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Longread: "Schaam u, meneer De Wever" | Vluchtelingen | De Morgen
Hij kon zijn oren niet geloven toen Bart De Wever deze week verkondigde dat erkende vluchtelingen een apart sociaal statuut moeten krijgen. Henri Heimans, voormalig topmagistraat en voorvechter van de geïnterneerden, is zelf de zoon van een politiek vluchteling. 'Dit is dwaze, populistische praat.'
4 hours ago
See Very Early Concert Footage of the B-52s, When New Wave Music Was Actually New (1978) | Open Culture
Pop music, I had already decided, was for suckers. The only sounds that spoke to me were loud, abrasive, and deliberately unlovely. Then someone in our dorm put on “Rock Lobster” and it blew my narrow mind.
16 hours ago
The Art of Onfim
The drawings from Novgorod that we have found appear to all come from a Russian boy named Onfim, who lived at the end of the twelfth century or beginning of the thirteenth century in the city of Novgorod. By the estimate of the archaeologists who unearthed his works, he was around seven years old at the time that he made these drawings.
yesterday
‘Spreek elkaar aan op asociaal kalasjnikovgebruik’ | De Speld
Het is een groeiende frustratie in de publieke ruimte: mensen die een terreuraanslag willen plegen met een kalasjnikov, terwijl omstanders daar last van hebben. Een bewustwordingscampagne moet ervoor zorgen dat mensen elkaar durven aan te spreken op terroristisch gedrag.
3 days ago
Isis blinds journalists with its barbarity, but we must continue to report - Comment - Voices - The Independent
Why does Isis never attack Israel – indeed, why does its hatred of Crusaders and Shias and Christians and sometimes Jews rarely if ever mention the very word “Israel”? And why do Israel’s air raids on Syria always target Syrian government or pro-Syrian Iranian forces, but never Isis? Indeed, why are Turkey’s air assaults on Isis – happily supported by Nato – far outnumbered by their air raids on the Kurdish PKK, some of whose forces in Syria are fighting Isis? And how come the Turkish press have publicised a convoy of weapons being taken across the Syrian border to Isis by Turkish intelligence agents? Are Turkish engineers running the Isis-controlled oil wells, as Syrian oil engineers claim?
4 days ago
COLUMN. Nico Dijkshoorn: 'Marc Coucke is een lichtvreter en ... - Sportwereld
Dolgraag zou ik Marc Coucke eens in gesprek zien met zijn nieuwe spectaculaire aankoop voor het volgende seizoen, Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Marc stelt zich voor aan Zlatan. ‘Hi, Ibra, I’m Marc Coucke, the crazy president of the Kustboys. Everybody likes me because I am a crazy guy. I sing Couckenbak and everybody says, hahaha, that’s Marc Coucke again. I dance on tables. Thats what I do.’ En daarna de reactie van Zlatan. ‘I am Zlatan. Fuck off, fatso.’
6 days ago
Stephen Colbert on Making The Late Show His Own | GQ
Since last winter, after laying to rest the blowhard host of The Colbert Report and inheriting Letterman’s seat on The Late Show, the most inventive comic of his generation has been consumed with one very large question: Who will he be now? Stephen Colbert—the real one—gives a sneak peek. And in revealing his truest self (and boy, does he go deep), he shows us how he might just reinvent late-night, too
colbert  tv 
7 days ago
Israel hit by rockets fired from Syria amid confusion over who is to blame | World news | The Guardian
Israeli defence sources initially blame Palestinian Islamic Jihad, before switching to Iran’s Quds Force, then blaming Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad
7 days ago
Kim Jong Un Guides Emergency Enlarged Meeting of WPK Central Military Commission
The situation of the country is now inching close to the brink of a war due to the continued anti-DPRK political and military provocations by the U.S. imperialists and the south Korean puppet forces. The broadcasting for anti-DPRK psychological warfare, resumed by the south Korean puppet military gangsters in all sectors of the front under the pretext of doubtful "mine explosion" case which occurred in the demilitarized zone of the western sector of the front on August 4, is still going on day and night. And the leaflet-scattering operation against the DPRK, kicked off with mobilization of die-hard reactionary organizations, has gone beyond a tolerance limit. Psychological warfare against the DPRK is, in essence, an open act of war against it. In this regard, the General Staff of the Korean People's Army on August 20 sent an ultimatum to the south Korean puppet Ministry of Defense that a strong military action would be launched at once unless it stops the anti-DPRK broadcasting for psychological warfare and removes all psywar means within 48 hours.
7 days ago
What Paleo diet experts think – and why they're wrong | Life and style | The Guardian
Claims by proponents of the carbohydrate-averse food regimen supposedly based on what our paleolithic ancestors ate do not stand up to scientific scrutiny
9 days ago
Information Consumerism: The Price of Hypocrisy - Überwachung - FAZ
many Europeans are finally grasping, to their great dismay, that the word “cloud” in “cloud computing” is just a euphemism for “some dark bunker in Idaho or Utah.”
10 days ago
With hundreds of thousands of new supporters, Labour is on the verge of something big – what a complete disaster! - Comment - Voices - The Independent
The fervour around Jeremy Corbyn is extraordinary, but it wouldn’t be fair to suggest he’s the only Labour politician who can bring large crowds on to the streets to greet him. Tony Blair is just as capable. In his case the crowds are there to scream that he should be arrested for war crimes and to throw things at him, but that’s being pernickety; he can certainly draw an audience.
labour  politics  uk 
12 days ago
Les Forges | Cours de pixel art 1 : préface
Le pixel art, même s'il a aujourd'hui perdu beaucoup de son importance à l'échelle de l'industrie du jeu vidéo, demeure un médium très utile aux créateurs indépendants et aux petites productions. Sa patte immédiatement reconnaissable a le don d'émouvoir une large frange de joueurs, tout en offrant aux créateurs l'occasion d'utiliser des techniques uniques en leur genre. C'est de ces techniques que nous allons parler aujourd'hui, dans cette édition revue et augmentée du cours de pixel art original des Forges.
14 days ago
One Book’s Cover | Brightweavings Journal
This spring I was working with my American and Canadian editors, and an art director, and a gifted artist to devise and shape the cover those territories are sharing for Children of Earth and Sky.
15 days ago
sbdc » Betrayed
I used to be able to trust that Apple products would just work. Now I can’t. I feel betrayed. And that’s on top of the massive piece of shit that iTunes has become. While I’ve been reassessing my digital interactions I now find myself reassessing what tools I use as well. Suddenly a dumb music player that reads 256GB MicroSD cards sounds like a more appealing travel companion than my iPhone. And that makes me reassess everything else.
16 days ago
How Trigger Warnings Are Hurting Mental Health on Campus - The Atlantic
Something strange is happening at America’s colleges and universities. A movement is arising, undirected and driven largely by students, to scrub campuses clean of words, ideas, and subjects that might cause discomfort or give offense.
16 days ago
Het Islamdebat en hoe ik het probeer te voeren | Jan Blommaert (en z'n gedachten)
“levensbeschouwelijke neutraliteit” is dan ook niet de afwezigheid van religieuze symbolen uit het publieke theater, het is de onverschilligheid tegenover religieuze symbolen
18 days ago
Google’s $6 Billion Miscalculation on the EU - Bloomberg Business
Oops. "Whatever goodwill it had stored up, Google started to lose in 2014, in the aftermath of the Snowden affair. Several of the leaked NSA documents revealed how Google and other companies had given the spy agency access to users’ accounts. Google said it was following the law and fought the NSA practice, but the damage was done. “What’s the use of a two-factor authenticated e-mail if the NSA is reading it, too?” Wagner says. “There was a huge shift.”"
business  eu  politics  google 
19 days ago
DUNE: The Insanely Complete 3-Hour Fan Cut
You think you’re a fan of Dune? Michael Warren has you beat. He put together this massive super-cut of David Lynch’s cult-classic 1984 film adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune comprised of footage from the original theatrical cut, the extended TV cut, and deleted scenes. This labor of fan love resulted in the following three-hour version. Originally done two years ago, an update earlier this year improved sound and video quality of the TV cut insertions.
21 days ago
The Five Characteristics of An Ideal SaaS Company – Redpoint Ventures
With more than 80% of venture capital investments occurring in enterprise and with the public markets disproportionately rewarding SaaS companies with huge enterprise value-to-revenue multiples (median is 7.6), it’s no surprise that interest Software-as-a-Service is booming. After meeting quite a few SaaS companies, I’ve compiled a list of my ideal characteristics for a SaaS business below.
21 days ago
Trello CSS Guide
Writing CSS is hard. Even if you know all the intricacies of position and float and overflow and z-index, it’s easy to end up with spaghetti code where you need inline styles, !important rules, unused cruft, and general confusion. This guide provides some architecture for writing CSS so it stays clean and maintainable for generations to come.
css  styleguide 
22 days ago
Why write Python in Visual Studio? - The Visual Studio Blog - Site Home - MSDN Blogs
Recently, Visual Studio 2015 was released with support for Python. Python Tools for Visual Studio (PTVS) are available to help throughout Visual Studio in all the places you’d expect, from editing and IntelliSense, to debugging, profiling, and publishing to Azure. You can find all the details and some video walkthroughs, documentation, and other resources on visualstudio.com, and the post announcing Python Tools 2.1 and Python Tools 2.2 beta. In this post I want to talk about some of the reasons to consider using Visual Studio next time you are working in Python.
microsoft  python  tools  software 
25 days ago
Doing Terrible Things To Your Code
believe a key turning point in every professional programmer's working life is when you realize you are your own worst enemy, and the only way to mitigate that threat is to embrace it. Act like your own worst enemy. Break your UI. Break your code. Do terrible things to your software. This means programmers need a good working knowledge of at least the common mistakes, the frequent cases that average programmers tend to miss, to work against. You are tester zero. This is your responsibility.
29 days ago
Catholic-Hierarchy: Its Bishops and Dioceses, Current and Past
Current and historical information about its bishops and dioceses -- heerlijke website
catholicism  church  data 
4 weeks ago
The Corbyn Effect | The Disorder Of Things
Blair and company argue that the Tories crave a Corbyn win, but the trap has been set a move beyond that: Cameron and Osborne can rest confident that the terror of electoral wipe-out will have a neo-Blairite Labour party galloping towards their position anyway. Always fighting the last war, and on a badly-chosen battlefield. The Labour mainstream cannot adapt to new parameters, cannot think except in the abjection of the spectre of a hard left, even as they appoint themselves the true custodians of the world-to-come.
4 weeks ago
John Horton Conway: the world’s most charismatic mathematician | Siobhan Roberts | Science | The Guardian
On a late September day in 1956, John Horton Conway left home with a trunk on his back. He was a skinny 18-year-old, with long, unkempt hair – a sort of proto-hippie – and although he generally preferred to go barefoot, on this occasion he wore strappy Jesus sandals. He travelled by steam train from Liverpool to Cambridge, where he was to start life as an undergraduate. During the five-hour journey, via Crewe with a connection in Bletchley, something dawned on him: this was a chance to reinvent himself.
math 
4 weeks ago
Startups And The Big Lie | TechCrunch
Lying is a requisite and daily part of being a founder, the grease that keeps the startup flywheel running. No one likes to put it that way of course. Instead, we use phrases like “hustling” and “fake it until you make it” to make the idea of lying more palatable. “Information control” is among the most important skills a founder has traditionally needed for success, and these euphemisms change nothing of the daily behavior.
4 weeks ago
Have anti-GMO activists gone off the rails? - Notes & Errata by Mark Morford
Example after example, Saletan shows how anti-GMOers, far more than advocates (who are far from perfect, obviously), have become the worst kind of hypocrites, repeating lies and long-discredited myths to the point that not only have genetically modified foods, seeds and plants been demonized far beyond their actual threat (which is, scientifically and nutritionally speaking, negligible) they’ve turned the anti-GMO argument into the exact kind of toxic dogma these same progressives usually decry about the conservative mind-set: that is, a nasty calcification of thought, extreme righteousness, willful disregard of fact.
5 weeks ago
Tools en utilities voor Genealogen
U vindt op deze site verschillende links naar software en waardevolle informatie voor de genealogen.
5 weeks ago
How Not To Sort By Average Rating
PROBLEM: You are a web programmer. You have users. Your users rate stuff on your site. You want to put the highest-rated stuff at the top and lowest-rated at the bottom. You need some sort of "score" to sort by.
6 weeks ago
From Folklore to Exotica: Yma Sumac and the Performance of Inca Identity—Vol. 1, No. 3—The Appendix
Yma Sumac, the Peruvian singer, startled audiences in the United States and Europe with her remarkable voice, beauty, and mysterious “Inca” princess/priestess persona. Accounts of Sumac’s life—like the largely fictional narrative quoted above—are full of fantasy and contradictions. Nevertheless, this piece begins with yet another story about her discovery: a true one.
6 weeks ago
UK to block Greece short-term funding solution
"The idea that British taxpayers' money is going to be on the line in this latest Greek deal is a non-starter", a British treasury official was quoted as saying. -- in het Duits is het nog mooier: "Die Vorstellung, das Geld britischer Steuerzahler für die neuste Vereinbarung mit Griechenland zu verwenden, ist ein Rohrkrepierer."
6 weeks ago
Ontmanteling euro is straks nog enige optie | Opinie | de Volkskrant
Operatie geslaagd, patiënt overleden. Waarschijnlijk is dat de beste samenvatting van het akkoord van afgelopen weekend. Ik moet de eerste econoom nog tegenkomen die het nieuw afgesproken pakket voor Griekenland ziet werken.
6 weeks ago
'We underestimated their power': Greek government insider lifts the lid on five months of 'humiliation' and 'blackmail' | Mediapart
In this interview with Mediapart, a senior advisor to the Greek government, who has been at the heart of the past five months of negotiations between Athens and its international creditors, reveals the details of what resembles a game of liar’s dice over the fate of a nation that has been brought to its economic and social knees. His account gives a rare and disturbing insight into the process which has led up to this week’s make-or-break deadline for reaching a bailout deal between Greece and international lenders, without which the country faces crashing out of the euro and complete bankruptcy. He describes the extraordinary bullying of Greece’s radical-left government by the creditors, including Eurogroup president Jeroen Dijsselbloem’s direct threat to cause the collapse of the Hellenic banks if it failed to sign-up to a drastic austerity programme. “We went into a war thinking we had the same weapons as them”, he says. “We underestimated their power”.
6 weeks ago
I can’t support a Europe that acts as a thuggy bailiff against Greece | Comment is free | The Guardian
As I watch what is happening in Greece, I feel myself to be increasingly Eurosceptic and wondering too if Eurosceptism is not code for the anti-German sentiment that currently abounds. If the European project that once seemed so noble now comes down to the European Central Bank, which is not in any way independent but acts as a thuggish bailiff to further impoverish Greece, what actually is it? If Germans believe they should not have to pay for the mistakes of Greek governments, then they do not see the crisis of Greece for what it is: a crisis of all Europe. Bailouts have been funded for the financial sector since 2008. To simply blame Greece is unsustainable.
7 weeks ago
Greece is solvent but illiquid: Policy implications | VOX, CEPR’s Policy Portal
Greece’s debt is 180% of GDP, which seems to make it insolvent without large primary surpluses. This column argues that since restructuring lowered the interest burden to just 2% of GDP, Greece is solvent – or would be with nominal GDP growth of just 2%. The ECB’s misdiagnosis has caused an unnecessary banking crisis. The solution is to accept that Greek debt is sustainable, so the austerity programme can be relaxed and liquidity support provided to the Greek banking sector.
7 weeks ago
Column: Laat u niet verblinden: als Griekenland de Eurozone verlaat, is de ECB verantwoordelijk | Paul De Grauwe | De Morgen
De ECB stelt dat ze gebonden is door regels. Alsof het regels zijn die God aan Mozes heeft gegeven op de berg Sinai. Maar de regels die de ECB zichzelf heeft opgelegd, zijn louter boekhoudkundig. De ECB heeft die goddelijke boekhoudkundige regels trouwens tijdens de grote bankencrisis van 2008 zonder schroom opzijgezet. Het ging toen niet om Griekse banken, maar om Belgische, Duitse, Franse en Nederlandse banken. Een centrale bank is verantwoordelijk voor financiële stabiliteit. En als dat leidt tot boekhoudkundige verliezen, dan is dat zo. Een centrale bank hoeft zich geen zorgen te maken om verliezen die alleen een boekhoudkundig leven hebben. Helaas is de ECB meer bezorgd om een propere balans dan om de stabiliteit van het Griekse banksysteem en het welzijn van een hele natie.
7 weeks ago
Hoezo, Byzantijnen en Ottomanen? - De Standaard
Mia Doornaert beoefent een soort van essentialistische wit-zwartgeschiedschrijving van grote lijnen en kort genomen bochten, waarvoor gebrek aan serieuze kennis blijkbaar geen belemmering vormt. Het is dan ook geen toeval dat zij precies Robert Kaplans Balkan Ghosts ‘een prachtig boek’ noemt. Ik ken binnen de internationale gemeenschap van historici van de Balkan niet één die dat boek ernstig neemt.
7 weeks ago
Longread: De Griekse crisis: dit was allemaal zo vermijdbaar | Standpunt | De Morgen
Jeroen Dijsselbloem. Zijn kleurloze loyauteit zal hem een verlenging van het mandaat aan het hoofd van de eurogroep opleveren. De geschiedenis zal genadelozer oordelen dan zijn tafelpartners.   De Nederlander Dijsselbloem is het symbool geworden van alle verdeeldheid en alle vertwijfeling van Europees links. Ook voor wie de materie van dichterbij volgt, zal het schrikken zijn geweest dat de ideeëncrisis van de sociaal-democratie zo totaal is.
7 weeks ago
Greece: Only the 'No' Can Save the Euro
To understand the bitter fight, it helps first to realize that the leaders of today's Europe are shallow, cloistered people, preoccupied with their local politics and unequipped, morally or intellectually, to cope with a continental problem. This is true of Angela Merkel in Germany, of François Hollande in France, and it is true also of Christine Lagarde at the IMF. In particular North Europe's leaders have not felt the crisis and do not know the economics, and in both respects they are the direct opposite of the Greeks.
7 weeks ago
The Alleged $7.5 Billion Fraud in Online Advertising - Moz
Ach, ach. "The only way to reduce wasted impressions significantly is to research and implement digital ad campaigns manually rather than use programmatic ad buying. Digital advertisers should research potential websites on which they want to run advertisements to see if they are legitimate—potentially even running ads on only the largest, well-known sites but doing so continuously. This way, it might be best to focus your ad campaigns on quality viewers rather than trying to maximize the quantity of viewers by also including lesser-known sites."
8 weeks ago
Lead Bullets - Ben's Blog
Early in my tenure as product manager for the web servers at Netscape, we faced a terrible crisis. We just got our hands on Microsoft’s new web server, Internet Information Server (IIS), and benchmarked against our product. Microsoft’s IIS had every feature that we had, was five times faster and we knew that they were going to give it away for free. This might not sound so bad, but we had just gone public three months earlier with a story to Wall Street that said, “Don’t worry about Microsoft giving away the browser because we will make money selling servers.” Oh snap.
8 weeks ago
Greece crisis could be a Sarajevo moment for the eurozone | Business | The Guardian
It will be said in response that Greece is a small, insignificant country and that the single currency has much better defences than it had at the last moment of acute trouble in the summer of 2012. Diplomats in Europe’s capitals took very much the same view in late June 1914.
8 weeks ago
Europe’s Empress stays silent – POLITICO
When Greece first called on Europe to save it from collapse in 2010, Merkel faced a stark choice: follow the advice of the world’s leading economists and offer Athens a path to debt relief in exchange for reform or heed the demands of her center-right coalition by extending loans at punitive interest rates with no debt forgiveness.

Merkel, with a PhD in physics and a reputation for cool calculation, chose politics over economic reason. That strategy now lays in shambles.
8 weeks ago
L’UE n’a pas d’argent pour la Grèce, mais a 11 milliards d’Euros pour un pays non membre, l’Ukraine. Victoria Nuland avait eu raison, « F**K the EU » | Réseau International
Alors que la Grèce demande un accord avec l’Europe et que l’Union européenne, la bave aux lèvres, impose encore plus d’austérité paralysante à un autre de ses membres… Bruxelles n’a aucun problème pour distribuer des milliards pour un état non membre, l’Ukraine. Le plus drôle, c’est que la Grèce, l’Espagne, le Portugal et d’autres pays touchés par l’économie de la Troïka de l’UE devront débourser pour les néo-nazis ukrainiens. Imaginez si les milliards généreusement octroyés par une UE corrompue à une Ukraine encore plus corrompue, étaient plutôt utilisés pour stimuler la croissance dans une Europe appauvrie.
8 weeks ago
Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head: A Mosquito’s Lament – Phenomena: Curiously Krulwich
A study says a mosquito being hit by a raindrop is roughly the equivalent of a human being whacked by a school bus, the typical bus being about 50 times the mass of a person. And worse, when it’s raining hard, each mosquito should expect to get smacked, grazed, or shoved by a raindrop every 25 seconds. So rain should be dangerous to a mosquito. And yet (you probably haven’t looked, but trust me), when it’s raining those little pains in the neck are happily darting about in the air, getting banged—and they don’t seem to care. Raindrops, for some reason, don’t bother them.
9 weeks ago
Building Analytics at 500px — Medium
A look at building analytics from the ground up at a mid-sized start-up and some of the challenges faced along the way
analytics  data 
9 weeks ago
“Onhoudbare leningen aan Grieken opgelegd alleen om Duitse en Franse banken te redden” - DeWereldMorgen.be
“Waar de Griekse schuld tot 2010 in hoofdzaak een zaak was van de privésector, meer bepaald de banken, werd vanaf 2010 de schuld volledig verschoven naar de Griekse overheid. Daarmee werden de Duitse, Franse en Nederlandse banken gered die in de problemen kwamen omdat de Griekse banken hun schulden niet langer konden betalen. Die schuld werd door het Europees akkoord volledig verschoven naar de Griekse overheid, dus naar de bevolking. Met andere woorden, de 'oplossing' die Griekenland werd opgedrongen had als enige bedoeling de privéschuldeisers in Duitsland, Frankrijk en Nederland te redden.”
10 weeks ago
New Zealand's Mighty Mongrel Mob gang in haunting portraits | Daily Mail Online
It is New Zealand's most notorious gang whose members operate in a criminal world of violence that is usually shut off to the outside world. But one photographer managed to gain their trust - and in turn rare access - resulting in haunting images of some of the key members of the Mighty Mongrel Mob.
11 weeks ago
Syriza moet op de knieën vanwege Spanje – De Groene Amsterdammer
Totale vernedering van de Griekse populisten is sinds januari het onuitgesproken doel. Syriza moet en zal op de knieën. De ruggengraat moet worden gebroken. En dat heeft niets met Griekenland te maken – hinderlijke kiezelsteen in de hiel van de Europese schoen – maar alles met Spanje, de vierde grootste economie van de eurozone, waar zo’n zelfde progressief populistische beweging op het punt staat de middenpartijen weg te vagen.
11 weeks ago
I'm a liberal professor, and my liberal students terrify me - Vox
I have intentionally adjusted my teaching materials as the political winds have shifted. (I also make sure all my remotely offensive or challenging opinions, such as this article, are expressed either anonymously or pseudonymously). Most of my colleagues who still have jobs have done the same. We've seen bad things happen to too many good teachers — adjuncts getting axed because their evaluations dipped below a 3.0, grad students being removed from classes after a single student complaint, and so on.
12 weeks ago
The man who was caged in a zoo | Pamela Newkirk | World news | The Guardian
In 1904, Ota Benga was kidnapped from Congo and taken to the US, where he was exhibited with monkeys. His appalling story reveals the roots of a racial prejudice that still haunts us
12 weeks ago
Horror and hope: paintings from the Zaïre popular school – in pictures | World news | The Guardian
A new exhibition gathers rarely seen works by leading Congolese artist Tshibumba Kanda-Matulu, who depicted the country’s brutal colonial past, the fight for independence and later struggles for power
12 weeks ago
Verschillende vormen | Pleegzorg Vlaanderen
Pleegzorg bestaat in heel veel verschillende vormen. Een pleegkind kan vele jaren in je gezin wonen. Maar je kunt er ook voor kiezen om een kind af en toe een weekend op te vangen. Samen met jou zoeken we naar de vorm van pleegzorg die je op het lijf geschreven is.
may 2015
Tanith Lee, 1947-2015 | Tor.com
Ugh. Nog een stuk jeugd verdwenen. -- "We are saddened to report the passing of science fiction, fantasy, and horror writer Tanith Lee. Lee had a long and prolific writing career, publishing over 90 books and 300 short stories, as well as several poems, four BBC Radio plays, and two episodes of the BBC’s sci-fi television series Blake’s 7."
may 2015
‘Mattress Girl’ Is a Perfect Icon for the Feminist Left | National Review Online
The continued lionization of Sulkowicz has proven so instructive: It has made clear how utterly uninterested the feminist movement is in anything like an appeal to facts or common reason.
may 2015
Welcome to Ordos, China: The World’s Largest “Ghost City” | The Bohemian Blog
Built for over a million people, the city of Ordos was designed to be the crowning glory of Inner Mongolia. Doomed to incompletion however, this futuristic metropolis now rises empty out of the deserts of northern China. Only 2% of its buildings were ever filled; the rest has largely been left to decay, abandoned mid-construction, earning Ordos the title of China’s Ghost City. Last year I travelled to Inner Mongolia for myself, to get a closer look at the bizarre, ghost metropolis of Ordos… and the experience, as I would discover, was far stranger than anything I could have prepared for.
may 2015
Secret's collapse shows the traditional VC funding model is broken | VentureBeat | Entrepreneur | by Jenny Q. Ta, Sqeeqee
The monumental failure of anonymous social app Secret and the closing of the company’s doors after a mere 16 months in business has fueled serious discussion among entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. Concerned parties on both sides of the funding table are asking hard questions about what this development means to the future of venture capital funding and whether the well-funded startup’s demise might not in fact indicate that the traditional VC model is broken and badly in need of repair.
may 2015
Solving Sudoku with SQL - Database tutorial - developer Fusion
I embarked on an exercise to write a program that solves Sudoku puzzles. And to make it even more challenging I decided not to write the program in the popular object-oriented fashion (Java, C++, C#, etc.) or in any of the old-fashioned procedural programming languages (Pascal, C, Basic etc); but in Transact SQL, within SQL Server 2000.
may 2015
Canadian Government Says Free Speech is for Offending Muslims — Not Opposing Israel - The Intercept
When the views being suppressed are ones amenable to those in power (e.g., cartoons mocking Islam), free speech is venerated; when ideas are advocated that upset those in power (e.g. speech by Muslims critical of Western nations and their allies), the very same people acquiesce to, or expressly endorse, full-scale suppression.
may 2015
Don’t believe Orson Welles, says his biographer Simon Callow — especially when he calls himself a failure » The Spectator
On the centenary of his birth, we celebrate the all-embracing genius of the great director, actor, theatre maker and story-teller
may 2015
De dood van het politieke interview | Ico Maly
Ja, duizend keer ja. Met dank aan Siegfried Bracke en Ivan De Vadder en al wie in hun voetstappen treedt. "Het politieke interview is niet zozeer dood omdat het niet meer fris klinkt of spannend is. Het is ook niet zozeer dood omdat de politicus mediatraining heeft gehad of debatfiches ter beschikking heeft en daardoor zichzelf niet meer aan de galg praat. Het is dood omdat het interview geformatiseerd is en gecommodificeerd."
may 2015
Why We Spent $172,298 in April and Only Made $45 - Startup Labs
We have what we perceive to be the best product on the market, and we could not sell one person from 1,391 who visited.
may 2015
jamstik+ The SmartGuitar by Zivix — Kickstarter
A portable guitar that teaches you to play, sounds like any musical instrument and connects wirelessly so you can play guitar anywhere.
may 2015
The Unhappy King of Snooker - The New Yorker
Heerlijk artikel over Ronnie O'Sullivan.
may 2015
Zeppelin
A web-based notebook that enables interactive data analytics. You can make beautiful data-driven, interactive and collaborative documents with SQL, Scala and more.
april 2015
Quinoakutten - VPRO
Het is donderdagochtend half tien en in mijn tijdlijn heb ik al drie foto’s voorbij zien komen van karaffen water met daarin slierten komkommer. Ik ram mijn voorhoofd een paar keer tegen mijn tafel, tot ik me beter voel. Een foto maken van je water met komkommer en die op internet zetten; het is alles wat er mis is met de wereld. Naast de man die allemaal mensen onthoofdt dan hè.
april 2015
Blog Dyab Abou Jahjah - Web-site of Dyab Abou Jahjah
Droevig. En sterk. "Een land zoals Libanon, een land van veel problemen, van weinig geld en van vier miljoen inwoners, ontvangt bijna twee miljoen vluchtelingen. Europa, een continent met veel landen, met een sterke economie en met 300 miljoen inwoners, debatteert over 5.000 of 10.000 vluchtelingen. Het is zo cynisch dat je niet verder geraakt dan de schok en de vernietigende teleurstelling."
april 2015
Wander (1974) — a lost mainframe game is found! | Retroactive Fiction
Wander was probably the first computer game that is recognisable as what came to be known as a “text adventure” (or “interactive fiction“) – pre-dating even ADVENT (a.k.a. Colossal Cave) by Crowther and Woods! But Wander was more than that because it seems to have been designed to be a tool to allow users to create “non-deterministic fantasy stories”[1] of their own. So perhaps it would be more accurate to say that Wander was in fact the earliest known precursor to modern interactive-fiction development-systems like Inform 7! Wander was thought to be lost, presumably languishing on one or more of the slowly decaying tape-reels of mainframe history.
april 2015
You Do CrossFit? Tell Me More! | Observer
How the world’s hottest fitness craze really is like a cult In the last few years, a number of my friends have taken up CrossFit. I know this because they don’t shut up about it. When I’m around more than one of them at a time, it completely changes the way we socialize and speak.
april 2015
Social Justice Bullies: The Authoritarianism of Millennial Social Justice — Medium
The modern social justice movement launched on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, Jezebel, Slate, Huffington Post, et al. is far more reminiscent of a Red Scare (pick one) than the Civil Rights Movement. When George Orwell wrote Nineteen Eighty-Four (and here some will lambast me for picking a white male author from a historically colonialist power despite the fact that he fought and wrote against this colonialism), he wrote it to warn against the several dangers of extremism on either side of the political spectrum. Orwell’s magnum opus is about authoritarianism on both ends of the political spectrum. If the arc of the moral universe bends toward justice, then the arc of the political spectrum bends toward authoritarianism at both ends.
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april 2015
Digital (dis)content: Test drive: real-time prediction with Amazon Machine Learning
This product has only been out a week or so and it's already fuckin' AWESOME. It's hard to believe Amazon made ML this simple. If I can get this to work, anyone can. Given the right level of price, performance and scale (all will come quickly), I see this product  crushing the competition... and not only other ML SaaS providers. Hardware & software vendors should start sweating even more than they already do.
april 2015
Jason Calacanis' epic rant on the state of the valley - Tech.pro
"revenue" & "breakeven", lost conscepts for pseudofounders
april 2015
Study finds, surprisingly, that women are favored for jobs in STEM - The Washington Post
“At one point we turned to each other while we were coding email responses from faculty across the U.S. and said we hoped that the large preference for women applicants over identically qualified men applicants would slow down because it seemed too large to be believed!” Williams wrote in an e-mail to Inside Higher Ed. “It never did slow down, and the final tally was roughly a 2 to 1 preference. So, we were surprised.”
april 2015
Anatomy of a Tragedy - The Texas Observer
As she lay dying, Duntsch performed his third surgery, on a woman named Mary Efurd. Another spinal fusion; another routine procedure. Efurd woke up after surgery in horrible pain, barely able to move her legs. Two days later, once Efurd was stable, Henderson was assigned to do the repair surgery. A CT scan found that the metal spinal fusion hardware, meant to be placed on the patient’s spine to keep the vertebrae from moving, was sunk into the muscles of her lower back, inches from her spine. Henderson went in to remove it. He had been a neurosurgeon for 40 years and what he saw inside Efurd’s back shocked him. “He had amputated a nerve root,” Henderson said. “It was just gone. And in its place is where he had placed the fusion. He’d made multiple screw holes on the left everywhere but where he had needed to be. On the right side, there was a screw through a portion of the S1 nerve root.”
april 2015
The Nerdstream Era: Nameday
How cute is that? Congrats, Stefan! -- "Rejoice! Our Queen of Love and Beauty, Lyanna Sasse, was born on March 10th. You may use the comment thread to do her hommage."
april 2015
Quantifying the Clickbait and Linkbait in BuzzFeed Article Titles | minimaxir | Max Woolf's Blog
I decided to determine which phrases in BuzzFeed headlines are the most successful in order to see if it’s possible to reverse-engineer BuzzFeed’s business model. Therefore, I scraped BuzzFeed’s website (after initial frustration) and obtained 60,378 distinct articles and the corresponding number of Facebook Shares for each article. From there, I decomposed each headline into its component n-grams, allowing me to perform quantitative analysis for each possible permutation of words in the article titles. You probably don’t know that the 3 most interesting things I found will blow your mind.
april 2015
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