A Localization Horror Story: It Could Happen To You
This article points out cases where gettext (a common system for localizing software interfaces — i.e., making them work in the user's language of choice) fails because of basic differences between human languages. This article then describes Maketext, a new system capable of correctly treating these differences.
The 7 Habits of Highly Efficient Adobe Illustrator Users – Tuts+ Design & Illustration Tutorial
It might initially take some time to change your settings, learn keyboard shortcuts and create actions. And there are times when you'd rather do something the old familiar way, even if it takes longer. But if you take some time up front to make your workflow more efficient, it will pay off in the long run. You'll soon see that getting rid of daily annoyances will free up your creativity and leave you with a more pleasurable Illustrator experience.
The Rise and Fall of the Lone Game Developer
When I was in college they told us there would always be a demand for software developers. In general that’s still true. I always wondered what it would look like when it stopped being true, when the need for developers dwindled, and programming stopped paying the bills. Now I know.
Putting Time In Perspective – UPDATED | Wait But Why
To try to grasp some perspective, I mapped out the history of time as a series of growing timelines—each timeline contains all the previous timelines (colors will help you see which timelines are which). All timeline lengths are exactly accurate to the amount of time they’re expressing.
Transgender People Can Explain Why Women Don’t Advance at Work | The New Republic
Because trans people are now staying in the same careers (and sometimes the very same jobs) after they change genders, they are uniquely qualified to discuss the difference between how men and women experience the workplace. Their experience is as close to the scientific method as we can get: By isolating and manipulating gender as a variable and holding all other variables—skill, career, personality, talent—constant, these individuals reveal exactly the way one’s outward appearance of gender affects day-to-day interactions. If we truly want to understand women at work, we should listen carefully to trans men and trans women: They can tell us more about gender in the workplace than just about anyone.
Clone-a-beacon: iBeacon and the proof of location issue
In our previous issue, I covered the basics of using iBeacons in iOS and Android apps, today I want to show some privacy and security issues, as well as how to clone and fake beacons such as Estimote, Shopkick, and how to get location based app rewards without ever leaving your desk.
García Media → Is the blog as a genre in danger?
"A real blog is one that reflects one voice, is essentially unedited and causes the writer to experience butterflies of anxiety as he hits the publish button."
Celan Reads Japanese | The White Review
Engelse vertaling van een Japans essay over een Japanse vertaling uit het Duits. Zo wijs — "There are some who claim that ‘good’ literature is actually untranslatable. Before I could read German, I found this thought comforting because I was completely unable to appreciate German literature, particularly the literature of the postwar period. I thought I should just learn German and read these works in the original and then my problem with German literature would evaporate of its own accord."
Personal names around the world
How do people's names differ around the world, and what are the implications of those differences on the design of forms, databases, ontologies, etc. for the Web?
Google’s Paris Tabriz Profile – Information Security Engineer Parisa Tabriz Interview – Elle
“Security Princess” is Parisa Tabriz’s official title at Google. Seriously. And yes, you can google that. “‘Information Security Engineer’ is just completely dry and boring and horrible,” she says of the HR-speak title, which indeed whitewashes what Tabriz does all day, which is to hack her employer—the single most recognizable entity of the Internet age—bad-guy-in-basement style. She came up with the moniker before a trip to Japan because she needed business cards to hand out during the elaborate professional introductions traditional in that country. “A couple of people had ‘hired hacker,’” she says. “But I like to one-up people. I thought it was cute.”
‘Israel under renewed Hamas attack’, says the BBC. More balance is needed | Owen Jones | Comment is free | theguardian.com
"Israel under renewed Hamas attack": this was last night's BBC headline on the escalating bloodshed in Gaza. It is as perverse as Mike Tyson punching a toddler, followed by a headline claiming that the child spat at him. As Elizabeth Tsurkov, a Tel Aviv-based Israeli human rights activist, tweeted: "We are targeted by mostly shitty rockets. Gazans are being shelled with heavy bombs. We have shelters, sirens, Iron Dome. They have 0."
Consciousness on-off switch discovered deep in brain – life – 02 July 2014 – New Scientist
One moment you're conscious, the next you're not. For the first time, researchers have switched off consciousness by electrically stimulating a single brain area.
Pulp Magazines Project
The Pulp Magazines Project is an open-access digital archive dedicated to the study and preservation of one of the twentieth century's most influential literary & artistic forms: the all-fiction pulpwood magazine. The Project also provides information on the history of this important but long neglected medium, along with biographies of pulp authors, artists, and their publishers.
Futurese (JBR Precoglang)
Predicting the future of the English language is rather easy, in the short term. The odds are, over the next few decades its New World dialects are going to gain increasing global dominance, accelerating the demise of thousands of less fortunate languages but at long last allowing a single advertisement to reach everybody in the world. Then after a century or two of US dominance some other geopolitical grouping will gain the ascendancy, everyone will learn Chechen or Patagonian or whatever it is, and history will continue as usual. Ho hum. But apart from that… what might the language actually look like in a thousand years time?
Down Wit Dat: A Brief History of Down Syndrome, Part 1: How Down syndrome Got its Name
Deel 1 van (voorlopig) 8. Fascinerend.
Game Programming Patterns
Do you struggle to make your code hang together into a cohesive whole? Find it harder to make changes as your codebase grows? Feel like your game is a giant hairball where everything is intertwined with everything else? Wonder if and how design patterns apply to games? Hear things like “cache coherency” and “object pools”, but don’t know how to use them to make your game faster? I’m here to help! I wrote this book to answer those questions. It’s a collection of patterns I found in games to make code cleaner, easier to understand, and faster.
Hacking Sonos — Medium
In my spare time I’ve been writing an app that replaces the Sonos app used to control multiple speakers in one’s home. It’s been a little challenging so I thought I’d share how I got where I am. You can check out most of the code on Github. I’ll be pushing more stuff when it’s ready.
Why Chinese Is So Damn Hard
The first question any thoughtful person might ask when reading the title of this essay is, "Hard for whom?" A reasonable question. After all, Chinese people seem to learn it just fine. When little Chinese kids go through the "terrible twos", it's Chinese they use to drive their parents crazy, and in a few years the same kids are actually using those impossibly complicated Chinese characters to scribble love notes and shopping lists. So what do I mean by "hard"? Since I know at the outset that the whole tone of this document is going to involve a lot of whining and complaining, I may as well come right out and say exactly what I mean. I mean hard for me, a native English speaker trying to learn Chinese as an adult, going through the whole process with the textbooks, the tapes, the conversation partners, etc., the whole torturous rigmarole. I mean hard for me — and, of course, for the many other Westerners who have spent years of their lives bashing their heads against the Great Wall of Chinese.
Game Mechanic Explorer
jdm314: The Dæneryd
Here is my first ever hexametric composition in High Valyrian. It's only two lines, but written to sound like the beginning of a lengthy epic: Ābre se zaldrīzī bone ivāedan hen Essot jitte ēlī Pento se Dothrakoti Embraro rȳ ondoso vējo…
Dirty Signs – I Want to Eat Your Lesbian Vagina – YouTube
Dirty Signs with Kristin! Today, we've got one for the ladies with the phrase, "I want to eat your lesbian vagina." Have a great night!
Bfxr. Make sound effects for your games.
Bfxr is an elaboration of the glorious Sfxr, the program of choice for many people looking to make sound effects for computer games.
Battlestar’s "Daybreak:" The worst ending in the history of on-screen science fiction | Brad Ideas
Battlestar Galactica attracted a lot of fans and a lot of kudos during its run, and engendered this sub blog about it. Here, in my final post on the ending, I present the case that its final hour was the worst ending in the history of science fiction on the screen. This is a condemnation of course, but also praise, because my message is not simply that the ending was poor, but that the show rose so high that it was able to fall so very far. I mean it was the most disappointing ending ever.
asada’s memorandum (The Day I Saw Van Gogh’s Genius in a New Light)
Of course, the premise of this guess may be wrong. Regardless of whether this hypothesis is correct or incorrect, the fact that his work is wonderful and appeals to many people does not change a bit. Still, it is enjoyable to imagine and see his works thinking that we share his eyes.
The Hard Way Is Easier — Learn Python The Hard Way, 2nd Edition
This simple book is meant to get you started in programming. The title says it's the hard way to learn to write code; but it's actually not. It's only the "hard" way because it's the way people used to teach things.
Maltese language – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Dieventaal, ik zeg het u. Romance language-speakers may easily be able to comprehend more complex ideas expressed in Maltese, such as "Ġeografikament, l-Ewropa hi parti tas-superkontinent ta' l-Ewrasja" (Geographically, Europe is part of the Supercontinent of Eurasia), while not understanding a single word of a simple sentence such as "Ir-raġel qiegħed fid-dar" (The man is in the house), which would be easily understood by any Arabic speaker.
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The 7 Absolute Worst Tech Gifts to Give This Holiday
The Non-Denominational Secular Thing Buying Period is upon us! Now is the time to start thinking about which shiny, sorta-expensive gadget gift you're going to bestow upon friends and lovers. Make sure you don't pick these. They're worse than coal.
Progressive Ears Album Reviews
Mekanïk Destruktïw Kommandöh is unarguably flawless. Enjoying it is only a matter of taste. In my case, according to my taste, it is the greatest album ever recorded. Five Stars.
Fifth World Problems
Did the red-eyed horsemen of Babylon X attack your hyperdaughter?
Did a golden mouth appear in a bonfire and scream the date of your own death at you?
Are pools of blood forming in your hands whenever you cup them, only to coagulate into the form of a tiny baby with three heads?
Spreekt deze Vlaam Nederlands? – Goesting in een blogje
De kennis over België reikt bij de gemiddelde Nederlander helaas niet veel verder dan het oprakelen van gênante episodes van 'De Pfaffs'. Het zien van mijn Belgisch paspoort was voor het KLM-personeel aan de gate op Schiphol voldoende om van de weeromstuit enkele Pfaffs te imiteren. Het idee dat 'Oh oh Cherso' en 'Oh oh Tirol' nu op de Vlaamse buis losgelaten worden, stemt me dan weer helemaal blij. Ik verkneukel me over zoveel gerechtigheid.
Only 50% iPhones Have Been Synced At Least Once
This is a crazy figure: 50% of the iPhones brought to Genius bars have never been connected to a computer. Ever.
Oriental Institute | The Assyrian Dictionary of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago (CAD)
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The 9 Most Important Things to Remember If You Want to Sell Your Startup
AppleInsider | Adobe releases Photoshop companion apps for Apple’s iPad
Adobe's three Photoshop CS5 companion applications for iPad — Adobe Ezel, Nav and Color Lava — are now available for purchase on the App Store.
Artificial grammar learning reveals inborn language sense | Johns Hopkins University – The Gazette
Parents know the unparalleled joy and wonder of hearing a beloved child’s first words turn quickly into whole sentences and then babbling paragraphs. But how human children acquire language—which is so complex and has so many variations—remains largely a mystery. Fifty years ago, linguist and philosopher Noam Chomsky proposed an answer: Humans are able to learn language so quickly because some knowledge of grammar is hardwired into our brains. In other words, we know some of the most fundamental things about human language unconsciously at birth, without ever being taught.Now, in a groundbreaking study, cognitive scientists at The Johns Hopkins University have confirmed a striking prediction of the controversial hypothesis that human beings are born with knowledge of certain syntactical rules that make learning human languages easier.