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Links voor 23 augustus 2018

Je mag tegenwoordig niks meer © Wannes Daemen
We zijn geen racis­ten, we zijn geen vrou­wen­ha­ters. Maar onze gedra­gin­gen en tra­di­ties heb­ben wel racis­ti­sche of vrouw­on­vrien­de­lij­ke kant­jes. Als we dat dur­ven zien, dan zal er onge­twij­feld een en ander ver­an­de­ren aan wat we doen en zeg­gen.

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The Scientists Who Starved to Death Surrounded By Food | Amusing Planet
As the invading German army poured into the city looting and destroying anything of value, a group of Russian botanists holed up inside the vault of the Vavilov Institute of Plant Industry with a precious collection of seeds and edible plants. This collection, containing seeds from nearly 200,000 varieties of plants of which about a quarter was edible, constituted one of the world’s largest repositories of the genetic diversity of food crops. Among them were plenty of rice, wheat, corn, beans and potatoes, enough to sustain the botanists and see them through the worst days of the siege. But the scientists hadn’t barricaded themselves in the vault with food grains to save their lives, but rather to protect these seeds from the Nazis as well as from the starving people plundering through the streets in search for anything to eat.

What Did Ada Lovelace’s Program Actually Do?
Lovelace’s program is often called the world’s first computer program. Not everyone agrees that it should be called that. Lovelace’s legacy, it turns out, is one of computing history’s most hotly debated subjects. Historians have cited all kinds of primary evidence to argue that the credit given to Lovelace is either appropriate or undeserved. But they seem to spend less time explaining the technical details of her published writing, which is unfortunate, because the technical details are the most fascinating part of the story. Who wouldn’t want to know exactly how a program written in 1843 was supposed to work?

PepsiCo Is Acquiring SodaStream for $3.2 Billion | Fortune
PepsiCo has agreed to acquire countertop carbonated water machine maker SodaStream for $3.2 billion—the snacking and beverage giant’s latest move to add healthier products to its portfolio and push a more environmentally friendly agenda.

Links van 26 juni 2018 tot 28 juli 2018

Adobe Flash’s Gaming Legacy — Thousands upon Thousands of Titles — and My Efforts To Save It
Allow me to summarize. In less than two years from the time of this article, hundreds of thousands of games are likely to disappear from the internet, forever. Simply no longer playable. Hundreds of millions of views, likes, 5-star reviews, 1-star reviews…all gone. The companies who helped bring these games to life don’t seem concerned. The people who made these games aren’t exactly talking about it, to my knowledge.

Why Designers Hate Politics (And What To Do About It)
Designers claim, and often with good reason, that they understand human behavior better than others, but their distaste for what they call politics reveals they’re ignorant of one of the most natural behaviors people in groups have. Designers who hate, or don’t comprehend, politics betray their own ideas by not recognizing how politics defines the landscape they must work on.

Waarom 1 miljard uitgeven een crisis is maar 221 miljard verliezen niet – DeWereldMorgen.be
Fiscale spitstechnologie en belastingontwijking kosten ons land tweehonderd keer zoveel als de opvang van asielzoekers. Bij dat eerste haalt men de schouders op; dat tweede vult dagelijks de kranten, de zendtijd, en de sociale media. En enkel het tweede blijkt de term ‘crisis’ waard.

Zo lost Algerije het probleem van illegale migranten op – Het Nieuwsblad
Zozo. En binnenkort gaan we daar dan de opvang organiseren in plaats van de mensen tot in Europa te laten komen, juist? Minstens 13.000 Afrikaanse migranten zijn het afgelopen jaar op bussen of vrachtwagens gezet en gedropt in de woestijn. Bij 45 graden overdag en koude nachten. Zonder eten of drinken. Zonder enige bescherming. Hoeveel vrouwen er onder een brandende zon bevallen zijn en hun kind verloren hebben, is niet geweten. Maar het IOM heeft weet van meerdere gevallen. Van pasgeboren baby’s die in het woestijnzand begraven zijn. Of van vrouwen die een miskraa kregen. Van uitputting en ontbering.

The Heilmeier Catechism
DARPA operates on the principle that generating big rewards requires taking big risks. But how does the Agency determine what risks are worth taking?

Links van 20 mei 2018 tot 21 mei 2018

Gell-Mann amnesia effect – Wikiwand
the Gell-Mann amnesia effect labels a commonly observed problem in modern media,[2] where one will believe everything they read from a journalist even after they come across an article about something they know well that is completely incorrect

Tim Harford — Article — Statistics, Fast and Slow
One way to understand China is to look at the statistics. Real income per person has increased nearly tenfold since 1990. Since the early 1980s, the number of extremely poor people in China has fallen by more than three-quarters of a billion people, more than half the population of the country. China consumed more cement in a recent three-year period than the US used in the entire 20th century. Even on paper, it is the most dramatic explosion of economic activity in human history. Seeing it with your own eyes is another experience entirely.

Acephalic Agile—worse than Waterfall? – Oliver Wyman Labs: Technical
At least in Waterfall if you did a good job of designing the project, and if you stuck to the spirit of the method, you were to some extent insulated from management noise and ‘dreck effekt’. But the outcome in a badly governed Agile project is that each iteration takes us further off course. Or at least it doesn’t (‘asymptotically’) converge on the right outcome as it should. The result can be even worse than a badly planned Waterfall project, and with more late nights worked along the way. The pain coefficient at the project’s end can also be greater than with the Waterfall. Here it is that Agile can actually be worse than Waterfall.

How many people with disabilities did you have test the design before you let people try it out? : beta
I am curious about whether or not you guys even bothered talking to a single person who uses a screen reader/has vision loss or poor vision/ or is totally blind? What about people who can't use a mouse? If you did, can you explain the process by making things hard to access with keyboard, totally unavailable to access with a keyboard, and why you made certain decisions to make things harder to see? EDIT: Reddit has responded with the following, which answers my question with a "None."

Time to ditch Wikipedia?
As an active editor for almost 15 years, Cross is very familiar with some of the more arcane Wikipedia rules and guidelines (along with their obscure acronyms) and uses them to justify removing information he dislikes in favour of his own inclusions. Often in a very subtle manner and over a long period of time. Anyone familiar with the work of the people he targets will recognise how one-sided and distorted those entries become.

Links van 16 mei 2018 tot 18 mei 2018

Total set to pull out of Iran gas deal without sanctions waiver – BBC News
Slecht nieuws: “French energy giant Total is preparing to pull out of a billion dollar gas project in Iran in the face of renewed US sanctions. Total said it will unwind operations by November unless sanctions are waived.” 🙁

3D printed tourniquet: Day 2 of Gaza field trials ends badly (May 14)
Despite our efforts to clearly identify ourselves as first responders, several of our medical team were wounded by Israeli live fire. One paramedic, Musa Abuhassanin, was killed while attempting a victim rescue under fire. One hour before he was shot in the thorax and killed, Musa was one of my rescuers when I was shot by live ammunition. I sustained a moderate injury to my left leg and a minor one to the right leg. Musa was also the paramedic who discovered and reported the failed buckle in our previous report. He had a great laugh and was a good paramedic.

Tex, le dézamour – Culture / Next
«Les gars, vous savez ce qu’on dit à une femme qui a déjà les deux yeux au beurre noir ? On lui dit plus rien, on vient déjà de lui expliquer deux fois !»

The Language of the Roman Empire | History Today
Latin was used throughout the Roman Empire, but it shared space with a host of other languages and dialects, including Greek, Oscan and Etruscan, which give us a unique perspective on the ancient world.

How Fortnite Captured Teens’ Hearts and Minds | The New Yorker
The craze for the third-person shooter game has elements of Beatlemania, the opioid crisis, and eating Tide Pods.

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 voor 24 oktober 2017

Mobile First, Desktop Worst – prototypr
Mobile First should not be taken as an opportunity to over-simplify and, by the same token, Desktop First should not be taken as an opportunity to pile on complexity.

Facebook moving non-promoted posts out of news feed in trial | Technology | The Guardian
Facebook is testing a major change that would shift non-promoted posts out of its news feed, a move that could be catastrophic for publishers relying on the social network for their audience. A new system being trialled in six countries including Slovakia, Serbia and Sri Lanka sees almost all non-promoted posts shifted over to a secondary feed, leaving the main feed focused entirely on original content from friends, and adverts.

The problem with the Romans is they always try to walk it in
Using Latin phrases is often just verbal bullying, Bullingdon style. So let’s translate phrases into football.

Booking.com — UX Analysis and Responsive Redesign – uxdesign.cc
Zo'n old school artikel begot. Maar wel nostalgisch en wijs: "As a wanderlust and UX designer, I decided to challenge myself by redefining the user experience of Booking.com landing page."

The sad humanity of American Captain, the best anti-superhero comic about superheroes
“American Captain” gives us Steve Rogers (and to a lesser extent his peers) struggling with downtime, professional frustration, 21st century confusion, and post-traumatic stress. We look through the keyhole of the summer blockbuster and find the muted lifeworld of a sickly kid, now a grown man who can bench-press a car, but can’t figure out online banking. He’s the character who is both most and least like the reader, out of place in every room he enters. Steve is racked with guilt: not over losing Bucky, like he always is in the comics, but for not being able to protect his mother from his alcoholic father. For leaving the comm on so Sharon Carter could hear his plane crash. For forgetting to return The Hobbit to the NYPL before he was frozen in the ice. He’s thrilled to discover there’s a new Hobbit movie, but panics at the flame and explosions in the theater. He argues, sometimes passive-aggressively and sometimes aggressively, with everyone, including Nick Fury and Bruce Banner. He is marching, in kindness and honor, to his own destruction.

Links van 19 maart 2017 tot 1 april 2017

The Fall of Avalon Hill | Naked Meeple
It began with a short notice posted on the Avalon Hill web site on August 4, 1998 by some just fired employees. The announcement stated simply that Monarch Avalon had sold its Avalon Hill Game Company division to Hasbro for $6 million, and that Monarch had terminated the AH game design people. Though the notice would be pulled almost immediately by AH management, it stayed up long enough for word to spread across the Internet faster than a Clinton scandal report. Confirmation from Hasbro, Monarch Avalon, and various financial sources soon followed, leaving wargamers facing the awful reality that Avalon Hill, which began and nourished the wargame hobby, and The General, which shaped it, were dead.

Russian government posts April Fools’ Day prank offering “election interference” – CBS News
On Saturday, the ministry posted on its Facebook page an audio file of the purported new automated telephone switchboard message for Russian embassies. “To arrange a call from a Russian diplomat to your political opponent, press 1,” the recording begins, in Russian and English. Press 2 “to use the services of Russian hackers,” and 3 “to request election interference.”

How the Like Button Ruined the Internet – The Atlantic
THIS. SO MUCH THIS: "Newspapers and magazines used to have a rather coarse model of their audience. It used to be that they couldn’t be sure how many people read each of their articles; they couldn’t see on a dashboard how much social traction one piece got as against the others. They were more free to experiment, because it was never clear ex-ante what kind of article was likely to fail. This could, of course, lead to deeply indulgent work that no one would read; but it could also lead to unexpected magic. Is it any coincidence that the race to the bottom in media—toward clickbait headlines, toward the vulgar and prurient and dumb, toward provocative but often exaggerated takes—has accelerated in lock-step with the development of new technologies for measuring engagement?"

Not in my name | ericvanrompuy.be
Go Eric. "In Vlaanderen schijnt N-VA nog onaantastbaar maar ook hier zal de slijtageslag van hun onvervulde beloften beginnen te wegen. De BRA(cke)XIT was een eerste signaal. Wie voortdurend de anderen de les spelt, krijgt dit vroeg of laat als een boemerang in zijn gezicht. Uiteindelijk zal de bevolking oordelen op realisaties en niet op perceptie. Dat moet Trump nu ook ervaren. Populisten gaan ten onder aan hun eigen slogans eens ze die moeten waarmaken. Dat zal in Vlaanderen niet anders zijn."

BBC – Culture – Whatever happened to Generation X?
Once we go, there’ll be no living memory of the analogue era.

Why Straight Rural Men Have Gay ‘Bud-Sex’ With Each Other — Science of Us
A lot of men have sex with other men but don’t identify as gay or bisexual. A subset of these men who have sex with men, or MSM, live lives that are, in all respects other than their occasional homosexual encounters, quite straight and traditionally masculine — they have wives and families, they embrace various masculine norms, and so on. They are able to, in effect, compartmentalize an aspect of their sex lives in a way that prevents it from blurring into or complicating their more public identities. Sociologists are quite interested in this phenomenon because it can tell us a lot about how humans interpret thorny questions of identity and sexual desire and cultural expectations.

Links van 28 februari 2017 tot 7 maart 2017

Ik ben jong en ik stem rechts – De Standaard
Jongeren janken heel veel over wat er anders moet, maar vervolgens doen ze er niks aan. Ze hebben een schop onder hun hol nodig.

Het geheim van Nederland zit hem in het ‘stapelen’ – De Standaard
Het onderwijsmodel van Vlaanderen verdient niet echt navolging, zegt Maurice Crul. ‘In de plaats van jongeren met een allochtone herkomst opwaarts te helpen, dreigt veeleer het omgekeerde: door het watervalsysteem parkeert het eerder al dat talent permanent aan de kant.’ Crul weet waarover hij spreekt: de Nederlandse socioloog, verbonden aan de Vrije Universiteit van Amsterdam, onderzoekt al jaren het studieparcours van allochtone jongeren van de tweede generatie met een Turkse of een Marokkaanse achtergrond – en dat in een vergelijkende internationale context.

The Vatican’s Latinist – John Byron Kuhner
Besides being the Pope’s Latinist and “one of the Vatican’s most colorful characters” (as the Catholic News Service called him), Foster has been a tireless champion of Latin in the classroom. Indeed, Foster’s greatest legacy may be as a teacher. “The most influential Latin teacher in the last half-century is Reggie Foster,” says Dr. Nancy Llewellyn, professor of Latin at Wyoming Catholic College. “That’s not just my opinion—that’s a fact. For decades, he had the power to change lives like no other teacher in our field. I saw him for an hour in Rome in 1985 and that one hour completely changed my life. His approach was completely different from every other Latin teacher out there, and it was totally transformative.”

Linux-Kernel Archive: Re: [git pull] drm for v4.11 – main pull request
Vintage Linus: "The tinydrm code seems like absolute pure shit that has never seen a compiler. I'm upset, because I expect better quality control. In fact, I expect *some* qualitty control, and this piece-of-shit driver has clearly seen none at all. And those patches were apparently committed yesterday. WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK?"

Uber Is Doomed
If there is one quote that sums up the ethos of Uber, it might be this cut from the company’s firebrand CEO Travis Kalanick: “Stand by your principles and be comfortable with confrontation. So few people are, so when the people with the red tape come, it becomes a negotiation.” But after a month marked by one disaster after another, it’s hard to see how Uber’s defiant, confrontational attitude hasn’t blown up in its face. And those disasters mask one key, critical issue: Uber is doomed because it can’t actually make money.

Links van 12 augustus 2016 tot 26 september 2016

Planetfall 2 prototype : Infocom : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive
Don’t get your hopes up: this is a very early prototype from the cancelled sequel to Infocom’s classic text adventure. It’s barely playable, though it does provide an interesting look at how the game would have played with a realtime 3D engine. The prototype does introduce a puzzle (at least the only one I could find) and features voice acting as well as a pretty cool soundtrack tune. Judging by the puzzle, you were able to give orders to your robot companions similarly to how Infocom’s classic text adventures worked.

The Making of Lemmings – Read-Only Memory
How DMA Design created a classic, and what happened next

Allez adieu Astérix… Il est grand temps de tourner la page de nos héros de BD franco-belges | Slate.fr
Astérix, Blake et Mortimer, Achille Talon: les vieilles gloires de la BD d’antan n’en finissent pas d’occuper les rayons BD des librairies. Pour l’éternité? Un phénomène commercial et conservateur qui prend des proportions inquiétantes.

Nero’s Rotating Dining Room | CNRS News
"The main dining table, which was round, rotated night and day, imitating the motions of the globe." The surprising construction mentioned by Suetonius in his biography of Nero has been found. On Palatine Hill (Rome), a Franco-Italian team of archaeologists discovered remains of a mechanism that could have allowed the rotation of the floor of the main dining room of the Domus Aurea—Nero's vast imperial palace.

People who post their fitness routine to Facebook have psychological problems, study claims – Business Insider Deutschland
People who are always keen on documenting their gym activities (or every time you simply go for a good, old-fashioned run) tend to be narcissists. According to the researchers, the primary goal is to boast about how much time you invest in your looks. Apparently these status updates also earn more Facebook likes than other kinds of posts. "Narcissists more frequently updated about their achievements, which was motivated by their need for attention and validation from the Facebook community", the study concludes.

Links van 12 februari 2016 tot 17 februari 2016

“Armste gezinnen leveren 50 à 100 euro per maand in”
Ach ja: "De laagste inkomens gaan er bijna zonder uitzondering op achteruit door de besparingen van de federale en Vlaamse regering. Dat blijkt uit berekeningen van Decenniumdoelen 2017, een samenwerkingsverband van sociale organisaties en armoede-organisaties. "Dat varieert van in de 50 tot in sommige gevallen meer dan 100 euro per maand", zegt Jos Geysels van Decenniumdoelen 2017. "Dat klinkt misschien relatief voor mensen met een redelijk of een hoog inkomen, maar voor deze mensen is dat absoluut niet te verteren, want het gaat om mensen die tussen de 800 en de 1.000 à 1.100 euro per maand hebben.""

Clarity on the future of Wikimedia search « Wikimedia blog
You are either: a. Flat out lying, and hoping we don’t actually read the grant, b. Have misled the Knight Foundation as to your intentions for their grant money, or c. Seriously incompetent and should never be put in charge of writing a grant application

GitHub – watson/awesome-computer-history: An Awesome List of computer history videos, documentaries and related folklore
A curated list of computer history videos, documentaries and related folklore maintained by Thomas Watson. Inspired by the awesome list thing.

Les transferts financiers Flandre-Wallonie n’ont qu’une ampleur limitée – La Libre.be
Le chercheur montois a étudié cinq pays fédéraux qui présentent un niveau de richesse assez proche : le Canada, l’Allemagne, l’Espagne, la Suisse et la Belgique. Pour ces cinq Etats, il a passé au crible les systèmes de solidarité financière entre institutions (régions, communautés ou autres, selon les cas). La conclusion est plutôt inattendue. "Contrairement à ce qu’on entend parfois, la solidarité entre régions en Belgique n’est pas plus élevée que dans les autres Etats étudiés, note Julien Vandernoot. Dans la plupart des indicateurs de solidarité que j’ai utilisés, c’est même en Belgique que la solidarité est la plus faible."

Opinie: Het massageweld van Keulen is de brandstichting in de Reichstag van onze tijd | Opinie | De Morgen
Het massageweld van Keulen is de brandstichting in de Reichstag van onze tijd. En opnieuw hebben we er met zijn allen op staan kijken, hoe de verkeerde groep mensen werd beschuldigd en hoe democratische leiders werden gediscrediteerd.

Links van 9 februari 2016 tot 11 februari 2016

Why Stack Overflow Doesn’t Care About Ad Blockers – Stack Overflow Blog – A destination for all things related to development at Stack Overflow
Publishers can’t win by forcing ads — especially low-quality ads — in people’s faces.

Teenagers Are Much Better At Snapchat Than You
What’s even the point of sending snaps to each other if you don’t look at them? Am I crazy? That seems so unnecessary. Still, this is adult-brain talking. If I wanted to be one of the teens, I needed to just accept it and press on.

HOW TO WRITE TELEGRAMS PROPERLY
"Every telephone is a telegraph office," has become a slogan of the telegraph companies. This means that you can call the telegraph company from any telephone and dictate your telegram. If you are a regular subscriber to the telephone service, the cost of the telegram is almost everywhere added to your monthly telephone bill . Should it happen that you call from a public telephone, the cost of the telegram may be deposited in the coin box. Of late years the volume of telegrams received by telephone has become very great, and the telegraph companies now maintain large forces of carefully trained telephone operators who are expert in taking dictation over the telephone. This work naturally is more difficult than carrying on an ordinary conversation by telephone, since it is essential that the message be received with absolute accuracy. The difficulty is increased by the fact that the public generally is unfamiliar with the best methods of telephone dictation.

beeple – the work of mike winkelmann (cinema 4d project files, free vj loops etc.)
These pictures are all done from start to finish every day. The purpose of this project is to help me get better at different things. By posting the results online, I'm "less" likely to throw down a big pile of ass-shit even though most of the time I still do because I suck ass. I am currently on my 10th round of everydays. This year I'll be doing a render everyday using Cinema 4D and mostly Octane, but will also be incorporating Houdini, Worldmachine, 3DCoat, Daz3D, Fusion360, Moi3D and more!!!

Scroll Depth – A Google Analytics plugin for measuring page scrolling
Scroll Depth is a small Google Analytics plugin that lets you measure how far users are scrolling. It monitors the 25%, 50%, 75%, and 100% scroll points, sending a Google Analytics Event for each one. You can also track when specific elements on the page are scrolled into view.

Links voor 25 januari 2015

Holy Shit, I Interviewed the President — Medium
Legacy media isn’t mocking us because we aren’t a legitimate source of information; they’re mocking us because they’re terrified. Their legitimacy came from the fact that they have access to distribution channels and that they get to be in the White House press pool because of some long-ago established procedures that assumed they would use that power in the public interest. In reality, those things are becoming less and less important and less and less true. Distribution is free to anyone with a cell phone and the legitimacy of cable news sounds to me like an oxymoron. The median-aged CNN viewer is 60. For Fox, it’s 68.

Tough times on the road to Starcraft – Code Of Honor
I’ve been writing about the early development of Warcraft, but a recent blog post I read prompted me to start scribbling furiously, and the result is this three-part, twenty-plus page article about the development of StarCraft, along with my thoughts about writing more reliable game code.

The Leaning Buildings of Santos, Brazil | Amusing Planet
The coastline along the city of Santos, some 80 km from Sao Paulo, in Brazil, offers a strange sight. Like dominoes about to topple, the waterfront is lined by a string of high rise apartments that are unmistakably tilted to one side.

How Marine Le Pen is winning France’s gay vote » The Spectator
The Front National now has the support of a quarter of Paris’s gay voters – and only 16 per cent of the straight ones

What should I do about Youtube? | Zoë Keating
My Google Youtube rep contacted me the other day. They were nice and took time to explain everything clearly to me, but the message was firm: I have to decide. I need to sign on to the new Youtube music services agreement or I will have my Youtube channel blocked.

Links van 7 januari 2015 tot 12 januari 2015

Airships
A real-time strategy game where you design airships and then fight with them. The aim is to have pretty chaotic explodey fights and interesting ship design choices.

Andrew Chen, Gilt: Designing For China | Design Driven NYC
Andrew Chen, Director of Product at Gilt, spoke at December 2014’s edition of Design Driven NYC and outlined all of the considerations that went into redesigning the Gilt experience for China. He discussed a variety of lessons learned, from the efficacy of infinite scroll to constraints around use of CDNs. Here are the highlights

Poker-playing program marks breakthrough in AI, researchers say – SD Times
A group of researchers from the University of Alberta have created an unbeatable poker program that they say marks a milestone in artificial intelligence and game theory.

What It’s Like Living in the Coldest Town on Earth | WIRED
It got down to -24 degrees Fahrenheit in Oymyakon, Russia, over the weekend. As frigid as that seems, it’s typical for this town, long known as the coldest inhabited place on Earth. If that kind of number is hard to wrap your brain around, such a temperature is so cold that people here regularly consume frozen meat, keep their cars running 24/7 and must warm the ground with a bonfire for several days before burying their dead. It’s hard to know why anyone would want to live in such a place, and harder still to imagine why anyone would want to visit. But photographer Amos Chapple just couldn’t resist.

Why Do All Records Sound the Same? — Cuepoint — Medium
Desperate to get their music on the radio at all costs, record labels are employing powerful software to artificially sweeten it, polish it, make it louder— squeezing out the last drops of its individuality

Reimplementing TeX’s Algorithms: Looking Back at Thirty Years of Programming
Glenn Vanderburg, director of engineering at LivingSocial, gave an interesting recount of his effort to implement TeX’s algorithms in Clojure at the last ClojureConj conference. In the process, he discovered how much programming has changed in the last thirty years.

Ex-Google Engineers Have Created A New Android Tablet, Copied From Microsoft Surface In Every Other Way
A new startup called Jide Technology founded by three ex-Google engineers who were working on Google Search, Google AdWords and Google Maps has developed a new Android tablet named ‘Ultra Tablet’. ‘We can’t stand the drawbacks of the tablets and laptops on the market today and we wanted to do something about it’, said the team behind this startup. So, what did they come up with? An absolute rip-off of Microsoft Surface.

Free speech vs. hate speech: Why is it legal to insult Muslims but not Jews?
How can we ban hate speech against Jews while defending mockery of Muslims?

Het falen van de islam­kritiek | MO
Voor de nuchtere beschouwer komt het over als een wat merkwaardige strategie: extremisme onder moslims bestrijden door hen voor te houden dat de islam van nature gewelddadig is, vijandig aan het westen en tegengesteld aan de moderniteit. Door moslims te vertellen dat als zij ervan uitgaan dat hun religie vredelievend en barmhartig is, dat zij de Koran dan verkeerd hebben gelezen. Nog even los van het waarheidsgehalte van een dergelijke insteek, lijkt dit bij voorbaat weinig productief. Toch is dat de grondslag van de Nederlandse traditie van islamkritiek, sinds de opkomst Geert Wilders en Ayaan Hirsi Ali, zo’n tien jaar geleden.

Cartier-Bresson’s classic is back – but his Decisive Moment has passed | Art and design | The Guardian
It’s the book that changed photography forever. But why republish The Decisive Moment after 62 years, when it cements such out-of-date ideas?

Links van 27 december 2014 tot 30 december 2014

Technical Documentation – Copy Protection | Dungeon Master Encyclopaedia
This document describes the copy protection scheme that was used for Dungeon Master and Chaos Strikes Back on Atari ST and Amiga. These games used a very sophisticated copy protection. It took several months after the first release of Dungeon Master before the copy protection was correctly defeated, while most copy protections are defeated in a matter of hours or days by experimented hackers.

World War II’s Strangest Battle: When Americans and Germans Fought Together – The Daily Beast
Days after Hitler’s suicide a group of American soldiers, French prisoners, and, yes, German soldiers defended an Austrian castle against an SS division—the only time Germans and Allies fought together in World War II. Andrew Roberts on a story so wild that it has to be made into a movie.

Sir Winston Churchill ’s family feared he might convert to Islam – Telegraph
The discovery of a letter to Sir Winston Churchill from his future sister-in-law has thrown new light on his fascination with Islam and Muslim culture

How Steve Wozniak Wrote BASIC for the Original Apple From Scratch
"Mind that I had never taken a course in compiler (or interpreter) writing in my life. But my friend Allen Baum had sent me xerox copies of pages of his texts at MIT about the subject so I could claim that I had an MIT education in it, ha ha."

Caspar Henderson – jumping spiders and human memory
The ways in which jumping spiders see and map the world help to illuminate the mystery of human memory

Is Netanyahu Finished? Maybe So
Netanyahu has stood atop the Israeli political scene for more than half a decade and that after his first term as Prime Minister starting almost twenty years ago. No single leader has so dominated Israeli politics since ben Gurion. The upcoming election in March 2015 is one he himself engineered well in advance of what was required under law, thinking that it would strengthen his hand. And yet, two weeks later, Netanyahu's position seems to deteriorate by the day.

Links van 1 december 2014 tot 4 december 2014

Stop giving Wikipedia money | Newslines – The Story of Everything
Don’t donate to Wikipedia. It doesn’t need the money, and anything you donate will not go to the people who actually created the pages that you like. It doesn’t even go to the admins who help check the content. It doesn’t go to content creation at all.

The Real Mr. Difficult, or Why Cthulhu Threatens to Destroy the Canon, Self-Interested Literary Essayists, and the Universe Itself. Finally. | The Los Angeles Review of Books
I may as well state my claim in as straightforward a way as possible: H. P. Lovecraft, he of the squamous and eldritch, is wrongly derided as a bad writer. Lovecraft is actually a difficult writer.

Francken: ‘Kinderen niet op weg naar school van bus plukken … – De Standaard
"Het is niet de bedoeling dat minderjarigen op weg naar school van de bus worden geplukt met het oog op hun uitwijzing. Dat heeft staatssecretaris voor Asiel en Migratie Theo Francken (N-VA) woensdag in de Kamer verklaard." Allez, da's toch sympathiek van Francken.

Girls and Software | Linux Journal
When we call a man a "technologist", we mean he's a programmer, system administrator, electrical engineer or something like that. The same used to be true when we called a woman a "technologist". However, according to the new breed, a female technologist might also be a graphic designer or someone who tweets for a living. Now, I'm glad that there are social media people out there—it means I can ignore that end of things—but putting them next to programmers makes being a "woman in tech" feel a lot like the Programmer Special Olympics.

The Shape of Rome » Ex Urbe
The new Mayor of the city of Rome, Ignazio Marino, just announced his intention to destroy one of the city’s central roads, the Via dei Fori Imperiali, and turn the area around the old Roman Forum into the world’s largest archaeological park.  Reactions have ranged from commuters’ groans to declarations from classicists that this single act proves the nobility of the human species.

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