Links van 21 januari 2014 tot 29 januari 2014

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Post mortem – Thanks & lessons learned | Notes from the trenches
Lessons learned – Don’t operate in a market where a single player can arbitrarily decide to kill you. Especially don’t work in a market that’s controlled by an entity that explicitly refuses to communicate with you (or anyone else) or to explain their guidelines.

The Best “Entry Level” Science Fiction Books to Convert Your Friends
A lot of the greatest science fiction and fantasy books are not for newbies. They can be daunting for new readers, because they assume you've already read a lot of science fiction and fantasy. But what are the best "entry level" science fiction and fantasy books? We asked some top editors and writers, and here are their picks.

Applying Artificial Intelligence to Nintendo Tetris
In this article, I explore the deceptively simple mechanics of Nintendo Tetris.

Twitter’s Future Can Be Seen in China — Irvingside
It will be interesting to see how Twitter creates its unique ecommerce platform, but for now we can turn to China's messaging giant WeChat to predict the San Francisco-based company's future. WeChat began as a messaging service like many of its rivals Line and WhatsApp, but has recently embraced financial transactions. WeChat's users can make payments to McDonald's through the app. After the transaction is finished, WeChat provides a QR code from McDonald's for users to redeem. Last November, WeChat partnered with Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi to sell the company's flagship phone, the Mi-3. In less than 10 minutes, 150,000 units of the device were sold on WeChat. Although WeChat's impressive user base of 500 million and counting far surpasses that of Twitter, one can still expect Twitter to experience similar results from ecommerce.

Computer Associates promo video – YouTube
Machtig! "We make the software that makes the world go around!"

Links van 15 december 2013 tot 16 december 2013

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nsa-backdoor/nsa-backdoor.php at master · aaronjorbin/nsa-backdoor
Grin. "Description: Make it easy for the NSA to have admin access to your site"

A Great Old-Timey Game-Programming Hack – Tom Moertel’s Blog
This was in the 8-bit PC era, so the gaming hardware was almost impossibly slow by today’s standards. It might not surprise you, then, to learn that, back then, game programmers did all sorts of crazy things to make their games run at playable speeds. Crazy, crazy things. This is a story about one of those things.

Edward S. Curtis’s The North American Indian
Edward Sheriff Curtis published The North American Indian between 1907 and 1930 with the intent to record traditional Indian cultures. The work comprises twenty volumes of narrative text and photogravure images. Each volume is accompanied by a portfolio of large photogravure plates. The entire work is presented here, supported largely by funds from the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

Peter O’Toole, star of Lawrence of Arabia, dies aged 81 | Film | theguardian.com
The actor Peter O'Toole who found stardom in David Lean's masterpiece Lawrence of Arabia, has died aged 81, his family has annouced. The acclaimed leading man who overcame stomach cancer in the 1970s passed away at the Wellington hospital in London following a long illness.

Is Marissa Mayer Helping Yahoo—or Hurting the Struggling Tech Giant? | Vanity Fair
As one of Google’s highest-ranking women, Marissa Mayer became a Silicon Valley superstar, but inside the search giant her dazzle sometimes wore thin, with colleagues rebelling against her imperious style. In the wake of Mayer’s jump to run the struggling Yahoo, Bethany McLean asks whether she will be its savior or its next big problem. A year and a half in, the results are mixed.

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Google Adds to Its Menagerie of Robots – NYTimes.com
Google confirmed on Friday that it had completed the acquisition of Boston Dynamics, an engineering company that has designed mobile research robots for the Pentagon. The company, based in Waltham, Mass., has gained an international reputation for machines that walk with an uncanny sense of balance and even — cheetahlike — run faster than the fastest humans.

earth: wind
De wind op aarde. In real time. Klik op "earth" onderaan links voor opties.

Fientje en de mediamannen » Apache.be
Fientje Moerman heeft met haar brief op bijzonder zere mediatenen getrapt. Het volstaat om de talrijke analyses die er intussen over bij elkaar werden gepend na te lezen. Allemaal beweren ze hetzelfde, allemaal gebruiken ze dezelfde argumenten en allemaal serveren ze de kritiek integraal af. Want Fientje is mediageil. Fientje wil gewoon een plaats op de lijst. Fientje is ei zo na zot. En wij, mediamannen hebben wel ernstigere dingen te doen, ook al blazen we de brief dan eigenhandig op tot de waan van de dag.

A million first steps – Digital scholarship blog
We have released over a million images onto Flickr Commons for anyone to use, remix and repurpose. These images were taken from the pages of 17th, 18th and 19th century books digitised by Microsoft who then generously gifted the scanned images to us, allowing us to release them back into the Public Domain. The images themselves cover a startling mix of subjects: There are maps, geological diagrams, beautiful illustrations, comical satire, illuminated and decorative letters, colourful illustrations, landscapes, wall-paintings and so much more that even we are not aware of.

Gmail blows up e-mail marketing by caching all images on Google servers | Ars Technica
Unless you click on a link, marketers will have no idea the e-mail has been seen. While this means improved privacy from e-mail marketers, Google will now be digging deeper than ever into your e-mails and literally modifying the contents. If you were worried about e-mail scanning, this may take things a step further.

Links van 14 november 2013 tot 15 november 2013

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The Algorithm That Thinks Like A Human ⚙ Co.Labs ⚙ code + community
“We should be careful not to underestimate the significance… of this milestone,” says Facebook cofounder Dustin Moskovitz, an advisor to a six-person startup that is reinventing artificial intelligence.

7 Fantastic Ways To Distinguish Between Sense And Nonsense
What can be said at all can be said clearly, and what we cannot talk about we must pass over in silence.

Hey, designer!
Curated articles and resources for web designers and developers.

Why the tech press is ignoring Zulily’s huge IPO – The Term Sheet: Fortune’s deals blogTerm Sheet
Zulily is profitable. It's also growing, with $439 million in revenue over the first nine months of 2013, compared to $202 million for the year-earlier period (and, of course, Q4 is when it makes its largest dollars). In other words, it's a real business. Bo-ring.

Google+ YouTube Integration: Kind of Like Twilight, Except In This Version When +Cullen Drinks BellaTube’s Blood They Both Become Mortal, But +Cullen Is Still An Abusive Creep, Also It Is Still Bad | Vi Hart
The choice between having to use Google+ and never commenting on YouTube again is laughably easy for me. I invested so much into my YouTube channel, and they’re taking that investment and threatening to throw it away if I don’t also start investing in Google+. No thank you Google, but you’ve already made me regret investing so much into you the first time. Do you really think I’m going to do it again?

Links van 5 november 2013 tot 7 november 2013

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www.gootechnologies.com
Whether you're a designer who likes creative freedom, or a hardcore coder pushing the limits of the web, Goo gives you the tools to create amazing web visuals in your own way and without limitations. Goo Create and Goo Engine are specially designed to make your creation process as simple and smooth as possible without any compromise on performance and functionality.

Your kids’ chances of becoming programmers? ZERO • The Register
We had it all in the 1980s. Here's what went wrong…

Search engine optimization: starter guide
This document first began as an effort to help teams within Google, but we thought it'd be just as useful to webmasters that are new to the topic of search engine optimization and wish to improve their sites' interaction with both users and search engines. Although this guide won't tell you any secrets that'll automatically rank your site first for queries in Google (sorry!), following the best practices outlined below will make it easier for search engines to crawl, index and understand your content.

Pattern Library | MailChimp
Our pattern library is both a learning tool and a compass that corrects our course as we build new things. We share our work here to help others on a similar path.

Terabytes is not big data, petabytes is | OpenLife.cc
Look guys… Terabytes is not Big Data! (And Gigabytes never was big data, even Excel can now take that amount of data :-)

12 bizarre cat-related patents – The Week
To visit Google's patent website is to lose yourself in a black hole of totally weird wannabe inventions — a surprising number of which are for your feline friends. From toys meant to encourage exercise to systems that deliver live birds for food, here are 12 really weird cat patents.

coaltrace/
This is a simulation of the basic demographic / genealogical process. Individuals are born and individuals die. This causes lineages to branch and to disappear, and causes the population to share a common ancestor at some time in the past. The coalescent provides a mathematical description of these patterns of ancestry.

KeeperRL
KeeperRL is a Dungeon Keeper remake in roguelike style. You can build your dungeon in real time, and possessing a minion turns the game into a classic roguelike.

Statistics Done Wrong — Statistics Done Wrong
Statistics Done Wrong is a guide to the most popular statistical errors and slip-ups committed by scientists every day, in the lab and in peer-reviewed journals. Many of the errors are prevalent in vast swathes of the published literature, casting doubt on the findings of thousands of papers. Statistics Done Wrong assumes no prior knowledge of statistics, so you can read it before your first statistics course or after thirty years of scientific practice.

Be Obsessed With Something – collegefeed blog
With the graduating class of 2014 back on campus – with one eye on their classes and the other on what comes next – many are starting to seek out advice on how to start their careers. The question on everyone’s mind, whether graduating or not, is What should I be doing to set myself up for a great career ? Here’s my answer: Be obsessed with something.

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Am I Going Insane? Snapchat is Intrinsically Worthless – Roy Murdock
Snapchat’s latest valuation puts it at $4 billion dollars

Media for Thinking the Unthinkable on Vimeo
Presented at the MIT Media Lab on April 4, 2013.

Gmail, Mavericks, and Mail.app apparently suck together – Marco.org
It’s pretty bad that Apple didn’t catch this in beta testing — it is, after all, a pretty big set of new bugs with the system’s email client when configured for one of the world’s most popular email services. That’s on Apple, fair and square. But if you’re a Gmail user and expecting to wedge it into an IMAP client without ever hitting problems, that’s increasingly your problem.

Free “404: File Not Found” Handler for Webmasters to Improve User Experience | Internet Archive Blogs
The Internet Archive today is launching a free service to help webmasters improve their user experience by augmenting their website’s 404 Page Not Found page to link to the Wayback Machine in the case that it has it.    Therefore users trying to get to any pages that might have been on a previous version of your website will now be given the option to go to the Wayback Machine.

Long Before Trees Overtook the Land, Earth Was Covered by Giant Mushrooms | Smart News
From around 420 to 350 million years ago, when land plants were still the relatively new kids on the evolutionary block and “the tallest trees stood just a few feet high,” giant spires of life poked from the Earth. “The ancient organism boasted trunks up to 24 feet (8 meters) high and as wide as three feet (one meter),” said National Geographic in 2007.  With the help of a fossil dug up in Saudi Arabia scientists finally figured out what the giant creature was: a fungus. (We think.)

What is the New SEO? — on startups — Medium
Inderdaad, ja. 'You’re probably thinking “Great… ‘New SEO’, just what we need, another meaningless marketing buzzword.”'

James Deen – BrightestYoungThings – DC
A few hours later I received an email from his model coordinator letting me know I was oh-so-adorable and if it wasn’t too last minute could I pop up to New York next weekend to shoot some porn y’all! That’s when I realized we were actually talking about porn here. I went back and forth, listing the usual pros and cons: Pro: Porn! Con: Porn.

Links van 2 november 2013 tot 3 november 2013

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Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming | Books | theguardian.com
A lecture explaining why using our imaginations, and providing for others to use theirs, is an obligation for all citizens

The badBIOS Analysis Is Wrong. at RootWyrm’s Corner
Ahem. "Look, I’m not known for pulling punches and I’m not about to start now. The fact is that everything I have read about #badBIOS is completely and utterly wrong; from the supposed “escaping air gap” to well.. everything. And I should know. I’ve dealt with malicious BIOS and firmware loads in the past. I’ve also dealt with BIOS development and modification for two decades. It’s a very important skill to have when you regularly build systems that are well outside manufacturer ‘recommended’ areas."

(118) Working at Google: What’s the worst part about working at Google ? – Quora
Ouch: "Too many great people, doing work that just doesn't matter, and they're being paid off not to care in an explicit effort to starve the rest of the valley of extraordinary talent."

Dear Google, What’s Wrong With You? | TechCrunch
Pop quiz: name a Google product that existed at this time last year that has improved in the last 12 months.

Macaw: The Code-Savvy Web Design Tool by Macaw — Kickstarter
"This project successfully raised its funding goal about 23 hours ago." Hoezee! (niet dat er ooit veel twijfel over was, natuurlijk).

Chrome font rendering ghraa

donderdag 27 september 2012 in Boeken, Computers en dingen. Permanente link | 2 reacties

Heeft het zin om daarover te blijven klagen? Welneen, het heeft geen zin om daarover te blijven klagen. Ga ik er daarom mee ophouden om erover te klagen? Ge moogt twee keer raden. Hint: neen. 

Kijk, Amazon Cloud reader op Chrome 22.0.1229.79 op mijn laptop (ja, nog maar eens een zoveelste versie die ergens ver weg achter mijn rug is geïnstalleerd):

Amazondonker sm

En kijk, dit is exact hetzelfde scherm een paar seconden later, als die donkere balken boven en onder weggegleden zijn:

Amazonlicht sm

Mét balken is de tekst donker, zónder balken is de tekst licht. Waarom? Met balken en zonder balken gebruikt twee keer een verschillende manier van font rendering.

Kijk maar. Zonder balken is zuiver greyscale anti-aliasing:

Amazongreyscale

…en met balken is het subpixel rendering:

Amazoncleartype

Fucking fuck fuck fuckety fuck. Hop to it, Google. 

Update: Oh check it out shit hit the fan. (En ja, dat is nog iets anders dan de eeuwenoude DirectWrite/GDI-miserie in Chrome op Windows.)

Chrome is erger dan Internet Explorer 6

woensdag 12 september 2012 in Computers en dingen. Permanente link | 6 reacties

Chrome, vroeger, dat was een web browser die snel ging, die geen tierlantijnen deed, die rechttoe-rechtaan deed wat nodig was.

Als er ergens iets gemaakt moest worden: eerst in Chrome doen, dat is een plezier om mee te werken, en dan eens diep zuchten en het proberen in orde krijgen in Firefox en IE.

Dat is al een tijd niet meer het geval: Chrome is een log monster dat geheugen vreet, denkt dat het slimmer is dan u, onstabiel is en om onverklaarbare redenen vertraagt of stilvalt.

En wat veel erger is: dat meer dan regelmatig plots niet meer doet wat het gisteren nog deed. Dan zijt ge iets aan het maken, en oh kijk nu background-images worden niet meer ingeladen. Of toch wel. Of toch niet. Of toch wel. Of toch niet. Horizontale scrollbalken? Wie heeft dat nu nodig — wég ermee. Of nee, toch niet. Of wacht, toch wel. Ah tiens, Flash is niet opgeladen, blijkbaar. Of misschien wel? Of misschien niet?

Fonts, pakweg Google Web Fonts in Chrome op Windows, maar in het algemeen alles wat tekstrendering is? Chrome kaka, zoals de gremlins zouden zeggen.

Internet Explorer, zelfs in zijn ergste en meest degoutante vorm, ging tenminste voorspelbaar tegen de grond. Het was kapot of het was niet kapot, maar als het kapot was

GMail, hetzelfde: “You have been signed out of this account. This may have happened automatically because another user signed in from the same browser. To continue using this account, you will need to sign in again. This is done to protect your account and to ensure the privacy of your information.”

Néé, gast. Ik ben niét ergens anders ingelogd. En als ik weer inlog, dan zegt ge mij weer hetzelfde. En opnieuw, en opnieuw, en… ah nee, nu pakt het, en kan ik gewoon inloggen.

Ik ben al jaren (letterlijk, éttelijke jaren) gesubscribed op een aantal mailinglijsten, elk goed voor pakweg tien tot dertig mails per dag. Ik krijg al jaren (járen) een aantal alerts per mail, per dag een stuk of tien-vijftien. En dan plots, sinds eind augustus, besluit GMail op zijn eentje dat zo ongeveer twee derde van mijn mailinglijsttrafiek en 90% van mijn alerts (allemaal met een label en regels om er vanalles mee te doen) spam is.

Ha ja, pech, zeggen de mensen op het internet.

Net zoals bij de fonts en de css-zooi en de Google account-strubbelingen en de plots niet meer werkende Feedburner-login en de valse beschuldigingen van klikfraude bij Adsense: bakt u een ei, zeggen de mensen van Google. Bakt u een ei, en wacht, laat nog wat profielinformatie achter die we kunnen doorverkopen.

Google+ hoeft gewoon niet te groeien

woensdag 29 februari 2012 in Sonstiges. Permanente link | Eén reactie

Geniaal in al zijn eenvoud:

Why Google+ Doesn’t Care If You Never Come Back

Ad targeting. Google+ is designed to power ad targeting, and for that it only needs you to sign up once. This lets it combine the biographical information you initially enter such as age, gender, education, employers, and places you’ve lived with your activity on Search, Gmail, Maps and all its other products to create an accurate identity profile. And this powers targeting of more relevant ads it can charge more for.

So despite comScore showing that the average Google+ user only spends 3 minutes per month on Google+, VP Bradley Horowitz wasn’t lying when he told the Wall Street Journal ”We’re growing by every metric we care about”. [via]

‘t Is andermaal nog eens helemaal duidelijk: When you don’t pay for something, you are the product being sold.

Links van 25 februari 2012 tot 28 februari 2012

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A Show with Ze Frank by Ze Frank — Kickstarter
In 2006, I launched a show called "The Show With Ze Frank." It was one of the most strange, exciting, difficult, and amazing things I have done so far. I think it is time to do something similar, what with the economy in the crapper and the election coming up. If Newt can do it, so can I. So can we.

Mountain Lion Review: What Happened to Apple’s Innovation?
That's the most surprising thing about Mountain Lion. Not what Apple did, but that it makes clear a startling reality: Microsoft is the new Apple, thinking of ways to make a better, more productive experience for users. Sure, MS might fail, but at least Redmond is breaking new ground and trying to push computing forward.

Think about that for a second: Mountain Lion is conservative and boring—even gaudy at times. Meanwhile Microsoft is pushing the envelope and being innovative and elegant in its approach to user interface.

Hell. It froze.

Sinéad O’Connor: A Mea Culpa < PopMatters
It’s time to apologize to Sinéad O’Connor.

850k Android Daily Activations, 300m Total Devices, Says Andy Rubin | TechCrunch
In many ways the mobile platform war feels like the desktop race of the early ’90s. Apple had a huge lead, refused to license and is now about to be overtaken by hordes of nondescript clones. But in this race the main competitor is Google rather than Microsoft and the devices are smartphones instead of beige desktops. It’s just a matter of time until Android overtakes iOS now.

Microsoft offers touch guidance to Windows 8 Metro-app developers – istartedsomething
Since Metro-style applications for Windows 8 should all have a touch-first experience, Microsoft has recently released a brief but useful “Windows 8 Touch Guidance” documentation on how developers should think about touch in their applications. The four-page PDF touches (pun) on some interesting touch characteristics of Windows 8 – including but not limited to drag-down/up for select/deselect, semantic zoom and panning and swipe from edge.

Microsoft-haat

maandag 20 februari 2012 in Computers en dingen. Permanente link | Eén reactie

‘t Is echt wel vreemd, hoeveel *haat* er blijkbaar is voor Microsoft.

Google doet iets misleidend — lees alhier — en de helft van de commentaren zijn, euh…

Links van 4 januari 2012 tot 6 januari 2012

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PLoS ONE: The Distance Between Mars and Venus: Measuring Global Sex Differences in Personality
The idea that there are only minor differences between the personality profiles of males and females should be rejected as based on inadequate methodology.

Everything you need to know about buying a camera | The Verge
Voor als er nog eens iemand vraagt welk fototoestel ze zouden moeten kopen.

Iconic Images Without Their Subjects: An Artist’s Rendering – NYTimes.com
An empty road during the Vietnam War. A hilltop landscape in Spain. A nondescript motel balcony in Memphis.

These otherwise ordinary settings are the backdrops to photographs that have become icons of history.

How Many Stephen Colberts Are There? – NYTimes.com
There used to be just two Stephen Colberts, and they were hard enough to distinguish. The main difference was that one thought the other was an idiot.

Visoog Google Earth

Links voor 5 december 2011

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Google Kills Its Other Plus, and How to Bring It Back – Waxy.org
As Google marginalizes its core base, it's opened the door for smaller, more nimble startups, such as DuckDuckGo, a one-man project that's quickly becoming the go-to search engine for discriminating nerds.

Anti-Semitism | Embassy of the United States Brussels, Belgium
Geen flauw idee waarom men ('t is te zeggen News Gingrich) dit als antisemitisme beschouwt. Ik vond dat een redelijk degelijke analyse, gelijk.

Benny Hinn – Dark Lord of the Sith – YouTube
THE POWER OF THE FORCE COMPELS YOU! THE POWER OF THE FORCE COMPELS YOU!

straup/parallel-flickr @ GitHub
parallel-flickr is a tool for backing up your Flickr photos and generating a database backed website that honours the viewing permissions you've chosen on Flickr.

parallel-flickr is still a work in progress. It ain't pretty or classy yet but it works.

Interactive Fiction Competition Online Play: Taco Fiction
You shouldn't be sitting in the driver's seat. You should be getting out on the passenger side, and there should be someone else sitting at the wheel, key in the ignition, keeping an eye out.
 
And that's probably how this would be going down, if you had any friends left.
 
Yes. Take a minute to reflect on the choices you've made.
 
No. Don't do that. You need to be prepared mentally. You need to be one hundred percent involved in what you are about to do. You and yourself are all you need to come out of this smelling like a rose.
 
You, yourself, and maybe that sweet little slab of steel in your pocket, that two-and-a-half-pound insurance policy, that cold, hard…
 
Do not waste time being poetic about your gun. Get out of the car.

Links van 12 november 2011 tot 5 december 2011

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Arcade Improv: Humans Pretending to Be Videogames – Waxy.org
Instantly, Mike and Jerry understood, along with everyone in the audience born before 1978.

Catherine Young & Family, Page One
A family working in the Tifton (Ga.) Cotton Mill. Mrs. A.J. Young works in mill and at home. Nell (oldest girl) alternates in mill with mother. Mammy (next girl) runs 2 sides. Mary (next) runs 1 1/2 sides. Elic (oldest boy) works regularly. Eddie (next girl) helps in mill, sticks on bobbins. Four smallest children not working yet. The mother said she earns $4.50 a week and all the children earn $4.50 a week. Husband died and left her with 11 children. 2 of them went off and got married. The family left the farm 2 years ago to work in the mill. January 22, 1909. Location: Tifton, Georgia. Photo by Lewis Hine.

Sass – Syntactically Awesome Stylesheets
Sass makes CSS fun again. Sass is an extension of CSS3, adding nested rules, variables, mixins, selector inheritance, and more. It’s translated to well-formatted, standard CSS using the command line tool or a web-framework plugin.

Memoires of a Heroinhead
It was over a year that I had been in France. I had gotten clean and then gotten dirty again. So it was good news one day when my mother phoned.

“Shane, there's a little surprise coming over your way! That fucking Irish John has just been around here, bought me two rocks of white and left twenty five quid to get you three of choice and post over. And you ya little bastard, you never told me he 'ad AIDS! An I've been sharing my fuckin' crackpipe with 'im!”

SFE: Science Fiction Encyclopedia
Welcome to the beta text of the third edition of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. Some sample entries are below. Alternatively, you can browse the Encyclopedia through the search box above or the categories in the grey bar above.

Paris Review – The Grand Map, Avi Steinberg
“And then came the grandest idea of all! We actually made a map of the country, on the scale of a mile to the mile!”
“Have you used it much?” I enquired.
“It has never been spread out, yet,” said Mein Herr. “The farmers objected: they said it would cover the whole country, and shut out the sunlight! So we now use the country itself, as its own map, and I assure you it does nearly as well.”

Final report of the commercial starship Nostromo, third officer reporting. | MetaFilter
The Nostromo model from the first Alien movie sat outside in the rain for over two decades before it was bought by The Prop Store in 2007. They sent it to Grant McCune Design to restore it to its previous glory.

GROGNARDIA: Retrospective: Barbarian Prince
If you're the least bit curious about Barbarian Prince, you can download a legal copy for free here.

Nate Hallinan Portfolio
The Smurf is actually the result of a symbiotic relationship
between two organisms. We believe that Smurfs put their
'embryos' in the button of a developing mushroom. From a
distance, Smurfs seem like they are wearing a hat and pants
but as you can see this is a fallacy. The fungus provides
camouflage and protective epidermal layers for the creature,
while the creature provides nutrients and mobility for the
spreading of spores.

Research:Wikimedia Summer of Research 2011/Summary of Findings – Meta
This is the summary of findings from the Wikimedia Foundation Summer of Research, a program in the Foundation's Community Department which brought together eight academic researchers from around the globe to study the dynamics of the Wikipedia editing community.

How Star Wars Should Have Ended: Reflections on Taste, The Expanded Universe & Radical Politics « Human Iterations
Basically a totalitarian Empire makes sense, a rotting and unsustainable Republic makes sense, a teemingly complex anarchic and increasingly more nomadic post-collapse culture also makes sense.  But a more or less decent galactic-sized democracy instantly formed and accepted out of the goodness of all the Rebel’s hearts?  Totally unbelievable.  And basically a stubborn Liberal lack of imagination.

Main § Digital Atlas of Roman and Medieval Civilization
The Digital Atlas of Roman and Medieval Civilization (DARMC) makes freely available on the internet the best available materials for a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) approach to mapping and spatial analysis of the Roman and medieval worlds. DARMC allows innovative spatial and temporal analyses of all aspects of the civilizations of western Eurasia in the first 1500 years of our era, as well as the generation of original maps illustrating differing aspects of ancient and medieval civilization.

Hugo Blogging – Connie Willis May Be The Worst Writer In Existence « Sci-Ence! Justice Leak!
"I have now discovered a way to produce a masterpiece. Just read Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis, do the exact opposite of what she does, and you will have the greatest work in the history of English literature." (Come come now – surely it can't be much worse than Dan Brown?)

The sad, sad demise of Greenpeace | COSMOS magazine
GREENPEACE WAS ONCE a friend of science, helping bring attention to important but ignored environmental research. These days, it’s a ratbag rabble of intellectual cowards intent on peddling an agenda, whatever the scientific evidence.

The 1140px Grid · Fluid down to mobile
The 1140 grid fits perfectly into a 1280 monitor. On smaller monitors it becomes fluid and adapts to the width of the browser.

A cherry picking tale, and an update on spinal manipulation science « Alternative Medicine « Health « Skeptic North
Spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) has long enjoyed a solid reputation for the treatment of so-called “mechanical” low back pain, and is widely used by physical therapists as well as chiropractors. Even skeptics tend to give it a pass, regarding it as the one thing chiropractors offer that we don’t really have a complaint with, much the way we used to think maybe acupuncture had something going for it, until better evidence crushed our optimism. For instance, just recently Dr. David Gorski — as tough-minded a quackery critic as they come — casually mentioned that “no one argues that … manipulative therapies can’t help back pain.” Actually, skeptics who’ve been following the SMT science are now arguing exactly that.

Historical Meet-Ups –   Samuel Beckett Playwright, novelist, and Nobel…
Wow.

The price of ebooks - oxylogos.com
Think the book industry learned from the mistakes the music and film industry made?

Guess again.

They are quickly heading to the top of the charts of sheer stupidity. And what they don't realise is that, unlike the movie industry and—though to a somewhat lesser extent— the music industry, they have even less of a legitimate ‘raison d'être’ than their counterparts in those industries.

Gigawatt {The Illuminated Mixtapes}
Gelijk een statische versie van http://musichunterapp.com/ en door echte mensen gedaan.

Villa La Vigie – Koksijde – Bezoeker
Na de oorlog werden de twee bunkers ontdaan van alle uitrusting en rails. De twee bouwwerken fungeerden een tijdje als toeristische bezienswaardigheid. Begin de jaren '20 werd één van de bunkers afgebroken. Rond 1923 kreeg aannemer Remi Rys uit Koksijde de opdracht om boven de resterende bunker een villa te bouwen en de bestaande oorlogsconstructie te integreren in het nieuwe project.

Lernert & Sander: Natural Beauty – NOWNESS
Mission Statement: We wanted to apply 365 layers of makeup in one day to see how much is needed to go from a natural look to an outrageous one.

A celebration of the writing and art of Mervyn Peake | Books | The Guardian
Mervyn Peake, creator of Gormenghast, is now recognised as a brilliant novelist and artist. Michael Moorcock, China Miéville, Hilary Spurling and AL Kennedy celebrate his achievements

Extinguishing and Understand Barking Dog Behavior
If your dog barks and you yell at him to shut up, you are reinforcing the barking.

Top 5 Ways to Build a WordPress Site that’s Easy for Your Clients
Here are our top 5 tips for simplifying the WordPress back end so that your clients will find it much easier to use, and you will find it much easier to teach them how to use it!

Restoring a Photograph from the 1870sTop Dog Imaging
"From here, I began the laborious process of restoration, which involved a prodigious amount of retouching. The process took about four hours." Of hoe een mens een uitgebreide post kan schrijven met veel beeldjes erbij, en op Kottke vermeld worden en alles — met rotslecht werk.

Dissecting an Episode of MythBusters
27% of the time is spent watching advertising.

Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking
"The most important book in the culinary arts since Escoffier" — Modernist Cuisine is a six-volume, 2,438-page set that is des­tined to rein­vent cook­ing. The lav­ishly illus­trated books use thou­sands of orig­i­nal images to make the sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy clear and engaging.

How Apple re-cut Final Cut Pro for the better | Video | Creative Notes | Macworld
It's not dumbing down, it's targeting

Jennifer Pournelle’s The Mote in God’s Eye sequel actually looks interesting | Wis[s]e Words
Intriguing — de dochter van de meneer van Chaos Manor schrijft een vervolg: "Sequels written to well loved science fiction classics by the children of the original writer never turn out right therefore you can safely ignore them. It’s a rule that saved me a lot of frustration, but I think I might break it for Jennifer Pournelle’s Outies, a sequel to her father’s and Larry Niven’s The Mote in God’s Eye. "

Zo, dat zijn veel vissen! :: nrc.nl
Bloody hel. Scary! "Sinds enige tijd hebben Amerikaanse wateren, met name de Mississippi en haar aftakkingen, bezoek van de Aziatische karper. In 2010 begon dat bezoek onaangenaam te worden."

My Opposition – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
After the war many Germans would insist they knew nothing at all about The Holocaust. More recently, Holocaust deniers have questioned the extent, and even the existence of the Holocaust. Friedrich Kellner's diary counters such suggestions.

Fietsherstel Aan Huis | omdat service belangrijk is !
Heeft uw fiets een lekke band, is de verlichting defect, of heeft uw fiets andere gebreken?
U kocht uw fiets in een grootwarenhuis, waar geen herstellingen mogelijk zijn?
U heeft een tandem, bakfiets, elektrische of andere fiets met extreme afmetingen?
Wilt u geen beschadigingen meer aan de kofferbak van de auto?

Dan kunt u gebruik maken van een unieke service: wij komen uw fiets bij u herstellen.

N Korean children begging, army starving: exclusive – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Footage shot inside North Korea and obtained by the ABC has revealed the extent of chronic food shortages and malnutrition inside the secretive state.

History Cookbook – Cookit!
Welcome to the history cookbook. Do you know what the Vikings ate for dinner? What a typical meal of a wealthy family in Roman Britain consisted of, or what food was like in a Victorian Workhouse? Why not drop into history cookbook and find out? This project looks at the food of the past and how this influenced the health of the people living in each time period. You can also try some of the recipes for yourself. We have a wide range of historical recipes from Brown Bread Ice Cream to Gruel (Why not see if you would be asking for more – just like Oliver Twist).

Dear Emma B : Pharyngula
Schoon — The question you can always ask is, "How do you know that?"

Everything You Think You Know About the Collapse of the Soviet Union Is Wrong – By Leon Aron | Foreign Policy
Every revolution is a surprise. Still, the latest Russian Revolution must be counted among the greatest of surprises. In the years leading up to 1991, virtually no Western expert, scholar, official, or politician foresaw the impending collapse of the Soviet Union, and with it one-party dictatorship, the state-owned economy, and the Kremlin's control over its domestic and Eastern European empires. Neither, with one exception, did Soviet dissidents nor, judging by their memoirs, future revolutionaries themselves. When Mikhail Gorbachev became general secretary of the Communist Party in March 1985, none of his contemporaries anticipated a revolutionary crisis. Although there were disagreements over the size and depth of the Soviet system's problems, no one thought them to be life-threatening, at least not anytime soon.

the A.I. is a lie » #AltDevBlogADay
I can tell you right now there is no I in A.I., and nor should there be.

Arrested Westeros
What happens when Game of Thrones meets Arrested Development.

Verdediging Belfortploeg zaterdag 18 juni | Belfort ploeg
Ik zou bijna sympathie krijgen voor Francis Van den Eynde c.s.

Hot Dudes with Kittens from Funny Or Die, Sam Trammell, Romany Malco, Sean Carrigan, Mark Valley, Matt Dallas, Tanc Sade, Matt Lanter, Ryan Eggold, Chad Faust, ellhoof, and Shauna O’Toole
Who doesn't love hot men holding cats and kittens? Oh you don't? Too bad, this one is… for the ladies.

GET LAMP: John Romero Interview : Jason Scott : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive
Romero's path crossed with Infocom's in the late 1980s; while working for a company he co-founded called Ideas From the Deep, he wrote an operating system for the Apple II that was used in the last round of Infocom games: Journey, Shogun, Zork Zero, and Arthur. He didn't get to meet anybody but he was proud of his contribution and offered to be interviewed.

bradley’s almanac – the sims torture test (a mirror site)
I guess people actually play this game to make their little sims happy. I'll admit that i did that for awhile, but to be honest, it just got boring. So of course I reverted to my typical gaming pattern of torturing innocents to death.

Coilhouse » Blog Archive » Resonance: Where Sound Meets Geometry
In this 11-minute clip, a group of over 30 animators and sound artists teamed up to create short pieces between 12 and 20 seconds with the aim to ”explore the relationship between geometry and audio in unique ways.”

YouTube – Prora-Das erste KdF bad
Kraft durch Freude.

CK01 Standard/Honors Chemistry Kit – Home
Droool. Ik zou mijn linkerarm gegeven hebben voor zoiets als ik klein was: "Because chemistry is widely considered to be the most difficult lab course to do well—particularly on a tight budget—we offer the CK01 Standard/Honors Home School Chemistry Laboratory Kit. It provides a comprehensive, rigorous laboratory component for a first-year high school chemistry course, and does so affordably. With the exception of standard household items (such as table salt, sugar, vinegar, aluminum foil, foam cups, and so on) and other minor items that are readily available locally, the kit contains all of the special equipment and chemicals you'll need for a complete chemistry lab course."

Michele Bachmann’s Holy War | Rolling Stone Politics
Bachmann lies because she can't help it, because it's a built-in component of both her genetics and her ideology. She is at once the most entertaining and the most dangerous kind of liar, a turbocharged cross between a born bullshit artist and a religious fanatic, for whom lying to the infidel is a kind of holy duty.

What is International Baccalaureate?
Hierzie, dat ge 't weet: "IBO lumps Christianity … into the category of what it calls "fundamentalism" — along with the Taliban and various terrorist groups, saying that these "fundamentalist" groups are all "dangerous." It would be difficult to imagine a more clear, and repugnant, attack on Christianity." "While IBO undermines Christianity, it also advocates its own religion. IBO promotes the worldview of New Age-Pantheism guru William Butler Yeats … Another New Age leader, Joseph Campbell, is often required reading for IBO students. Like Yeats, Campbell aggressively promotes "inclusive" New Age-Pantheistic doctrines while undermining Christianity."

555blue
Er zijn toch rare mensen in de wereld.

Wikipedia talk:Dispute resolution – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
I REPEAT, I DO NOT KNOW MR. STEVEN ZHANG FROM ADAM, I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR HIM, HE IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ME, but JUST IN CASE HE MAY FEEL HIS PERSONA OR FEELINGS SO DEEPLY HURT BY MY MISTAKE, I BEG HIM FIRST OF ALL NOT TO HURT HIMSELF OR HURT OTHER HUMANS, including me, DUE TO UNDUE AGGRESSVITY POOTENTIALLY ARISEN FROM DEEP DISTRESS, especially if occuring on a VULNERABLE PRE-EXISTING SUBSTRATE, and SECOND of ALL NOT SUE ME, Eugen Craciun aka Rudolph Aspirant, beacuse HE, Mr. Steven Zhang WOULD LITERALLY OBTAIN NOTHING FROM ME, TOTAL PAUPER and INDEBTED TO THE HILT TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA GOVERNMENT, and to BOTH MY OWN MOTHER and MY FATHER.

Talk:Circumflex – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
WHOEVER IS IN CHARGE HERE MUST IMMEDIATELY TRANSMIT THIS URGENT ESSENTIAL ERROR/FEIL TO GOOGLE-TRANSLATE, which I have just noticed myself today, 18, May, 2011, Anoo Domini, which is AN INEXCUSABLE ERROR, without PRECENT in ALL of the history I have used Google-translate for all sorts of purposes and reasons.

Vriendjes

Zoek

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