'Overnight, everything I loved was gone': the internet shaming of Lindsey Stone
When a friend posted a photograph of charity worker Lindsey Stone on Facebook, she never dreamed she would lose her job and her reputation. Two years on, could she get her life back?
internet  work 
10 days ago
A Russian TV Insider Describes a Modern Propaganda Machine - NYTimes.com
LONDON — NORMALLY a boisterous sort, Peter Pomerantsev says he kept quiet when he found himself, at the age of 24, in a Moscow meeting room listening to 20 of…
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17 days ago
The Assassin in the Vineyard | Vanity Fair
The winter-night sky above the Côte d’Or countryside of Burgundy, in eastern France, is cloudless, with just enough moon to illuminate the snow-covered ground…
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17 days ago
Britain's vilest troll: 'I’m here to expose hypocrisy'
Robert Ambridge has been described as Britain's worst online troll. On the contrary, he tells Martin Daubney, he is standing up for free speech
troll  internet  law 
23 days ago
The Elusive Creator of the Most Terrifying Video Games | Motherboard
Rin from Osamu Sato’s Eastern Mind.
His spirit roams the internet throughout niche video game forums. His ​day-to-day tweets call forth daily happenings. But…
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4 weeks ago
How Video Game Addiction Can Destroy Your Life | VICE | United States
The withdrawal made Brett want to die. The 12-year-old had only been cut off for a few hours, and his mind was already wandering to a dark and dangerous place.…
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5 weeks ago
Who Was the Marquis de Sade? | History | Smithsonian
History, Travel, Arts, Science, People, Places | Smithsonian ADVERTISEMENT
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5 weeks ago
What should I do about Youtube?
My Google Youtube rep contacted me the other day. They were nice and took time to explain everything clearly to me, but the message was firm: I have to decide. I need...
video  google  youtube  monoploy  exploitation  extortion 
5 weeks ago
Export Your WordPress Blog to Jekyll with One Click
Jekyll fans are fond of the Ruby-powered static blogging software due to its ease of use and support for Markdown and the Liquid templating engine. With no database to maintain and no comments to m...
wordpress  jekyll 
5 weeks ago
Hitler's war on women: The story of Ravensbrück concentration camp - Features - Books - The Independent
“Anything else?”
“Someone should write about Ravensbrück,” I said. Then seeing Ursula sit up I added emphatically, “But not me.”
“Why ?” she persisted.
I said…
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6 weeks ago
Sketch Toy
A drawing application that lets you save and share replays of your work with friends.
6 weeks ago
David Starkey is a litmus test of our commitment to free speech
This is where the real battle over freedom of speech takes place – in the way we instinctively respond to outrageous commentary. If our instinct is to target the man and not the ball, we cannot consider ourselves defenders of free speech.
speech  freedom  work 
6 weeks ago
Google discloses another Windows security issue after deadline exceeded | Hacker News
It's easy for Google to be big in the mouth when they don't bother to support their existing customers properly.
6 weeks ago
RPG Codex 2014 Role-Playing Game of the Year Awards :: rpg codex > doesn't scale to your level
RPG Codex > putting the 'role' back in role-playing. A highly prestigious gaming magazine with news and views on the latest and not so latest RPGs.
gaming  rpg 
7 weeks ago
Express: 'Labour MP John Mann fears the deaths of the two council workers could be linked to a Westminster-based paedophile gang involving highly-influential politicians. One of the men, social...
politics  westminster  coverup 
7 weeks ago
Neil Gaiman's Journal: Why defend freedom of icky speech?
You are here: Home » Journal Why defend freedom of icky speech? This is a bit long.Apologies.I’d meant to talk about other things, but I started writing a reply…
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7 weeks ago
Longform Reprints: The Devil and John Holmes by Mike Sager
Deep in Laurel Canyon, the Wonderland Gang was planning its last heist. It was Sunday evening and the drugs were gone, the money was gone, the situation was…
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7 weeks ago
All the Wget Commands You Should Know
Wget lets you download Internet files or even mirror entire websites for offline viewing. Here are 20 practical examples for using the wget command.
8 weeks ago
Top 15 Free WordPress Themes Released in 2014
Looking back on the theme landscape of 2014, a clear design trend emerged that highlights WordPress' roots as a blogging platform. Minimalist, content-centric themes took center stage in the offici...
wordpress  themes 
9 weeks ago
The Scientology Christmas Catalog Is Totally Insane
Finding the right gift for everyone in your family can be a real bitch. Your mom just wants a phone call. Your dad wants you to find a job. These are not easy people to shop for. But what about your second cousin who moved to L.A., got introduced to Scientology by an actor friend, joined the church to make connections, and found himself amassing a fortune in credit-card debt while digging out a new infinity pool for David Miscavige? I would argue that he's the hardest relative to shop for. After all, what do get for you the man who has nothing?
cult  idiots 
9 weeks ago
Ask MetaFilter
What literature from 2014 would you consider to be the best? I'm looking for page turners that tempt you to stay up late at night and exceed your expectations to a great degree. Fiction,...
9 weeks ago
Memory of the Camps
These tapes are actual, real life footage of the discovery of Nazi concentration camps by British and American solders after the end of WW2. Alfred Hitchcock arranged them in the format that they were originally meant to be viewed.

*DISCLAIMER* What you are about to watch is extremely graphic, and includes depictions of actual death, starvation, suffering, and torture.

It is horrific.

Watch at your own risk.
10 weeks ago
Green Honey
Language represents our view of the world, and knowing its limits helps us understand how our perception works.

I used the data from Wikipedia’s “Color” entry for different languages. My assumption was:

"Different languages have different ways to describe color.”
design  language  visualization 
11 weeks ago
What happened in the past - Takemeback.to
Find out what the world looked like in any date in the past: just type in your special date and enjoy the timemachine
history  search 
11 weeks ago
THE BOY WHO HAD TWO LIVES - Arts and Entertainment - The Independent
To break our trust in these memories would be a cruel thing; to question their veracity, equally cruel.
I look at the picture reproduced here - that…
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11 weeks ago
Suicide: Read This First
If you are feeling suicidal now, please stop long enough to read this. It will only take about five minutes.
suicide  depression 
11 weeks ago
How to built an e-book library you can touch
With the clippings file from my Kindle, some stamps and custom prints I built a printed version of what I loved in the e…
11 weeks ago
The Lurker: How A Virus Hid In Our Genome For Six Million Years – Phenomena
In the mid-2000s, David Markovitz, a scientist at the University of Michigan, and his colleagues took a look at the blood of people infected with HIV. Human…
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11 weeks ago
Afghanistan: The Making of a Narco State
Helmand Province in southern Afghanistan is named for the wide river that runs through its provincial capital, Lashkar Gah, a low-slung city of shrubby…
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12 weeks ago
Confessions of a Mortician — Matter — Medium
By Eric PuchnerPhotographs by Matt Eich
I was in the crematory with two fresh deliveries when my host, a mortician named Caleb Wilde, opened the bag covering…
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12 weeks ago
Did Kevin From ‘Home Alone’ Grow Up to Be Jigsaw? A Deadly Serious Investigation
Throughout ‘Home Alone,’ Kevin McCallister displays anger-control issues, a proclivity for violent fantasies, and voyeuristic tendencies, combined with a fetish for recorded video.
12 weeks ago
Every Noise at Once
This is an ongoing attempt at an algorithmically-generated, readability-adjusted scatter-plot of the musical genre-space, based on data tracked and analyzed for 1305 genres by The Echo Nest. The calibration is fuzzy, but in general down is more organic, up is more mechanical and electric; left is denser and more atmospheric, right is spikier and bouncier.
12 weeks ago
The Weight of Guilt «
Death, disgrace, and a handful of knockers: inside the secret world of competitive bass fishing cheaters.
Danny Ray Davis wasn’t just a fisherman, he…
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december 2014
What I Wish People Knew About Depression
Someone recently asked me to write on what I wish people knew about depression, in light of Robin Williams' suicide. Here’s my response.
november 2014
Free Will (Revisited)
About a year and a half ago I wrote a post arguing that there is no free will and also stating that seemed OK to me. As it turns out since then I have been on a fun intellectual...
november 2014
The Secret Life of Passwords - NYTimes.com
Howard Lutnick, the chief executive of Cantor Fitzgerald, one of the world’s largest financial-services firms, still cries when he talks about it. Not long…
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november 2014
The Secret Life of a Crime Scene Cleaner | Narratively | Human stories, boldly told.
How a transgender Australian found her niche cleaning up after murders, suicides, and unimaginable filth of endless variation. 32 minutesMelbourne Illustrations…
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november 2014
The greatest story Reddit ever told
"Here is what I do know for sure: People end up walking down different roads than they ever had planned for themselves.”
november 2014
Food Timeline: food history research service
Food Timeline: food history reference & research service
culture  history  food  reference 
november 2014
Escape from Jonestown | Longreads Blog
Julia Scheeres | A Thousand Lives | 26 minutes (6,304 words) Download .mobi (Kindle) Download .epub (iBooks)
For our latest Longreads Exclusive, we’re proud to…
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november 2014
Why podcasts are suddenly “back”
Talking to reporters is like talking to the police: ideally, don’t. You have little to gain and a lot to lose, their incentives often conflict with yours, and they have all of the power.
podcasts  law 
november 2014
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