Tea if by sea, cha if by land: Why the world only has two words for tea
Both versions come from China. How they spread around the world offers a clear picture of how globalization worked before “globalization” was a term anybody used. The words that sound like “cha” spread across land, along the Silk Road. The “tea”-like phrasings spread over water, by Dutch traders bringing the novel leaves back to Europe.
history  language 
2 days ago
El derecho de manifestación pacífica y la represión penal de sus desviaciones o excesos
Miguel Pasquau Liaño, magistrado. La reducción de los derechos fundamentales a ornamento del sistema y el discurso bienpensante como antesala del autoritarismo.
politics  spain 
3 days ago
“Where birds don’t lay eggs”: How “shithole countries” was translated
Donald Trump: “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Instead, he suggested, the US should welcome more people from nations like Norway instead.
politics  translation  english 
3 days ago
Una visita (obligada) a la Fundación Francisco Franco
…cualquier periodista, historiador e investigador que busque documentación sobre la dictadura tiene que pasar por este obsceno museo dedicado a santificar al genocida.
history  spain 
4 days ago
Death as Entertainment at the Paris Morgue
Late 19th century. Tourists flocked to see bodies and guess how they got there. Émile Zola called it a “show that was affordable to all.”
death  places 
4 days ago
How Fanta Was Created for Nazi Germany
Made during war from fruit shavings, apple fibers, pulp, beet sugar and cheese production liquid remnants, its name was shorthand for fantasy.
history  war 
4 days ago
Kodak Ktypto
Kodakcoin: “an attention monger jumping onto a buzzy trend with a gimmicky approach”.
blockchain  copyright  photography 
4 days ago
The Oblique Strategies Web Site
By Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt, since 1975. Challenging constraints intended to help artists (particularly musicians) break creative blocks by encouraging lateral thinking.
creativity 
5 days ago
Radiohead’s lawsuit against Lana Del Rey shows how all music is stolen
Hip-hop and rap are eternally riddled with claims of creative theft. The entire genre of jazz is essentially a study in plagiarism […] That pop music tends to overuse the same infamous four-chord progression doesn’t help things, either. To assert that any song is entirely original would be to say it stands apart from thousands of years of musical history […]
music  art  creativity  copyright 
5 days ago
The British Once Built a 1,100-Mile Hedge Through the Middle of India
It grew along the Inland Customs Line, a bureaucratic barrier created to impose a high salt tax on the people living on the relatively saltless side.
history 
6 days ago
The web is dying, but mesh networks could save it
Giant closed cyberspaces like Facebook disguise themselves as public spaces. But all the tools and opportunities we need to supersede them are already in our hands: smartphones, peer-to-peer protocols and mesh networks.
networking  p2p 
7 days ago
Esto no puede acabar bien nunca
Javier Pérez Royo. El auto, desde la perspectiva del delito de rebelión, es esperpéntico.
spain  catalunya  politics 
8 days ago
La memoria histórica alcanza a los símbolos racistas del Sur en Estados Unidos
Monumentos y estatuas de ese pasado terrible en EEUU y en Europa han cumplido siempre la misma función. No la de enseñar una lección de historia, sino mostrar un recuerdo positivo o incluso heroico de los líderes racistas del siglo XIX y XX para continuar influyendo en las ideas del presente. En 2017 en EEUU han decidido poner fin a ese homenaje continuo.
history  politics  USA 
9 days ago
From Ghost to WordPress
Complaints about WordPress and reasons to go back from Ghost: no extensibility, no 3rd party apps, no IndieWeb.
wordpress  blogging  software 
10 days ago
El règim no funciona
La deconstrucció de la democràcia espanyola en l’informe del Consell d'Europa.
politics  spain 
10 days ago
Is Blogging Dead?
I would hate the concept to be gone or even in decline. I’d prefer to think it was an essential stepping stone—that we’re still just blogging, in ways big and small, without actually using that term to describe our actions.
blogging 
10 days ago
Chrome is turning into the new Internet Explorer 6
Google is starting to ignore a principle it championed by making its own services Chrome-only.
Google  browser 
10 days ago
Personal data of a billion Indians sold online for £6, report claims
Newspaper says it bought access to details from world’s largest biometric database, used to administer public services.
data  privacy 
11 days ago
One city in China has more electric buses than all of America’s biggest cities have buses
Shenzhen has transitioned its 16,359 buses to a “new energy” future. The city’s 17,000 taxis are next.
energy 
13 days ago
This Wall of Lava Lamps Helps Encrypt the Internet
As the lava lamps bubble and swirl, a video camera on the ceiling monitors their unpredictable changes and connects the footage to a computer, which converts the randomness into a virtually unhackable code.
encryption 
14 days ago
There's Healing Power in the Secret Electrical Language of Our Cells
Why can we heal a wound, but not grow back a severed limb? Michael Levin thinks the key lies in the secret electrical language our cells use to talk to one another, and he thinks we’re not far from cracking the code.
biology 
18 days ago
Quote Investigator: The Plural of Anecdote Is Not Data
Anecdotes do not constitute social science. They must be documented by some notion of the frequency of their occurrence. —Paul A. Samuelson
science  data 
19 days ago
Computer latency: 1977-2017
Almost every computer and mobile device that people buy today is slower than common models of computers from the 70s and 80s. Low-latency gaming desktops and the ipad pro can get into the same range as quick machines from thirty to forty years ago, but most off-the-shelf devices aren’t even close.
computers 
20 days ago
Ana de Miguel: “Considerar que dar las campanadas medio desnuda es un acto feminista es un error garrafal”
El núcleo duro del feminismo es ir hacia la universalización de la condición humana y para llegar a eso sigue haciendo falta luchar. La libre elección se está utilizando para legitimar una estructura de desigualdad. Se entiende mejor en términos económicos: legitimar leyes, costumbres o acciones porque son producto de la libre elección es una locura que deja a los que no tienen poder en manos de los poderosos.
women  politics 
22 days ago
El telégrafo óptico de Claude Chappe
En <em>El conde de Montecristo</em>, Dantès soborna a un operador de la línea de París a España para enviar un mensaje falso que provocará un pánico bursátil.
networking  economy 
22 days ago
Ten years in, nobody has come up with a use for blockchain
Bitcoin is what banking looked like in the middle ages — “here’s your libertarian paradise, have a nice day.”
bitcoin  blockchain 
23 days ago
How far ahead of Apple Maps is Google Maps?
…Google’s buildings are byproducts of its satellite/aerial imagery. And some of Google’s places are byproducts of its Street View imagery. So this makes Areas of Interest a byproduct of byproducts. Google is creating data out of data.
data  maps 
24 days ago
The Hidden Human Workforce Powering Machine Intelligence
…a lot of the legwork training machine learning systems, solving problems software can’t, and cleaning up its mistakes is still done by people.
AI 
27 days ago
Japanese Monkeys Are Having 'Sexual Interactions' With Deer
Japanese macaques are known to ride deer like humans ride horses, for fun or transportation — behavior the deer seem to tolerate in exchange for grooming and discarded food. But <em>these</em> monkeys were up to something different.
animals  sex 
28 days ago
Por qué crear un nuevo universo en el laboratorio no es tan loco como parece
…un monopolo en expansión produciría una curvatura en el espacio tiempo dentro del acelerador, dando lugar a un diminuto agujero de gusano, un túnel que llevaría a otra región del espacio —no, no es ciencia ficción, es física teórica—.
science  physics 
29 days ago
¿Cómo sería España sin el nacionalismo español?
El nacionalismo español no existe para sí mismo y los españoles no se reconocen como nacionalistas. Puesto que la nación española existe por la gracia de Dios, no necesita justificación y crea, en palabras de Botey Vallés, un “nacionalismo ignorante”.
spain  politics 
29 days ago
The Massive Project to Clean Up the Ocean With a Two-Kilometer Screen
$2.2 million from 38,000 people in 160 countries. The most successful non-profit crowdfunding campaign to date.
sea  earth 
4 weeks ago
Teletype for Atom
Share workspace with team members and collaborate on code in real time.
editor  collaboration 
4 weeks ago
La Red no es neutral y nunca lo ha sido (pero hoy podría empeorar mucho)
Demasiado importante para quedar en manos privadas. La neutralidad de la Red es lo único que la protege de los dueños de las infraestructuras, que se mueren por decidir que tráfico necesitan sus usuarios.
Internet 
4 weeks ago
El canvi climàtic des d’una perspectiva de gènere
Les dones són majoria entre el nombre de morts en desastres naturals, com ara inundacions o sequeres extremes, amb catorze vegades més de possibilitats de morir.
climate  women 
5 weeks ago
Friction and silo dead-ends
Make it easier to post to your blog… But don’t make thoughtless re-sharing completely frictionless. That’s what leads to fake news spreading, why hateful tweets are exposed in algorithmic trends, and why safe communities must have some amount of curation.
blogging  socialnetworks 
5 weeks ago
The Dark Legacy of Gruinard Island
Operation Vegetarian. A team of military scientists demonstrated to Winston Churchill the lethality of anthrax and the feasibility of using it in infected linseed cakes.
war 
5 weeks ago
Black Holes Are Simpler Than Forests and Science Has Its Limits
The very small and the very large can be quite basic. It’s everything in between that gets tricky. Astronomy is far simpler than the biological and human sciences. Reductionism is true in a sense. But it’s seldom true in a useful sense. More is different. Any process is computable, in principle. However, being able to compute something is not the same as having an insightful comprehension of it.
science 
5 weeks ago
Un big data contra el cerdismo dominguero
La única forma es decirlo en plata. Hablando de mierda.
earth  sea 
5 weeks ago
Leiden’s Love Affair With Poems And Equations
Over one hundred poems carefully hand-painted on the exterior walls of buildings. And now some mathematical and physical formulas too.
cities  art  science  poetry 
5 weeks ago
The Wikipedia Competitor That's Harnessing Blockchain For Epistemological Supremacy
Everipedia: a neoliberal knowledge marketplace built on Wikipedia database and a token-based currency.
blockchain  wikipedia 
5 weeks ago
10 artículos de la Constitución que se incumplen sin que casi nadie se alarme
…se ha vigilado más el cumplimiento de lo que dice de las instituciones que de lo que dispone para los ciudadanos.
politics  spain 
6 weeks ago
Bitcoin: Seven questions you were too embarrassed to ask
1. What’s a bitcoin?
2. How did it get so valuable?
3. Why would I want to use Bitcoin?
4. How can it be worth $150 billion?
5. How do I get some?
6. How do I cash out?
7. Is it true that it wastes a ton of energy?
bitcoin 
6 weeks ago
L’heroïna rebrota a Barcelona… i ja mata
Un problema global. Addicció als opiacis als EUA, competència de l’heroïna americana, baixada de preus i noves vies de distribució.
drugs 
6 weeks ago
Study Finds ‘Dark Matter’ and ‘Dark Energy’ May Not Exist
if we treat empty space as being scale invariant, there may be no need for dark matter or dark energy at all.
6 weeks ago
Here Are 4 Significant Things We Can Do to Combat Climate Change Now

1. Pass government legislation that incentivizes carbon abatement.
2. Drive mass adoption of solar energy and battery technology.
3. Adapt ourselves and our civilization to the changing climate.
4. Invest in geo-scale engineering projects.
climate  energy 
6 weeks ago
One of the net's most important freedom canaries died the day the W3C greenlit web-wide DRM
People who want DRM say that they're just trying to protect their copyrights, but it's obvious to anyone who knows even a little about computer science that DRM is effectively useless for this purpose. But DRM laws allow companies to shut down (and even jail) anyone who breaks DRM for any reason […]
DRM  copyright  web 
6 weeks ago
Hallan en Burgos un mensaje del siglo XVIII oculto en las nalgas de una talla de un Cristo
La Corte está en Madrid. Hay Correo y Gaceta para las noticias. Hay Inquisición, por lo cual no se experimentan errores contra la iglesia de Dios. Se contratan en funciones grandes toreros famosos de Salamanca.
history  spain  fb 
6 weeks ago
En los prostíbulos es donde los hombres son hermanos y gozan de su masculinidad
Acostarse con quince hombres en una noche no es un trabajo. La vulnerabilidad invalida el consentimiento.
prostitution  sexism  sex  fb 
7 weeks ago
Choice of alcoholic drink 'determines different moods'
From an anonymous online survey:

<ul>
<li>Red wine appeared to make people more lethargic than white wine</li>
<li>Respondents were most likely to report feeling relaxed when drinking red wine or beer</li>
<li>More than 40% said drinking spirits made them feel sexy</li>
<li>Over half said drinking spirits also gave them energy and confidence</li>
<li>But around a third said they felt aggressive when drinking spirits</li>
<li>Drinking spirits was more likely than all other drink types to be associated with feelings of aggression, illness, restlessness and tearfulness</li>
<li>Men were significantly more likely than women to associate feelings of aggression with all types of alcohol, particularly heavier drinkers</li>
</ul>
alcohol 
7 weeks ago
No, you’re not being paranoid. Sites really are watching your every move
Sites log your keystrokes and mouse movements in real time, before you click submit.
surveillance  privacy 
7 weeks ago
Renuncia a Lucifer (O cómo la Contrarreforma dirige la política española)

La Contrarreforma es a España lo que la Ilustración es a Francia, la revolución industrial al Reino Unido, el romanticismo a Alemania o el liberalismo a Estados Unidos.
politics  history  spain 
8 weeks ago
3 Dangerous Ideas From Ray Kurzweil
1. The nation-state will soon be irrelevant.
2. We’ll hit longevity escape velocity before we realize we’ve hit it.
3. Technology will help us define and actualize human freedoms.
future 
8 weeks ago
How Facebook Figures Out Everyone You've Ever Met
Shadow profiles, contacts info and the creepy PYMK algorithm.
facebook  fb  privacy 
8 weeks ago
The end of the cloud is coming
Peer-to-peer is where we’re inevitably going.
internet  web  p2p 
8 weeks ago
André Staltz: The Web began dying in 2014, here's how
In the Trinet [GOOG+FB+AMZN], we will have even more vivid exchange of information between people, but we will sacrifice freedom. Many of us will wake up to the tragedy of this tradeoff only once it is reality.
internet  web  facebook  amazon  google 
9 weeks ago
The Future Of Distributed Ledger Technology Is Not Blockchain. It's Hashgraph. A Conversation with Leemon Baird
Not only does Leemon appear to have solved the problem of scalability with significantly improved throughput, security, and fairness, but he has done so while eliminating the need for the type of massive computation and unsustainable energy consumption characteristic of industry leaders like Bitcoin and Ethereum.
blockchain  hashgraph 
9 weeks ago
No hay mal que por bien no venga: lecciones de la crisis catalana
La encuesta de Sigma Dos y la asunción —¿involuntaria?— de un marco democrático.
politics  spain  catalunya 
9 weeks ago
How To Lie To Yourself And Others With Statistics
Misusing statistics is one of the most powerful ways to lie..
statistics 
9 weeks ago
Samuel Earle: Capitalismo vs. Privacidad
El capitalismo informacional ha convertido Internet en un medio de control social […] Los datos, si se deben recopilar, deben democratizarse, no filtrarse a través de algoritmos secretos para obtener beneficios privados. Hasta que se rompa el control tiránico de Internet, en el capitalismo informacional los peligros solo se profundizarán. Como con todas las tiranías, las vidas de los ciudadanos serán cada vez más transparentes, mientras que las actividades de los poderosos serán cada vez más opacas.
privacy  economy 
9 weeks ago
How Twitter Secretly Benefits From Bots and Fake Accounts
Fake accounts are not deleted in order to preserve user numbers for investors.
twitter  economy 
9 weeks ago
Why people get religious about Bitcoin
Internet’s original sin, blockchain heresies and Bitcoin’s power to transform society as an article of faith.
blockchain  bitcoin 
10 weeks ago
"I Forgot My PIN": An Epic Tale of Losing $30,000 in Bitcoin
Blockchain Futures Lab director tried everything, from hypnosis to hacking.
bitcoin 
11 weeks ago
House Taken Over, by Julio Cortázar (1944), illustrated by Juan Fresán (1969)
Casa tomada. English translation and commentary.
These drawings are particularly interesting in that they are not limited to the mere translation of the narrated space into one of the possible floor-plans of the house, but they really use the floor-plan as the scenario of the narration, turning it into one of the characters of the story. In this way these illustrations represent a literary and graphic antecedent of that family of works where “theatrical staging” is itself part of the narration […]
literature 
11 weeks ago
Mariano Fernández Enguita: “S’ha de pacificar l’educació”
En març de 2017 va presentar a la Subcomissió d’Educació del Congrés dels Diputats el document <em>Un compromiso razonable para un pacto educativo útil</em>, en el qual aborda alguns dels problemes més conflictius de la història de l’educació espanyola, com ara la presència de la religió en l’escola, la <em>comprehensivitat</em> de l’educació o el paper del professorat, sempre tractant els conflictes sense complaure ningú i acompanyant cada diagnòstic amb una proposta de solució.
education 
11 weeks ago
How Money Became the Measure of Everything
Two centuries ago, America pioneered a way of thinking that puts human well-being in economic terms.
economy  politics 
12 weeks ago
Catalonia plots digital government in exile in bid for independence
Estonia – already the world’s most digitally advanced society – plans eight data embassies that will each store copies of the government’s critical data to reboot in the case of physical or cyber attack. The first embassy, based in a cage in a high-security data centre in Betzdorf, Luxembourg, comes online at the start of 2018.
politics  internet  catalunya  cyberspace 
12 weeks ago
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