- Over 3,000 US prisoners serving life without parole for non-violent crimes
ACLU report chronicles thousands of lives ruined by life sentences for crimes such as shoplifting or possession of a crack pipe
- Women and the Internet
- A four-part series by Quinn Norton.
- Dwarf Fortress: A Marxist Analysis
…the game Dwarf Fortress is amenable to a Marxist analysis precisely by understanding its relationship to the central characteristics of the feudal mode of production. This can be grasped by looking at the main dynamics of the game: the division of labor, the reproduction of dwarven society, the economic system and trade, and their integration.
- This year, I will wear a poppy for the last time
Over the last 10 years the sepia tone of November has become blood-soaked with paper poppies festooning the lapels of our politicians, newsreaders and business leaders. The most fortunate in our society have turned the solemnity of remembrance for fallen soldiers in ancient wars into a justification for our most recent armed conflicts.
- The Day The Barges Opened
- A lovely bit of dystopian near future sci-fi twitfic.
- Ooh! My naughty SKIRT keeps riding UP!
Inori’s design is typical of many young female anime icons. She has big blue eyes, lots of curly hair, and she wears a suspiciously short blue dress. But the main difference between Inori and all of the other Sailor-Moon-alikes is that Inori’s outfit includes conspicuously placed Microsoft and Internet Explorer logos, because Inori is, we are told, “an anime personification for Internet Explorer.”
Here we present the metadata for around 70,000 artworks that Tate owns or jointly owns with the National Galleries of Scotland as part of ARTIST ROOMS. Metadata for around 3,500 associated artists is also included.
See also the Cooper-Hewitt’s Collection Database.
- iOS 7 and the Iconography of ‘Alien’
For my part, I have a very positive feeling towards iOS 7, for one main reason: it brings computer iconography firmly back around to concentrating on communication rather than illustration–function over form.
- The Slow Web
Timely not real-time. Rhythm not random. Moderation not excess. Knowledge not information.
- This Painting is not Available in your Country
- A lengthy and detailed Archers timeline, from Daniel Archer’s birth in 1896 to Nigel & Elizabeth’s wedding in 1995. I cannot sodding believe that Linda Snell arrived in Ambridge in 1986–I still think of her as a new character!
- Cinephilia and Beyond
- A weblog about films and stuff.
- Race is central to the fear and angst of the US right
The shrinking white base of the Republican party cannot accept the country in which it now lives – so it shut it down.
- Siegfried & Roy, 10 years later
- A rather sweet profile of the tiger-mauled magicians, with an elephant in the room.
- Applied Ballardianism
From the files of Dr Ricardo Battista, School of Specialization in Cryogenics, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
- Archipelago Preface
Today I would probably describe Archipelago as a group blog. It was a computer-based system that allowed about a dozen members to regularly post short essays and whimsical observations. Each member had his or her own icon which appeared next to timestamped postings which contained pictures, sounds, and hyperlinks. All pretty standard except for one thing: the year was 1988.
- Ask Ayn
In 1980, two years before her death, Ayn Rand was offered a short column in “Parade.” Here are some excerpts.
- Guardian ordered to destroy bourgeois lifestyle articles
THE Guardian has destroyed nauseatingly middle-class articles about garden furniture and teenagers failing to get a place at Oxford.
- We are TukTuk
- ‘Bespoke’ shirts online - measure an existing shirt, lots of customisation options, made in Sri Lanka.
- Utterly lovely raincoats from Sweden.
- Get to Know the Goodness That is Levi’s Made & Crafted
- An (advertorial) interview with LM&C head designer Miles Johnson.
- Dark Patterns: inside the interfaces designed to trick you
A Dark Pattern is a type of user interface that appears to have been carefully crafted to trick users into doing things, such as buying insurance with their purchase or signing up for recurring bills.
- Hard Evidence: how biased is the BBC?
Conservative politicians were featured more than 50% more often than Labour ones (24 vs 15) across the two time periods on the BBC News at Six. So the evidence is clear that BBC does not lean to the left it actually provides more space for Conservative voices.
- The Card
- A loyalty card for independent shops, bars, &c. in Liverpool.
- Ed, man! !man ed
Note the consistent user interface and error reportage. Ed is generous enough to flag errors, yet prudent enough not to overwhelm the novice with verbosity.
- Wanted: Young Creation Scientists
…there is much work that still needs to be done, and this work is hindered by a lack of trained scientists. Therefore, we appeal to any Bible-believing young person with an interest in science—have you considered cultivating that science interest for the glory of God?
I wonder, could there be a reason why creationism might not appeal to ‘trained scientists’?
- Reddit or Stormfront?
Can you tell the difference between Reddit comments and Stormfront comments?
Spoiler: probably not.
- Making Prescription Google Glass
- Using magnets to secure and align the guts of Google Glass on the arm of a normal pair of specs–seems a better idea than the all-in-one original.
- New ‘Breaking Bad’ episode now available on Netflix UK just hours after US premiere
- How to prevent piracy.
- Adversarial Stylometry [PDF]
The use of stylometry, authorship recognition through purely linguistic means, has contributed to literary, historical, and criminal investigation breakthroughs. Existing stylometry research assumes that authors have not attempted to disguise their linguistic writing style. We challenge this basic assumption of existing stylometry methodologies and present a new area of research: adversarial stylometry. Adversaries have a devastating effect on the robustness of existing classification methods. Our work presents a framework for creating adversarial passages including obfuscation, where a subject attempts to hide her identity, and imitation, where a subject attempts to frame another subject by imitating his writing style, and translation where original passages are obfuscated with machine translation services.
- The Newtonians: Worldwide Cult Ditches iPhone for Apple’s Distant Past
- I love my Newtons, even if I haven’t used them much since the iPad arrived - they’re still better than a fancy modern iOS- or Android-powered device in some respects, especially when it comes to applications sharing data and the magical ‘Assist’ button.
- Smashing Telly - A hand picked TV channel
- After three years of silence, Smashing Telly seems to be back.
- now and in the past
The other day James and Kio start discussing what an “internet tense” would be and I get reminded of ‘footballers’ tense’ - the way footballers and commentators often talk on TV.
I’ve been collecting Prince Guitar Picks for years. Hope you enjoy my collection.
- Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model!
Catherine Bennett is a Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model. Taking time out from her work as a palaeontologist, Bennett has released two songs to date…
I done a little MetaFilter post about a nice thing I heard about on Woman’s Hour.
- Reddit’s User Agreement
You agree not to use any obscene, indecent, or offensive language or to provide to or post on or through the Website any graphics, text, photographs, images, video, audio or other material that is defamatory, abusive, bullying, harassing, racist, hateful, or violent. You agree to refrain from ethnic slurs, religious intolerance, homophobia, and personal attacks when using the Website.
You further agree not to use any sexually suggestive language or to provide to or post on or through the Website any graphics, text, photographs, images, video, audio or other material that is sexually suggestive or appeals to a prurient interest.
If you are at all familiar with Reddit, the above might come as something of a surprise.
- What Netflix Does
Netflix does not always respect the original aspect ratio of films. A compendium of cropping horrors.
I’ve noticed this a few times, to the point of grabbing a torrent rather than watch the Netflix ‘cut’.
- Journal: PayPal, and the word “Iranian”
I was told that their shopping cart code was blocking the order because the book had the word “Iranian” in the title. And that word is on a “blacklist” (their word, not mine) as PayPal is based in the USA. And that was that. Our PayPal account manager on the phone in Dublin—who was vaguely helpful and evasive in equal measure—said that he could tell by my accent that I was American and I would understand the issue.
- THE ETERNALIST
An album by L. Pierre. Made with Vine. For best results, search for LPierreMusic in the Vine app on your device and listen from the Profile page. Earphones recommended.
Tiny little songs by Aidan Moffat.
- West Kirby Museum
Formerly known as the Charles Dawson Brown Museum, it was hidden away for more than a century and was available to view by appointment only.
The old museum room has been completely transformed into a modern, spot-lit and accessible display area.
- How Alan Turing wanted to base EDSAC’s memory on BOOZE
If Alan Turing had been in charge of the EDSAC (Electronic Delay Storage Automatic Calculator) project in the late 1940s, the first computer memory might not have been based on mercury - but on a good gin.
- Kickstop: how a sleazebag slipped through Kickstarter’s cracks
The PUA world applies algorithms, testing and feedback, and gamification to human interaction, turning women into not just sexual objects but essentially treating that cisgendered biological configuration as a Turing-complete machine in which specifying the right sequence of inputs results in access to specific ports and protocols.
- Sky Deutschland campaign will pipe ads straight into train passengers’ skulls
The BBC and others report that Sky Deutschland and advertising company BBDO have tested a concept that would pipe messages directly into the heads of people who try to rest or sleep against train windows. When a commuter leans against the window, he or she will hear a message that nobody else can, asking if they’re bored and want to download Sky’s mobile app.
- The Criterion Collection: Lena Dunham’s Top 10
I always say Agnès Varda was to the French New Wave as Eve is to the Ruff Ryders: a ride-or-die bitch, respected by a pack of tough gentlemen.
- Understanding the bin, sbin, usr/bin , usr/sbin split
Ken and Dennis leaked their OS into the equivalent of home because an RK05 disk pack on the PDP-11 was too small.
A thorough and convincing explanation of the Amen break’s enduring appeal. Or something.
- A smartphone made with conflict-free materials (i.e., the tantalum in its capacitors isn’t soaked in the blood of Congolese children).
- Twin Peaks Theme [VERY RARE ALTERNATE 1988 VOCAL (pre-Julee Cruise) - for true TWIN PEAKS fans ONLY]
This ultra-rare take has only been heard by a select few industry insiders. Only now in 2013 can this version be heard in its entirety.
- Tom Chatfield – Language and digital identity
All future histories of modern language will be written from a position of explicit and overwhelming information…
- The true web « Snarkmarket
These faint tendrils of connection are almost invisible when quiescent, but then out of nowhere—-hello!—-they light up again.
Snarkmarket waxes poetic on one of the most useful ‘features’ of RSS: it’s impossible to lose touch with websites that go quiet for a time.
- iOS 7 - Matt Gemmell
Where there were previously gloomy cubbyholes and low ceilings, there are now floor-to-ceiling windows, skylights, and clean surfaces.
The windows, skylights and surfaces are all the wrong shape and made of neon.
- Children of the Drone
- A slightly breathless profile of James Bridle/introduction to the New Aesthetic.
- Kompakt: An oral history
As it reaches its 20th anniversary, RA tells the story of one of electronic music’s most celebrated institutions.
Weirdly, I’d forgotten everything I knew about Kompakt before and after the heady days of Schaffelfieber.
“The elf is already making mischief.” According to Mexican photographer Rogelio account Cuellar, such were the words of Jorge Luis Borges to hear the shutter sound while the writer urinated in the sumptuous baths Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso, a traditional cultural center Mexico City where he had gone to a conference in 1973.
- Inside GCHQ
- Orphan Black
- What with this and Continuum, as far as I’m concerned Netflix is a service that streams brilliantly daft Canadian near-future dystopian science fiction.
- When The Beautiful Game Turns Ugly
A journey into the world of Italy’s racist soccer thugs.
- Eternal Fascism: 14 Ways of Looking at a Blackshirt
In spite of some fuzziness regarding the difference between various historical forms of fascism, I think it is possible to outline a list of features that are typical of what I would like to call Ur-Fascism, or Eternal Fascism. These features cannot be organized into a system; many of them contradict each other, and are also typical of other kinds of despotism or fanaticism. But it is enough that one of them be present to allow fascism to coagulate around it.
Two hours of footage from the Paradise Garage, including the closing night party.
Rubbish quality, but until they invent time travel, it’ll have to do.