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Listening to the Dolphins: Leo Szilard on Nuclear War
LEO SZILARD’S short story “The Voice of the Dolphins,” published in 1961, imagines a history of the world written in 1990. The story begins with the sentence,…
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4 days ago
Why Would a Tech Journalist Be Friends With a Neo-Nazi Troll?
The New York Times opinion section announced a new hire Tuesday afternoon: Quinn Norton, a longtime journalist covering (and traveling in) the technology…
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5 days ago
William S. Burroughs and the Dead-End Horror of the Centipede God
Mark Dery takes a deep, dark look at the world of Chilopodophobia, compliments of William Burroughs. In the annals of centipede phobia, William S. Burroughs…
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6 days ago
The Reality of Twitter Puffery. Or Why Does Everyone Now Hate Bots?
The Reality of Twitter Puffery. Or Why Does Everyone Now Hate Bots? Flickr: Rosa Mendoza A friend of mine worked for an online dating company whose audience was…
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7 days ago
He Predicted The 2016 Fake News Crisis. Now He's Worried About An Information Apocalypse.
In mid-2016 , Aviv Ovadya realized there was something fundamentally wrong with the internet — so wrong that he abandoned his work and sounded an alarm. A few…
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8 days ago
Los Angeles, Houston and the rise of the unreadable city
This is not going to be a column about all the things the New York Times got wrong about the Los Angeles Times in its recent front-page story by Tim Arango and…
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11 days ago
Why most scientists don't care about these incredible UFO videos
If you've been online recently, you've probably seen this. This is one of two clips released by the Department of Defense. Both videos show a thermal image of…
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14 days ago
The 50 Best Ambient Albums of All Time | Pitchfork
Wallpaper music? None here. These are the albums that have shifted moods and created new worlds Pitchfork Lists & Guides Electronic Rock Experimental Global…
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14 days ago
This Ancient Civilization Was Twice As Big As Medieval England
View Images View Images Laser technology known as LiDAR digitally removes the forest canopy to reveal ancient ruins below, showing that Maya cities such as…
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18 days ago
The Plot Against America
I. The Wisdom of Friends The clinic permitted Paul Manafort one 10-minute call each day. And each day, he would use it to ring his wife from Arizona, his voice…
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18 days ago
How the Industrial Age Fuels Our Belief in UFOs | Essay | Zócalo Public Square
In 1896, newspapers throughout the United States began reporting accounts of mysterious airships flying overhead. Descriptions varied, but witnesses frequently…
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20 days ago
Democrats should lose sleep over their inability to Internet
If Casper can turn 20-somethings into mattress evangelists, why can’t Dems turn out more voters? Image by Wesson Wang via Unsplash November of 2016 was a weird…
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21 days ago
‘The Shed at Dulwich’ was London’s top-rated restaurant. Just one problem: It didn’t exist.
Oobah Butler, a freelance writer who created a fake restaurant listing as a hoax that he wrote about for Vice, taking a call from someone he said was hoping to…
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24 days ago
“This Is Serious”: Facebook Begins Its Downward Spiral
Zuckerberg photographed at the Samsung Electronics Co. Unpacked event in 2016. By Pau Barrena/Bloomberg/Getty Images. Years ago, long before Mark Zuckerberg…
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27 days ago
Truth Decay: Fighting for Facts and Analysis
RAND is studying “Truth Decay”—the diminishing role of facts and analysis in American public life. As a nonpartisan institution that seeks to advance the public…
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4 weeks ago
Ulysses vs. iA Writer: A New Comparison – Marius Masalar
IN-DEPTH: Perfecting the minimal writing environment It’s novel season, which has me thinking about the ways we write and the tools we use to get it done. A…
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4 weeks ago
Negroni Season
by Evelyn Everlady It’s been a long time since we’ve heard one of Evelyn Everlady’s horrifying true stories about The Worst Boyfriend in the World . So before…
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5 weeks ago
Good Writers Borrow, Great Writers Remix
This morning I took my cup of coffee and laptop to a desk to work on an old short story I’ve been kicking around when I made the greatest mistake any writer can…
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5 weeks ago
RUBBISH!
It's past midnight. Over the whump of the wipers and the screech of the fan belt, we lurch through the side streets of Southeast Portland in a battered white…
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6 weeks ago
How Kickstarter Is Changing Publishing – Electric Literature
The crowdfunding platform lets authors skip the hurdles of traditional book publishing—but is it worth it? L aura Olin raised the money to publish her book in a…
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6 weeks ago
Salary Negotiation: Make More Money, Be More Valued | Kalzumeus Software
[ Editor’s note : At nearly 7,000 words, you probably don’t want to try reading this on an iDevice. Bookmark it and come back later.] Imagine something a wee…
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7 weeks ago
I Want You To Know That I’m Tyrion Lannister
In 1948, Bertram Forer was teaching a class on introductory psychology in the department of medicine and surgery at Los Angeles’s Veterans Administration. A…
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7 weeks ago
How the Russia Inquiry Began: A Campaign Aide, Drinks and Talk of Political Dirt
George Papadopoulos was working as an energy consultant in London when the Trump campaign named him a foreign policy adviser in early March 2016. via Agence…
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7 weeks ago
» After a Year of #MeToo Impacting the Hacker Community, We Still Have Far to Go The Road Less Traveled By
This tumultuous year, 2017, is drawing to a close. Many of us have weathered the holiday season and have sat through the attendant family dinner table…
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7 weeks ago
Glowing Auras and ‘Black Money’: The Pentagon’s Mysterious U.F.O. Program
WASHINGTON — In the $600 billion annual Defense Department budgets, the $22 million spent on the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program was almost…
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8 weeks ago
Meet the Most Toxic Plant in North America | Atlas Obscura
Within the expansive Apiaceae family are some of the tastiest and most versatile food plants in the world: carrot, celery, cumin, dill, fennel, parsley, anise,…
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9 weeks ago
Astronomers to Check Mysterious Interstellar Object for Signs of Technology
The email about “a most peculiar object” in the solar system arrived in Yuri Milner’s inbox last week. Milner, the Russian billionaire behind Breakthrough…
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10 weeks ago
The Ethereum Blockchain is Congested by Cats - Bitcoin News
Altcoins 1 day ago | By Kai Sedgwick - | 16929 | Even though Bitcoin is much larger than Ethereum it isn’t the only blockchain to suffer scaling issues: the…
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10 weeks ago
Your Local Pizza Place Pays 4 Companies to Play 1 Song. That's Stupid.
If you don’t have contracts with multiple PROs, your tiny shop can be sued for infringement. But why does this have to be so complicated? I managed three…
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10 weeks ago
Why 'Get Out' Is the Best Movie Ever Made About American Slavery
G et Out is a kind of taut Universal romp, as if Alfred Hitchcock had finally contemplated the existential terror of race. Get Out is really a masterwork of…
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11 weeks ago
Mind the Gap
I spent the last several years on an extended tangent exploring land use policy, the dynamics of a shifting economic and political landscape, and popular…
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11 weeks ago
How Social Media Is Leveling the Playing Field Between Governments, Militants, and Ordinary People
Decades before smartphones, the internet, and social media, the philosopher Marshall McLuhan, who worked on media theory, predicted a future world war fought…
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12 weeks ago
The Truth About 'Blue Whale,' an Online Game That Tells Teens to Self Harm
A version of this article appeared on Motherboard Italy. On May 14, 2017 an episode of the satirical Italian TV program Le Iene (or "Reservoir Dogs" in English)…
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12 weeks ago
Watch This Doc on Alien Gangsters and the 'Biggest Story Never Told'
This article is part of the Motherboard Guide to Cinema , a semi-regular column exploring foreign and obscure speculative films. In 1992, a now infamous study…
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12 weeks ago
A Threshold Is an Opening
“GRAB THE CLOSEST BOOK to you, turn to page 56 and post the 5th sentence as your status. Don’t mention the title. Copy the rules as part of your status.” This…
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12 weeks ago
Your Open Floor Plan is a Death Trap
We live in a neighborhood of early 20th century bungalows. Sadly, homeowners and house flippers have ruined most of these old houses by removing walls and…
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12 weeks ago
The Making of an American Nazi
O n December 16, 2016, Tanya Gersh answered her phone and heard gunshots. Startled, she hung up. Gersh, a real-estate agent who lives in Whitefish, Montana,…
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november 2017
The Hidden History of Trump’s First Trip to Moscow
Marty Lederhandler/AP Photo In 1987, a young real estate developer traveled to the Soviet Union. The KGB almost certainly made the trip happen. It was 1984 and…
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november 2017
Learn just enough Linux to get things done
Different operating systems have long catered to different audiences: Windows for the business professional, Mac for the creative professional and Linux for the…
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november 2017
Something is wrong on the internet
I’m James Bridle . I’m a writer and artist concerned with technology and culture. I usually write on my own blog, but frankly I don’t want what I’m talking…
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november 2017
NYC strippers strike: Dancers say nearly naked ‘bottle girls’ are grabbing their cash, cite racism
It was a slow night last winter inside a strip club in Long Island City in Queens. Only a smattering of customers were still inside the club. One of them was…
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november 2017
Inside story: How Russians hacked the Democrats' emails
WASHINGTON (AP) — It was just before noon in Moscow on March 10, 2016, when the first volley of malicious messages hit the Hillary Clinton campaign. The first…
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november 2017
'Kill them all' -- Russian-linked Facebook accounts called for violence
Facebook accounts run by Russian trolls repeatedly called for violence against different social and political groups in the U.S., including police officers,…
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november 2017
On eBay, a Fantastical, Earnest World of Haunted Dolls
Though eBay prohibits the sale of “intangible items,” hundreds of allegedly haunted dolls (not including the above) are listed for sale on the site. Photograph…
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november 2017
Did Robert Caruso Con The Washington Press—Or Is That What The Russians Want You To Think?
Illustration: Jim Cooke How hard is it to con people in Washington, D.C.? Easier than you might think, considering it’s the place where things like nuclear war…
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october 2017
@20 (Ftrain.com)
. Up: 0h30m w/... [] « ^ » « T » Sunday, October 15, 2017 Not any kind of eulogy, thanks. And no header image, either. I started this website 20 years ago, give…
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october 2017
Addie Wagenknecht on finding happiness and giving zero fucks
How do you take a nebulous idea and turn it into something real? My ideas usually start by seeing something that just resonates. It might be a color, it might…
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october 2017
Twitter deleted data potentially crucial to Russia probes
Twitter has said it is taking a broad look at Russia’s suspected use of its platform, including how many people might have been affected by disinformation. |…
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october 2017
1964: Socorro / Zamora UFO Incident
THINK ABOUTIT SIGHTINGS REPORT Oil painting by Chris Lambright based on photographs taken of the actual landing site. The witness, Sgt. Lonnie Zamora, has seen…
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october 2017
Deep in the heart of nowhere, just outside the back of beyond...
I just returned from a 3,000-mile trip with my dirt bike hanging off the rear bumper of the Mighty Dodge. Centered in New Mexico and with a focus on visiting…
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october 2017
Physicists find we’re not living in a computer simulation | Cosmos
Some physical phenomena may be impossible to simulate. Maciej Frolow / Getty Just in case it’s been weighing on your mind, you can relax now. A team of…
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october 2017
How to Speak to Someone About an Unspeakable Loss
“It’s not about saying the right things. It’s about doing the right things.” ~Unknown Years ago, my family and I moved to a bucolic little town in New Zealand,…
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october 2017
What Are the Chances? Success in the Arts in the 21st Century
The chances of your book becoming a New York Times best seller in 2012: 0.002 percent [1] These are just tiny slices of data, and certainly do not paint a…
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september 2017
What is quantum entanglement? Part 6: Locality, reality, and John Bell
This is part 6 in a lengthy series of posts attempting to explain the idea of quantum entanglement to a non-physics audience. Part 1 can be read here , Part 2…
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september 2017
The Trouble With Keeping ‘Wikipedia’s Evil Twin’ Online
How do you solve a problem like Encyclopaedia Dramatica? Created in 2004, ' 'Wikipedia's evil twin' ' was intended to keep record of flame wars, 'famewhores,'…
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september 2017
Yahoo indictment offers clues into Russian election hacking
Jeff Chiu/AP; Mikolajn/Getty The low-profile prosecution of a 22-year-old Canadian hacker may offer clues regarding how US intelligence officials learned about…
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september 2017
The Personal Essay Isn’t Dead. It’s Just No Longer White
Roxane Gay in conversation with Rachel Zellars in Montreal. Eva Blue T he reports of the death of the personal essay continue to be greatly exaggerated. In…
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september 2017
A Simple Route to Writing a React.js App in a WordPress Plugin | WPShout
We’ll start this article with a demo: Questions Is introducing React.js into a WordPress environment difficult? Yes No Not necessarily Do you want to learn how?…
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september 2017
Headless WordPress with React
An intro to building decoupled WordPress-powered websites using the WordPress REST API and Create React App In recent months, I’ve taken a big interest in the…
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september 2017
RT, Sputnik and Russia’s New Theory of War
M artin Steltner showed up at his office in the state courthouse building in western Berlin. Steltner, who has served for more than a dozen years as the…
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september 2017
Remembering No Country for Old Men 10 Years Later
Photo: Paramount Vantage/Miramax When No Country for Old Men, the Coen brothers’ adaptation of the novel by Cormac McCarthy, screened at the Toronto Film…
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september 2017
How Academics Survive the Writing Grind: Some Anecdotal Advice
A PhD student approached me after a writing workshop to recount his tale of woe. “I write these messy, incoherent first drafts,” he lamented. “They’re…
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september 2017
Leval on Fair Use
Pierre N. Leval, Toward a Fair Use Standard 103 Harv. L. Rev. 1105 (1990) Random distribution has dealt me a generous share of copyright suits involving claims…
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september 2017
Copyright: How did transformative use become fair use?
Richard Prince has been on the minds of photographers lately because of his mostly successful fair use defense against a copyright infringement suit by Patrick…
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september 2017
Let Me Tell You - Uncanny Magazine
I have a beef with “show, don’t tell,” and it’s not just that I have a beef with pat advice about something as complex as writing fiction. “Show, don’t tell” is…
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september 2017
AMPersand. — ethanmarcotte.com
If you’ve spent any time looking into Google’s “Accelerated Mobile Pages” ( AMP ) project , I’m sure you’ll agree: it’s wonderful to hear the AMP team talk…
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september 2017
‘Bring pencils’ and 49 other things hurricane pros know
Editor's note: Martin Merzer spent 29 years at the Miami Herald. He held a variety of roles there, including senior writer in charge of hurricane coverage. Over…
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september 2017
The solution to the Voynich manuscript | Nicholas Gibbs
To read the full article, please login Not a subscriber? Get the world's leading literary journal from only £1.50 or $2.40 per week…
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september 2017
Did 3 NASA Astronauts Really Hold a 'Space Strike' in 1973?
From left to right: Edward Gibson, Gerald Carr, and William Pogue prepare to fly to Cape Canaveral to take off for Skylab. All photos: NASA/Public Domain On…
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september 2017
Auto-Construction Redux: The City as Method — Cultural Anthropology
“A monumental tool,” someone whispered. “Hundreds of pages long,” someone else noted. “The Processgram,” a third person finally glossed, while providing a…
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september 2017
LRB · John Lanchester · You Are the Product: It Zucks!
The Attention Merchants: From the Daily Newspaper to Social Media, How Our Time and Attention Is Harvested and Sold by Tim Wu Atlantic, 416 pp, £20.00, January,…
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september 2017
How L.A. writer Ben Loory came to write his odd, beloved fables
There was a time when Ben Loory lived at night. That’s how he puts it, as if night isn’t a stretch of empty hours to endure, but a place to enter, to discover…
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september 2017
Athanasius, Underground
With his enormous range of scholarly pursuits the 17th-century polymath Athanasius Kircher has been hailed as the last Renaissance man and “the master of…
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august 2017
Kipple and Things: How to Hoard and Why Not To Mean
July 31st, 2011 stream: kipple , philip-k-dick This paper (more of an essay, really) was originally delivered at the Birkbeck/London Consortium ‘ Rubbish…
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august 2017
Game of Thrones season 7: each character's strategy, ranked by political science
These guys did pretty well. (HBO) Game of Thrones ’ seventh season , one defined by the show’s most central characters all coming into conflict for the first…
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august 2017
Pro-Putin bots are dominating Russian political talk on Twitter
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to the media after his annual televised call-in show in Moscow on Thursday. (Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP) MOSCOW — Bots…
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august 2017
I Spent Two Years Botting on Instagram -- Here's What I Learned
In the world of Instagram, there is a practice known as botting — and I hate it. For the uninitiated, botting is the process of tying your Instagram account to…
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august 2017
I Befriended My Instagram Hacker | Backchannel
Mohamad, my hacker, had an air of desperation about him. When he got emails in English announcing that he was a lottery winner, or promising him access to a fat…
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august 2017
Opinion | The Nation is reviewing a story casting doubt on Russian hack of DNC
Russian President Vladimir Putin. (Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via Associated Press) There is some discontent in the Nation. Staffers and…
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august 2017
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