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Download original files from the Plex web interface
"If you are using Plex, but you are not the owner of a server, the option to download a file is missing from the Plex web interface. This bookmarklet lets you download original files regardless if you are the server owner or not. It's like Direct Stream, but with a save button."
bookmarklets  plex  video  audio  movies  film  tv  hacks 
7 days ago
The Results Of Taking A Fastball To The Nuts Are As Horrifying As You Can Imagine
"Back on May 5, our unfortunate Yadier Molina took a deflected 102-mph fastball directly to the dick and balls, organs which baseball decorum demand be dangled near home plate with alarming precarity. He was rushed into surgery for an injury that the St. Louis Post-Dispatch referred to as a “traumatic hematoma.” Given the location of trauma and subsequent bleeding, we can deduce that Yadi was whisked under the knife to deal with a scrotum full of blood."
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"So, what does a testicle expert think about Molina’s injury?"
baseball  mlb  injury  medicine  doctors  surgery  nuts 
11 days ago
How Steve Albini Became a Poker Champion
"How legendary musician and producer Steve Albini won his first WSOP bracelet"
music  poker  albini  stevealbini 
12 days ago
On The Origins, Use, And Meaning Of "Ass In The Jackpot"
"The emergence last month of a 2016 video featuring mic’d-up Terry Collins arguing with umpire Tom Hallion not only gave the world, if only briefly, a unique insight into how umps deal with enraged managers, but also its most prominent demonstration of a phrase that was, until that point, known by only a small, niche audience. This is the story of “ass in the jackpot.”"
baseball  language  history  davidsimon 
12 days ago
Homebridge Sensors for Plex
"Homebridge Sensors for Plex is a plugin I’ve created in my spare time for the popular Homebridge server, which lets you create various sensors for Apple HomeKit that can be triggered by a playback in Plex. This allows you to automate HomeKit compatible devices with Plex in fun & useful ways."
plex  automation  homekit  apple 
13 days ago
We Should Be Building Cities for People, Not Cars
"The way we live is shaped by our infrastructure—the public spaces, building codes, and utilities that serve a city or region. It can act as the foundation for thriving communities, but it can also establish unhealthy patterns when designed poorly."
car  environment  future  research  cities  design  transit  walking 
14 days ago
The Things - Peter Watts - Clarkesworld Magazine
Peter Watts takes on Carpenters THE THING, but from the perspective of The Thing.
horror  scifi  film  movies  carpenter  shortstories  writing 
17 days ago
Trent Reznor: ‘You’re seeing the fall of America in real time’
"He’s survived infamy, addiction and a foray into tech. Now the Nine Inch Nails frontman has swapped his self-loathing for shame at the state of the nation"
music  news  nin  nineinchnails  reznor  trump  america  usa 
22 days ago
McMoon: How the Earliest Images of the Moon Were so Much Better than we Realised
"Fifty years ago, 5 unmanned lunar orbiters circled the moon, taking extremely high resolution photos of the surface. They were trying to find the perfect landing site for the Apollo missions. They would be good enough to blow up to 40 x 54ft images that the astronauts would walk across looking for the great spot. After their use, the images were locked away from the public until after the bulk of the moon landings, as at the time they would have revealed the superior technology of the USA’s spy satellite cameras, which the orbiters cameras were designed from. The main worry was the USSR gaining valuable information about landing sites that the US wanted to use. In 1971 many of the images were released, but nowhere near to their potential quality, and mainly to an academic audience as public interest in the moon had waned. Up until 2008 most of the reported images from the project were the 1966 versions that were grainy and lower quality."
history  nasa  photography  space  moon 
29 days ago
Confessions of a Disk Cracker: the secrets of 4am.
"As of February 2018, 4am has deprotected 1673 Apple II software titles, and that number is still climbing."
apple  cracking  history  piracy  preservation 
29 days ago
Tony
"I was still on the sofa at four in the afternoon, still half-dressed, when I decided that my life could not be complete if I did not somehow become friends with Anthony Bourdain. My son, then a young teenager, also in his underwear, was as inert and transfixed as I was. We were both locked into the ninth or tenth consecutive hour of a Labor Day weekend marathon of Bourdain’s cultural-journey-through-food breakthrough show, “No Reservations.”"
bourdain  food  tonybourdain  davidsimon  treme 
5 weeks ago
Don'€™t Eat Before Reading This
"A New York chef spills some trade secrets."
anthonybourdain  food  newyork  restaurant 
5 weeks ago
OS X: Run any command in a sandbox
"Beside the pre-configured profiles, OS X's sandbox wrapper command sandbox-exec provides a flexible configuration syntax that allows one to create a customized sandbox that either blacklists or whitelists specific abilities of the application executed within."
mac  osx  security  macos  macosx  sandbox 
6 weeks ago
My name is Wil Wheaton. I Live With Chronic Depression and Generalized Anxiety. I Am Not Ashamed.
"So. My name is Wil Wheaton, and I have Chronic Depression. It took me over thirty years to be able to say those ten words, and I suffered for most of them as a result. I suffered because though we in America have done a lot to help people who live with mental illness, we have not done nearly enough to make it okay for our fellow travelers on the wonky brain express to reach out and accept that help."
mentalhealth  depression 
6 weeks ago
How Boots Riley Infiltrated Hollywood
"The cult indie rapper smuggled his radical anticapitalism into his biting new film ‘Sorry to Bother You.’"
film  movies  music  thecoup  profiles 
7 weeks ago
‘Crush Them’: An Oral History of the Lawsuit That Upended Silicon Valley
"Twenty years ago, Microsoft tried to eliminate its competition in the race for the future of the internet. The government had other ideas."
business  history  antitrust  microsoft  billgates  legal 
8 weeks ago
This Must Be David Byrne
"For over four decades, the rock 'n' roll icon has carved out a career by zagging when everyone else was zigging—whether with his band Talking Heads or with collaborators ranging from Brian Eno to St. Vincent. Now, with his first solo record in 14 years, Byrne is attempting his trickiest act of subversion yet: finding stuff to feel good about in 2018."
music  davidbyrne  talkingheads  interviews  profiles 
8 weeks ago
How To: Tune a Guitar
An interactive audio guide with guitars and a little music theory.
audio  music  guitar  design 
10 weeks ago
How to fix a computer that won't restart?
"Reboot your system, then try to restart your system to see if it works or not. If this is not working for you, repeat the same steps and try one of these lines instead:"
linux  bios  reboot 
11 weeks ago
Encoding data in dubstep drops
"Dubstep songs are often criticized as sound extremely computer generated and often just too aggressive/“digital” for a lot of people to enjoy. It’s not uncommon for people to joke that they sound like someone had added a bassline and drums to modem noises
For some tracks this is truer than others. After all, it’s a genre with more aggressive interpretations and more relaxed ones.
But that had me thinking, how much effort would it be to actually embed machine readable data inside a dubstep track, while ensuring that the sound could be enjoyed by humans as well…"
audio  security  steganography  stegano  music  dubstep 
april 2018
We Tried It: Fenway Park’s New Jim Beam Dugout
"Ever wanted to watch the game mere inches from the Fenway dirt while spying on Dustin Pedroia? Now's your chance."
boston  redsox  baseball  mlb  fenway 
april 2018
What About “The Breakfast Club”?
Earlier this year, the Criterion Collection, which is “dedicated to gathering the greatest films from around the world,” released a restored version of “The Breakfast Club,” a film written and directed by John Hughes that I acted in, more than three decades ago.
culture  film  movies  metoo 
april 2018
Giving every Tor Hidden Service a IPv6 address
However tor2web has the downside in that it will only work for HTTP/HTTPS, even though onion services can be wrapped with any TCP port service!
To get around this, we can use IPv6 and its very large amount of IP addresses that are standard with a IPv6 deployment.
A Tor onion address is a 8 byte base32 encoded string (80 bits). Conveniently the minimum routable IPv6 block size is a /48 (80 bits of address space) meaning we can have a 1-1 mapping of .onion addresses to IPv6 addresses in a /48!
infrastructure  networking  onion  ipv6  cool 
april 2018
The Cheers Conspiracy
Before there was the place where everybody knows your name, there was Park St. Under, an eerily similar local sitcom. Did it quietly serve as the basis for the most famous TV show about Boston ever made?
march 2018
The Lottery Hackers
"Winning millions of dollars seemed as good a retirement plan as any."
gambling  lottery  massachusetts  michigan  statistics  math  probability 
march 2018
Ween’s The Mollusk Turns 20: An Oral History By Mickey Melchiondo
"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."
music  ween  history  oralhistory  themollusk  boognish 
march 2018
Meet the campaign connecting affluent techies with progressive candidates around the country
"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."
article  archive  politics  money  fundraising  pinboard 
march 2018
'We Got to Be Cool About This': An Oral History of the LØpht
"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."
bbs  history  boston  tech  computers  security 
march 2018
OpenBSD 6.2 VPN Endpoint for iOS and macOS
"The following instructions describe how to remotely connect to a network over an IPsec / L2TP VPN through an OpenBSD server, using native clients on macOS and iOS."
openbsd  vpn  security  apple  ios  ipsec 
march 2018
David Lynch Teaches Typing
"That typing tutor you like is coming is coming back in style!"
art  humor  lynch  davidlynch 
march 2018
Signal Foundation
"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."
privacy  software  signal  crypto  encryption 
february 2018
HulkOutList
"....list of EVERY reason that Dr. David
Banner was driven to Hulk out."
comics  funny  tv  lists 
february 2018
crontab.guru
"An easy to use editor for crontab schedules."
linux  tools  unix 
february 2018
WRITING ‘THE SHINING’ – by Diane Johnson
"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."
film  movies  kubrick  theshining  scripting  scripts  screenwriting  writing 
february 2018
‘May I, Papa?’: McDonald’s Is Releasing A New Fig And Ladyfinger McFlurry For Fancy Little Boys Who Desire A Treat - ClickHole
"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."
mcdonalds  food  funny  humor  satire  fancylittleboys 
february 2018
The Star Wars posters of Soviet Europe
"Behind the Iron Curtain, artists created strikingly trippy ads for the saga, writes Christian Blauvelt."
starwars  foreign  film  movies  posters  awesome  soviet 
january 2018
How So Many Researchers Found a 20-Year-Old Chip Flaw At Once
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.
meltdown  security  spectre  intel  bugs  nsa  disclosure 
january 2018
I Made the Pizza Cinnamon Rolls from Mario Batali’s Sexual Misconduct Apology Letter
"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."
article  baking  archive  scandal  cooking  food 
january 2018
Wikipedia articles invented by a neural network
"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."
treedonkey  donkey  ai  neuralnetworks 
january 2018
Why do some developers at strong companies like Google consider Agile development to be nonsense?
"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. "
agile  development  management 
december 2017
THE LAST JEDI: Unlearning What We Have Learned
SPOILER ALERT:
"Rian Johnson's film teaches a better way of watching movies."
spoilers  starwars  rianjohnson  film  movies  scripts  jedi 
december 2017
She was a force: A ‘Star Wars’ fan remembers Leia, and the complicated woman who played her
"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."
starwars  carriefisher  leia  princessleia  film  movies  mentalillness 
december 2017
Goth So White? | Black representation in the Post-Punk scene
"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…"
music  history  postpunk 
december 2017
Postcards from the Futch
"Nothing looks like the past like talking about “the future” of the internet."
culture  future  internet 
november 2017
Managing SSH Access without Managing SSH Keys
"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."
ssh  security  ops  sysadmin  certificates  pki 
november 2017
David Lynch on Another 'Twin Peaks' Return: "I've Learned Never Say Never"
"In his amiably evasive fashion, Lynch discussed his renewed love for television, the Twin Peaks season's ending, and more with The Hollywood Reporter."
davidlynch  twinpeaks  television  tv  film  movies  interviews 
november 2017
The Last of the Iron Lungs
"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."
health  history  life  disability  medicine  vaccines  polio 
november 2017
Scores of Cambridge restaurants paid six figures for a liquor license. Others got them for free
"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."
restaurants  food  cooking  beer  wine  liquor  prc  cambridge 
november 2017
Bob Lutz: Kiss the good times goodbye
Interesting spec-future from Bob Lutz:
"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."
cars  ai  autonomousvehicles  automation  selfdriving 
november 2017
Five myths about Hollywood
"No, it wasn’t always a boys’ club, and studios never relished risk-taking."
movies  film  amynicholson  history  hollywood  cinema 
october 2017
The Very Modern Life of an Old-Timey Baseball Organist
"Powered by technology and enthusiasm, Fenway Park’s Josh Kantor pulls out all the stops."
baseball  mlb  fenway  redsox  sox  joshkantor  organ  music 
october 2017
Disable Window Shadows on macOS Screenshots
I really dislike that the shadows on macOS windows appear in screenshots. It makes the overall image larger, making the content of the window less prominent.
mac  tips  hints  osx  macosx  macos 
september 2017
If Bostonians Loved Other Local Institutions the Way They Love Their Local Sports Franchises
"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."
boston  lol  funny  history  culture  music  mcsweeneys 
september 2017
CrashPlan packages for Synology NAS
Packages and instructions for installing CrashPlan clients on Synology NAS machines.
backup  nas  archive  crashplan  synology 
september 2017
Join our startup, we’ll cut your pay by 40%!
"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."
business  career  work  software  startups  culture  workweek 
september 2017
40 Years Later, Talking Heads’ Most Valuable Member Is Still Its Most Under-Recognized
"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."
talkingheads  tinaweymouth  bass  music  women  awesome  history 
september 2017
Identity Theft, Credit Reports, and You
"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.)"
debt  creditreport  credit  finance  fraud  theft  howto  advice  future 
september 2017
Mike Patton on Future of Dead Cross and Faith No More [Interview]
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.
fnm  patton  mikepatton  deadcross  fantomas  music  interviews 
september 2017
A Weird MIT Dorm Dies, and a Crisis Blooms at Colleges
"MIT’s Senior House was a haven for creative outsiders. Adminstrators said it was dangerous and shut it down."
sad  mit  school  college  dorms  csh 
september 2017
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 
september 2017
Sword Guys Are a Thing and I’ve Had Sex With All of Them
"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?

"
lol  culture  nerds  geeks  swords  weapons  sex 
september 2017
Abandoned States: Places In Idyllic 1960s Postcards Have Transformed Into Scenes Of Abandonment
"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. "
history  poconos  awesome  photography  pictures 
august 2017
When Sears sold the American dream
"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."
sears  shopping  homes  construction  history  boston 
august 2017
Aphex Twin Speaks To Ex. Korg Engineer Tatsuya Takahashi
"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.
10/06/2017
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music  interviews  audio  rdj  aphextwin  korg 
july 2017
How to Ship a Beluga Whale via UPS
"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.”"
stories  profiles  shipping  ups 
july 2017
Getting Crashplan to work after failed upgrade to CP v4.8
"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."
synology  backup  crashplan  tips  hacks  howto 
july 2017
Remembering George Romero
"George A. Romero (1940 – 2017) by Edgar Wright"
obituary  tributes  memories  edgarwright  film  movies  zombies  romero 
july 2017
Intro | What football will look like in the future
This sci-fi serial about what football (and the world) looks like in the future is amazing. And I hate football.
football  science  space  scifi  time  humor 
july 2017
'Spaceballs' at 30: Bill Pullman Says Crew Worried Blue Screen Would Make Them Go Blind
""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."
film  movies  melbrooks  spaceballs  starwars  history 
june 2017
The Long, Lonely Road of Chelsea Manning
"Her disclosure of classified documents in 2010 ushered in the age of leaks. Now, freed from prison, she talks about why she did it — and the isolation that followed."
government  prison  transgender  military  leaks 
june 2017
The Juiced Ball Is Back
"New testing suggests the baseball is at least partially responsible for MLB’s huge homer spike"
baseball  mlb  sports  sabermetrics  science  testing 
june 2017
The founder of Pinboard on why understanding fandom is good for business
"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."
business  internet  pinboard  del.icio.us  delicious 
june 2017
The Red Special: Brian May’s Handmade Guitar
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.
music  queen  brianmay  guitars  hacks  make  instruments 
june 2017
Inside The Cars’ secret clubhouse on Newbury Street
"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."
boston  music  studios  history  ministry  thecars 
june 2017
Norumbega, New England’s lost city of riches and Vikings
"“Here, at modern Watertown, was the ancient CITY OF NORUMBEGA.”"
boston  history  norway  norse  leiferikson  watertown 
june 2017
Notes From An Emergency
"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."
google  pinboard  politics  facebook  internet  policy  regulation  unions 
june 2017
The Fashion Outlaw Dapper Dan
"Twenty-five years after luxury labels
sued his Harlem boutique out of existence,
Gucci looks to him for inspiration."
fashion  streets  hiphop  nyc  newyork  underground 
june 2017
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