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Adactio: Journal—Hooked and booked
At Booking.com, they do a lot of A/B testing. At Booking.com, they’ve got a lot of dark patterns. I think there might be a connection.
8 hours ago
Trade, Merchants, and the Lost Cities of the Bronze Age
We analyze a large dataset of commercial records produced by Assyrian merchants in the 19th Century BCE. Using the information collected from these records, we estimate a structural gravity model of long-distance trade in the Bronze Age. We use our structural gravity model to locate lost ancient cities. In many instances, our structural estimates confirm the conjectures of historians who follow different methodologies. In some instances, our estimates confirm one conjecture against others. Confronting our structural estimates for ancient city sizes to modern data on population, income, and regional trade, we document persistent patterns in the distribution of city sizes across four millennia, even after controlling for time-invariant geographic attributes such as agricultural suitability. Finally, we offer evidence in support of the hypothesis that large cities tend to emerge at the intersections of natural transport routes, as dictated by topography.
yesterday
Ancient data, modern math and the hunt for 11 lost cities of the Bronze Age - The Washington Post
Using numbers scrawled by Bronze Age merchants on 4,000-year-old clay tablets, a historian and three economists have developed a novel way to pinpoint the locations of lost cities of the ancient world.
history 
yesterday
0patch Blog: Did Microsoft Just Manually Patch Their Equation Editor Executable? Why Yes, Yes They Did. (CVE-2017-11882)
For some reason, Microsoft didn't fix this issue in the source code - but rather by manually patching the binary executable. Manually Patching an EXE? Really, quite literally, some pretty skilled Microsoft employee or contractor reverse engineered our friend EQNEDT32.EXE, located the flawed code, and corrected it by manually overwriting existing instructions with better ones (making sure to only use the space previously occupied by original instructions).
2 days ago
THE LOOP: a documentary on IBM design thinking | InVision
Ik zou een arm en een been geven om daar te kunnen werken.
design 
2 days ago
The Zombie Fungus Takes Over Ants’ Bodies to Control Their Minds - The Atlantic
Hughes's team found that fungal cells infiltrate the ant's entire body, including its head, but they leave its brain untouched. [...] Hughes thinks the fungus might also exert more direct control over the ant's muscles, literally controlling them "as a puppeteer controls as a marionette doll." Once an infection is underway, he says, the neurons in the ant's body -- the ones that give its brain control over its muscles -- start to die. Hughes suspects that the fungus takes over.

It effectively cuts the ant's limbs off from its brain and inserts itself in place, releasing chemicals that force the muscles there to contract. If this is right, then the ant ends its life as a prisoner in its own body. Its brain is still in the driver's seat, but the fungus has the wheel.
2 days ago
Veel file in Gent? Dit was een 'doorsnee avondspits' in 1996 (Gent) - Het Nieuwsblad
Eentje voor wie denkt dat de files vandaag in Gent langer zijn dan ooit: op Facebook zijn beelden opgedoken van een avondspits in Gent in 1996. "Dit was een doordeweekse avondspits rond 17 uur", klinkt het. De beelden tonen één lange file dwars door de binnenstad van Gent: van de Kuiperskaai, de Vlaanderenstraat, het Laurentplein, via de Limburgstraat over het Sint-Baafsplein en de Korenmarkt tot over de Sint-Michielshelling. Een traject van zo'n 1,2 kilometer.
2 days ago
Andrew Anglin: The Making of an American Nazi - The Atlantic
How did Andrew Anglin go from being an antiracist vegan to the alt-right’s most vicious troll and propagandist—and how might he be stopped?
4 days ago
Vier vragen over de rellen in Brussel - DeWereldMorgen.be
Op sociale media circuleren vele gelijkaardige getuigenissen: er was feest, er leek niks aan de hand en plots greep de politie hardhandig in, waarna alles ontplofte. Dit betekent natuurlijk niet dat er geen incidenten waren voordat de politie ingreep. Maar het lijkt er wel op dat die incidenten klein waren aangezien velen ze zelfs niet opmerkten, en dat het optreden van de politie enkel olie op het vuur betekende.
5 days ago
«Géopoétique» de MC Solaar, la chute d'une idole | Slate.fr
Claude et moi, on ne se comprend plus. Conscient d’avoir vieilli, l’assumant même au détour de certaines lignes, il clashe pourtant les plus jeunes tout en semblant rêver de faire partie de leur cercle. Un vrai paradoxe sur pattes. J'imaginais qu'après dix ans d'absence, le rappeur allait revenir avec un regard d'adulte mûr et sage sur le monde actuel. Ce n'est pas franchement ce qui s'est passé. Mes grands frères spirituels d'hier n'ont visiblement plus rien à m'apprendre, errant comme des zombies un dictionnaire de rimes à la main. C'est dur de grandir entre Solaar et Miossec: cela donne l'impression qu'il est impossible de bien vieillir, d'accepter son sort, de vivre en phase avec son époque. À moins que je n'aie simplement pas choisi les bonnes idoles.
5 days ago
UX Mapping Methods Compared: A Cheat Sheet
Empathy maps, customer journey maps, experience maps, and service blueprints depict different processes and have different goals, yet they all build common ground within an organization.
business  design  ux 
5 days ago
Europa 'is bezorgd' over de Saudische kroonprins. Daarmee moeten we het voorlopig stellen | buitenland | De Morgen
Stel dat een onverkozen autocraat de democratisch verkozen premier van een naburig land zou uitnodigen om vervolgens die premier onder huisarrest te plaatsen. Je zou verwachten dat dit straffe verhaal in alle Europese hoofdsteden voor verontwaardiging en afkeuring zou zorgen. Als diezelfde autocraat een dag later diezelfde premier zou dwingen om op televisie zijn ontslagbrief voor te lezen, zou je verwachten dat Europese leiders toch al een beetje met economische sancties beginnen te dreigen. Maar niets is zo selectief als internationale verbijstering. Als die autocraat leider is van een Afrikaans landje zonder grondstoffen spreken we vlotjes over een onbesuisde tiran. Maar als de betrokkene toevallig kroonprins Bin Salman is van oliegigant en wapencliënt Saudi-Arabië, blijft het ijzingwekkend stil. 0 SHARES
7 days ago
How Picasso Bled the Women in His Life for Art
After Jacqueline Roque, Picasso’s second wife, barred much of the family from the artist’s funeral, the family fell fully to pieces: Pablito, Picasso’s grandson, drank a bottle of bleach and died; Paulo, Picasso’s son, died of deadly alcoholism born of depression. Marie-Therese Walter, Picasso’s young lover between his first wife, Olga Khokhlova, and his next mistress, Dora Maar, later hanged herself; even Roque eventually fatally shot herself.”Women are machines for suffering,” Picasso told Francoise Gilot, his mistress after Maar. After they embarked on their affair when he was sixty-one and she was twenty-one, he warned Gilot of his feelings once more: “For me there are only two kinds of women: goddesses and doormats.”
8 days ago
IBM Type
Thanks for your interest in IBM Plex, IBM’s new corporate type family. IBM Plex is open source, and should be used by IBMers for all typographical situations, replacing Helvetica Neue, whenever possible.
font  free  typography 
9 days ago
Why This Fungus Has Over 20,000 Sexes - D-brief
One species of fungi, Schizophyllum commune, really shines when it comes to gender diversity. The white, fan-shaped mushroom has more than 23,000 different sexual identities.
gender  sex  nature 
9 days ago
Skyrim rendered in text – Filip Hracek – Medium
I decided some time ago to create a text-based Skyrim. That sounds overly ambitious at first, but as I developed the story and the game’s mechanics, I discovered its basic elements: a sword & sorcery game in a living, simulated world that is presented as a Choose Your Own Adventure (CYOA) book. The idea has already brought a short game into the world, Insignificant Little Vermin, which I submitted to this year’s IFCOMP.
article  blog  game  programming 
9 days ago
The neuroscience of no regrets: why people still support Brexit and Trump | Science | The Guardian
Essentially, asking people “Do you still support Brexit/Trump?” in such the volatile, impassioned, confusing environment we currently find ourselves in is likely to be perceived as “Do you think that you and everyone you agree with is wrong, and your hated enemies are right?” And who’s going to say yes to that?
9 days ago
Leegloop handelspanden: "Cijfers zonder context zeggen niets" (schepen Peeters)
"Met cijfers zonder duiding kan je niets", repliceert de schepen. "Gent heeft een leegstandspercentage van 8,6%, minder dan het Vlaams gemiddelde en lager dan de 12,2% in Antwerpen, die andere Vlaamse grootstad. Gent loopt helemaal niet leeg, integendeel. Ons handelscentrum is kerngezond." Peeters begrijpt niet waarom de cijfers niet beter geduid zijn. "Tussen 2008 en 2016 nam de leegstaande winkeloppervlakte toe met 10.000 m2, maar er kwam in die periode wel in totaa l 60.000 m2 bij. Dat is een stijging met maar liefst 50.000 m2", beklemtoont de schepen. "Bovendien verbouwen in Gent heel wat winkeleigenaars een bestaand pand, wat ook voor leegstand zorgt. Er wordt in de aangehaalde cijfers geen onderscheid gemaakt tussen het stadscentrum en wijken in bijvoorbeeld de 19de eeuwse gordel." Dat de cijfers niet in perspectief worden geplaatst, stoort de schepen. "Ik heb de indruk dat men telkens de cijfers kiest die de premisse moeten bewijzen dat het een ramp is in Gent. Andere cijfers zwijgt men dan weer dood."
9 days ago
‘Pretty gruesome’: giant coconut crab seen hunting birds | Science | The Guardian
The crab climbed a tree and attacked the seabird in its nest situated on a branch close to the ground. The crab broke the bird’s wing, causing it to fall out of its nest and then took to the bird with its claws, breaking its other wing and leaving it incapacitated. Once the bird was unable to move, other coconut crabs arrived and pulled the bird apart in scenes Laidre described as “pretty gruesome”.
9 days ago
China’s Race to Find Aliens First - The Atlantic
As America has turned away from searching for extraterrestrial intelligence, China has built the world’s largest radio dish for precisely that purpose.
china 
10 days ago
Johnstown Never Believed Trump Would Help. They Still Love Him Anyway. - POLITICO Magazine
Polling continues to show that—in spite of unprecedented unpopularity—nearly all people who voted for Trump would do it again. But as I compared this year’s answers to last year’s responses it seemed clear that the basis of people’s support had morphed. Johnstown voters do not intend to hold the president accountable for the nonnegotiable pledges he made to them. It’s not that the people who made Trump president have generously moved the goalposts for him. It’s that they have eliminated the goalposts altogether.
politics 
10 days ago
My web app died from performance bankruptcy @ tonsky.me
Basically, Chrome broke half of user websites, the ones that were relying on touch/scroll events being cancellable, at the benefit of winning some performance for websites that were not yet aware of this optional optimization. This was not backward compatible change by any means. All websites and web apps that did any sort of draggable UI (sliders, maps, reorderable lists, even slide-in panels) were affected and essentially broken by this change.
browser  google  javascript  performance 
12 days ago
Trump and the Authoritarianism of Fails – Talking Points Memo
Incompetence and authoritarianism aren’t incompatible or even in tension. Historically they tend to go together. Incompetence and failure borne of ineptitude tend to show up both as a cause and outcome of democratic breakdown and collapse. Small-d democratic government is hard, by design. It’s meant to be. It should be. But it’s not just hard. It relies on a particular package of skills: persuasion, inspiration, patience, canny use of patronage, threats, carrots and sticks, both consensus building and fight. Look at a Lincoln, an FDR, a Reagan – whatever you think of the different men’s politics, successful presidents are almost quite good at using this toolkit.
12 days ago
Something is wrong on the internet – James Bridle – Medium
Tiens, iets meer mainstream mensen beginnen te ontdekken wat h3h3 al een eeuw geleden zei: "Someone or something or some combination of people and things is using YouTube to systematically frighten, traumatise, and abuse children, automatically and at scale, and it forces me to question my own beliefs about the internet, at every level. Much of what I am going to describe next has been covered elsewhere, although none of the mainstream coverage I’ve seen has really grasped the implications of what seems to be occurring."
internet  youtube  children 
12 days ago
Zappaland the Hard Way | IRK THE PURISTS
What interests me is a simple question: why isn’t Frank Zappa better-known, and better-liked, than he is? Why don’t more people ‘get’ him?
12 days ago
"What If Orthodox Priests Became Cosmonauts?": Artist Unites Two Russian Pillars In His Paintings
Russian digital painter Vladimir Malakhovsky has created a series of bold canvases. He’s combined two subjects, both of which are very important in the country: Space exploration and the Orthodox church.
16 days ago
Alex Jones warns of pig/gorilla/human hybrids who can talk
You see humanoids, they’re like 80 percent gorilla, 80 percent pig, and they’re talking
16 days ago
New great ape species identified in Indonesia - BBC News
Scientists who have been puzzling for years over the genetic "peculiarity" of a tiny population of orangutans in Sumatra have finally concluded that they are a new species to science.
17 days ago
jwz: Today in rectal eel news.
The patient told doctors in Guangzhou that he had heard word on the street that his condition could be effectively relieved or even cured by a living eel. When the man arrived at the hospital, his stomach was inflated like an air balloon, causing sharp pain. In surgery they found the animal had broken through the intestines and generated "a mess" in the man's abdominal cavity, "almost killing him", the doctor said.
17 days ago
Quantifying the Release of Climate-Active Gases by Large Meteorite Impacts With a Case Study of Chicxulub
The asteroid impact roughly 66 million years ago that wiped out three-quarters of plant and animal species, including the dinosaurs, dropped temperatures globally below freezing for several years. The new assessment, reported in the journal Geographic Research Letters, gives scientists a much clearer picture of the climate catastrophe following the event.
17 days ago
Starting a new life in a foreign country at 13 - BBC News
Thirteen-year-old Israa lives in Germany, where she and her family were given asylum after they fled their home in Syria. She shares how she has rebuilt her life, made friends and is able to go to school again - something she couldn't do in Aleppo.
17 days ago
(98) Why Horror VHS Artwork Was So F*cked Up - YouTube
A love letter to video stores, horror films, and the AIDA Advertising Method that made the artwork on their VHS covers so effectively grotesque and memorable.
17 days ago
Fooling Neural Networks in the Physical World with 3D Adversarial Objects · labsix
3D printing a turtle that looks like a rifle to a machine, and an espresso baseball
17 days ago
Just to Be Clear, the Witch-King of Angmar Was an Insignificant Volunteer in the Great Army of the Dark Lord Sauron - McSweeney’s Internet Tendency
Thank you for joining us today, Middle-earth media. I’d like to start today’s briefing by addressing the recent news of the Witch-King’s indictment. The Witch-King of Angmar was an extremely minor cog within the Ringwraith organization and has never had, nor currently has, a relationship with Lord Sauron. Despite all of the evidence to the contrary, please believe me when I say the Witch-King was basically an unpaid summer intern in Mordor during last year’s campaign.
17 days ago
Stop doing user interviews. Start having conversations.
If you can level up by remembering your user interview skills and also relaxing and having a conversation, the person you’re talking to is going to be that much more engaged. If they’re engaged, what they tell you will be more natural, your insights will be deeper and learnings more nuanced. If they’re disengaged, you’ll get your yes, no answers, but they won’t feel like going deep, sharing their feelings, and opening up to you.
design  research  ux 
19 days ago
Sketching Interfaces – Airbnb Design
As the design systems movement gains steam and interfaces become more standardized, we believe that artificial intelligence assisted design and development will be baked into the next generation of tooling.
design  learning  ui  prototype 
19 days ago
How Human Memory Works: Tips for UX Designers. – UX Planet
Knowing how memory works, designers can create human-centered interfaces which correspond to the natural abilities of the users, save their effort and boost usability.
article  ux 
19 days ago
Bende van Nijvel
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26 days ago
‘Reality shrivels. This is your life now’: 88 days trapped in bed to save a pregnancy | Life and style | The Guardian
Months before she was due to give birth, disaster struck for Katherine Heiny. Doctors ordered her to lie on her side in bed and not move – and gave her a 1% chance of carrying her baby to term
26 days ago
Shrews Shrink Their Heads to Survive Winter
Right now, as autumn descends upon the Northern Hemisphere, many animals are preparing for the frigid and lean winter months. Bears are going through a serious bulking phase. Hares and stoats are changing the colors of their coats. Oh, and shrews’ heads are shrinking. New research shows that the skull of at least one variety of shrew actually shrivels in size every winter. The research team, led by scientists at Germany’s Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, not only discovered that the shrews sport this surreal, skull-wilting ability, but that they shrink their skulls repeatedly and on a seasonal cycle.
26 days ago
Mobile First, Desktop Worst – prototypr
Mobile First should not be taken as an opportunity to over-simplify and, by the same token, Desktop First should not be taken as an opportunity to pile on complexity.
design  mobile  ux 
26 days ago
Facebook moving non-promoted posts out of news feed in trial | Technology | The Guardian
Facebook is testing a major change that would shift non-promoted posts out of its news feed, a move that could be catastrophic for publishers relying on the social network for their audience. A new system being trialled in six countries including Slovakia, Serbia and Sri Lanka sees almost all non-promoted posts shifted over to a secondary feed, leaving the main feed focused entirely on original content from friends, and adverts.
advertising  blog  facebook 
26 days ago
The problem with the Romans is they always try to walk it in
Using Latin phrases is often just verbal bullying, Bullingdon style. So let’s translate phrases into football.
history  linguistics  politics 
26 days ago
Booking.com — UX Analysis and Responsive Redesign – uxdesign.cc
Zo'n old school artikel begot. Maar wel nostalgisch en wijs: "As a wanderlust and UX designer, I decided to challenge myself by redefining the user experience of Booking.com landing page."
redesign  ui  ux  process 
26 days ago
The sad humanity of American Captain, the best anti-superhero comic about superheroes
“American Captain” gives us Steve Rogers (and to a lesser extent his peers) struggling with downtime, professional frustration, 21st century confusion, and post-traumatic stress. We look through the keyhole of the summer blockbuster and find the muted lifeworld of a sickly kid, now a grown man who can bench-press a car, but can’t figure out online banking. He’s the character who is both most and least like the reader, out of place in every room he enters. Steve is racked with guilt: not over losing Bucky, like he always is in the comics, but for not being able to protect his mother from his alcoholic father. For leaving the comm on so Sharon Carter could hear his plane crash. For forgetting to return The Hobbit to the NYPL before he was frozen in the ice. He’s thrilled to discover there’s a new Hobbit movie, but panics at the flame and explosions in the theater. He argues, sometimes passive-aggressively and sometimes aggressively, with everyone, including Nick Fury and Bruce Banner. He is marching, in kindness and honor, to his own destruction.
27 days ago
The Mind-Boggling Physics of a Standing Double Backflip | WIRED
Humans can do things. Awesome things. Case in point: this human, named Aaron Cook. Cook can do some serious tumbling (just check out his YouTube channel), but he can also do something extremely difficult—a standing double back tuck (backflip).
27 days ago
Brexit: deals and no deals | Flip Chart Fairy Tales
There are several stages to go through before we agree our future relationship with the EU and a number of points at which it could come to grief. A Cliff Edge Brexit is in no-one’s interest and a Chaotic Brexit would be a disaster. The former ministers who have urged the prime minister to walk away from the talks really should know better. ‘No deal is better than a bad deal’ is the silliest soundbite to come out of the Brexit process. ‘No Deal’ is a bad deal. About as bad as it gets. It’s not something that anyone should be wishing on this country.
27 days ago
Welcome - Mild-Mannered Superman
Why are the Fleischer Superman shorts still remembered today, 75 years later? Because the studio had the money to really spend time on the animation. The story goes that the Fleischers thought doing an adventure serial would be too much work, so they tripled their normal asking price, thinking Paramount would immediately balk. Instead, Paramount wrote the check. The result is an absolutely beautiful set of hand-drawn short films that stand the test of time and are still an inspiration to animators today.
27 days ago
EXCLUSIVE: US Preparing to Put Nuclear Bombers Back on 24-Hour Alert - Defense One
The U.S. Air Force is preparing to put nuclear-armed bombers back on 24-hour ready alert, a status not seen since the Cold War ended in 1991. That means the long-dormant concrete pads at the ends of this base’s 11,000-foot runway — dubbed the “Christmas tree” for their angular markings — could once again find several B-52s parked on them, laden with nuclear weapons and set to take off at a moment’s notice.
27 days ago
Peter Cook - Wikiwand
In 1961, Cook opened The Establishment, a club at 18 Greek Street in Soho in central London, presenting fellow comedians in a nightclub setting, including American Lenny Bruce. Cook said it was a satirical venue modelled on "those wonderful Berlin cabarets ... which did so much to stop the rise of Hitler and prevent the outbreak of the Second World War"
28 days ago
Actieve versus niet-actieve mensen. Hoe zit dat nu juist? – Jan Blommaert (en z'n gedachten)
Het begrippenpaar “actief – niet-actief” klinkt buitengewoon objectief maar het is opvallend hoe de begrippen meteen ook moreel worden geëvalueerd. We kunnen dat zo stellen: "Actieve mensen zijn goed bezig; niet-actieve mensen zijn parasitair en moeten geactiveerd worden." Bovendien zijn deze begrippen ook politiek ingekleurd, en wel op deze manier: "Actieve mensen hoeven geen solidariteit tentoon te spreiden tegenover niet-actieve mensen; deze laatsten worden “in de hangmat gehouden” door socialisten en vakbonden."
28 days ago
Danish numbers
Danish has a rather weird number system.
28 days ago
The Crushing Disappointment of L’Arpège - Eater
Throughout my three-hour meal, a small Pomeranian accompanying a diner sitting behind me barked regularly (albeit at reasonable volume). Waiters ran into each other as if it was everyone’s first day. A staffer set a stack of dirty glasses and empty wine bottles on a trolley inches from my table—and left it there. A runner blew his nose a few feet away; seconds later, he handed me a small casserole dish. There was no toilet paper in the bathroom.
28 days ago
The Staggering Impact of China’s 'Belt and Road' Initiative - The Atlantic
Unlike the United States and Europe, China uses aid, trade, and foreign direct investment strategically to build goodwill, expand its political sway, and secure the natural resources it needs to grow. Belt and Road is the most impressive example of this. It is an umbrella initiative of current and future infrastructure projects. In the next decades, China plans to build a thick web of infrastructure around Asia and, through similar initiatives, around the world.
28 days ago
We Can’t Stem the Tide of Language Death - Los Angeles Review of Books
In fact, pitch plays such a huge role in Seenku that it can be “spoken” through music alone, most notably on the traditional xylophone. At last month’s Eid al-Adha celebrations in Burkina Faso, I witnessed a Seenku speaker approach a xylophone player and hold a conversation, but the musician never once opened his mouth: all communication was through the rapid-fire notes he played on the xylophone. This xylophone language accompanies all cultural activities in the village, including funerals, initiation rites, and even traditional healing, but fewer and fewer people are able to understand it. Young people are increasingly reliant on Jula, a major regional language, which gives them access to the city and all that it entails. Before long, the xylophone language will become simply music, aesthetically pleasing but devoid of the immense knowledge that it has contained for generations.
29 days ago
Google and the Resurgence of Italian Design – prototypr
It brings a welcome relief to the ponderously serious design that we see from many other companies, Apple most notably, where there doesn’t seem to be much fun in the design process. And that comes through in the resulting products.
29 days ago
De boemerang van #metoo - De Standaard
Vrouwen gebruiken #metoo om verschillende soorten ongepast gedrag aan te klagen: van obscene commentaren over billenknijpen tot seksuele intimidatie en aanranding. Dit is onfair voor de beide uiteinden van de keten. Wie als zesjarige betast of gepenetreerd werd, vindt wellicht niet dat zijn verhaal recht wordt aangedaan door een hashtag die ook verwijst naar vuilgebekte mannen, zonder onderscheid te maken.
29 days ago
I Am Miko Peled, And I Support Jeremy Corbyn's Courageous Call to “End the Oppression of the Palestinian People” - American Herald Tribune
For nearly two years Zionist groups in the UK and particularly within the Labor Party have been conducting a witch hunt to rid the Labor party of Corbyn supporters, in the hopes of weakening Corbyn himself. The most common and thus far successful tactic was to claim that they are anti-Semitic. Some fifty members of Labor were suspended including the former mayor of London Ken Livingston. But the comments made by these members, many of whom have dedicated their lives to fighting racism, fighting for the disenfranchised and promoting tolerance, were not anti-Semitic but rather out of line with the official Zionist platform. This is a platform which allows no discussion regarding the holocaust and no discussion on the ongoing oppression of the Palestinian people by the “Jewish State.”
29 days ago
Brief aan staats­secretaris Zuhal Demir - De Standaard
U beweert dat wij, wetenschappers, ‘schelden als politici’. Ik daag u uit om één fragment in het Jaarboek aan te wijzen dat op een ‘scheldpartij’ duidt. Behoudens als u vaststellingen die u niet bevallen, per definitie daaronder rekent. Dan zitten we met een serieus probleem en is een ernstig gesprek, waartoe u oproept, maar dat u nu al twee keer uit de weg bent gegaan, niet mogelijk. Zo’n debat moet méér zijn dan ballen heen en weer kaatsen.
4 weeks ago
OVERZICHT. Zoveel zwakke weggebruikers raakten in uw gemeent... - Het Nieuwsblad
Zucht. Niet echt nuttig, dus: "Een belangrijke kanttekening bij de cijfers is dat het gaat om slachtoffers langs gewestwegen. Dat zijn wegen waarvan niet de gemeenten bevoegd zijn voor de infrastructuur maar het Vlaams Gewest. Het enige wat de gemeenten kunnen doen om de situatie te beveiligen zijn maatregelen als gemachtigde opzichters opstellen of bloembakken plaatsen. Ongevallen met zwakke weggebruikers op andere wegen zijn niet opgenomen in deze cijfers."
4 weeks ago
Trump judicial nominee: I discriminate against gay people, and trans kids are part of “Satan’s plan” - Vox
“Guess what? I attend a conservative Baptist church. We discriminate, all right. On the basis of sexual orientation, we discriminate,” Jeff Mateer said in a 2015 speech at the National Religious Liberties Conference. “Does that mean I can’t be a judge? In some states, I think that’s true, unfortunately.” The remark isn’t the only anti-LGBTQ comment Mateer has made over the years. He also argued that same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, that marriage equality is a “challenge” for Christians, and that transgender children are part of “Satan’s plan.”
4 weeks ago
Microsoft's Surface Book 2 is what the next MacBook Pro should be (but almost certainly won't) | ZDNet
Apple has gone from leading the way when it came to high-performance laptops to getting mired in mediocre updates and gimmicks such as the Touch Bar. On the other hand, Microsoft is pushing the boundaries and creating powerhouse laptops aimed at professionals and creative types.
4 weeks ago
My Interview With a Rohingya Refugee: What Do You Say to a Woman Whose Baby Was Thrown Into a Fire? - The New York Times
As I walked out of the refugee camp, my phone rang. The instant I said hello, my wife could hear it in my voice.

“What’s wrong?” she asked.

“I just finished the worst interview of my life,” I said.
4 weeks ago
Iran's Khamenei: We'll observe Deal if Europe does, despite "Charlatan," Trump
Iran’s clerical Leader, Ali Khamenei, said on Wednesday that he did not intend to engage in a tit for tat with Donald Trump, who had attacked Iran in a speech last week. “Naturally, I do not want to spend time right now in replying to the fables and falsehoods of this charlatan president of the republic. . .” He added that replying to such as Trump is “a waste of time.”
4 weeks ago
The Story of CSS Grid, from Its Creators · An A List Apart Article
On October 17th, Microsoft’s Edge browser shipped its implementation of CSS Grid. This is a milestone for a number of reasons. First, it means that all major browsers now support this incredible layout tool. Second, it means that all major browsers rolled out their implementations in a single year(!), a terrific example of standards success and cross-browser collaboration. But third, and perhaps most interestingly, it closes the loop on a process that has been more than 20 years in the making.
4 weeks ago
Warning of 'ecological Armageddon' after dramatic plunge in insect numbers | Environment | The Guardian
The abundance of flying insects has plunged by three-quarters over the past 25 years, according to a new study that has shocked scientists. The cause of the huge decline is as yet unclear, although the destruction of wild areas and widespread use of pesticides are the most likely factors and climate change may play a role. The scientists were able to rule out weather and changes to landscape in the reserves as causes, but data on pesticide levels has not been collected.
environment  insects 
4 weeks ago
20 Things Men Can Do RTFN to Support Women – Helen Rosner – Medium
Here we are, now, having to say “as far as I know” about our good dude friends, because the truth is that probably plenty of guys are good dude friends unless you’re the one or two or fifteen women they crossed a line with, whether or not they realize they crossed a line. I haven’t been personally assaulted by this guy, I guess is the only thing I can really say.
4 weeks ago
Halloween DIY: Necro-Crafting Spider Legs ⋆ EAT THE DEAD - HALLOWEEN FOOD AND HORROR RECIPES
How to make nightmarish spider legs to gift to the most arachnophobic of your friends and family.
4 weeks ago
LIVIN farms - The first home farm for edible insects - Buy the first farm for edible insects and some roasted mealworms
Start a food revolution out of your kitchen with the Hive™ and grow healthy, delicious and sustainable mealworms in your home.
4 weeks ago
#hashtaghoeren | Filip Aerts blogt
Word. "De sexy hashtag lokt vooral de aandachtshoer, die de kans ziet om voortrekkertje te spelen en, zeker als het om collectieve verontwaardiging gaat, zich te verwarmen aan de straling van de gegarandeerde ego-hypernova."
4 weeks ago
John McCain’s Final Act Is War Against Trump
When he thumbs-downed the Republican health-care plan three months ago, McCain shocked the news media and members of both parties. He had previously displayed barely any interest in the issue at hand, and for more than a decade served as a largely reliable partisan vote that belied his reputation as a “maverick.” Indeed, the maverick legend had grown so stale that many people, especially liberals, dismissed it as nothing but a legend. But McCain is making it perfectly clear that, in the final chapter of his political career, he has gone into opposition again.
4 weeks ago
Wijkbewoners meten zelf hoe snel auto’s rijden: het resultaa... (Gent) - Het Nieuwsblad
“De resultaten zijn onthutsend”, zegt buurtbewoner Jan Moesen. “Van de 1.506 voertuigen die we controleerden, reden er 1.204 te snel. Dat is net geen tachtig procent.” De bewoners waren vijf dagen in actie en controleerden negen uur lang tijdens de spitsuren, onder andere op de Meulesteedsesteenweg en in de Voorhavenlaan, de Londenstraat en de Voormuide.
4 weeks ago
Working at Google seemed like a dream job. The reality has been a tedious, pointless nightmare. - The Washington Post
My resume will have that holy header, Google, above a few bullets — though after this essay I can probably forget about references — but what words will follow the bullets? Evangelized? Shaped the world? Facilitated cross-functional optimizations? How will I answer some future interviewer who inquires: What did you do as a talent channels specialist?
4 weeks ago
I Watched 15 Hours of 'Fox & Friends' and I Want to Die - VICE
Watching the show is like dropping down a bottomless pit. Eventually, you no longer feel like you're falling—the constant whoosh of half-truths and gleefully delivered apocalyptic provocations becomes your new equilibrium. It no longer matters what the story is or where it comes from—above you or below you, left or right—it feels like it is coming for you. It's news as a planet-covering hurricane of hatred and misfortune heading right toward your family, with outrage as the only available defense.
4 weeks ago
The Tall Stovepipe-Style Hat: An Indispensable Part of Welsh Women in National Costume From the 19th Century ~ vintage everyday
First appeared during the 1830s, the Welsh hat worn by women as part of Welsh national costume is a tall stovepipe-style hat, similar to a top hat, or the capotain. It is still worn by women, and particularly schoolgirls, in Wales on St David's Day, but rarely on other occasions.
4 weeks ago
One person’s history of Twitter, from beginning to end
Twitter was built at the tail end of that era. Their goal was giving everyone a voice. They were so obsessed with giving everyone a voice that they never stopped to wonder what would happen when everyone got one. And they never asked themselves what everyone meant. That’s Twitter’s original sin. Like Oppenheimer, Twitter was so obsessed with splitting the atom they never stopped to think what we’d do with it.
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4 weeks ago
@20 (Ftrain.com)
I'm in the middle right now. Young company, young kids, unfinished book, 40s, sore back, facing bariatric uncertainties and paying down the mortgage. 20 years is arbitrary nonsense. A blip. Our software is bullshit, our literary essays are too long, the good editors all quit or got fired, hardly anyone is experimenting with form in a way that wakes me up, the IDEs haven't caught up with the 1970s, the R&D budgets are weak, the little zines are badly edited, the tweets are poor, the short stories make no sense, people still care too much about magazines, the Facebook posts are nightmares, LinkedIn has ruined capitalism, and the big tech companies that have arisen are exhausting, lumbering gold-thirsty kraken that swim around with sour looks on their face wondering why we won't just give them all our gold and save the time. With every flap of their terrible fins they squash another good idea in the interest of consolidating pablum into a single database, the better to jam it down our mental baby duck feeding tubes in order to make even more of the cognitive paté that Silicon Valley is at pains to proclaim a delicacy. Social media is veal calves being served tasty veal. In the spirit of this thing I won't be editing this paragraph.
5 weeks ago
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