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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.