Ween’s The Mollusk Turns 20: An Oral History By Mickey Melchiondo
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"A couple weeks ago, I received a text from my friend Mickey Melchiondo, asking if I’d be interested in putting together an oral history for the 20th anniversary of Ween’s album The Mollusk."
Meet the campaign connecting affluent techies with progressive candidates around the country
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"Meet the Great Slate — a fundraising campaign that raised nearly a million dollars in 2017, mostly through Twitter, for eight seemingly random Congressional candidates from across the country. The Great Slate has no splashy slogans, no slick logos: just a bare-bones website, a donate button, and a lot of jokes on Twitter."
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'We Got to Be Cool About This': An Oral History of the LØpht
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"Born from the Boston BBS scene of the 1980s, the L0pht emerged in the 1990s as one of the more influential hacker groups ever and helped spawn the security industry as we know it today."
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"Today, we are launching the Signal Foundation, an emerging 501(c)(3) nonprofit created and made possible by Brian Acton, the co-founder of WhatsApp, to support, accelerate, and broaden Signal’s mission of making private communication accessible and ubiquitous. In case you missed it, Brian left WhatsApp and Facebook last year, and has been thinking about how to best focus his future time and energy on building nonprofit technology for public good.
Starting with an initial $50,000,000 in funding, we can now increase the size of our team, our capacity, and our ambitions."
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WRITING ‘THE SHINING’ – by Diane Johnson
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"My own work with Kubrick in 1979 came about as a result of his reading my novel The Shadow Knows (1974), a psychological novel with certain connections to the detective story, in my mind dealing with racial issues and urban violence, or, in the minds of some readers, about the deteriorating state of mind of a young woman under stress who is perhaps, or perhaps not, being stalked. Kubrick had been browsing in the “horror” genre because he wanted, he said, to make the scariest move he could."
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‘May I, Papa?’: McDonald’s Is Releasing A New Fig And Ladyfinger McFlurry For Fancy Little Boys Who Desire A Treat - ClickHole
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"Don your tartan-print leisure knickers and command Barkley to warm up the Rolls-Royce, because McDonald’s is releasing a toothsome new offering for America’s blue-blooded lads. In a press release this morning, the fast-food giant announced it is coming out with a new fig and ladyfinger McFlurry for fancy little boys who desire a treat."
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How So Many Researchers Found a 20-Year-Old Chip Flaw At Once
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The vulnerabilities behind the devastating Meltdown and Spectre attacks have existed for decades. Four groups of researchers independently found them within mere months of each other.
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I Made the Pizza Cinnamon Rolls from Mario Batali’s Sexual Misconduct Apology Letter
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"Last night, I made cinnamon rolls. I’m not a huge fan of cinnamon rolls, per se, but this recipe was included in Mario Batali’s sexual misconduct apology letter, and so I feel compelled to make them. Batali is not the first powerful man to request forgiveness for “inappropriate actions” towards his coworkers and employees. He is not the most high profile, and he is ostensibly not even the worst offender. But he is the only one who included a recipe."
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Wikipedia articles invented by a neural network
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"I trained a character-level recurrent neural network (that is, it uses individual letters as building blocks) with a very small memory to prevent it from memorizing the small dataset so quickly. Even so, most of the generated names were either incomprehensible or memorized from the original dataset. Those that weren’t, however, fit right in. It turns out text-generating neural networks are great at mashups and non sequiturs."
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Why do some developers at strong companies like Google consider Agile development to be nonsense?
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"Before I get into why this "Agile" stuff is horrible, let's describe where Agile/Scrum can work. It can work for a time-sensitive and critical project of short duration (6 weeks max) that cross-cuts the business and has no clear manager, because it involves people from multiple departments. You can call it a "Code Red" or call it a Scrum or a "War Room" if you have a physical room for it. "
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She was a force: A ‘Star Wars’ fan remembers Leia, and the complicated woman who played her
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"If Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi had trained Leia as a Jedi, the trilogy would be over in one movie — Leia is the use-eagles-to-fly-the-One-Ring-into-Morder option of the “Star Wars” universe. The reason they train Luke instead isn’t because they think he’s better; it’s because he’s expendable. If Vader cuts him down, they still have Leia."
Goth So White? | Black representation in the Post-Punk scene
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"Before post-punk and Goth in the early days of Punk, British film director, DJ and musician Don Letts pretty much ran the scene at The Roxy in London, spinning primarily reggae…"
Managing SSH Access without Managing SSH Keys
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"Everyone uses SSH to manage their production infrastructure, but it's really difficult to do a good job of managing SSH keys. Many organisations don't know how many SSH keys have access to production systems or how protected those keys are. A trusted SSH private key can be years old, unprotected by passphrase, and shared among multiple people who may not even work for you.
With some tooling and configuration SSH keys can be replaced with limited-use ephemeral certificates, issued centrally and with better access controls and automatic key expiration, solving many of the shortcomings of using SSH keys."
The Last of the Iron Lungs
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"Martha Lillard spends half of every day with her body encapsulated in a half-century old machine that forces her to breathe. Only her head sticks out of the end of the antique iron lung. On the other side, a motorized lever pulls the leather bellows, creating negative pressure that induces her lungs to suck in air."
Scores of Cambridge restaurants paid six figures for a liquor license. Others got them for free
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"It took years of hard work for Sumiao Chen to open her own restaurant in booming Kendall Square. She navigated a pricey real estate market, lined up financing, and created a menu of authentic Hunan cuisine that’s been drawing a crowd of young patrons since her summer launch.
But there’s one thing she finds galling: paying $200,000 for a liquor license that other Cambridge restaurant owners got for free."
Bob Lutz: Kiss the good times goodbye
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"Bob Lutz is a former vice chairman and head of product development at General Motors. He also held senior executive positions with Ford, Chrysler, BMW and Opel."
If Bostonians Loved Other Local Institutions the Way They Love Their Local Sports Franchises
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"Hear that new one from the BSO?
— Shit, yeah, that Brahms? That one knocked me square on my ass. Even more so than the Shostakovich. Pardon me, the Grammy Award-winning Shostakovich."
Join our startup, we’ll cut your pay by 40%!
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"Have you ever thought to yourself, “I need to get paid far far less than I’m worth?” Me neither. And yet some companies not only pay less, they’re proud of it. Allow me to explain—
I recently encountered a job posting from one such startup. My usual response would be to roll my eyeballs and move on, but this particular posting was so egregious that had I done so I would’ve ended up looking at the back of my skull."
40 Years Later, Talking Heads’ Most Valuable Member Is Still Its Most Under-Recognized
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"Upon the release of [Selena] Gomez's "Bad Liar," a track built on Weymouth's iconic "Psycho Killer" riff, critics focused on David Byrne's seal of approval, despite the fact that he wasn't responsible for the seminal sample. As is often the case with women who back charismatic frontmen, Weymouth's recognition was an afterthought."
Identity Theft, Credit Reports, and You
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"Was an account opened in your name without your consent? Great, you’re in the right place. The rest of this article assumes that you’ve either checked a credit report or been told by a bank that an account exists in your name which you didn’t open. (There exist steps related to the below to help improve one’s situation in the circumstance where your problem is that you’ve not paid debts you legitimately owed, but that problem is out of scope here.)"
Mike Patton on Future of Dead Cross and Faith No More [Interview]
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Mike Patton was the latest guest on Full Metal Jackie’s weekend radio program. The singer spoke about his involvement in Dead Cross from initially wanting to sign the band to his record label to becoming their frontman. He commented on the freedom he has within the band, their plans for the future and he gives an update on what’s currently going on with Faith No More. Check out the chat below.
New Security Measures in iOS 11 and Their Forensic Implications
Apple continues to tweak security models in iOS in ways clearly designed to protect its users from nation states. No model can be perfect, but I'm hard pressed to come up with the name of another vendor working as hard at it.apple ios iphone security keeprunning forensics
Sword Guys Are a Thing and I’ve Had Sex With All of Them
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"I genuinely think there’s no better demonstration of sexism in our society than the fact that we talk about cat ladies but not sword guys (and I do not mean to disparage either). This is despite the fact that the transition into the sword-guy lifestyle is swifter: A woman has to have, let’s say, more than three cats before her cat ownership becomes a lifestyle statement and people deem her a “cat lady.” But if a guy just mounts a single katana on his wall he is saying, “That’s it, this is me now.” Yet we never talk about sword guys?
Abandoned States: Places In Idyllic 1960s Postcards Have Transformed Into Scenes Of Abandonment
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"I found the old matchbook lying on a desk.
It was buried under some papers, beside a thick, water-logged book frozen solid in the January chill. I ran my fingers down its spine and read the title: "How to Run A Successful Golf Course."
The owner of the Penn Hills Resort in the Poconos probably hadn't followed whatever advice the author had to offer. They boarded the place up years ago, and there's a gaping hole in the roof of his old office. Muted greens and yellows, shag carpeting peek at me through a sheet of ice.
The matchbook, which looks to be from the 60's, is about half empty—whoever was sitting here when this place finally went under surely needed a smoke. "
When Sears sold the American dream
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"Long before you could buy a flat-pack bedroom set from IKEA and spend an afternoon sweating and swearing as you put it together at home, Americans were ordering entire houses by mail that were shipped by rail and ready for hopeful homeowners to assemble piece by piece."
Aphex Twin Speaks To Ex. Korg Engineer Tatsuya Takahashi
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"RICHARD D. JAMES INTERVIEWS EX. KORG ENGINEER ABOUT THEIR COLLABORATION ON THE MONOLOGUE, MICROTUNING, GEOMETRY AND DREAMS. ACCOMPANIED BY TRACK "KORG FUNK 5" USING EXCLUSIVELY KORG SYNTHESISERS. TATSUYA TAKAHASHI IS CURRENTLY ADVISOR FOR KORG AND HOLDS A FULL-TIME POSITION AT YADASTAR GMBH TO WORK ON TECHNOLOGY BASED PROJECTS. HIS TOKYO HOME WAS PHOTOGRAPHED BY AKEMI KUROSAKA.
How to Ship a Beluga Whale via UPS
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"When the Georgia Aquarium broke ground in 2005, UPS made a generous donation: at no cost, they offered their logistics and shipping services for whatever the facility needed. It didn’t take long before their corporate headquarters got a call from Atlanta.
“This is going to sound strange, but hear me out,” said the voice on the line: “we’d like to transport some really, really big fish.”"
Getting Crashplan to work after failed upgrade to CP v4.8
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"PC Load Letter's package for installing Crashplan has long been a staple for Synology users needing low-cost, high-volume backups. Annoyingly, CrashPlan have not really done much over the years to improve their Java-based backup application and this year they really messed things up for a lot of people since it now only works on Intel based devices (not ARM) - so much for Java being cross-platform!!
So, for what it is worth, here are my notes on how I got it to work again without having to destroy my settings. This meant I could just restart the existing backups."
'Spaceballs' at 30: Bill Pullman Says Crew Worried Blue Screen Would Make Them Go Blind
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""Mel used to do these power naps where he'd lay down for just five minutes, and I have never seen anything like the spirit that would return to him," the actor recalls."
The founder of Pinboard on why understanding fandom is good for business
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"Subscription-based bookmarking site Pinboard is a one-man operation, founded and maintained by former Yahoo engineer and slightly eccentric Silicon Valley figure Maciej Cegłowski. Last week, it managed to acquire its longtime rival, Delicious, for a paltry $35,000, in what appeared on its surface to be a standard story of dog-eat-dog.
But behind every boring story is a smaller, more interesting story. Delicious may be largely lost to the internet, but it leaves behind a valuable lesson on understanding users — specifically those that belong to a massive online subculture."
The Red Special: Brian May’s Handmade Guitar
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Guitarists are a special breed, and many of them have a close connection with the instruments they play. It might be a specific brand of guitar, or a certain setup required to achieve the sound they’re looking for. No one has a closer bond with an instrument than Brian May to his Red Special. The guitar he toured with and played through his career with Queen and beyond had very humble beginnings. It was built from scratch by Brian and his father Harold May.
Inside The Cars’ secret clubhouse on Newbury Street
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"I once had access to the most exclusive address on Newbury Street — No. 331, near a Japanese restaurant that today houses Sonsie. It was the site of Syncro Sound, an aging recording studio that The Cars bought and completely refurbished in 1981. Every day, thousands of people passed the storefront between Hereford Street and Massachusetts Avenue; few knew what went on beyond the unmarked door and one-way window."
Notes From An Emergency
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"But their software and algorithms affect the lives of billions of people. Decisions about how this software works are not under any kind of democratic control. In the best case, they are being made by idealistic young people in California with imperfect knowledge of life in a faraway place like Germany. In the worst case, they are simply being read out of a black-box algorithm trained on God knows what data.
This is a very colonial mentality! In fact, it’s what we fought our American War of Independence over, a sense of grievance that decisions that affected us were being made by strangers across the ocean.
Today we're returning the favor to all of Europe."
What is modern Vim?
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"One of the main innovations in Vim 8 is asynchronous I/O, which allows plugins to communicate with other processes without interrupting the UI. If you’ve ever used a plugin that extends Vim’s search or autocomplete behaviour then you’ve probably noticed that the UI blocks while results are displayed."
Way More Americans May Be Atheists Than We Thought
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"Recent surveys have found that only about one in 10 Americans report that they do not believe in God, and only about 3 percent identify as atheist. But a new study suggests that the true number of atheists could be much larger, perhaps even 10 times larger than previously estimated."
The Love and Terror of Nick Cave
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"For four decades, Nick Cave has been at the edge of music, putting his spin on everything from punk rock to lovesick ballads—much of it with his band the Bad Seeds—assembling a body of work that is astonishing for its range, power, and feeling. Then unspeakable tragedy and grief had their way with him, and his music had to change yet again"
Can Anyone Repair National Lampoon’s Devastated Brand?
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"Over the past 15 years, three devotees of the comedy institution have attempted to restore the humor brand to its former glory. What happened instead was direct-to-video movies, lawsuits, crippling debt, and two prison sentences."
That's Not Mystery Meat, It's New Jersey's Beloved Pork Roll
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"Biting into a pork roll sandwich is kind of like biting into bologna sandwich, except it’s not. And it’s a little like eating ham, except it isn’t. It’s closest to Canadian bacon, but don’t ever compare it to Canadian bacon, especially not in front of a New Jersey native—it’s just not the same.
Pork roll, or Taylor ham as it’s called in most of north Jersey, isn’t quite like any processed meat product in the rest of the United States. It’s a delicious combination of miscellaneous pork product, sugar, spices, and salt. It’s all processed, smoked, packaged, and sold in New Jersey–and almost nowhere else."
Return of the KLF: ‘They were agents of chaos. Now the world they anticipated is here’
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"Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty hijacked pop in the 1980s and 90s with outlandish antics involving lasers, house music, a Viking longship and a million-pound bonfire. Andrew Harrison revisits the chaos – and talks to their former partners in crime"
Interview: Ben Wheatley on the local landscape of 'Free Fire', rebranding the gun fight, and cracking 'Hard Boiled' - Vanyaland
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"It’s safe to say that Ben Wheatley is one of the most fascinating filmmakers working today. This, after all, is a man who managed to make a black-and-white psychedelic period piece set during the English Civil War into one of the most entrancing films of the past decade (A Field in England), and also managed last year to successfully adapt High Rise, a JG Ballard novel once believed to be entirely unadaptable.
His latest film, Free Fire, continues his hot streak, and we had the chance to sit down with Wheatley to talk about that film’s status as a Boston movie, the difficulty of shooting a pump-action shotgun, and some of his upcoming projects."
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Snapcast is a multi-room client-server audio player, where all clients are time synchronized with the server to play perfectly synced audio. It's not a standalone player, but an extension that turns your existing audio player into a Sonos-like multi-room solution. The server's audio input is a named pipe /tmp/snapfifo. All data that is fed into this file will be send to the connected clients. One of the most generic ways to use Snapcast is in conjunction with the music player daemon (MPD) or Mopidy, which can be configured to use a named pipe as audio output.
Interview With a Man Who Has a Tramp Stamp That Says 'Executive Producer DICK WOLF'
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"“Is that an EPDWTS?” you might be thinking. As Kara’s helpful and furious red circles confirm, that is indeed an EPDWTS."
Cableporn: So I was given a job to do. Here is my daily progress.
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When I first got to the box I hardly knew where to start. All of the strands of fiber were coming from splitters of 32 strands. There were 27 of them so I started doing one by one.
Bash scripting quirks & safety tips
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Yesterday I was talking to some friends about Bash and I realized that, even though I’ve been using Bash for more than 10 years now there are still a few basic quirks about it that are not totally obvious to me. So as usual I thought I’d write a blog post.
MLB rookies won't dress like women this year. Here's what players think about the new rule.
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"Sean Doolittle understands the concern.
The veteran A’s reliever, asked about the new, collectively bargained MLB rule that prohibits the long-standing tradition of forcing rookies to dress up as women for a late-season road trip, stressed that he does not think ballplayers ever meant to marginalize any fans in the practice. But, Doolittle said, if the increased social-media attention around the annual rite of passage alienated fans, there’s no good reason to keep it going.
“It has always been one of those sacred clubhouse rituals,” Doolittle said. “With the nature of media now, and the transparency that comes with social media, that stuff gets a lot more publicity. And while it’s meant in good fun, we also have to be aware of what it looks like to other people. And if other people say they’re offended by it, who are we to say what you’re allowed to be offended by or what you’re not allowed to be offended by?”"
Wait, Let's Clown These Scrub-Ass Doofuses Some More
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"Hear me, Americans! Savor this world-historic self-own by the soft-ass imbeciles currently running our government, who had at least a year to overhaul a spectacularly unpopular healthcare system against which they’d been campaigning for the better part of a decade but bailed on the effort after 17 days because their diapers were leaking down their legs."
The Rebirth of Baseball’s Great Communicator – The Ringer
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"Terry Francona became a baseball legend when he helped end the Curse of the Bambino. Now, years after an acrimonious end with the Red Sox, he’s rebuilt the Cleveland Indians into a World Series contender and reassumed his position as a pillar of the sport. He’s equally revered for his managerial innovations and press conference quirk, and he’s happy to talk about all of it — right after he pulls his tooth out of his tobacco."
The Oregon Trail Generation: Life Before and After Mainstream Tech
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"If you can distinctly recall the excitement of walking into your weekly computer lab session and seeing a room full of Apple 2Es displaying the start screen of Oregon Trail, you’re a member of this nameless generation, my friend."