Astounding Stories #14: The Heinlein Juveniles | Alec Nevala-Lee
"Frankly, I’d love to come up with a contrarian stance—that Heinlein is interesting primarily for his historical significance, that he’s revered mostly out of nostalgia, or that a handful of masterpieces allow us to overlook the fact that much of what he wrote was routine. But none of this is true. Of all the science fiction writers I’ve read, Heinlein is consistently the most compelling author, the most interesting thinker, and the most versatile artist. He’s the one writer of his era who could seemingly do anything, and who actually did it over an extended period of time for a big popular audience: great ideas, meticulously developed science and technology, worldbuilding, plot, action, character, philosophy, style. Heinlein was given what the sports writer Bill Simmons likes to call the “everything” package at the car wash, and he more than lived up to it."
RAH  sfnal  history  1940s  1950s  1960s  golden-ages 
5 days ago
Shtetl-Optimized » Blog Archive » Insert D-Wave Post Here
"something about how, if these claims of amazing performance were found not to withstand an examination of the details, it would not be the first time in Volkswagen’s recent history."
scott-aaronson  quantum-computing  computer-science  d-wave  texas  volkswagen 
11 days ago
Oral History of 'Wayne’s World' 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Scene - Rolling Stone
'At one point I said to everybody, "I'm out. I don't want to make this movie if it's not Bohemian Rhapsody."'
film  saturday-night-live  queen  bohemian-rhapsody  for-toni  oral-history 
14 days ago
/usr/bin/time: not the command you think you know
Basically: time(1) is superseded by a builtin in some shells; /usr/bin/time has some neat features.
warelogging  time  utilities  cli  unix  bash  zsh 
20 days ago
It Is Just Open Season Now | Sarah Jaffe
"There is a hypocrisy in being shocked about Trump proposing a border wall when the compromise by Republicans and Democrats included this ramp-up of ICE and CBP (Customs and Border Protection) and a border wall that was deeply, deeply militarized. I think that is one of the things that we need to pay attention to, especially as we organize somewhat with the Democratic Party is we need to remember that many of these folks have not necessarily been on our side and have compromised our humanity left and right."
immigration  trump  democratic-party  republican-party  politics  borders  activism  journalism 
25 days ago
De-Muslimization | Rafia Zakaria
"The burden of trying to “pass,” of trying to erase an aspect of oneself, is not rendered null by the success of evasion. Instead, it makes imposters out of the innocent, forcing on them an inauthenticity and a duplicity that is lacking in justice, rife with cruelty. After the immediate hurdles and checkpoints have been crossed, the bags unpacked and the clothes tossed in the laundry, the stain of shame, of having pretended to be someone else, of having disguised a crucial part of oneself, is left behind. It is that part, raw and bleeding, that hurts. It is not simply those who are actually stopped who are maimed, but all those like them forced into pretense by legal injustice."
identity  trump  politics  travel  security-state 
25 days ago
removing everything from github
"Github recently drafted an update to their Terms Of Service. The new TOS is potentially very bad for copylefted Free Software. It potentially neuters it entirely, so GPL licensed software hosted on Github has an implicit BSD-like license."
joeyh  licensing  github  copyleft  copyright  law 
26 days ago
Steve Bannon’s Autobahn | Jacobin
"With his chin fuzz and sloppy gray mane, he looks like an alcoholic stepdad grimly watching a History Channel special on Rommel in the desperate hope of an erection."
jacobin  trump  politics  fascism 
27 days ago
The Last Unknown Man | New Republic
Evidently this guy worked in an Azar's Big Boy that is now Harpo's in Boulder.
via-hackernews  boulder  colorado  indian  history  anonymity 
4 weeks ago
Image-to-Image Demo - Affine Layer
"Trained on about 2k stock cat photos and edges automatically generated from those photos. Generates cat-colored objects, some with nightmare faces."
art  tensorflow  machine-learning  image-manipulation  databases  cats 
4 weeks ago
Hungry – Angry – Lonely – Tired
community  decision-making  hunger 
5 weeks ago
Icelandic magical staves - Wikipedia
I bet this is total bullshit. But fascinating!
wikipedia  iceland  graphics  magic 
6 weeks ago
Some notes on the worst-case scenario - Charlie's Diary
On one level, this is insanely paranoid. On the other hand, the core idea of "limit freedom of movement in face of impending climate disaster while sabotaging climate policy in order to maintain economic dominance" has a certain horrifying believability to it.
apocalypse  holocaust  politics  trump 
6 weeks ago
Inauguration Attendees Make Significantly Less Money than Women’s March Attendees – SafeGraph – Medium
Bookmarked more because the location data here creeps me the fuck out than because it has interesting things to say about politics as such. I'd like to find out who's selling this stuff and how it's theoretically anonymized.
surveillance  data-mining  data  via-hackernews 
7 weeks ago
Asking the wrong questions — Benedict Evans
"In 1946, by which time he'd become a notable writer of science fiction, he published a story called 'A Logic named Joe'..."
sfnal  via-hackernews 
7 weeks ago
CAPITAL CITY by Mari Sandoz | Kirkus Reviews
"One guesses the setting of Capital City to be Lincoln, Nebraska; the time is as immediate as this season's latest style wrinkle: the struggle between capital and labor, between the liberals and the reactionaries (Fascistic-American style), is dramatized and high lighted with deep-biting acid pen."
via-metafilter  books  writers  fascism  politics  nebraska  mari-sandoz 
7 weeks ago
Stephen Wolfram, A New Kind of Science
"A Rare Blend of Monster Raving Egomania and Utter Batshit Insanity"
stephen-wolfram  a-new-kind-of-science  mathematica  reviews  writing 
7 weeks ago
In Defense of Facts
"“John’s a different kind of writer,” an editor explains to Fingal early in the book. Indeed he is. But the word for such a writer isn’t essayist. It’s liar."
writing  essays  via-metafilter 
7 weeks ago
Madagascar Plan - Wikipedia
"The Madagascar Plan was a proposal by the Nazi German government to relocate the Jewish population of Europe to the island of Madagascar. Franz Rademacher, head of the Jewish Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the German government, proposed the idea in June 1940, shortly before the Fall of France. The proposal called for the handing over of control of Madagascar, then a French colony, to Germany as part of the French surrender terms."
anti-semitism  nazism  europe  madagascar  france  germany  holocaust 
7 weeks ago
"Gitless is a version control system built on top of Git. Many people complain that Git is hard to use. We think the problem lies deeper than the user interface, in the concepts underlying Git. Gitless is an experiment to see what happens if you put a simple veneer on an app that changes the underlying concepts."
git  programming  dvcs  version-control  warelogging  via-hackernews 
7 weeks ago
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