A eulogy for RadioShack, the panicked and half-dead retail empire – Jon Bois
“I bet RadioShack was great once. I can't look through their decades-old catalogs and come away with any other impression. They sold giant walnut-wood speakers I'd kill to have today. They sold computers back when people were trying to understand what they were. When I was a little kid, going to RadioShack was better than going to the toy store. It was the toy store for tall people.

By the time I got tall and worked there, RadioShack had already begun to die, I think. It failed exotically, with great flourishes, on canvases large and small, and in ways previously unimagined, taking pause only to kick around the souls who kept it alive. It doesn't have me to kick around anymore, and soon, it won't have anyone.”
1 hour ago
Russ Allbery's Rant
“Do you know what it feels like to know that your news server, despite the
fact that it's some of the best hardware you can get with your available
resources for an application that most people just don't care about, is
running a backlog? That you're dropping incoming articles? That
somewhere, *somewhere* there are things being posted which you are not
receiving? They could be junk, they could be beautiful, well-expressed
pieces of someone's soul, and you DON'T KNOW, you CAN'T KNOW, because
legions of fucking vandals are throwing so much *CRAP* at your news server
that it's running flat out trying to process it and delete it and just
can't go any faster?”
2 days ago
Pamie » Barbie Fucks It Up Again
“IT WILL GO FASTER IF BRIAN AND I HELP, offer the men voices. ‘Step aside, Barbie.’ YOU’VE BROKEN ENOUGH, NOW.”
4 days ago
You’re Eating Too Many Avocados
“But there are signs avocados may be headed for a quinoa moment, when production can’t keep up with demand. When that high-protein South America grain found bourgeois popularity in the early 2000s, demand stretched the farmers who grew the indigenous grain to the point that their own families couldn’t afford to eat quinoa, a staple in their diets for generations. The price was simply too attractive to save the grain for themselves, until the market flooded with cheaper, lower quality quinoa and those farmers were left with big fields and high debts.”
4 days ago
A New Business Model For Slow Fast Slow – Studio Neat
“We are not just app developers, we also sell physical products. Products that are meant to work with the apps in a way that enhances both, as is the case with the Glif and Slow Fast Slow or Frameographer. What if we make apps that are free with ‘ads’, but the ad is simply for our other products? You know, the products that actually make money?”
4 days ago
How Optimizely (Almost) Got Me Fired
“More likely is that your results were false positives in the first place. This usually happens because someone runs a one-tailed test that ends up being overpowered. The testing tool eventually flags the results as passing their minimum significance level. A big green button appears: ‘Ding ding! We have a winner!’ And the marketer turns the test off, never realizing that the promised uplift was a mirage.”
7 days ago
John Carmack on Inlined Code
“I know there are some rules of thumb about not making functions larger than a page or two, but I specifically disagree with that now -- if a lot of operations are supposed to happen in a sequential fashion, their code should follow sequentially.”
7 days ago
Kara Walker Filmed You in Front of Her Sphinx
“‘People are stupid, but the greater majority are conscientious, if not always respectful.’”
8 days ago
Choosing Better Work Over More Tools
“On our best days we remember that our tone, our art, our work resides in us—in our hands, not in our tools.”
9 days ago
Why Gandhi Is Such An Asshole In Civilization
“Code being code, if Gandhi went democratic his aggression wouldn't go to -1, it looped back around to the ludicrously high figure of 255, making him as aggressive as a civilization could possibly be.”
9 days ago
Fighting to make games worse – Coyote Tracks
“The real risk to gaming isn’t that GamerGate will fail, but that it won’t fail. No matter what happens, the gaming world will stay safe for the next Grand Theft Auto installment, and it will be as thrilling and wild and morally questionable as ever. But it might not be so safe for the next Gone Home or Revolution 60. Maybe not even for the next Journey or Braid or Papers Please.”
29 days ago
An Aesthetics Reading List for Programmers – Ideas For Dozens
“One of the most important things to keep in mind when starting a survey of a field as immense as Aesthetics is that it’s okay, even encouraged, for your knowledge of the field to be eccentric, personal, and full of gaps. Think of your reading in this area like your music collection: your goal isn’t to listen to and love everything but to stay curious and wide-ranging enough find things that most delight and surprise you. This isn’t Electronics or Compiler Theory. There isn’t a linear progression of beginner to advanced texts and there are few universally accepted right answers. There is just appreciation (or the lack thereof) and its cogent articulation.”
29 days ago
Why is my OS X Yosemite install taking so long?: an analysis
“In my case, and probably many others, the estimated time-to-completion was inaccurate because the installer couldn’t anticipate needing to copy back so many files to certain special directories after unpacking the contents of the new OS. Additionally, for each of these copied files, the installer had to make sure the subdirectories had the exact same meta-data (permissions, owner, reference count, creation date, etc…) as before the installation began. This entire process added many minutes to the procedure at a point when the installer thought it was pretty much done.”
4 weeks ago
An open letter to #brands about Gamergate
“I know that when you get hundreds of coordinated emails purportedly in favor of ‘ethics’ and against ‘bullying,’ your first instinct is to give in immediately. Intel, Adobe, and Mercedes-Benz all folded before Gamergate, because it carries the hallmarks of a genuine consumer rights movement. There are three problems here from your perspective.”
5 weeks ago
One More Go: Ranarama – Margaret Robertson
“But in a game – or, at any rate, in the kind of game you used to get for Christmas – you’re literally the only person in the universe, and literally the only person with the power to fix things. No-one’s going to come and help, no-one’s going to come and tell you off or second-guess your choices: there’s just you and a world that will stay broken unless you fix it. What’s in the box isn’t a frog power fantasy – it’s a vibrant, momentary taster of the glorious pressure of being a grown-up.”
5 weeks ago
My Day Interviewing For The Service Economy Startup From Hell
“‘Want to hear a joke I heard today?’ a programmer asked, eying me and giggling. ‘What’s the difference between a woman and a refrigerator?’”
5 weeks ago
The Only Thing I Have To Say About Gamer Gate – Felicia Day
“But for the first time maybe in my life, on that Saturday afternoon, I walked towards that pair of gamers and I didn’t smile. I didn’t say hello. In fact, I crossed the street so I wouldn’t walk by them. Because after all the years of gamer love and inclusiveness, something had changed in me. A small voice of doubt in my brain now suspected that those guys and I might not be comrades after all. That they might not greet me with reflected friendliness, but contempt.”
5 weeks ago
How We Got Rolled by the Dishonest Fascists of Gamergate
“A brand that honestly believes it needs to clarify that it is ‘vehemently opposed to bullying of any kind’—as though there are or have ever been genuine corporate supporters of bullying, and as though anyone was ever in danger of thinking the makers of Photoshop might be among their number—passes on to its adult customers the same corroding cynicism that the opportunistic reactionaries running Gamergate imbue in their maladjusted teenage followers.”
5 weeks ago
jsingal comments on Another poorly-researched hit-piece, from the Boston Globe
“I believe him; I think GamerGate is primarily about anger at progressive people who care about feminism and transgender rights and mental health and whatever else (I am not going to use your obnoxious social-justice warrior terminology anymore) getting involved in gaming, and by what you see as overly solicitous coverage of said individuals and their games. And that's fine! It's an opinion I happen to disagree with, but ‘at least it’s an ethos.’

“But this is only going to be a real debate if you guys can cop to your real-life feelings and opinions. You should have a bit more courage and put your actual motives front and center. Instead, because some of you do have a certain degree of political savvy, as is evidenced whenever GamerGaters on 8chan and elsewhere try to rein in their more unhinged peers, you've decided to go the ‘journalism ethics’ route.”
5 weeks ago
Gaming’s summer of rage – Jesse Singal
“…what this whole sorry summer comes down to is insecurity — profound insecurity — on the part of some male gamers reacting to their hobby of choice becoming more diverse and nuanced and, I dare say, emotionally intelligent.”
5 weeks ago
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