Wired.com: Science Graphic of the Week: How Magic Mushrooms Rearrange Your Brain
A new way of looking at brain activity may give insight into how psychedelic drugs produce their consciousness-altering effects. [ https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8538208 ]
drugs  science  brain 
15 hours ago
Bbc.com: Unexpected ways to wake up your brain
Tea or coffee is often the favoured brew for those who are tired and in need of a caffeine boost. But is this really the best way to make ourselves more alert? Michael Mosley tested caffeine against some unlikely alternatives - sage, fudge, chewing gum and electric shocks.
sleep  articles 
Youtube.com: Azden FMX vs Beachtek DXA vs Juicedlink RM333 vs Tascam DR-60d test and comparison - DSLR FILM NOOB
All 4 of these units are popular options when you need to adapt XLR audio to your DSLR camera. I thought it might be helpful to compare all of these units in a simple set of audio tests. Well worth watching if you are interested in upgrading your audio equipment.
video  audio  hardware  compare  reviews  gh4  panasonic 
2 days ago
Computerworld.com: Why Google wants to replace Gmail
Say goodbye to the unmediated world of RSS, email and manual Web surfing. It was nice while it lasted. But there's just no money in it. [ https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8508967 ]
gmail  surveillance  google  articles 
2 days ago
Youtube.com: Stompland
Billy Corgan talks about some of the guitar effects pedals used on Smashing Pumpkins recordings.
music  videos  composing  guitars 
2 days ago
Dn.se: Fascismen och kapitalismen sitter i samma båt
Antirasismen har nått en återvändsgränd i sin analys. Nu måste SD:s framgångar förstås ihop med bristen på ekonomisk rättvisa. Kajsa Ekis Ekman jämför dagens och gårdagens fascism: den har alltid stått i tät förbindelse med kapitalet.
fascism  swedish  history  politics  articles 
3 days ago
Sverigesradio.se: De läser din kommentar
Det går bra för Varbergsföretaget Interaktiv säkerhet. Företaget hittade en marknad 2006 när kommentarer på tidningars nätsidor började dyka upp.
radio  articles  swedish  business  comment 
3 days ago
Why Your Cat Thinks You're a Huge, Unpredictable Ape
You hear the unmistakable sound of claws on couch. You snap, shout, squirt water, and maybe even throw a pillow. It’s all futile, because eventually he’s at it again. Your cat isn’t ignoring you, Buffington says. He just doesn’t know how to connect your negative reinforcement with his behavior. This is because cats evolved as solitary hunters with little need for reading social cues, especially those for behavior modification.
cats  science  articles  behavior 
3 days ago
Are We All Just a Bunch of Internet Cynics? Ello CEO Explains How His Ad-Free Social Media Network Will Make Money
Budnitz compares the business plan to buying an iPhone. You can use the basic version of Ello for free, just like you can use your smartphone to place calls, send texts and check email. But if you want to spruce up your experience with additional functionalities (in the iPhone case, apps), you can purchase additional features for a dollar or two each. One enhancement a user can buy is being able to control multiple accounts from a single login, Budnitz said.
articles  business  socialmedia 
4 days ago
Kb.se: Information som problem
Medieanalytiska texter från medeltid till framtid är en antologi sprungen ur KB:s konferens i anledning av pliktleveranslagens 350-årsjubileum 2011. Pliktleveranslagens tillkomst brukar traditionellt ses som startpunkt för KB:s verksamhet som nationalbibliotek, ett anspråk som problematiseras i flera av bidragen.
books  swedish  preservation  storage  archiving 
4 days ago
Zen and the Art of File and Folder Organization
Is your desktop a paragon of neatness, or is it overflowing with so many icons that you’re scared to look at it? If you’ve been putting off getting organized because the task is too huge or daunting, or you don’t know where to start, we’ve got 40 tips to get you on the path to zen mastery of your digital filing system.
organization  blog-posts  tutorials 
4 days ago
Agent Ransack — Free File Searching Utility
Agent Ransack is a free software program for finding files on your PC or network drives. It is a 'lite' version of FileLocator Pro and is a free for both personal and commercial use.
software  windows  search  utilities  freeware 
4 days ago
Riksdagen.se: Öppet samråd i EU-nämnden med statsministern - Öppet samråd onsdag 22 oktober 2014
EU-nämnden håller ett öppet sammanträde den 22 oktober. Vid sammanträdet samråder statsminister Stefan Löfven (S) med EU-nämnden inför möte i Europeiska rådet den 23–24 oktober.
eu  politics  swedish  videos 
4 days ago
EagleFiler — Collect notes, e-mails, and Web pages on your Mac, and search them instantly
Organize, search, and archive your e-mail, Web pages, files, and miscellaneous scraps of information.
apple  osx  software  automation  organization 
4 days ago
Android could shift to revocable "a la carte" permissions just easily, and could...
Android could shift to revocable "a la carte" permissions just easily, and could ease the transition by granting sets of permissions for old apps, but substituting, for example, an empty Contacts database for the real one if the user opts out of that permission.
Google couldn't even argue that getting fake data is harmful, as long as the data is forthrightly null or unavailable. Location apps have to deal with the lack of location data. Apps that access SMS have to deal with devices that don't get SMS messages.
I hope alternative Android distributions mature to the point that some OEMs will choose to provide more-private "remixes" of Android based on these distributions and on ecosystem partners like DDG.
hackernews  permissions  android  forum-posts 
4 days ago
DropIt — Personal Assistant to Automatically Manage Your Files
When you need to organize files, DropIt can eliminate much of the drudgery of searching and manually opening folders and moving files around. Drop a group of different files and folders on the floating DropIt image and it sorts them to defined destination folders, compresses or extracts them, opens them with associated programs or performs other defined actions.
organization  automation  windows  software  open-source  utilities 
4 days ago
Interview with Tomas Hallbom (Breach)
In October 1997 Breach opened up for Neurosis at the "Szene Wien". If we hadn't grabbed one of the "It's Me God/Friction" promo-cds they passed out after this impressing show, our view to music would probably now be a different one. It has been very rewarding to follow their actions until they split up in 2002, but it was never easy to get information about Breach's background. To resolve lots of questions that have cumulated over the years we talked to vocalist Tomas Hallbom, who now runs a Tattoo & Piercing studio in Luleå, North Sweden.
interviews  hardcore  music  sweden  history 
5 days ago
Redesigning The Office
I think most things around us can be designed to be better for people. Here’s my take on the modern office — a better place to do good work. It has all the usual office things like Wi-Fi, AC power, and a desk for working. It also has a couch for thinking, and a view and fresh air. And it’s always near the ocean or a place for exploring. This has been my main office for the last year or so, and it’s my favorite place for intense, focused work. But what about working together with your colleagues? That's easy — just drive over… I love it.
architecture  cars  travel  blog-posts 
5 days ago
What I learnt about .png files the hard way.
If you are rendering to an image sequence (many reasons you should be) and writing out .png files, you could have longer render times.
png  graphics  video  blog-posts  premiere 
5 days ago
Wikipedia.org: Sean Tejaratchi
In 1994, Tejaratchi published his first edition of the graphic art zine Crap Hound. The 8½ x 11 inch zine featured pages of monochrome, high contrast line art and clip art images grouped into themes such as circuses, skeletons, hearts, hands and eyes. Tejaratchi mostly uses images taken from sources printed from the 1920s to the 1960s, such as vintage catalogs, rare books, medical textbooks, pornography and advertisements.
art  history  wiki  magazines 
5 days ago
Provkörd: Renault Twizy
Renault Twizy med basutrustning kostar 69.000 kronor, eller 75.000 för en lite tjusigare variant där bland annat dörrar ingår. Vad som inte ingår är batteriet i Twizy, vilket du hyr till en kostnad på mellan 500 till 1.000 kronor per månad beroende på hur mycket du kör. Ett lysande koncept där du som köpare inte behöver bekymra dig om batteriet och dess livslängd eller restvärde.
reviews  cars  swedish 
5 days ago
Wikipedia.org: Neve 8078
The board has been purchased by Dave Grohl for his personal studio, Studio 606.
music  composing  audio  hardware  wiki 
5 days ago
PFT är en kultur och samhällstidning i pdf-format. Vi är temabaserade och kommer ut sporadiskt. Vi hänger inte med i debatten. Vi är ambivalenta. Vi är inte aktuella, tvärtom. Vi är båda fakta och fiktion. Ibland vet vi inte vad som är vad. Redaktionen består av Sanna Samuelsson, Elin Björnström, Lap-See Lam och Andreas Palmerén.
magazines  swedish  politics  culture 
5 days ago
Sweden Has Its Own Font
Sweden Sans, too, has some nationalist underpinnings. In 2004, an expert appointed by the government argued it was “important” to take more pride in national traditions. A decade later, Swedish nationalism is mainstream, the anti-immigration party is the country’s third largest political group, and soccer star Zlatan Ibrahimovic has recited the national anthem in an epic car commercial with the tagline “Made By Sweden.”
typography  fonts  sweden  blog-posts 
6 days ago
News.ycombinator.com: For those that might have an interest in the *real* UFO phenomenon
For those that might have an interest in the real UFO phenomenon and serious investigations into the matter:

1) 2001 Disclosure project: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vyVe-6YdUk

2) 2013 Ex-CIA deathbed confession: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4CSeWkJvdbQ

3) Confessions of 4 USA Astronaults on UFOs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7KyxLM2eqkk

4) After Disclosure: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qlhy3_akb_s

5) Citizen's Hearing on Disclosure - Testifying before former congress witnesses: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=citizens+hearing+on+disclosure+2013+complete+series+
forum-posts  hackernews  ufo  politics  security  videos 
6 days ago
Djurplågerianmälan och flytt av ”världens äldsta ål”
I Brantevik i Skåne ska två ålar som levt i brunnar i över 100 år vara världens äldsta ålar. Efter att den ena dött och väckt stor uppmärksamhet i media anmäldes ägaren till de båda ålarnas brunnar för djurplågeri. Anmälaren menade att det var ”världshistoriens mest utdragna djurplågeri” för ålen att vistas i brunnen.
animals  swedish  water  animalrights 
6 days ago
Ny teknik avslöjar tornseglarens flyttvägar
Under ett helt liv flyger tornseglaren en imponerande sträcka. Om vi antar att den är i luften under halva häckningen, och så gott som ständigt under resten av året, skulle en tornseglare flyga en sträcka på 286 000 kilometer under ett år. Under ett 20-årigt tornseglarliv motsvarar detta hela sju resor till månen tur och retur.
animals  birds  swedish  science 
7 days ago
Washingtonpost.com: Snowden filmmaker Laura Poitras: ‘Facebook is a gift to intelligence agencies’
In January 2013, Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Laura Poitras received an e-mail that would eventually change what the world knew about government surveillance. The e-mail came from Edward Snowden, using the alias Citizenfour. That alias is the title of Poitras's latest documentary, an intimate portrait of the eight days she spent in Hong Kong with the former National Security Agency contractor as the first of his revelations made headlines around the world. Citizenfour will open with a limited release in New York, Washington and Los Angeles on Friday. [ https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8504105 ]
blog-posts  documentaries  movies  surveillance  facebook 
7 days ago
News.ycombinator.com: Soda May Age You as Much as Smoking
The key results from the paper:

After adjustment for sociodemographic and health-related
characteristics, sugar-sweetened soda consumption was
associated with shorter telomeres (b = –0.010; 95%
confidence interval [CI] = −0.020, −0.001; P = .04).
Consumption of 100% fruit juice was marginally associated
with longer telomeres (b = 0.016; 95% CI = −0.000, 0.033;
P = .05). No significant associations were observed between
consumption of diet sodas or noncarbonated SSBs and
telomere length.

Shortened telomeres are one way to measure genetic 'age'. So they saw 'aging' with sugar-sweetened soda, the opposite with fruit juice, and no significant difference with diet sodas or non-carbonated sugary sodas.

The study was pretty substantial with ~5,300 participants with no history of cardiovascular disease or diabetes. It's nice to have another datapoint against some of the bro-sciencey "Fruit juice has as much sugar as soda" arguments.

Late Edit:

Here's a pretty good summary of telomere aging:
health  hackernews  science 
8 days ago
Who Wrote at Standing Desks? Kierkegaard, Dickens and Ernest Hemingway Too
Popular Science, a magazine with roots much older than the Paris Review, first began writing about the virtues of standing desks for writers back in 1883. By 1967, they were explaining how to fashion a desk with simple supplies instead of forking over $800 for a commercial model — a hefty sum in the 60s, let alone now.
ergonomics  history  articles  writing 
10 days ago
How Text Messages Change from Dating to Marriage
Way back in October 2008, my now husband and I went on our first date. On our one year anniversary, his gift to me was a Word doc of all of our text messages since our first date (what he likes to refer to as #thegiftofdata). This was especially high tech back in the day (given that we both had feature phones) and what I considered to be the most thoughtful gift ever (given that we are both nerds).
stats  love  blog-posts  sms 
10 days ago
China collecting Apple iCloud data; attack coincides with launch of new iPhone
We have posted previously about MITM attacks on Google and Github and broke the news about the recent attack on Yahoo. Refer to the appendix at the end of this post to see technical evidence of the attack.
apple  china  surveillance  security  blog-posts  hack 
10 days ago
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