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Turning Type Sideways | News, Notes & Observations | Hoefler & Co.
Typeface design has a lot of discarded bycatch: small discoveries and observations that aren’t large enough to develop, but are nonetheless interesting and…
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The Linux Setup – Mariana Balla, Ura
Mariana works for Ura, the design studio featured here . I agree with Mariana that GNOME is a huge time-saver. I use Cinnamon on Linux Mint, and it’s mostly a…
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3 days ago
Die Rote Fahne, #1 (9 Nov 1918) and #16 (16 Jan 1919)
Die Rote Fahne , #1 (9 Nov 1918) and #16 (16 Jan 1919) Contributed by Florian Hardwig on Jan 15th, 2019. Artwork published in November 1918 . Like 0 ? Add to…
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Signal v Noise exits Medium – Signal v. Noise
Three years ago we embraced an exciting new publishing platform called Medium. It felt like a new start for a writing community, and we benefitted immensely…
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4 days ago
Every little bit helps – Signal v. Noise
Quitting Facebook. Renouncing Uber. Avoiding Amazon. There have never been more or greater reasons for turning your back entirely on much of Big Tech. The last…
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4 days ago
Down in front! – Signal v. Noise
Doug gets it, most don’t. Look around YouTube at car reviews, and you’ll see a lot of people standing in front of cars. Below I’ve snapped captures of early…
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4 days ago
True brand awareness – Signal v. Noise
Fantastic branding It’s been said that your name is your favorite word. Likewise, a brand’s name is its favorite word. Pair their name with their logo, and it’s…
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4 days ago
Composing Programs
In the tradition of SICP, this text focuses on methods for abstraction, programming paradigms, and techniques for managing the complexity of large programs. These concepts are illustrated primarily using the Python 3 programming language.
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Mitochondrial DNA can be inherited from fathers, not just mothers
The DNA of eukaryotic organisms (such as animals, plants and fungi) is stored in two cellular compartments: in the nucleus and in organelles called…
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5 days ago
FatBoy SoundFont
A free GM/GS soundfont for classic video game MIDI, emulation, and general usage.
6 days ago
The True Story of 'Brainstorm,' a Lost Sci-Fi Classic—And Natalie Wood’s Final Film
A still from Brainstorm , the 1983 sci-fi thriller directed by Douglas Trumbull. During a break from filming, Natalie Wood died mysteriously while vacationing…
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6 days ago
Become A Facebook-Free Business – Signal v. Noise
DHH Dec 19, 2018 If Facebook’s endless privacy scandals have shown one thing, it’s that the company has far too much data on its users, and that they can’t be…
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6 days ago
How about fixing the workplace rather than avoiding it at 4am?
DHH Dec 18, 2018 Oh those superhuman CEOs who get up at 4am for that killer start to the day! Aren’t they just amazing? Such sacrifice, such grit, such…
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6 days ago
5 Easy Sources of Plant-Based Protein - Budget Bytes
Pin Share Tweet Share Mail One of the biggest hurdles most people encounter when contemplating a vegetarian lifestyle, or even just practicing a “meatless…
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6 days ago
The Best Retro Games of 2018 - RetroGaming with Racketboy
As much as we love to dwell on the classic games for our older systems, there are also some fresh games making their way onto the modern gaming scene that…
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7 days ago
Uses This: John Ayliff
Who are you, and what do you do? I'm John Ayliff , writer and text-based game developer. My most successful game so far is Seedship , which is about an AI…
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7 days ago
Uses This: Joan LeMay
Who are you, and what do you do? My name is Joan LeMay . I'm a painter and illustrator currently based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I love painting people, animals,…
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7 days ago
Being Green Is the 2019 Flex You're Missing
Lettering by Alicia Tatone How to be less of an environmental dirtbag this year. Ah, January, that fateful month in which we're all socially obliged to examine…
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8 days ago
So long, Macbook. Hello again, Linux. // Richard Mavis dot info
Long story short, after a decade on my Macbook, I switched back to Linux. Recently I’ve just found myself disenchanted with Apple in a way similar to how I felt…
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8 days ago
The Dawn of Life in a $5 Toaster Oven - Issue 68: Context - Nautilus
G od might just as well have begun with a toaster oven. A few years ago at a yard sale, Nicholas Hud spotted a good candidate: A vintage General Electric model,…
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8 days ago
Why have humans never found aliens?
“IF ALIENS are so likely, why have we never seen any?” That is the Fermi Paradox—named after Enrico Fermi, a physicist who posed it in 1950. Fermi’s argument…
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9 days ago
The Painful Price of Becoming Jackie Chan
Subscribe Just $20 for 10 issues Print + Digital There are many ways to tell the story of Jackie Chan. He is the heir to Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, the…
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10 days ago
Coolest Things I Learned In 2018
 I write a weekly email called the Monday Musings. The most popular part of the newsletter is a section called “Coolest Things I Learned This Week.” It’s fun…
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11 days ago
How to give a great scientific talk
Credit: Haykirdi/Getty Images “It was horrific,” says Eileen Courtney. “I was just a bundle of nerves. I wasn’t able to eat for the whole of the previous day.…
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12 days ago
How Millennials Became The Burnout Generation
How Millennials Became The Burnout Generation I couldn’t figure out why small, straightforward tasks on my to-do list felt so impossible. The answer is both…
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13 days ago
Scientists Have 'Hacked Photosynthesis' In Search Of More Productive Crops
Scientists have re-engineered photosynthesis, the foundation of life on Earth, creating genetically modified plants that grow faster and bigger. Above,…
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15 days ago
Fixing photosynthesis by engineering it to recycle a toxic mistake
Enlarge / A scientist transplants engineered tobacco for testing. Brian Stauffer/University of Illinois The vast majority of life on Earth depends, either…
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15 days ago
This Is How To Make Friends As An Adult: 5 Secrets Backed By Research - Barking Up The Wrong Tree
*** Before we commence with the festivities, I wanted to thank everyone for helping my first book become a Wall Street Journal bestseller. To check it out,…
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15 days ago
Ranking Vegetables by How Healthy They Are - MEL Magazine
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Everyone should eat more vegetables . But if navigating the produce section gives you anxiety, don’t worry: I asked…
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15 days ago
Uses This: Jennifer Gardy
Jennifer Gardy Associate professor (UBC), researcher (BC Centre for Disease Control) Posted January 03, 2019 Filed under: mac professor researcher Who are you,…
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16 days ago
How Mark Burnett Resurrected Donald Trump as an Icon of American Success
“Expedition: Robinson,” a Swedish reality-television program, premièred in the summer of 1997, with a tantalizing premise: sixteen strangers are deposited on a…
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17 days ago
The Xenotext Works by Christian Bök
The Xenotext is my nine-year long attempt to create an example of “living poetry.” I have been striving to write a short verse about language and genetics,…
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18 days ago
Science and Culture: Could a bacterium successfully shepherd a message through the apocalypse?
For more than a decade, Canadian poet Christian Bök has been toiling on a book of poems. But his is not the typical authorial angst: Bök intends his poems to…
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18 days ago
Uses This: Dante Douglas
Dante Douglas Writer, game designer Posted January 01, 2019 Filed under: game writer Who are you, and what do you do? Hey! My name is Dante, I'm a writer and…
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18 days ago
Surprise DNA Results Are Turning Customer-Service Reps Into Therapists
It was a one-line chat reply from an AncestryDNA customer-service rep that ripped Catherine St Clair’s life apart. St Clair, 57, is her family’s resident…
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19 days ago
🗣Forgive fast, block even faster (and other rules)
Is this email not displaying correctly? My bad. View it in your browser . This is the (very very late) thirteenth issue of The Discourse. All previous issues…
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19 days ago
The oral history of the Hampsterdance: The twisted true story of one of the world's first memes | CBC Arts
It's a chapter of pop-culture history that could only have started in 1998, a time when more people than ever before were making sense of the internet for the…
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21 days ago
The Asus Eee: How Close Did the World Come to a Linux Desktop? | Linux Journal
It was white, not much bigger than my hands held side by side, weighedabout as much as a bottle of wine, and it came in a shiny, faux-leather case. Itwas the…
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23 days ago
Designing Your Site Like It’s 1998
23 Dec ember 2018 Published in Code No comments It’s 20 years to the day since my wife and I started Stuff & Nonsense , our little studio and my outlet for…
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23 days ago
The prose at the end of the universe
F or over a decade, Canadian poet Dr. Christian Bök has toiled to create living prose. Bök calls the project The Xenotext and, should he be successful in his…
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23 days ago
Crazily Delicious Green Gazpacho from Yotam Ottolenghi
British Sides Soups Vegetable Recipes Pepper Recipes Summer Sides Yotam Ottolenghi's Green Gazpacho Recipe Updated 12/14/18 Jonathan Lovekin Ratings (9) Total:…
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24 days ago
Uses This: Reg Mombassa
Photo by Tony Lopes. Reg Mombassa Artist, musician Posted December 27, 2018 Filed under: artist musician Who are you, and what do you do? I'm an artist and…
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24 days ago
Recovering Nintendo’s Lost SimCity for the NES – Video Game History Foundation
The unreleased packaging illustration from SimCity, as seen on a rare retail display sign from VidPro. A lot of you are probably aware of Nintendo’s remarkable…
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25 days ago
A Computational Molecular Biologist Pulls a Practical Joke on Michael Crichton and Jurassic Park
In 1990, Michael Crichton published the novel Jurassic Park about the resurrection of dinosaurs by using DNA from nucleated blood cells found in the…
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29 days ago
The Linux Setup – Roxy Dee, Security Architect
Like Roxy, I’m a big LXDE fan. It’s so light and quite configureable. Roxy is also a command line enthusiast, so it’s no surprise to see terminal listed as an…
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29 days ago
The Linux Setup – Kevin Purdy, Wirecutter
I know Kevin from his Lifehacker work, where he was always very pro-Linux . He continues to work with Linux, which is what he writes about here. It’s always…
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29 days ago
The Linux Setup – Scott Gilbertson, Writer
Scott’s an amazing Linux usage case. He lives off the grid! And he uses Linux for pragmatic, rather than political reasons. Which is nice to hear. While Linux…
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29 days ago
Buzzcocks band logo
How a design student created a wordmark that became an icon of UK punk. In memory of songwriter and singer Pete Shelley, 1955–2018. Contributed by Florian…
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29 days ago
The Best Game Boy Advance (GBA) Games Under $15 - RetroGaming with Racketboy
While a lot of gamers have been drawn to the DS line of handhelds or the Switch, the Game Boy Advance library was filled with great 2D games that any retro…
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29 days ago
The Rarest and Most Valuable Nintendo Wii Games - RetroGaming with Racketboy
The Nintendo Wii has a vast library with lots of variety. There are some huge-selling games, but many other oddities and gems got easily lost in the shuffle. At…
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29 days ago
Gluten Free Antarctica (Idle Words)
12.20.2018 Far below the Antarctic circle, I watch a woman cry real tears because she can’t get gluten-free toast. Mary is a plummy old English lady traveling…
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29 days ago
Uses This: Danny O'Dwyer
Danny O'Dwyer Video game documentarian Posted December 20, 2018 Filed under: game mac windows video Who are you, and what do you do? Hey, I'm Danny ! I'm an…
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4 weeks ago
Enumeration is Not Science: An Asinine Multimillion Sequel Called @PsychENCODE
In many respects, the PsychENCODE papers that have recently been published in Science and associated journals are worse than those of ENCODE of unblessed…
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4 weeks ago
Uses This: Xanda Schofield
Xanda Schofield Computer science lecturer, Cornell Posted December 18, 2018 Filed under: developer linux mac software teacher windows Who are you, and what do…
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4 weeks ago
The Yoda of Silicon Valley
Donald Knuth at his home in Stanford, Calif. He is a notorious perfectionist and has offered to pay a reward to anyone who finds a mistake in any of his books.…
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4 weeks ago
Have a Nice Life's 'Deathconsciousness' Is the Next Greatest Album of All Time
In 2008, Dan Barrett and Tim Macuga released arguably one of the greatest double LPs of all time, Deathconsciousness. And when it came out, no one really gave a…
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4 weeks ago
Genetic Testing Survey
Dear friends living in Germany: could you please fill out this incredibly short survey? Asking for a friend who will definitely appreciate it. Thanks in advance!
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How the hell have you done it?
On April 18th of 1961, it was announced that iconic Hollywood star Gary Cooper was dying of cancer after a glittering 36 year career that saw him amass…
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5 weeks ago
Uses This / Chris Wade
Chris Wade Game designer, developer Posted December 13, 2018 Filed under: artist designer developer game windows Who are you, and what do you do? Hey! I'm Chris…
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Uses This / Kyle Fewell
Kyle Fewell Freelance illustrator Posted December 11, 2018 Filed under: illustrator windows Who are you, and what do you do? Hello! I am Kyle Fewell and I am a…
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5 weeks ago
AlphaFold @ CASP13: “What just happened?”
I just came back from CASP13 , the biennial assessment of protein structure prediction methods (I previously blogged about CASP10 .) I participated in a panel…
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5 weeks ago
The antidote to civilisational collapse
“It’s ‘fuck off’ to everything,” says Adam Curtis (pictured below), describing public sentiment today. The British documentarist sees himself as an optimist…
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6 weeks ago
Take Out Fake Out Recipes for Busy Nights
Take Out Fake Out Recipes for Busy Nights Take out food is so tempting because it’s fast, easy, and usually ver y satisfying (the most comforting of all comfort…
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6 weeks ago
A blogging style guide | Robert Heaton
A blogging style guide 06 Dec 2018 Here are 39 ways to make your blog more entertaining to read and more pleasurable to write. Confidence Don’t begin by telling…
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6 weeks ago
SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics - Deep learning: a leap forward for protein structure prediction
This week, several deep learning methods have led to remarkable advances at the global event for the evaluation of protein structure prediction methods: the…
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6 weeks ago
Position of “nicht” – Work Out
1. I don’t understand that. Ich verstehe das. Ich verstehe das nicht . 2. Promise me, that you won’t drink my beer! Versprich mir, dass du mein Bier trinkst.…
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6 weeks ago
Critique and makeover: Buffer it out
Today's poster is a contribution from William Elaban. This was not for a conference, but a class. Click to enlarge! Now, I have to apologize to William here,…
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6 weeks ago
The Flickr diaspora, website bloat and what is important.
" BENJAMIN BLUNDELL'S WEBSITE ---------------------------- ABOUT RSS EMAIL The Flickr diaspora, website bloat and what is important. 17-11-2018 So a few of you…
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6 weeks ago
New Foldit tool: Pick Sidechains
We're introducing a new Foldit tool for folding protein side chains, called Pick Sidechains . Pick Sidechains is currently available to devprev users for…
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6 weeks ago
Planescape Torment, Adam Curtis and Gaming today
" BENJAMIN BLUNDELL'S WEBSITE ---------------------------- ABOUT RSS EMAIL Planescape Torment, Adam Curtis and Gaming today 07-12-2018 Planescape Torment ... I…
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6 weeks ago
Ken Liu
Photo by Lisa Tang Liu. Ken Liu Author, programmer, lawyer Posted December 06, 2018 Filed under: developer lawyer mac writer Who are you, and what do you do?…
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The Enormous Life of Anthony Bourdain, According to Those Who Knew Him Best
Chris Bourdain is searching for a word that he cannot quite find. We're sitting together in a small café in Grand Central Terminal, drinking table wine and…
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