Three Feet From God: An Oral History of Nirvana ‘Unplugged’
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"Twenty-five years after the historic performance that became the band’s best-selling final album, we talked to producers, directors, musicians, and fans present for Kurt Cobain and Nirvana’s greatest performance"
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Post Malone is the perfect pop star for this American moment. That’s not a compliment.
8 days ago
"What Post Malone is selling is the chill-bro relatability of the third-most-sensitive member of a frat house, softly crooning acoustic guitar rap covers to seduce Gammas after a pledge paddling."
8 days ago
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross: How the NIN Masterminds Balance Scoring and Touring
17 days ago
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"Ahead of their appearance at Variety's Music for Screens summit, the pair took time out to discuss juggling scores for projects like "Watchmen" and "Mid90s" with an international Nine Inch Nails tour."
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Introduction to pitchRx package
4 weeks ago
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"The R package pitchRx provides tools for collecting Major League Baseball (MLB) Gameday data and visualizing PITCHf/x. This page provides a rough overview of it’s scope, but the RJournal article is more comprehensive. The source file used to generate this page is helpful to see how to embed pitchRx animations in to documents using knitr. If coding isn’t your thing, you might want to just play with my PITCHf/x visualization app!"
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View Rick Stein's Obituary on delawareonline.com and share memories
5 weeks ago
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"Wilmington - Rick Stein, 71, of Wilmington was reported missing and presumed dead on September 27, 2018 when investigators say the single-engine plane he was piloting, The Northrop, suddenly lost communication with air traffic control and disappeared over the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Rehoboth Beach. Philadelphia police confirm Stein had been a patient at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital where he was being treated for a rare form of cancer. Hospital spokesman Walter Heisenberg says doctors from Stein's surgical team went to visit him on rounds when they discovered his room was empty. Security footage shows Stein leaving the building at approximately 3:30 Thursday afternoon, but then the video feed mysteriously cuts off. Authorities say they believe Stein took an Uber to the Philadelphia airport where they assume he somehow gained access to the aircraft........."
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The Donkey Refuge Where Burros Become Coyote-Kicking Livestock Guardians
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"With the right training, feral donkeys go from zero to hero."
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By Killing a Puppy, the Creators of John Wick Birthed a Franchise
8 weeks ago
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"So do you need any backstory? Do you need another character to open a folder that says, ‘John Wick is a badass?’ Or would you rather just see it? Does Keanu Reeves have any credibility problem with John Wick? No. He is a badass."
8 weeks ago
Mod and Remainder are not the Same
12 weeks ago
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"last week I found out something weird that I thought I would share: mod and remainder are not the same thing. The really fun thing about that statement is that there are a small fraction of people reading this, jumping out of their chairs saying “NO SHIT I’VE BEEN TRYING TO TELL YOU AND EVERYONE ELSE FOREVER”."
"Shout out to mods-not-remainder crew! This one’s for you."
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In Soviet Russia Smartcard Hacks You
12 weeks ago
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"The smart card stack is the piece of software on a computer system that interacts with smart cards (aka chip cards) when a card is inserted into a card reader. Imagine breaking into an IT-system by just inserting a manipulated card."
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Growing Up Jobs - Lisa Brennan-Jobs Recalls Memories of Her Famous Father
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"Steve Jobs and Chrisann Brennan were 23 when their daughter was born. Lisa Brennan-Jobs remembers the pride and pain of a childhood spent navigating the vastness between her struggling single mom and Apple’s mercurial founder."
How an Ex-Cop Rigged McDonald’s Monopoly Game and Stole Millions
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"Jerome Jacobson and his network of mobsters, psychics, strip club owners, and drug traffickers won almost every prize for 12 years, until the FBI launched Operation ‘Final Answer.’"
“I Don’t Care If It Never Shows in a Theater”: Steven Soderbergh on sex, lies, and videotape, 4K HDR and the Studio System
Some films make a splash on their initial release and are largely forgotten just a few years later; others are ignored but rise in stature with the passage of time. Steven Soderbergh’s 1989 debut sex, lies, and videotape is one of those rare movies that was a phenomenon in its time and has only gotten better with age, a razor-sharp exploration of the ways in which we lie to each other and ourselves and an inquiry into what those lies say about our relationships, our desires, and our society as a whole. An extremely specific movie about a precise social class and cultural moment, it’s nevertheless a timeless study of issues that couldn’t be more pertinent to our current age, most notably in terms of the role technology plays in creating both distance and intimacy. It’s also impeccably acted, photographed, edited and directed, with a depth of feeling and an economy of expression that earns comparison with the best of Ingmar Bergman – not to mention Mike Nichols and Peter Bogdanovich, twosoderbergh film movies bluray hd hdr hdtv history
Bourdain Confidential - The Anthony Bourdain Interview
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""I find, again and again, just by spending the time, by asking very simple questions, people have said the most astonishing things to me.""
Veterans Speak Out Against The Militarization Of Sports - Only A Game
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"Before 9/11, giant flags and flyovers were reserved for the Super Bowl. Today, they are commonplace. Even the players wear camouflage jerseys. The military is omnipresent. And it’s by design."
"The public accepts this as supporting the troops, but one group of individuals — the veterans themselves — is more skeptical. One voice stood out: William Astore's."
""They bring out a humongous flag," he says. "Military jets fly overhead, sometimes it’s a B-2 stealth bomber, sometimes it’s fighter jets.""
Download original files from the Plex web interface
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"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."
The Results Of Taking A Fastball To The Nuts Are As Horrifying As You Can Imagine
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"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."
"So, what does a testicle expert think about Molina’s injury?"
On The Origins, Use, And Meaning Of "Ass In The Jackpot"
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"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.”"
Homebridge Sensors for Plex
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"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."
We Should Be Building Cities for People, Not Cars
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"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."
McMoon: How the Earliest Images of the Moon Were so Much Better than we Realised
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"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."
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"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.”"
OS X: Run any command in a sandbox
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"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."
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."
This Must Be David Byrne
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"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."
Encoding data in dubstep drops
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"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…"
What About “The Breakfast Club”?
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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.
Giving every Tor Hidden Service a IPv6 address
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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!
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."
'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."
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."
‘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."
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.
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."
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."
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. "
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."