Dance in the time of Corona: A primer and suggestions on the novel Coronavirus and social dancing – The Dancing Grapevine
"The Author, Dr. Hsu, is a physician actively practicing in both community and acute care hospital settings. She has spoken extensively with a Public Health specialist physician about this matter, particularly how the Novel Coronavirus will interact with our dance communities"
dancing  covid19  health  infection  disease 
24 days ago
Some good thoughts from this event on how they're dealing with COVID-19 in the period where schools and offices are still open.
dancing  covid19  health 
24 days ago
How knitters got knotted in a purity spiral - UnHerd
Yep, knitters. "Purity spiral" is a good name for the runaway effect of only rewarding people who call out others for not being pure enough.
ethics  culture  community  purity  social-justice 
6 weeks ago
Gears – Bartosz Ciechanowski
Cool gear animations and explanations of how they work.
animation  engineering  physics  mechanics 
6 weeks ago
Monsignor Treeb Lopez - YouTube
Thoughts for the Day, not quite as heard on Radio 4.
funny  comedy  radio  religion 
7 weeks ago
WSJ, WaPo, NYT Spread False Internet Law Claims | Cato @ Liberty
Rebutting nonsense about the supposed publisher/platform distinction in Section 230 of the US's Communications Decency Act. From the Cato Institute, so can't be dismissed as leftist propaganda.
law  censorship  internet 
october 2019
The New Zealand Shootings: The Untold Stories | GQ
A moving account of the shootings and their aftermath. Via Metafilter.
shooting  terrorism  racism  new-zealand 
october 2019
'My ties to England have loosened': John le Carré on Britain, Boris and Brexit | Books | The Guardian
"At 87, le Carré is publishing his 25th novel. He talks to John Banville about our ‘dismal statesmanship’ and what he learned from his time as a spy"
spies  intelligence  MI5  MI6  le-carre  politics 
october 2019
Brexit is a necessary crisis – it reveals Britain’s true place in the world | David Edgerton | Opinion | The Guardian
Makes the point that the Tories are no longer the party of business. As a result "The state can no longer undertake the radical planning and intervention that might make Brexit work. That would require not only an expert state, but one closely aligned with business. The preparations would by now be very visible at both technical and political levels. But we have none of that."
capitalism  business  conservatives  brexit 
october 2019
Supreme Court ruling is the natural result of Boris Johnson’s constitutional vandalism | News | The Times
Lord Sumption on the Supreme Court ruling: Parliament is the forum for compromise. Boris Johnson tried to circumvent it. So the judges had to make its role explicit.
law  brexit  court  boris-johnson 
september 2019
‘We May Have to Shoot Down This Aircraft’ - POLITICO Magazine
Oral history of the events of 9/11. Odd that the USAF doesn't seem to have the equivalent of the RAF's QRA fighters (although there's clearly a lot more country to cover).
hijacking  911  transcript  history 
september 2019
The Untold Story of NotPetya, the Most Devastating Cyberattack in History | WIRED
"It was a perfect sunny summer afternoon in Copenhagen when the world’s largest shipping conglomerate began to lose its mind."
russia  hacking  Security 
september 2019
Frozen Alive | Outside Online
How easy it is to freeze to death.
death  survival  story  cold  freeze 
august 2019
Neil Gaiman: ‘Good Omens feels more apt now than it did 30 years ago’ | Books | The Guardian
"Before Terry Pratchett died, Gaiman told his friend he would adapt their novel about an angel and a devil stopping the apocalypse. As Good Omens starts on TV, he discusses fame, politics and honouring that promise"
neil-gaiman  terry-pratchett  books  television  armageddon 
may 2019
How Liberals Fell In Love With The West Wing | Current Affairs
"Aaron Sorkin’s political drama shows everything wrong with the Democratic worldview…"
tv  westwing  politics  bartlet 
may 2019
How the Boeing 737 Max Disaster Looks to a Software Developer - IEEE Spectrum
What went wrong with the 737 Max, and reflections on safety culture and software.
engineering  aircraft  safety  software 
april 2019
Debugging Vim by example - David Winterbottom
"This post illustrates a range of debugging and profiling approaches for Vim by walking through real issues I’ve recently investigated, diagnosed and resolved. "
vim  debugging 
march 2019
There’s a lot wrong with this viral list about the Lisbon Treaty - Full Fact
A large number of our readers have asked us to factcheck a list of claims about the Lisbon Treaty, or “what will actually happen if we stay in the EU”, which has gone viral on social media.

The list has appeared in numerous versions across different platforms since mid-December. The text at the beginning and end is often different, but the central list of claims is virtually identical across most of the versions we’ve seen.

Much of it is wrong. The list is a mixture of false claims, and claims that have some truth but could be misleading given the context.
brexit  politics  lisbon  propaganda  eu  europe 
march 2019
Sick and tired: Online activists are silencing us, scientists say
"Scientists researching treatments for chronic fatigue syndrome say they face online abuse and harassment. Some are leaving the field. It’s a ‘new normal,’ they say, and patients may lose out."
research  culture  psychology  internet  trolling  medicine 
march 2019
Towards an understanding of technical debt | Kellan Elliott-McCrea
Different categories of things which all get lumped together as technical debt.
programming  technical-debt  software 
february 2019
The King of the Ferret Leggers | Outside Online
"One can only wonder what suffering might have been avoided if the Argentine junta had been informed that sportsmen in England put down their pants animals that are known only for their astonishingly powerful bites and their penchant for insinuating themselves into small dark holes. Perhaps the generals would have reconsidered their actions on the Falklands."
ferrets  barnsley  yorkshire  funny 
february 2019
Stumbling and Mumbling: The right's triumph; the left's complicity
"If I’d told you just four years ago that I was a Remainer, you wouldn’t have known what I was talking about. The fact that we now speak about little else reveals an under-appreciated fact about politics – that power consists not merely in getting your own way when conflict arises, but in shaping the agenda.

Back in 2015 less than 10% (pdf) of people thought relations with the EU were the important political issue – far fewer than cited the NHS, economy or crime. And yet a handful of cranks have succeeded in making Brexit (a word almost unheard in 2015) dominate politics to the exclusion of all else."
politics  brexit 
january 2019
Parliament is now at war with government - and it's winning
"The content of Theresa May's defeats over the last couple of days isn't particularly meaningful, but the fact they happened at all suggests that parliament's guerrilla war against the government has started. And it seems to be winning."
constitution  brexit  politics  parliament 
january 2019
Quine's Naturalism - 3:AM Magazine
"Sense data, Quine came to realize, are just as much theoretical posits as the electrons, bacteria, and chromosomes we supposedly construct from them. We do not see ‘patches of green, brown, and grey’ when we are walking through a forest; we see trees, logs, and squirrels. This is why it requires severe training to teach amateur painters to reproduce their everyday three-dimensional view of the world on a two-dimensional canvas."
quine  philosophy  naturalism  science  epistemology 
january 2019
Type punning isn't funny: Using pointers to recast in C is bad.
A common C programming technique (casting between pointers to structures) leads to problems when strict aliasing is turned on (as it is if you set -O2 -O3 in gcc).
C  programming  casting  punning 
january 2019
EU Law Analysis: Freedom to insult? Balancing freedom of expression with religious tolerance in ECHR case law
"A recent judgment of the European Court of Human Rights has raised again the question of whether there should be limits on free speech when someone might be offended by it – in this case, concerning the Muslim faith. It’s a good opportunity to explain the context of the case and assess what – if any – limits should be acceptable on free speech in such cases."
EU  law  free-speech  islam 
november 2018
These Are the Bad Times – Hmm Daily
"Our public conversation misses the fundamental point. The warnings and the rebuttals to the warnings have revolved around the drastic, epochal historical questions: Is this what it was like with the Nazis? Are we becoming the Third Reich? Is that where we’re headed?

What that line of debate overlooks is that going only halfway Nazi would be more than bad enough. Going a quarter of the way Nazi would be. "
politics  trump  nazi  doom 
november 2018
Hume is the amiable, modest, generous philosopher we need today | Aeon Essays
Hume believed we were nothing more or less than human: that’s why he’s the amiable, modest, generous philosopher we need now
philosophy  hume 
august 2018
Deep C (and C++)
The differences between shallow and deep understanding in C/C++ or how to ace the technical interview.
programming  C  interview 
july 2018
In Britain, Austerity Is Changing Everything - The New York Times
"Whatever the operative thinking, austerity’s manifestations are palpable and omnipresent. It has refashioned British society, making it less like the rest of Western Europe, with its generous social safety nets and egalitarian ethos, and more like the United States, where millions lack health care and job loss can set off a precipitous plunge in fortunes."
money  poverty  austerity  politics 
june 2018
Doc Searls Weblog · GDPR will pop the adtech bubble
Interesting distinction between adtech and advertising.
gdpr  advertising  law  privacy 
may 2018
Ask HN: Which books have made you introspect? | Hacker News
Someone does mention Jordan Peterson the woo-meister, but the rest sound interesting.
books  introspection  philosophy 
may 2018
Delta Pointers: Buffer Overflow Checks Without the Checks
Using the top bytes of pointers to implement efficent out-of-bound detection.
security  C  pointer  programming  overflow 
april 2018
Compressing and enhancing hand-written notes
How Office Lens might do it, but open source. Introduces various colour spaces.
images  python  colour  RGB  HSV 
march 2018
Epistemic extremism – UseOfReason
Contra Internet ("shoe") atheism: I don't need to be able to prove a thing to you before I can rationally believe it.
philosophy  belief  epistemology  Atheism  proof 
march 2018
Unrolled thread from @patio11
"Some people really benefit from hearing advice that everyone knows, for the same reason we keep schools open despite every subject in them having been taught before." Mostly related to the tech business.

In that spirit, here's some quick Things Many People Find Too Obvious To Have Told You Already.
programming  business  technology 
february 2018
Don’t mistake the British public’s leftie economic views for liberalism
About half of us still support the death penalty, and about half of us think equality for women has achieved enough progress.
Politics  survey  opinion  poll  feminism 
february 2018
black holes - Why is information indestructible? - Physics Stack Exchange
Top answer has a nice model using coloured squares and cellular automata rules.
physics  black-holes  universe  entropy 
january 2018
Your smartphone is making you stupid, antisocial and unhealthy. So why can’t you put it down? - The Globe and Mail
We're doomed! Interesting for this bit: "It takes office workers an average of 25 minutes to get back on task after an interruption, he notes, while workers who are habitually interrupted by e-mail become likelier to "self-interrupt" with little procrastination breaks". That's true of me: if I'm constantly getting interrupted I give up and procastinate in anticipation of the next interruption.
technology  culture  psychology  smartphones  facebook  work 
january 2018
Notes from the Intelpocalypse [LWN.net]
A good, reasonably technical, summary of the Spectre and Meltdown attacks.
cpu  hardware  spectre  meltdown  security  intel 
january 2018
How evolutionary biology makes everyone an existentialist | Aeon Essays
"Each variant of human desire is ‘natural’, not in the sense of being required, but only of being made possible by nature. And it is in what nature makes possible, not in what it necessitates, that we should look for the answer to the question about what we should be or do."
philosophy  ethics  existentialism  evolution  biology 
january 2018
Recommendations please: Is there more to Belief than Credence above a certain threshold? : askphilosophy
Apparently, the thesis that this is all there is to belief is known as the Lockean thesis and is regarded as wrong. Some interesting references to dig into.
philosophy  epistemology  belief 
january 2018
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