Johnstown Never Believed Trump Would Help. They Still Love Him Anyway. – POLITICO Magazine
Polling continues to show that—in spite of unprecedented unpopularity—nearly all people who voted for Trump would do it again. But as I compared this year’s answers to last year’s responses it seemed clear that the basis of people’s support had morphed. Johnstown voters do not intend to hold the president accountable for the nonnegotiable pledges he made to them. It’s not that the people who made Trump president have generously moved the goalposts for him. It’s that they have eliminated the goalposts altogether.
My web app died from performance bankruptcy @ tonsky.me
Basically, Chrome broke half of user websites, the ones that were relying on touch/scroll events being cancellable, at the benefit of winning some performance for websites that were not yet aware of this optional optimization. This was not backward compatible change by any means. All websites and web apps that did any sort of draggable UI (sliders, maps, reorderable lists, even slide-in panels) were affected and essentially broken by this change.
Trump and the Authoritarianism of Fails – Talking Points Memo
Incompetence and authoritarianism aren’t incompatible or even in tension. Historically they tend to go together. Incompetence and failure borne of ineptitude tend to show up both as a cause and outcome of democratic breakdown and collapse. Small-d democratic government is hard, by design. It’s meant to be. It should be. But it’s not just hard. It relies on a particular package of skills: persuasion, inspiration, patience, canny use of patronage, threats, carrots and sticks, both consensus building and fight. Look at a Lincoln, an FDR, a Reagan – whatever you think of the different men’s politics, successful presidents are almost quite good at using this toolkit.
Something is wrong on the internet – James Bridle – Medium
Tiens, iets meer mainstream mensen beginnen te ontdekken wat h3h3 al een eeuw geleden zei: "Someone or something or some combination of people and things is using YouTube to systematically frighten, traumatise, and abuse children, automatically and at scale, and it forces me to question my own beliefs about the internet, at every level. Much of what I am going to describe next has been covered elsewhere, although none of the mainstream coverage I’ve seen has really grasped the implications of what seems to be occurring."
Zappaland the Hard Way | IRK THE PURISTS
What interests me is a simple question: why isn’t Frank Zappa better-known, and better-liked, than he is? Why don’t more people ‘get’ him?
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’
Twitter’s Founding Engineer Launches Collaboration Platform, Poetica | TechCrunch
The ability to collaborate on the draft of a document is actually fiendishly tedious online. Many people might be used to Microsoft Word ‘Track Changes’ (ugh) despite the fact it looks awful and takes some getting used to. Nor does Google Docs really create a collaboration experience that mere mortals can get into. Step in Poetica, a brand new startup co-founded by Blaine Cook, formerly Twitter’s founding lead engineer.
artoo · The client-side scraping companion.
To get started on Slingshot, shoot a photo or video. It can be what you’re up to, who you’re with or a quick selfie. Add some text and color, then sling it to a bunch of friends. Here’s the deal: friends won’t be able to see your shot until they sling something back to you. They can then reply with a reaction—or simply swipe your shot away.
Nokia ‘paid millions to software blackmailers’: TV | Timmins Press
Finnish telecoms equipment company Nokia paid several million euros to criminals who threatened to reveal the source code for part of an operating system used in its smartphones some six years ago, Finnish TV station MTV said on Tuesday.
Quackmail: Why You Shouldn’t Fall For The Internet’s Newest Fool, The Food Babe. – Forbes
That the media should give The Food Babe a free pass as an expert or as a credible consumer watchdog is especially troubling when you look at some of her other claims, as recorded by the doctors at Science-Based Medicine. As infectious disease specialist Mark Crislip MD noted, Hari out goops Gwyneth Paltrow on the feelings of water by claiming that if you expose water to the words “Hitler” and “Satan” it will change its physical structure in exactly the same way as if you microwaved it. She believes getting the flu shot will give you cancer from all the “chemicals.” She is, naturally, against GMOs.
We zijn topfavoriet, maar waarom zit ons dat niet lekker? – Rode Duivels – De Morgen
Nationale symboliek, op spiegelsokjes en daarbuiten, valt vele Belgen nog altijd moeilijk. Juist het gebrek aan nationale trots is immers mettertijd de kern gaan vormen van wat je de Belgische non-identiteit zou kunnen gaan noemen. Ziedaar de geboorte van de 'belgitude'. Het is de ironische en afstandelijke omhelzing van het eigen nationale tekort als vorm van identiteit. Het is de omschrijving met een mengeling van trots en schaamte van dit land als een licht surrealistische plek waar niets kan maar alles mogelijk is. De poging om de Belgische trots over het nog prille voetbalsucces te duiden als een heropleving van die belgitude zit dan ook fout. Optimistische verwachtingen over sportprestaties staan juist haaks op de belgitude. Met zijn verwarrende mix van beats en tristesse past Stromae in de belgitude, een perfecte dribbel van Eden Hazard niet.
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.
Google Adds to Its Menagerie of Robots – NYTimes.com
Google confirmed on Friday that it had completed the acquisition of Boston Dynamics, an engineering company that has designed mobile research robots for the Pentagon. The company, based in Waltham, Mass., has gained an international reputation for machines that walk with an uncanny sense of balance and even — cheetahlike — run faster than the fastest humans.
De wind op aarde. In real time. Klik op "earth" onderaan links voor opties.
Fientje en de mediamannen » Apache.be
Fientje Moerman heeft met haar brief op bijzonder zere mediatenen getrapt. Het volstaat om de talrijke analyses die er intussen over bij elkaar werden gepend na te lezen. Allemaal beweren ze hetzelfde, allemaal gebruiken ze dezelfde argumenten en allemaal serveren ze de kritiek integraal af. Want Fientje is mediageil. Fientje wil gewoon een plaats op de lijst. Fientje is ei zo na zot. En wij, mediamannen hebben wel ernstigere dingen te doen, ook al blazen we de brief dan eigenhandig op tot de waan van de dag.
A million first steps – Digital scholarship blog
We have released over a million images onto Flickr Commons for anyone to use, remix and repurpose. These images were taken from the pages of 17th, 18th and 19th century books digitised by Microsoft who then generously gifted the scanned images to us, allowing us to release them back into the Public Domain. The images themselves cover a startling mix of subjects: There are maps, geological diagrams, beautiful illustrations, comical satire, illuminated and decorative letters, colourful illustrations, landscapes, wall-paintings and so much more that even we are not aware of.
Gmail blows up e-mail marketing by caching all images on Google servers | Ars Technica
Unless you click on a link, marketers will have no idea the e-mail has been seen. While this means improved privacy from e-mail marketers, Google will now be digging deeper than ever into your e-mails and literally modifying the contents. If you were worried about e-mail scanning, this may take things a step further.
The jQuery plugin for doing cool scrolly stuff
How the Hashtag Is Ruining the English Language
The hashtag is a vulgar crutch, a lazy reach for substance in the personal void—written clipart.
Babbage was a true genius
If he'd built a 3-digit AE, his instruction set would have exceeded the computing capabilities of every 8-bit machine in the home microcomputer revoloution of the 1980s. 5 digits and he'd have beaten the 16-bit PDP11, ST, Amiga and 8086 for per-instruction computing power.
Got to Admit, the Brits Have Taste: The Kate Bush Christmas Special – WFMU’s Beware of the Blog
Some 32 years after it was filmed and shown to viewers in the U.K., it is easy to scratch our collective heads at how something as borderline surreal as the Kate Bush Christmas Special had a chance to see the light of day, let alone in 1979.
I, Cthulhu, or, What’s A Tentacle-Faced Thing Like Me Doing In A Sunken City Like This (Latitude 47° 9’ S, Longitude 126° 43’ W)? by Neil Gaiman | Tor.com
I was spawned uncounted aeons ago, in the dark mists of Khhaa’yngnaiih (no, of course I don’t know how to spell it. Write it as it sounds), of nameless nightmare parents, under a gibbous moon. It wasn’t the moon of this planet, of course, it was a real moon. On some nights it filled over half the sky and as it rose you could watch the crimson blood drip and trickle down its bloated face, staining it red, until at its height it bathed the swamps and towers in a gory dead red light.
Incredible Space Pics from ISS by NASA astronaut Wheelock | triggerpit.com
On September 22, 2010, with the departure of the Expedition 23 crew, Colonel Douglas H. Wheelock assumed command of the International Space Station and the Expedition 25 crew. He is also known as @Astro_Wheels on twitter, where he has been tweeting space photos to his followers since he arrived at the space station.
The City By The Meh: Thoughts On Falling Out Of Love With The Valley
"Three short years ago, almost to the day, I arrived in San Francisco and instantly fell in love," zegt Paul Carr. En dan zegt hij waarom hij niet meer verliefd is.
Star Wars Uncut / Watch the Movie
We're thrilled to present the Uncut Movie! It's made up of all the highest rated scenes voted on by the fans.Sit back and enjoy all the incredible submissions brought to you by Star Wars fans and filmmakers from all over the world.
Lost city of Atlantis, swamped by tsunami, may be found – Yahoo! News
Zucht. "A U.S.-led research team may have finally located the lost city of Atlantis, the legendary metropolis believed swamped by a tsunami thousands of years ago in mud flats in southern Spain. "
"Others [terrorists] are engaging even in an eco-type of terrorism whereby they can alter the climate, set off earthquakes, volcanoes remotely through the use of electromagnetic waves… So there are plenty of ingenious minds out there that are at work finding ways in which they can wreak terror upon other nations…It's real, and that's the reason why we have to intensify our [counterterrorism] efforts." Secretary of Defense William Cohen at an April 1997 counterterrorism conference sponsored by former Senator Sam Nunn.
Revenge of Nadine: The Episode III Review Epilogue is now online! |
It’s here! The exciting conclusion of the Plinkett/Nadine storyline! Be amazed by the awkward fight scenes and astounding “special” effects!
This is a "bookmarklet" that turns any page into Katamari Damacy.
Zo traag dat het allemaal soms is. GMail, dat duurt soms seconden lang voor er iets op het scherm komt, met een akelige “loading…”, en dan soms ook wel eens—vaker dan mij zint—iets in de zin van “this is taking longer than it should” en dan het voorstel om een text only-versie te gebruiken.
En dan slurpt Firefox honderden megabytes geheugen op, en dan blokkeert het, en dan loopt het allemaal zo traag, zo traag, en dingen als dit:
zijn schering en inslag.
Grrr. Een website aan het maken waar er eigenlijk strikt gezien teveel informatie tegelijk moet getoond worden.
Naast de navigatie en dergelijke moeten er niet minder dan zeven verschillende types informatie op de homepagina getoond worden. Nee, daar kan niets af. Ja, die moeten er allemaal op staan. Jà, daar ben ik zeker van.
Bon, schuiven en doen, trekken, duwen, sleuren, en dan zit ik met één ding dat verloren loopt in de layout: een kalender met evenementen.
Probleem: die events zijn niet zó belangrijk dat ze ergens bovenaan de pagina moeten staan, maar ze zijn wel belangrijk genoeg dat iedereen zou moeten weten dat er evenementen zijn, en dus dat ze niet ergens verloren onderaan de pagina mogen staan.
Morgen zal ik er ook eens iets over schrijven of zo. Maar nu: naar bed!