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Confessions of a Disk Cracker: the secrets of 4am. - Paleotronic Magazine
"Preservation is driven by pirates, who are driven by ego but constrained by the technical limitations of their era. In the 1980s, this meant storage space and network speed."
software  piracy  history  hacking  via:lmg 
july 2018 by kevan
Why We Forget Most of the Books We Read - The Atlantic
"Horvath and his colleagues at the University of Melbourne found that those who binge-watched TV shows forgot the content of them much more quickly than people who watched one episode a week."
memory  television  books  via:lmg 
march 2018 by kevan
The Real Weird Twitter Is Espionage Twitter | The Awl
"The string of characters always ends with zeroes, occasionally with the location service turned on, so you can see that 554705fa00000000 was allegedly tweeted from the "Region of Khabarovsk." This has been going on all day and all night, for years, with more than 318,000 tweets posted since 2009. But why?"
twitter  secrets  mysteries  via:lmg 
march 2013 by kevan
The evolving blogosphere: An empire gives way | The Economist
"Numbering several thousand, [the blogs] had not been updated since May 2009. Like hastily abandoned cities, they mark the arrival of the Indonesian version of Facebook, the online social network."
blogs  internet  history  via:lmg 
july 2010 by kevan
Inside the Apocalyptic Soviet Doomsday Machine
"The Soviets had taken game theory one step further than Kubrick, Szilard, and everyone else: They built a system to deter themselves. By guaranteeing that Moscow could hit back, Perimeter was actually designed to keep an overeager Soviet military or civilian leader from launching prematurely during a crisis." [...] "No matter what was going to happen, there still would be revenge. Those who attack us will be punished."
war  apocalypse  technology  russia  history  politics  weapons  via:lmg 
november 2009 by kevan
Blood & Treasure: Steve Bell interview
"I'm not the sort of cartoonist who does an off the cuff caricature and leaves it at that. [...] It's part appearance, part character, part ideas - so you just sit there in the attic updating the picture of Dorian Gray."
interviews  cartoons  politics  via:lmg 
may 2009 by kevan
Return to sender: Artist puts Royal Mail to the test - This Britain, UK - The Independent
"Among the initial batch of envelopes was a letter with the address written in mirror writing. But it was not until sorting office staff forwarded one in which her street name and number were the answer to a series of crossword clues that she realised someone was taking their job very seriously indeed."
puzzles  paper  crosswords  via:lmg 
february 2009 by kevan
IanVisits » Abandoned London
Photos of empty London streets on Christmas morning.
photos  london  via:lmg 
january 2009 by kevan
Aza’s Thoughts » Vote! How to Detect the Social Sites Your Visitors Use
Using Javascript to examine visited-link colours and probe your browser history, a bit unnervingly. "We can use this information to only display one or two badges that we know the reader uses. It solves the which-badges-to-display problem."
web  hacking  via:lmg 
july 2008 by kevan
One Post Wonder
"A collection of amazing blogs that have one post."
blogs  history  via:lmg 
july 2008 by kevan
SkeptoBot: Time-lapse Vid of Dissolving an Oyster Card in acetone (aka nail varnish)
"So tomorrow morning I'll attempt to use this naked oyster card to journey to work. If I'm successful (and not arrested for terrorism) I'll have to decide what my new oyster card will be."
technology  transport  hacking  science  london  via:lmg 
may 2008 by kevan the making of: The Moon Museum
"The Moon Museum was secretly installed on a hatch on a leg of the Intrepid landing module with the help of an unnamed engineer at the Grumman Corporation after attempts to move the project forward through NASA's official channels were unsuccessful."
art  space  secrets  via:lmg 
march 2008 by kevan
HSF - International Space Station - The Smell of Space
"Being creatures of an atmosphere, we can only smell space indirectly." [...] "Each time, when I repressed the airlock, opened the hatch and welcomed two tired workers inside, a peculiar odor tickled my olfactory senses."
smell  space  via:lmg 
february 2008 by kevan
WW1: Experiences of an English Soldier
"This blog is made up of transcripts of Harry Lamin's letters from the first World War. The letters will be posted exactly 90 years after they were written."
war  history  weblogs  via:lmg 
january 2008 by kevan
DVD, Blu-ray & HD-DVD Review - Blade Runner: The Final Cut - All Versions
"Harrison Ford was unavailable due to scheduling issues, so his son Ben was brought in correct this [with] the same chin scar (via make-up) that his father has, saying the correct lines. His mouth was digitally inserted over his father's seamlessly."
films  technology  illusions  hacking  via:lmg 
december 2007 by kevan
This much I know: Ken Campbell, actor-comedian, 65 | Magazine | The Observer
"I asked a medium channelling Laurence Olivier at a seance, 'Sir, you said that the greatest actor of your time was Charlie Chaplin. Who do you think is the greatest living actor now?' He replied, 'Jackie Chan.'"
interviews  via:lmg 
november 2007 by kevan
Chaos theory | The Guardian | Guardian Unlimited
The mass adoption of decimalisation, seatbelts, smoking bans and digital television. "Once a change in our environment forces a change in our behaviour, we manage to convince ourselves, internally, that the change is morally right."
society  psychology  television  cigarettes  money  law  via:lmg 
august 2007 by kevan
Annals of Technology: Damn Spam: Reporting & Essays: The New Yorker
The birth and history of spam. "After selecting six hundred West Coast [Arpanet users], Thuerk realized that he would never have time to call each one of them. [...] What if he simply used the network to dispatch a single e-mail to all of them?"
email  history  spam  via:lmg 
august 2007 by kevan
"A blog of Radio 4. Not about Radio 4 but of it. We point to the bits we like, the bits you might have missed, the bits that someone might have sneakily recorded."
radio  weblogs  mp3s  via:lmg 
july 2007 by kevan
Go to Australia or use your own judgment | Guardian Unlimited Politics
"As prime minister, [Brown] has to write a letter, in his own hand, giving instructions detailing what the UK's response should be in the event of a pre-emptive nuclear attack. [It] will be opened only by the commander of a British Trident submarine."
politics  war  australia  paper  secrets  via:lmg 
june 2007 by kevan
To The End Of The Line
"This is a hugely self-indulgent, yet also dangerously ambitious, undertaking. Namely, to document my visit to every single working station on the London Underground."
london  underground  tube  weblogs  via:lmg 
may 2007 by kevan
YouTube - ZX Spectrum - Manic Miner Loading
"I'm not even going to comment on this. It takes a specfic type of person to appreciate this. It may be possible to record the sound and load the game into a real Spectrum from this."
computers  nostalgia  sound  games  via:lmg 
april 2007 by kevan
Find Misspelled Listings on eBay Auction Sites
Explore the dark and unbidden corners of eBay by autogenerating a search full of common typos. "Slimeline playstaion 2 with 6 games."
shops  cheating  hacking  mutation  via:lmg 
february 2007 by kevan
smashingtelly - the best full length free tv programs on the web, updated every day
"Smashing Telly is a hand edited collection of the best free, instantly available TV on the web. Not 30 second clips of a dog on a skateboard, or the millionth person to mime the Numa song, but full length programs."
television  web  videos  via:lmg 
january 2007 by kevan
Everyday Wonderland » 5 Ideas for Stressful Living
"At the core, all of the above ideas can be summed up in a single method: simply convince yourself that you need more than you have at any given moment, and you will be able to maintain a steady feeling of anxiety throughout the day."
psychology  society  humour  via:lmg 
january 2007 by kevan
Comment is free: Are the Millionaire three innocent?
Jon Ronson reassesses Charles Ingram. "People are known to cough on unconscious triggers. People with coughs and throat irritations may experience the need to cough as the correct answer to a question - one which they knew - were read out."
television  games  cheating  law  ronson  via:lmg 
august 2006 by kevan
Fallen Astronaut - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Fallen Astronaut is an 8.5cm (slightly over 3'') aluminum sculpture of an astronaut in a spacesuit. It is the only piece of art on the Moon."
art  space  metal  via:lmg 
august 2006 by kevan
Scrolling football-score display of pages being deleted from Wikipedia in real time.
wikis  police  via:lmg 
june 2006 by kevan
Wired 14.06: 18 Days of Reckless Computing
Clicking every spam link. "My desktop is soon stuffed with pornography, MP3s in Arabic, and pirated copies of Tomb Raider. Within minutes, Explorer has a grand mal seizure - 95 pop-ups and innumerable error messages."
computers  spam  viruses  via:lmg 
june 2006 by kevan
The Life and Opinions of Andrew Rilstone: Notes from a parallel universe - Ten things I learned by reading the Daily Express
"But the three terms are three more ideological code-words. 'Bobby' is nostalgic and affectionate: it doesn't mean 'policeman', but 'good, old-fashioned police-man on a bike who knows the names of local people'."
news  lies  delusions  psychology  politics  via:lmg 
june 2006 by kevan
Latest deaths -
"If you have a MySpace account and you die, this is where you will end up. memorializes deceased MySpace users and picks up where a regular obituary leaves off. Click the MySpace Deaths link at the top to view the latest MySpace Deaths!"
death  weblogs  via:lmg 
april 2006 by kevan
CNET Distributed computing cracks Enigma code
"More than 60 years after the end of World War II, a distributed computing project has managed to crack a previously uncracked message that was encrypted using the Enigma machine."
computers  history  secrets  war  via:lmg 
february 2006 by kevan
BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Actor Baker becomes voice of text
"Former Doctor Who actor Tom Baker is to be the voice of a talking text message service for three months. He replaces BT's computerised voice which currently translates texts into voice messages on a landline." Crikey.
phones  sound  via:lmg 
february 2006 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | Drawing fire
Martin Rowson on the hate mail he gets from having his email address on all of his online Guardian cartoons. "I don't mind that much. After all, it's part of my job to give offence, so I might as well receive some too."
comics  politics  email  via:lmg 
january 2006 by kevan
CIA Sabotage Manual - a photoset on Flickr
"In the 1980s the CIA produced a small illustrated booklet in both Spanish and English designed to destabilise the Nicaraguan government and economic system."
politics  war  crime  paper  via:lmg 
december 2005 by kevan
Mozilla Update :: Extensions -- Screen grab!
Firefox extension that saves the whole of a web page as a single screenshot, doing all the fiddly scrolling around and stitching together for you.
web  via:lmg 
november 2005 by kevan
Plokta Issue 23 - An Appraisal of the Utility of a Chocolate Teapot
"Events started to diverge from the course expected of a standard teapot in a very short timescale. The first evidence of loss of containment was observed at approximately T+5s, in the form of a major leak in the vicinity of the handle (Fig 5)."
food  drinks  science  water  pointless  via:lmg 
november 2005 by kevan
The Observer | Design special: Your life in their hands
Twenty-five years of Muji. "Adding colour costs money, so Muji told the factories it contracted to stop using any. It then went one better, by making its customers feel happy about their 'dull' purchases."
design  japan  business  cutlery  furniture  shops  via:lmg 
november 2005 by kevan
BBC NEWS | The world on a train
"253" author Geoff Ryman on the London bombings. "One of the things evil cannot face contemplating is variety. It prefers monolithic simplicity. Reality outstrips simplicity through a constant flowering of unexpected lives."
books  london  terrorism  tube  society  via:lmg 
august 2005 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | Can you digit?
Tim Dowling being exasperated by Sudoku. "He suggests one might even colour-code one's jottings, but I think that would be weird, or cheating, or both."
maths  puzzles  via:lmg 
may 2005 by kevan
Armando Iannucci - That's enough entertainment, thanks
"Less choice makes us perform better and, consequently, feel happier. The cultural equivalent is, for example, the strange feeling of depression that is said to overcome users of an iPod."
television  music  books  depression  via:lmg 
may 2005 by kevan
Armando Iannucci - That's enough entertainment, thanks
"Less choice makes us perform better and, consequently, feel happier. The cultural equivalent is, for example, the strange feeling of depression that is said to overcome users of an iPod."
television  music  books  depression  via:lmg 
may 2005 by kevan

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