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Who Was the Marquis de Sade? | History | Smithsonian
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What should I do about Youtube?
My Google Youtube rep contacted me the other day. They were nice and took time to explain everything clearly to me, but the message was firm: I have to decide. I need...
video  google  youtube  monoploy  exploitation  extortion 
2 days ago
Export Your WordPress Blog to Jekyll with One Click
Jekyll fans are fond of the Ruby-powered static blogging software due to its ease of use and support for Markdown and the Liquid templating engine. With no database to maintain and no comments to m...
wordpress  jekyll 
3 days ago
Hitler's war on women: The story of Ravensbrück concentration camp - Features - Books - The Independent
“Anything else?”
“Someone should write about Ravensbrück,” I said. Then seeing Ursula sit up I added emphatically, “But not me.”
“Why ?” she persisted.
I said…
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5 days ago
Sketch Toy
A drawing application that lets you save and share replays of your work with friends.
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9 days ago
David Starkey is a litmus test of our commitment to free speech
This is where the real battle over freedom of speech takes place – in the way we instinctively respond to outrageous commentary. If our instinct is to target the man and not the ball, we cannot consider ourselves defenders of free speech.
speech  freedom  work 
10 days ago
Google discloses another Windows security issue after deadline exceeded | Hacker News
It's easy for Google to be big in the mouth when they don't bother to support their existing customers properly.
google 
10 days ago
RPG Codex 2014 Role-Playing Game of the Year Awards :: rpg codex > doesn't scale to your level
RPG Codex > putting the 'role' back in role-playing. A highly prestigious gaming magazine with news and views on the latest and not so latest RPGs.
gaming  rpg 
13 days ago
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Express: 'Labour MP John Mann fears the deaths of the two council workers could be linked to a Westminster-based paedophile gang involving highly-influential politicians. One of the men, social...
politics  westminster  coverup 
14 days ago
Neil Gaiman's Journal: Why defend freedom of icky speech?
You are here: Home » Journal Why defend freedom of icky speech? This is a bit long.Apologies.I’d meant to talk about other things, but I started writing a reply…
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17 days ago
Longform Reprints: The Devil and John Holmes by Mike Sager
Deep in Laurel Canyon, the Wonderland Gang was planning its last heist. It was Sunday evening and the drugs were gone, the money was gone, the situation was…
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18 days ago
All the Wget Commands You Should Know
Wget lets you download Internet files or even mirror entire websites for offline viewing. Here are 20 practical examples for using the wget command.
wget 
20 days ago
Top 15 Free WordPress Themes Released in 2014
Looking back on the theme landscape of 2014, a clear design trend emerged that highlights WordPress' roots as a blogging platform. Minimalist, content-centric themes took center stage in the offici...
wordpress  themes 
27 days ago
The Scientology Christmas Catalog Is Totally Insane
Finding the right gift for everyone in your family can be a real bitch. Your mom just wants a phone call. Your dad wants you to find a job. These are not easy people to shop for. But what about your second cousin who moved to L.A., got introduced to Scientology by an actor friend, joined the church to make connections, and found himself amassing a fortune in credit-card debt while digging out a new infinity pool for David Miscavige? I would argue that he's the hardest relative to shop for. After all, what do get for you the man who has nothing?
cult  idiots 
4 weeks ago
Ask MetaFilter
What literature from 2014 would you consider to be the best? I'm looking for page turners that tempt you to stay up late at night and exceed your expectations to a great degree. Fiction,...
reading 
4 weeks ago
Memory of the Camps
These tapes are actual, real life footage of the discovery of Nazi concentration camps by British and American solders after the end of WW2. Alfred Hitchcock arranged them in the format that they were originally meant to be viewed.

*DISCLAIMER* What you are about to watch is extremely graphic, and includes depictions of actual death, starvation, suffering, and torture.

It is horrific.

Watch at your own risk.
war 
5 weeks ago
Green Honey
Language represents our view of the world, and knowing its limits helps us understand how our perception works.

I used the data from Wikipedia’s “Color” entry for different languages. My assumption was:

"Different languages have different ways to describe color.”
design  language  visualization 
6 weeks ago
What happened in the past - Takemeback.to
Find out what the world looked like in any date in the past: just type in your special date and enjoy the timemachine
history  search 
6 weeks ago
THE BOY WHO HAD TWO LIVES - Arts and Entertainment - The Independent
To break our trust in these memories would be a cruel thing; to question their veracity, equally cruel.
I look at the picture reproduced here - that…
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6 weeks ago
Suicide: Read This First
If you are feeling suicidal now, please stop long enough to read this. It will only take about five minutes.
suicide  depression 
6 weeks ago
How to built an e-book library you can touch
With the clippings file from my Kindle, some stamps and custom prints I built a printed version of what I loved in the e…
book 
6 weeks ago
The Lurker: How A Virus Hid In Our Genome For Six Million Years – Phenomena
In the mid-2000s, David Markovitz, a scientist at the University of Michigan, and his colleagues took a look at the blood of people infected with HIV. Human…
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6 weeks ago
Afghanistan: The Making of a Narco State
Helmand Province in southern Afghanistan is named for the wide river that runs through its provincial capital, Lashkar Gah, a low-slung city of shrubby…
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7 weeks ago
Confessions of a Mortician — Matter — Medium
By Eric PuchnerPhotographs by Matt Eich
I was in the crematory with two fresh deliveries when my host, a mortician named Caleb Wilde, opened the bag covering…
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7 weeks ago
Did Kevin From ‘Home Alone’ Grow Up to Be Jigsaw? A Deadly Serious Investigation
Throughout ‘Home Alone,’ Kevin McCallister displays anger-control issues, a proclivity for violent fantasies, and voyeuristic tendencies, combined with a fetish for recorded video.
video 
7 weeks ago
Every Noise at Once
This is an ongoing attempt at an algorithmically-generated, readability-adjusted scatter-plot of the musical genre-space, based on data tracked and analyzed for 1305 genres by The Echo Nest. The calibration is fuzzy, but in general down is more organic, up is more mechanical and electric; left is denser and more atmospheric, right is spikier and bouncier.
music 
7 weeks ago
The Weight of Guilt «
Fishing
Death, disgrace, and a handful of knockers: inside the secret world of competitive bass fishing cheaters.
Danny Ray Davis wasn’t just a fisherman, he…
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7 weeks ago
What I Wish People Knew About Depression
Someone recently asked me to write on what I wish people knew about depression, in light of Robin Williams' suicide. Here’s my response.
depression 
8 weeks ago
Free Will (Revisited)
About a year and a half ago I wrote a post arguing that there is no free will and also stating that seemed OK to me. As it turns out since then I have been on a fun intellectual...
8 weeks ago
The Secret Life of Passwords - NYTimes.com
Howard Lutnick, the chief executive of Cantor Fitzgerald, one of the world’s largest financial-services firms, still cries when he talks about it. Not long…
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8 weeks ago
The Secret Life of a Crime Scene Cleaner | Narratively | Human stories, boldly told.
How a transgender Australian found her niche cleaning up after murders, suicides, and unimaginable filth of endless variation. 32 minutesMelbourne Illustrations…
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8 weeks ago
The greatest story Reddit ever told
"Here is what I do know for sure: People end up walking down different roads than they ever had planned for themselves.”
reddit 
8 weeks ago
Food Timeline: food history research service
Food Timeline: food history reference & research service
culture  history  food  reference 
9 weeks ago
Escape from Jonestown | Longreads Blog
Julia Scheeres | A Thousand Lives | 26 minutes (6,304 words) Download .mobi (Kindle) Download .epub (iBooks)
For our latest Longreads Exclusive, we’re proud to…
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9 weeks ago
Why podcasts are suddenly “back”
Talking to reporters is like talking to the police: ideally, don’t. You have little to gain and a lot to lose, their incentives often conflict with yours, and they have all of the power.
podcasts  law 
10 weeks ago
The Easiest Tricks for Bypassing YouTube's Annoying Age Restrictions on NSFW Videos
YouTube is the first place I go to watch funny videos online—me and about a billion other people. But one thing that always annoys me is having to sign in time after time to view age-restricted videos. There should be a function to designate me as an "Explicit Is Legit" user, so I only have to enter in my information once as long as I am on the same computer or device. I will sadly be older than 18 for the rest of my life, so having to confirm this more than once is a little annoying. Luckily, there is a simple trick that bypasses this small annoyance. Thanks to a couple crafty Redditors, we
youtube 
10 weeks ago
Short of the Week
Watch the best Short Films—Reviews, Interviews, and News on the future of film and the best festival award-winning, student films, animation, & more.
film 
10 weeks ago
How Things makes me even more awesome
Around nine months ago, Isaac Keyet persuaded me to try Things for Mac by Cultured Code. I usually prefer plain text, but that’s too simple for the stuff I jot down. With keyboard shortcuts galore, I quickly fell in love with this app. It costs $49.99 for Mac, $9.99 for iPhone, and $19.99 for iPad…
productivity 
10 weeks ago
The Rise And Fall Of The Dreamcast
In this ten-year Dreamcast retrospective, Gamasutra looks back at Sega's last effort in the console market through interviews with former president of Sega of America Bernie Stolar, former Sega execs Peter Moore and Charles Bellfield, and former vice president of Electronic Arts, Bing Gordon.
gaming 
10 weeks ago
The 10 best sandwich recipes
The 10 best: Here's a hamper of ideas to make you more adventurous between your bread slices
recipe 
11 weeks ago
The Unbelievable Skepticism of the Amazing Randi - NYTimes.com
After two minutes, she was followed by a second woman who had a blue streak in her hair and, like the first, looked mildly nonplused by the proceedings. Each…
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11 weeks ago
How to bake a potato
An exploding spud is nothing.

I once put a Fray Bentos pie in the oven without taking the top off.

It was cheaper to buy a new oven then get a replacement door.
recipe 
11 weeks ago
Panty Raid: MLB, Homeland Security, and the Great Undercover Underwear Sting | VICE Sports
On Tuesday, undercover agents from the Department of Homeland Security entered a tiny boutique lingerie store in Kansas City called Birdies. The shop was…
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