Rhythm in Web Typography
Just like in music, where order is more pleasurable to our ears than chaos, so is a well-designed text with an established rhythm easier to read and more enjoyable to consume by our eyes.
typography 
3 hours ago
There’s a Sucker Born Every Minute
In conclusion, the two expressions “there’s a fool born every minute” and “there’s a sucker born every minute” both had anonymous attributions initially. Over time they were reassigned to prominent individuals of the time period. However, only the fame of P. T. Barnum has endured.
quotes 
2 days ago
EtherTweet - Microblogging on the Ethereum Blockchain
This repository contains the code of a decentralized microblogging service running on the Ethereum blockchain.
blockchain  microblogging 
2 days ago
python_blockchain_app
Tutorial for implementing a mini blockchain application implemented in Python from scratch.
blockchain 
2 days ago
Quimi Portet: «Lo que yo siempre he hecho es música popular contemporánea»
Yo habría sido el superraro y Manolo el superpachanguero. Pero la gracia del encuentro placentero entre la pachanga y el underground fue lo que hizo a la banda. No fue un choque, y ninguno renunciaba a nada. Simplemente nos limitamos el uno al otro.
music 
3 days ago
The History of Philosophy summarized & visualized
This is my summary of the history of (Western) philosophy showing the positive/negative connections between some of the key ideas/arguments of the philosophers.
philosophy 
6 days ago
The surprising truth about loneliness
<p>Five counterintuitive findings from the BBC Loneliness Experiment:</p>
<ol><li>Younger people feel lonelier than older people</li>
<li>41% of people think loneliness can be positive</li>
<li>People who feel lonely have social skills that are no better or worse than average</li>
<li>Winter is no lonelier than any other time of year</li>
<li>People who often feel lonely have higher levels of empathy than everyone else</li></ol>
psychology 
7 days ago
Neither Paper Nor Digital Does Active Reading Well
The cognitive effort to actively and intelligently read a text in depth is, if not equal to, then on the same order of magnitude as the effort to write about a complex subject.
But we only have full-featured tools to help us with writing.
ebooks  writing 
7 days ago
Banksy Painting Self-Destructs After Fetching $1.4 Million at Sotheby’s
But suspicious minds wondered whether Sotheby’s was completely taken by surprise.
art 
9 days ago
Scientific Facts — Are they like Myths, Told through Fairytales and Spread by Gossip?
Studying the language of science delivers some surprising results: fairytale schemas help us to understand the narrative structure of articles; the study of verb tense reveals common linguistic patterns of sense-making between science and mythology, and tracing hedging in citations allows us how citations work to spread claims much like rumors.
science  language 
19 days ago
Facebook Is Giving Advertisers Access to Your Shadow Contact Information
The researchers also found that if User A, whom we’ll call Anna, shares her contacts with Facebook, including a previously unknown phone number for User B, whom we’ll call Ben, advertisers will be able to target Ben with an ad using that phone number, which I call “shadow contact information,” about a month later. Ben can’t access his shadow contact information, because that would violate Anna’s privacy, according to Facebook, so he can’t see it or delete it, and he can’t keep advertisers from using it either.
facebook  privacy 
19 days ago
New tech uses Wi-Fi to count people through walls
The system, created by researchers at UC Santa Barbara, uses a single Wi-Fi router outside of the room to measure attenuation and signal drops.
surveillance 
20 days ago
A Japanese company has announced a long-term plan to develop the Moon
"Around 2030 we expect to begin developing propellant and sending it to spacecraft in space," Hakamada said. He hopes that by then, there will be several hundred people working on the Moon, or in lunar orbit, to support an industrial base. A decade later, by 2040, he envisions a city called "Moon Valley" on the lunar surface, with a diverse array of industries and thousands of visitors per year.
space 
20 days ago
How Did "OK" Become One of the Most Popular Words in the World?
Young Boston intellectuals in the early 1800s used a humorous code of abbreviated phrases, like KC (“knuff ced”), “KY” (“know yuse”) and “OW” (“oll wright”). While most of them eventually fell out of fashion, one abbreviation persisted: “OK” or “oll korrect.”
language  english 
23 days ago
Amador Fernández-Savater: la necesidad de que la gente piense
La verdadera catástrofe es que nos relacionemos con el mundo como espectadores, engañados y manipulados, incapaces de pensar y actuar para cambiarlo (Guy Debord), atrapados en falsas y diabólicas dicotomías de las que necesitamos escapar (Stengers y Pignarre). "Pensar es el único contra-embrujo posible". Y la lucha, la ocasión para no vivir y morir idiotas.
philosophy  politics 
25 days ago
The Landlocked Navy of Mongolia
“I would like to see the real sea someday,” muses a sailor of the Mongolian Navy. “I imagine it’d be gentle and peaceful. Here on Lake Khövsgöl, the water is very rough and cold.”
25 days ago
Jaron Lanier: “Los monopolios han arruinado Internet”
A lo que me opongo es a ese control por parte de monopolios gigantes en el que cualquier conexión entre personas solo se puede financiar si hay una tercera persona que quiere manipular a esas dos personas […] Internet en sí mismo sigue siendo genial.
internet  socialnetworks 
29 days ago
César Rendueles: Herejes de la religión digital
Es indiscutible que los mitos tecnológicos tienen capacidad consensual y están muy presentes en los discursos políticos públicos. Otra cosa muy distinta es el papel efectivo que desempeñan, por ejemplo, la economía del conocimiento o la inteligencia artificial en nuestro sistema económico y político.
internet  socialnetworks 
29 days ago
Pedro Vallín: Gramática parda en la galaxia Podemos
La historia del siglo XX ilustra lo determinante que es la organización jerárquica de los enemigos, lo trascendente que es el escalafón del mal.
spain  politics  europe 
4 weeks ago
The world's most prolific writer is a Chinese algorithm
Alibaba claims that its program can produce 20,000 lines of ad copy a second, and that it is being used nearly a million times a day by companies.
writing  AI 
4 weeks ago
Beer inspired ancient farmers to grow cereals
…a research team of archaeologists… stumbled across evidence of a massive brewery from many millennia before the dawn of agriculture. “This accounts for the oldest record of man-made alcohol in the world.”
alcohol  agriculture  history 
4 weeks ago
Article 13 makes it official. It's time to embrace decentralization
Upload filters are orwellian and perform poorly. But this doesn't target small communities or people independently hosting their content. "Ultimately, this directive targets an era of the web that is already beginning to wane."
copyright 
4 weeks ago
Sperm donor #2757 sired at least 45 kids—now they’re connecting online
The modern family ties and genetic sleuthing are making it easier for donor-conceived children to learn about their backgrounds—and harder for anonymous donors to maintain anonymity.
genetics 
4 weeks ago
Automation has totally eliminated just one job since 1950
Automation often replaces human labor, but very rarely in the last sixty years has it eliminated an entire occupation. Only one of the 270 detailed occupations listed in the 1950 US Census has since been eliminated by automation […]: elevator operator.
robots  economy 
5 weeks ago
The best note-taking apps to use in 2018
"…we looked for the simplest, easiest-to-use note-taking app that’s relatively affordable." Best one: Google Keep. Good alternative: iA Writer.
writing  software 
5 weeks ago
Why Czechs don’t speak German
In the 17th Century, when the kingdom of Bohemia was under Habsburg rule, the Czech language may have disappeared if it wasn’t for puppets, and a legal loophole… as puppets were the only remaining entities that had the right to speak Czech in public places.
language  history 
5 weeks ago
Google Purchased Bulk Transaction Data from Mastercard to Link Online Ads and Offline Purchases
Through this test program, Google can anonymously match these existing user profiles to purchases made in physical stores. The result is powerful: Google knows that people clicked on ads and can now tell advertisers that this activity led to actual store sales.
Google  privacy 
6 weeks ago
César Rendueles: "Este capitalismo es incompatible con la vida humana"
Probablemente vaya a ser un experimento fallido y breve, de apenas unos pocos siglos, frente a sociedades y modos de vida que han durado milenios porque se enfrenta a límites materiales infranqueables. El capitalismo tal y como lo conocemos es imposible que subsista porque es medioambientalmente incompatible con la vida humana.
history  economy  politics  sociology 
6 weeks ago
Ignacio Sánchez-Cuenca: La posverdad suprema
En estos momentos, la posverdad corporativa e ideológica se encarna de forma sobresaliente en nuestro Tribunal Supremo y su empeño en mantener la acusación de rebelión contra los líderes políticos del movimiento independentista catalán. Tratar de encajar las conductas del “otoño caliente” del 2017 en el tipo penal de rebelión es contrario a la lógica, el sentido común y el propio derecho español […] Se han propuesto dar un escarmiento ejemplar a los líderes del independentismo, un castigo que deje claro a las próximas generaciones el riesgo al que se exponen si alguien intenta de nuevo una estrategia unilateral rupturista […] Para frenar el disparate y la injusticia que se está cometiendo con las acusaciones de rebelión, haría falta una sociedad civil que se tomara en serio que en una democracia resulta inadmisible juzgar a unos políticos por hechos que no han cometido. No estamos ahí todavía.
politics  spain  catalunya 
6 weeks ago
Online Bettors Know If Psychology Studies Will Replicate
While the SSRP team was doing their experimental re-runs, they also ran a “prediction market”—a stock exchange in which volunteers could buy or sell “shares” in the 21 studies, based on how reproducible they seemed. They recruited 206 volunteers—a mix of psychologists and economists, students and professors, none of whom were involved in the SSRP itself. Each started with $100 and could earn more by correctly betting on studies that eventually panned out.
psychology  science 
6 weeks ago
Aldous Huxley to George Orwell: My Hellish Vision of the Future is Better Than Yours (1949)
My own belief is that the ruling oligarchy will find less arduous and wasteful ways of governing and of satisfying its lust for power, and these ways will resemble those which I described in Brave New World.
literature  politics 
9 weeks ago
What does QAnon have to do with leftist Italian authors Wu Ming
…the conspiracy theory behind the conspiracy theory is that leftist pranksters inspired by Wu Ming’s novel Q created a fake internet person named “Q.” Under this guise, they share fake news in alt-right forums, getting users worked up over implausible revelations…
literature  politics 
9 weeks ago
How the menstrual cycle changes women’s brains – for better
It turns out that women are more adept at certain skills, such as spatial awareness, after their period. Three weeks after, they are significantly better communicators – and, oddly, particularly good at telling when others are feeling fearful. Finally, for part of their cycles their brains are actually bigger.
women  psychology  neurology 
9 weeks ago
Women Die More From Heart Attacks Than Men — Unless the ER Doc Is Female
There could be a systematic bias where male physicians are not listening to female patients' complaints as readily as [those of] a man, or there could be a bias that favors men in the medical literature, leading to misdiagnoses in women. It may also be that female doctors do a better job than their male counterparts.
health  gender 
10 weeks ago
The Underground Rivers of London
The Walbrook, which once flowed openly through the center of Roman London and was used for transport, was paved over in the 15th and 16th centuries. The Romans had a temple and port in its banks […] A total of twenty one rivers were forced underground by the burgeoning city, but their impact on London's landscape remains.
cities 
10 weeks ago
La supervivencia de los más ricos y cómo traman abandonar el barco
Para los multimillonarios, el futuro de la tecnología consiste en su capacidad de huida. El objetivo es trascender la condición humana y protegerse del cambio climático, los grandes flujos migratorios, las pandemias globales…
future  technology 
10 weeks ago
London’s Secret Nuclear Reactor

In the early 1960s, the Royal Naval College acquired a low-power nuclear reactor… Compared to those in nuclear power stations, JASON was a small reactor measuring 12 feet high and was surrounded by more than 300 tons of steel and concrete cladding to prevent stray neutrons from escaping. Despite its small size, Jason was potent… It was like a ticking time bomb. Surely, the Navy wasn’t going to tell Londoners they have a nuclear bomb for a neighbor. So JASON was kept a secret.
nuclear 
10 weeks ago
This new blockchain-based betting platform could cause Napster-size legal headaches
But despite fears that the rise of “assassination markets” could inspire real killings, the more urgent problem Augur presents is something else entirely… “If you do not have a very concrete intermediary—i.e., a company or group of people that are running the marketplace—how do you apply laws and prevent that activity from occurring?”
blockchain 
10 weeks ago
A Spectre is Haunting Unicode
JIS X 0208 ghost characters: 幽霊文字. Nobody knows what they mean, where they came from or how they should be pronounced.
unicode 
10 weeks ago
Everything bad about Facebook is bad for the same reason
Facebook really is evil. Not on purpose. In the banal kind of way […] To Facebook, the world is not made up of individuals, but of connections between them. The billions of Facebook accounts belong not to “people” but to “users,” collections of data points connected to other collections of data points on a vast Social Network, to be targeted and monetized by computer programs. There are certain things you do not in good conscience do to humans. To data, you can do whatever you like.
facebook  data  socialnetworks 
11 weeks ago
Doing well in school is nothing to be proud of
In 1958, sociologist Michael Young created the term “meritocracy” in a dystopian novel that warned of the horrors of categorizing humans by intelligence.
psychology  economy  politics  education 
11 weeks ago
El hombre que enterró a Franco nos explica cómo exhumarlo hoy
”En caso de que así fuera, de que Franco no estuviera allí, seguiría en el interior del Valle de los Caídos.”
history  spain 
11 weeks ago
El imperio del extremo centro
Crítica de <em>Imperiofobia y leyenda negra</cite>. "Con numerosos retazos de verdad, Roca Barea teje una monumental falacia, intelectualmente insostenible y peligrosa desde el punto de vista ético y político."
history  spain 
11 weeks ago
Lying in a foreign language is easier
The scientists [Universität Würzburg] believe that these findings reflect the "antagonistic effects of emotional distance and cognitive load". "Based on the cognitive load hypothesis, one would have expected increased effort for truth telling and lying in a foreign language, with the increased effort being more pronounced for lying," Kristina Suchotzki says. The data suggest that the increased cognitive effort is responsible for the prolongation of the truth response in the foreign language.
psychology 
12 weeks ago
Welcome to the Meghalayan Age - a new phase in history
The middle phase of the Holocene will be referred to as the Northgrippian, and runs from 8,300 years ago up to the start of the Meghalayan… The oldest phase of the Holocene - the exit from the ice age - will be known as the Greenlandian.
earth  history 
12 weeks ago
Tower of The Winds: The World’s First Weather Station
…the Horologion of Andronikos Kyrrhestes is an elegant octagonal marble tower in the Roman Agora in Athens. More than 2,000 years old, the tower has eight sides corresponding to the eight principle winds, a sundial to tell time, a wind vane to show the direction of wind and an interior water clock that in antiquity could be read even in darkness.
weather  history  places 
12 weeks ago
Storytelling And The Technological Nothing
90% of what you are being told about AI, Blockchain, and automation right now isn’t truthful. It is only meant allocate space in your imagination, so that at the right time you can be sold something, and distracted while your data, privacy, and security can be exploited, or straight up swindled out from under you.
AI  blockchain  robots  technology 
july 2018
How American Racism Influenced Hitler
In 1928, Hitler remarked, approvingly, that white settlers in America had “gunned down the millions of redskins to a few hundred thousand.” When he spoke of Lebensraum, the German drive for “living space” in Eastern Europe, he often had America in mind.
politics  history 
july 2018
Vicenç Navarro: Por favor, no insulten a la clase trabajadora
Me parece correcta la expresión de persona de renta alta, mediana y baja. Pero me parece insultante que se hable de clase alta, media y baja. En realidad los términos burguesía, pequeña burguesía, clase media y clase trabajadora (a la cual pertenece la mayoría de españoles) son términos científicos y por lo tanto válidos tanto en el siglo XIX como en el XX y XXI. La ley de gravedad es muy antigua pero no es anticuada.
spain  politics  sociology 
july 2018
African Multiregionalism: the New Story of Humanity's Origins
Several new discoveries suggest that our species didn’t arise from a single point in space. Instead, the entire continent was our cradle.
evolution 
july 2018
Brutalist Web Design
A website's materials aren't HTML tags, CSS, or JavaScript code. Rather, they are its content and the context in which it's consumed.
web  design 
july 2018
John Mullan: The origins of the Gothic
Gothic fiction began as a sophisticated joke. Horace Walpole first applied the word ‘Gothic’ in the subtitle of The Castle of Otranto (1764). It meant something like ‘barbarous’, as well as ‘deriving from the Middle Ages’.
literature  art 
july 2018
Delivering WordPress in 7KB
…the Internet's energy demands are growing exponentially. Every additional byte transferred means more energy, which in most countries means more CO₂.
web  design  energy  environment 
july 2018
Plan to Exhume Franco Renews Spain’s Wrestle With History
Paul Preston… said that Spain was an anomaly in Europe in keeping a “place of pilgrimage for its fascist dictator” — there are no monuments to Adolf Hitler in Germany or in Austria, nor to Benito Mussolini in Italy.
history  spain  war 
july 2018
When Jean-Paul Sartre Had a Bad Mescaline Trip and Then Hallucinated, for Years, That He Was Being Followed by Crabs | Open Culture
This went on for a year before Sartre went to see his friend Jacques Lacan for psychoanalysis. “We concluded, “ he says, “that it was a fear of becoming alone.”
literature  drugs 
july 2018
Independentismo no independentista, la complejidad del procés y sus estereotipos
Amador Fernández-Savater entrevista a Edgar Straehle. "Qué relación tiene esa indiferencia anestesiante con la victoria de los estereotipos, esas imágenes prefabricadas que eliminan toda la complicación del procés y nos lo presentan como una reacción puramente identitaria, etnicista, supremacista, elitista, intolerante?"
politics  spain  catalunya  fb 
july 2018
itty.bitty
Itty bitty sites are contained entirely within their own link. This means they're portable and easy to share. One link can hold about as much as a printed page.
july 2018
Why I'm automatically deleting my old tweets
Tweets should be ephemeral. “By keeping my timeline restricted to only the most recent few days, I feel like I’m using Twitter more like it was meant to be used: a way to join the conversation and see what’s happening in the world right now.”
twitter  socialnetworks 
july 2018
The Crab Migration That the Colombian Army Is Dispatched to Protect
This species, known as Gercarcinus ruricola, typically lives on land. But they head to the sea annually for breeding purposes.
animals 
july 2018
Have We Reached the Limit of Human Longevity? New Study Says No
If you live to 105, your chances of dying in a given year are roughly 50/50, and it seems to stay that way […] “If there is a mortality plateau, then there is no limit to human longevity”.
life  biology 
july 2018
Cory Doctorow: Zuck’s Empire of Oily Rags
For commercial surveillance to be cost effective, it has to socialize all the risks associated with mass surveillance and privatize all the gains. There’s an old-fashioned word for this: corruption […] Facebook doesn’t have a mind-control problem, it has a corruption problem. Cambridge Analytica didn’t convince decent people to become racists; they convinced racists to become voters.
socialnetworks  surveillance  facebook 
july 2018
When Audiences Come To See Authors Lecture, It Is Largely in the Hope That We’ll Be Funnier To Look at Than To Read
I can understand why lecture addicts go to look at British explorers, Russian princesses, and Balinese dancers, because they have pretty lantern slides or tiaras or legs. But it is incomprehensible why in fairly large numbers they flock out to view a novelist or a poet. Is it because they hope he will be even funnier to look at than to read?
—Sinclair Lewis
literature 
july 2018
COBOL
The last time you used an ATM, chances are the transaction was powered by a nearly 60-year-old computer programming language.
programming 
june 2018
We May Be All Alone in the Known Universe: Oxford Study
<p>Our main result is to show that proper treatment of scientific uncertainties dissolves the Fermi paradox by showing that it is not at all unlikely ex ante for us to be alone in the Milky Way, or in the observable universe.</p><p>Our second result is to show that, taking account of observational bounds on the prevalence of other civilizations, our updated probabilities suggest that there is a substantial probability that we are alone.</p>
space 
june 2018
Breaking Linear Classifiers on ImageNet
We can take any arbitrary image (e.g. “panda”) and classify it as whatever class we want (e.g. “ostrich”) by adding tiny, imperceptible noise patterns… But in fact the core flaw extends to many other domains (e.g. speech recognition systems) and, most importantly, also to Linear Classifiers. It is in fact this <em>linear</em> nature that is problematic. And because Deep Learning models use linear functions to build up the architecture, they inherit their flaw.
AI 
june 2018
Ecosistema de l’institut… per massa raons
Una institució inspirada per les millors intencions i, tanmateix, estructuralment tòxica?
education 
june 2018
How many words do you need to speak a language?
You only need to learn 50 foreign words to be understood. Bump it up to 800 and you should get through about 75% of all daily conversations.
language 
june 2018
El primer portátil de la literatura fue español (y se burlaba del capitalismo)
Rafael Zamora y Pérez de Urría, marqués de Valero de Urría: electroprosadoras y versificadoras para aficionados y discursadoras para componer y pronunciar mítines.
literature  computers 
june 2018
Romain Gary: The greatest literary conman ever?
Hero of the French resistance, consul general in Los Angeles, Hollywood director and two-times winner of the Prix Goncourt (technically impossible according to the award’s rubric).
literature 
june 2018
Build a Better Monster: Morality, Machine Learning, and Mass Surveillance
Maciej Cegłowski. The economic basis of the Internet is surveillance. Short term fixes (security, ephemerality and defunding) are feasible, but we need to make structural changes.
internet  politics  facebook  surveillance 
june 2018
Los arquitectos de Internet se revelan contra el copyright de Bruselas: "Es una amenaza para las libertades"
"Si hubiera estado vigente cuando se desarrollaron los protocolos principales de Internet, es poco probable que hoy existiera tal y como lo conocemos."
copyright  internet 
june 2018
Looking for Life on a Flat Earth
The astronauts are Freemasons, sworn to secrecy. The other workers, the engineers and functionaries, have either been duped or don’t want to speak out, for fear of losing their jobs. [And they’re all Satanists and Luciferians on the top.]
science 
june 2018
Rich people are buying up dinosaurs because museums are too poor to get them
“Fossil specimens that are sold into private hands are lost to science.”
evolution 
june 2018
A debate over plant consciousness is forcing us to confront the limitations of the human mind
What if everything around us is intelligent in its own way, and we’re just not smart enough to see it?
life  consciousness 
june 2018
Manuel Vázquez Montalbán: Manifiesto anti-corrupción
…un particular estado de socorros mutuos al que alguien llegó a llamar <em>bloque constitucional</em>, contribuyendo así a la sospecha antigua y moderna de que Dios los crea y ellos se juntan.
politics  spain 
may 2018
Alberto Manguel: Stevenson sota les palmeres
…que «el nostre destí és el fracàs» i que, per tant, l’èxit vertader resideix en l’esforç i en el camí triat.
literature 
may 2018
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