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What Paleo diet experts think – and why they’re wrong | Life and style | The Guardian
Claims by proponents of the carbohydrate-averse food regimen supposedly based on what our paleolithic ancestors ate do not stand up to scientific scrutiny

Information Consumerism: The Price of Hypocrisy – Überwachung – FAZ
many Europeans are finally grasping, to their great dismay, that the word “cloud” in “cloud computing” is just a euphemism for “some dark bunker in Idaho or Utah.”

With hundreds of thousands of new supporters, Labour is on the verge of something big – what a complete disaster! – Comment – Voices – The Independent
The fervour around Jeremy Corbyn is extraordinary, but it wouldn’t be fair to suggest he’s the only Labour politician who can bring large crowds on to the streets to greet him. Tony Blair is just as capable. In his case the crowds are there to scream that he should be arrested for war crimes and to throw things at him, but that’s being pernickety; he can certainly draw an audience.

Les Forges | Cours de pixel art 1 : préface
Le pixel art, même s'il a aujourd'hui perdu beaucoup de son importance à l'échelle de l'industrie du jeu vidéo, demeure un médium très utile aux créateurs indépendants et aux petites productions. Sa patte immédiatement reconnaissable a le don d'émouvoir une large frange de joueurs, tout en offrant aux créateurs l'occasion d'utiliser des techniques uniques en leur genre. C'est de ces techniques que nous allons parler aujourd'hui, dans cette édition revue et augmentée du cours de pixel art original des Forges.

Author | Haruki Murakami
Haruki Murakami's bureau.

Links van 9 augustus 2015 tot 13 augustus 2015

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One Book’s Cover | Brightweavings Journal
This spring I was working with my American and Canadian editors, and an art director, and a gifted artist to devise and shape the cover those territories are sharing for Children of Earth and Sky.

sbdc » Betrayed
I used to be able to trust that Apple products would just work. Now I can’t. I feel betrayed. And that’s on top of the massive piece of shit that iTunes has become. While I’ve been reassessing my digital interactions I now find myself reassessing what tools I use as well. Suddenly a dumb music player that reads 256GB MicroSD cards sounds like a more appealing travel companion than my iPhone. And that makes me reassess everything else.

How Trigger Warnings Are Hurting Mental Health on Campus – The Atlantic
Something strange is happening at America’s colleges and universities. A movement is arising, undirected and driven largely by students, to scrub campuses clean of words, ideas, and subjects that might cause discomfort or give offense.

Het Islamdebat en hoe ik het probeer te voeren | Jan Blommaert (en z’n gedachten)
“levensbeschouwelijke neutraliteit” is dan ook niet de afwezigheid van religieuze symbolen uit het publieke theater, het is de onverschilligheid tegenover religieuze symbolen

Google’s $6 Billion Miscalculation on the EU – Bloomberg Business
Oops. "Whatever goodwill it had stored up, Google started to lose in 2014, in the aftermath of the Snowden affair. Several of the leaked NSA documents revealed how Google and other companies had given the spy agency access to users’ accounts. Google said it was following the law and fought the NSA practice, but the damage was done. “What’s the use of a two-factor authenticated e-mail if the NSA is reading it, too?” Wagner says. “There was a huge shift.”"

Links van 16 april 2015 tot 23 april 2015

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Wander (1974) — a lost mainframe game is found! | Retroactive Fiction
Wander was probably the first computer game that is recognisable as what came to be known as a “text adventure” (or “interactive fiction“) – pre-dating even ADVENT (a.k.a. Colossal Cave) by Crowther and Woods! But Wander was more than that because it seems to have been designed to be a tool to allow users to create “non-deterministic fantasy stories”[1] of their own. So perhaps it would be more accurate to say that Wander was in fact the earliest known precursor to modern interactive-fiction development-systems like Inform 7! Wander was thought to be lost, presumably languishing on one or more of the slowly decaying tape-reels of mainframe history.

You Do CrossFit? Tell Me More! | Observer
How the world’s hottest fitness craze really is like a cult In the last few years, a number of my friends have taken up CrossFit. I know this because they don’t shut up about it. When I’m around more than one of them at a time, it completely changes the way we socialize and speak.

Social Justice Bullies: The Authoritarianism of Millennial Social Justice — Medium
The modern social justice movement launched on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, Jezebel, Slate, Huffington Post, et al. is far more reminiscent of a Red Scare (pick one) than the Civil Rights Movement. When George Orwell wrote Nineteen Eighty-Four (and here some will lambast me for picking a white male author from a historically colonialist power despite the fact that he fought and wrote against this colonialism), he wrote it to warn against the several dangers of extremism on either side of the political spectrum. Orwell’s magnum opus is about authoritarianism on both ends of the political spectrum. If the arc of the moral universe bends toward justice, then the arc of the political spectrum bends toward authoritarianism at both ends.

Digital (dis)content: Test drive: real-time prediction with Amazon Machine Learning
This product has only been out a week or so and it's already fuckin' AWESOME. It's hard to believe Amazon made ML this simple. If I can get this to work, anyone can. Given the right level of price, performance and scale (all will come quickly), I see this product  crushing the competition… and not only other ML SaaS providers. Hardware & software vendors should start sweating even more than they already do.

Jason Calacanis’ epic rant on the state of the valley – Tech.pro
"revenue" & "breakeven", lost conscepts for pseudofounders

Links van 18 februari 2015 tot 23 februari 2015

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The Trouble with Dijsselbloem | Jacobin
For Dijsselbloem, extinguishing Syriza’s promise is imperative. It is a precondition for restoring the stability of the EU that he, his party, and economic elites so desire. But it is as necessary for the continuation of the dreamless, managerial, suit-and-tie progressivism from which he has never strayed.

The dangers of the “Google Analytics-powered Startup”
Let me start off by saying that I am not advocating for people not to use Google Analytics; in fact I use it avidly and consider myself a big fan. With this post, my mission is rather to provide a bit of perspective for the many current and prospective startup founders out there who base (or intend to base) their ‘data-driven work style’ on Google Analytics alone. In my world, Google Analytics should be seen as one advisor of many rather than ‘the one truth’, and here’s a few reasons for that:

Opt Out From Online Behavioral Advertising By Participating Companies (BETA)
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Greece Should Not Give In to Germany’s Bullying | Foreign Policy
Had the Varoufakis plan been put forward by an investment banker, it would have been perceived as perfectly reasonable. Yet in the parallel universe inhabited by Germany’s Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble, such demands are seen as “irresponsible”: Greece must be bled dry to service its foreign creditors in the name of European solidarity.

Yanis Varoufakis: How I became an erratic Marxist | News | The Guardian
A Greek or a Portuguese or an Italian exit from the eurozone would soon lead to a fragmentation of European capitalism, yielding a seriously recessionary surplus region east of the Rhine and north of the Alps, while the rest of Europe is would be in the grip of vicious stagflation. Who do you think would benefit from this development? A progressive left, that will rise Phoenix-like from the ashes of Europe’s public institutions? Or the Golden Dawn Nazis, the assorted neofascists, the xenophobes and the spivs? I have absolutely no doubt as to which of the two will do best from a disintegration of the eurozone.

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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 19 september 2014 tot 28 september 2014

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The myth of religious violence | Karen Armstrong | World news | The Guardian
The popular belief that religion is the cause of the world’s bloodiest conflicts is central to our modern conviction that faith and politics should never mix. But the messy history of their separation suggests it was never so simple

Yahoo killing off Yahoo after 20 years of hierarchical organization | Ars Technica
The Yahoo Directory will be retired at the end of the year.

Mongolia dinosaur fossils: Oyungerel Tsevedvamba fights poaching of stolen paleontological specimens.
Oyungerel Tsedevdamba is minister of culture, sports, and tourism for Mongolia. She is also president of the Democratic Women’s Union of Mongolia and an adviser on human rights to Mongolian president Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj. She has studied at Stanford University and at Yale University. Though illegal for more than a century, looting Mongolian dinosaur fossils was commonplace—until Tsedevdamba stepped in.

(146) Interesting read – The Good Ones – Quora
From its early days the big question about this site has been "can an almost unlimited supply of SiliconValley cash and hype turn a mediocre idea into a success?" The question certainly needs to be addressed again now that Quora has made yet another desperate business model pivot into a blogging platform.Before that Quora was going to be a Pinterest knock-off. Before that it was going to be a Q&A site to compete with Wikipedia. There have been one or two other lesser pivots that I have lost track of since 2009, but you get the picture. This executive team is clueless. It's really been no secret in the Valley that Quora's been a slow motion train wreck since pretty much 2010.

Errata Security: The shockingly obsolete code of bash
One of the problems with bash is that it's simply obsolete code. We have modern objective standards about code quality, and bash doesn't meet those standards. In this post, I'm going to review the code, starting with the function that is at the heart of the #shellshock bug, initialize_shell_variables().

BBC News – India’s Mars mission: Picture that spoke 1,000 words
When the crowded command control room of India's Mars mission exploded into applause after it successfully put a satellite into orbit around the Red Planet, photographer Manjunath Kiran of the AFP news agency clicked this remarkable image of scientists congratulating each other.

Anthony Bourdain Has Become The Future Of Cable News, And He Couldn’t Care Less | Fast Company | Business + Innovation
A meal out with Bourdain typically involves three things. There will be engaging conversation, possibly touching on such subjects as the essays of Michel de Montaigne, 1920s surrealist films, and mixed-martial-arts combat. There will be booze, although perhaps in more modest quantities than his reputation suggests. And there will be food–some strange, all carefully prepared, and a certain amount involving animal innards that seem better suited to ninth-grade biology class than the dinner table.

Aral Balkan — Ello, goodbye.
When you take venture capital, it is not a matter of if you’re going to sell your users, you already have. It’s called an exit plan. And no investor will give you venture capital without one. In the myopic and upside-down world of venture capital, exits precede the building of the actual thing itself. It would be a comedy if the repercussions of this toxic system were not so tragic.

Internet Trolls Are Narcissists, Psychopaths, and Sadists | Psychology Today
"… the associations between sadism and GAIT (Global Assessment of Internet Trolling) scores were so strong that it might be said that online trolls are prototypical everyday sadists."

Should Airplanes Be Flying Themselves? | Vanity Fair
Airline pilots were once the heroes of the skies. Today, in the quest for safety, airplanes are meant to largely fly themselves. Which is why the 2009 crash of Air France Flight 447, which killed 228 people, remains so perplexing and significant. William Langewiesche explores how a series of small errors turned a state-of-the-art cockpit into a death trap.

Sinquefield Cup: One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.
FIDE is, by all accounts, comically corrupt, in the vein of other fishy global sporting bodies like FIFA and the IOC. Its Russian president, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, who has hunkered in office for nearly two decades now, was once abducted by a group of space aliens dressed in yellow costumes who transported him to a faraway star. Though I am relying here on Ilyumzhinov’s personal attestations, I have no reason to doubt him, as this is something about which he has spoken quite extensively. He is of the firm belief that chess was invented by extraterrestrials, and further “insists that there is ‘some kind of code’ in chess, evidence for which he finds in the fact that there are 64 squares on the chessboard and 64 codons in human DNA.”

Links van 20 augustus 2014 tot 21 augustus 2014

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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

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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 3 mei 2014 tot 13 mei 2014

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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.

officetunes
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 januari 2014 tot 12 januari 2014

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Nathanael Johnson lets the anti-GMO movement off the hook
What is most disturbing about the GMO debate – and why it matters – is that the anti-GMO movement at almost every turn rejects empiricism as a means of understanding the world and making decisions about it.

Pass the Garum
Heerlijk! Recepten uit het oude Rome. Tijd om nog eens garum te maken, denk ik.

Why working-class people vote conservative | Society | The Guardian
Why on Earth would a working-class person ever vote for a conservative candidate? This question has obsessed the American left since Ronald Reagan first captured the votes of so many union members, farmers, urban Catholics and other relatively powerless people – the so-called "Reagan Democrats". Isn't the Republican party the party of big business? Don't the Democrats stand up for the little guy, and try to redistribute the wealth downwards?

Russia’s Putin to answer questions in live Internet conference
At top of the list, more than 20,290 Russians asked whether Russia will use giant humanoid robots to defend itself.

It was not clear why 13,620 Russians decided to ask Putin's opinion of the awakening of Cthulhu, a fictional octopus-like creature sleeping at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean invented by novelist H.P Lovecraft.

4K is for programmers / Tiamat
The toleration of mediocrity on the desktop irks me.

Links van 5 september 2012 tot 29 november 2012

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corsix-th – Open source clone of Theme Hospital – Google Project Hosting
This project aims to reimplement the game engine of Theme Hospital, with the capability of loading assets including graphics and levels from the original game.

Revenge of the Reality-Based Community | The American Conservative
I know that it’s unattractive and bad form to say “I told you so” when one’s advice was ignored yet ultimately proved correct. But in the wake of the Republican election debacle, it’s essential that conservatives undertake a clear-eyed assessment of who on their side was right and who was wrong.

Looking to the Future: 8 Science Fiction Movies to Watch for | Movie News | Movies.com
Since this is a science fiction column, how about we do a little time traveling? After all, 2012 is just about over — so what awaits us in the years ahead? Although smaller films are surely going to emerge at festivals, here are eight science fiction films coming out within the next year or so that may very well deserve your valuable time and money. Since we're using a time machine (and because this is the Internet), I will also prejudge each movie without having seen a frame from most of them.

A Handsome Atlas: Wildly Awesome Data Visualizations from the Nineteenth Century
Zo mooi.

Stoya™, Not-cool things to do, bro… Part 1
Before you try to tell me that it’s because I take my clothes off for a living, let me tell you that this started way before I was 18. Let me tell you that every single woman I know has at least one truly terrifying story of street harassment and a whole bunch of other stories that are merely insulting or annoying. Let me remind you that in a room of pornography fans, who have actually seen me with a dick in my mouth and who can buy a replica of my vagina in a can or box, I am treated with far more respect than I am walking down the street.

Links van 27 juli 2012 tot 30 juli 2012

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Stoya™, Our Bodies, Our Press Materials (Part 1)
“No one has ever said that they fap to my ribcage.” seems like a fantastic line to end on for now.

Talking About Wife’s Horse, Romney Shows Why Americans Don’t Like Him
Something tells me that if Romney were mayor of New York, he’d sneak into the opera wearing a fake nose and a mustache—while the next day we’d see him front and center at the Rangers hockey game, clutching a beer he doesn’t really want to drink.

They should have mailed it to the Marx Brothers | MetaFilter
The Ben-Zvi Institute in Jerusalem houses the Aleppo Codex, considered the oldest and most authoritative text of the Hebrew Bible. Written in the 10th century AD and annotated by Maimonides himself, it was safeguarded by the Jewish diaspora and revered for its linguistic precision and its beauty. "The story of how some 200 pages of the codex went missing — and to this day remain the object of searches carried out around the globe by biblical scholars, private investigators, shadowy businessmen and the Mossad, Israel’s intelligence agency — is one of the great mysteries in Jewish history."

OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion: the Ars Technica review | Ars Technica
magine creating several different kinds of images with your favorite image editors, saving them all to iCloud. Later, try opening all your images using the Preview application. Whoops, Preview can't see your images; all it can see is its own iCloud document container. I hope you remember which image editor you used to create each image.

I’ve Never Shaved My Legs, So What? | The Official Mayim Bialik Blog at Kveller
My son knows I have body hair just like he knows my husband does. It’s normal and natural to have body hair.

Links van 24 april 2012 tot 2 mei 2012

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What if realists were in charge of U.S. foreign policy? | Stephen M. Walt
The liberal/neoconservative alliance is responsible for most of America's major military interventions of the past two decades, as well as other key initiatives like NATO expansion. By contrast, realists have been largely absent from the halls of power or the commanding heights of punditry. That situation got me wondering: What would U.S. foreign policy have been like had realists been running the show for the past two decades? It's obviously impossible to know for sure, but here's my Top Ten List of What Would Have Happened if Realists Had Been in Charge.

Elonka’s List of Famous Unsolved Codes and Ciphers
This is an unofficial list of well-known unsolved codes and ciphers. A couple of the better-known unsolved ancient historical scripts are also thrown in, since they tend to come up during any discussion of unsolved codes. There has also been an attempt to sort this list by "fame", as defined by a loose formula involving the number of times that a particular cipher has been written about, and/or how many hits it pulls up on a moderately sorted web search.

Care and Feeding of Yer Books | MetaFilter
To begin with, if you remember nothing else, remember this: A book is a machine. For all the magic, mystique and awe that may surround it, the bound book is a machine. And like all machines, it will obey the laws of physics that have been built into it, whether or not they were what the binder intended. If a book was bound, rebound or repaired without regard to how all the parts work together to make the machine work, the laws of physics will relentlessly tear it apart, even while it is sitting quietly on a shelf. If a binding structure was made aesthetically pleasing, but too weak to support the textblock, gravity will do its job. If a hinge is not properly made, or repaired, it will not be a hinge and do what hinges do, which is to open and close the book. It will instead be a lever, and it will do what levers do, which is to pry apart the book.

The Distro Interview: Microsoft Principal Researcher Bill Buxton — Engadget
Bill Buxton has spent most of his career getting between humans and computers. While his initial focus was on music and digital instruments, that eventually led to an interest in human-computer interaction, and pioneering work with multitouch systems and other user interfaces. He worked with the famed hotbed of innovation Xerox PARC in the late 1980s and early 90s, and was later Chief Scientist for software firm Alias Wavefront before claiming the same title at SGI Inc. when that company acquired the former in 1995. After a time running his own Toronto-based design and consulting firm, he moved on to Microsoft Research in 2005, where he continues to serve as the organization's Principal Researcher. We recently had a chance to pick his brain and get his thoughts on a range of issues, including state of design at Microsoft, the future of natural user interfaces, and whether we're really entering a "post-PC" era.

Immortal ZX Spectrum games
The ZX Spectrum can boast some 15 thousand titles, which is about ten times more than what is currently available for either GBA or NDS alone. This is quite a lot of games to choose from. To put it into perspective, if you try out one title each day, it will keep you occupied for more than forty years. So, where do you start?

Links van 13 maart 2012 tot 18 maart 2012

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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.

Links van 11 februari 2012 tot 22 februari 2012

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If PHP Were British – Added Bytes – Brighton Web Application Development
The first, but maybe the most important, of many changes that will allow PHP to achieve a more elegant feel is to remove that symbol so beloved by the US and replace it with something altogether more refined. More solid. More … sterling.

Freaky (Factual) Tale Friday: If you hear voices in your head, they might actually be real ~ RamblingBeachCat.com
In other words, the United States Army had successfully developed the technology to transmit voices into a person's head.

The Odd Couple: Romney Vs. Gingrich | Politics News | Rolling Stone
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Try any of that on a Windows box and Cutler tells you where to get off. But in the world of Apple there is no sanity checking whatsoever: any line of rogue code in any program written by any programmer in the world can contain a bug that hoses the entire system. And that bug can be prevalent or latent and only once in a great while manifest itself. And users can go on for the longest time blissfully unaware.

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