How To Remember Anything Forever-ish
an interactive comic on the art & science of memory
comic  education 
3 days ago
Beyond console.log() – Matt Burgess
- console.table(): intended to display tabular data
- console.assert(): is the same as log() but only in the case where the first argument is falsey
- console.time() + console.timeEnd(): prints the time gap between the calls
programming  javascript  reference 
4 days ago
The BSA Glossary of Socialist Terms
Here are all of the "isms and skisms" that y'all need to be familiar with in order to jump into the Socialist convos we have about this messed up world we're living in.
politics  socialism  reference 
8 days ago
Electric Independence: Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never) - Motherboard
There's no doubt Daniel Lopatin, the quiet powerhouse behind the psychedelic cosmic synth project Oneohtrix Point Never, has a strong connection with his keyboards. Like his Roland Juno-60, nicknamed "Judy." She may not be the best in the world, but he talks about her like an old friend, and fortunately for all of us, treats her that way too. In this episode of Electric Independence, Motherboard heads over to his home studio in Bushwick to talk with one of the leaders of the pack in the next generation of synthesizer masters, along with bands like Emeralds, Stella Om Source and Fever Ray. We also do a little pop music deconstruction – and get a peek at his awesome, charming gear
music  interview 
19 days ago
From Memes to Infowars: How 75 Fascist Activists Were “Red-Pilled” - bellingcat
Link: "From Memes to Infowars: How 75 Fascist Activists Were “Red-Pilled”" #interhacktives
politics  internet 
28 days ago
Who Is Guy Fieri?
"On camera, I once said, 'This pizza looks like a manhole cover in Flavortown.' Willy Wonka had a chocolate stream, you know? So it's taking these iconic food items, these iconic food moments, and giving them a home. They all live in Flavortown. It's like one of those things in The Matrix: You can only get down with Flavortown if you believe in Flavortown. I have people walk up to me and say, 'Hey, I'm a citizen of Flavortown.' I have people that want to pledge to be a city council member of Flavortown or the mechanic. It doesn't stop. What would be the airline of Flavortown? Sausage Airlines? It just doesn't stop. I just said it, and then people heard it. Of course, there's no Flavortown—unless you believe in it."
interview 
4 weeks ago
The Nukes of 'Fallout 76' Are Where Power Fantasies Hit a Breaking Point - Waypoint
Unless there's a fundamental restructuring of how we understand, build and consume AAA games, the ability to nuke your friends is a terrible idea.
game  politics 
4 weeks ago
The Cruelty Is the Point - The Atlantic
President Trump and his supporters find community by rejoicing in the suffering of those they hate and fear.
politics 
5 weeks ago
etymology online bio
Etymonline is a can-opener, an imaginary labyrinth with real minotaurs in it, my never-written novel shattered into words and arranged in alphabetical order. I knew poor students and poets would use it, and writers of historical fiction (and stoners). I did not anticipate ESL learners, but I can see how someone already arrived at an adult understanding of the world and learning a new language would look at the third dimension, history, as an aid. The most astonishing thing to me has been the use of this material in classrooms by students as young as elementary age. I never anticipated still working at it daily ten years later, but it's been a marvelous ride. I hope you have as much fun using it as I do making it.
5 weeks ago
André Staltz - An off-grid social network (Scuttlebutt)
With Scuttlebutt, the social graph is the network architecture, with peer-to-peer infrastructure accurately matching peer-to-peer interactions. It makes communication and the spread of information highly resilient, bringing improvements to freedom of speech with modern information technologies.
diy  internet 
6 weeks ago
Miniml Fonts
Miniml fonts are vector-based pixel web fonts designed to remain aliased in web applications. The fonts are cross-browser and cross-platform compatible, including Retina display support. The Miniml Font Guide and License have more details.
design  fonts 
8 weeks ago
Clouds | Heavy The Eclipse
David Rudnick designed, incredible site
webdesign 
9 weeks ago
Group Therapy for the End of the World - Kyle Chayka
Dark Mountain is above all a story we tell ourselves: The world is fucked and doing anything more will only make it worse, so we might as well move back to the woods, literally and metaphorically. Changing the story might be a way, or the only way, to change our relationship to the environment.
capitalism  tech  social_media 
10 weeks ago
Dérive - Wikipedia
[...] an unplanned journey through a landscape, usually urban, in which participants drop their everyday relations and "let themselves be drawn by the attractions of the terrain and the encounters they find there"
politics 
11 weeks ago
Building a City Without Borders or Walls — CapsuleCrit
The true challenge of the city-builder is this: If the city falls, it is the fault of the builder who could not make it strong enough to support everyone.

This is what I am escaping to now.
good  game  infrastructure  human 
11 weeks ago
In 2018, Advertising is Obsolete — The Fashion Law
In other words, we live in a world so immersed in easily accessible information that advertising is no longer needed to inform us about products. Advertising is obsolete.
internet 
11 weeks ago
Facebook Fueled Anti-Refugee Attacks in Germany, New Research Suggests
Towns where Facebook use was higher than average, like Altena, reliably experienced more attacks on refugees.

Wherever per-person Facebook use rose to one standard deviation above the national average, attacks on refugees increased by about 50 percent.

[...] social media scrambles users’ perceptions of outsiders, of reality, even of right and wrong.

That algorithm is built around a core mission: promote content that will maximize user engagement. Posts that tap into negative, primal emotions like anger or fear, studies have found, perform best and so proliferate.
politics  internet  social_media  news  important 
12 weeks ago
Ben Sifel on Twitter: "feel like all my friends who spent the majority of their childhood online, for whom the internet was an important and life-saving alternative to their offline realities, are completely exhausted and overwhelmed by its current state"
feel like all my friends who spent the majority of their childhood online, for whom the internet was an important and life-saving alternative to their offline realities, are completely exhausted and overwhelmed by its current state

where do we go once no platform left is viable?

"If 'cyberspace' once offered the promise of escaping the strictures of essentialist identity categories, the climate of contemporary social media has swung forcefully in the other direction, and has become a theatre where these prostrations to identity are performed." - Laboria Cuboniks, Xenofeminism: A Politics for Alienation
social_media  internet 
12 weeks ago
Are.na / Blog – Decentralized Web Summit 2018 (Jon-Kyle Mohr)
Ultimately the realities of these questions are slowly revealed only through active engagement. At a moment overwhelmed by speculation, a thoughtful gesture goes a long way. That is to say, progressively gaining understanding through experience.
internet  human  tech 
august 2018
How the shared family computer protected us from our worst selves - The Verge
Whatever small inconveniences we shouldered during the shared desktop era have been rendered meaningless in today’s tech-saturated households. But maybe it was those annoyances that maintained healthy boundaries and, in a way, made the family computer so special. The advent of constant access has inevitably changed our relationship with tech. At one time, discovering the magical capabilities of our devices astonished and invigorated us. Now, we find them glomming on to our routines: joining us for dinner or family strolls, going on vacations or out on dates with us, waking us up in the morning and tucking us in at night. Though it was harder to come by, the computer time you ended up with on the shared family desktop was cherished and, maybe as a result, that much sweeter. Yet there was an untroubled ritual that, day after day, required us to step away.
tech  social_media  internet  human 
august 2018
The social ideology of the motorcar – Uneven Earth
The car has made the big city uninhabitable. It has made it stinking, noisy, suffocating, dusty, so congested that nobody wants to go out in the evening anymore. Thus, since cars have killed the city, we need faster cars to escape on superhighways to suburbs that are even farther away. What an impeccable circular argument: give us more cars so that we can escape the destruction caused by cars.

From being a luxury item and a sign of privilege, the car has thus become a vital necessity. You have to have one so as to escape from the urban hell of the cars. Capitalist industry has thus won the game: the superfluous has become necessary.
capitalism  cars  sustainability  infrastructure  human 
august 2018
Better - Merlin Mann
What worries me are the consequences of a diet comprised mostly of fake-connectedness, makebelieve insight, and unedited first drafts of everything. I think it’s making us small. I know that whenever I become aware of it, I realize how small it can make me. So, I’ve come to despise it.
good  human  internet  social_media 
august 2018
On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs
In the year 1930, John Maynard Keynes predicted that, by century's end, technology would have advanced sufficiently that countries like Great Britain or the United States would have achieved a 15-hour work week. There's every reason to believe he was right. In technological terms, we are quite capable of this. And yet it didn't happen. Instead, technology has been marshaled, if anything, to figure out ways to make us all work more. In order to achieve this, jobs have had to be created that are, effectively, pointless. Huge swathes of people, in Europe and North America in particular, spend their entire working lives performing tasks they secretly believe do not really need to be performed. The moral and spiritual damage that comes from this situation is profound. It is a scar across our collective soul. Yet virtually no one talks about it.
politics  labor 
august 2018
Jon-Kyle / Monopack
So perhaps, the only premium we have is time, and it is this choosing to make the time to create your own thing, and not simply abstract away the speed through commodity transaction, which is creating the discomfort. “I wish I had the time to do that…”
diy  fashion 
august 2018
Keep a Changelog
Why keep a changelog?

To make it easier for users and contributors to see precisely what notable changes have been made between each release (or version) of the project.
programming 
august 2018
Mirror™ for Twitter
We want to create a reality in which people are more aware of the affective implications of their words. To aid your awareness, Mirror™ for Twitter activates your webcam and shows you your face when you tweet.
tech  social_media  good  internet 
july 2018
American Cities Are Drowning in Car Storage
Scharnhorst concludes that cities should change course, and that in places with excessive parking developers should “allocate capital to non-parking uses” — a.k.a. housing, commercial buildings, and, in general, the sorts of things that make cities habitable for people instead of cars.
infrastructure  cars 
july 2018
horvitz-457x500.jpg (PNG Image, 457 × 500 pixels)
LOOK AT THE BLOCK OF TEXT UNTIL YOU BECOME BORED WITH IT. WHEN YOU BECOME BORED WITH IT, INSTEAD OF INSTINCTIVELY REDIRECTING YOUR ATTENTION TO SOMETHING MORE STIMULATING, NOTICE THE SLIGHT AGITATION THAT HAS COME AND TRY TO RESIST IT. THIS IS NOT TO MAKE YOU TOLERABLE OF THINGS THAT ARE MUNDANE, BUT TO HELP BUILD BACK YOUR ATTENTION SPAN THAT THE INTERNET HAS TAKEN AWAY FROM YOU.
human  good  internet 
july 2018
J. R. Carpenter || A Handmade Web
In today's highly commercialised web of multinational corporations, proprietary applications, read-only devices, search algorithms, Content Management Systems, WYSIWYG editors, and digital publishers it becomes an increasingly radical act to hand-code and self-publish experimental web art and writing projects.

The more proprietary, predatory, and puerile a place the web becomes, the more committed I am to using it in poetic and intransigent ways.
webdesign  webdev  internet  good 
july 2018
One Mile Scroll
The One Mile Scroll transforms virtual space into an actual, physical distance.
art  internet 
july 2018
On observing time – The Creative Independent
Jon Gacnik muses over the internet, mountains, and the nature of time itself.

“The infoverse may be infinite, but our allotment of days is not.” We ought to be conscious of how far and how quickly we move through the internet. But without a physical way to observe our time spent online, we risk scrolling, skimming, and hyperlinking ourselves to oblivion.
tech  human  good  internet 
july 2018
We Asked Nintendo, Microsoft, and 12 Other Devs How They Deal With Crunch - Waypoint
Some didn't want to talk about it, others praised governments with pro-labor laws, and most were somewhere in-between.
labor  politics  game  gamedev 
july 2018
Reimagining Single-Page Applications With Progressive Enhancement
Single-page applications tend to take the form of runtimes, JavaScript executables deployed like popup shops into vacant <body> elements. They’re temporary, makeshift and not cURL-able: Their content is not really there without a script being executed. They’re also brittle and underperforming because, in service of architectural uniformity and convenience, they make all of their navigation, data handling and even the basic display of content the responsibility of one thing: client-side JavaScript.
css  javascript  webdev 
july 2018
CSS Inheritance, The Cascade And Global Scope: Your New Old Worst Best Friends
In place of the extensive writing and prescription of classes, I looked at some other methods:
- leveraging inheritance to set a precedent for consistency;
- making the most of element and attribute selectors to support transparent, standards-based composition;
- applying a code- and labor-saving flow layout system;
- incorporating a modest set of highly generic utility classes to solve common layout problems affecting multiple elements.
css  design  webdev  webdesign 
july 2018
Take the Power Back: Activity is the Answer to the Toxic Web
You may have heard that the best way to deal with the “information overload” is to switch off your devices. To take a break from the Internet. Go for a run. Roll out the Yoga mat. Read a book. Talk to your friends. Switching off is good advice. But eventually, you’ll be back. How about changing? Changing from passive, to active. From scroll to search, from react to rethink, from like and retweet to write and link. Take the power back.
tech  writing  good  social_media  internet 
july 2018
Building for sustainability with WordPress - Susty WP
This website aims to act as a guide to making WordPress websites more sustainable, and to serve as a practical example of how we can tune our websites and reduce their carbon footprint. The homepage of this website is delivered to your browser with just 7KB of data transfer. This is achieved by its theme, plugins and configuration. As of 2016, the average website data transfer was 2.3MB, making it 333 times bigger than this website!
tech  webdev  sustainability 
july 2018
Host web fonts on your server
There are several reasons why you might not want to include web fonts on your website. Your visitors can be easily tracked by Google and others. An alternative is to host all needed fonts on the same webspace where your website is installed.
webdev  security 
july 2018
Battlegrounds' Uneasy Proximity to Military Simulators
After all, Battle Royale is an intensely political piece. Its director, Kinji Fukasaku, based it off his experience working in a munitions factory as a teenager in World War II. He made Battle Royale as a comment on teenage aimlessness, the violence of social ties and the brittle nature of morality in life or death situations. While some of these themes do occur in PUBG, they feel more vestigial than central pillars of what the game is trying to say.
game  good  politics 
july 2018
Brutalist Web Design
- Understand the semantic meaning of HTML elements.
- Learn about typography.
- Try designing for a small screen by default.
- Learn from designers about the choices they made and why they made them.
- When in doubt, do what Tron does: fight for the users.
webdesign  webdev  design  internet 
july 2018
[DIY] I made a striped T-Shirt
reddit user gyobin made a striped T-Shirt: 95% cotton, 5% elastane, 233g/sm, taped shoulders, taped and padded nape and (mostly) seam matched.
diy  fashion 
july 2018
Big-O Algorithm Complexity Cheat Sheet
Cheat sheet for Big O complexity in algorithms, includes sort examples
theory  utility  programming  reference 
july 2018
WipEout (PSX) – Model Viewer
Model viewer and map fly through of Wipeout maps
game 
july 2018
Digital Nomads – Devine Lu Linvega
Devine Lu Linvega discussing his digital nomadism with Hundred Rabbits at Play By Play 2018
talk  video  digital_nomad  minimalism 
june 2018
Maria Arenas
Graphic Design + Art Direction
portfolio  designer 
june 2018
It was raining in the data center – everest pipkin
As the cloud enters our towns, devices, homes, and lives, it touches us. This cloud is both present and distant, physical and ephemeral. When the cloud touches us, we also become a part of the network: another node. It is no surprise that we meet such a system with paranoia, given its inherent threats. But our paranoia is not psychosis. Its hyper-connective structure mirrors the structure of the cloud itself; it’s the closest thing to a literal examination of this network that is available to us.
tech  politics 
june 2018
Here’s Your Cheat Sheet to Happiness
Professor Laurie Santos didn’t set out to create the most popular course in the history of Yale University and the most talked-about college course in America.…
good  psychology  human  happiness 
june 2018
Uses This / Aaron Swartz
I just bought a new bottom-of-the-line MacBook Pro. Before that I had an original white MacBook. I felt a little bad buying something new when my laptop was still functional, but pieces were falling off of it and it was crazy slow. I started leaving it out in the open in hopes that someone would steal it, but that didn't work. Finally, I decided to concede and just buy a new one.
interview  tech 
may 2018
Northern Star: On Twin Peaks, Sheryl Lee, and Laura Palmer
The essence of this final sequence is one of a lingering trauma within the heart of Twin Peaks. Dale, never considered that this may be the most horrific place to bring a victim of sexual abuse. It was never a nuanced idea for him to think beyond his "by the book, goody-two-shoes, idealism". He never considered the girl, and neither did the Twin Peaks audience. Fire Walk With Me was famously rejected by audiences and critics alike, Laura's dead body has been made into toys, Killer BOB was made into a cute popfunko figurine, and Entertainment Weekly never even bothered to cover Fire Walk With Me in their magazines celebrating the Twin Peaks revival. Laura Palmer was never taken seriously, and by extension it feels like my own past trauma wasn't either.
tv 
may 2018
who killed videogames? (a ghost story) | insert credit
To put it most bluntly — and this is only a theory — videogames killed videogames.
game  good 
may 2018
In 'God of War,' Moms Come Last
And so, whether good or bad, mothers have to disappear.

Only fathers can remain.
game  human 
may 2018
Failover Architectures: the Infrastructural Excess of the Data Centre Industry
In much the same way that hostile architecture design aims to control how public spaces are used, we are thus finding an increasingly infrastructured hostility toward offline practices [...]

The (mis)alignment between environmentalism and cloud services begins with the elimination of paper tickets and ends with the cashless economy.

With the cloud being increasingly lifestyled and infrastructured into a range of everyday social and economic practices and processes, data centres continue to grow in size. Far from a massive database in the sky, it is the planet’s surface and our everyday lives that are gradually being colonised by the cloud.
tech  data 
may 2018
The Money River: from "God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater," by Kurt Vonnegut
I think it's terrible the way people don't share things in this country. The least a government could do, it seems to me, is to divide things up fairly among the babies. There's plenty for everybody in this country, if we'd only share more.
quote  capitalism 
may 2018
My website is a shifting house next to a river of knowledge. What could yours be?
If a website has endless possibilities, and our identities, ideas, and dreams are created and expanded by them, then it’s instrumental that websites progress along with us. It’s especially pressing when forces continue to threaten the web and the internet at large. In an age of information overload and an increasingly commercialized web, artists of all types are the people to help. Artists can think expansively about what a website can be. Each artist should create their own space on the web, for a website is an individual act of collective ambition.
tech  human  good 
may 2018
Words I never want to appear in my writing; or, staying friendly towards beginners – Matthew Cassinelli
Nothing with iOS automation or the technical details of how something works is easy, simple, or clear – at some point, it was explained to you. Not everyone knows, you don’t “just” do something because there’s a verb for that action, and many complex things are rarely obvious how to use at first.

I want to avoid alienating anyone who reads my writing or wants to learn more about how to use technology – the goal is to empower, not educate from above.
writing  tech 
may 2018
How Tech Is Remaking Fashion in Its Image
The modernist architects that Scott Sternberg cites dreamt of designing perfect modular houses for all of humanity. The end result of that movement today is a fetishized niche of elite culture and a dwindling set of museumified public buildings. Case Study homes sell on the private market for millions of dollars. Tech-wear may not be as expensive just yet, but it certainly isn’t for everyone.
fashion  tech 
may 2018
I still say one of the best ideas for a Hard mode ever was in Armored Core 4, where something would go wrong on every mission.
I still say one of the best ideas for a Hard mode ever was in Armored Core 4, where something would go wrong on every mission. Your intel would be wrong, the enemy you're ambushing will be tipped off, your mercenary wingman got bought off by a higher bidder, etc. Murphy's Law.
game  design 
may 2018
What Does The Amazon Echo Look Mean For Personal Style? - Racked
“Echo” is a good name for Amazon’s device because it creates an algorithmic feedback loop in which nothing original emerges.
good  tech  longreads  fashion  ai 
april 2018
Yakuza 6 is a power fantasy, but the fantasy is that no one—-not the gangsters, the joke characters from two games ago, the kids who don’t know better—-is so far gone that they can’t set themselves on a path to be better people.
Yakuza 6 is a power fantasy, but the fantasy is that no one—-not the gangsters, the joke characters from two games ago, the kids who don’t know better—-is so far gone that they can’t set themselves on a path to be better people.
game 
april 2018
Chicago Food, Bars, and Coffee
This is my personal list of the best food, bars, and coffee in the city. I think there are other food guides like Michelin that can point you to best-in-class fine dining like Alinea or Schwa, but I've tried to focus on memorable and authentic food experiences that often get overlooked by visitors. That means at some of these places you're going to wind up eating an amazing plate of food with plastic utensils while you're sitting on the curb, so check my "notes" column for details.
reference 
april 2018
Strange Loops with Jonathan Zawada | Semi Permanent
I think we'll end up in 10-20 years time realising that had massive consequences. People won't be able to afford the ongoing expenditure of arts and culture. They’ll retire and won't be able to afford to pay for Spotify anymore and realise they don't have music in their lives. It would be depressing thing to think that we once had libraries and free access to stuff, or you could build your own libraries of music and books you owned until you died, but we changed as society so that when you stop working and can't afford it you don't get access to arts and culture anymore.
tech  art  interview 
april 2018
“The Only Constant is Struggle” — DJ Sprinkles Talks Homophobia, Liberal Bullshit, and Why Music is Aural Capitalism
It was typified by the white, middle class fighting for access to drugs. Those who actually practiced more urgent social organising and politics locally were in the minority, and generally would have done so even without the music.
interview  music  politics 
april 2018
Einhander GALLERY
Ripped art from the ps1 game Einhander
art  game  reference 
april 2018
txti - Fast web pages for everybody
Most of the world still does not have internet, but many websites from countries like the United States are big and complicated. This makes it hard for people with slow internet to use these sites. It is even harder for those people to put their own thoughts on the internet. With txti, anyone can use any device to share their story.
tech  one_thing_well  utility  webdev 
april 2018
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