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Links van 7 januari 2016 tot 23 januari 2016

Europese islam – De Standaard
België kan een voorbeeldfunctie hebben en vragen dat Saudi-Arabië en Marokko zich niet meer bemoeien met de theologie en de structuren van de moslims. Dat zou een mooi begin zijn. De kiemen van het moslimextremisme in Europa zitten niet in het feit dat er een gebrek is aan rationele en humanistische interpretaties van de islam, want die zijn er in overvloed. Het probleem zit, onder andere, in het feit dat conservatieve en obscure versies van de islam onder onze ogen worden gepromoot en ondersteund door bevriende staten. Terwijl rationele en hervormende ideeën bestreden worden omdat ze juist kritisch zijn voor machthebbers en hun lakeien overal.

» The Crisis at New Montgomery Street The Wikipedian
The Wikimedia Foundation and the Wikipedia community it supposedly exists to serve have become increasingly at odds with one another. A deep exploration of why is beyond the remit of this post—for now, we just need to put everything that’s going on in one place.

Bernie Sanders Is The Only Choice | Jerry and Joe Long
The only foreign policy difference between Hillary and Margaret Thatcher is that the more bellicose and reckless one is still living.

Behind the Ronald Reagan myth: “No one had ever entered the White House so grossly ill informed” – Salon.com
Reagan embarrassed himself in news conferences, Cabinet meetings. Recalling how GOP cringed at his lack of interest

The Effects of Parallax Scrolling on User Experience in Web DesignJUS
Parallax scrolling is becoming an increasingly popular strategy in web design. This scrolling technique creates the illusion of depth on a webpage by making the background images move slower than the foreground images. In addition to its ability to engage users with a website, advocates of parallax scrolling claim that it improves user experience. Researchers attribute this pleasurable user experience to the fulfillment of the following variables: usability, satisfaction, enjoyment, fun, and visual appeal. We hypothesized that parallax scrolling would positively influence each of these five variables and subsequently the overall user experience.

Links van 23 mei 2011 tot 24 mei 2011

Acne science: What makes pimples so peculiar to people? – By Jesse Bering – Slate Magazine
Humans are pimply. It's part of what sets us apart from the rest of the animal kingdom. While it's true that some form of acne vulgaris affects other species—it's been found in some Mexican hairless dogs and induced experimentally in rhino mice—acne is largely an affliction of our accursed species alone. (Somewhere between 85 and 100 percent of adolescents exhibit acne—and a significant minority of adults, too.) Why is the human animal so peculiar in its tendency to form volcanic comedones, papules, pustules, nodular abscesses, and, in some severe cases, lasting scars? According to evolutionary theorists Stephen Kellett and Paul Gilbert, we probably owe these unsavory blemishes to our having lost our apish pelts too rapidly for our own good.

They Never Managed To Get Jean Giraud, Moebius, and Gir Together To Do One | MetaFilter
Du Tac au Tac was a 1970s French television programme which brought cartoonists together to create improvised jam drawings based on specific themes, building upon one another's illustrations.

Usability of iPad Apps and Websites: Research Findings
These reports are based on 2 rounds of usability studies with real users, reporting how they actually used a broad variety of iPad apps as well as websites accessed on the iPad.

How Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes Failed at Setting Up a Strong Republican Candidate for 2012 — New York Magazine
The circus Roger Ailes created at Fox News made his network $900 million last year. But it may have lost him something more important: the next election.

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