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“at what point does all the brilliant animal sight gag stuff (eg the croc wearing crocs) get added?” – Boring Old Raphael
“You can see this all over but it’s weirdly prevalent in children’s entertainment. Why are almost all of the muppets dudes, except for Miss Piggy, who’s a parody of femininity? Why do all of the Despicable Me minions, genderless blobs, have boy names? I love the story (which I read on Wikipedia) that when the director of The Brave Little Toaster cast a woman to play the toaster, one of the guys on the crew was so mad he stormed out of the room. Because he thought the toaster was a man. A TOASTER. The character is a toaster.”
3 days ago
How Etsy Alienated Its Crafters and Lost Its Soul
“At its outset, Etsy was a powerful tool for makers, by makers. We were a bunch of Davids, fighting back against the big-box Goliaths with artisanal slingshots. … In the past few years it’s become apparent that Etsy is the Goliath.”
10 days ago
You can change the minds of climate change skeptics. Here’s how.
“The call for geoengineering made subjects with hierarchical and individualistic values react less dismissively toward the [climate change] study. As a result, polarization decreased among people who read the anti-pollution news report.”
10 days ago
Notes after Fifteen Viewings of ‘The Fifth Element’ – Saeed Jones
“I suppose there are certainly more problematic films that I could have chosen to fall unabashedly in love with. Of course, that’s little comfort. I’m essentially saying that sometimes I want to look the other way, to pretend cultural oppression and enforcement aren’t an integral part of mainstream film.”
17 days ago
Some people misunderstood my Tomodachi tweet – Peter Molydeux
“…sometimes when a conscious choice is made, social commentary is made whether intentionally or not. Someone had to go in there and program the game so that women and men could date or marry, but not extend this interaction to encompass relationships between women and relationships between men. The choice NOT to do this is still a choice.”
20 days ago
RMS Feels There’s “A Systematic Effort To Attack GNU Packages”
“The proposed patch… would make it possible to use LLDB for debugging when developing within Emacs.”
25 days ago
How Paper Magazine’s web engineers scaled Kim Kardashian’s back-end (SFW)
“And that’s how a web page is made and sent to a user—somewhere in complexity between making a baby and creating a new government.”
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6 weeks ago
Geometric Algebra
“For the last few years, I have been digging into and learning a new and fascinating field of mathematics.”
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6 weeks ago
Real World Swift
“Swift was a nice and welcome step forward for us since we were used to programming in Objective-C. If your native language is Haskell (or similar), you might feel like there's still room for improvement. We're excited to see what improvements upcoming versions of the language will bring.”
6 weeks ago
Overcast’s 2014 sales numbers
“Overall, I’m very satisfied with Overcast’s finances so far. It’s not setting the world on fire, but it’s making good money. For most people, the App Store won’t be a lottery windfall, but making a decent living is within reach for many.”
6 weeks ago
Public
“‘Everything on the internet is public! Don’t share something if you don’t expect it to get seen!’ But that is a reductive stance that doesn’t map to what’s really going on. What does it mean to be ‘public,’ anyway? Is something either public or private—on or off—or is there a vast space between those two extremes?”
6 weeks ago
But Where Do People Work in This Office?
“I could go on and on and on. The pattern keeps repeating. With everything we know about open plan offices, why are these mega-rich companies knocking themselves out to hire the very best and brightest minds from the world’s best universities, paying them huge salaries, tapping world-class architects to design artisanal office spaces in the most expensive place in the country, and then cramming desks together in noisy bullpens?”
7 weeks ago
Browsing in privacy mode? Super Cookies can track you anyway
“For any one site, HSTS can be used to hold only a single binary value—either on or off. To work around this limitation, Greenhalgh strings together 32 sites, adds all of the ons and offs, and stores them as a binary number.”
7 weeks ago
Brooklyn Beta vs. Afro-Futurism
“In my mind, a large part of the white-hipster concept of ‘authenticity’ feels like a polite way of being reactionary and exclusionary.”
7 weeks ago
Facebook Year in Review: My tragic year was the wrong fodder for Facebook's latest app
“I know, of course, that this is not a deliberate assault. This inadvertent algorithmic cruelty is the result of code that works in the overwhelming majority of cases, reminding people of the awesomeness of their years, showing them a selfie at a party or whale spouts from sailing boats or the marina outside their vacation house.

But for those of us who lived through the death of loved ones, or spent extended time in the hospital, or were hit by divorce or foreclosure or job loss or any one of a hundred possible crises, we might not want another look at this past year.”
7 weeks ago
The beginning isn’t easy, and a lot of places don’t even try
“There are plenty of people who would be *just as smart as you* and would know what you know if only they had the same lucky breaks as you. And if you don't actively reach down and help them up those first three rungs, no matter how nice you really are, you are acting like a jerk.”
7 weeks ago
Your Best Work
“I have a variety of issues regarding the open office trend. Let’s start with the fact that the folks often making the space decision are managers who already don’t spend much time at their desk because they are, by necessity, in meetings all day.”
7 weeks ago
The Utopian UI Architect
“So what would ‘post-paper’ thoughts look like? [Bret] Victor admits he has no idea. He just has a conviction about the medium that will enable them.”
7 weeks ago
The rise of the hashgag
“I hate the Minions. I hate them violently, passionately, personally. Their rise to prominence makes sense — their humor is very basic, slipping-on-a-banana-peel nonsense, and it translates well to both young children and people in other countries — but it is tremendously regressive filmmaking, on the order of ‘Steamboat Willie.’”
7 weeks ago
“Tumblr converges on a historically correct characterization of Baby, It’s Cold Outside”
“So it’s not actually a song about rape - in fact it’s a song about a woman finding a way to exercise sexual agency in a patriarchal society designed to stop her from doing so. But it’s also, at the same time, one of the best illustrations of rape culture that pop culture has ever produced. It’s a song about a society where women aren’t allowed to say yes…which happens to mean it’s also a society where women don’t have a clear and unambiguous way to say no.”
7 weeks ago
HTTP/2.0: The IETF is Phoning It In – Poul-Henning Kamp
“Some will expect a major update to the world's most popular protocol to be a technical masterpiece and textbook example for future students of protocol design. Some will expect that a protocol designed during the Snowden revelations will improve their privacy. Others will more cynically suspect the opposite. There may be a general assumption of ‘faster.’ Many will probably also assume it is ‘greener.’ And some of us are jaded enough to see the ‘2.0’ and mutter ‘Uh-oh, Second Systems Syndrome.’

The cheat sheet answers are: no, no, probably not, maybe, no and yes.”
7 weeks ago
Some Thoughts on Mountain – David OReilly
“I’m not really given to any kind of announcements, I’ve become fairly quiet over the last couple of years, but I had some thoughts relating to Mountain which I feel wouldn’t be harmful to share.”
7 weeks ago
Mario Kart 8 and the Centipede’s Dilemma
“The next day, we did some private drifting lessons so that she could take the turns in stride. And that’s when I felt like a centipede trying to think about how she walks. As my friend interrogated me about drifting, I realized how much of my Mario Kart knowledge lived in my skin. What seemed completely arcane to my friend was a simple reflex for me.”
7 weeks ago
Kentucky Route Zero's Musical Centerpiece and the Power of Choice
“It is here that the magical realist adventure finally lays bare the opaque heart filled with vague, amorphous intentions, giving the clearest hints of how its internal machinations work.”
7 weeks ago
Hey Video Game Developers, We're Not Idiots – Cara Ellison
“So I began to commandeer time from the horror narrative to become AMANDA RIPLEY: GRAFFITI ART CRITIC.”
7 weeks ago
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