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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 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 9 december 2013 tot 13 december 2013

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Grunt for People Who Think Things Like Grunt are Weird and Hard via reddit.com
Grunt is one of those fancy newfangled things that all the cool kids seem to be using but at first glance feels strange and intimidating. I hear you. This article is for you.

YouTube – Elite: Dangerous Progress Diary 09 Alpha Phase One
Today sees the release (to Alpha backers) of the first phase of the Alpha process of Elite: Dangerous. Phase one – 'Single Player Combat' will be the first hands-on experience for gamers of Elite: Dangerous.

Citation Needed – blarg?
I’ve spent far more effort than is sensible this month crawling down a rabbit hole disguised, as they often are, as a straightforward question: why do programmers start counting at zero?

Rocky Morphology
It wouldn’t be a Rocky movie without an epic montage, a good and bloody fight, oh and some dialogue, too. There are, in fact, only a few basic narrative elements that make up the formula for all six Rocky films. Using empirical data collection (i.e. watching the six movies over six days straight), Rocky Morphology analyzes the Rocky series in order to identify its key narrative elements.

Monica J. Casper and Lisa Jean Moore, “Inscribing Bodies, Inscribing the Future: Gender, Sex, and Reproduction in Outer Space”
Heerlijke satire of dieptriestige niet-satire? You decide! "Female bodies are constructed against a backdrop in which male bodies are accepted as the norm, an inscription process shaped by the masculine context of space travel. More explicitly, space travel can be interpreted as a historically masculine project in that rocket design has in some ways modeled male anatomy. Space flight, in our reading, becomes the realization of penetration and colonization fantasies about the future. This spirit of masculinity permeates almost all aspects of the space program including long-term political goals, engineering designs, assumptions about crew behavior, and life-sciences research protocols. The masculine "nature" of space flight creates an institutional and ideological framework within which women not only are excluded but also are configured as highly problematic by virtue of their gender, bodies, sexualities, and reproductive capacities. Female bodies thus become the target of a range of practices within NASA aimed at reconfiguring women to fit into the space program."

Links van 5 november 2013 tot 7 november 2013

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www.gootechnologies.com
Whether you're a designer who likes creative freedom, or a hardcore coder pushing the limits of the web, Goo gives you the tools to create amazing web visuals in your own way and without limitations. Goo Create and Goo Engine are specially designed to make your creation process as simple and smooth as possible without any compromise on performance and functionality.

Your kids’ chances of becoming programmers? ZERO • The Register
We had it all in the 1980s. Here's what went wrong…

Search engine optimization: starter guide
This document first began as an effort to help teams within Google, but we thought it'd be just as useful to webmasters that are new to the topic of search engine optimization and wish to improve their sites' interaction with both users and search engines. Although this guide won't tell you any secrets that'll automatically rank your site first for queries in Google (sorry!), following the best practices outlined below will make it easier for search engines to crawl, index and understand your content.

Pattern Library | MailChimp
Our pattern library is both a learning tool and a compass that corrects our course as we build new things. We share our work here to help others on a similar path.

Terabytes is not big data, petabytes is | OpenLife.cc
Look guys… Terabytes is not Big Data! (And Gigabytes never was big data, even Excel can now take that amount of data :-)

12 bizarre cat-related patents – The Week
To visit Google's patent website is to lose yourself in a black hole of totally weird wannabe inventions — a surprising number of which are for your feline friends. From toys meant to encourage exercise to systems that deliver live birds for food, here are 12 really weird cat patents.

coaltrace/
This is a simulation of the basic demographic / genealogical process. Individuals are born and individuals die. This causes lineages to branch and to disappear, and causes the population to share a common ancestor at some time in the past. The coalescent provides a mathematical description of these patterns of ancestry.

KeeperRL
KeeperRL is a Dungeon Keeper remake in roguelike style. You can build your dungeon in real time, and possessing a minion turns the game into a classic roguelike.

Statistics Done Wrong — Statistics Done Wrong
Statistics Done Wrong is a guide to the most popular statistical errors and slip-ups committed by scientists every day, in the lab and in peer-reviewed journals. Many of the errors are prevalent in vast swathes of the published literature, casting doubt on the findings of thousands of papers. Statistics Done Wrong assumes no prior knowledge of statistics, so you can read it before your first statistics course or after thirty years of scientific practice.

Be Obsessed With Something – collegefeed blog
With the graduating class of 2014 back on campus – with one eye on their classes and the other on what comes next – many are starting to seek out advice on how to start their careers. The question on everyone’s mind, whether graduating or not, is What should I be doing to set myself up for a great career ? Here’s my answer: Be obsessed with something.

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Am I Going Insane? Snapchat is Intrinsically Worthless – Roy Murdock
Snapchat’s latest valuation puts it at $4 billion dollars

Media for Thinking the Unthinkable on Vimeo
Presented at the MIT Media Lab on April 4, 2013.

Gmail, Mavericks, and Mail.app apparently suck together – Marco.org
It’s pretty bad that Apple didn’t catch this in beta testing — it is, after all, a pretty big set of new bugs with the system’s email client when configured for one of the world’s most popular email services. That’s on Apple, fair and square. But if you’re a Gmail user and expecting to wedge it into an IMAP client without ever hitting problems, that’s increasingly your problem.

Free “404: File Not Found” Handler for Webmasters to Improve User Experience | Internet Archive Blogs
The Internet Archive today is launching a free service to help webmasters improve their user experience by augmenting their website’s 404 Page Not Found page to link to the Wayback Machine in the case that it has it.    Therefore users trying to get to any pages that might have been on a previous version of your website will now be given the option to go to the Wayback Machine.

Long Before Trees Overtook the Land, Earth Was Covered by Giant Mushrooms | Smart News
From around 420 to 350 million years ago, when land plants were still the relatively new kids on the evolutionary block and “the tallest trees stood just a few feet high,” giant spires of life poked from the Earth. “The ancient organism boasted trunks up to 24 feet (8 meters) high and as wide as three feet (one meter),” said National Geographic in 2007.  With the help of a fossil dug up in Saudi Arabia scientists finally figured out what the giant creature was: a fungus. (We think.)

What is the New SEO? — on startups — Medium
Inderdaad, ja. 'You’re probably thinking “Great… ‘New SEO’, just what we need, another meaningless marketing buzzword.”'

James Deen – BrightestYoungThings – DC
A few hours later I received an email from his model coordinator letting me know I was oh-so-adorable and if it wasn’t too last minute could I pop up to New York next weekend to shoot some porn y’all! That’s when I realized we were actually talking about porn here. I went back and forth, listing the usual pros and cons: Pro: Porn! Con: Porn.

Links van 16 mei 2012 tot 29 mei 2012

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Système D
You can tell you've got your competitors rattled when they start producing knocking copy about you. It's a testament to the success of OpenStreetMap that TomTom, the troubled, declining manufacturer of satnavs (PNDs) and geodata vendor, has published a rather cynical example of FUD about "open-source maps".

reddit, I’ve answered a lot your questions about being deaf, and I’d like you to return the favor. I have some questions about hearing. (Also, you can AMA about deafness) : AskReddit
I've been deaf since birth and there are lot of "sound words" that I read a lot but don't really know what they mean, and dictionary definitions often just refer to other sound words. It's never mattered to me before, but now I'm trying to write a novel with one hearing narrator and every time I use a sound word I'm not sure I'm using it right. I posted awhile ago to [1] /r/writing about "scream", "shout" and "yell" but I've generated a list of questions so I thought I should take it to a larger audience.

After the UK Government fails to comply with the EU Cookie Directive, the ICO announces that there will be no fines for non-compliance… via reddit.com
Websites won't risk a fine by failing to meet new cookie rules, the Information Commissioner's Office has said.

Cassini Images Bizarre Hexagon on Saturn – NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
"This is a very strange feature, lying in a precise geometric fashion with six nearly equally straight sides," said Kevin Baines, atmospheric expert and member of Cassini's visual and infrared mapping spectrometer team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. "We've never seen anything like this on any other planet. Indeed, Saturn's thick atmosphere where circularly-shaped waves and convective cells dominate is perhaps the last place you'd expect to see such a six-sided geometric figure, yet there it is."

How Yahoo Killed Flickr and Lost the Internet via reddit.com
This is the story of a wonderful idea. Something that had never been done before, a moment of change that shaped the Internet we know today. This is the story of Flickr. And how Yahoo bought it and murdered it and screwed itself out of relevance along the way.

Links voor 7 maart 2012

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Redheads feel a different kind of pain | ScienceNordic
Catherin Tate vindicated! Redheads have a reputation for being feistier than others, and there may be some truth in this. Scientists are gradually piecing together a picture which seems to indicate that redheads are constituted differently to other people.

Santiago CARUSO – Illustrator
Santiago Caruso is an Illustrator from Buenos Aires who sometimes refers to himself as a graphic journalist. He has illustrated books and both album and book covers.

Spiders spin wet blanket over Wagga Wagga | News.com.au
THE danger may have passed for the residents of Wagga Wagga, but spare a thought for these little guys and gals.

Coilhouse » Blog Archive » “SOLIPSIST” by Andrew Huang
Many of us remember Andrew Huang‘s DIY sci-fi short, “Doll Face“, which went viral on YouTube in 2007, boosting the USC graduate’s professional career. Huang’s most recent work, this short film called “SOLIPSIST“, is nothing short of a vibrant, sensual revelation. It earned the multi-disciplinary artist and his team the Special Jury Prize for Experimental Short at Slamdance 2012.

Aggravure III: A Mural Using 450,000 Staples | Colossal
Aggravure is an ongoing series of large wall installations by Baptiste Debombourg. His latest, Aggravure III, was inspired by drawings from 16th century engravers Hendrick Goltzius, Jan Harmensz, Cherubino Alberti and utilizes nearly a half million metal staples tacked to a wall, taking 340 hours to complete.

24/192 Music Downloads are Very Silly Indeed
There are a few real problems with the audio quality and 'experience' of digitally distributed music today. 24/192 solves none of them. While everyone fixates on 24/192 as a magic bullet, we're not going to see any actual improvement.

Links van 3 februari 2012 tot 7 februari 2012

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Path uploads your entire iPhone address book to its servers
Upon inspecting closer, I noticed that my entire address book (including full names, emails and phone numbers) was being sent as a plist to Path. Now I don’t remember having given permission to Path to access my address book and send its contents to its servers, so I created a completely new “Path” and repeated the experiment and I got the same result – my address book was in Path’s hands.

Domestic violence blighted my home. That’s why I support Refuge | Patrick Stewart | Comment is free | The Guardian
Patrick Stewart's very moving article on domestic violence.

The Fireplace Delusion : Sam Harris
The case against burning wood is every bit as clear as the case against smoking cigarettes. Indeed, it is even clearer, because when you light a fire, you needlessly poison the air that everyone around you for miles must breathe. Even if you reject every intrusion of the “nanny state,” you should agree that the recreational burning of wood is unethical and should be illegal, especially in urban areas.

Men Don’t Tell | MetaFilter
Goddamn, Metafilter, sometimes you depress me.

This Is What A Scientist Looks Like
Change the perception of who and what a scientist is or isn't.

Links van 31 januari 2012 tot 2 februari 2012

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A case study of the tactics of climate change denial, in which I am the target | Bad Astronomy | Discover Magazine
This reminds me of one of my favorite skeptic jokes. Question: How many legs does a dog have if you call its tail a leg?
Answer: Four. It doesn’t matter what you call a tail, it’s not a leg.

Top five regrets of the dying | Life and style | guardian.co.uk
Bronnie Ware is an Australian nurse who spent several years working in palliative care, caring for patients in the last 12 weeks of their lives. She recorded their dying epiphanies in a blog called Inspiration and Chai, which gathered so much attention that she put her observations into a book called The Top Five Regrets of the Dying.

Orthodox Homosexuals And The Pursuit Of Self-Indulgence,Elliot Resnick
Seeing him speak shamelessly as a homosexual on YouTube pained me. "Why?" I asked Dovid's image on my computer screen, as if he could somehow hear me. "Why must you publicize your orientation for the whole world to know?"

The Two Things
For every subject, there are really only two things you really need to know. Everything else is the application of those two things, or just not important.

Dolly Parton’s Other Voice « wakingupnow.com
FACT: Dolly Parton is two amazing singers. If you slow her songs down (as if you were playing an old 45 at 33rpm) she sounds completely different and really terrific.

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 van 18 december 2011 tot 23 december 2011

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The Real Story Behind Apple’s ‘Think Different’ Campaign – Forbes
In writing this story, I’ve drawn from handwritten, dated creative journals I’ve diligently chronicled throughout my agency career as well as files I saved from the 1997 Apple time period (being a packrat often proves useful). In these journals are countless pages of notes and concepts I jotted down during the process of trying to bring Apple back to prominence. I also found the original “To the crazy ones” television script I presented to Jobs, as well as a plethora of rough drafts.

While I’ve seen a few inaccurate articles and comments floating around the Internet about how the legendary “Think Different” campaign was conceived, what prompted me to share this inside account was Walter Isaacson’s recent, best-selling biography on Steve Jobs. In his book, Isaacson incorrectly suggests Jobs created and wrote much of the “To the crazy ones” launch commercial. To me, this is a case of revisionist history.

Being a Dude Is a Good Thing by @TMatlack — The Good Men Project
Here’s my theory, and it’s nothing but a theory. Men and women are different. Quite different in fact. But women would really like men to be more like them.

Medieval Names Archive Compact Index
This collection of articles on medieval and renaissance names is intended to help historical re-creators to choose authentic names.

Stephen Colbert Interviews Neil deGrasse Tyson at Montclair Kimberley Academy – 2010-Jan-29 – YouTube
A discussion about science, society, and the universe with Stephen Colbert, who is out of character, at the Kimberley Academy in Montclair, New Jersey.

therumbox comments on I am a makeup artist on a porn set. AMA
Ik moest even grinniken: "TIL people produce porn where girls cry."

Links van 12 mei 2011 tot 13 mei 2011

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Snake Oil? The scientific evidence for health supplements

Ned Wenlock: “Apache” for Danger Beach | Motionographer | Digital Filmmaking, Animation, Motion Graphics, Design, Film, Visual Effects and Experimental Moving Image Storytelling
The video was created in After Effects with imported files from Illustrator, textured in photoshop. I had 3 main comps that ran the length of the video, one for the inside loop, the middle loop and the outside loop. The backgrounds panned inside these comps (pic A) and the main action happened in the centre. These comps were then taken into the final TV res comp and turned into 3D. I then duplicated each comp about 10 times and masked along the comp (pic B). I attached each section to the one previous and rotated all of them on the Y axis to form the bend. I then masked the ends so that the action dissolves to nothing.

Links van 9 mei 2011 tot 10 mei 2011

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The Ark In Space: Manul – the Cat that Time Forgot
Have you ever wanted to take a trip through time to see what animals looked like millions of years ago? When it comes to cats there is little or no need.  This beautiful specimen is a Manul, otherwise known as Pallas’s Cat.  About twelve million years ago it was one of the first two modern cats to evolve and it hasn’t changed since. The other species, Martelli’s Cat, is extinct so what you are looking at here is a unique window in to the past of modern cats.

The Drudge Report Drives More Top News Traffic than Twitter or Facebook, Study Finds | The Rundown News Blog | PBS NewsHour | PBS
The Drudge Report outranks social media when it comes to driving news traffic to top Web sites, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism. In a comprehensive examination of online traffic data provided by Nielsen, Pew found that only "three sites ever account for more than 10 percent of the traffic to any [major news Web site]: Google (search and news combined), the Drudge Report and Yahoo (search and news combined)."

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