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Links van 29 juli 2015 tot 7 augustus 2015

DUNE: The Insanely Complete 3-Hour Fan Cut
You think you’re a fan of Dune? Michael Warren has you beat. He put together this massive super-cut of David Lynch’s cult-classic 1984 film adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune comprised of footage from the original theatrical cut, the extended TV cut, and deleted scenes. This labor of fan love resulted in the following three-hour version. Originally done two years ago, an update earlier this year improved sound and video quality of the TV cut insertions.

The Five Characteristics of An Ideal SaaS Company – Redpoint Ventures
With more than 80% of venture capital investments occurring in enterprise and with the public markets disproportionately rewarding SaaS companies with huge enterprise value-to-revenue multiples (median is 7.6), it’s no surprise that interest Software-as-a-Service is booming. After meeting quite a few SaaS companies, I’ve compiled a list of my ideal characteristics for a SaaS business below.

Trello CSS Guide
Writing CSS is hard. Even if you know all the intricacies of position and float and overflow and z-index, it’s easy to end up with spaghetti code where you need inline styles, !important rules, unused cruft, and general confusion. This guide provides some architecture for writing CSS so it stays clean and maintainable for generations to come.

Why write Python in Visual Studio? – The Visual Studio Blog – Site Home – MSDN Blogs
Recently, Visual Studio 2015 was released with support for Python. Python Tools for Visual Studio (PTVS) are available to help throughout Visual Studio in all the places you’d expect, from editing and IntelliSense, to debugging, profiling, and publishing to Azure. You can find all the details and some video walkthroughs, documentation, and other resources on visualstudio.com, and the post announcing Python Tools 2.1 and Python Tools 2.2 beta. In this post I want to talk about some of the reasons to consider using Visual Studio next time you are working in Python.

Doing Terrible Things To Your Code
believe a key turning point in every professional programmer's working life is when you realize you are your own worst enemy, and the only way to mitigate that threat is to embrace it. Act like your own worst enemy. Break your UI. Break your code. Do terrible things to your software. This means programmers need a good working knowledge of at least the common mistakes, the frequent cases that average programmers tend to miss, to work against. You are tester zero. This is your responsibility.

Catholic-Hierarchy: Its Bishops and Dioceses, Current and Past
Current and historical information about its bishops and dioceses — heerlijke website

Links van 28 maart 2014 tot 29 maart 2014

Why Use Make
I love Make. You may think of Make as merely a tool for building large binaries or libraries (and it is, almost to a fault), but it’s much more than that. Makefiles are machine-readable documentation that make your workflow reproducible.

Screw stigma. I’m coming out. — Journalism, Deliberated — Medium
I’ve kept it to myself for years, but now I believe the only way to fight the stigma of mental illness is to talk about my own.

BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY; Doubts Raised on Number of Internet Users – New York Times
If Mr. Quarterman's analysis is correct, then his calculations further blur the already vague notion that electronic culture and commerce is just around the corner. Certainly his assessment does much to debunk the myth of an interactive, information web that will eventually link everyone on the planet. Estimates that there are more than 20 million users of the Internet have excited the imagination of businesses, politicians, social scientists, investors and journalists.

Tour | Mapbox
We make it easy to find bars on foursquare, search for hotels on Hipmunk, and organize notes in Evernote. With Mapbox, design and then publish maps that tell stories, integrate with apps, and represent brands.

Is the Oculus Rift sexist? – Quartz
Although there was variability across the board, biological men were significantly more likely to prioritize motion parallax. Biological women relied more heavily on shape-from-shading. In other words, men are more likely to use the cues that 3D virtual reality systems relied on.

Links van 9 mei 2012 tot 12 mei 2012

Gamasutra – News – In-depth: Is it time for a text game revival?
In a market where books and games are close rivals for the most popular category on app stores, what happens when today's new gamers are hungry for something more than word puzzles?

Datavisualization.ch Selected Tools

RUDI: Bookshelf: Classics: Christopher Alexander: A city is not a tree part 1
It is more and more widely recognized today that there is some essential ingredient missing from artificial cities. When compared with ancient cities that have acquired the patina of life, our modern attempts to create cities artificially are, from a human point of view, entirely unsuccessful.

Calming Manatee

One last thing: If I could trouble someone out there to do me a small favor, I’d like you to contact the manager of my apartment building. Or I guess you could call the Seattle PD. It doesn’t matter. I just don’t want to sit in here too long without being discovered and I’d like for my cats to be rescued.

Links voor 5 december 2011

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

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 24 maart 2011 tot 25 maart 2011

World Science Festival Video : Spotlight: Do Not Touch the Frog
Strip away the trimmings of a traditional science presentation, add cocktails, and you have WSF Spotlight. Here, ecologist and National Geographic photographer Mark Moffett recounts his unexpectedly hilarious expedition to a remote valley in Colombia to document an elusive and highly poisonous “superfrog.”

ChessBase.com – Chess News – French Chess Federation suspends players accused of cheating
On Saturday, March 19, the Disciplinary Committee of the French Chess Federation suspended GMs Sebastien Feller, Arnaud Hauchard and IM Cyril Marzolo, finding them “guilty of a violation of sporting ethics”. The Committee concluded that there was enough evidence that the three players had cheated during the Olympiad in Khanty-Mansiysk that took place in September 2010. The 19-year-old GM Sebastian Feller, rated 2649, played extremely well at the Olympiad, winning the gold medal on board five with a score of 6/9 and a performance of 2708. Arnaud Hauchard was the French team captain in Khanty-Mansiysk.

TK TYPE > Chartwell
Chartwell is a family that explores the use of OpenType to interpret and visualize data. The font format is highly portable and can be used in most applications that support ligatures. The data also remains editable allowing for easy updates.

ShadyURL – Don’t just shorten your URL, make it suspicious and frightening.

Capture Moments The Miniature Way With Mame-cam Dx Micro Camera – Designbuzz
Designed by Tokyo based Thanko, this petite camera has been tagged at 99 USD and is very handy and versatile. Resembling a black battery, it merely weighs 14 grams with 1.8 x 1.1 x 0.4 inches (45 x 29 x 10 mm) dimensions and uses micro SD/SDHC cards for storing stuff. Capturing all the minute details is this 8-megapixel piece of equipment with a jpeg resolution of 3264 x 2448p which can be effortlessly coupled via USB 2.0. Well, its features don’t end here, this small magic box not only makes you click still images but also makes you able to record HD-videos. Videos made through Mame-cam dx have a resolution of 1280 x 960p.

“When It’s Not Your Turn”: The Quintessentially Victorian Vision of Ogden’s “The Wire” « The Hooded Utilitarian
There are few works of greater scope or structural genius than the series of fiction pieces by Horatio Bucklesby Ogden, collectively known as The Wire; yet for the most part, this Victorian masterpiece has been forgotten and ignored by scholars and popular culture alike.  Like his contemporary Charles Dickens, Ogden has, due to the rough and at times lurid nature of his material, been dismissed as a hack, despite significant endorsements of literary critics of the nineteenth century.  Unlike the corpus of Dickens, The Wire failed to reach the critical mass of readers necessary to sustain interest over time, and thus runs the risk of falling into the obscurity of academia.  We come to you today to right that gross literary injustice.