a part of Trump’s behavior; it’s wired into his DNA. Donald Trump will always lie. Always. He will lie and betray when he thinks it makes him look good. He will lie and betray when he knows it will make him look bad. His default setting is to lie and betray, and if this week hasn’t finally taught Republicans and conservatives that lesson, it’s hard to see what will.

the Movie title stills collection
A collection containing hundreds of main titles from feature films.

Ted Cruz likes hardcore porn video on Twitter | Daily Mail Online
While Cruz was the solicitor general of the state of Texas, he helped argue in favor of banning sex toys in the Lone Star State.  The video he liked does not appear to feature any sex toys.

Links van 18 september 2015 tot 23 september 2015

U leidt een stad vol schorremorrie, Burgemeester | Jan Blommaert (en z’n gedachten)
De bewoners van Uw stad blijken in de wereld zoals U ze beleeft bovenal veroorzakers van overlast te zijn, potentiële misdadigers en ordeverstoorders, profiteurs, labbekakken, links uitschot en ranzige bakfiets-egoïsten “die ge vijf frank zou geven als ge ze ziet”. Volk dat zomaar (zomaar!!) door het rood licht loopt of fietst, dat automobilisten hindert in de uitoefening van hun vrijheid, en het efficiënte bestuur van Uw kleine Rome saboteert. U bestuurt een stad die, volgens Uw eigen beeld ervan, bevolkt wordt door schorremorrie dat zoniet goedschiks dan kwaadschiks – met para’s en oorlogswapens – moet leren zich te gedragen. Uw bevolking ziet U als een collectie zwakkelingen die dringend wat discipline moeten aanleren. Kogels van negen centimeter lang kunnen daarbij helpen. U lijkt de bevolking van de stad, waarvoor U een soort surrogaat-vader zou moeten zijn, eigenlijk te haten. Uw houding is die van Basil Fawlty die een hotelgast in zijn Fawlty Towers, die om zijn aandacht had gevraagd, toeschreeuwde: I’m trying to run a hotel here!!

The bitter rivalry behind the world’s smallest chess program
“You only have one life and so many minutes in your day—in your life—to accomplish things and to focus on things that matter,” Olivier Poudade says. His heavily accented voice comes crackling down the line from his cellphone, bounced and beamed from Savoie, in the French Alps, where he’s vacationing and visiting his mother. While overlooking the mountain ridges of the Tarentaise Valley, the 44-year-old Frenchman is talking about the things that matter in life, and how the time in which we have to do them is finite and always diminishing, ticking away whether or not we spend it wisely. With his time—he figures about 600 hours over three months—he wrote a computer game called BootChess. It’s a chess game crammed into an impossibly small 487 bytes of code; the Wikipedia page explaining the rules of chess, in contrast, runs 53,162 bytes, more than 109 times larger. When he released BootChess in January 2015, it broke a 32-year-old record for the smallest computer implementation of chess on any platform.

Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” Is Our Most Misread Poem
Most readers consider “The Road Not Taken” to be a paean to triumphant self-assertion (“I took the one less traveled by”), but the literal meaning of the poem’s own lines seems completely at odds with this interpretation. The poem’s speaker tells us he “shall be telling,” at some point in the future, of how he took the road less traveled by, yet he has already admitted that the two paths “equally lay / In leaves” and “the passing there / Had worn them really about the same.” So the road he will later call less traveled is actually the road equally traveled. The two roads are interchangeable.

The sad state of web app deployment / fuzzy notepad
My experience is admittedly limited here, but as far as I can tell, installing a Rails app is impossible. It reads configuration from the source directory. It logs to the source directory. You have to manually precompile all the assets, which are of course also written to the source directory. Rails is one of the most popular web frameworks in the world, championed by developers everywhere. And you can’t actually install anything written with it. This is a joke, right?

An Odd Couple: Samuel Beckett & Buster Keaton | Moving Image Archive News
Some 50 years ago, the playwright and novelist Samuel Beckett and the silent-era film star Buster Keaton worked together on a singular creation of cinematic art.

Links van 8 juni 2014 tot 9 juni 2014

2001: A Space Odyssey | Typeset In The Future
2001: A Space Odyssey – Stanley Kubrick's 1968 sci-fi masterpiece – seems an appropriate place to start a blog about typography in sci-fi. Amongst other delights, it offers a zero-gravity toilet, emergency resuscitations, exploding bolts, and product placement aplenty. It's also the Ur Example of Eurostile Bold Extended's regular appearance in spacecraft user interfaces.

The Kanye West Self-Confidence Generator
WHEN I THINK OF COMPETITION IT'S LIKE I TRY TO CREATE AGAINST THE PAST. I THINK ABOUT MICHELANGELO AND PICASSO. YOU KNOW, THE PYRAMIDS.

Das Referenz: Wikipedia Redesigned for iPad — Medium
Wikipedia is ripe for a thorough redesign because it’s not 2004 anymore. We designed and built Das Referenz: an iPad app that changes Wikipedia according to our taste in typography, visual style, and interaction design.

Netanyahu ‘loathes’ Obama, Israel’s opposition leader charges | The Times of Israel
PM’s hostility to president is ‘endangering Israel’s security,’ claims Labor’s Isaac Herzog, in rare confirmation of long-rumored strained ties between ‘Bibi’ and ‘Barack’

As forests are cleared and species vanish, there’s one other loss: a world of languages | Environment | The Observer
A new report shows a direct link between disappearing habitats and the loss of languages. One in four of the world's 7,000 spoken tongues is now at risk of falling silent for ever as the threat to cultural biodiversity grows

Links van 24 april 2014 tot 28 april 2014

Bras in Space: The Incredible True Story Behind Upcoming Film Spacesuit | The Credits.
Instead, pitted against the military-industrial complex, Playtex created the 21-layer spacesuit, each layer distinct yet interrelated in function to the rest of the whole—a masterly combination of elegance, complexity, and form. Where the military contractors created cybernetic, armor-like suits (that failed, and failed again), Playtex’s vision was one of crucial softness, world class stitching, and perfect design. Traditional engineering firms could not figure out how to meet all the mission requirements and create a functioning suit that would keep the Apollo astronauts alive. The seamstresses at Playtex, with their years of experience fashioning girdles and bras, could, and did.

Zero to 95,688: How I wrote Game Programming Patterns – journal.stuffwithstuff.com
About an hour ago, in the quiet of my living room, alone except for a sleeping dog next to me, I accomplished the biggest goal of my life. I finished writing Game Programming Patterns. It’s a book on game programming (it would be a weird title for a book ornithology) that I started writing about four years and a lifetime ago.

WarmPlace.Ru. Virtual ANS Spectral Synthesizer
Virtual ANS is a software simulator of the unique Russian synthesizer ANS – photoelectronic microtonal/spectral musical instrument created by Russian engineer Evgeny Murzin from 1938 to 1958. Murzin named his invention in honour of the composer Alexander Nikolayevich Scriabin.

Facebook buys smartphone fitness-tracking app Moves
Facebook may already be tracking your usage to serve you ads, but how would you feel if it was able to log your movement? That's exactly what could be on the cards after the company confirmed it's bought Moves, the fitness-tracking app that records your daily activities using your smartphone.

10 reasons to switch to ggplot | Mandy Mejia
There are a lot of R users out there who are resistant to switching from base graphics to ggplot, and while there are some legitimate downsides and probably settings where it doesn’t make sense, for most users I believe it’s well worth the time and effort required to get started with ggplot. I mean, the New York Times thinks so! So for all those doubters (or newbies) out there, here goes my best shot at convincing you that switching to ggplot is worth the effort.

Links van 9 december 2013 tot 13 december 2013

Grunt for People Who Think Things Like Grunt are Weird and Hard via reddit.com
Grunt is one of those fancy newfangled things that all the cool kids seem to be using but at first glance feels strange and intimidating. I hear you. This article is for you.

YouTube – Elite: Dangerous Progress Diary 09 Alpha Phase One
Today sees the release (to Alpha backers) of the first phase of the Alpha process of Elite: Dangerous. Phase one – 'Single Player Combat' will be the first hands-on experience for gamers of Elite: Dangerous.

Citation Needed – blarg?
I’ve spent far more effort than is sensible this month crawling down a rabbit hole disguised, as they often are, as a straightforward question: why do programmers start counting at zero?

Rocky Morphology
It wouldn’t be a Rocky movie without an epic montage, a good and bloody fight, oh and some dialogue, too. There are, in fact, only a few basic narrative elements that make up the formula for all six Rocky films. Using empirical data collection (i.e. watching the six movies over six days straight), Rocky Morphology analyzes the Rocky series in order to identify its key narrative elements.

Monica J. Casper and Lisa Jean Moore, “Inscribing Bodies, Inscribing the Future: Gender, Sex, and Reproduction in Outer Space”
Heerlijke satire of dieptriestige niet-satire? You decide! "Female bodies are constructed against a backdrop in which male bodies are accepted as the norm, an inscription process shaped by the masculine context of space travel. More explicitly, space travel can be interpreted as a historically masculine project in that rocket design has in some ways modeled male anatomy. Space flight, in our reading, becomes the realization of penetration and colonization fantasies about the future. This spirit of masculinity permeates almost all aspects of the space program including long-term political goals, engineering designs, assumptions about crew behavior, and life-sciences research protocols. The masculine "nature" of space flight creates an institutional and ideological framework within which women not only are excluded but also are configured as highly problematic by virtue of their gender, bodies, sexualities, and reproductive capacities. Female bodies thus become the target of a range of practices within NASA aimed at reconfiguring women to fit into the space program."

Golden Globes 2012

Huhu. Mhuhu. 

Verjaardag!

’t Was vandaag de verjaardag van een vriendin van Zelie, en dus zijn we naar de film gegaan (The Hobbit, beter dan ik gevreesd had maar ik had dan ook gevreesd dat het heel héél erg slecht zou zijn, en de HFR stoorde me niet zoveel als de 3D (grr)), en hebben we overschot lasagne gegeten, en heb ik tarte tatin gemaakt, en was het halftwaalf voor ik het wist en liggen er nu in het achterhuis allemaal meisjes te slapen, enfin ik zeg “slapen”, ik vermoed dat ze aan het babbelen zullen zijn tot een stuk in de nacht. 

’t Is wreed hoe rap zo’n dag voorbij is. 

Frankenweenie

Frankenweenie, de nieuwe Tim Burton, speelt op dit eigenste ogenblik ongetwijfeld in een cinema ergens in uw buurt. Ik mocht van Enchanté een tijdje geleden gaan kijken naar een preview, op het Filmfestival in Gent. Het was er nog niet van gekomen om er over te schrijven — het leven zat in de weg, duizend dingen te doen, hoe gaat dat? — maar bij deze dus. 

Ik ben geweest met Louis (die in het zesde leerjaar zit en het nogal heeft voor monsters en fantasie en dingen), en die vond het fantastisch. Hij heeft hard gelachen, hij vond het spannend, hij heeft soms eens vanachter zijn vingers gekeken, hij was er helemaal mee weg. In het kort: een familiefilm voor jong en oud, ontroerend en grappig bij momenten, spannend en een beetje angstaanjagend bij andere momenten. Bring the kids

Frankenweenie

Frankenweenie is een Disney-film die een remake is van een kortfilm met dezelfde naam die Burton in 1984 maakte voor Disney. In 1984 was het een zwart-witfilm met echte acteurs van vlees en bloed, in 2012 is het een 3D-zwart-witfilm met stop-motion poppetjes. 

In 1984 werd Burton ervoor aan de deur gezet, wegens het verkwanselen van Disney-geld aan een film die veel te angstaanjagend zou zijn voor kinderen. Goed voor hem, denk ik dan: go Burton! Is dat in de 2012-versie nog zo? Neen, vrees ik. Frankenweenie is bijna karikaturaal Disney. Een getemde Burton, met bijzonder weinig uitsteeksels of weerhaken, en erg, érg braaf. 

Victor Frankenstein is de zoon van Susan en Edward Frankenstein. Hij heeft een hond, Sparky, en ze wonen in een jaren-1950-aandoend Amerikaans dorpje dat wellicht gesticht is door Nederlanders: het heet New Holland, er staat een molen op de achtergrond en het grote jaarlijkse festival is Dutch Day

Victor zit in de klas met een groep kinderen die allemaal lijken te verwijzen naar beroemde horrorfilms-van-lang-geleden: er zit een monster-van-Frankenstein-achtig kindje, een Igor-achtig-kindje, er is een schildpad die Shell(e)y heet, er is een Elsa Van Helsing, enfin, dat soort zaken. 

Voor de leraar Wetenschappen, Mr. Rzykruski, moet er een science project gedaan worden, en daar hebben we element twee van de film: de concurrentieslag tussen de kinderen, die elk het meest indrukwekkende project willen maken. (Element één was “een jongen en zijn trouwe viervoeter”). 

Frankenweenie  1

Het duurt niet lang of Sparky komt schielijk te gaan, en het duurt ook niet lang voor –element twee, meet element één– Victor erin slaagt om Sparky weer tot leven te brengen. En dan zou je kunnen gaan denken dat het tijd is voor element drie (“monster” dat alleen maar goed wil doen wordt verkeerd begrepen en opgejaagd — denk Edward Scissorhands, denk al die andere films), maar neen. 

Kattenkwaad en slapstick als Sparky niet op mooi op zolder blijft. En dat is het dan. 

“Het is een kinderfilm“, moest ik mezelf voortdurend inspreken. En ook: “Zit u eens niet zo op te winden!”

Ik herhaal: Louis vond het fantastisch, en mensen rond mij leken ervan te genieten, en ik lees op het internet dat de overgrote meerderheid van de filmcritici en de gewone mensen het zeer goed vinden. En ik houd van Tim Burton-films, zelfs van zijn meer recente die andere mensen minder lijken te vinden, en ik ben zot van oude griezelfilms, maar.

Ik heb me de laatste tijd zelden zo zitten nerveus maken. 

Bij elke scène die voorbij kwam, dacht ik “oh kijk, nog een poppetje dat ze gaan kunnen verkopen”. Of dacht ik “oh kijk, dát demografisch segment hadden ze nog niet gehad”. Of dacht ik “getver, het enige wat de mensen rond mij hier goed aan vinden, is wat er 100% pixel voor pixel letterlijk gekopieerd is uit films van 70, 80 jaar geleden”.

Rzykruski

Dat laatste is wat mij nog het meeste stoorde, denk ik. Ik kan er geen vinger op leggen, maar vergelijk hoe Mel Brooks in Young Frankenstein dezelfde scènes citeert als Burton in Frankenweenie, en het contrast kan niet groter zijn. Young Frankenstein is een liefdevolle pastiche van het genre en voegt toe aan het origineel. Frankenweenie: ik vond het respectloos gedaan, cynische copy-paste, zonder ziel of passie.

De manier bijvoorbeeld waarop Rzykruski een karikatuur is van Vincent Price, maar dan wel door Martin Landau ingesproken wordt als een soort bastaard-Bela Lugosi: ik kreeg er rillingen van. Ik vind dat stámpen op het graf van zowel Price als Lugosi. De manier waarop mijn ideale vrouw, Elsa Lanchester, als een poedel opgevoerd werd… mijn hart bloedt, het was ternauwernood dat ik mezelf kon tegenhouden om geen schoen naar het scherm te smijten.

Elsa Lanchester

En ik vond het eigenlijk bij momenten ook saai en langdradig, en onsamenhangend, alsof dit — verrassing!– een film was die nodeloos twee of drie keer zo lang gemaakt was als het idee eigenlijk kon ondersteunen.

And don’t even get me started about the ending

Ik vind de film niet eens slécht: ik vind het een bwoafja, run of the mill fotokopie van een fotokopie van een Tim Burton-film, door een happy end Disney-mangel gedraaid. Maar ik word er kwaad van. Dit is een film die met wat meer passie, wat meer zelfkritiek en niet eens zó veel gesleutel wél goed had kunnen zijn.

Een film die ik nooit van mijn leven nog wil zien. 

(Maar ga dus vooral kijken met uw kinderen, en wijs ze dan de weg naar al de originelen.)

Goed bed

We hebben tegenwoordig een uitstekend goed bed in het bureau beneden.

Ik heb er al een paar uur in geslapen zaterdag en eventjes vandaag, en ‘t is echt uitstekend. Gasten welkom, vanaf nu, dus!

Uitgeklapt

Verder dit weekend niet veel gedaan, vrees ik. Wat strips sorteren, een paar uur Diablo gespeeld, een paar uur Gridrunner gespeeld, wat voor mij uit zitten kijken, wat verder gelezen in mijn boek van Eisenman (‘k zweer het, het boek waar ik het langst in bezig ben geweest ever), gisterennamiddag thuis gebleven terwijl de rest van het gezin op barbecue was, vanmorgen niets gedaan, vannamiddag met z’n allen naar The Avengers gaan kijken.

Euh, en dat was het zowat. Ah ja: Holland naar huis, ha!

En verder hebben we een heel goed bed dus, in het bureau. Morgen misschien al kasten in de living!

Django: I do declare

Hola baas: 

Zoals men wel eens zegt: ik blijf geld naar mijn monitor smijten maar er gebeurt niets!

Oh, ik kijk hier hard naar uit.

Tarantino

Huh.

It’s well known that all of Tarantino’s films take place in the same universe – this is established by the fact that Mr. Blonde and Vince Vega are brothers, everybody smokes Red Apple cigarettes, Mr. White worked with Alabama from True Romance, etc.

As it turns out, Donny Donowitz, ‘The Bear Jew’, is the father of movie producer Lee Donowitz from True Romance – which means that, in Tarantino’s universe, everybody grew up learning about how a bunch of commando Jews machine gunned Hitler to death in a burning movie theater, as opposed to quietly killing himself in a bunker.

Because World War 2 ended in a movie theater, everybody lends greater significance to pop culture, hence why seemingly everybody has Abed-level knowledge of movies and TV. Likewise, because America won World War 2 in one concentrated act of hyperviolent slaughter, Americans as a whole are more desensitized to that sort of thing. Hence why Butch is unfazed by killing two people, Mr. White and Mr. Pink take a pragmatic approach to killing in their line of work, Esmerelda the cab driver is obsessed with death, etc.

You can extrapolate this further when you realize that Tarantino’s movies are technically two universes – he’s gone on record as saying that Kill Bill and From Dusk ‘Til Dawn take place in a ‘movie movie universe’; that is, they’re movies that characters from the Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, True Romance, and Death Proof universe would go to see in theaters. (Kill Bill, after all, is basically Fox Force Five, right on down to Mia Wallace playing the title role.)

What immediately springs to mind about Kill Bill and From Dusk ‘Til Dawn? That they’re crazy violent, even by Tarantino standards. These are the movies produced in a world where America’s crowning victory was locking a bunch of people in a movie theater and blowing it to bits – and keep in mind, Lee Donowitz, son of one of the people on the suicide mission to kill Hitler, is a very successful movie producer.

Basically, it turns every Tarantino movie into alternate reality sci fi. [via]

Euh ja:

Blown

Links van 12 april 2012 tot 18 april 2012

Marokkaans/Arabisch koken met Amber – Weblog – 50plusser.nl Weblog
Overheerlijke Marokkaanse en andere Arabische gerechten met daarnaast lekkere recepten uit verschillende keukens

Style in The Wire on Vimeo
This video essay explores the style in the television series The Wire.

Potions And Pitfalls: My Year In Roguelikes | Rock, Paper, Shotgun
It’s been a fantastic year for Roguelikes, with continued development of the stalwarts and plenty of releases that have toyed with the formula, sometimes reshaping it until it’s almost unrecognisable.

What North Korea Really Looks Like – Global – The Atlantic Wire
An Associated Press story that ran Wednesday morning told the tale of a North Korean press bus that took a wrong turn into a part of Pyongyang usually shielded from reporters. Woops!

Man Finally Put In Charge Of Struggling Feminist Movement | The Onion – America’s Finest News Source
After decades spent battling gender discrimination and inequality in the workplace, the feminist movement underwent a high-level shake-up last month, when 53-year-old management consultant Peter "Buck" McGowan took over as new chief of the worldwide initiative for women's rights.

Primer

Moh, kijk nu. Primer is in zijn geheel te zien op YouTube:

’t Gaat over reizen in de tijd, en alles. En ’t is een beetje complex, ge moet uw hoofd redelijk bij houden.

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Ken uw klassiekers

Zelie is terug van scoutskamp: een week ergens in de brousse gezeten, ruiltochten gedaan, zelf eten klaargemaakt, vanalles en nog wat gedaan.

Vanavond, als ze een beetje ontvuild was, wou ze nog naar een film kijken. (Sandra was wéér eens aan het uitgaan, ik zou het een schande noemen, maar ik gun het haar, zie eens hoe vrijgevochten ik wel niet ben als man.)

Euh, maar dus: Zelie wou een film zien. X-Men Origins: Wolverine wou ze zien, om een reden die mij niet helemaal duidelijk was. (Als ik zou moeten raden:

Hugh

, maar hey, ik ben maar een vader van 41, wat weet ik van de wereld van tieners, ik zou al lang content zijn dat het geen Robert Pattinson zou zijn, als het dat zou zijn, euh ik ben de draad van mijn betoog kwijt).

Maar in alle geval: hoe blij ik ook ben dat ze X-Men wil zien, het is toch een besliste neen geworden. Moderne films al wat ge wilt, maar er moet een basis gelegd worden.

Net zoals ik vroeger van mijn vader ook Jules Verne moest lezen in plaats van altijd strips (en dat ik dat uiteindelijk zelf ook fantastisch vond), heb ik vanavond een grote filmklassieker opgelegd.

En zo hebben we samen in de zetel naar The Princess Bride gekeken.

A splendid time was had by all. Cary Elwes anno 1987 is ook een beetje Hugh Jackman, denk ik.

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