Someone Built a Distraction-Free Cellphone With a Working Old-School Rotary Dial
"Haupt’s creation seems like it was brought to Earth from a parallel dimension where mobile phones took an entirely different evolutionary route, and where technologies like touchscreens never came to fruition."
tech  cellphone  telephone 
4 days ago
The Erasure of Elizabeth Warren Continues
I’ve been noticing this in a number of the articles I’ve seen — not just post-Iowa, either, though it’s become more obvious and egregious — and it’s been ticking me off.
elizabethwarren  election  vote2020  2020election  politics 
9 days ago
Magic Debug Values
"…are specific values written to memory…so that it will later be possible to tell whether or not they have become corrupted…. Memory is usually viewed in hexadecimal, so memorable repeating or hexspeak values are common." Though not a programmer, I'd seen some of these in various other contexts. Particularly fond of 8BADF00D, BADC0FFEE0DDF00D, D15EA5E, DEFEC8ED, and FEE1DEAD.
humor  programming  debugging 
9 days ago
Daring Fireball: Our Long National Nightmare Is Over: Netflix Makes Preview Autoplay Optional
Oh, thank god. Or, rather, thank you @netflix for _finally_ giving us this option!
10 days ago
Wacom drawing tablets track the name of every application that you open
"I don’t care whether anything materially bad will or won’t happen as a consequence of Wacom taking this data from me. I simply resent the fact that they’re doing it."
wacom  privacy  security 
11 days ago
Why You May Never Learn the Truth About ICE
"The National Archives is letting millions of documents, including many related to immigrants’ rights, be destroyed or deleted." This is horrifying and infuriating.
news  ice  immigrationandcustomsenforcement  nationalarchives 
11 days ago
What is a Blade Runner? How Ridley Scott’s Movie Has Origins in William S. Burroughs’ Novella, Blade Runner: A Movie
This is fascinating; I had no idea. And now I want to see if I can track down copies of both Nourse’s and Burroughs’ books.
books  bladerunner  williamsburroughs  film  sf  alannourse 
12 days ago
Twitter Helps Spread Disinformation During Iowa Caucuses
"A Twitter spokesperson told Gizmodo that the company does not believe viral tweets falsely claiming people’s votes are worthless in the hours preceding an election will discourage them from voting."
politics  voting  twitter  disinformation 
12 days ago
Old CSS, new CSS
"I’m here to tell all of you to get off my lawn. Here’s a history of CSS and web design, as I remember it." This is a wonderful rundown of how HTML and CSS web design has changed over the years. I still have a few mid-'90s pages on my site that use a lot of the earlier techniques.
history  tech  technology  html  css  internet 
13 days ago
NSW and Victoria just jumped 1.8 metres north
Added to the list of "things I didn't know about Australia": It sits on a particularly fast-moving (~7cm/yr) tectonic plate, and due to a lack of updates since 1994, the GPS system is currently off by about six feet (but is soon to be fixed).
australia  gps  technology  tech 
13 days ago
Story Time From Space
Astronauts reading STEM-focused children's books from the International Space Station to kids on earth!
stem  space  nasa  iss  internationalspacestation  astronaut  reading  storytime  childrensbooks 
13 days ago
How to Change Your Off-Facebook Activity Settings
"This tutorial will guide you through the steps to not only 'clear' the off-Facebook activity already linked with your account, but also to prevent future activity from being associated with your account going forward."
facebook  privacy 
19 days ago
Ring doorbell app packed with third-party trackers
“Ring isn't just a product that allows users to surveil their neighbors. The company also uses it to surveil its customers.”
privacy  security  ring 
20 days ago
SF Disco Preservation Society
_Huge_ archive of DJ mixtapes from the 2000s back to the days of disco.
music  dj  djing  clubbing  mixtape  mixsession  disco  house  electronica 
20 days ago
Samsung Galaxy Fold review: The future is an ugly disappointment
"Should you buy a Galaxy Fold? NO! God no. Are you crazy? The sky-high price, durability issues, nascent form factor, and new screen technology should rule the phone out for just about everyone."
tech  smartphone  samsung  galaxyfold 
23 days ago
Star Trek: Picard: Why Trekkies are the greatest fans of all
"So much sci-fi and fantasy is ugly and dystopian; Star Trek places great faith in humanity. As the film and TV academic Gerry Canavan has observed, 'The idea of Star Trek is that the future might be good; we might be good; we might find a way, somewhere far beyond the stars, to become our better selves.'"
startrek  picard  stpic 
23 days ago
Can ‘Star Trek’ Chart a Way Forward?
"With 'Picard,' a spinoff following Patrick Stewart’s Starfleet officer, the franchise is trying to rediscover its place in a universe it effectively invented."
startrek  picard  discovery  stp  stdis 
27 days ago
Rosa Parks Was My Aunt. It's Time to Set the Record Straight
I believe her story is more relevant than ever because she and people like her laid a foundation so that women today can be more vocal, can run for office, can demand equal rights and equal pay, and say we don't have to be harassed.
history  racism  civilrights  rosaparks 
27 days ago
Goop’s Netflix series: It’s so much worse than I expected and I can’t unsee it
"Disclaimer: This review contains detailed information about the Netflix series the goop lab with Gwyneth Paltrow. If you plan to watch the show (please, don't) and do not wish to know details in advance, this is not the review for you. Normally, we would refer to such information as 'spoilers,' but in our editorial opinion, nothing in this series is spoil-able."
netflix  gwynethpaltrow  goop  thegooplab  science  health  woo  pseudoscience 
4 weeks ago
YouTube RSS
"1. First I find a YouTube channel I want to watch. 2. View its source code in my browser 3. Search for 'channelid' 4. And append the Channel ID to the end of this URL `https://www.youtube.com/feeds/videos.xml?channel_id=`"
youtube  rss 
4 weeks ago
Augmented Reality in a Contact Lens: It’s the Real Deal
"Today, Mojo Vision announced that it has…put 14K pixels-per-inch microdisplays, wireless radios, image sensors, and motion sensors into contact lenses that fit comfortably in the eyes."
ar  augmentedreality  contactlenses  tech  medicine 
4 weeks ago
How misinformation overwhelmed our democracy
“We’re in an age of manufactured nihilism. The issue for many people isn’t exactly a denial of truth as such. It’s more a growing weariness over the process of finding the truth at all. And that weariness leads more and more people to abandon the idea that the truth is knowable.”
news  media  politics 
4 weeks ago
In Roald Dahl’s Car
"'[My stories] can be pretty horrible. They don’t always end well; there’s often a twist in the tail. Actually, I think I’m writing funny stories, because they can be very comical. There’s such a narrow line between the macabre and laughter.' I could sense him smiling as he said it."
writing  books  roalddahl 
4 weeks ago
Prepping For ‘Star Trek: Picard’ – A Procrastinators’ Guide
“To help you prep (or at this point, cram), TrekMovie presents a list of Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes that showcase Jean-Luc Picard’s exploits with the Borg and Romulans, plus a few essential Captain Picard episodes that reveal his character. We also include a bonus list of a few Seven of Nine-centric episodes of Voyager.”
sttng  startrek  stvoy  stp 
5 weeks ago
The One Remaining Use of the Word “Macintosh”
"Some weeks ago, I was struck by the thought that Apple had almost entirely managed to scrub its corporate communications of the word 'Macintosh.' It’s not surprising, of course, but I was curious if the company had slipped up anywhere."
apple  mac  macintosh  macos 
5 weeks ago
We now know that cuttlefish have stereoscopic vision…
because scientists tested the theory by having the cuttlefish wear 3D glasses and showing them 3D movies of shrimp and watching where the cuttlefish tried to strike to eat the shrimp. Not only is it cool, but CUTTLEFISH WEARING 3D GLASSES!
science  cuttlefish  vision  stereopsis  cute 
5 weeks ago
Hopepunk and Solarpunk: On Climate Narratives That Go Beyond the Apocalypse
"Hopepunk stories are not specifically climate-focused and, more importantly, do not necessitate hopeful worlds. In the age of Trump, this basic act of extending to another person kindness, rather than disdain or vitriol, becomes a political narrative…."
books  hopepunk  solarpunk  sf  sciencefiction 
5 weeks ago
A Brief History of Convention Ribbons
"If you’ve gone to conventions like CONvergence, you may have seen the ribbons imprinted with catchphrases and clip art people stick to the bottom of the their badges—in some cases, collecting large trails of them. CONvergence does a great job of explaining how you can get your own ribbons on its site, including a variety of different vendors that print them. But what is the real purpose of badge ribbons, and how did the tradition get started?" (There's a fair amount of ribbon collection/trading at Norwescon as well.)
conventions  badgeribbons  convergence  norwescon 
5 weeks ago
Best Star Trek Captain: How Captain Picard beat Captain Kirk
"For The Next Generation era, Picard somehow had the swaggering captain thing going for him, but, because he was a little bit stoic and detached, he also had the Spock thing going for him, too. He was the best of both worlds (those worlds being Earth and Vulcan)."
startrek  sttos  sttng  kirk  picard 
5 weeks ago
‘Star Trek: Picard”: Patrick Stewart on Why He’s Returning
“The new show is different from its predecessor in nearly every respect — texture, tone, format, production value, even the likelihood of characters dropping an f-bomb. That’s all by design. Stewart’s design.”
startrek  picard  patrickstewart 
5 weeks ago
It’s Got a Great Beat, and You Can File a Lawsuit to It
"Originality is a con: Pop music history is the history of near overlap. Ideas rarely emerge in complete isolation. In studios around the world, performers, producers and songwriters are all trying to innovate just one step beyond where music currently is, working from the same component parts. It shouldn’t be a surprise when some of what they come up with sounds similar — and also like what came before."
music  pop  law  copyright 
5 weeks ago
Defining the decade: ten years of Apple on one page
"Apple had to graduate through the passing of its founder, juggle relationships with an ever-expanding list of consumer and professional market segments, and adapt to the public attention and scrunity that only comes along as a consequence of being the biggest company in the world."
apple  ipad  iphone  macos  ios  retrospective  mac  macbook  macbookair  macpro  stevejobs  applewatch 
5 weeks ago
You Can't Keep Your Relatives' Skulls
"In theory, people get to decide what happens to their body after death. In reality, it is near impossible to get legal permission to display a relative’s skeleton." I'd never considered this before, but now that I have, is it weird that I'm a little disappointed? ;)
death  science  law 
5 weeks ago
Welcome to Mystery Flesh Pit National Park
“The Mystery Flesh Pit is the name given to a bizarre natural geobiological feature discovered in the permian basin region of west texas in the early 1970s. The pit is characterized as an enormous subterranean organism of indeterminate size and origin embedded deep within the earth, displaying a vast array of highly unusual and often disturbing phenomena within its vast internal anatomy.”
nationalpark  horror  humor  nationalparkservice  mysteryfleshpit 
6 weeks ago
Tumbling into the new year
"Tumbleweeds stacked 20-to-30-feet high blocked a two-mile section of SR 240 west of Richland near the Tri-Cities on New Year's Eve and into the first day of the new year. The Tumblegeddon – as the Washington State Patrol trooper on the scene dubbed it – buried five abandoned vehicles. Some people were also trapped for several hours in their vehicles by the thorny debris, and hundreds of drivers had to detour or turn around."
wa  wsdot  tumblegeddon  tumbleweed 
6 weeks ago
No Comparison: Remembering “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” on its 40th Anniversary
"For those of us who get it, Star Trek: The Motion Picture is a spectacular swing for the fences. And for those of you who don’t get it, it’s your frakkin’ loss." 🖖
film  startrek  themotionpicture  sttmp 
6 weeks ago
Cyberdyne Systems | Speculative Identities
A deep dive into the Terminator universe's Cyberdyne Systems from a graphic design/branding/iconography point of view.
film  terminator  t2  cyberdine  systems  graphic  design  branding 
6 weeks ago
The end of formal nights on cruises
This past summer, when Mom took Prairie and me on an Alaskan cruise, the formal dinners were part of what we were looking forward to, and while we did enjoy them, we were a little disappointed to see that so few people were really living up to the "formal" designation.
vacation  cruise  style  fashion  formal 
7 weeks ago
Clubbing: ‘I can’t bear the idea that there is an age at which you should stop’
I’m 46, and while I don’t get out as often as in my 20s (can’t do 3-4 nights out a week anymore), I have no intention of stopping. It’s too much a part of who I am and what I need. “Typically, clubbing loses its appeal in our early 30s; 31 is the age at which most give up, according to a 2017 survey. But for those who do keep dancing, it can be much more than just a night out. What starts as an act of teenage transgression becomes radical in middle age.”
clubbing  culture  dancing  music 
8 weeks ago
Apple's Best Show Is an Alt-History Cold War Epic About Moon Missions With Women
I’m really looking forward to finding the time to dive into _For All Mankind_.
forallmankind  tv  appletv 
8 weeks ago
An Alarmingly Deep Dive Into the Science of Baby Yoda
"But whether _the_ Yoda is Baby Yoda’s true daddy isn’t what fascinates us every time we tune into The Mandalorian. What keeps us coming back for more is trying to figure out what in the actual hell Baby Yoda is supposed to _be_. […] We have more questions than The Mandalorian will likely ever get around to answering. But sometimes it’s the mysteries, the dots that don’t quite connect no matter how many biologists you ask, that make the Star Wars universe so enduringly fascinating."
starwars  themandalorian  babyyoda  yoda  science  biology 
8 weeks ago
US Finally Giving Boot to Official Foot Measurement
“The change started in 1959, when the federal government mandated that everyone use the international foot but allowed surveyors to keep to the old U.S. survey foot for a while. That temporary reprieve has lasted 60 years, but it will finally end in 2022.”
standards  foot  usa  measurement  metric 
9 weeks ago
The Newest Short Treks Offer a Bright Hope for Star Trek's Animated Future
"These two tales, on their own, may not be the grandest Star Trek stories ever told—but they don’t have to be. They prove there is space for Star Trek, on the precipice on an unprecedented level of saturation, to tell tales which are both reflective of nostalgic charms and push the boundaries of how the core themes of wanderlust, understanding, and exploration that define Star Trek’s heart can move into styles of storytelling that play with fantasy and comedy as much as they do science fiction and serious character drama."
startrek  shorttreks  thegirlwhomadethestars  ephraimanddot  spoilers 
9 weeks ago
2019 Mac Pro isn’t the most expensive Mac ever. Not even close.
“There has been much handwaving over the $5,999 price tag on the 2019 Mac Pro. It’s often been criticized for being Apple’s expensive computer ever. But it’s not. And it’s not even close, if you factor in inflation. Many of the early Macs cost much more than $6,000 in today’s dollars.”
mac  macpro  apple 
9 weeks ago
Downtown Seattle Barnes & Noble to close January 18th
"When the downtown Barnes & Noble closes, there will officially be no bookstores in the downtown retail core. While there are quite a few bookshops in surrounding neighborhoods like the Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square, Capitol Hill, and Queen Anne, this will be the first time in decades that shoppers won't be able to browse the stacks of a bookstore without leaving downtown Seattle."
seattle  books  barnesandnoble  downtown 
10 weeks ago
Plex Offers Over a Thousand Ad-Supported Movies on Demand
The films are "free" as in "ad supported", but it's still an interesting move. While I'm a long-time Plex user, I'm not sure if I'll take advantage of this (I have an extensive personal movie and TV collection as it is, plus some of the big-name streaming services), but it may well be worthwhile for plenty of other people.
plex  film  media  streaming 
10 weeks ago
Seattle QFC debuts first apple ever bred in Washington, despite the state being the highest grower
"The apple variety was developed by Washington State University. Washington growers, who paid for the research, will have the exclusive right to sell it for the first 10 years."
food  apple  cosmiccrisp  washington 
10 weeks ago
First human composting site to open in 2021
This is really neat, but wow, look at that ‘70s sci-fi cult design! Honestly, I think that’s a selling point for me.
composting  death  seattle 
11 weeks ago
Are good readers more likely to give up on maths?
“None of this means that we should stop efforts to counter stereotypes about girls’ aptitude for maths and science versus reading. But it does suggest that much of the impact of these stereotypes occurs not at the point at which girls choose a career, but many years earlier.”
education  math  gender  stem  stereotypes  steam  science 
11 weeks ago
Amazon Alternatives
“Welcome to the most lovingly curated selection of Amazon and Prime alternatives anywhere. We aim to make giving up Amazon easy and to encourage more people to spend their money with businesses that have higher ethical standards.”
ethics  shopping  blackfriday  amazon 
11 weeks ago
No Love for White Gloves, or: the Cotton Menace
“Rare books, unlike many museum objects, are still used today in the same way that they would have been when they were new centuries ago – they’re held and opened, and their pages are turned. It would make sense that these historical objects should be handled with white gloves to keep them clean, right? WRONG! Well, mostly. But we’ll get to that part later.”
preservation  libraries  books 
11 weeks ago
Baby Yoda Has Conquered the World
“‘I had a day with one of the weirdest moments I’ve ever had directing,’ [Director Deborah Chow] told Vanity Fair. ‘I was directing Werner with the puppet, and Werner had just fallen in love with the baby. Werner, I think, had forgotten it wasn’t actually a live creature, and started sort of…directing the baby.…. Werner is talking to the baby as if it was a real thing. And I’m trying to direct Werner,’ Chow said. ‘And I’m just like, How did I get here? How did my life end up like this?’”
starwars  babyyoda  themandalorian 
11 weeks ago
Bruce Wayne warns wealth tax on billionaires could result in fewer crimes foiled via jet-powered cars
"When asked whether a wealth tax could help curb costumed murders by investing in public schools, job retraining, and community mental health initiatives, Wayne responded, 'Sure, but do any of those programs involve a 7000 pound car that can drive up walls? I think not.'"
satire  politics  elizabethwarren  wealthtax  batman 
11 weeks ago
That Uplifting Tweet You Just Shared? A Russian Troll Sent It
“Professional trolls…are the tip of the spear in the new digital, ideological battleground. To combat the threat they pose, we must first understand them — and take them seriously.”
russia  propaganda  politics  disinformation  socialmedia 
11 weeks ago
Five Senators Join the Fight to Learn Just How Bad Ring Really Is
“…if police want to request footage from a person’s front door in reference to a car break-in on that street, there is no need for police to verify that footage would be helpful to solving that incident, or whether the footage would even be used for that particular incident and not for other purposes. If a person agrees to share their footage with police, police then have that footage forever and can share it with whoever they want without oversight or restrictions. This means footage from your door, requested by local police to catch an alleged thief in the neighborhood, could end up being used by another law enforcement agency for a completely attenuated purpose, such as identifying someone for deportation—without your knowledge or direct consent.”
privacy  security  police  ring 
12 weeks ago
Apple sleuths hunt Northwest for varieties believed extinct
“E.J. Brandt and David Benscoter, who together form the nonprofit Lost Apple Project, log countless hours and hundreds of miles in trucks, on all-terrain vehicles and on foot to find orchards planted by settlers as they pushed west more than a century ago.”
history  science  botany  apples  washington 
12 weeks ago
Museum Will Only Buy Works Of Art By Women Next Year To Fix Tilt Toward Men
"This how you raise awareness and shift the identity of an institution," museum director Christopher Bedford told The Baltimore Sun. "You don't just purchase one painting by a female artist of color and hang it on the wall next to a painting by Mark Rothko. To rectify centuries of imbalance, you have to do something radical."
museum  art  baltimore 
12 weeks ago
Survivor’s “#MeToo moment” protected the game instead of the players
“If Survivor is a game where players are conditioned to see reporting sexual harassment or standing up to racist language as ‘bad gameplay,’ then it is a broken game. And until the producers acknowledge that this situation was preventable and handled in a way that irrevocably shattered their trust with their players and their viewers, it’s difficult to imagine tuning in to watch them try to pick up the pieces.”
television  survivor  sexualassault  sexualharassment  tv 
november 2019
The Upsetting ‘Survivor’ Sexual Harassment Episode Is Reality TV at Its Most Real
This episode, how CBS and some of the contestants handled the situation, and the eventual result were horrible, and my wife and I won’t be continuing to watch this season.
sexualassault  sexualharassment  tv  television  survivor 
november 2019
I applied for an Apple Card, and they offered a sexist insult
“This is not a story about me. Brilliant women are all over social media, using their voices to strive for a better way forward. Listen to them.”
applecard  credit  apple  finances  sexism 
november 2019
A Message to PBS: Televise the Trump Impeachment Hearings for All to See
“Once upon a time PBS offered prime time specials, debates, even teach-ins to help us sort out complex public issues or get to the heart of a clear and present danger to our fragile democracy. The least its gatekeepers can do now is re-broadcast these upcoming impeachment hearings in primetime.”
watergate  pbs  nixon  politics  trumpgate  history  trump 
november 2019
Court Says Murderer Who Briefly 'Died' Still Needs To Complete Life Sentence
"If you're serving a life sentence but momentarily "die" and are then resuscitated, does that mean you can walk free? That's what a convicted murderer is claiming in Iowa. He says he has been in prison for four years too long. But on Wednesday, a three-judge panel of the Court of Appeals of Iowa gave that idea a firm no." Hey, it was worth a shot! I actually think it's a pretty clever attempt.
law  prison 
november 2019
General election 2019: A really simple guide
A good overview explainer of the British political system.
britain  brexit  politics  uk  unitedkingdom 
november 2019
Kurt Eichenwald's Twitter thread about how Trump could cancel the election is keeping people up at night / Boing Boing
"Award winning journalist Kurt Eichenwald gave a lot of Twitter readers anxiety and insomnia when he posted a 17-part Twitter thread yesterday afternoon about why it wouldn't be difficult for Trump to use executive power to effectively make himself dictator for life." This really is a disturbing and all too plausible scenario.
politics  constitution  trump 
november 2019
The Neverending Story at 40: A Children’s Book Grappling with the Legacy of War
“One of the strengths of Die unendliche Geschichte is that it is a children’s book that doesn’t shy away from pain. Bastian is described as ten or twelve years old, and various sources place the book at a fifth- or sixth-grade reading level. This is a text aimed firmly at children, and it respects the complex experiences of those children.”
books  fantasy  michaelende  theneverendingstory  dieunendlichegeschichte 
october 2019
Retroactive: Run Aperture, iPhoto, or iTunes on macOS Catalina.
Saving this for myself, in case I want or need iTunes when I get around to upgrading to Catalina.
apple  mac  catalina  iTunes 
october 2019
Inside the sexy Halloween costume industrial complex
Their costumes are often horrible, and oft-derided each year (including by me). But I thought this peek into the “sexy everything company” was an interesting one.
feminism  yandy  halloween  sexy  costume 
october 2019
The 26,000-Year Astronomical Monument Hidden in Plain Sight
"On the western flank of the Hoover Dam stands a little-understood monument, commissioned by the US Bureau of Reclamation when construction of the dam began in 01931. The most noticeable parts of this corner of the dam, now known as Monument Plaza, are the massive winged bronze sculptures and central flagpole which are often photographed by visitors. The most amazing feature of this plaza, however, is under their feet as they take those pictures."
astronomy  hooverdam  axialprocession  northstar 
february 2019
Queen Elizabeth II makes New Zealand woman who fought to decriminalize prostitution a 'dame'
“Catherine Healy, 62, a founder of the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective, was instrumental in helping her country become the first to decriminalize prostitution in 2003. After 30 years of activism, the queen recognized her Monday as a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit ‘for services to the rights of sex workers.’”
sex  sexwork  newzealand 
january 2019
Keira Knightley is obviously right: there's a sexist double standard in how we treat period dramas
“The great irony is that in being dismissed as feminine fluff, the period drama has somewhat avoided the controlling male gaze. Women are allowed complexity and agency. They can be the heroes – not the wives and girlfriends of the heroes. Ignore the negativity, and the corset can actually be quite freeing.”
history  film  sexism 
january 2019
A meteor hit the moon during the lunar eclipse. Here’s what we know.
“In what may be a first-of-its-kind event, a flash of light seen during totality has astronomers on the hunt for a new crater on the moon.”
science  meteorite  astronomy  moon  lunareclipse  eclipse 
january 2019
DuckDuckGo Taps Apple Maps to Power Private Search Results
"We're excited to announce that map and address-related searches on DuckDuckGo for mobile and desktop are now powered by Apple's MapKit JS framework, giving you a valuable combination of mapping and privacy."
apple  duckduckgo  privacy  technology 
january 2019
To save the sound of a Stradivarius, a whole city must keep quiet
“Cremona is home to the workshops of some of the world’s finest instrument makers, including Antonio Stradivari, who in the 17th and 18th centuries produced some of the finest violins and cellos ever made. The city is getting behind an ambitious project to digitally record the sounds of the Stradivarius instruments for posterity, as well as others by Amati and Guarneri del Gesù, two other famous Cremona craftsmen. And that means being quiet.”
stradivarius  music  history  audio 
january 2019
An Idea for Electoral College Reform That Both Parties Might Actually Like
“As long as we continue to have the Electoral College, we should make it work as intended. This means bringing it back into compliance with the majority-rule principle.”
electoralvote  politics 
january 2019
The oral history of the Hampsterdance: The twisted true story of one of the world's first memes
“What started 20 years ago in Nanaimo, B.C. spawned hit songs, worldwide LOLs and a giant hairball of drama.”
culture  internet  hampsterdance 
january 2019
365 IETF RFCs: a 50th anniversary dive
"April 7th, 2019 is going to be the 50 year anniversary of the first ever Request for Comments, known as an RFC. These documents started out in 1969 as a way for ARPANET engineers to keep track of notes and discussions on their project. In honor of this anniversary, I figured I would read one RFC each day of 2019, starting with RFC 1 and ending with RFC 365."
history  internet  tech  geek  computing 
january 2019
Is Grover swearing? No, it's in your ears.
“As a phonetician, these types of misperceptions are sometimes fun because they force you to carefully listen to what people (in this case, Grover's voice) are doing as they produce speech very quickly. Phoneticians focus on the transcription and, more often, careful analysis of speech. Speech is fast, speech is messy, and when the conditions are right, one can misperceive one sound for another.”
language  phonetics  sesamestreet  humor  grover 
december 2018
Against Peter Jackson’s "They Shall Not Grow Old"
"Peter Jackson’s They Shall Not Grow Old is…a stunning technical achievement made by a filmmaker and producer at the top of their form. […] But…I can’t help but refuse and reject this picture in the strongest possible terms. It is a brilliant film that is also, unfortunately, a total mistake."
peterjackson  theyshallnotgrowold  movies  history  wwi  worldwari 
december 2018
On radical kindness (another aspect of hopepunk)
“i will say this again: we are all going to die. the universe is enormous and almost entirely empty. to be kind to each other is the most incredible act of defiance against the dark that i can imagine.”
hopepunk  politics  culture  source:tumblr 
november 2018
The opposite of grimdark is hopepunk:
“The world is the world. It’s really good sometimes and it’s really bad sometimes, and it’s sort of humdrum a lot of the time. People are petty and mean and, y’know, PEOPLE. There are things that need to be fixed, and battles to be fought, and people to be protected, and we’ve gotta do all those things ourselves because we can’t sit around waiting for some knight in shining armor to ride past and deal with it for us. We’re just ordinary people trying to do our best because we give a shit about the world. Why? Because we’re some of the assholes that live there.”
source:tumblr  politics  hopepunk  culture 
november 2018
Neuroscience says listening to this song reduces anxiety by up to 65 percent
“The group that created ‘Weightless’, Marconi Union, did so in collaboration with sound therapists. Its carefully arranged harmonies, rhythms, and bass lines help slow a listener’s heart rate, reduce blood pressure and lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol.”
science  health  neuroscience  music 
november 2018
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