Cómo consiguió Minotauro El Señor de los Anillos
<bockquote>Los Muchnik habían publicado <i>El Hobbit</i>, pero tuvo escasa repercusión y por problemas económicos nunca pudieron ponerse manos a la obra y editar <i>El señor de los anillos</i>, por lo que se les esfumó el plazo de tenencia de los derechos sin poder sacarlo a la luz. Fue una llamada providencial, porque Porrúa ofreció sobre la marcha 1.500 dólares por los tres volúmenes y se los quedó en el acto. Si hubiera tardado dos horas más, los habría perdido […]
literature  Tolkien 
3 days ago
El paper de la violència en la Transició

Les xifres de morts més consensuades oscil·len entre 600 i 700 assassinats en 2.000-3.000 accions violentes entre 1973-1982. A tall d’exemple, la guerra d’independència Eslovena de 1991 suposà 62 morts. Un període com el conegut historiogràficament a l’estat com el “pistolerisme” representà, entre 1917 i 1923, no més de 500 víctimes. No té cap sentit, si no és per motivacions propagandístiques, titllar de “pacífic” i “exemplar” el procés en què una dictadura totalitària esdevingué l’actual democràcia espanyola. Ara bé, i aquí arriba la novetat, Casals considera que, si bé la violència tenia una motivació clara de desestabilitzar l’estat (ja fos per fer-lo involucionar, ja fos per redirigir-lo cap a la ruptura radical amb el franquisme), es produí la paradoxa que ajudà a consolidar la democràcia més o menys dissenyada per franquistes i opositors disposats a transigir. La pressió de les armes, en un moment delicat de canvi històric i social, a parer de l’historiador feu guanyar partidaris del sistema democràtic. El fet que cada setmana es produïssin morts, enterraments, trets o bombes, lluny de buscar sortides radicals va empènyer una opinió pública en procés de formació i modernització a abjurar de la solució armada, a emancipar-se d’una història que, com repetien els manuals escolars d’història, semblava destinada a la tragèdia. I, el fet cert és que l’estat, amb el pas dels anys i la consolidació de les institucions, va passar a esdevenir un dels estats amb menor taxes d’homicidi del món.
spain  politics 
11 days ago
Catalunya: ¿patria o muerte? (Manuel Castells)

Y así fue como se fue gestando, por agravio y humillación, un amplio movimiento social independentista que desbordó el tibio nacionalismo de CiU hasta soñar con un nuevo país que superara las miserias de la crisis económica y política en España. Como analizó Marina Subirats, ante la esperanza que en el resto de España representaron el 15-M y otros movimientos sociales, en Catalunya fue el independentismo, ampliamente mayoritario entre los jóvenes, el que alumbró la llama de otra vida posible, por utópico que fuera ese proyecto.
spain  catalunya  politics 
13 days ago
Breastfeeding rates are a marker of social class in the US

Breast milk has become a luxury good, another example of what the sociologist Elizabeth Currid-Halkett calls inconspicuous consumption: the investments in intangibles like health and education that increase social capital for the modern wealthy. And because these costs are largely invisible, it’s easy to frame breastfeeding as a free good equally available to all. The truth is much more complicated.
sociology  health 
13 days ago
Es fácil encontrar tu rastro en el laberinto de datos 'anónimos' de las tecnológicas

La comunicadora Svea Eckert y el experto en análisis de datos Andreas Dewes obtuvieron los datos de búsquedas, supuestamente anónimos, de más de tres millones de teutones. Los estudiaron hasta sacar pistas sobre la vida de sus dueños: desde las preferencias pornográficas de un juez a la medicación utilizada por un político.
surveillance  privacy 
13 days ago
SS Richard Montgomery: The Thames’ Ticking Time Bomb
On 20 August 1944, an American ship carrying huge amount of explosives ran aground on a sandbank in the Thames Estuary […] One analysis suggest that spontaneous detonation of the entire cargo would hurl a column of water and debris 3 km into the air, and send a tsunami up the Thames.
war 
17 days ago
No, Facebook Did Not Panic and Shut Down an AI Program That Was Getting Dangerously Smart

When Facebook directed two of these semi-intelligent bots to talk to each other, FastCo reported, the programmers realized they had made an error by not incentivizing the chatbots to communicate according to human-comprehensible rules of the English language. In their attempts to learn from each other, the bots thus began chatting back and forth in a derived shorthand—but while it might look creepy, that’s all it was.
bots  AI 
17 days ago
When Will AI Be Better Than Humans at Everything? 352 AI Experts Answer
Aggregate forecast: 50% chance that unaided machines can accomplish every task better and more cheaply than human workers within 45 years.
AI  robots 
23 days ago
The Tech World Is Convinced 2021 Is Going to Be the Best Year Ever
You’ll be eating lab-grown chicken nuggets in your autonomous car and thanking your lucky stars for male birth control.
technology 
24 days ago
Keyboards are overrated. Cursive is back and it’s making us smarter
Brain scans during the two activities also show that forming words by hand as opposed to on a keyboard leads to increased brain activity (pdf). Scientific studies of children and adults show that wielding a pen when taking notes, rather than typing, is associated with improved long-term information retention, better thought organization, and increased ability to generate ideas.
writing  education 
24 days ago
11 Proposed Hyperloop Routes That Aren't NYC-DC
640 miles from Dallas to Austin in 19.5 minutes, etc.
25 days ago
How a Group of '70s Radicals Tried (and Failed) to Invade Disneyland
On August 6, 1970, Disneyland abruptly shut down about five hours early. Around 30,000 visitors were kicked out of the park, and it wasn’t due to a national crisis. The motivating factor was a group of about 300 young “Yippies,” who entered the park with grand plans of capturing Tom Sawyer Island, liberating Minnie Mouse, and cooking Porky Pig (who is not even a Disney character).
27 days ago
You’re Not the Customer; You’re the Product
The full history of this quote. Richard Serra, 1973:
…In commercial broadcasting the viewer pays for the privilege of having himself sold. It is the consumer who is consumed. You are the product of t.v. You are delivered to the advertiser who is the customer…
<b>Wether you pay or not</b>, you are the product.
internet  tv 
4 weeks ago
The Original Monopoly Was Deeply Anti-Landlord
The game was actually intended as a lesson on wealth inequality.
economy  games 
4 weeks ago
Liah Greenfeld: "Todos somos nacionalistas"
El marco mental que te inyecta identidad es la nación. Es una forma de conciencia: antes lo fueron la casta o la religión, pero eso cambió en la Inglaterra del siglo XVI.
history 
4 weeks ago
The Bank of England printed a flirtatious lie on its new Jane Austen banknote
The Bank based its design on an 1870 etching based on a purportedly more realistic portrait of Austen drawn by her sister Cassandra. The unfinished pencil-and-watercolor sketch currently displayed at London’s National Portrait Gallery depicts Austen with bags under her eyes, a pointy nose and a receding chin.
However, the portrait that’s been printed on millions of banknotes shows a prettier version, with Austen’s features softened and idealized.
literature  women  gender 
4 weeks ago
Handmaid's Tale: The Strange History of “Nolite te Bastardes Carborundorum”
The key to unlocking this phrase's origins might be in its final word.
literature 
4 weeks ago
Hi, Robot
A report from the future-focused Vienna Biennale 2017.
robots 
4 weeks ago
Oversized Helmet Eliminates Noise, Dignity
Helmfon creates personal space anywhere and lets you fully concentrate.
5 weeks ago
First Object Teleported From Earth To Orbit
Quantum entanglement. Photon teleported from ground to satellite 500 km above.
science  light 
5 weeks ago
Dark web, entre el mite i la promesa de l’anonimat
Dos pols oposats: activitats il·legítimes i activisme polític.
web  privacy 
6 weeks ago
Per què hi ha tanta escola concertada?
De la Llei Moyano (1857) al Concordat (1979).
history  education  fb 
6 weeks ago
The Rise of the Thought Leader
How the superrich have funded a new class of intellectual.
politics  fb 
6 weeks ago
La universitat és un robatori
Per què matrícula gratuïta en altres països europeus i ací no?
university  education  economy  fb 
6 weeks ago
Geoengineering: Journey into geopoetry
Review: The Planet Remade, by Oliver Morton. Climate crisis cannot be solved, but could be managed.
His hope is embodied in the beauty of elegant engineering and joy in a world of thriving life: “a reimagining of how humans and nature can intermingle, a new consciousness of what can be done for the planet rather than a blind deference to what are claimed to be its limits”. He sees the future as creating “a we ... that can set a better course”
earth  science 
7 weeks ago
A Guide for Resisting Edtech: the Case against Turnitin
Supplanting good teaching with the use of inferior technology.
copyright  education 
8 weeks ago
Should Uber’s next CEO be a robot?
The killer business app for AI may turn out to be the algorithmic CEO.
AI 
8 weeks ago
The Remarkable Reinvention of Very Short Fiction
Robert Shapard, 2012. These stories weren't a renaissance of ancient forms. They were attempts to reinvent fiction.
literature 
8 weeks ago
Standard Ebooks
Lovingly formatted, free public domain ebooks. Volunteer driven, not-for-profit.
ebooks 
8 weeks ago
Gramsci, Corbyn y la larga batalla contra las élites
El sentido común de los últimos 30 años ya no está vigente.
politics  fb 
8 weeks ago
American Guano
The Guano Islands Act made it legal to claim unoccupied land in the name of the US.
islands  history 
9 weeks ago
Why printers add secret tracking dots
Encoded timestamp and hardware serial number.
surveillance 
10 weeks ago
The blockchain revolution: will universities use it, or abuse it?
Open portfolios of courses assembled as a cohesive curriculum by an enabling partner organisation, such as the Open University.
education  blockchain 
10 weeks ago
Facial recognition tech makes it official: There is no privacy anymore
Electronic billboards in restaurants and shops record consumer's response.
privacy  surveillance  AI 
10 weeks ago
Block Bills – 64 banknotes generated from the Bitcoin Blockchain
Created by Matthias Dörfelt, 'Block Bills' is a series of 64 banknotes generated from the Bitcoin Blockchain. Each banknote represents one block in the chain
art  bitcoin  blockchain 
10 weeks ago
Eerie underwater scenes of lost ship and aircraft wrecks
"Exhilarating and spectacular" and "sombre and sad".
war  sea 
11 weeks ago
Confessional technologies of the self: From Seneca to social media
Norm Friesen. Based on Foucault's definition: reflected and voluntary practices by which men not only fix rules of conduct for themselves but seek to transform themselves, to change themselves in their particular being, and to make their life an oeuvre.
socialnetworks 
11 weeks ago
Orígenes del patriarcado
Los esqueletos antiguos pueden aportar pistas sobre la aparición de la dominación masculina en la sociedad.
history  war  gender  science 
11 weeks ago
Notes From An Emergency
The danger facing us is not Orwell, but Huxley. The combo of data collection and machine learning is too good at catering to human nature, seducing us and appealing to our worst instincts. We have to put controls on it. The algorithms are amoral; to make them behave morally will require active intervention.
internet  socialnetworks  privacy 
11 weeks ago
Damien Hirst: Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable
Venetian extravaganza. Storytelling, invention and humour in a post-truth world.
art  fb 
11 weeks ago
The inevitable future of Slack is your boss using it to spy on you
Searchable Log of All Conversation and Knowledge. Employers can buy access even to private channels and messages. Slack is working on a manager bot that uses AI to track progress on projects and remind employees about work that's due.
privacy  AI 
12 weeks ago
People around the world have been emailing trees in Melbourne to confess their love
The idea was residents could use these emails to report trees that had been vandalised or were in a severe state of decline. But people began writing love letters to their favourite trees.
love  fb  email 
12 weeks ago
Facebook's internal rulebook on sex, terrorism and violence
Leaked policies guiding moderators on what content to allow: more than 100 training manuals, spreadsheets and flowcharts.
facebook 
12 weeks ago
I Don’t Believe in Blockchain
An over­pro­mot­ed niche sideshow?
blockchain 
may 2017
JSON Feed
Pragmatic syndication format like RSS and Atom. But JSON instead of XML.
standards 
may 2017
The robot paradox
…the argument that computers are going to bring extreme unemployment in coming decades — an argument that was also popular in both the 1950s and the 1990s, it’s worth remembering — sounds increasingly dubious. It runs counter to the facts. Anyone making the argument today needs to provide a lucid and rational explanation of why, despite years of rapid advances in robotics, computer power, network connectivity, and artificial intelligence techniques, we have yet to see any sign of a broad loss of jobs in the economy.
robots  economy 
may 2017
The Blockchain Revolution and Higher Education
A platform for a disaggregated global network of higher learning?
blockchain  education 
may 2017
Macron y el apocalipsis de los partidos (o cómo Napster destruyó al PSOE)
El proceso del debate político es idéntico al que ha vivido la educación superior en España desde que es pública: la media de calidad y rendimiento de las aulas desciende respecto a los sistemas elitistas, pero el sistema abierto y gratuito, el procesamiento de estudiantes al por mayor, multiplica en todo caso la capacidad del parque universitario para proveer titulados excelentes.
politics 
may 2017
What is the P2P Web?
Users should control their own data, always and forever. You should never give up ownership for the privilege of access.

P2P Sites are self-published. Each one has its own domain, identified by a public key. They’re created at the push of a button, and synced to peers who host on the author’s behalf.
p2p  web  networking 
may 2017
Organismos extraños controlan tu mente
Los científicos están investigando los efectos de las bacterias intestinales con ratones criados en un ambiente estéril, con lo que no tienen flora intestinal. Solo con esto los resultados son reveladores: los ratones sin gérmenes tienen el cerebro y el sistema inmunitario menos desarrollado, son hiperactivos y responden exageradamente al estrés.
neurology 
may 2017
Using Fetch API
The modern way to Ajax without helper libraries like jQuery.
javascript  ajax  programming 
may 2017
4 New Human Rights for When Our Brains Are Hooked Up to Computers
1. Cognitive Liberty
2. Mental Privacy
3. Mental Integrity
4. Psychological Continuity
AI  rights 
may 2017
Laffer curve: Everything Trump and Republicans get wrong about trickle-down economics and Reaganomics
The problem is, this tidy arc of cause and consequence doesn’t exist in the real world. Sure, extremely high tax rates douse economic activity. But there’s no reason to assume the relationship between tax revenue and tax rates is perfectly U-shaped. And the equilibrium point at which a government collects the most revenue possible without dragging down the economy is impossible to know—and varies by country. There was no reason in 1974—or, for that matter, now—to think the US was on the curve’s “prohibitive” half (many economists put the inflection point for the highest marginal tax rate at around 70%). In fact, without detailed data, you can’t tell where on Laffer’s curve (or non-curve) you are at all.
economy  politics 
may 2017
La contrarrevolución energética de Donald Trump
Los negacionistas quieren ganar tiempo, tal vez una o dos décadas, para terminar de explotar los nuevos yacimientos de gas (especialmente mediante la tecnología del fracking) y de petróleo […] Todo indica que estamos ante una gran simulación. Trump sería consciente de los efectos reales del cambio climático […] El equipo de climatoescéticos de la Casa Blanca, liderado por el secretario de Estado, Rex Tillerson, ex presidente de la Exxon Mobil, quiere marcar el compás de la transición energética y dar tiempo, el mayor tiempo posible, para que las big oil acaben dominando la era solar y planifiquen un nuevo orden financiero internacional basado en la economía verde. Actualmente las mayores inversiones y opas en energías renovables ya las están haciendo las petroleras y gasistas.
earth  climate  fb 
may 2017
Replacing Disqus with Github Comments
Aggressive tracking and heavy load: from 105 network requests to 16.
comments  privacy 
april 2017
Estas son las cuatro guerras abiertas en la reforma europea del copyright
Dominio público, tasas Google y YouTube, minería de texto.
copyright  fb 
april 2017
The Cyanometer of Ljubljana
Measuring the color of the sky.
places  fb 
april 2017
Operating In Obscurity
Operating systems are the cockroaches of the digital revolution.
computers  os 
april 2017
Big data and the end of theory?
Big data no longer seems so big. Such data thus serves to amplify the information produced by a small minority (a point repeatedly made by UCL's Muki Haklay), and skew, or even render invisible, ideas, trends, people, and patterns that aren't mirrored or represented in the datasets that we work with.
data  science 
april 2017
The End of Theory: The Data Deluge Makes the Scientific Method Obsolete
We can stop looking for models. We can analyze the data without hypotheses about what it might show. We can throw the numbers into the biggest computing clusters the world has ever seen and let statistical algorithms find patterns where science cannot.
data  science 
april 2017
Arte moderno para torturar
1938 ¿Checas inspiradas en Kandinsky? ¿Loop de "Un perro andaluz"?
war  art 
april 2017
Education Technology's Completely Over
"If you don't own your masters, your master owns you" —Prince (1996)
education 
april 2017
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