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Links van 21 november 2018 tot 25 november 2018

Christopher Tolkien and the legacy of his father J.R.R. Tolkien: The Steward of Middle-earth
Now, after more than 40 years, at the age of 94, Christopher Tolkien has laid down his editor’s pen, having completed a great labor of quiet, scholastic commitment to his father’s vision. It is the concluding public act of a gentleman and scholar, the last member of a club that became a pivotal part of 20th-century literature: the Inklings. It is the end of an era.

Voice User Interfaces (VUI) — The Ultimate Designer’s Guide
While there’s a vast spectrum of VUI, they all share a set of common UX fundamentals that drive usability. We’ll explore teose fundamentals so, as a user, you can dissect your everyday VUI interactions — and, as a designer, you can build better experiences.

The Mystery Font That Took Over New York – The New York Times
How did Choc, a quirky calligraphic typeface drawn by a French graphic designer in the 1950s, end up on storefronts everywhere?

The State of JavaScript 2018: Introduction
JavaScript is always changing. New libraries, new frameworks, new languages… It's part of the fun, but it can also feel overwhelming sometimes. That's where the State of JavaScript survey comes in: this year, we surveyed over 20,000 JavaScript developers to figure out what they're using, what they're happy with, and what they want to learn. And the result is a unique collection of stats and insights that will hopefully help you make your own way through the JavaScript ecosystem.

Procedural Content Generation in Games | A textbook and an overview of current research

We mogen best trots zijn op onze roetpiet – De Standaard
Ik heb vriendinnen die nog steeds niet begrijpen waar ik moeilijk over doe. Waarom de oude Piet mij tegen de haren strijkt, en waarom ik hun (eigenlijk onze) fijnste jeugdherinneringen probeer te verpesten met activistische praat. Maar als ik hun vraag wat hun sterkste argumenten zijn voor het behoud van een gitzwarte piet met kroeshaar, dikke rode lippen en gouden oorbellen, stokt het gesprek en blijft alleen emotie over.

Links van 25 maart 2018 tot 15 mei 2018

Drupal takes on risky admin interface renewal to catch up with WordPress | Drupal Shell
It is sad to see that the gradual adoption plan was switched to chase down shiny technology, without good thought on the long term effects on the community. With the original monolithic model of Drupal, falling out of favour it no longer has the module moat it had to protect it will dry up. Soon there might be no particularly good reason to use Drupal, and it will be further entrenched in the Enterprise niche Acquia is chasing. If the brand won’t be too tarnished by security issues.

Yep, That $500 M from China to Trump Project Looks Like a Pretty Big Deal – Talking Points Memo
You probably saw the news yesterday that just days before President Trump tweeted that he was intent on saving that sanctions-busting Chinese telecommunications company, China had agreed to loan $500 million to a major Trump-backed development in Indonesia. These kinds of situations are now basically commonplace in the Trump Era. But it is important to look at them from a macro- and a micro-perspective. The details are quite complex in the latter case. We are still digging into them. But I wanted to give you a first sense of what we’re finding, because they make Trump’s connection to the operation and potential profits look considerably tighter than what I’d been led to expect yesterday from early reports.

Why I Love the GDPR: 10 Reasons – TeachPrivacy
In the United States, a common refrain about GDPR is that it is unreasonable, unworkable, an insane piece of legislation that doesn’t understand how the Internet works, and a dinosaur romping around in the Digital Age. But the GDPR isn’t designed to be followed as precisely as one would build a rocket ship. It’s an aspirational law.  Although perfect compliance isn’t likely, the practical goal of the GDPR is for organizations to try hard, to get as much of the way there as possible. The GDPR is the most profound privacy law of our generation.  Of course, it’s not perfect, but it has more packed into it than any other privacy law I’ve seen. The GDPR is quite majestic in its scope and ambition.  Rather than shy away from tough issues, rather than tiptoe cautiously, the GDPR tackles nearly everything. Here are 10 reasons why I love the GDPR

Waarom boycot Israël (BDS) een morele plicht is – DeWereldMorgen.be
Een recent rapport van een VN Commissie over de behandeling van het Palestijnse volk door Israël Staat concludeert dat “het beschikbare bewijsmateriaal buiten iedere redelijke twijfel aantoont dat Israël zich schuldig maakt aan … de misdaad van apartheid”. Civiele samenleving en burgers hebben daarbij als “een morele plicht” er bij middel van boycot (BDS) toe bij te dragen dat er een einde komt aan dat Israëlische apartheidsregime.

Doc Searls Weblog · GDPR will pop the adtech bubble
Adtech relies on misdirection. See, adtech looks like advertising, and is called advertising; but it’s really direct marketing, which is descended from junk mail and a cousin of spam. Because of that misdirection, brands think they’re placing ads in media, while the systems they hire are actually chasing eyeballs to anywhere. (Pro tip: if somebody says every ad needs to “perform,” or that the purpose of advertising is “to get the right message to the right person at the right time,” they’re actually talking about direct marketing, not advertising.)

A surprising bullying battleground: Senior centers – San Francisco Chronicle
Mensen zijn universeel altijd en overal klootzakken: “The unwanted were turned away from cafeteria tables. Fistfights broke out at karaoke. Dances became breeding grounds for gossip and cruelty. It became clear this place had a bullying problem on its hands. What many found surprising was that the perpetrators and victims alike were all senior citizens. MOST POPULAR A surprising bullying battleground: Senior centers Editorial: The Bay Area’s housing crisis has become an emergency Trump is more popular than Dems want to admit Practice wars shaped Kevin Durant, James Harden into MVP-type players SF’s legacy restaurants hang on amid changing tastes California motorists can get slammed twice in hit-and-run accidents Stephen Curry vs. Chris Paul: A rivalry renewed Nursing homes, senior centers and housing complexes for the elderly have introduced programs, training and policies aimed at curbing spates of bullying, an issue once thought the exclusive domain of the young.”

(703) Introducing Visual Studio Live Share – YouTube
Nice.

Index of /L2/L2017
Unicode-voorstellen. Wonderlijk wijs.

Digital Photocopiers Loaded With Secrets – CBS News
Nearly every digital copier built since 2002 contains a hard drive – like the one on your personal computer – storing an image of every document copied, scanned, or emailed by the machine. In the process, it’s turned an office staple into a digital time-bomb packed with highly-personal or sensitive data. If you’re in the identity theft business it seems this would be a pot of gold. “The type of information we see on these machines with the social security numbers, birth certificates, bank records, income tax forms,” John Juntunen said, “that information would be very valuable.” Buffalo Reacts to CBS News Investigation

Troye Sivan Is a New Kind of Pop Star: Here, Queer and Used to It – The New York Times
The 22-year-old singer is climbing the charts while demonstrating how his sexual orientation is both part of his art and beside the point.

The shocking story of Israel’s disappeared babies | Israel News | Al Jazeera
This was a crime perpetrated against thousands of parents, who still don’t know the truth about their children’s fate.

Radio Garden Live
radio van over heel de wereld!

Pink Trombone

Fonts for Complex Data | News, Notes & Observations | Hoefler & Co.
Retail displays, packaged goods, financial reports and apps all present readers with a dizzying array of data. Here are a few ways to make quick work of their long lists, tiny annotations, and mighty stacks of numbers.

104-year-old David Goodall’s journey to Switzerland for voluntary euthanasia – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Dr David Goodall’s life has been one of teaching, learning and discovery. Now the 104-year-old academic has departed on the last journey he will ever make.

43-year-old Australian trapdoor spider was world’s oldest known spider – The Washington Post
This is the story of the oldest known spider in the world and the people who knew her. The details are compiled largely from research conducted by Barbara Main and Leanda Mason, who knew her best over nearly half a century.

Library Genesis: David Gerard – Attack of the 50 Foot Blockchain: Bitcoin, Blockchain, Ethereum & Smart Contracts
tl;dr “blockchain” anything is a boondoggle at best and horribly
damaging at worst, and you really don’t want to go near this actively
terrible rubbish.

How to Collaborate When You Don’t Have Consensus
When people have fundamental disagreements, they can’t articulate their mutual interests harmoniously. Getting them to agree isn’t a realistic option. Only a few choices are available. You can try to force the issue (and face the repercussions of a backlash); you can try to adapt to the unacceptable situation as it is; or you can try to exit from the situation altogether. If those paths aren’t feasible, only one alternative remains: to find a way to collaborate despite disagreement.

banzaipanda comments on Doctors/nurses/redditors, what has been your most gory, disgusting or worst medical experience?
He was performing surgery in the swamps of Dagobah, except the swamps had just come out of this woman’s ass and there was no Yoda.

The Meanest Things Vladimir Nabokov Said About Other Writers | Literary Hub
Vladimir Nabokov was an unusually opinionated man—particularly when it came to literature. His own, primarily—when asked about the function of his editor, he sniffed, “By ‘editor’ I suppose you mean proofreader”—but as a close second (what else could it be): everybody else’s. In interviews, he seemed to delight in airing his grievances about other writers’ work, especially when he considered them unfairly beloved by the public.

Why programmers are not paid in proportion to their productivity
The most productive programmers are orders of magnitude more productive than average programmers. But salaries usually fall within a fairly small range in any company. Even across the entire profession, salaries don’t vary that much. If some programmers are 10x more productive than others, why aren’t they paid 10x as much?

Peter Dedecker toch kandidaat op Gentse N-VA-lijst (Gent) – De Standaard
Humor. Dedecker, die eind vorig jaar het einde van zijn politieke loopbaan aankondigde, staat op de N-VA-lijst in Gent. Hij zal na de verkiezingen geen mandaat opnemen. De partij spreekt van een ‘frisse wind’ op de lijst.

“En dan nu keihard werken” | Gent | Regio | HLN
Integreren in een totaal nieuw land, in een totaal nieuwe cultuur. Het kan, en Abdo Khawas (28) is er het levende bewijs van. Amper twee jaar (!) nadat hij in ons land aankwam als vluchteling uit Gaza, heeft Abdo zijn eigen kapsalon, vlak bij de Heuvelpoort, waar hij zijn klanten in het Nederlands bedient. “En over een jaar of vijf ga ik weer psychologie studeren”, zegt hij.

The Way of Testivus – Unit Testing Wisdom From An Ancient Software Start-up
Some good advice on developer and unit testing, packaged as cryptic bits of ancient Eastern wisdom in the hope of getting your attention.

I miss Windows Phone – The Verge
I recently switched on an old Windows Phone to create a silly April Fools’ joke about returning to using it as my daily device, and then it hit me: I really miss Windows Phone.

Israel is the terrorist – Opinion – Israel News | Haaretz.com
That’s the reality there, and it’s one of state-sponsored terror, the State of Israel. Because what is land confiscation on a huge scale, what are restrictions on freedom of movement, and with it freedom of employment and commerce, home demolitions, the imposition of curfews and closures, the building of innumerable fences and walls and the deployment of military forces armed to the teeth, in the heart of a Palestinian civilian population, in order to protect an Israeli civilian population that settled among it by force – what are all these if not terror, in other words, a war against unarmed citizens?

Network of fortified towns indicates Amazon was once heavily populated | Ars Technica
Today we think of the Amazon as a pristine rainforest, sparsely populated by indigenous communities. But in records from the 1500s, Spanish colonizers describe a densely populated region, crisscrossed by canals and sunken roads and dotted with bustling, fortified towns. Unfortunately, fortification couldn’t protect the towns’ inhabitants against European diseases, which devastated South American indigenous populations and left the fortified villages abandoned.

“Future Language for Collaborative Design” (PUARL2016)

Pastor who starved toddler to death to exorcise demon gets 99 years in prison | Courts | Dallas News
Videos captured the hours-long resurrection ceremony Meza led after Benjamin died on March 22, 2015. In the video, the boy is frail, nothing but skin and bones. His clothes hang from his lifeless body.  Weeks before his death, Meza had ordered that food be withheld from Benjamin for 21 days because she believed he was possessed by the “demon of manipulation.”

Links van 9 november 2017 tot 10 november 2017

IBM Type
Thanks for your interest in IBM Plex, IBM’s new corporate type family. IBM Plex is open source, and should be used by IBMers for all typographical situations, replacing Helvetica Neue, whenever possible.

Why This Fungus Has Over 20,000 Sexes – D-brief
One species of fungi, Schizophyllum commune, really shines when it comes to gender diversity. The white, fan-shaped mushroom has more than 23,000 different sexual identities.

Skyrim rendered in text – Filip Hracek – Medium
I decided some time ago to create a text-based Skyrim. That sounds overly ambitious at first, but as I developed the story and the game’s mechanics, I discovered its basic elements: a sword & sorcery game in a living, simulated world that is presented as a Choose Your Own Adventure (CYOA) book. The idea has already brought a short game into the world, Insignificant Little Vermin, which I submitted to this year’s IFCOMP.

The neuroscience of no regrets: why people still support Brexit and Trump | Science | The Guardian
Essentially, asking people “Do you still support Brexit/Trump?” in such the volatile, impassioned, confusing environment we currently find ourselves in is likely to be perceived as “Do you think that you and everyone you agree with is wrong, and your hated enemies are right?” And who’s going to say yes to that?

Leegloop handelspanden: “Cijfers zonder context zeggen niets” (schepen Peeters)
"Met cijfers zonder duiding kan je niets", repliceert de schepen. "Gent heeft een leegstandspercentage van 8,6%, minder dan het Vlaams gemiddelde en lager dan de 12,2% in Antwerpen, die andere Vlaamse grootstad. Gent loopt helemaal niet leeg, integendeel. Ons handelscentrum is kerngezond." Peeters begrijpt niet waarom de cijfers niet beter geduid zijn. "Tussen 2008 en 2016 nam de leegstaande winkeloppervlakte toe met 10.000 m2, maar er kwam in die periode wel in totaa l 60.000 m2 bij. Dat is een stijging met maar liefst 50.000 m2", beklemtoont de schepen. "Bovendien verbouwen in Gent heel wat winkeleigenaars een bestaand pand, wat ook voor leegstand zorgt. Er wordt in de aangehaalde cijfers geen onderscheid gemaakt tussen het stadscentrum en wijken in bijvoorbeeld de 19de eeuwse gordel." Dat de cijfers niet in perspectief worden geplaatst, stoort de schepen. "Ik heb de indruk dat men telkens de cijfers kiest die de premisse moeten bewijzen dat het een ramp is in Gent. Andere cijfers zwijgt men dan weer dood."

‘Pretty gruesome’: giant coconut crab seen hunting birds | Science | The Guardian
The crab climbed a tree and attacked the seabird in its nest situated on a branch close to the ground. The crab broke the bird’s wing, causing it to fall out of its nest and then took to the bird with its claws, breaking its other wing and leaving it incapacitated. Once the bird was unable to move, other coconut crabs arrived and pulled the bird apart in scenes Laidre described as “pretty gruesome”.

China’s Race to Find Aliens First – The Atlantic
As America has turned away from searching for extraterrestrial intelligence, China has built the world’s largest radio dish for precisely that purpose.

Links van 12 september 2017 tot 19 september 2017

Nieuw Syrisch eethuisje aan Sint-Jacobs: “Een eerbetoon aan … (Gent) – Het Nieuwsblad
Een restaurantje op Bij Sint-Jacobs waar Gentenaars kunnen proeven van de Syrische keuken en ­cultuur. Met de hulp van zijn kinderen realiseert Mohamed Akrah (52) zijn levensdroom in 'De Dageraad van Aleppo'. “De grandeur van Aleppo komt terug.”

A beginner’s guide to using My Get Me There: Manchester’s hilarious attempt at reinventing London’s…
I’m sure there are plenty of reasons it’s ended up like this and I’m not suggesting for a moment that there’s an easy way out. But I’d much rather sit here and take the piss out of it than construct a fair and balanced assessment of the situation, or provide any semblance of a solution. I’m far too immature for that.

Donald Trump Betrays Everyone. Somehow, Republicans Still Seem Surprised.
Betrayal isn’t just a part of Trump’s behavior; it’s wired into his DNA. Donald Trump will always lie. Always. He will lie and betray when he thinks it makes him look good. He will lie and betray when he knows it will make him look bad. His default setting is to lie and betray, and if this week hasn’t finally taught Republicans and conservatives that lesson, it’s hard to see what will.

the Movie title stills collection
A collection containing hundreds of main titles from feature films.

Ted Cruz likes hardcore porn video on Twitter | Daily Mail Online
While Cruz was the solicitor general of the state of Texas, he helped argue in favor of banning sex toys in the Lone Star State.  The video he liked does not appear to feature any sex toys.

Links van 13 november 2015 tot 15 november 2015

Saudi Arabia’s Curriculum of Intolerance | Freedom House
"What is being taught today in Saudi public school textbooks about how Muslims should relate to other religious communities will poison the minds of a new generation of Saudis," said Nina Shea, Director of the Center for Religious Freedom and principal author of the report. "Whatever changes have been made in the Saudi educational system, clearly more needs to be done."

Tufte CSS
Tufte CSS provides tools to style web articles using the ideas demonstrated by Edward Tufte’s books and handouts. Tufte’s style is known for its simplicity, extensive use of sidenotes, tight integration of graphics with text, and carefully chosen typography. Tufte CSS was created by Dave Liepmann and is now an Edward Tufte project.

How Apple Is Giving Design A Bad Name
Today’s Apple has eliminated the emphasis on making products understandable and usable, and instead has imposed a Bauhaus minimalist design ethic on its products. Unfortunately, visually simple appearance does not result in ease of use, as the vast literature in academic journals on human-computer interaction and human factors demonstrates.

‘Amandeldrank is een hype: geen superfood en al helemaal gee… – De Standaard
Waarom we zwichten voor de verpakkingen van amandelmelk waar een knapperige noot wordt opengebroken en het sap eruit spat? ‘Omdat we gewoon een nieuwe hype hebben: meer moet je daar niet achter zoeken’, zegt professor Theo Niewold van de faculteit bio-ingenieurswetenschappen aan de KU Leuven. ‘Net zoals we enkele jaren geleden sojamelk “ontdekten”, zien we nu plots amandeldrank in reclames en kookboeken.’

Doing Something About the ‘Impossible Problem’ of Abuse in Online Games | Re/code
As a result of these governance systems changing online cultural norms, incidences of homophobia, sexism and racism in League of Legends have fallen to a combined 2 percent of all games. Verbal abuse has dropped by more than 40 percent, and 91.6 percent of negative players change their act and never commit another offense after just one reported penalty.

Links van 15 februari 2015 tot 18 februari 2015

Butterick’s Practical Typography
Among web-pub­lish­ing tools, I see Medium as the equiv­a­lent of a frozen pizza: not as whole­some as a meal you could make your­self, but for those with­out the time or mo­ti­va­tion to cook, a po­ten­tially bet­ter op­tion than just eat­ing peanut but­ter straight from the jar. The prob­lem, how­ever, is that Medium holds out its ho­mo­ge­neous de­sign as more than a frozen pizza. It has be­come, by the Jedi mind trick­ery fa­vored by to­day’s tech com­pa­nies, a Bel­la­gio buf­fet of de­li­cious nonsense.

Minister Van Overtveldt toont hoe het niet moet | De Tijd
Het is las­tig om mi­nis­ter van Fi­nan­ciën te zijn in deze tij­den. Het is nog las­ti­ger om dat te zijn in­dien je niet ge­hin­derd wordt door enige vorm van ken­nis, of als dat al­thans zo lijkt. Of erger nog, als je ‘ide­o­lo­gie’ gaat ver­pak­ken als pseu­do-in­tel­lec­tu­a­lis­me of in­tel­lec­tu­e­le on­eer­lijk­heid. Dat lijkt Johan Van Overt­veldt te over­ko­men als hij zich ver­bergt ach­ter de OESO en het IMF om zijn punt te maken, dui­de­lijk zon­der te weten waar die ge­pro­pa­geer­de be­leids­voor­keu­ren pre­cies van­daan komen.

Car Dashboard UI Collection — Medium
Nowadays nearly every car manufacturer implements digital dashboards. Here is a collection of some of them.

What ISIS Really Wants – The Atlantic
The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.

Peter Molyneux Interview: “I haven’t got a reputation in this industry any more” | Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Ik begrijp het helemaal, hoe Molyneux zich voelt.

Links van 8 juni 2014 tot 9 juni 2014

2001: A Space Odyssey | Typeset In The Future
2001: A Space Odyssey – Stanley Kubrick's 1968 sci-fi masterpiece – seems an appropriate place to start a blog about typography in sci-fi. Amongst other delights, it offers a zero-gravity toilet, emergency resuscitations, exploding bolts, and product placement aplenty. It's also the Ur Example of Eurostile Bold Extended's regular appearance in spacecraft user interfaces.

The Kanye West Self-Confidence Generator
WHEN I THINK OF COMPETITION IT'S LIKE I TRY TO CREATE AGAINST THE PAST. I THINK ABOUT MICHELANGELO AND PICASSO. YOU KNOW, THE PYRAMIDS.

Das Referenz: Wikipedia Redesigned for iPad — Medium
Wikipedia is ripe for a thorough redesign because it’s not 2004 anymore. We designed and built Das Referenz: an iPad app that changes Wikipedia according to our taste in typography, visual style, and interaction design.

Netanyahu ‘loathes’ Obama, Israel’s opposition leader charges | The Times of Israel
PM’s hostility to president is ‘endangering Israel’s security,’ claims Labor’s Isaac Herzog, in rare confirmation of long-rumored strained ties between ‘Bibi’ and ‘Barack’

As forests are cleared and species vanish, there’s one other loss: a world of languages | Environment | The Observer
A new report shows a direct link between disappearing habitats and the loss of languages. One in four of the world's 7,000 spoken tongues is now at risk of falling silent for ever as the threat to cultural biodiversity grows

Links van 28 mei 2014 tot 2 juni 2014

Brainfuck beware: JavaScript is after you! | Patricio Palladino
tl;dr I just made a tool to transform any javascript code into an equivalent sequence of ()[]{}!+ characters.

Bayesian AB Testing | Technology on Heels with Lyst Engineering
Bayesian inference is robust and fun. You too should try it out.

Typography in 8 bits: System fonts » DamienG
My love of typography originated in the 80′s with the golden years of 8-bit home computing and their 8×8 pixel mono-spaced fonts on low-resolution displays. It’s quite easy to find bitmap copies of these fonts and also scalable traced TTF versions but there’s very little discussion about the fonts themselves. Let’s remedy that by firing up some emulators and investigating the glyphs.

Syfy’s About-Face: Nine Shows That Might Help The Network Redeem Itself | Giant Freakin Robot
Yay!

The Internet With A Human Face – Beyond Tellerrand 2014 Conference Talk
Marc [Thiele] emailed me a few weeks ago to ask if I thought my talk would be appropriate to close the conference. "Marc," I told him, "my talk is perfect for closing the conference! The first half is this incredibly dark rant about how the Internet is alienating and inhuman, how it's turning us all into lonely monsters.” “But in the second half, I'll turn it around and present my vision of an alternative future. I'll get the audience fired up like a proper American motivational speaker. After the big finish, we'll burst out of the conference hall into the streets of Düsseldorf, hoist the black flag, and change the world.” Marc said that sounded fine.

Links van 10 maart 2014 tot 28 maart 2014

The slow, sad death of Last.fm
Last.fm used to know about bands before they were cool. Alas, there’s nothing up-and-coming about Last.fm these days.

Steve Jobs wasn’t even okay with Google hiring former Apple engineers | Breaking Apple News, Tips and Reviews from The Unofficial Apple Weblog
it would be much easier to "move on, forget, forgive" if only his assholness wasn't so much glorified by a crowd of brain-dead managers, wanting to be the next Steve Jobs "because he was awesome".

Photographing A Town That Never Was – The Meta Picture
Artist and photographer Michael Paul Smith has spent hours upon hours photographing one special town that he holds very dear to his heart. There is something that always drew him to it, and the images he created are simple, but stunning. They glow with small-town charm and innocence, reminiscent of days and decades past.

Minimum Viable Personality – AVC
PERSONALITY IS API FOR LOYALTY. NO ONE CARE WHICH BORING STRANGER IS NEXT. BUT ALWAYS WANT FRIEND NEXT.

Taking A Second Look At Free Fonts | Smashing Magazine
Once thought of as amateurish by professional designers, free and open-source fonts have gone through something of a renaissance in just the last few years. The quality of available free fonts has increased dramatically. To be frank, free fonts don’t have a good reputation, and often they are knock-offs of thoroughly crafted, already established typefaces. So is it time for professional designers to take a second look?

Why I reimagined “LOTR” from Mordor’s perspective – Salon.com
Kirill Yeskov explains what led him to write "The Last Ringbearer," his parallel version of Tolkien's classic

Links van 31 juli 2012 tot 8 augustus 2012

No-Hook Nation: Why Is It So Hard to Find a Place to Hang Our Stuff? – Karen Loew – The Atlantic
When planning rooms, designers often overlook or choose to omit the simple amenity that would keep coats, purses, and laptop bags from ending up on the floor. Why?

Gamasutra – Features – 1500 Archers on a 28.8: Network Programming in Age of Empires and Beyond
This paper explains the design architecture, implementation, and some of the lessons learned creating the multiplayer (networking) code for the Age of Empires 1 & 2 games; and discusses the current and future networking approaches used by Ensemble Studios in its game engines.

Brian Phillips on Olympic rhythmic gymnastics – Grantland
There is, in the contrast between the poise and seriousness of the athletes and the princessy kitsch of the setting, something really kind of dark and wonderful. Just imagine it: devoting your life, mercilessly and with absolute commitment, to the task of dancing with little twirly clubs to a synth-folk soundtrack while wearing a spangled bathing suit designed to look like ladybug wings. Imagine doing that as well as it can humanly be done, being the person who embodies that accomplishment. I'm not making fun of anyone; I find it strangely noble.

Ask H&FJ: Four Ways to Mix Fonts
Is there a way to know what fonts will work together? Building a palette is an intuitive process, but expanding a typographic duet to three, four, or even five voices can be daunting. Here are four tips for navigating the typographic ocean, all built around H&FJ's Highly Scientific First Principle of Combining Fonts: keep one thing consistent, and let one thing vary.

In Which We Step Inside Your Closet – Home – This Recording
Things You Might Read on a Fashion Blog – Haha I’m texting on my iPhone in all of these photos, such a dork – I wore this to brunch on Saturday morning, we ate pancakes, I never want to eat anything else omg

Links van 3 juni 2011 tot 4 juni 2011

Well, What’s the Matter? – The COMPLETE definitive Catwoman origin.
For Bruce Wayne, it took seeing his parents murdered in front of him; Jonathan Crane, a lifetime of ridicule and pain; Harley Quinn, all-consuming obsessive love. All the best heroes and villains in every medium, from literature to film to comic books, have traceable motivations for their behavior. It humanizes them and makes them easier for us, the audience, to understand and sympathize with.

For Selina, there was no one defining moment–at least, not in the way that there was for Bruce Wayne. Instead, it took numerous experiences, some positive and some negative, conspiring to strengthen her, both inside and out. A series of misfortunes, teachers, mistakes to learn from and some very lucky twists of fate to put Selina Kyle in the position for the stars to align just right for her to become the Feline Fatale we all know today.

Chromeography: chrome badges, emblems, logos on cars, cameras, appliances
In praise of the chrome logos and lettering affixed to vintage automobiles and electric appliances — those unsung metal emblems and badges that are overlooked, forgotten, damaged, lost to time or the dump.

typographie
Kurt Weidemann spreekt

Telehack: May the command line live forever
meeeeemories…

The human race is incurably idiotic
wahey!

Phallic Symbols at Denver International Airport
I'm also known as the Third Eagle of the Apocalypse

kreayshawn — gucci gucci
Gucci Gucci, Louis Louis, Fendi Fendi, Prada Basic bitches wear that shit so I don't even bother

Kindle typography
The Kindle MOBI format implements only a limited subset of HTML and provides no access to the underlying rendering algorithm, so currently we cannot save native ebooks on the device. However, the Kindle 3 ships with a WebKit-based browser, so we can use JavaScript and CSS to dynamically reflow and style web content on the device. This article outlines an approach to implement hyphenation & justification on the Kindle with support for “advanced” features like hanging punctuation and non-rectangular paragraph shapes. We first discuss the Knuth & Plass line breaking algorithm, then how to render the resulting lines using either the word-spacing property or the flexible box model.

Ninety gaffes in ninety years – Home News, UK – The Independent
From Papua New Guinea to Stoke-on-Trent, Prince Philip has left his mark around the world. As his 90th birthday looms, Hannah Ewan recalls the soundbites that could only have come from one man

danwebb.net – It’s About The Hashbangs
After quite a lot of thought and some attention to some of the issues that surround web apps that use hashbang URLs I’ve come to conclusion that it most definitely is about the hashbangs. This technique, on its own, is destructive to the web. The implementation is inappropriate, even as a temporary measure or as a downgrade experience.

E-sales to imprints: Amazon’s ambitious publishing plan
In a series of public moves, Amazon.com has signaled its determination to enter the book publishing business, a move with broad implications for the online retailer as well as the traditional publishing industry.

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