When You Hear _______, Pay Attention – Hacker Noon
... you’re about to fall into a trap and need to pay attention):

Might as well do [some extra thing] while we [do the original thing]
weekly  consider 
3 days ago
Fallout 76's Downright Exciting Plan to Deal With Griefing and Trolls :: Games :: Features :: Fallout 76 :: Paste
Howard says they wanted the game to have an element of danger without griefing, which is a tall order in an open world online game. To achieve this, they implemented features that will greatly reduce any incentive to grief other players, and turn those that do into the villains. For example, when you shoot another player, your character only does a small amount of damage, with more damage awarded if you continue and engage and enter into PvP. Players who die may seek revenge for their deaths, gaining double reward of caps and XP. Players that kill those who didn’t want to be engaged are labeled a “wanted murderer” and have a bounty placed on their head. If you are labeled a wanted murderer, you will receive no reward for those kills. Wanted murderers will also appear on your map as a red star denoting the bounty on their head, and the bounty comes out of their personal stash of caps. They also cannot see the other characters on the map.
weekly  games  videogame  motivation  behavior 
3 days ago
Welcome to Coyote | Coyote
--would also make for an interesting project for English and art classes

The open-source Coyote software was developed by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago to support a distributed workflow for describing images in our web CMS and publishing those descriptions to our public website. The MCA team is creating both alt-text descriptions of 20–30 words, as well as much longer descriptions, particularly of collection works.
accessibility  art  weekly 
6 days ago
Fostering focus for small screens – Dropbox Design – Medium
A nice before/after redesign post with a focus on mobile and simplicity.
weekly  webdev  simplify  design 
12 days ago
Logging Activity With The Web Beacon API — Smashing Magazine
The Beacon API is used for sending small amounts of data to a server without waiting for a response. That last part is critical and is the key to why Beacon is so useful — our code never even gets to see a response, even if the server sends one. Beacons are specifically for sending data and then forgetting about it. We don’t expect a response and we don’t get a response.
weekly  api  webdev 
18 days ago
Bedrock | WordPress Boilerplate | Roots
WordPress boilerplate with modern development tools, easier configuration, and an improved folder structure
wordpress  webdev 
19 days ago
Did you know that style and script tags can be set to display: block? | CSS-Tricks
The other night, Amit Patel mentioned that you can set script tags in HTML to display: block with CSS and then edit that code inline with the contentEditable attribute. This means that you can then see it all update live in the browser as you type. Shortly after, Marius Gundersen replied that you can do this with the style tag as well.
weekly  webdev  block 
19 days ago
A pre-history of weeknotes, plus why I write them and perhaps why you should too (Week 16)
Writing: I know from experience that naming and recording these wobbly feelings is valuable because, at some point in the not-too-distant, you come back to your own work and say, “holy shit, that’s amazing, how was I capable of that,” and then you read the historic weeknotes and realise that at the time you were miserable about what you are now delighted by, and closing the loop like that gives you perspective during self-doubt moments in the future.
weekly  reflection  public  blog  record 
20 days ago
Quantified Self — Project Pages | Welcome
A fascinating way of using mood tracking in a clinical setting has been pioneered by Dr. Alan Greene. His experiment with Reverse Mood Tracking came from pausing briefly before walking into an exam room to note his current mood. Then, after walking through the door, he would pause and note whether his mood had changed.
weekly  mood  Quantified  self  data  emotion 
20 days ago
Interactive, adaptable celestial map done with the D3.js visualization library. So, GeoJSON for sky stuff. Which surprisingly nobody has done yet, it seems.
weekly  d3  js  stars  planets  dataviz 
22 days ago
St. Louis Uber driver has put video of hundreds of passengers online. Most have no idea. | Metro | stltoday.com
Jason Gargac, of Florissant, livestreams videos of his rides as an Uber and Lyft driver in greater St. Louis without his customers' knowledge. This screencap from Gargac's channel on the livestreaming website Twitch shows him transporting passengers on a recent ride. The faces of passengers have been covered with black boxes by the Post-Dispatch. Screen-capture via Twitch.
dystopia  weekly  twitch  uber  lyft  privacy 
24 days ago
How the Roman Empire Made Pure CSS Connect 4 Possible | CSS-Tricks
In this article, I will walk through the key ideas of a Pure CSS Connect 4 game I built. I tried to avoid hardcoding as much as I could in my experiment and worked without preprocessors to focus on keeping the resulting code short. You can see all the code and the game right here:
weekly  webdev  css 
24 days ago
Newcomer Conjugate Method Lessons / Elite FTS
Dynamic effort days will not be easy. These were harder and heavier than the max effort days. First, I started with nine sets of three, then switched to 12 doubles as Louie suggested, because in a powerlifting competition you just do singles, so you are better off doing a first rep 12 times than only nine times.
Dynamic movements should be done fast. We are using 50%, 55%, or 60% bar weight, plus 20% or 25% of bands or chains for accommodating resistance. The bar should be moving fast. If it is not fast, reduce the weight. You are not lifting for your ego; you are lifting for speed-strength, which is the ability to develop force rapidly.
Rest periods of 40 to 60 seconds for dynamic effort work nearly gave me heart attacks in the first few weeks. Totally worth it!
Bands are useful for raw lifters as well! Louie (and Zatsiorsky) writes about the mini-max point, and examined that a barbell loaded with weight plates is too heavy at the bottom but too light at the top. If you apply some bands, weight loading throughout the movement will be just perfect for that extra improvement.
Another very important aspect of using bands is speed — more precisely deceleration. As you are approaching the lockout of a deadlift, bench, or squat, you will feel (no matter what) that the barbell is slowing down. Applying bands will help keep up that speed even toward the end of the lift.
weekly  exercise  conjugate 
25 days ago
Bodies believed to be those of 95 black forced-labor prisoners from Jim Crow era unearthed in Sugar Land after one man’s quest - The Washington Post
Moore started researching Sugar Land’s slavery and convict-leasing history after spending time working as a prison guard at one of Texas’s oldest prisons, and his curiosity intensified. He had a hunch. Based on what he learned, he believed that the bodies of former slaves and black prisoners were still buried in Sugar Land’s backyard. He focused his attention on a site called the Imperial State Prison Farm, the one that bore the name of the country’s premier sugar company.
slavery  capitalism  texas  corporations 
27 days ago
Super Punch: "ECOT, Ohio’s largest online charter school, officially closes"
lies and theft in online edu . . . similar to lies Temple's business dean engaged in
education  online  stats  lies  weekly 
4 weeks ago
This sun-chasing robot looks after the plant on its head - The Verge
Chinese roboticist and entrepreneur Sun Tianqi has made it happen: modding a six-legged toy robot made by his company Vincross to carry a potted plant on its back.

The resulting plant-robot hybrid looks like a leafy crab or a robot Bulbasaur. It moves toward the sunshine when needed, and it retreats to shade when it’s had enough.
weekly  robot  plant  technology 
4 weeks ago
Temple business dean forced out over falsified MBA data used in rankings - Philly
“the Fox School … knowingly provided false information to at least one rankings organization about the online M.B.A. In addition to the misreporting of the number of students who took the GMAT from 2015 to 2018, the average undergraduate GPA was overstated, and there were inaccuracies in the number of offers of admission as well as in the degree of student indebtedness.”
weekly  online 
5 weeks ago
H-Diplo Commentary 1 on Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress | H-Diplo | H-Net
Or maybe you have just closed Steven Pinker’s latest book, which would not have been out of place as propaganda material in the age of Brezhnevian stagnation.
weekly  quote 
5 weeks ago
logger - Google Drive
from way back in case anyone asks again
google  ccps  dell  hcps  logger  example 
5 weeks ago
The U.S. Air Force learned to code—and saved the Pentagon millions
“We don’t want to be anybody’s outsource app development organization forever,” says Keith Salisbury, the vice president responsible for Pivotal’s work with the federal government. “We want our clients to understand what we do and how we do it, and most importantly, why we do it. We don’t want to teach them to fish. We want to teach them to be fishing guides.”
weekly  webdev  pd 
5 weeks ago
----like what we tried a few months back

Itty bitty sites are contained entirely within their own link. (Including this one!) This means they're...

💼Portable - you don't need a server to host them
👁Private - nothing is sent to–or stored on–this server
🎁Easy to share as a link or QR code
weekly  tool  html  url 
5 weeks ago
When Jean-Paul Sartre Had a Bad Mescaline Trip and Then Hallucinated, for Years, That He Was Being Followed by Crabs | Open Culture
The crabs followed him “all the time,” he said, “I mean they followed me in the streets, into class.”
weekly  quote  crabs  sarte 
5 weeks ago
Ice Poseidon’s Lucrative, Stressful Life as a Live Streamer | The New Yorker
There was a time when he was swatted every day for a month. Things reached a crisis point when someone called in a bomb threat on a plane he had just boarded in Phoenix, on his way to a video-game convention, and several of the airport’s runways had to be closed. The episode led to Denino’s permanent banishment from Twitch, which is why he now streams on YouTube.
weekly  socialmedia  dystopia 
6 weeks ago
Catullus 85 - Wikipedia
Found because of a JK Rowling tweet on Twitter . . . .

"Odi et amo. quare id faciam fortasse requiris.
nescio, sed fieri sentio et excrucior.'" [1]
I hate and I love. Why do I do this, perhaps you ask.
I do not know, but I feel it happening and I am tortured.
weekly  quote  poetry  latin 
6 weeks ago
Dat Project - Welcome!
A distributed data community
Dat is a nonprofit-backed data sharing protocol for applications of the future.
data  open  weekly 
6 weeks ago
LeBron James switching teams could cost jersey company millions
A jersey insurance program devised seven months ago could get its first major test this week in the form of LeBron James.

Should James choose to leave the Cavaliers, Fanatics, the world's largest licensed jersey seller, would be on the hook for potentially millions of dollars in exchanges.
weekly  dystopia  jersey  insurance 
6 weeks ago
CryptoKitties, Explained ... Mostly - The New York Times
Since CryptoKitties was introduced a month ago, 180,000 people have signed up. They’ve spent about $20 million in ether, and more than 10 kitties have sold for over $100,000.
weekly  crypto  cats  art  dystopia 
6 weeks ago
Swiss in CSS
Swiss in CSS is a homage to the International Typographic Style and the designers that pioneered the ideas behind the influential design movement.
6 weeks ago
King says retweet of Nazi sympathizer's message was unintentional - CNNPolitics
"Because then it'd be like I'm admitting that I did something, now I'm sorry about it. I'm not sorry. I'm human."
quote  politics  dystopia 
7 weeks ago
So many good musical options.
tone  js  javascript  weekly  music  examples 
7 weeks ago
5 Lessons From The Failure Of The Gates Foundation's $575 Million Effective Teacher Initiative
And these disappointing results were not cheap. RAND reports that the Effective Teacher Initiative cost the participating schools $575 million between 2009 and 2016, with Gates contributing $212 million of that total. This tally doesn’t include the staff time to conduct the requisite evaluations. Staff time totaled $73 million in 2014-15 alone (the only year RAND calculated it). That would suggest that the enormous time and effort required by the evaluation process translated into additional hundreds of millions in costs.
weekly  education  money  evaluation 
7 weeks ago
Burger King says sorry for Russian World Cup pregnancy ad
@BurgerKing apologizes for ad offering free whoppers to Russian women who get pregnant by tournament stars:
dystopia  socialmedia  weekly 
7 weeks ago
How markets plundered Free Software's best stuff and used it to create freedom for companies, not people / Boing Boing
But markets discovered free software and turned it into "open source," figuring out how to create developer communities around software ("digital sharecropping") that lowered their costs and increased their quality. Then the companies used patents and DRM and restrictive terms of service to prevent users from having any freedom.

Mako says that this is usually termed "strategic openness," in which companies take a process that would, by default, be closed, and open the parts of it that make strategic sense for the firm. But really, this is "strategic closedness" -- projects that are born open are strategically enclosed by companies to allow them to harvest the bulk of the value created by these once-free systems.
open  capitalism  weekly 
7 weeks ago
How the Case for Voter Fraud Was Tested — and Utterly… — ProPublica
It wasn’t enough to save him. In her opinion, Robinson described “a pattern and practice by Defendant [Kobach] of flaunting disclosure and discovery rules.” As she put it, “it is not clear to the Court whether Defendant repeatedly failed to meet his disclosure obligations intentionally or due to his unfamiliarity with the federal rules.” She ordered Kobach to attend the equivalent of after-school tutoring: six hours of extra legal education on the rules of civil procedure or the rules of evidence (and to present the court with a certificate of completion).
legal  law  weekly 
7 weeks ago
The value of CryptoKitties has plummeted / Boing Boing
In December someone paid US$155,000 for a single cryptokitty. In March investors who should know better, like Andreessen Horowitz and Union Square Ventures, gave CryptoKitties $12 million.

--How is capitalism seen as a real option?
capitalism  weekly  dystopia 
8 weeks ago
Saudi Arabia's Ambitious Economic Overhaul Hinges On Reducing Its Oil 'Addiction' : NPR
Engineers follow the journey of every drop of crude from the moment it is extracted, sent through pipelines and onto ships bound for overseas customers. Aramco officials say 4.5 terabytes of data are received every second from sensors strategically placed throughout the kingdom.
weekly  data  scale  oil  saudi  aramco 
8 weeks ago
Employees who practice mindfulness meditation are less motivated, having realized the futility of their jobs / Boing Boing
Turns out that people who meditate are less motivated: "Meditation was correlated with reduced thoughts about the future and greater feelings of calm and serenity -- states seemingly not conducive to wanting to tackle a work project.
weekly  meditation  mindfulness 
8 weeks ago
Meet the guys who tape Trump's papers back together - POLITICO
It was a painstaking process that was the result of a clash between legal requirements to preserve White House records and President Donald Trump’s odd and enduring habit of ripping up papers when he’s done with them — what some people described as his unofficial “filing system.”
weekly  politics  dystopia 
8 weeks ago
These Portuguese Libraries Are Infested With Bats—and They Like It That Way | Travel | Smithsonian
And every morning, just as their forebears did, the librarians remove the skins and clean the library floors.
weekly  bats  library 
8 weeks ago
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