Links van 10 augustus 2014 tot 12 augustus 2014

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A Diablo 3 Story: A Diablo 3 Story
TLDR: I made about 100 000 euro from Diablo 3 in exactly 1 year. Below I will tell you in great detail how.

Almost Perfect by W. E. Pete Peterson The Rise and Fall of WordPerfect Corporation
The book, Almost Perfect, was originally published by Prima Publishing in 1994. It is the story of the rise and fall of WordPerfect Corporation from my point of view. The book sold a little less than 10,000 copies and is now out of print. The copy published here is almost identical to my original manuscript and does not contain Prima's edits. In this version, I have corrected two factual errors, fixed five typos, deleted a few pages at the end, and added a final paragraph.

Polaroid Cube | polaroid.com
Introducing the Polaroid Cube lifestyle action camera—water resistant, shockproof, mountable and built to handle everything you can imagine. Packed with fun including 1080p HD video, 6MP photo, 124° wide angle lens, and built in battery that records up to 90 minutes.

First-person Hyperlapse Videos
We present a method for converting first-person videos, for example, captured with a helmet camera during activities such as rock climbing or bicycling, into hyperlapse videos: time-lapse videos with a smoothly moving camera.

The Fighter Who Stayed Too Long – MMA Fighting
Say you’re angry and depressed, impulsive and moody, aggressive and afraid. Say your friends don’t even recognize the person you’ve become, and you know they must be right, if only because they all say the same thing. But the person they remember seems like a flickering dream to you. You remember vague outlines of it, but the particulars are hazy at best. Say this is your life from here on out. What are you supposed to do with it? What if you’ve got 30 or 40 more years of this?

Links van 14 juli 2014 tot 18 juli 2014

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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 15 april 2014 tot 20 april 2014

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New Statesman | H G Wells: “It seems to me that I am more to the Left than you, Mr Stalin”
In 1934, H G Wells arrived in Moscow to meet Soviet writers interested in joining the international PEN Club, of which he was then president. While there, Stalin granted him an interview. His deferential conversation was criticised by J M Keynes and George Bernard Shaw, among others, in the New Statesman.

Stock photos that don’t suck — Design / UX — Medium
Finding great stock photos is a pain. You’re left with either low-res amateur photos, people wearing cheesy headsets, or photos that are out of budget for the project you’re working on. Below is an ongoing list (so bookmark it) of the best stock photo sites I’ve come across.

Amazon Smartphone Photos, Specs and Details Revealed: Exclusive Report | BGR
BGR gives the world an exclusive first look at the unannounced smartphone Amazon is set to debut in the coming months

Short Ribs Time and Temp – Recipe – ChefSteps
Creative possibilities are especially compelling aspects of sous vide cooking. The ability to cook ingredients for prolonged periods of time at carefully controlled temperatures can yield appealing textures that are impractical, or even impossible, to achieve using conventional cooking techniques. Throughout this course we'll explore these possibilities; below is a showcase of the range of textures that you can easily achieve by sous vide cooking a tough, but flavorful cut of meat like beef short rib.

Introduction to Huginn on Vimeo
Huginn is a open source system for building agents that observe the world and act on your behalf. This is an introductory screencast. Your agents are standing by!

Links van 10 maart 2014 tot 28 maart 2014

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The slow, sad death of Last.fm
Last.fm used to know about bands before they were cool. Alas, there’s nothing up-and-coming about Last.fm these days.

Steve Jobs wasn’t even okay with Google hiring former Apple engineers | Breaking Apple News, Tips and Reviews from The Unofficial Apple Weblog
it would be much easier to "move on, forget, forgive" if only his assholness wasn't so much glorified by a crowd of brain-dead managers, wanting to be the next Steve Jobs "because he was awesome".

Photographing A Town That Never Was – The Meta Picture
Artist and photographer Michael Paul Smith has spent hours upon hours photographing one special town that he holds very dear to his heart. There is something that always drew him to it, and the images he created are simple, but stunning. They glow with small-town charm and innocence, reminiscent of days and decades past.

Minimum Viable Personality – AVC
PERSONALITY IS API FOR LOYALTY. NO ONE CARE WHICH BORING STRANGER IS NEXT. BUT ALWAYS WANT FRIEND NEXT.

Taking A Second Look At Free Fonts | Smashing Magazine
Once thought of as amateurish by professional designers, free and open-source fonts have gone through something of a renaissance in just the last few years. The quality of available free fonts has increased dramatically. To be frank, free fonts don’t have a good reputation, and often they are knock-offs of thoroughly crafted, already established typefaces. So is it time for professional designers to take a second look?

Why I reimagined “LOTR” from Mordor’s perspective – Salon.com
Kirill Yeskov explains what led him to write "The Last Ringbearer," his parallel version of Tolkien's classic

Links van 8 januari 2014 tot 9 januari 2014

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The Jesus Blog: The Testimonium Flavianum, Eusebius, and Consensus (Guest Post) – Olson
In this post, I’ll try to make clear why I am skeptical toward common scholarly claims about what an early Christian writer would or would not have written in a brief passage about Jesus.

Native Ads Are The Worst Idea In The World – NYTimes Is Clueless -SVW
Native advertising is the world’s worst idea and I can’t believe the New York Times management is so gullible and clueless in agreeing to its publication.  Gullible — because they were talked into giving away their hard won position as the nation’s top newspaper by marketing people looking for short-term gains. Clueless — because they can’t see the stupidity of their actions and how they’ve shot themselves in the foot, groin, and brains. The brands and marketing agencies are clueless, too. The practice is exceptionally harmful because it makes it seem as if all content is corrupt.

Einstein’s Camera  — Medium
Hungarian photographer Adam Magyar doesn't work like most artists. He takes the world's most sophisticated photographic equipment, then hacks it with software he writes himself — all in order to twist our perception of time inside out. In this latest story from the digital publisher MATTER, Joshua Hammer discovers how Magyar's unique combination of technology and art challenges the way we understand the world.

Google Data Chief Says ‘Flawed’ EU Privacy Law Is Dead – Bloomberg
Google’s top privacy official said the European Union’s “flawed” attempt to overhaul data-protection rules is “dead” and urged politicians to go back to the drawing board.

‘Strings Attached’ Co-Author Offers Solutions for Education – WSJ.com
What can we learn from a teacher whose methods fly in the face of everything we think we know about education today, but who was undeniably effective?

As it turns out, quite a lot. Comparing Mr. K's methods with the latest findings in fields from music to math to medicine leads to a single, startling conclusion: It's time to revive old-fashioned education.

Links van 15 december 2013 tot 16 december 2013

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nsa-backdoor/nsa-backdoor.php at master · aaronjorbin/nsa-backdoor
Grin. "Description: Make it easy for the NSA to have admin access to your site"

A Great Old-Timey Game-Programming Hack – Tom Moertel’s Blog
This was in the 8-bit PC era, so the gaming hardware was almost impossibly slow by today’s standards. It might not surprise you, then, to learn that, back then, game programmers did all sorts of crazy things to make their games run at playable speeds. Crazy, crazy things. This is a story about one of those things.

Edward S. Curtis’s The North American Indian
Edward Sheriff Curtis published The North American Indian between 1907 and 1930 with the intent to record traditional Indian cultures. The work comprises twenty volumes of narrative text and photogravure images. Each volume is accompanied by a portfolio of large photogravure plates. The entire work is presented here, supported largely by funds from the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

Peter O’Toole, star of Lawrence of Arabia, dies aged 81 | Film | theguardian.com
The actor Peter O'Toole who found stardom in David Lean's masterpiece Lawrence of Arabia, has died aged 81, his family has annouced. The acclaimed leading man who overcame stomach cancer in the 1970s passed away at the Wellington hospital in London following a long illness.

Is Marissa Mayer Helping Yahoo—or Hurting the Struggling Tech Giant? | Vanity Fair
As one of Google’s highest-ranking women, Marissa Mayer became a Silicon Valley superstar, but inside the search giant her dazzle sometimes wore thin, with colleagues rebelling against her imperious style. In the wake of Mayer’s jump to run the struggling Yahoo, Bethany McLean asks whether she will be its savior or its next big problem. A year and a half in, the results are mixed.

Links van 13 november 2013 tot 14 november 2013

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Ad Tech’s IPO Rager Spawns Wicked Hangover | Digiday
The guys investing in these companies are finance guys; they don’t know anything about the industry. They’re being told novel stories and making decisions on somewhat ignorant views and undeveloped valuation frameworks.

Woordgeslacht van Engelse leenwoorden
You don't say: "Omdat verschillende regels elkaar kunnen tegenspreken, moet er een strenge hiërarchische ordening aanwezig zijn. De formele, grammaticale criteria winnen het van de semantische, die op hun beurt weer voor de lexicale komen. Ook binnen die categorieën is er sprake van hiërarchie."

BEFORE THEY PASS AWAY
En ik dénk dat ik mij dat boek dus eens ga kopen, denk ik.

Stunning Portraits Of The World’s Remotest Tribes Before They Pass Away (46 pics) | Bored Panda
Indrukwekkend.

Vaginas And Penises And Feminist Hysteria – Chicks on the Right – Chicks on the Right
as we all know, life must come to a SCREECHING HALT when a feminist gets offended about something

Links van 25 januari 2012 tot 31 januari 2012

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So klang Bismarck! – einestages
Der Kanzler war begeistert! 1889 wurde Otto von Bismarck ein Phonograph vorgeführt – und der altehrwürdige Staatsmann plauderte munter auf das revolutionäre Gerät. Mehr als ein Jahrhundert galt die wohl einzig jemals gemachte Aufnahme der fürstlichen Stimme als verschollen. Nun ist sie aufgetaucht.

Forgotten.pl Abandoned Places
Stadsarcheologie in Polen.

Rosling’s World – a documentary about Hans Rosling – YouTube
Hans Rosling is a professor in international health, who has made an unlikely global success. His Gapminder presentations on global development evokes laughter, rejoice and reflections. In this SVT (Swedish Television) documentary, film maker Pär Fjällström lets Hans Rosling tell the story about his life and what has shaped his world view.

The Voynich Manuscript [a.k.a. Beinecke MS 408] pt I: the language of plants where the search for meaning is the meaning
:aah:

Jonathan Coulton – Uh oh, he’s blogging. What happened?
Make good stuff, then make it easy for people to buy it. There’s your anti-piracy plan. The big content companies are TERRIBLE at doing both of these things, so it’s no wonder they’re not doing so well in the current environment.

Links van 19 januari 2012 tot 22 januari 2012

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The 5 Most Horrible Things Nobody Tells You About Babies | Cracked.com
Hollywood comedies about parenthood depend entirely on making raising a kid look a ridiculous, hectic mess. Then, eventually the leading man finds out that in the end, the rewards make it all worth it. That's mostly because for whatever reason, baby murder is still taboo in modern Hollywood comedies.
When you have a real kid, you realize there's plenty of stuff those movies don't show you. If they did, their zany comedy about a single father finding a baby on his doorstep would quickly become a nightmare inducing horror that would shut down the genitals of any aspiring parent.

Newt Gingrich Profile – Esquire Story on Newt Gingrich – Esquire
She was married to Newt Gingrich for eighteen years, all through his spectacular rise and fall, and here she is in a pair of blue jeans and a paisley shirt, with warm eyes and a big laugh and the kind of chain-smoking habit where the cigarettes burn right down to the filter — but she's quitting, she swears, any day now.

Nikon 1 System Review: 19. Conclusion: Digital Photography Review
Many photographers within Nikon's sizeable user base had been eagerly anticipating the camera giant's move into mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras, and a lot of them reacted with disappointment when the curtain parted on the 1 System in late 2011. Despite containing some very interesting technology, the 1 J1/V1 are clearly intended to appeal to upgraders from lower-level compact cameras. Nikon firmly believes that there is a market here, largely untapped, and made up of people who don't like to be bothered by the intricacies of 'serious' photography but just want to be like Ashton Kutcher in the commercials and have fun, and take photographs, and have fun. And did we mention having fun?

The end result of this laudable design philosophy is a pair of rather curious cameras which have a lot to offer (we're hugely impressed by their phase-detection AF performance, and how many other cameras can you think of that allow 60 fps RAW+JPEG capture?) but which in our opinion, fail to wholly address the needs of any class of camera buyer.

Famous Photogs Pose With Their Most Iconic Images | Raw File | Wired.com
The Tank Man of Tienanmen Square. Muhammad Ali standing over Sonny Liston in victory. The portrait of the Afghan Girl on the cover of National Geographic. Many of us can automatically recall these photos in our heads, but far fewer can name the photographers who took them. Even fewer know what those photographers look like.

Tim Mantoani hopes to change that by taking portraits of famous photographers holding their most iconic or favorite photos in his new book Behind Photographs: Archiving Photographic Legends. Mantoani has shot over 150 of these portraits in the last five years, most of which are contained in the book.

Fadades | Musique gratuite, dates de tournées, photos, vidéos
J'ai également le projet de mettre au point un ( propulseur gravitationnel ) "sorte d'engin en forme de sphère de ma propre conception capable de se déplacer sans roues ni hélice ni moteur a réaction ou fusée…"j'ai une certaine expérience sur la conception et construction de moteurs fusée a propergol solide".Le procéder tente a contrer la loi de Newton sur la force gravitationnelle . Ce type d'appareil pourrait se déplacer en théorie sur le sol ,dans l'eau ,dans l'air et dans l'espace sans roues ni ailes et sans aucune émanation de gaz . Celui-ci pourrait être totalement silencieux s'il était mis sous vide et ne générerait aucunes pollution…

Links van 18 januari 2012 tot 19 januari 2012

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Cat Annoys Sleeping Guy All Night – Pogpog
Did you ever wonder what cats do while you’re asleep? This guy did, so he set up a time lapse camera to find out.

The Evil Marketing Genius of Paula Deen, the New Face of Diabetes – Daniel D. Snyder – Health – The Atlantic
Yesterday, television personality and southern food mogul Paula Deen stopped by NBC's Today show and revealed to Al Roker — and the rest of the world — that she has been living with type 2 diabetes for several years. The carefully staged appearance — and the rumors circulating about it for days before — is one of the first steps in Deen's quest to rebrand herself as the new patron saint of healthy foods. But her approach to the issue has angered her critics, new and old, who feel she's deliberately avoiding any tangible connection between the butter-heavy diet she's spent years promoting on various Food Network programs and the onset of her disease.

The third (and probably last) trans post of my life « Rage Against the Man-chine
"I am nearly constantly furious" — Uh huh. That sort of shows.

Incredible photos of Jellyfish by Alexander Semenov — Lost At E Minor: For creative people
In 2007, Russian underwater photographer Alexander Semenov graduated from Lomonosov’s Moscow State University in the department of Zoology. He specialized in the study of invertebrate animals, with an emphasis on squid brains. Soon after, he began working at the White Sea Biological Station (WSBS) as a senior laborer. After four years of working at the WSBS dive station, he became chief of the diving team. He now organizes all WSBS projects, and dives by himself, always with a camera.
Of his sea life photography, he writes: ‘When I first began to experiment with sea life photography, I tried shooting small invertebrates for fun with my own old camera and without any professional lights or lenses. I collected the invertebrates underwater and then I shot them in the lab. After two or three months of failure after failure, I ended up with a few good pictures, which inspired me to buy a semi-professional camera complete with underwater housing and strobes. I’ve spent the following field season trying to shoot the same creatures, but this time in their environment. It was much more difficult, and I spent another two months without any significant results. But when you’re working at something every day, you inevitably get a lot of experience. Now after four years of practice, I get a few good shots almost every time I dive’.

The Final Years of Curly (of Three Stooges Fame) – Mental Floss
In 1932, Jerome Howard (soon to be universally known as “Curly”) joined the Three Stooges comedy team. He was replacing his older brother, Shemp, as the third Stooge, joining his older brother Moe and frizzly haired Larry Fine.

In 1934, the team signed with Columbia Pictures and began churning out the series of comedy slapstick shorts that were to bring hilarity to the world. Within a year, Curly had established himself as the comedy star of the act. His “woo-woo”s and “n’yuk nyuk”s, as well as his incredible gift for physical, inventive, surreal comedy, made Curly Howard everyone’s favorite Stooge. On the 60th anniversary of his passing, here’s a look back at Curly’s later years.

Links van 4 januari 2012 tot 6 januari 2012

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PLoS ONE: The Distance Between Mars and Venus: Measuring Global Sex Differences in Personality
The idea that there are only minor differences between the personality profiles of males and females should be rejected as based on inadequate methodology.

Everything you need to know about buying a camera | The Verge
Voor als er nog eens iemand vraagt welk fototoestel ze zouden moeten kopen.

Iconic Images Without Their Subjects: An Artist’s Rendering – NYTimes.com
An empty road during the Vietnam War. A hilltop landscape in Spain. A nondescript motel balcony in Memphis.

These otherwise ordinary settings are the backdrops to photographs that have become icons of history.

How Many Stephen Colberts Are There? – NYTimes.com
There used to be just two Stephen Colberts, and they were hard enough to distinguish. The main difference was that one thought the other was an idiot.

Visoog Google Earth

Links voor 5 december 2011

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Google Kills Its Other Plus, and How to Bring It Back – Waxy.org
As Google marginalizes its core base, it's opened the door for smaller, more nimble startups, such as DuckDuckGo, a one-man project that's quickly becoming the go-to search engine for discriminating nerds.

Anti-Semitism | Embassy of the United States Brussels, Belgium
Geen flauw idee waarom men ('t is te zeggen News Gingrich) dit als antisemitisme beschouwt. Ik vond dat een redelijk degelijke analyse, gelijk.

Benny Hinn – Dark Lord of the Sith – YouTube
THE POWER OF THE FORCE COMPELS YOU! THE POWER OF THE FORCE COMPELS YOU!

straup/parallel-flickr @ GitHub
parallel-flickr is a tool for backing up your Flickr photos and generating a database backed website that honours the viewing permissions you've chosen on Flickr.

parallel-flickr is still a work in progress. It ain't pretty or classy yet but it works.

Interactive Fiction Competition Online Play: Taco Fiction
You shouldn't be sitting in the driver's seat. You should be getting out on the passenger side, and there should be someone else sitting at the wheel, key in the ignition, keeping an eye out.
 
And that's probably how this would be going down, if you had any friends left.
 
Yes. Take a minute to reflect on the choices you've made.
 
No. Don't do that. You need to be prepared mentally. You need to be one hundred percent involved in what you are about to do. You and yourself are all you need to come out of this smelling like a rose.
 
You, yourself, and maybe that sweet little slab of steel in your pocket, that two-and-a-half-pound insurance policy, that cold, hard…
 
Do not waste time being poetic about your gun. Get out of the car.

Links van 12 november 2011 tot 5 december 2011

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Arcade Improv: Humans Pretending to Be Videogames – Waxy.org
Instantly, Mike and Jerry understood, along with everyone in the audience born before 1978.

Catherine Young & Family, Page One
A family working in the Tifton (Ga.) Cotton Mill. Mrs. A.J. Young works in mill and at home. Nell (oldest girl) alternates in mill with mother. Mammy (next girl) runs 2 sides. Mary (next) runs 1 1/2 sides. Elic (oldest boy) works regularly. Eddie (next girl) helps in mill, sticks on bobbins. Four smallest children not working yet. The mother said she earns $4.50 a week and all the children earn $4.50 a week. Husband died and left her with 11 children. 2 of them went off and got married. The family left the farm 2 years ago to work in the mill. January 22, 1909. Location: Tifton, Georgia. Photo by Lewis Hine.

Sass – Syntactically Awesome Stylesheets
Sass makes CSS fun again. Sass is an extension of CSS3, adding nested rules, variables, mixins, selector inheritance, and more. It’s translated to well-formatted, standard CSS using the command line tool or a web-framework plugin.

Memoires of a Heroinhead
It was over a year that I had been in France. I had gotten clean and then gotten dirty again. So it was good news one day when my mother phoned.

“Shane, there's a little surprise coming over your way! That fucking Irish John has just been around here, bought me two rocks of white and left twenty five quid to get you three of choice and post over. And you ya little bastard, you never told me he 'ad AIDS! An I've been sharing my fuckin' crackpipe with 'im!”

SFE: Science Fiction Encyclopedia
Welcome to the beta text of the third edition of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. Some sample entries are below. Alternatively, you can browse the Encyclopedia through the search box above or the categories in the grey bar above.

Paris Review – The Grand Map, Avi Steinberg
“And then came the grandest idea of all! We actually made a map of the country, on the scale of a mile to the mile!”
“Have you used it much?” I enquired.
“It has never been spread out, yet,” said Mein Herr. “The farmers objected: they said it would cover the whole country, and shut out the sunlight! So we now use the country itself, as its own map, and I assure you it does nearly as well.”

Final report of the commercial starship Nostromo, third officer reporting. | MetaFilter
The Nostromo model from the first Alien movie sat outside in the rain for over two decades before it was bought by The Prop Store in 2007. They sent it to Grant McCune Design to restore it to its previous glory.

GROGNARDIA: Retrospective: Barbarian Prince
If you're the least bit curious about Barbarian Prince, you can download a legal copy for free here.

Nate Hallinan Portfolio
The Smurf is actually the result of a symbiotic relationship
between two organisms. We believe that Smurfs put their
'embryos' in the button of a developing mushroom. From a
distance, Smurfs seem like they are wearing a hat and pants
but as you can see this is a fallacy. The fungus provides
camouflage and protective epidermal layers for the creature,
while the creature provides nutrients and mobility for the
spreading of spores.

Research:Wikimedia Summer of Research 2011/Summary of Findings – Meta
This is the summary of findings from the Wikimedia Foundation Summer of Research, a program in the Foundation's Community Department which brought together eight academic researchers from around the globe to study the dynamics of the Wikipedia editing community.

How Star Wars Should Have Ended: Reflections on Taste, The Expanded Universe & Radical Politics « Human Iterations
Basically a totalitarian Empire makes sense, a rotting and unsustainable Republic makes sense, a teemingly complex anarchic and increasingly more nomadic post-collapse culture also makes sense.  But a more or less decent galactic-sized democracy instantly formed and accepted out of the goodness of all the Rebel’s hearts?  Totally unbelievable.  And basically a stubborn Liberal lack of imagination.

Main § Digital Atlas of Roman and Medieval Civilization
The Digital Atlas of Roman and Medieval Civilization (DARMC) makes freely available on the internet the best available materials for a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) approach to mapping and spatial analysis of the Roman and medieval worlds. DARMC allows innovative spatial and temporal analyses of all aspects of the civilizations of western Eurasia in the first 1500 years of our era, as well as the generation of original maps illustrating differing aspects of ancient and medieval civilization.

Hugo Blogging – Connie Willis May Be The Worst Writer In Existence « Sci-Ence! Justice Leak!
"I have now discovered a way to produce a masterpiece. Just read Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis, do the exact opposite of what she does, and you will have the greatest work in the history of English literature." (Come come now – surely it can't be much worse than Dan Brown?)

The sad, sad demise of Greenpeace | COSMOS magazine
GREENPEACE WAS ONCE a friend of science, helping bring attention to important but ignored environmental research. These days, it’s a ratbag rabble of intellectual cowards intent on peddling an agenda, whatever the scientific evidence.

The 1140px Grid · Fluid down to mobile
The 1140 grid fits perfectly into a 1280 monitor. On smaller monitors it becomes fluid and adapts to the width of the browser.

A cherry picking tale, and an update on spinal manipulation science « Alternative Medicine « Health « Skeptic North
Spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) has long enjoyed a solid reputation for the treatment of so-called “mechanical” low back pain, and is widely used by physical therapists as well as chiropractors. Even skeptics tend to give it a pass, regarding it as the one thing chiropractors offer that we don’t really have a complaint with, much the way we used to think maybe acupuncture had something going for it, until better evidence crushed our optimism. For instance, just recently Dr. David Gorski — as tough-minded a quackery critic as they come — casually mentioned that “no one argues that … manipulative therapies can’t help back pain.” Actually, skeptics who’ve been following the SMT science are now arguing exactly that.

Historical Meet-Ups –   Samuel Beckett Playwright, novelist, and Nobel…
Wow.

The price of ebooks – oxylogos.com
Think the book industry learned from the mistakes the music and film industry made?

Guess again.

They are quickly heading to the top of the charts of sheer stupidity. And what they don't realise is that, unlike the movie industry and—though to a somewhat lesser extent— the music industry, they have even less of a legitimate ‘raison d'être’ than their counterparts in those industries.

Gigawatt {The Illuminated Mixtapes}
Gelijk een statische versie van http://musichunterapp.com/ en door echte mensen gedaan.

Villa La Vigie – Koksijde – Bezoeker
Na de oorlog werden de twee bunkers ontdaan van alle uitrusting en rails. De twee bouwwerken fungeerden een tijdje als toeristische bezienswaardigheid. Begin de jaren '20 werd één van de bunkers afgebroken. Rond 1923 kreeg aannemer Remi Rys uit Koksijde de opdracht om boven de resterende bunker een villa te bouwen en de bestaande oorlogsconstructie te integreren in het nieuwe project.

Lernert & Sander: Natural Beauty – NOWNESS
Mission Statement: We wanted to apply 365 layers of makeup in one day to see how much is needed to go from a natural look to an outrageous one.

A celebration of the writing and art of Mervyn Peake | Books | The Guardian
Mervyn Peake, creator of Gormenghast, is now recognised as a brilliant novelist and artist. Michael Moorcock, China Miéville, Hilary Spurling and AL Kennedy celebrate his achievements

Extinguishing and Understand Barking Dog Behavior
If your dog barks and you yell at him to shut up, you are reinforcing the barking.

Top 5 Ways to Build a WordPress Site that’s Easy for Your Clients
Here are our top 5 tips for simplifying the WordPress back end so that your clients will find it much easier to use, and you will find it much easier to teach them how to use it!

Restoring a Photograph from the 1870sTop Dog Imaging
"From here, I began the laborious process of restoration, which involved a prodigious amount of retouching. The process took about four hours." Of hoe een mens een uitgebreide post kan schrijven met veel beeldjes erbij, en op Kottke vermeld worden en alles — met rotslecht werk.

Dissecting an Episode of MythBusters
27% of the time is spent watching advertising.

Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking
"The most important book in the culinary arts since Escoffier" — Modernist Cuisine is a six-volume, 2,438-page set that is des­tined to rein­vent cook­ing. The lav­ishly illus­trated books use thou­sands of orig­i­nal images to make the sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy clear and engaging.

How Apple re-cut Final Cut Pro for the better | Video | Creative Notes | Macworld
It's not dumbing down, it's targeting

Jennifer Pournelle’s The Mote in God’s Eye sequel actually looks interesting | Wis[s]e Words
Intriguing — de dochter van de meneer van Chaos Manor schrijft een vervolg: "Sequels written to well loved science fiction classics by the children of the original writer never turn out right therefore you can safely ignore them. It’s a rule that saved me a lot of frustration, but I think I might break it for Jennifer Pournelle’s Outies, a sequel to her father’s and Larry Niven’s The Mote in God’s Eye. "

Zo, dat zijn veel vissen! :: nrc.nl
Bloody hel. Scary! "Sinds enige tijd hebben Amerikaanse wateren, met name de Mississippi en haar aftakkingen, bezoek van de Aziatische karper. In 2010 begon dat bezoek onaangenaam te worden."

My Opposition – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
After the war many Germans would insist they knew nothing at all about The Holocaust. More recently, Holocaust deniers have questioned the extent, and even the existence of the Holocaust. Friedrich Kellner's diary counters such suggestions.

Fietsherstel Aan Huis | omdat service belangrijk is !
Heeft uw fiets een lekke band, is de verlichting defect, of heeft uw fiets andere gebreken?
U kocht uw fiets in een grootwarenhuis, waar geen herstellingen mogelijk zijn?
U heeft een tandem, bakfiets, elektrische of andere fiets met extreme afmetingen?
Wilt u geen beschadigingen meer aan de kofferbak van de auto?

Dan kunt u gebruik maken van een unieke service: wij komen uw fiets bij u herstellen.

N Korean children begging, army starving: exclusive – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Footage shot inside North Korea and obtained by the ABC has revealed the extent of chronic food shortages and malnutrition inside the secretive state.

History Cookbook – Cookit!
Welcome to the history cookbook. Do you know what the Vikings ate for dinner? What a typical meal of a wealthy family in Roman Britain consisted of, or what food was like in a Victorian Workhouse? Why not drop into history cookbook and find out? This project looks at the food of the past and how this influenced the health of the people living in each time period. You can also try some of the recipes for yourself. We have a wide range of historical recipes from Brown Bread Ice Cream to Gruel (Why not see if you would be asking for more – just like Oliver Twist).

Dear Emma B : Pharyngula
Schoon — The question you can always ask is, "How do you know that?"

Everything You Think You Know About the Collapse of the Soviet Union Is Wrong – By Leon Aron | Foreign Policy
Every revolution is a surprise. Still, the latest Russian Revolution must be counted among the greatest of surprises. In the years leading up to 1991, virtually no Western expert, scholar, official, or politician foresaw the impending collapse of the Soviet Union, and with it one-party dictatorship, the state-owned economy, and the Kremlin's control over its domestic and Eastern European empires. Neither, with one exception, did Soviet dissidents nor, judging by their memoirs, future revolutionaries themselves. When Mikhail Gorbachev became general secretary of the Communist Party in March 1985, none of his contemporaries anticipated a revolutionary crisis. Although there were disagreements over the size and depth of the Soviet system's problems, no one thought them to be life-threatening, at least not anytime soon.

the A.I. is a lie » #AltDevBlogADay
I can tell you right now there is no I in A.I., and nor should there be.

Arrested Westeros
What happens when Game of Thrones meets Arrested Development.

Verdediging Belfortploeg zaterdag 18 juni | Belfort ploeg
Ik zou bijna sympathie krijgen voor Francis Van den Eynde c.s.

Hot Dudes with Kittens from Funny Or Die, Sam Trammell, Romany Malco, Sean Carrigan, Mark Valley, Matt Dallas, Tanc Sade, Matt Lanter, Ryan Eggold, Chad Faust, ellhoof, and Shauna O’Toole
Who doesn't love hot men holding cats and kittens? Oh you don't? Too bad, this one is… for the ladies.

GET LAMP: John Romero Interview : Jason Scott : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive
Romero's path crossed with Infocom's in the late 1980s; while working for a company he co-founded called Ideas From the Deep, he wrote an operating system for the Apple II that was used in the last round of Infocom games: Journey, Shogun, Zork Zero, and Arthur. He didn't get to meet anybody but he was proud of his contribution and offered to be interviewed.

bradley’s almanac – the sims torture test (a mirror site)
I guess people actually play this game to make their little sims happy. I'll admit that i did that for awhile, but to be honest, it just got boring. So of course I reverted to my typical gaming pattern of torturing innocents to death.

Coilhouse » Blog Archive » Resonance: Where Sound Meets Geometry
In this 11-minute clip, a group of over 30 animators and sound artists teamed up to create short pieces between 12 and 20 seconds with the aim to ”explore the relationship between geometry and audio in unique ways.”

YouTube – Prora-Das erste KdF bad
Kraft durch Freude.

CK01 Standard/Honors Chemistry Kit – Home
Droool. Ik zou mijn linkerarm gegeven hebben voor zoiets als ik klein was: "Because chemistry is widely considered to be the most difficult lab course to do well—particularly on a tight budget—we offer the CK01 Standard/Honors Home School Chemistry Laboratory Kit. It provides a comprehensive, rigorous laboratory component for a first-year high school chemistry course, and does so affordably. With the exception of standard household items (such as table salt, sugar, vinegar, aluminum foil, foam cups, and so on) and other minor items that are readily available locally, the kit contains all of the special equipment and chemicals you'll need for a complete chemistry lab course."

Michele Bachmann’s Holy War | Rolling Stone Politics
Bachmann lies because she can't help it, because it's a built-in component of both her genetics and her ideology. She is at once the most entertaining and the most dangerous kind of liar, a turbocharged cross between a born bullshit artist and a religious fanatic, for whom lying to the infidel is a kind of holy duty.

What is International Baccalaureate?
Hierzie, dat ge 't weet: "IBO lumps Christianity … into the category of what it calls "fundamentalism" — along with the Taliban and various terrorist groups, saying that these "fundamentalist" groups are all "dangerous." It would be difficult to imagine a more clear, and repugnant, attack on Christianity." "While IBO undermines Christianity, it also advocates its own religion. IBO promotes the worldview of New Age-Pantheism guru William Butler Yeats … Another New Age leader, Joseph Campbell, is often required reading for IBO students. Like Yeats, Campbell aggressively promotes "inclusive" New Age-Pantheistic doctrines while undermining Christianity."

555blue
Er zijn toch rare mensen in de wereld.

Wikipedia talk:Dispute resolution – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
I REPEAT, I DO NOT KNOW MR. STEVEN ZHANG FROM ADAM, I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR HIM, HE IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ME, but JUST IN CASE HE MAY FEEL HIS PERSONA OR FEELINGS SO DEEPLY HURT BY MY MISTAKE, I BEG HIM FIRST OF ALL NOT TO HURT HIMSELF OR HURT OTHER HUMANS, including me, DUE TO UNDUE AGGRESSVITY POOTENTIALLY ARISEN FROM DEEP DISTRESS, especially if occuring on a VULNERABLE PRE-EXISTING SUBSTRATE, and SECOND of ALL NOT SUE ME, Eugen Craciun aka Rudolph Aspirant, beacuse HE, Mr. Steven Zhang WOULD LITERALLY OBTAIN NOTHING FROM ME, TOTAL PAUPER and INDEBTED TO THE HILT TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA GOVERNMENT, and to BOTH MY OWN MOTHER and MY FATHER.

Talk:Circumflex – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
WHOEVER IS IN CHARGE HERE MUST IMMEDIATELY TRANSMIT THIS URGENT ESSENTIAL ERROR/FEIL TO GOOGLE-TRANSLATE, which I have just noticed myself today, 18, May, 2011, Anoo Domini, which is AN INEXCUSABLE ERROR, without PRECENT in ALL of the history I have used Google-translate for all sorts of purposes and reasons.

Links van 14 juni 2011 tot 15 juni 2011

woensdag 15 juni 2011 in Links. Permanente link | Geen reacties

Even if you have the slightest interest in Star Wars…holy shit
the old republic!

Asciiflow
retro!

Duke Nukem Forever: barely playable, not funny, rampantly offensive
The fans are wrong. One can laugh at jokes about men and women, and there's nothing wrong with being risque, but Duke is thoughtless, backwards, and belligerent. Duke Nukem Forever is the kind of game where you find a pack of cigarettes whose cover shows a mustached man wearing leather—and they're called "Faggs." At some point, matters of personal taste become simple questions of basic decency.

Ghost Towns of the Palliser Triangle
The Palliser Triangle is the name given to the driest part of the Canadian Prairies, constituting southeast Alberta and southwest Saskatchewan. Settled at the turn of the 20th century by farmers and ranchers, dozens of tiny villages sprung up to support these new agricultural pioneers (“drylanders”). Many found that within a generation or two, the semi-arid soil quickly became overgrazed and was prone to periods of extreme drought. While modern farming techniques have helped mitigate the hard times, the exodus of people from the Triangle has been steady for the past few decades, leaving numerous ghost towns listing in the wind.

Review: Duke Nukem Forever Shoulda Stayed Vaporware
Duke Nukem is here to kick ass and chew bubble gum, and he’s all out of ass.

Links van 12 juni 2011 tot 13 juni 2011

maandag 13 juni 2011 in Links. Permanente link | Geen reacties

Small Group Of People Dominate Some Internet Discussions
An analysis of political and philosophical newsgroups found that half of all replies were directed at just two percent of thread initiators. In related news, bear shits in wood.

Why did Apple choose Twitter over Facebook?
Twitter will be deeply integrated into iOS 5, bit not Facebook. Why? There are surprisingly many answers. Among them: Apple and Facebook have contradictory priorities for customer content, and they are increasingly app platform competitors.

Game, Set, iMatch
Notice how Facebook is missing from these and many other words we’re hearing these days.

Facebook Sees Big Traffic Drops in US and Canada as It Nears 700 Million Users Worldwide
Most prominently, the United States lost nearly 6 million users, falling from 155.2 million at the start of May to 149.4 million at the end of it. This is the first time the country has lost users in the past year. Canada also fell significantly, by 1.52 million down to 16.6 million

What Happens When A Canon Shooter Uses A Nikon
10 year Canon shooter tries the Nikon system for the first time at a wedding.

Outrageous and Courageous: The Myth and Legend of Shecky Greene
"Frank Sinatra saved my life once. He said, "Okay, boys. That's enough." – Shecky Greene

internet k-hole
Internet K-Hole is an image blog consisting mostly of anonymous snapshots and Polaroids from the 1970s through the 1990s presented at random without description or context that go on for ever and ever and ever. (Some images NSFW.)

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