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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 
4 days ago
CrashPlan packages for Synology NAS
Packages and instructions for installing CrashPlan clients on Synology NAS machines.
backup  nas  archive  crashplan  synology 
5 days ago
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 
6 days ago
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 
7 days ago
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 
11 days ago
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 
11 days ago
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 
14 days ago
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 
15 days ago
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 
24 days ago
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 
25 days ago
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 
7 weeks ago
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 
8 weeks ago
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 
8 weeks ago
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 
9 weeks ago
Remembering George Romero
"George A. Romero (1940 – 2017) by Edgar Wright"
obituary  tributes  memories  edgarwright  film  movies  zombies  romero 
9 weeks ago
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 
11 weeks ago
'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
What is modern Vim?
"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."
book  vim  vi  neovim  asynchronous  tips 
may 2017
Meet the Nerds Coding Their Way Through the War in Afghanistan
"Inside the Defense Digital Service's mission to Afghanistan. Their mission? Make the tech tools used by the US military suck a little less."
dds  usds  digitalservice  government  military  tech  programming 
may 2017
Way More Americans May Be Atheists Than We Thought
"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."
religion  atheism  polls  studies 
may 2017
My Family’s Slave
"She lived with us for 56 years. She raised me and my siblings without pay. I was 11, a typical American kid, before I realized who she was."
history  slavery  servitude 
may 2017
A Formerly Blind Movie Fan On Seeing Movies For The First Time
"After three decades of being legally blind, a movie geek describes the process and experience of becoming sighted - and what it's like for her to finally see her favorites."
film  movies  disability  eye  sight  seeing  blind 
may 2017
The Love and Terror of Nick Cave
"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"
interview  music  longform  nickcave  loss  death  film  movies 
may 2017
Can Anyone Repair National Lampoon’s Devastated Brand?
"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."
comedy  history  lampoon  crime  business  movies  film  television  tv  magazines 
may 2017
That's Not Mystery Meat, It's New Jersey's Beloved Pork Roll
"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."
food  jersey  newjersey  porkroll  taylorham  cooking  regional 
may 2017
Dead Cross' Mike Patton, Dave Lombardo Talk Spastic New Album
"Hardcore supergroup featuring Faith No More singer, ex-Slayer drummer also premieres wild new song "Grave Slave""
slayer  music  fnm  faithnomore  patton  mikepatton  hardcore 
may 2017
Return of the KLF: ‘They were agents of chaos. Now the world they anticipated is here’
"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"
music  history  klf  mumu  JAMMs 
april 2017
Starling Marte and Home Runs in the Era of PED Testing
Joe Sheehan (and the data) suggests that the "Steroid Era" of baseball may have been more accurately described as the "Expansion/Players' Strike Era"...
baseball  mlb  steroids  PEDs  statistics  panic 
april 2017
Interview: Ben Wheatley on the local landscape of 'Free Fire', rebranding the gun fight, and cracking 'Hard Boiled' - Vanyaland
"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."
benwheatley  amyjump  film  movies  interviews  directors  writers 
april 2017
Broad Cinema: Thank God Kathleen Kennedy Was A Bad Secretary
"Man hires a secretary. Man realizes she’s not fit for the job. Woman inherits the empire."
film  movies  industry  business  lucas  lucasfilm  spielberg  kathykennedy 
april 2017
snapcast
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.
home  audio  sonos  sync  music  listen 
april 2017
Harry Shearer: Why My 'Spinal Tap' Lawsuit Affects All Creators
""We are motivated by a desire to highlight the longstanding and improper accounting practices in the music and film industries," actor writes"
economics  fraud  hollywood  spinaltap  shearer  lawsuit 
april 2017
Interview With a Man Who Has a Tramp Stamp That Says 'Executive Producer DICK WOLF'
This is currently my favorite thing on the internet:
"“Is that an EPDWTS?” you might be thinking. As Kara’s helpful and furious red circles confirm, that is indeed an EPDWTS."
lawandorder  dickwolf  tattoos  awesome  lol  funny  trampstamps  interviews 
april 2017
Cableporn: So I was given a job to do. Here is my daily progress.
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.
cableporn  fiber  telco  pop  organization  wiring  ocd 
april 2017
Bash scripting quirks & safety tips
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.
scripting  tips  unix  bash  programming  syntax 
april 2017
MLB rookies won't dress like women this year. Here's what players think about the new rule.
"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?”"
awesome  growth  mlb  baseball  hazing 
march 2017
Wait, Let's Clown These Scrub-Ass Doofuses Some More
"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."
lol  politics  healthcare  insurance  aca  Obamacare  trumpcare 
march 2017
The Rebirth of Baseball’s Great Communicator – The Ringer
"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."
baseball  mlb  redsox  cleveland  tito  francona  interviews 
march 2017
The Oregon Trail Generation: Life Before and After Mainstream Tech
"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."
genx  culture  bridge 
march 2017
Whatever happened to Generation X?
"Douglas Coupland defined a new generation in his 1991 novel, Generation X. But how are those cynical, anti-establishment kids going, now they’re in their 40s? Lindsay Baker investigates."
genx  history  culture  pigeonholes 
march 2017
Tim League Refutes Netflix’s Reed Hastings On Movie Theater Innovation
"The founder of the Alamo Drafthouse has some issues with Netflix's Hastings saying that the movie business hasn't innovated in the last 30 years."
film  movies  cinema  alamodrafthouse  timleague  netflix  streaming 
march 2017
David Letterman on Life After TV, Late Night Today, and the Man He Calls Trumpy
“How’s this interview going? Do you think you’re talking to a normal person here?”
comedy  television  tv  letterman  interviews 
march 2017
/usr/bin/time: not the command you think you know
"Open up a terminal. Run ‘type time’. You’ll be told that “time is a shell keyword”. Now run ‘which time’ and you’ll see ‘/usr/bin/time’, which looks like a path to a binary. Are they the same thing? Nope. In fact, one of them can give you a whole lot of interesting information that the other can’t."
shell  unix  time  tips 
march 2017
Who Needs GPS? The Forgotten Story of Etak’s Amazing 1985 Car Navigation System
"With backing from Atari’s cofounder, an engineer-navigator brought high-tech driving directions to cars–during the Reagan Administration.












"
car  gps  history  technology  navigation 
march 2017
So A Nazi Walks Into An Iron Bar: the Meyer Lansky Story
"I’m starting a series here where I talk about history, because geeks love history. I’m going to focus on stories I think anarchists will like. "
cool  history  nazis  fascists  mob  nyc 
february 2017
The best way to store your dotfiles: A bare Git repository
"Recently I read about this amazing technique in an Hacker News thread on people's solutions to store their dotfiles. User StreakyCobra showed his elegant setup and ... It made so much sense! I am in the process of switching my own system to the same technique. The only pre-requisite is to install Git."
git  linux  unix  dotfiles  tips  tricks 
february 2017
A Conversation With Brian Eno About Ambient Music
"The unceasingly curious composer on chance, minimalism, and the politics of form."
eno  music  ambient 
february 2017
Reflecting on one very, very strange year at Uber
It's as if bad news comes out about Uber and the company is like "we can do worse!"
"As most of you know, I left Uber in December and joined Stripe in January. I've gotten a lot of questions over the past couple of months about why I left and what my time at Uber was like. It's a strange, fascinating, and slightly horrifying story that deserves to be told while it is still fresh in my mind, so here we go. "
engineering  women  uber  sexism 
february 2017
How to be an American: Syrian refugees find a home in Trump country
“I hated Muslims,” he said.

For years, Dutcher’s neighbors were meth addicts and rowdy alcoholics. Slobs. In June, a Syrian family who spoke no English moved in. Another family moved in after that, then another. Now there are six.

Soon enough, Dutcher said, empty bottles in the hallway were replaced with children’s bicycles. The loud arguments of a ­drug-addicted couple were replaced by the sounds of children’s laughter.

“The Muslims here were all about family and they just loved everyone,” Dutcher said. “I remember the people who lived here before; they took for granted everything this country gave them. These people, they really changed my heart.”

Through interpreters, he learned about the families’ stories of loss and fleeing war. It softened his stance on Islam and led him to question some of what Trump was saying. Around refugees, he never felt safer.

“I used to be afraid when the meth addicts were here,” he said. “Now I don’t even look to see who’s knocking on my door. I know it will be someone with a plate of food or a kid asking me to fix his bike.”
article  islam  trump  america  immigration  refugees 
february 2017
A Plea for Responsible and Contextualized Reporting on User Security
"Unfortunately, your story was the equivalent of putting “VACCINES KILL PEOPLE” in a blaring headline over a poorly contextualized piece. While it is true that in a few cases, vaccines kill people through rare and unfortunate side effects, they also save millions of lives.

You would have no problem understanding why “Vaccines Kill People” would be a problem headline for a story, especially given the context of anti-vaccination movements. But your series of stories on WhatsApp does the same disservice and perpetrates a similar public health threat against secure communications."
encryption  security  journalism  whatsapp  signal 
january 2017
The Final Days of Obama’s Tech Surge
"The White House imported Silicon Valley’s best to transform government. Will Trump undo it all?"
usds  digitalservice  government  usa  us  weaver  lol  Obama 
january 2017
Stage Oddity: The Story of David Bowie’s Secret Final Project
"When Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist Michael Cunningham got a call from someone claiming to be David Bowie, he thought it was a friend pulling a prank. He didn’t know he was about to be launched into a yearlong collaboration on a musical involving space aliens, mariachi bands, and an imaginary trove of unreleased songs by Bob Dylan. Here, for the first time, is the story of their unfinished show—and what it’s like to work alongside a bona fide pop genius."
bowie  davidbowie  lazarus  theatre  music  history 
january 2017
There is no WhatsApp 'backdoor'
"Today, the Guardian published a story falsely claiming that WhatsApp's end to end encryption contains a "backdoor.""
encryption  privacy  security  whatsapp  openwhispersystems  signal  moxie 
january 2017
The Media’s Favorite ‘Millennial’ Is 55 Years Old
Dan Nainan is known as a 35-year-old former Intel engineer who now makes millions as a comedian. The fact that he’s 20 years older is the least weird part of his story.
comedy  lol  lying  awesome  intel 
january 2017
Did Inadequate Women’s Healthcare Destroy Star Wars’ Old Republic?
"At the end of Episode III, Anakin gets three limbs chopped off and then falls into hot lava. He lives.

His wife has babies, under medical supervision. She dies."
feminism  starwars  twitter  healthcare 
january 2017
Still File - Skrekkøgle
"'Still File' is a series of 4 photographs recreating computer renderings as physical scenes. The photos' artifacts, surroundings, camera settings and lighting has been shaped intending to resemble 3d graphics of different types."
art  design  graphics  photography  cg 
january 2017
Superintelligence: The Idea That Eats Smart People
"This is the text version of a talk I gave on October 29, 2016, at Web Camp Zagreb"
ai  intelligence  philosophy  psychology  minds  valley 
december 2016
Children of Men Might Be the Most Relevant Film of 2016
"Director Alfonso Cuarón revisits Children of Men, his overlooked 2006 masterpiece, which might be the most relevant film of 2016."
film  movies  culture  childrenofmen  history 
december 2016
Obituary: Gen. Leia Organa, Veteran of the Rebel Alliance
"CORUSCANT – Resistance leaders have officially confirmed the death of Gen. Leia Organa, hero of the Galactic Civil War, who died of heart-related complications on Tuesday. She was 60 years old."
starwars  carriefisher  obituary  funny  space  scifi 
december 2016
DJ Shadow Is Still Looking for the Perfect Beat
<Blockquote> Twenty years after the release of DJ Shadow’s ‘Endtroducing …,’ DJs, artists, and collectors talk about crate digging in the internet age
music  vinyl  sampling  culture  dj  internet 
december 2016
The Great A.I. Awakening - The New York Times
<Blockquote>How Google used artificial intelligence to transform Google Translate, one of its more popular services — and how machine learning is poised to reinvent computing itself. </Blockquote>
translation  neuralnetworks  google  AI 
december 2016
Fizz Buzz in Tensorflow
"interviewer: OK, so are you familiar with "fizz buzz"?"
funny  google  interview  tensorflow 
december 2016
The sickening business of wellness
"Crystals, detoxes, and salt lamps are all scams meant to cure you of your money."
scams  flimflap  bullshit  health  cures  nonsense  hippies 
december 2016
It’s Not Me, It’s You: My Break Up With China
"It has been my dream for years to further spread Troma’s shit-disturbing, peace-loving reach...into other parts of the world, specifically China. A lifelong interest in China’s history and culture has led me to want to actually make a Troma movie there, in the Mandarin language no less. Decades have passed, though, since I first visited China and the things that have always stopped me from making a film there still hold true. In fact, I would say, things have only gotten progressively worse since then. It’s not the Chinese laws or logistics that keep the Chinese Troma movie from ever being made. Instead, it’s the Chinese oppression, elitism, and corruption that has long-existed in China, so the nation’s failure to neither cease nor amend these obscene failures fuels my rage."
film  movies  troma  lloydkaufman  china 
november 2016
Cleaning and optimizing a Windows computer safely
I hope I never need this.
"This is a guide to maintenance for Windows 7 and higher, that is helpful to go through on older machines or to try to fix general issues. Although this isn't a computer disinfection guide, it will remove many viruses and repair their damage. This is not strictly beginner-level.

All of these tasks have been performed by me or my scripts across tens, hundreds, or over a thousand computers. These are hard-won lessons. There is nothing unusually risky here, but I won't give you a warranty. 

The ORDER of these steps is purposeful. For example - uninstalling some programs, running a temp file clean, and rebooting can leave them in a broken state."
malware  security  windows 
november 2016
H.264 is Magic
H.264 is a video compression codec standard. It is ubiquitous - internet video, Blu-ray, phones, security cameras, drones, everything. Everything uses H.264 now.

H.264 is a remarkable piece of technology. It is the result of 30+ years of work with one single goal: To reduce the bandwidth required for transmission of full-motion video.

Technically, it is very interesting. This post will give insight into some of the details at a high level - I hope to not bore you too much with the intricacies.
video  compression  encoding  graphics 
november 2016
Where’s the Love for Donkeys?
About 5,000 years ago, 10 donkeys were laid to rest in painstakingly constructed brick grave chambers at a site connected with one of the earliest Egyptian kings.

They were buried in a place of importance, “where the highest lords would be,” said Fiona Marshall, an archaeologist at Washington University in St. Louis who studies the domestication of donkeys. Because of their importance in trade across the Sahara, she said, donkeys had “superhigh status.”
donkey  donkeys 
november 2016
Couple Encounters a Black Metal Band in Woods During Engagement Shoot
"John Awesome and Nydia Hernandez were having a lovely engagement photo shoot in Holy Jim Canyon, California, when they encountered something unusual: a black metal band in the middle of the woods."
lol  photos  music  metal 
october 2016
Replace Your Noisy Drobo5N (or 5D) Fan
"For the cost of a $15 fan & maybe an hour of your time, you can replace the fan in your $500 Drobo5N backup system."
repair  drobo  instructions  guides 
october 2016
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