The Setup: Clay Shirky
“I'm in the business of weak signal detection, so at the end of every year, I junk a lot of perfectly good habits in favor of awkward new ones.”
13 hours ago
Should You Tweet? - The Awl
“Minor successes are repeated back to you until you feel you are safe, and it may be suggested to you that you are on a roll. This will be sustained until you forget that there's no way to cash out your chips, that every follower and favorite and retweet is in fact not a victory but an accumulated liability. Users that choose not to gamble will be expected to produce non-gaming revenue.”
It’s Adventure Time
“Cartoons achieve that almost sort of by accident all the time, because you cannot show everything: And every moment that you’re seeing something—like, the sight of a room with a cartoon character standing in it, it’s a drawing, and nothing else but that exists; but the point of a cartoon is to imply that there is this whole world that these characters exist in…. In order to enjoy it, you have to believe that that drawing’s real. But in order to believe that, you have to enter a sublime artwork, because you’re convincing yourself that this place exists, and it doesn’t, and everything you’re seeing is a little nod to the fact that there’s a bigger world that just isn’t there. And when we’re making it we have to believe that, too.”
2 days ago
The Speculum of the Other Brogrammer
“All of this is to say that the creation of the mythical brogrammer has had very real consequences.”
3 days ago
Everyday Usability in Japan (Part 3) – Design Made in Japan
“A big part of this includes the built landscape, and today I wanted to look at Tokyo’s ever-changing skyline which has been the result of natural disasters, war, and cultural beliefs.”
5 days ago
Heartbleed Update - The Akamai Blog
“Our custom memory allocator protected against nearly every circumstance by which Heartbleed could have leaked SSL keys.”
6 days ago
Luftrausers review: vintage bomber
“I just wish Vlambeer was more clear about the minutiae that drives the game's single arena. Example: I avoided battleships generally, since they take an inordinate amount of time to kill and I didn't want to run down my combo meter or, you know, die. But blimps won't appear until you kill two battleships, and further progress is locked behind killing a blimp.

I only found this out talking to a coworker who was also playing the game. I have no idea how he figured it out.”
8 days ago
Pono: only a man pays for music quality that he can’t hear
“if there's one thing certain groups… love above all other things, it's a specification on a list.”
10 days ago
The Right Way to Ask Users for iOS Permissions – Brenden Mulligan
“really thinking about when the user would naturally need access to different parts of their phone, and making sure they expect to be asked, has made a drastic improvement to the success of these system dialogs.”
10 days ago
end the age of gotham-everywhere (tecznotes)
“this current situation is an object lesson in the perils of half-assing legal relationships.”
11 days ago
Cars are just so 2004. Get with the times
“More simply, though, people are burning less fuel because they are spending less time on the road. While the total number of vehicles and the total mileage traveled in the country have begun to increase slightly again, the population is growing, and the averages per person are declining.”
14 days ago
How to complain to a developer
“What surprises me, though, is when an unsatisfied gamer takes their argument the route of ‘do this, otherwise I want a refund’ or ‘I won’t buy this game.’ Those people are literally saying ‘please treat me like a number.’ They are expressing the assumption that a studio would always treat people in the worst possible way unless there’s the threat of monetary or reputational damage. Essentially, making that statement is saying ‘you shouldn’t listen to me because I have a thought, just listen to me because of my money or the way I can impact your ratings or your reputation.’”
15 days ago
Max Temkin on faceboculus
“We were speculating wildly about the ways that the Rift would allow us to explore new worlds, understand body dysmorphia, and have computer sex. We hoped that Oculus could show us what was next for an art form that we love. And they did, and it sucked: Oculus will be a hobby project owned by an advertising company.”
15 days ago
A warning about contracts from the sidelines of the most expensive gamejam in history
“While the developers had been approached by friends and good people to participate in the jam, that chain of people had been completely circumvented by the legal team sending the damning contract. The contents of the contract and the restrictive terms were a surprise to pretty much anybody along the chain of command that the participants could reach.

Something was terribly wrong.”
16 days ago
How The Most Expensive Game Jam In History Crashed And Burned In A Single Day
“And everyone ‘got it.’ It was a reality-kinda-sorta-thing. … But no one, not a single person there, expected Matti to push the stuff so unnaturally, barring any drink that wasn’t water or Dew from being consumed while the cameras were rolling. Even the development manna that is coffee was barred from set, and if anyone wanted some, they had to leave their workstations and get it over by where I was sitting – an unlit chunk of Rodeo-side work space normally occupied by someone named Brad. Then came the demands.

Davey was forced to take off his nail polish because he couldn’t hold the can with it on. Zoe had to take off the buttons she usually wears on her jacket, but shouted down a PA who tried to make her cover her tattoos. The Arcane Kids were screamed at for not holding bottles right, while the entire group was lectured on how to properly smile like you’re enjoying the product – a product that everyone was enjoying less and less. The slow train wreck of faces flipping into scowls marked only the beginning of what would soon turn into an utter shitshow.”
17 days ago
Is the Oculus Rift sexist?
“Although there was variability across the board, biological men were significantly more likely to prioritize motion parallax. Biological women relied more heavily on shape-from-shading. In other words, men are more likely to use the cues that 3D virtual reality systems relied on.”
17 days ago
America’s Workers: Stressed Out, Overwhelmed, Totally Exhausted
“What I discovered in researching the book has been infuriating, enlightening and ultimately liberating. It is so clear now how on the bleeding edge we are of changing gender roles, how so much has changed in our lives and yet how so much remains stuck in amber, in the nostalgia of another era. I’m not just talking about workplace laws which were written in 1938 when the world was a different place and tax policies that favor breadwinner-homemaker family models, but our cultural attitudes, our unconscious biases.”
17 days ago
Are You There God? It’s Me, Hobby Lobby
“…the Hobby Lobby case requires the court to decide whether a corporation has sincere religious beliefs that would be compromised by having its health plan cover the contraception that it once covered because it believes that contraception causes abortions, even when it doesn't.”
17 days ago
The Secrets of Donkey Kong Country 2
“Part of the magic of DKC2 is the way all these secrets are hidden. The highest compliment I can give the game is to say that I felt every DK coin was placed by a single intelligence--by one person. As the game progressed, I came to know how he thought and what he'd be likely to do. In essence, the game was felt not like an action game of me versus the computer, but a strategy game of me versus the designer.”
19 days ago
The Rip-offs & Making Our Original Game – Threes
“We want to celebrate iteration on our ideas and ideas in general. It’s great. 2048 is a simpler, easier form of Threes that is worth investigation, but piling on top of us right when the majority of Threes players haven’t had time to understand all we’ve done with our game’s system and why we took 14 months to make it, well… that makes us sad.”
20 days ago
Against beautiful journalism – Felix Salmon
“Everything about the way that this story is presented online screams This Is Important. In the physical paper, I’m sure there were lots of design cues telling the reader not to take the story too seriously; online, they all got stripped away.”
21 days ago
Against Tolerance
“Especially in an organization that says it's fundamentally about preserving openness and freedom in one of humanity's most important communications media, it is simply unjustified to ignore a leader's views on whether people deserve the freedom to choose who they form relationships with.”
22 days ago
“Coming Soon to Hacker News: Pending Comments” – Jonas Wisser
“Students are often taught that Athens was the cradle of democracy. But democracy in Athens wasn’t anything a modern American would recognize as democracy. …the people with the ability to change things were the people with deep financial and cultural interests in things remaining pretty much the way they were.”
23 days ago
Greg Palast: 25 Years After Exxon Valdez, BP Was the Hidden Culprit
“Recently, Chevron and other big oil giants, now drilling the Gulf, have printed a series of full-page ads in papers across America touting their new state-of-the-art oil spill containment operations. Hey, thanks. But these are the same vessels BP and its fellow Gulf drillers promised before the Deepwater Horizon blew apart.”
23 days ago
Bronte Capital: The really strange Comcast-Netflix deal
“Comcast was the first last mile provider to recognize this and move peering from the realm of network engineers to the MBAs and started systematically refusing to upgrade existing private interconnects and in some cases systematically de-peering in other cases. Comcast neatly side-stepped the entire net-neutrality debate by degrading service to everybody who wasn't willing to pay for a private interconnect. Comcast has had a relatively free hand because their customers are blissfully unaware of the politics of global peering and instead will just go somewhere else when a website is ‘slow’.”
24 days ago
What games need?
“Unlike the artist, the critic makes no appeal to something that ‘had to come out.’ The critic answers questions, starting with the most fundamental question: what *is* this thing even? Why does it exist? And then the critic answers questions that offer relief: What do I do with it? What am I not seeing that I don’t know I’m missing? What will cure the sickness that I don’t even know I have?”
24 days ago
Episode Forty One: When You're Part Of A Team; The Dabbler
“This is, of course, a long-winded way of saying that everything can be great when you're part of a team. I think many of us are able to relate to moments when you get the right people in the room together and you're able to collectively figure out a problem. But my experience is that those moments are not as frequent as I would like them to be.”
24 days ago
Cory Ondrejka on Solving Hard Things Early
“It's easy to fall into the tempting trap of the small, build-phase startup: managing 20 people is easy. Shared mission, small numbers, and the startup grind keep people focused with nearly any structure, including no structure at all. Management is the first hard thing that is easy to get right early.”
27 days ago
Words I hope to regret someday: “I’m glad that I didn’t give a technical talk.”
“If you have ever in your life wanted to make someone feel like total, complete, utter shit, that’s how you do it: you tell them that thing that they worked so hard for, the thing that they love to do, isn’t good enough and that they’re not really that thing, just someone who likes to talk about that thing.”
4 weeks ago
managers are awesome / managers are cool when they’re part of your team (tecznotes)
“Managers might be difficult, hostile, or useless, but because they are parts of an explicit power structure they can be evaluted explicitly. For people on the wrong side of a power dynamic, engaging with explicit structure is often the only means possible to fix a problem.”
4 weeks ago
The GitHub Debacle and Why Holacracy is Bullshit
“…the ineptitude at politics, the clumsiness with handling inequality in SF, the lack of gender and racial diversity in the industry—are actually rooted in a systemic failure to understand how power works.”
4 weeks ago
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