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🔗Original Stargate Movie on Youtube
<p>Well, this is kinda awesome. As part of a promotion for a new web series, <a href="https://www.stargatecommand.co/">Stargate Origins</a>, MGM has put the entire original Stargate Movie on YouTube. I still find it hard to believe that particular movie spawned a successful mega-franchise. The first Act is incredible, with some great pacing, but then it kinda just meanders to a close. Or maybe I&rsquo;m just remembering it wrong.</p>
zapier  blog 
8 weeks ago
🔗 It’s difficult to describe all the ways this is stupid
<p>Corrupt kleptomaniac, star of Pee-Tape компромат, alleged President of the United States, Donnie Drumpf, is, by some distance, the stupidest person ever to have held that (or any other) elected position in world history. Even by his standards, however, this is the stupidest thing ever. In order to blind NASA&rsquo;s ability to observe the earth&rsquo;s Carbon Budget, he demands they defund a satellite that&rsquo;s already up there.</p>
zapier  blog 
9 weeks ago
🔗How YouTube's algorithm distorts truth

<p>the impact of YouTube’s recommendation algorithm was not neutral during the presidential race: it was pushing videos that were, in the main, helpful to Trump and damaging to Hillary Clinton. “It was strange,” he explains to me. “Wherever you started, whether it was from a Trump search or a Clinton search, the recommendation algorithm was much more likely to push you in a pro-Trump direction.”</p>

<p>Utterly, utterly shameful. Just the latest example of how tech giants algorithmic bullshit is devastating to our sanity, our health and our democracy.</p>
zapier  blog 
10 weeks ago
🔗One Killer App for Musk’s Rocket
<p>Pretty decent rake over the current status and likely uses for the Falcon Heavy. While I&rsquo;m not a fan of Musk, his companies or his methods, I will acknowledge that he may be capable of delivering a Heavy Launch System, which is exciting for all sorts of reasons.</p>

<p>Having a rocket like the Heavy, which could significantly reduce travel time to ocean worlds, could help increase the turnaround time to just a few years, creating a relatively rapid feed-forward cycle to build upon discoveries and technology</p>
zapier  blog 
10 weeks ago
🔗The Nunes memo is a Dud
<p>Great piece from <a href="https://www.twitter.com/zackbeauchamp">Zack Beauchamp</a> over at Vox Politics, saying in much nicer words &amp; depth what I was saying earlier:</p>

<p>There is no proof in the memo that the FBI is biased against Trump, no proof of abuse of surveillance powers by the FBI, and no proof that the investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia is fundamentally flawed. The memo is a piece of partisan spin, and not a particularly compelling one at that.</p>
zapier  blog 
10 weeks ago
🔗How One Typeface Landed on the Moon

<p>Before sending the camera into space, NASA placed a sticker with simplified instructions on the top of each camera, set in Futura. This ensured that the astronauts could successfully operate the camera, and also lent an official look that the astronauts would quickly, even subconsciously, recognize as the authoritative voice of mission control.</p>

<p>Great look at the starring role of a 1920s Typeface within NASA. While I love the 1975 NASA Design Manual &ndash; especially the Worm &ndash; it can&rsquo;t be denied that it is responsible for the omnipresence of Helvetica in all our lives. I hope that after 2024, when Futura slips into the Public Domain, we can all benefit.</p>
zapier  blog 
11 weeks ago
🔗UK mass digital surveillance regime ruled unlawful
<p>Little bit of good news from the UK, for a change. It must be noted, however, that the Appeals Court found the so-called &ldquo;Snooper&rsquo;s Charter&rdquo; unlawful on the basis of being &ldquo;inconsistent with EU law.&rdquo; This opens the way for Brexit to roll the decision back in favour of unregulated surveillance.</p>
zapier  blog 
11 weeks ago
🔗YouTube serves cryptocurrency miners
<p>If you haven&rsquo;t already started blocking every fecking advert foisted on you by the monopolists, now is the time to do so. This isn&rsquo;t a criticism of Google per se, just that they, like everyone else, can&rsquo;t cope with the Perfect Storm of Scumbags that is CryptoBros.</p>
zapier  blog 
11 weeks ago
🔗Trudeau announces Pacific trade deal without US

<p>Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada and the remaining 11 countries of the Trans-Pacific Partnership have agreed to a revised trade agreement. The deal comes exactly one year after President Donald Trump withdrew his country from the agreement.</p>

<p>Seems the Art of the Deal these days means Ignoring the US Completely, and Only Dealing With Adults.</p>
zapier  blog 
12 weeks ago
🔗Record Number of Women Are Running for Office
<p>Amidst the hatred and racism spilling out of the White House, its important to acknowledge that this is having a galvanising effect on those who would resist. This article cheered me up no end.</p>
zapier  blog 
12 weeks ago
🔗Luke Skywalker Isn't Supposed to Be Nice
<p>Lovely article by Emily Asher-Perrin over at tor, saying much of the same stuff I&rsquo;ve been saying to my kids since we finally saw the movie. The Jedi were a cult that overestimated its own usefulness &ndash; the prequels made this abundantly clear &ndash; and the only person who seems to realise this is Luke.</p>
zapier  blog 
january 2018
Every Trump utterance raises the same three questions

<p>We shouldn’t rack our brains too hard trying to figure out if he is intellectually dense, suffering memory lapses or contemptuous of the law and his oath to defend the Constitution. It almost does not matter at this point. What matters is that he cannot do his job, cannot uphold his oath to defend our Constitution.</p>

<p>Great piece by Jennifer Rubin over at the Failing Amazon Bezos Washington Post. This stuff isn&rsquo;t even funny any more.</p>
zapier  blog 
january 2018
At Vice, Cutting-Edge Media and Allegations of Old-School Sexual Harassment
<p>I&rsquo;ve enjoyed vice&rsquo;s coverage of politics, but this exposé is pretty damning. It appears, at least that the company may be attempting to undo the damage wrought, bringing in Gloria Steinem among others to a new Diversity and Inclusion Board.</p>
zapier  blog 
december 2017
The Nationalist's Delusion
<p>Powerful piece from Adam Serwer over at the Atlantic. This article cuts through the morass of self-serving bullshit that has been erected around the election of Donald Trump, and established, convincingly and comprehensively, that his election was, is, and always has been about race above all else.</p>
zapier  blog 
december 2017
How One Las Vegas ED Saved Hundreds of Lives
<p>Frankly terrifying look at the ER in Sunrise Hospital Las Vegas on the night of the deadliest mass shooting in American history. The sheer awfulness of this has been allowed to drift out of the public consciousness, that should never be allowed to happen.</p>
zapier  blog 
november 2017
Alabama Republicans Defend Roy Moore
<p>
“If they believe this man is predatory, they are guilty of allowing him to exist for 40 years. I think someone should prosecute and go after them. You can’t be a victim 40 years later, in my opinion.”
I feel physically ill having read this steaming pile of dog turds laid on democracy by people who, I have no doubt, would call themselves &lsquo;Christian&rsquo;. The Republican Party has never been so unmoored from its supposed origins, and so utterly enslaved to hatred, avarice and deception.</p>
zapier  blog 
november 2017
Fuck Twitter
<p>Gabe Weatherhead eloquently (yes, despite the provocative title) says pretty much everything I have to say about twitter, and then some. This outhouse of a company deserves neither our time or our respect. They don&rsquo;t give a shit about their &lsquo;users&rsquo; or their lives. They especially don&rsquo;t deserve the prominence they have attained in our &lsquo;mindspace&rsquo;. Fuck Twitter.</p>
zapier  blog 
november 2017
Lost Children of Tuam
<p>Great article from the New York Times about the horrors of the Tuam Baby Home, with good reporting, particularly on Catherine Corless.</p>
zapier  blog 
october 2017
€999 computer can't do basic maths
<p>Apple, the company that brought you &ldquo;Courage&rdquo; and Dongle-Hell, now can&rsquo;t even get a calculator to function properly. I realise that this is something which likely got missed in testing, but come on, this is basic stuff. There&rsquo;s not sweating the details, and there&rsquo;s this.</p>
zapier  blog 
october 2017
Death of Stalin plays Russian Roulette with the Truth
<p>This historian&rsquo;s po-faced critique of Armando Ianucci&rsquo;s new film, The Death of Stalin, has to be one of the most unintentionally hilarious things I&rsquo;ve read in ages. I can&rsquo;t but imagine the entire missive intoned by a high-pitched adenoidal voice, shrill in its disapproval.</p>
zapier  blog 
october 2017
The Underside of the Mattress Wars
<p>Fascinating article about the seedy underbelly of the company that has seemingly unlimited cash to sponsor podcasts - Casper. I had no idea that these review sites &amp; vloggers could make so much money shilling this product.</p>

<p>The company could indeed claim, as it did on its site, to have “the internet’s favorite mattress.” It had made very sure of that.</p>
zapier  blog 
october 2017
Micropub IRC Bot
<p>Prodded out of my funk by this great post by @sebsel. Just need to rework the PHP to use json for $REASONS</p>
zapier  blog 
october 2017
Wingnut leaders, cut-price logo.
<p>Marina Hyde on sparkling form, casting a cold eye over UKIP.</p>
“I guess it’s easier in life to be thought of as being nice rather than one of those unpleasant populists,” Nigel observed archly – apparently under the impression that people were starting to think Paul Nuttall looked nice, as opposed to like a factory farmer keeping a court date.
zapier  blog 
september 2017
Hate Group Arguments Fail Legal Test
<p>Great decision form a federal judge in Minnesota - utterly demolishing the nonsensical arguments from the Alliance Defending Freedom, an <a href="https://www.splcenter.org/fighting-hate/extremist-files/group/alliance-defending-freedom">extremist anti-LGBT Hate Group</a> which has the support of the bigot in the White House and Jeff Sessions.</p>
zapier  blog 
september 2017
We refuse to be Subordinates
<p>
[W]e are not a part of Iraq, it’s a theocratic, sectarian state. We have our geography, land and culture. We have our own language. We refuse to be subordinates. The parliament in Baghdad is not a federal parliament. It’s a chauvinistic, sectarian parliament.
One of the greatest travesties in global history, the utter subordination of the Kurdish people, may be about to end. <em>de facto</em> independent in Iraq and Syria, these people, ignored and despised for decades, flotsam in the Cold War and since, are about to vote for Independence from Iraq. Naturally, the US, UK and everyone else who&rsquo;s ignored and betrayed them since Sykes-Picot now demands they resile from this course. As Barzani so plaintively asks:
Where is your democracy now? Where are the UN charters? Where is the respect for freedom of expression?
</p>
zapier  blog 
september 2017
The Daily 202: Trump’s chaotic White House
I could go on at length, but this is far more comprehensive than anything I've seen or read.
may 2017
Cyberattacks in 12 Nations Said to Use Leaked N.S.A. Hacking Tool
If true, this cements the position of the USA as the most clear and present danger to democracy in the world.
may 2017
The great British Brexit robbery: how our democracy was hijacked
There's an awful lot to unpack in this long, detailed article. Suffice to say that if even half of this is true, then we're all fucked.
may 2017
Trump’s over-the-top, boastful AP interview, annotated - The Washington Post
This man is a clear and present danger to the civilised world. He's clearly suffering from some form of delusional dementia.
april 2017
The fish shell is awesome - Julia Evans
Oh yes, I agree with almost everything here. Other than the posix issue, fish is just such an incredibly sensible shell, after just a few months i can't imagine going back to zsh or bash.
april 2017
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