The Provocation and Power of 'Black Panther' - The Atlantic
The biggest success of the new Marvel film isn't representation, but its contemplation of identity, responsibility, and the future of a diaspora in an interconnected world.
3 days ago
Ursula K. Le Guin, Acclaimed for Her Fantasy Fiction, Is Dead at 88 - The New York Times
"Ursula K. Le Guin, the immensely popular author who brought literary depth and a tough-minded feminist sensibility to science fiction and fantasy with books like The Left Hand of Darkness and the Earthsea series, died on Monday at her home in Portland, Ore. She was 88."
28 days ago
Signal >> Blog >> Standalone Signal Desktop
"Signal Desktop is now available in a new, standalone form, and the Chrome App has been deprecated.

The new desktop version of Signal runs independently of your browser."
software  messaging 
november 2017
On The Young Turks, Angelo Carusone explains the new fake news and misinformation ecosystem
"...most of that misinformation is coming from the same places, at least the ideas for it. It's these online communities like 4chan and 8chan, which are really functioning like virtual publications now. They're actually creating and driving a lot of what become narratives. And then you sort of have this second layer of storytellers, which are largely websites that are not designed for ideological purposes, but just to get a mild traffic here or there.

And then the third piece is this distribution network and what we found is an asymmetry, that on Facebook alone conservative leaning, right-leaning sites -- communities are two and a half times the size of the aggregated amount of left-leaning ones."
media  news 
october 2017
aka Wyatt Cenac - Topic
"Writer, director, and performer Wyatt Cenac stars in this new digital series about a Brooklyn resident moonlighting as a crime-fighting vigilante, confronting self-absorbed parents, upstart artisanal-mustard shops, and his own relevance in the world."
movies  humor 
october 2017
Tokyo Is Preparing for Floods ‘Beyond Anything We’ve Seen’ - The New York Times
"Extreme rainfall, along with the potential for destructive earthquakes and tsunamis, make Tokyo and the neighboring port city of Yokohama the riskiest metropolitan area in the world, according to a 2014 study of natural disaster risks by the Swiss Re reinsurance firm."
climate  flood  japan 
october 2017
Vagrant by HashiCorp
"Vagrant is a tool for building and managing virtual machine environments in a single workflow."
programming  software 
october 2017
Common Voice
Voice is natural, voice is human. That’s why we’re fascinated with creating usable voice technology for our machines. But to create voice systems, an extremely large amount of voice data is required. Most of the data used by large companies isn’t available to the majority of people. We think that stifles innovation. So we’ve launched Project Common Voice, a project to help make voice recognition open to everyone. Now you can donate your voice to help us build an open-source voice database that anyone can use to make innovative apps for devices and the web.
mozilla  audio  software 
september 2017
The Trap Set » with Joe Wong
"The Trap Set is a podcast about the lives of drummers."
podcasts  music 
august 2017
obensonne / poole — Bitbucket
"Poole is an easy to use Markdown driven static website generator. You write the content of your pages in Markdown and Poole creates a nice and simple site with a navigation menu."
python  web  software 
august 2017
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