Links van 14 juli 2014 tot 18 juli 2014

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Gamasutra – The History of Civilization
Gamasutra is proud to be partnering with the IGDA's Preservation SIG to present detailed official histories of each of the first ten games voted into the Digital Game Canon. The Canon "provides a starting-point for the difficult task of preserving this history inspired by the role of that the U.S. National Film Registry has played for film culture and history", and Matteo Bittanti, Christopher Grant, Henry Lowood, Steve Meretzky, and Warren Spector revealed the inaugural honorees at GDC 2007. This latest piece follows the carrer of industry icon Sid Meier as he established himself as one of the most important contributors to PC gaming with the iconic turn based strategy epic Civilization

Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality | Petunia married a professor, and Harry grew up reading science and science fiction.
HPMOR.com is an authorized mirror of Less Wrong‘s / Eliezer Yudkowsky‘s epic Harry Potter fanfic-in-progress, Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Netanyahu finally speaks his mind | The Times of Israel
At his Friday press conference, the prime minister ruled out full Palestinian sovereignty, derided the US approach to Israeli security, and set out his Middle East overview with unprecedented candor. His remarks were not widely reported; they should be

Twitter User Stats Crackdown – Business Insider
Twitter has taken the unusual step of shutting off its datapipe to certain companies that have published their own stats on how big Twitter's user base really is, according to two sources. The move comes after Twitter's stock was hammered in the early part of the year when investors discovered growth in monthly active users (MAUs) was slowing or stagnant, and that measures of engagement per user were on the decline.

Fontblog | FontShop schließt sich Monotype an
Wohow: "Der heu­ti­ge Tag ist weg­wei­send in der 25-jäh­ri­gen Ge­schich­te von Font­Shop, der wich­tigs­te seit un­se­rer Grün­dung. Das US-Schrif­ten­haus Mo­no­ty­pe über­nimmt die Un­ter­neh­mens­grup­pe von Font­Shop In­ter­na­tio­nal. Zu dem er­wor­be­nen Paket ge­hö­ren, neben der Fir­men­zen­tra­le in Ber­lin, die Font­Font-Schrif­ten­bi­blio­thek, der US-Ver­triebsa­b­le­ger in San Fran­cis­co (fontshop.​com), sowie die deut­sche Fi­lia­le Font­Shop AG."

The Olympic City
The Olympic City is an ongoing documentary photography project by Jon Pack and Gary Hustwit that looks at the legacy of the Olympic Games in former host cities around the world. Hosting the Olympics has become a way for a city to show itself off on an international stage and generate toursim dollars, and cities spend millions or billions for the privilege. But after the events are over, the medals have been handed out, and the torch is extinguished, what’s next? What happens to a city after the Olympics are gone?

Links voor 19 juni 2014

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Moving product recommendations from Hadoop to Redshift saves us time and money | Monetate Engineering Blog
We’ve demonstrated the ease with which we can transition one of our legacy MR jobs to pure SQL running against Redshift. Not only was this a neat problem to solve, but it will end up lowering the cost of our backend services.

(2) More Details on Today’s Outage
Early today Facebook was down or unreachable for many of you for approximately 2.5 hours. This is the worst outage we’ve had in over four years, and we wanted to first of all apologize for it. We also wanted to provide much more technical detail on what happened and share one big lesson learned.

Mozilla to Develop Comments Platform for New York Times and Washington Post – NYTimes.com
Through the new platform, the news organizations said in a news release, “Readers will be able to submit pictures, links and other media; track discussions; and manage their contributions and online identities.” The news outlets can then collect and use the reader content “for other forms of storytelling and to spark ongoing discussions.”

The Board Game of the Alpha Nerds «
Before Risk, before Dungeons & Dragons, before Magic: The Gathering, there was Diplomacy. One writer enters international competition to play the world-conquering game that redefines what it means to be a geek (and a person).

Your Company Is Not a Family – Reid Hoffman, Ben Casnocha, and Chris Yeh – Harvard Business Review
When CEOs describe their company as being “like family,” we think they mean well. They’re searching for a model that represents the kind of relationships they want to have with their employees—a lifetime relationship with a sense of belonging. But using the term family makes it easy for misunderstandings to arise. In a real family, parents can’t fire their children.

N-VA maakt vernedering voor Verhofstadt compleet – België – Knack.be
Ah well. Zou er al Verandering zijn ondertussen, eigenlijk? "De ECR, de European Conservatives and Reformists group of de Europese Conservatieven en Hervormers is de Eurosceptische fractie waar de Tories van de Britse premier David Cameron deel van uitmaken, maar ook de Deense Volkspartij, de Duitse anti-europartij Alternative für Deutschland en de Ware Finnen, partijen die aanleunen bij extreem-rechts. N-VA komt er ook de Poolse partij Recht en Rechtvaardigheid (PiS) tegen. De partij van ex-premier Jaroslaw Kaczynski is tegen de legalisering van abortus, euthanasie en het homohuwelijk."

Alien: Dan O’Bannon’s list of design requests for H.R. Giger
THE ALIEN, THIRD (MATURE) PHASE.  Having left its victim, the Alien promptly grows to man-size, whereupon it is terrifically dangerous. It is very mobile, strong, and capable of tearing a man to pieces. It feeds on human flesh. This creature should be a profane abomination. Our producers have suggested that something resembling an over-sized, deformed baby might be suffieciently loathsome. In any event, we wish you to feel free to create your own design.

Links van 24 december 2013 tot 25 december 2013

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Why I won’t be using Google In January — Medium
The story's all over the Internet— and if you’re the type of person to read a Medium article explaining why someone’s boycotting Google, you’re probably already familiar with it. The gist is as follows: RapGenius offers incentives to blog-posters to add links about Justin Bieber to their blogs- which increases RG’s link relevancy piloting them to the top of Google Search Queries. Google gets mad — and ‘punishes’ (read: fatally attacks) them by knocking all RapGenius links into siberia.

Top Science Longreads of 2013 – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science
I’m really optimistic about the future for long, deep, rich science reporting. There are more places that a publishing it, more ways of finding it, and a seemingly huge cadre of people who are writing it well. So without further ado, here’s a list of my top pieces of the year. It has blossomed to 15 from last year’s 12 because I was gripped by indecision and they’re all so good.

But If We Started Dating It Would Ruin Our Friendship Where I Ask You To Do Things And You Do Them | The Onion – America’s Finest News Source
I really like you. I do. You're so nice, and sweet, and you listen to all my problems and respond with the appropriate compliments. But, well, I don't really see a relationship in our future. It would be terrible if we let sex destroy this great friendship we have where I get everything I want and you get nothing you want. Don't you think?

The making of…Dune II | Features | Edge Online
It is rare indeed for a single game to become the progenitor of an entire new genre. Although it had its precedents, with some fans attempting to retcon a gaggle of faintly similar 8bit titles for the role, the world’s first realtime strategy game can be named with little real controversy. But going back to Dune II today is an eye-opening experience, as it becomes clear how very little the genre has moved forwards – like finding out Halo had really been released in 1982. The same basic viewpoint, interface, controls and gameplay underpinning Dune II are still being reused today, with only the most minimal level of evolutionary advancement.

Using Computer Modern on the web
The cm-unicode project compiles versions of the Computer Modern fonts in a few formats, including TTF. I've run them through codeandmore's @font-face kit generator and FontSquirrel to get all the weird formats that the various browsers insist on. This page shows off each typeface, with links to packages containing everything you need to use them in your own pages.

Links van 30 november 2012 tot 22 december 2012

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48fps: how we accidentally invented Impressionist filmmaking | The Verge Forums
Watching Journey, it's clear that widespread adoption of High Frame Rate filmmaking would cause even greater issues. This isn't simply a matter of relearning how to do wardrobe, how to build a set, and how to light a scene. Acting is an entirely different matter here. Martin Freeman is one heck of a funny actor. We see him bumbling and confused, twisting his head back and forth comedically. We know that he's funny, and we know the joke — somehow, however, the frame rate disrupts his timing. It all takes a bit too long, and the sharp impact is gone.

Pick Your Battles « I am Zef
I know it’s exciting to plan for a system that’s ready for Google-like traffic — but seriously, focus on something people want first. You will have to go through multiple refactors of your infrastructure. There’s not a chance in the world you will get it right the first time, so don’t assume you will.

The Mind of a Chef | Watch Online | PBS Video
From ramen to rotting bananas, Copenhagen to Kansas City, and pork buns to golf clubs, PBS’s new series The Mind of a Chef combines travel, cooking, history, science, and humor into an unforgettable journey. Executive producer and narrator Anthony Bourdain takes viewers inside the mind of noted Korean-American chef and restaurateur David Chang.

DominionStrategy Wiki
The Dominion Strategy Wiki was launched in October 2012 as a resource of knowledge and strategy about the card game Dominion. As part of Dominion Strategy, it was started by members of the Dominion Strategy Forum as a space where Dominion information can be developed in an open environment. We currently have 346 articles on a variety of Dominion-related topics.

News – Enhance the gameplay in your edition of Baldur’s Gate from GOG.com – GOG.com
Baldur's Gate and Baldur's Gate II remain cult classics not only among D&D fans, but cRPG gamers in general. With countless hours of gameplay, captivating stories, colorful characters, and many memorable locations they're one of the most intense and extensive role-playing experiences you can get while sitting in front of your PC. But to say that they didn't age at all might be a bit of a stretch. That's why some people would go a great distance modding and upgrading both those titles to combine them into one, seamless, visually updated game–an enhanced edition, if you will.

Links van 31 juli 2012 tot 8 augustus 2012

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No-Hook Nation: Why Is It So Hard to Find a Place to Hang Our Stuff? – Karen Loew – The Atlantic
When planning rooms, designers often overlook or choose to omit the simple amenity that would keep coats, purses, and laptop bags from ending up on the floor. Why?

Gamasutra – Features – 1500 Archers on a 28.8: Network Programming in Age of Empires and Beyond
This paper explains the design architecture, implementation, and some of the lessons learned creating the multiplayer (networking) code for the Age of Empires 1 & 2 games; and discusses the current and future networking approaches used by Ensemble Studios in its game engines.

Brian Phillips on Olympic rhythmic gymnastics – Grantland
There is, in the contrast between the poise and seriousness of the athletes and the princessy kitsch of the setting, something really kind of dark and wonderful. Just imagine it: devoting your life, mercilessly and with absolute commitment, to the task of dancing with little twirly clubs to a synth-folk soundtrack while wearing a spangled bathing suit designed to look like ladybug wings. Imagine doing that as well as it can humanly be done, being the person who embodies that accomplishment. I'm not making fun of anyone; I find it strangely noble.

Ask H&FJ: Four Ways to Mix Fonts
Is there a way to know what fonts will work together? Building a palette is an intuitive process, but expanding a typographic duet to three, four, or even five voices can be daunting. Here are four tips for navigating the typographic ocean, all built around H&FJ's Highly Scientific First Principle of Combining Fonts: keep one thing consistent, and let one thing vary.

In Which We Step Inside Your Closet – Home – This Recording
Things You Might Read on a Fashion Blog – Haha I’m texting on my iPhone in all of these photos, such a dork – I wore this to brunch on Saturday morning, we ate pancakes, I never want to eat anything else omg

Links van 30 mei 2012 tot 13 juni 2012

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Hidden Epidemic: Tapeworms Living Inside People’s Brains | Infectious Diseases | DISCOVER Magazine
Parasitic worms leave millions of victims paralyzed, epileptic, or worse. So why isn’t anyone mobilizing to eradicate them?

I’ve been playing the same game of Civilization II for almost 10 years. This is the result. : gaming
I've been playing the same game of Civ II for 10 years. Though long outdated, I grew fascinated with this particular game because by the time Civ III was released, I was already well into the distant future. I then thought that it might be interesting to see just how far into the future I could get and see what the ramifications would be. Naturally I play other games and have a life, but I often return to this game when I'm not doing anything and carry on. The results are as follows.

Fantastic Sources for Free Soundtrack Music — Life Scoop
Back in the pre-digital days of video creation, directors without the cash to commission original soundtracks to their films had to rely on library music. The folks who put together these massive libraries owned all the rights to the music outright, so it was easy to license recordings for creators to use in their films, TV, and radio pieces. A TV director would flip through his network's sound library records, pick the track, and then pay for the license. (In recent years, some outré 1960s and 1970s library music has become very collectible amongst a certain breed of vintage vinyl addicts.) Physical sound libraries, and their associated licensing fees, are still around, albeit in entirely digital form.

IE 10′s ‘Do-Not-Track’ default dies quick death | Ars Technica
IE 10 with DNT turned on lived for six days before getting its death sentence.

The Devil and John Holmes (by Mike Sager, Los Angeles Times, May 1989)
John Holmes was a porn star. Eddie Nash was a drug lord. Their association ended in one of the most brutal mass murders in the history of Los Angeles.

Links van 12 april 2012 tot 18 april 2012

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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.

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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