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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

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.

Links van 21 november 2014 tot 26 november 2014

A Country Known Only by Name | Articles | Inference: The International Review of Science
There is no need to introduce Alexander Grothendieck to mathematicians: he is one of the great scientists of the twentieth century.

De Franstalige nota van Elke Sleurs (N-VA): ‘Schandalig gebruik van de taal van Molière’ – België – Knack.be
"Cette loi est devenu datée et, bien que dans la législature précédente l'intention était de le réformer, il n'est pas arrivé." — heeft iemand al de voor de hand liggende foute grap gemaakt dat het welicht door een mentaal gehandicapte vertaald werd?

Andere regels dan op papier? – De Standaard
Ja kindjes, echt waar. Vroeger, toen werden er élke dag miljoénen "kranten" gedrukt, met het nieuws van de vorige dag erop. Van die enorme bladeren papier, elke dag opnieuw. Jaja, ongelooflijjk hé?

How the World’s First Computer Was Rescued From the Scrap Heap | WIRED
Eccentric billionaires are tough to impress, so their minions must always think big when handed vague assignments. Ross Perot’s staffers did just that in 2006, when their boss declared that he wanted to decorate his Plano, Texas, headquarters with relics from computing history. Aware that a few measly Apple I’s and Altair 880’s wouldn’t be enough to satisfy a former presidential candidate, Perot’s people decided to acquire a more singular prize: a big chunk of ENIAC, the “Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer.”

Fossil hunters unearth galloping, dinosaur-eating crocodiles in Sahara | Science | The Guardian
Fossil hunters have uncovered the remains of primitive crocodiles that "galloped" on land and patrolled the broad rivers that coursed through north Africa one hundred million years ago. The skeletons of five creatures that walked with dinosaurs – and ate them – were unearthed in remote and rocky regions of what are now Morocco and Niger during a series of expeditions in the Sahara desert.

Links van 11 november 2014 tot 12 november 2014

The Sixth Stage of Grief is Retro-Computing — The Message — Medium
Hour after hour, this terrible fever. What the hell am I doing? I kept asking myself. Why am I forcing a fine new machine to pretend it is a half-dozen old, useless machines?

Dit is de beste Belgische strip – De Standaard
MBWAHAHAHAHAHA. "De Kiekeboes: Album 26 is door bezoekers van de Boekenbeurs en luisteraars van Radio 1 verkozen tot beste Belgische strip aller tijden." Fuck you, Luisteraars van Radio 1.

“Radicale Vlamingen steken tientallen wagens in brand in Brusselse moslimwijk” Over beeldvorming van minderheden en de bedenkelijke logica van Bart De Wever | youssefkobo
Waarom distantieert Bart De Wever zich niet van de vernielingen die de Antwerpse havendokwerkers hebben veroorzaakt? Ik hoor u al denken “Op wat slaagt dat nu? BDW was radicaal tegen die nationale stakingsdag” So what, Belgische moslims zijn radicaal tegen ISIS en toch vraagt De Wever aan hen om zich er van te distantieren. Waarom zou een Belgische moslim zich moeten distantieren voor wat andere moslims aan de andere kant van de wereld uitspoken als de Antwerpse burgemeester zich nog niet eens distantieert/verontschuldigt voor wat zijn burgers hebben uitgericht in Brussel

Open Brief van Schepen van Onderwijs aan Minister van Onderwijs
"Overal in Vlaanderen worden op scholen mosselsoupés, kaas- en wijnavonden en spaghettifestijnen georganiseerd om investeringen te dekken en sociale steunkassen te vullen. Maar een schoolbestuur uit de Brugse Poort, het Rabot of Nieuw Gent roeit met heel andere riemen. Deze ouders kunnen zich geen spaghetti-avond permitteren. Een gezin met vier kinderen is er zijn halve weekbudget voor maaltijden aan kwijt. De situatie van een school uit het rijkere De Pinte die met een kaas-en wijnavond 4 000 euro ophaalt, valt niet te vergelijken met de scholen in een grootstedelijke context. 'Vertrouwen en ruimte geven' wordt 'trek uw plan' als het gepaard gaat met een besparing op deze scholen, op deze leerlingen."

How did the first world war actually end? | Paul Mason | Paul Mason
For Hitler, the German workers’ role in ending the war became the “stab in the back”: it was his ultimate justification for eradicating the German labour movement after 1933. In the British imperialist version of events the Kiel sailors become useful ancillaries: Yanks and tanks turn the western front and, naturally, the Germans throw the towel in once their front starts to crumble. But to social historians the German workers’ role in ending the war is no surprise. Because exactly 100 years ago this week, they had also turned out in their hundreds of thousands to try and prevent it starting. The German socialist party was a massive social institution – with libraries, schools, choirs, nurseries – and during the fatal slide to war they called their members onto the streets in every major city.

Links van 30 september 2014 tot 3 oktober 2014

The Interactive Fiction Competition
The games of the 2014 Interactive Fiction Competition are ready for judging! Anyone can be a judge: just play and rate at least five games before November 15.

A history of the They Might Be Giants song Birdhouse in Your Soul.
For many of us, the world is a bit scarier than it was in 1990: There are a lot of reasons, now, why the ocean levels are rising up. But nearly a quarter-century on, Flood and, of course, its most iconic song is still a source of comfort in a world that too often tells us to stop drawing in margins, to stop playing the class clown, to speak up, run faster, act cooler, stop daydreaming, stop sulking, stop singing, stop underachieving, stop overachieving, stop flooding. If we were to give in to sentimentality—and why would we hold back while talking about Flood—we might even, not to put too fine a point on it, call the song our nightlight.

Former Top Official Says Kim Jong-un Is No Longer in Control of North Korea | VICE News
An elite group of exiles from North Korea gathered in September in the Netherlands to discuss the state of the regime they used to serve. The conference included top diplomats, an ex-senior official of the Ministry of Security, and a high-ranking military officer, but the keynote address was given by Jang Jin-sung, formerly a key member of Kim Jong-il's propaganda machine. Included in Jang's speech was a surprising assertion: North Korea is in the midst of a civil war.

ColorChecker: How to get PERFECT skin colors with every camera – Hans van Eijsden Photography
One of the best kept secrets within the fashion and beauty photography is the way to obtain absolutely perfect and flawless skin colors, brightness and texture. That’s an art, absolutely, and often a quite technical challenge. In this article I will explain how to obtain perfect skin colors, with the help of a ColorChecker.

Spot the man behind the man! | radical wind
Men are experts at inventing personas. Their entire careers as life-destructors are always accompanied by hardly disguised attempts at hiding the fact that all they want and can do is to rape and kill, or torture women. But as it’s not possible for them to be something else than what they are, or let alone imagine what it’s  like not to be a man (= to be a woman), it always betrays who they are, anyway.

Links van 12 september 2014 tot 16 september 2014

The little-known Soviet mission to rescue a dead space station | Ars Technica
The following story happened in 1985 but subsequently vanished into obscurity. Over the years, many details have been twisted, others created. Even the original storytellers got some things just plain wrong. After extensive research, writer Nickolai Belakovski is able to present, for the first time to an English-speaking audience, the complete story of Soyuz T-13’s mission to save Salyut 7, a fascinating piece of in-space repair history.

KaTeX – The fastest math typesetting library for the web
The fastest math typesetting library for the web.

Hey, I’m writing a book! — Martin Kleppmann’s blog
If you’re a software engineer working on server-side applications (a web application backend, for instance), then this book is for you. It assumes that you already know how to build an application and use a database, and that you want to “level up” in your craft. Perhaps you want to work on highly scalable systems with millions of users, perhaps you want to deal with particularly complex or ever-changing data, or perhaps you want to make an old legacy environment more agile.

The 47-year-old nuclear elephant in the room | Center for Public Integrity
A growing number of U.S. experts say that feigning ignorance about Israel’s nuclear arsenal creates more trouble than it averts

Alzheimer’s Disease Statistics Show the Illness Will Define Our Times | New Republic
[Misting through the old man’s head is a lingual vapor that cannot condense into the phrase, I don’t know how to act—I’ve never been here before.]

Alan Moore finishes million-word novel Jerusalem | Books | The Guardian
‘Now there’s just the small matter of copy editing’

Links van 20 augustus 2014 tot 21 augustus 2014

How presidential elections are impacted by a 100 million year old coastline | Deep Sea News
Hale and Bamberg belong to a belt of counties cutting through the deep south–Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina–that have voted over 50% Democratic in recent presidential elections. Why? A 100 million year old coastline.

Hillary Clinton’s 11th-hour diplomacy
Imagine you are Benjamin Netanyahu and you would know you really, really messed up. And then, all of a sudden, along comes Hillary Clinton, courtesy of a Jeffrey Goldberg interview in the Atlantic magazine, riding like the Fifth Cavalry to the rescue, signaling virtually uncritical support for Netanyahu’s war and the way he fought it – civilian deaths and all –  pouring blame on the heads of Hamas, Islamic terrorism and European anti-semitism and giving Netanyahu the green light, should she succeed Obama, to demand ongoing control of security in the West Bank.

The Book of Enoch as the Background to 1 Peter, 2 Peter, and Jude | Is That in the Bible?
Although the quotation of 1 Enoch in Jude 14–15 is often noted, the complex dependencies between 1 Enoch, Jude, and the Petrine epistles, as well as the general importance of the theology of 1 Enoch in the New Testament, often go under-appreciated. Taking a closer look at these books provides some insight into how early Christian authors adapted each others’ work and drew upon texts that were ultimately omitted from the Bible.

Ambient space sounds playlist
From YouTube, a playlist of 12- and 24-hour-long videos of ambient space noise, mostly of the sounds of spaceships like the Tardis, the USS Enterprise, and the Nostromo (from Alien).

How to Fix It
Ending this war in Gaza begins with recognizing Hamas as a legitimate political actor.

Links van 14 juli 2014 tot 18 juli 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

Links van 21 juni 2014 tot 22 juni 2014

Tono Tono – YouTube
Afasie is raar.

The Early History Of Smalltalk

Online advertising effectiveness: For large brands, online ads may be worthless.
The Internet has given us an ocean of data. Turns out, most of it is pretty useless.

Voor alle leraars wiskunde, en alles leraars geschiedenis.

Ask Chris #172: ‘The Problem’
To put it bluntly, The Problem is that DC wants to be Marvel, and they have for the past 50 years.

Links van 3 juni 2014 tot 6 juni 2014

Adactio: Journal—Notes from a small website
Postel's Law is alive and well in 2014: afstappen van Twitter en toch niet en toch wel. En zelf controleren wat en hoe.

Steve Wozniak – Founders at Work
I built this whole Basic up and it worked, and that was the hardest project I did. Normally you type a computer program into a computer; that's the only way it's done. You type it into a computer or you feed it in on cards. What I did was I handwrote it on the left side of the pages in my program, in what's called machine language. That's as close as you can get to the ones and zeros. And then I looked at a little card and I translated my program into ones and zeros on the other side. If it said, "Jump ahead," I'd have to count—if it's jumping ahead 19 bytes, I'd have to write 19 in zeros and ones. I would write the zeros and ones myself because I couldn't afford a computer program that did this assembly job. I went down to the absolute lowest level jobs you could do. For the computer itself, I not only designed it on paper (I was the draftsperson, I would draft it on my drafting board), I would hook up all the parts and figure out where to plug them into some boards, and I would solder wires between each one.

24, the Monster, and quantum gravity Think of a prime number other than 2 or…
Think of a prime number other than 2 or 3. Multiply the number by itself and then subtract 1. The result is a multiple of 24. This observation might appear to be a curiosity, but it turns out to be the tip of an iceberg, with far-reaching connections to other areas of mathematics and physics.

N-VA moet in de Federale Regering!
Bart, laat u niet rollen, eis dat premierschap toch gewoon op! 1,4 MILJOEN VLAMINGEN STAAN ACHTER U! Vergeet dat niet, vergeet dat niet…

» Grootste partij uitsluiten is ook democratie
Stel je eens voor dat de regel wél bestond vóór de verkiezingen: “de grootste partij moet in de regering”. Dat zou uiteraard het gedrag van de partijen sterk beïnvloed hebben. Groen zou quasi zeker een kartel vormen met sp.a. CD&V en N-VA zouden ook een kartel vormen; Open VLD zou zich daar willen tussen wringen. Of het zou helemaal anders kunnen uitdraaien. Maar in ieder geval zou er heel wat kartelvorming zijn, en uiteindelijk zouden we wellicht naar een tweepartijen-systeem overgaan.

Links van 28 mei 2014 tot 2 juni 2014

Brainfuck beware: JavaScript is after you! | Patricio Palladino
tl;dr I just made a tool to transform any javascript code into an equivalent sequence of ()[]{}!+ characters.

Bayesian AB Testing | Technology on Heels with Lyst Engineering
Bayesian inference is robust and fun. You too should try it out.

Typography in 8 bits: System fonts » DamienG
My love of typography originated in the 80′s with the golden years of 8-bit home computing and their 8×8 pixel mono-spaced fonts on low-resolution displays. It’s quite easy to find bitmap copies of these fonts and also scalable traced TTF versions but there’s very little discussion about the fonts themselves. Let’s remedy that by firing up some emulators and investigating the glyphs.

Syfy’s About-Face: Nine Shows That Might Help The Network Redeem Itself | Giant Freakin Robot

The Internet With A Human Face – Beyond Tellerrand 2014 Conference Talk
Marc [Thiele] emailed me a few weeks ago to ask if I thought my talk would be appropriate to close the conference. "Marc," I told him, "my talk is perfect for closing the conference! The first half is this incredibly dark rant about how the Internet is alienating and inhuman, how it's turning us all into lonely monsters.” “But in the second half, I'll turn it around and present my vision of an alternative future. I'll get the audience fired up like a proper American motivational speaker. After the big finish, we'll burst out of the conference hall into the streets of Düsseldorf, hoist the black flag, and change the world.” Marc said that sounded fine.

Links van 3 mei 2014 tot 13 mei 2014

Joshua Sortino — 14 Things Learned Designing at Disqus
Disqus is now used on millions of websites and is served to billions (with a "b") of unique users every month. Here are some of the lessons I learned while helping design the "web's community of communities."

Fairy Chess
A fairy chess piece or unorthodox chess piece is a chess piece not used in conventional chess but incorporated into in certain chess variants and some chess problems. Fairy pieces vary in the way they move.

Tunes I love while working.

40 Maps That Explain The Middle East
Maps can be a powerful tool for understanding the world, particularly the Middle East, a place in many ways shaped by changing political borders and demographics. Here are 40 maps crucial for understanding the Middle East — its history, its present, and some of the most important stories in the region today.

Data Isn’t Cool. You Know What’s Cool? Insight. — Medium
In verwant nieuws: 't schijnt dat de paus katholiek is. Zucht.

Links van 10 april 2014 tot 13 april 2014

Amazon.com to Acquire comiXology | comiXology Unbound
Amazon.com today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire comiXology, the company that revolutionized the digital comics reading experience with their immersive Guided View technology and makes discovering, buying, and reading comic books and graphic novels easier and more fun than ever before.

2048 Variants | Semi-long Blog
Here is a list of online variants scouted from github. For the record, that means that there are very few apps on this list, and only those that you can compile yourself. The majority of these links are intended to be accessed from the Internet.

Unpythonic Python – skien.cc
Warning: Very Unpythonic Python ahead. However, all code should work (with Python 2.7.5).

Homemade Toast: How to Make a Leak Proof Water Blob (without tape!)
Doen! Doen!

Tambora eruption caused the year without a summer: Cholera, opium, famine, and Arctic exploration.
As it turns out, however, the indirect ripple effects of Tambora—what climate scientists call “teleconnections”—were even more historically significant. Cholera, opium, and the Panic of 1819 are three examples; another is Arctic exploration.

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