You can take down Pirate Bay, but you can’t kill the Internet it created – The Washington Post
In the late hours of Tuesday night, the Pirate Bay abruptly disappeared from the Internet, the result of a surprise raid on the site’s servers by Swedish police in Stockholm. But forget the big-picture questions of Internet freedom or intellectual property. The real problem, for millions of Internet-users, is how am I going to watch TV?
Alternese (JBR Uchronlang)
What would English be like if 1066 hadn't happened? I don't mean that in the “freakish calendric anomaly” sense, obviously; I mean it in the ordinary sense of allohistorical linguistics. I've already got “what‐if” pages about the languages of 3,000 AD and 40,000 BC, but now I'm taking a step sideways in time to consider an “alternative history”: a world where William the Conqueror never earned that name, where Greece is the centre of the most prosperous and stable economy on the planet, and where the only city with an anglophone population of four million is Wolverhampton. How different would the language sound, if you were visiting that city and eavesdropping on some casual conversation about the weather?
Als de premier ersatz is – De Standaard
Het besef dat een vakbondsleider harakiri pleegt als hij het besparingspakket van het regeerakkoord slikt, bestaat niet. De emotionele en politieke intelligentie van Dehaene, Martens en zijn fluisteraar Fons Verplaetse voor de besognes van de syndicale leiders ontbreekt compleet bij deze ploeg. Te veel regerings- en kabinettenvolk komt uit een totaal andere sociale klasse en is zich nauwelijks bewust van de relativiteit en vooringenomenheid van de eigen dogma’s. Anderen zijn allergisch voor alles wat vakbonden dierbaar is en willen eindelijk met het Belgische syndicalisme en overlegmodel afrekenen. Zo omarmt het ultraliberalisme het Vlaamse separatisme en wordt de communautaire breuklijn verder uitgediept.
Theo Francken: bewijs ons een dienst en vertrek 😉 – DeWereldMorgen.be
Iemand die geen schroom voelt om het vrije verkeer van personen te beschrijven als het ontspringen van de dans, die is diep doordrongen van de suprematie van de overheid op het individu. Iemand die de daaraan ontleende macht gebruikt om het laatste woord te halen in een persoonlijke mediavete, die is het staatsmanschap op een nog diepere intellectuele en stilistische grond onwaardig. Iemand die dat alles, ten slotte, afsluit met een verdomde smiley en kapittelt als een maatschappelijke dienst, die is voorbij ontsporing en smakeloosheid. Het is een wonde op het Belgische politieke gelaat. Een misselijkmakende schande. De knipoog-smiley is geen detail. Het is de essentie. Slechts het meest arrogante masker van de macht knipoogt in het aangezicht van onrecht.
Rafi Eitan: ‘Peres And Rabin Knew Pollard Was Planted In US Armed Forces’ » Matzav.com – The Online Voice of Torah Jewry
The former head of the allegedly rogue clandestine organization that ran Jonathan Pollard confirmed Sunday for the first time that the prime minister and defense minister at the time knew full well that Israel had a spy within the US armed forces.
College rape: Campus sexual assault is a serious problem. But the efforts to protect women are infringing on the civil rights of men.
Colleges, encouraged by federal officials, are instituting solutions to sexual violence against women that abrogate the civil rights of men.
‘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…
Sustainable Pleasure – Sex Toy Recycling
find out how sex toy recycling works
Ruby, Ruby on Rails, and _why: The disappearance of one of the world’s most beloved computer programmers. – Slate Magazine
What happened when one of the world’s most unusual, and beloved, computer programmers disappeared.
The Inside Story of How John Carter Was Doomed by Its First Trailer via reddit.com
Because the Barsoom books were so influential to cinema's greatest sci-fi auteurs, just about everything in it had already been plundered and reused by other hits. And as a result, the more that was revealed of John Carter, the more derivative it looked, even if its source had originated these ideas. Look at what George Lucas took from Burroughs for his Star Wars movies alone: In his movies, the Sith are evil Jedis; in the world of John Carter, the Sith are evil insects. Star Wars had Princess Leia; John Carter has Princess Dejah. Leia’s infamous bikini in Return of the Jedi? Worn by Princess Dejah first. That flying skiff she’s standing on next to Jabba the Hutt? Carter again. Even those banthas in the Star Wars were culled from the John Carter books, which are populated with similar-looking beasts of burden called banths. Looking beyond Lucas, Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry famously pillaged the books, as did James Cameron, who in numerous interviews called Avatar “almost an Edgar Rice Burroughs kind of adventure.”
The Santorum Strategy | Truthout
Liberals tend to underestimate the importance of public discourse and its effect on the brains of our citizens. All thought is physical. You think with your brain. You have no alternative. Brain circuitry strengthens with repeated activation. And language, far from being neutral, activates complex brain circuitry that is rooted in conservative and liberal moral systems. Conservative language, even when argued against, activates and strengthens conservative brain circuitry. This is extremely important for so-called "independents," who actually have both conservative and liberal moral systems in their brains and can shift back and forth. The more they hear conservative language over the next eight months, the more their conservative brain circuitry will be strengthened.
Les Femmes de l’Avenir – 1902 | La boite verte
Cette série de cartes imaginant l’avenir des femmes dans différentes professions a été éditée par l’imprimerie A. Bergeret de Nancy en 1902.