Bookmarks for the 18th of June, 2014


  • Normal – Jeremy Keith

    I try not to be a judgemental person. But if I see someone in public with a copy of The Sun, I’m going to judge them. And no, it’s not a class thing: I just don’t consider misogyny to be socially acceptable. And if you participate in Reddit or Hacker News …well, I’m afraid I’m going to judge you too. I don’t consider it socially acceptable.

  • University of Cambridge on Soundcloud

    Lots and lots of lectures to download.

  • On Reporting – Bobbie Johnson

    Matter’s profile piece on Shanley Kane of Model View Culture has gone tits up, apparently because Kane didn’t understand the usual process of writing a profile piece.

    All rather odd, though I can see how fact checking could feel exactly like harassment (in the US at least, where it’s common practice to verify every claim in a piece with multiple sources).

  • YouTube to block indie labels who don’t sign up to new music service

    Remember when Google did loads of dead cool stuff and we all thought they were ace?

  • Sorry, David Cameron, but your British history is not mine – Owen Jones

    There is a history of Britain that is about empire, aristocracy, monarchy, the established church, exploitative employers, and so on. The Tory view of history is founded on the myth of a benevolent elite granting carefully managed change out of goodwill and generosity. But there is another history, of struggle from below against those in power – often at great cost and sacrifice – by ordinary people who are airbrushed from history. These different histories inform a schism in values that lasts to this day.

    The babyfaced socialist pinup is spot on here, I think.

Bookmarks for the 17th of June, 2014


Bookmarks for the 9th of June, 2014


Bookmarks for the 8th of June, 2014


  • The Garden of Forking Paths by Jorge Luis Borges

    On page 22 of Liddell Hart’s History of World War I you will read that an attack against the Serre-Montauban line by thirteen British divisions (supported by 1,400 artillery pieces), planned for the 24th of July, 1916, had to be postponed until the morning of the 29th. The torrential rains, Captain Liddell Hart comments, caused this delay, an insignificant one, to be sure.

    The following statement, dictated, reread and signed by Dr. Yu Tsun, former professor of English at the Hochschule at Tsingtao, throws an unsuspected light over the whole affair. The first two pages of the document are missing.

  • Paul Otlet

    Paul Marie Ghislain Otlet (/ɒtˈleɪ/; French: [ɔtle]; 23 August 1868 – 10 December 1944) was a Belgian author, entrepreneur, visionary, lawyer and peace activist; he is one of several people who have been considered the father of information science, a field he called “documentation”. Otlet created the Universal Decimal Classification, one of the most prominent examples of faceted classification. Otlet was responsible for the widespread adoption in Europe of the standard American 3x5 inch index card used until recently in most library catalogs around the world. Otlet wrote numerous essays on how to collect and organize the world’s knowledge, culminating in two books, the Traité de Documentation (1934) and Monde: Essai d’universalisme (1935)

  • A eulogy to the NHS: What happened to the world my generation built?

    In 1926, Harry Leslie Smith’s sister died of TB in a workhouse infirmary, too poor for proper medical care. In 1948, the creation of the NHS put a stop to all that. In an extract from his new book, Harry’s Last Stand, he describes his despair at the coalition’s dismantling of the welfare state

  • Tech’s toxic political culture: The stealth libertarianism of Silicon Valley bigwigs

    Who talks like FDR but acts like Ayn Rand? Easy: Silicon Valley’s wealthiest and most powerful people

  • “You should be left with a fucking mess of unanswered questions”

    A career-spanning Q&A with Louis C.K.

  • Eidophor Projection System

  • The Eidophor Television System

Bookmarks for the 6th of June, 2014


  • Kumail Nanjiani’s The X-Files Files

    Kumail Nanjiani and a guest breakdown every single episode of The X-Files from start to finish. The truth is out there!

    Listen to this, it’s brill.

  • Creating the perfect GPG keypair

    A guide to using subkeys to help mitigate the damage to your identity should your key be lost or stolen.

  • MP3, DVD and CD Copying is Now Legal in The UK (For Some)

    Thank goodness for that.

  • Village Lock-ups

    Village lock-ups are historic buildings that were used for the temporary detention of people in rural parts of England and Wales. They were often used for the confinement of drunks who were usually released the next day or to hold people being brought before the local magistrate.

    As seen on the Everton crest.

    For some reason I love small, old tower-like structures–see also dovecotes, doocots and Lanterns of the Dead.

  • Project Xanadu®

    Project Xanadu is a much-misunderstood initiative to create a different kind of computer world, based on a different kind of electronic document–PARALLEL PAGES, VISIBLY CONNECTED!

    54 years in the making.

  • Ukip founder Alan Sked: ‘The party has become a Frankenstein’s monster’

    In 1993, along with backing British withdrawal from the EU, prospective [UKIP] members had to be sympathetic to the following: “It is a non-sectarian, non-racist party with no prejudices against foreigners or lawful minorities of any kind. It does not recognise the legitimacy of the European parliament and will send representatives only to the British parliament in Westminster.”

  • Ukip MEP Nathan Gill employed ‘dozens’ of immigrants and ‘kept them in bunkhouses’

    A newly-elected Ukip MEP has admitted his businesses employed “dozens” of workers from eastern Europe and the Philippines who were kept in “bunkhouses” – but insists this is not inconsistent with his party’s anti-immigration policies.

  • System D

    System D (in French, Système D) is a shorthand term that refers to a manner of responding to challenges that requires one to have the ability to think fast, to adapt, and to improvise when getting a job done. The letter D refers back to either of the French nouns débrouillardise[1] or démerde (French slang). The verbs se débrouiller and se démerder mean to make do, to manage, especially in an adverse situation.

    In “Down and Out in Paris and London”, George Orwell calls out the term “débrouillard” as something the lowest-level kitchen workers, the plongeurs, wanted to be called, as people who would get the job done, no matter what.

  • Licence granted for hovercraft link between Wirral and North Wales

    Terribly exciting, until you find out the hovercraft’s destination. (Spoiler: it’s Rhyl.)

  • Can You Decipher These 11 Historical Political Cartoons?

    Don’t bother clicking through–it’s a ‘LOL the past amirite?!’ listicle–just feast your eyes on this:

Bookmarks for the 3rd of June, 2014


  • 800 Years Of Human Sacrifice In Kent

    Fascinating stuff, especially when it comes to where the victims grew up:

    • 36% local
    • 32% southern Norway or Sweden
    • 20% western Mediterranean
    • 12% indeterminate
  • How Google is Killing the Best Site On the Internet

    A couple [of] weeks ago, Matt Haughey, the founder of TLDR’s favorite website, Metafilter, announced that his website is dying. And he says it’s because Google algorithmically stopped directing traffic to the site over a year ago. Alex tries to figure out what you do when Google’s algorithm decides it no longer likes you.

  • MeFi Fundraising Update

    As of right now, 1868 members are contributing a dollar or more monthly, for just about $10,000 in recurring donations after fees have been removed. For one-time donations we have 1063 members that have given us a total of nearly $40,000 after fees.


  • Parrhēsia Today: Drone Strikes, Fearless Speech and the Contentious Politics of Security

    Foucault is more often used to theorise political logics of securitisation than to understand the contestation of security policies. Yet Foucault’s work offers a wealth of conceptual tools and ideas pertinent to the study of the contentious politics of security. In his lectures on parrhēsia in Ancient Greece, Foucault explored the practice whereby individuals choose at great risk to confront rulers or publics with uncomfortable truths. This article argues that a refashioned concept of parrhēsia can illuminate certainelements of the contentious politics of security today.

  • Apple issues first conflict minerals report, says majority of suppliers are in the clear

    A ‘majority’ isn’t really good enough, but still.

Bookmarks for the 31st of May, 2014


Bookmarks for the 30th of May, 2014


  • The Internet With A Human Face - Beyond Tellerrand 2014 Conference Talk

    “Marc,” I told him, “my talk is perfect for closing the conference! The first half is this incredibly dark rant about how the Internet is alienating and inhuman, how it’s turning us all into lonely monsters.”

    A belter of a talk from Maciej “Pinboard” Cegłowski.

  • Star Trek: The Last Sci-Fi Hopeful About the Future

    The future was better when Star Trek: The Next Generation was making it. The show went off the air twenty years ago this week and has definitely dated, as science fiction shows always do… what dates the show most is its optimism: It was the last pop-culture show that believed, beyond any doubt, that human beings were good and that, liberated by infinite technological progress, we would encounter an infinitely wonderful universe.

  • fa-pied-piper: Font Awesome Icons

    Font Awesome just added a Pied Piper icon.

  • The Fourth Internet

    Useful places to find information, that aren’t some strange Pavlovian manipulation of the human desire to click or identify, just aren’t good business these days.

  • TrueCrypt

    WARNING: Using TrueCrypt is not secure as it may contain unfixed security issues

    This is all very strange. Either there’s a long-standing flaw in TrueCrypt, or this is some sort of warrant canary, or… I dunno.

  • “I was a Mac user when Apple was doomed.”

    I wish I was enough of a dickhead to actually wear this t-shirt.

  • django

    The docs and some tests contain references to a master/slave db configuration. While this terminology has been used for a long time, those terms may carry racially charged meanings to users.

    Django now uses primary and replica in place of master and slave.

  • Ergo

    Ergo is a general, open access philosophy journal accepting submissions on all philosophical topics and from all philosophical traditions.

  • Github Search “wq:”

    The perils of vi!

  • Egg Freckles

    The HIG has been dead for a long time now. I miss the days when all Mac OS applications looked and acted the same.

    Hear, hear.

  • Oratorical Insults

    During one of his many famous speeches in the House Sheridan became aware of one M.P. who insisted on muttering his agreement whenever Sheridan paused. After a while this interruption became so distracting that he departed from his text to silence the fool.

    ‘Where, oh where, shall we find a more foolish knave or a more knavish fool than this?’ he asked the packed house.

    ‘Hear, hear!’ said the lone voice for the last time.

  • At

    Craig Hockenberry on the ‘@’ symbol.

  • Skype to Launch Star Trek-Style, Real-Time Language Translator

    Microsoft just demoed an awesome new feature for Skype that will actually let you speak to people in other languages—in real-time—by doing all the translating dirty work for you.

    I love Star Trek and everything, but this is the Babel fish with a less disturbing user interface (and fewer theological implications).

  • The brave new world of DIY faecal transplant

    You would have to be desperate to take a sample of your husband’s excrement, liquidise it in a kitchen blender and then insert it into your body with an off-the-shelf enema kit. This article contains images and descriptions which some might find shocking.

    I’m not sure those sentences are in the correct order, BBC sub.

  • Racism on the rise in Britain

    The proportion of Britons who admit to being racially prejudiced has risen since the start of the millennium, raising concerns that growing hostility to immigrants and widespread Islamophobia are setting community relations back 20 years.

    I’m not a scientist, but it looks like we could completely eradicate racism in the UK by erecting giant statues of Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis-Hill in town centres across the land.

  • Tranmere Rovers: Rob Edwards appointed as new manager

    Current mood: tentatively optimistic.

  • Rob Edwards: New Tranmere boss a fan of Liverpool & Everton style

    New Tranmere boss Rob Edwards hopes to introduce an open style of football, similar to that employed by Merseyside neighbours Everton and Liverpool.

    That approach worked well for John Barnes. LOL.

Bookmarks for the 22nd of May, 2014


  • UKIP candidate Peter Lello arrested for ‘sex assault’ on homeless Bulgarian man


  • Major U.K. Real-Time Train Database Opens Up To More Developers

    A long-standing pain-point for U.K. developers wanting to do cool things with real-time train data looks like it’s going to ease up, thanks to changes in the terms of access and usage being announced today.


  • On the Future of MetaFilter

    Peak ads, MetaFilter’s Google Problems, and the need to scale back.

  • The New Internet Gods Have No Mercy

    Metafilter came from two or three internets ago, when a website’s core audience—people showing up there every day or every week, directly—was its main source of visitors.

  • On MetaFilter Being Penalized By Google: An Explainer

    MetaFilter is a news and discussion site dating back to the early years of the web. Founded in 1999, it’s attracting attention this week after coming forward about how a Google penalty has severely harmed its business, to the degree of having to let staff go. It serves as a poster child of problems with Google’s penalty process, despite all the advances Google has made over the years.

  • Why Has Google Forsaken MetaFilter?

    Is Google broken? Or is your site broken? That’s the question any webmaster asks when she sees her Google click-throughs drop dramatically. It’s a question that Matt Haughey, founder of legendary Internet forum MetaFilter, has been asking himself for the last year and a half…

  • Help Fund MetaFilter

    If you like Metafilter and want to help support its continued operation, we’re accepting both one-time and monthly contributions.

Bookmarks for the 21st of May, 2014


  • Six steps to better business digital of things

    As you probably already know, Pretend Office is one of the best companies in the field that it’s in. A recent client-related pitch-lose scenario helped us narrow our focus down to the most important parts of what we do. We looked hard at our parts, and decided that one of the most important ones should be things that are on the Internet.

  • How to be minimumist

    Next time you ask your IT department to design a new website, why not suggest that they look at some of the Mediums on this site, or other Mediums on sites like Tumbler or Facebook. You’ll notice that mostly, the actual text of the Medium is surrounded by plenty of white space. This helps the Content to breathe, which is more minimal. (“Content” is a word that basically just means ‘Mediums’ but when they’re on other websites, such as your Corporate Intranet.)

  • The State of MetaFilter

    Today I need to share some unfortunate news: because of serious financial downturn, MetaFilter will be losing three of its moderators to layoffs at the end of this month.

  • Internet Citizenship Test

    Do you know your classic memes? See if you should be allowed to stay online with our Internet Citizenship Test.

    I only got 6/10. Shameful. Also, this was a terrible way to find out that Oolong the pancake balancing rabbit is dead.

  • The Reykjavik Confessions

    The mystery of why six people admitted roles in two murders - when they couldn’t remember anything about the crimes.

  • ampp3d

    Topical, factual data-driven site from the Daily Mirror, making journalism more accessible through data visualisations and infographics.

    A Buzzfeed clone from the Mirror, made by a small independent team.

  • Exclusive: New York Times Internal Report Painted Dire Digital Picture

    A 96-page internal New York Times report, sent to top executives last month by a committee led by the publisher’s son and obtained by BuzzFeed, paints a dark picture of a newsroom struggling more dramatically than is immediately visible to adjust to the digital world, a newsroom that is hampered primarily by its own storied culture.

    Via Khoi Vihn.

  • Romantics and Victorians

    Explore the British Library’s greatest literary treasures from the Romantic and Victorian periods

    Designed for kids, but chock full of stuff previously unavailable on the web.

  • Person Of Interest’s Creators Had To Fight For The Show To Include A.I.

    Person of Interest is one of the most fascinating explorations of artificial intelligence in pop culture. But executives originally pushed for the show to avoid mentioning where Finch’s “irrelevant” numbers came from at all, according to creator Jonathan Nolan.

  • The Rockford Files (1974) — Art of the Title

    Every message left on Jim Rockford’s answering machine.

  • ‘Twin Peaks’ Reborn With David Lynch-Approved Blu-ray Box Set

    The long, long wait is coming to a close, and it may have been worth all our impatience: years after David Lynch made clear his intentions to release a significant amount of deleted scenes from Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, it’s been announced that the entire series, film, and 90 minutes of previously unseen footage from the latter will be given a Blu-ray release on July 29, packaged under the banner of Twin Peaks — The Entire Mystery.

Bookmarks for the 16th of May, 2014


Bookmarks for the 15th of May, 2014