The Largest Ever Analysis of Film Dialogue by Gender: 2,000 scripts, 25,000 actors, 4 million lines
"So we Googled our way to 8,000 screenplays and matched each character’s lines to an actor. From there, we compiled the number of words spoken by male and female characters across roughly 2,000 films, arguably the largest undertaking of script analysis, ever."
!via:metafilter  film  gender  movies  data  visualization 
august 2018
PubGrub: Next-Generation Version Solving – Natalie Weizenbaum – Medium
"new version solving algorithm that uses fancy-sounding techniques like “unit propagation”, “logical resolution”, and “conflict-driven clause learning” to run faster and explain errors more clearly than any other version solver."
dart  cargo  algorithms  computerscience  packagemanagement  buildsystems 
april 2018
Info Tech of Ancient Democracy
"Unlike the more autocratic forms of government that had been the hallmark of civilization hitherto, Athenian democracy depended for its legitimacy on a constant, high- volume circulation of individuals in and out of public offices. It was this channeled flow that made the system both impersonal and representative."
history  politics  polisci  greece  athens  democracy  technology  clocks  horology  voting  elections 
october 2017
Standard Ebooks
"Standard Ebooks is a volunteer driven, not-for-profit project that produces lovingly formatted, open source, and free public domain ebooks."
ebooks  books  publicdomain 
june 2017
Bullet Journal - The Analog System for the Digital Age
"The Bullet Journal is a customizable and forgiving organization system. It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, and diary."

I used to have a paper to-do system that worked pretty well, but I gradually abandoned it. Thinking it might be nice to pick it up again.
productivity  gtd  journaling  notebook  todotxt  calendar 
april 2017
The Metaphysics of Causation (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
"What must a world be like, to host causal relations? When the cue ball knocks the nine ball into the corner pocket, in virtue of what is this a case of causation?"
philosophy  physics  causality  time 
july 2016
Art Ludique - Le Musée
Paris museum with exhibits of Pixar, Ghibli, comic book, and video game art.
art  museum  paris  france  videogames  animation  pixar  ghibli  marvel  culture 
february 2016
Chess Tempo
“A website dedicated to helping chess players improve their game.” Extensive database of tactics/endgame problems with analysis.
chess  games  tactics 
february 2016
Computer Science Field Guide — Computer Science Field Guide <small>Beta</small>
“The ‘Computer Science Field Guide’ is an online interactive resource for high school students learning about computer science, developed at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand.”
computerscience  learning  reference  kids  video  graphics  computervision  networking  programming  programminglanguages  datacompression  cryptography  algorithms 
february 2016
MHz Choice
"MHz choice is a brand new subscription-based streaming service featuring new and exclusive international mysteries, dramas and comedies—most presented in HD and all unedited with easy-to-read English subtitles."
tv  french  language  norwegian  swedish  german  italian  europe 
january 2016
A Matter Of Electric Sheep
"Deckard is Gaff. If you think about it, it makes complete sense. Who is Gaff anyway? I propose that he was the best Blade Runner in the business before he got injured and acquired his limp, possibly even going after the replicants in the film."
movie  fandom  headcanon  bladerunner  ridleyscott 
october 2015
Understanding Hydroplane Races for the New Seattleite
"Before Microsoft, Amazon, Starbucks, etc., there were basically three major Seattle industries: (1) logging and lumber based industries like paper manufacturing; (2) maritime industries like fishing, shipbuilding, shipping, and the navy; (3) aerospace (i.e., Boeing). Vintage hydroplane racing represented the Seattle trifecta: Wooden boats with airplane engines!"
seattle  sports  boats  motorsports  history 
august 2015
Tips for buying notebook with decent graphics
Buying guide and benchmarks, including upcoming chipsets.
shopping  hardware  gpu  games  computer  laptop 
september 2014
Two Girls, a Golden Balloon, and Fate
"Sometimes though, occurrences are so eerily synchronous that they can’t be explained with logic. The most mind-blowing story we’ve ever read starts with a gold balloon."
coincidence  statistics  kids  story  england  from delicious
july 2014
PopPet: DIY, Arduino Compatible, Open Hardware, Robot Kit by Jaidyn Edwards
"With a focus on STEAM education; PopPet is expandable, customizable, easy to assemble, small, fun and a great intro into robotics."
robot  robotics  hardware  openhardware  arduino  electronics  education  diy  crowdfunded  kickstarter  cute  kids  from delicious
july 2014
Realistic Girls and Fantastic Boys? Middle Grade Fantasy, Realistic Fiction, and the Great Gender Divide
"is the gendering of realistic vs. fantasy middle grade fiction simply playing into archaic gender roles?"
books  fiction  kids  middlegrade  fantasy  gender  girls  from delicious
may 2014
What Portal Did and What Mirror’s Edge Didn’t Do (or: The Female as Exotic)
"While Portal has been critically praised in part as being subversively feminist, the same can’t really be said about Mirror’s Edge– and it has more to do with the presentation than anything else." (But see the comments for some strong critiques, and some retractions by the author.)
videogames  gender  feminism  asianamerican  portal  mirrorsedge  marketing  games  from delicious
may 2014
The Ultra Gleeper: A Recommendation Engine for Web Pages
"The Ultra Gleeper solves or avoids the problems that give recommendation engines a bad reputation. It won't give you a lot of links you've already seen, because it knows about your subscriptions and what they've posted. It won't just recap the most popular links of the day, because its indie rock algorithm distrusts excessive popularity."
recommendation  algorithms  software  web  longtail  from delicious
may 2014
The Theoretical Minimum
"The Theoretical Minimum is a series of Stanford Continuing Studies courses taught by world renowned physicist Leonard Susskind. These courses collectively teach everything required to gain a basic understanding of each area of modern physics including all of the fundamental mathematics."
physics  science  education  learning  stanford  class  video  math  !via:metafilter  from delicious
february 2014
Meet the Somalis
"Meet the Somalis is a collection of 14 illustrated stories depicting the real life experiences of Somalis in seven cities in Europe"
somalia  europe  comics  biography  war  refugees  norway  denmark  finland  sweden  uk  netherlands  from delicious
november 2013
Puzzle Script
"PuzzleScript is an open-source HTML5 puzzle game engine."
puzzle  software  programming  videogames  from delicious
october 2013
Twine: a tool for creating interactive stories
Open source GUI and command-line tool for creating hypertext fiction games. "Twine lets you organize your story graphically with a map that you can re-arrange as you work."
software  interactivefiction  writing  hypertext  videogames  from delicious
october 2013
"Journal is a narrative driven adventure game by Richard Perrin, the creator of Kairo and the white chamber, with art and writing by Melissa Royall."
girls  story  games  videogames  from delicious
september 2013
The Way We Teach Math, Sciences, and Languages Is Wrong
"While still in America, to get more benefit from the language course, I started relearning French. On the recommendation of a friend who is a linguist and mathematician, I got the self-study French course made by Assimil entitled Le Nouveau Français sans Peine (New French With Ease)."
assimil  french  language  learning  from delicious
january 2013
Cultivated Disinterest in Professional Sports
"Like many of my friends, I have treated professional sports with cultivated indifference. But a year and a half ago, I decided to become a football fan."
elitism  tv  culture  sports  football  from delicious
december 2012
"What happens when you’re a crimefighter and your sidekick grows up to be an arrogant, ungrateful douchebag?" Web series written by Mark Waid (Irredeemable; Incorruptible).
comics  from delicious
december 2012
Demystifying Garbage Collectors
"In this post, I’ll try to shed some light on how GCs work in a way that (hopefully) any developer can understand."
compilers  programminglanguages  gargagecollection  programming  from delicious
december 2012
Errors vs. Bugs and the End of Stupidity
"Just before you play a wrong note, your fingers were in a position that made that wrong note inevitable. Fixing wrong notes isn't about 'practicing harder' but about trying to unkink those systematically error-causing fingerings and hand motions."
cognition  learning  from delicious
november 2012
You're never too young for thermite
Some science experiments and gizmos suitable for 4- or 5-year-olds.
science  kids  from delicious
november 2012
Alternate Keyboards for Windows
Includes Dvorak International layouts (with AltGr as compose key).
dvorak  software  windows  from delicious
october 2012
Les émissions Radio France Internationale - RFI
Includes "Le journal en français facile" (the news in simple French), a daily radio program for French learners. The RFI site has other listening exercises and learning resources.
radio  news  learning  audio  language  podcast  french  from delicious
july 2012
Nerd & Nerdling in the Nation's Capitol | Ask MetaFilter
"Grown-up nerd and seven year-old nerdling are visiting Washington D.C. next week. ISO amusement, entertainment, novelty and awesomeness."
museum  maryland  travel  washingtondc  kids  from delicious
july 2012
Hectic City 15 – Paths To Graceland
"The 'Gumboots' album, should you be unaware, has been awarded it’s place in history due to a cassette copy which found its way into Paul Simon’s car stereo sometime in 1984-85 and providing him with the initial inspiration to seek out (and eventually travel to South Africa to record with) the musicians playing on the album." (via
accordion  mixtape  southafrica  music  from delicious
june 2012
La Butte aux Cailles in Paris
"One of Paris' lesser-known neighborhoods, the Butte aux Cailles district is a village-like oasis in Paris' otherwise ultracontemporary, stark 13th arrondissement." Recommended by clarista.
france  travel  paris  from delicious
may 2012
Roy programming language
A functional language with static, structural type inference that compiles to JavaScript.
functionalprogramming  fu  programminglanguages  programming  javascript  from delicious
may 2012
Recursive Drawing
"an exploration of user interface ideas towards the development of a spatially-oriented programming environment." In the same spirit as Bret Victor's "Inventing on Principle" talk. Easy direct manipulation of fractal drawings.
ui  art  programming  fractals  drawing  from delicious
may 2012
Vi Hart
"Doodling in math class" and other fantastic videos/art/teachings.
science  video  education  art  math  from delicious
april 2012
Nurturing a girl scientist | Geek Feminism Blog
Call for suggestions from a non-scientist parent; see the comments for answers.
learning  kids  science  girls  from delicious
april 2012
"the first online community that lets you write, remix, share, and play interactive, text-based games with the world"
inform  programming  interactivefiction  games  from delicious
february 2012
Physicists Seek To Lose The Lecture As Teaching Tool
"'Students have to be active in developing their knowledge,' he says. 'They can't passively assimilate it.' This is something many people have known intuitively for a long time — the physicists just came up with the hard data. Their work, along with research by cognitive scientists, provides a compelling case against lecturing"
school  learning  education  from delicious
january 2012
What If Middle-Class Jobs Disappear?
"These trends serve to limit the availability of well-defined jobs. If a job can be characterized by a precise set of instructions, then that job is a candidate to be automated or outsourced to modestly educated workers in developing countries."
inequality  future  work  economics  arnoldkling  from delicious
january 2012
The Kid Should See This.
"There's just so much science, nature, music, arts, technology, storytelling and assorted good stuff out there that my kids (and maybe your kids) haven't seen. It's most likely not stuff that was made for them... But we don't underestimate kids around here."
kids  video  science  from delicious
november 2011
MAKE | A Curriculum of Toys
"What are the fundamental things kids should know to help them understand and enjoy the complex physical world we live in, to modify or repair it in the future, to succeed as adults? How do we enable kids to be masters of their destiny? Can we do it with nothing but good toys and experiences?"
toys  learning  kids  education  diy  from delicious
november 2011
Lauren Ipsum
A children's book about computer science.
learning  computerscience  kids  book  fiction  from delicious
october 2011
Rich Hickey: Simple Made Easy
Rich Hickey explains why "simple" is important and "easy" is not; what the difference is; and the ways he has learned to make software simple.
haskell  clojure  design  programming  programminglanguages  from delicious
october 2011
Wood Tape
This story convinced me to remind my own four-year-old about the wooden table she'd been wanting to build and paint, but that I hadn't got around to helping with.
parenting  kids  make  diy  from delicious
august 2011
How I Learned To Play Guitar
"The lessons confused me, because though I enjoyed making progress, I didn’t see myself heading to that place of performing folk songs on the back porch, and I was completely unaware that there might be multiple valid approaches to an instrument. I just knew that what I was experiencing was not what I had envisioned."
gender  music  girls  guitar  learning  rock  from delicious
july 2011
Lisa Bloom: How to Talk to Little Girls
"I always bite my tongue when I meet little girls, restraining myself from my first impulse, which is to tell them how darn cute/ pretty/ beautiful/ well-dressed/ well-manicured/ well-coiffed they are."
kids  girls  gender  from delicious
july 2011
An extensible JSON standard for representing crosswords and other puzzles.
puzzle  software  crossword  standards  from delicious
april 2011
Android Developers Blog: Android Browser User-Agent Issues
"This posting describes some issues when browsing websites with mobile variants using large-form-factor Android devices."
android  browser  useragent  mobile  mobileweb  from delicious
april 2011
Android Developers Blog: Android Browser User-Agent Issues
"This posting describes some issues when browsing websites with mobile variants using large-form-factor Android devices."
android  browser  useragent  mobile  mobileweb  from delicious
april 2011 > unicode
"i made video called 'unicode'. it shows all displayable characters in the unicode range 0 – 65536 (49571 characters). one character per frame."
unicode  linguistics  video  typography  from delicious
april 2011
Halle Hula | MeFi Music
"When Elvis Met Leonard."<br />
("What the hell is wrong with you?")
music  metafilter  ukelele  from delicious
february 2011
Is Parallel Programming Hard, And, If So, What Can You Do About It?
Open-source book edited by researcher and Linux kernel developer Paul E. McKenney.
programming  ebook  book  concurrency  toread  from delicious
january 2011
Shortchanging Your Business with User-Hostile Platforms
"AIR apps exist in an uncanny valley between a web application and a desktop application, and the result is unsettling and annoying." [I've run into this problem when writing apps that couldn't decide between desktop and web UI conventions.]
ui  usability  programming  business  from delicious
january 2011
Robot Driving Lessons – Michael Verdi
Robot Beltzner teaching Robot Madhava how to park, at the Mozilla office.
mozilla  robot  telepresence  telecommuting  from delicious
december 2010
Ben Morris: Intro to Scotch
"The goal is to create a functional programming language that's easy to use to quickly throw something together with, with highly readable syntax a la Python."
programming  programminglanguages  functionalprogramming  from delicious
december 2010
Yacc is dead (Matthew Might, David Darais)
"The payoff of these techniques is a small (less than 250 lines of code), easy-to-implement parsing library capable of parsing arbitrary context-free grammars into lazy parse forests. Implementations for both Scala and Haskell are provided."
haskell  parser  programming  algorithms  scala  toread 
december 2010
W3C Web Events Working Group
"The W3C Web Events Working Group is chartered to develop specifications for physical multitouch interface events (including such related interface as pen-tablets, electronic whiteboards, and similar input devices), as well as for higher-level events which encapsulate touch interfaces, keyboard input, mouse control, and other input devices."
w3c  standards  multitouch  javascript  browser 
november 2010
Jigsaw Renaissance
"Jigsaw Renaissance is a learning and making community in Seattle, Washington." Located on First Hill.
seattle  make  hackerspace  crafts  diy  coworking 
november 2010
Steampunk and its discontents | MetaFilter
Including a steampunk critique by Charles Stross
scifi  steampunk  books  history 
october 2010
Race and ethnicity maps
Census data on race, plotted on maps of major U.S. cities.
maps  seattle  cities  race  visualization  unitedstates 
september 2010
"A very preliminary work in progress" programming language from Mozilla's Graydon Hoare (with help from Brendan Eich, Andreas Gal, Dave Herman, and more).

Looks like a very attractive multi-paradigm design. Lots of safety features (memory safe, no null pointers, objects are immutable by default, actors/tasks have no shared mutable state), structural typing, tagged disjoint unions, type inference, impressive static analysis features, native compilation (direct x86 codegen in Ocaml, and prototype LLVM backend), low-overhead C function calls and easy integration with gdb, valgrind, etc.
moz10  mozilla  programminglanguages  programming  ocaml  rust 
july 2010
The Best Vacation Ever - vacations and happiness research
"Respondents were least happy about the vacation while they were taking it. Beforehand, they looked forward to it with eager anticipation, and within a few days of returning, they remembered it fondly. But while on it, they found themselves bogged down by the disappointments and logistical headaches of actually going somewhere and doing something."

"The most effective way to inoculate a vacationer against the deadening power of adaptation, however, may be the most counterintuitive — to break it up, to interrupt it with real life."
vacation  travel  happiness  psychology  work 
july 2010
Staying on message
"In Rework, we talk about how you need to be willing to let your customers outgrow you. There are more people who are not using your product than people who are; You need to make sure you make it easy for these people to get on board. That’s where your continued growth potential lies."
marketing  37signals  business 
june 2010
The Hunt For The Worst Movie Of All Time
Amusing and detailed reviews of movies the author hates.
movies  reviews 
june 2010
When to Include an Exit Button in Android Apps (Hint: Never)
"If you build an application that's predictable, configurable, and unambiguous your users won't ask for an exit button. The first time they see an unknown background Service that's been running for an hour, or the GPS icon unexpectedly starts flashing, or the device gets hot while in their pocket they're going to get narky."
android  backbutton  ui  mobile  programming 
may 2010
Mobile-optimized XKCD site, including alt-text readable by mobile browsers.
xkcd  mobileweb  mobile  comics 
may 2010
target-densityDpi in Android webkit
Android-specific meta-viewport property. "If it is not specified, it uses the default, 160dpi as of today. Then the 1.0 scale factor specified in the viewport tag means 100% on G1 and 150% on Sholes. If you set 'target-densityDpi' to 'device-dpi', then the 1.0 scale factor means 100% on both G1 and Sholes."
android  css  mobile  mobileweb  webkit  viewport 
may 2010
Hot zones
"The iPad is always 'hot' — touch anywhere on the screen, brush off a speck of dust, or change its orientation slightly, and something changes... One reason the Kindle seems like a more 'peaceful' ebook reader... is that it has almost no hot zones."
usability  design  hardware  kindle  ipad  mobile  iphone 
may 2010
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