Well worth a read, and more heartwarming than that headline suggests.
Saw this place in a YouTube video the other month and yes, I want to go to there.
For titling projects, etc. Can you tell I'm procrastinating?
The contrast between the American and European concepts in the original contest is striking, to say the least.
Insanely geeky best-of-the-web stuff, here. And as an aside, proof positive that you can’t automate everything and need humans for discrete knowledge. [c/o Pinboard/fakeisthenewreal]
A few quibbles with this piece: I think Shenzhen, Harbin and Qingdao are as familiar place names as Shanghai and Beijing in the west these days. But I’ve thought about the general notion a lot this year: cities around the world, cities with millions of people, that I’ve never heard of before. You don’t need to think about the cosmos to make yourself feel small.
Had this issue for a couple of weeks over the summer; interesting to know the probable culprit.
Experienced some serious Baadher Meinhof with this dish, or the title of it anyway, in 2017. So I’ll have to try making it, won’t I?
It’s an individual’s subjective selection, of course, but better to start here than get lost in the App Store.
Matt Webb on the return of his communal short fiction blog, and how it fits on the internet today: “It seems to me that, sometime in the last 17 years, the web forgot the simple pleasure of making, and appreciating what’s made, together.” (Cynical old me thinks that’s because ‘the web’ isn’t a thing anymore; it’s all smartphones and social media and clickbait and humanity’s worst tendencies laid bare. Sigh.)
“For Tinsley, the spiritualist, the metaphor of checkers as a well without end was both poetic and true. But Schaeffer, the engineer, knew that no well is bottomless. And humans will always sound the depth.”
Aggretsuko (who is pretty funny, as it happens) represents part of a new wave for the people behind Hello Kitty, with characters that are “more in sync with the ambivalent humor of memes or the antihero characters of prestige television”. Like an egg yolk with ennui.
Black holes could delete the Universe, apparently. But they’re also the ultimate hard drive. My head is spinning. [c/o Kottke.org]
“More than 90 percent of GoFundMe campaigns never meet their goal.” And for those who are successful, it’s as much a matter of luck as careful planning — even more so for those raising crisis funds, to pay for medical bills and the like.
Even the examples that look like simple remixes of extant art are striking.
I have no practical application for this, but find it fascinating nevertheless.
Who didn’t have this on their computer around the turn of the century? And the project is still going! Best of the web, no doubt.
Guidelines and principles that are surely applicable across other visual disciplines.
A set of CSS classes for advanced typography, like ligatures. Overcomplicated for most users, but would probably be handy if such fine control over appearance is ever required.
Bees are the best.
On a related note to my last post, here’s Mishaal Al Gergawi’s digest of what he learned from reading modern history. (The thing he notes about people from a distance being less compromising rings true for me, as an Irish person who sees Irish-Americans venerate the Republican armed movement without ever having to face the consequences up close.)
Bill Wurtz covers the history of the entire world in under 20 minutes. [c/o Kottke.org]
On the psychological benefits of being alone. Which, y’know, being an introvert, I can vouch for. But it’s not that I never want to connect with others, as Jason Kottke lays out pretty well.
The most concise reference guide to DIY bicycle tyre changing I’ve found yet. Still need to practice this before I ever have to try it on the road.
This brand of obsessiveness is nothing new, but the way the internet breaks down so many barriers — between online celebrities and their fans; between private data and, well, anyone who wants it bad enough — lends a far creepier edge than ever before.
Another automatic transcription service (not that I’ve tried the others I’ve linked here yet) but this one’s based in DCU’s start-up incubator, where they’ve got some top notch machine learning talent. Also they charge, about €5.40 for an hour of audio, so the quality had better be good.
“…the feeling of anxiety cast by an impending appointment over the free time that precedes it.” Yes, I know this feeling well.
At time of posting, the Storify ends in August, but the tale continues on Adam’s Twitter account… [c/o Lowbrowculture]
A very useful reference for nutritional info, here.
Eh, this seems like more trouble than it’s worth.
We’ve been rewatching DS9 as of late, and of course that means jonesing for Klingon coffee, Sisko’s morning beverage of choice. Now, if I could have that with some cellular peptide cake…
I like art with an eye for the uncanny in the mundane, and the work of London-based painter Paul Regan fits that bill to a T.
Mine isn’t particularly deep, but diverting enough to warrant a share.
What an incredible story; might this be only step one towards helping unlock such people’s minds from their prisons of their bodies?
This is it. I can’t say it was my experience growing up as such, but one can’t avoid these toxic sentiments in society at large.
It’s a maddening catch-22 situation. Such mass preservation of knowledge is the kind of thing governments should be doing, but they can’t justify the expense. Private enterprises like Google can, but the fear of proprietary ownership of knowledge shuts the whole thing down. Gah! The best we can hope for is that Google (or someone else) continues the project for a future generation that will see its value to the whole over the objections of the few.
…and if you’ve been following my own links here and there, you’ll understand why I’m in agreement.
…and these are the results.
He’s right, you know. [c/o Kottke.org]
“This year especially there’s an uncomfortable feeling in the tech industry that we did something wrong, that in following our credo of ‘move fast and break things’, some of what we knocked down were the load-bearing walls of our democracy.” The collateral damage of building for the reality we hope to create, rather than the one we live in, to paraphrase my previous link. But Cegłowski goes a lot deeper that that in this tech conference talk from earlier in the year. And it doesn’t get more damning, more cyberpunk dystopian than this: “The algorithms have learned that users interested in politics respond more if they’re provoked more, so they provoke.”
“The problem with connecting everyone on the planet is that a lot of people are assholes.” That’s it right there. I don’t subscribe to the notion that people in general are fundamentally decent; there’s too much evidence to the contrary. Social media — in ushering in an era where everyone is online, not just a self-selecting proportion — reveals that much. Does Facebook care about that? It’s a different kind of caring, to be charitable; rooted in head-in-the-sand techno-utopianism that strives for solutions to problems no one really has, while ignoring the actual problems people have right now. As Mat Honan writes: “You have to build for the reality we live in, not the one we hope to create.”
One for the aul’ trivia file.
“A subreddit around interactive explanations, thinking tools, concept visualizations, and other media for communicating and generating ideas.” Even at that, much of this goes way over my head. But it’s still worth a browse.
MeFite kliuless put in the hard work, here.
I’ve seen a couple of these ‘Chipmonger’ places and I can understand, at least on an intellectual level, the need to compete in an increasingly hipster marketplace, minimalist and fashionably distressed and all that. But even at that, they look fairly bland and soulless; at a glance, could be a barber shop as much as a chipper. Give me a Macari’s or a Romayo’s (or a Milano’s, for our current go-to local) any day.
Bad restaurant reviews are the best restaurant reviews, and Jay Rayner brings us a doozy here. I normally think of Rayner as an insufferable dick, the smug dandy from MasterChef and that, but I can warm to comments like this: “I have spent sums like this on restaurant experiences before, and have not begrudged it. We each of us build our best memories in different ways, and some of mine involve expensive restaurants. But they have to be good. This one will also leave me with memories. They are bleak and troubling. If I work hard, one day, with luck, I may be able to forget.”
“We once used chess-playing as a barometer of intelligence and became disturbed when computers got smarter than us.” But at the same time, as Andrew Blevins writes, they’re putting a light to what Turing called our ‘shadowy little box’ of intelligence. [c/o 5it]
Read the whole thing. Patriarchy, toxic masculinity, etc is so fucking damaging, and men who can’t see that simply haven’t been looking hard enough in that particular closet. I guess for me, the door’s always been slightly ajar, not conforming as I do to the usual ‘man’ stereotypes (I don’t drink beer, I don’t like football, etc). But I still raise my voice and yell when I’m frustrated by situations, and I do not like that about myself.
Highlighting the actually not-so-secret world of mass food production, and product manufacturing in general. Streamlining is cheaper, hence single producers are contracted by various brands and chains to supply their needs. They’ve been doing it for decades. (That branded thing you like? There’s probably an own-brand equivalent that is literally the same product.) But there’s a cost for this efficiency, whether relatively benign (like ‘metallic-tasting’ hummus) or more significant from a public health standpoint (see the horse meat scandal, which was really about not knowing what was in the food, rather than that thing being horse meat).