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Links van 19 maart 2017 tot 1 april 2017

The Fall of Avalon Hill | Naked Meeple
It began with a short notice posted on the Avalon Hill web site on August 4, 1998 by some just fired employees. The announcement stated simply that Monarch Avalon had sold its Avalon Hill Game Company division to Hasbro for $6 million, and that Monarch had terminated the AH game design people. Though the notice would be pulled almost immediately by AH management, it stayed up long enough for word to spread across the Internet faster than a Clinton scandal report. Confirmation from Hasbro, Monarch Avalon, and various financial sources soon followed, leaving wargamers facing the awful reality that Avalon Hill, which began and nourished the wargame hobby, and The General, which shaped it, were dead.

Russian government posts April Fools’ Day prank offering “election interference” – CBS News
On Saturday, the ministry posted on its Facebook page an audio file of the purported new automated telephone switchboard message for Russian embassies. “To arrange a call from a Russian diplomat to your political opponent, press 1,” the recording begins, in Russian and English. Press 2 “to use the services of Russian hackers,” and 3 “to request election interference.”

How the Like Button Ruined the Internet – The Atlantic
THIS. SO MUCH THIS: "Newspapers and magazines used to have a rather coarse model of their audience. It used to be that they couldn’t be sure how many people read each of their articles; they couldn’t see on a dashboard how much social traction one piece got as against the others. They were more free to experiment, because it was never clear ex-ante what kind of article was likely to fail. This could, of course, lead to deeply indulgent work that no one would read; but it could also lead to unexpected magic. Is it any coincidence that the race to the bottom in media—toward clickbait headlines, toward the vulgar and prurient and dumb, toward provocative but often exaggerated takes—has accelerated in lock-step with the development of new technologies for measuring engagement?"

Not in my name | ericvanrompuy.be
Go Eric. "In Vlaanderen schijnt N-VA nog onaantastbaar maar ook hier zal de slijtageslag van hun onvervulde beloften beginnen te wegen. De BRA(cke)XIT was een eerste signaal. Wie voortdurend de anderen de les spelt, krijgt dit vroeg of laat als een boemerang in zijn gezicht. Uiteindelijk zal de bevolking oordelen op realisaties en niet op perceptie. Dat moet Trump nu ook ervaren. Populisten gaan ten onder aan hun eigen slogans eens ze die moeten waarmaken. Dat zal in Vlaanderen niet anders zijn."

BBC – Culture – Whatever happened to Generation X?
Once we go, there’ll be no living memory of the analogue era.

Why Straight Rural Men Have Gay ‘Bud-Sex’ With Each Other — Science of Us
A lot of men have sex with other men but don’t identify as gay or bisexual. A subset of these men who have sex with men, or MSM, live lives that are, in all respects other than their occasional homosexual encounters, quite straight and traditionally masculine — they have wives and families, they embrace various masculine norms, and so on. They are able to, in effect, compartmentalize an aspect of their sex lives in a way that prevents it from blurring into or complicating their more public identities. Sociologists are quite interested in this phenomenon because it can tell us a lot about how humans interpret thorny questions of identity and sexual desire and cultural expectations.

Links van 18 maart 2011 tot 19 maart 2011

Scocca : Would a No-Fly Zone Over America Save the Democracy Movement in Bahrain?
The helpful thing, if you're overwhelmed by so much news going on at once, is that Bahrain is roughly the same story as Libya—only instead of pro-democracy protesters being murdered by a terrorist-sponsoring monster of a dictator who has been on America's enemies list for ages, the pro-democracy protesters are being murdered by a government that is America's very own dear ally. And where Qaddafi brought in foreign mercenaries for support, King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa of Bahrain brought in troops from our even more vital ally, Saudi Arabia.

Convert 8mm with the Canon 5D Mark II » ISO50 Blog – The Blog of Scott Hansen (Tycho / ISO50)
Super 8 and 8mm have always been my favorites when shooting video. Although transferring the film to digital has posed problems mainly because of its expense and decline in locations to transfer. The video above by James Miller shows his method for transferring 8mm footage to digital using the beloved 5D Mark II and an Eumig Mark 501 (or the Eumig 610D

Yog-Sothoth – H.P. Lovecraft Lectures by Dr. Justin Woodman: The Recordings
The four (hour-plus) lectures are entitled: HPL: Fabulist, Myth-Maker & Shaman, Legends of the Necronomicon, Chariots of the Dark Gods and Chaos, Cthulhu, and Contemporary Consciousness. If the sound of those whet your appetite, then read (and listen) on.

ComicPunx
ComicPunx is a pictoral history of the punk (and "punk") subculture as it has been depicted in the medium of comic books.

Calling Cthulhu | TDG – Science, Magick, Myth and History
Consumed by cancer in 1937 at the age of 46, the last scion of a faded aristocratic New England family, the horror writer Howard Phillips Lovecraft left one of America’s most curious literary legacies. The bulk of his short stories appeared in Weird Tales, a pulp magazine devoted to the supernatural. But within these modest confines, Lovecraft brought dark fantasy screaming into the 20th century, taking the genre, almost literally, into a new dimension.

Why Curation Is Just as Important as Creation [OPINION]
Today, publishing tools have been set free, Blau says. Cost, ownership, and barriers to entry are all gone, almost overnight. “The ability to amplify one’s voice, to amplify that beyond the reach of what we have had, reflects a change of course in human history.” He pointed to the difficultly of sorting through the riot of voices online. What that chaos needed was curation — a way to get value out of the information flood. But the role of the curator has been a contentious one, and not everyone has been on board with th

Nantucket child killed in exorcism by mom according to court docs
Police say a Nantucket woman accused of killing her 3-year-old daughter told a priest and hospital officials that God told her to push a rose down the girl's throat to ward off the devil.Documents filed in Nantucket District Court said 26-year-old Dora Alicia Tejada Pleitez said she realized that the "rose" was her fist and the devil bit her through the child.

Cryptomundo » Homo orcus
What will happen when a new near-human species is discovered? There is a film that tries to address this question.

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