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What's Going On At Medium - BuzzFeed News
Late last night, Medium CEO Ev Williams published a blog post about the company’s future. As is often the case when discussing the sleek publishing platform/publisher/startup founder’s soapbox, Williams’ post was somewhat hard to parse.
7 hours ago
Medium is not a publishing tool — The Story — Medium
Twelve years ago, I was heading Blogger at Google and frustrated we kept losing users to our competitors, like Movable Type from Six Apart.
7 hours ago
Designer News 2.0 — Medium
A couple months ago, I read the sad news that LayerVault was shutting down. We’re big fans of the LayerVault over at MetaLab, and I’ve been an avid reader of Designer News since the beginning, so it was a bit of a bummer.
9 hours ago
Advice to writers by Vonnegut
Newspaper reporters and technical writers are trained to reveal almost nothing about themselves in their writings. This makes them freaks in the world of writers, since almost all of the other ink-stained wretches in that world reveal a lot about themselves to readers.
9 hours ago
Adactio: Journal—Instantiation
When I give talks or workshops, I sometimes get a bit ranty. One of the richest seams of rantiness comes from me complaining about how we web designers and developers are responsible for making the web a hostile place.
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Ask Polly: Help, I Feel Like I’m Drowning! -- The Cut
For the past few months, your column has been one of the only things I can concentrate on, and whether or not you ever read this letter, it finally occurred to me that at least writing it out might do me good.
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PhotoSwipe: Responsive JavaScript Image Gallery
PhotoSwipe is the first open-source gallery to support JavaScript-based image zooming. Even if a browser’s native zooming has been disabled, image zooming will still work. The gallery’s background will gradually fade out as the user zooms out.
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Continuations : Why Are We Here?
We spend a lot of time in tech inventing and building new things. Some people are perfectly happy doing so without needing a deeper reason — some simply want success, others wealth, and many are excited about the potential to make the world a better place.
2 days ago
How I do my Computing
Richard Stallman's personal site. https://stallman.org For current political commentary, see the daily political notes.
3 days ago
34 Lost Cities Forgotten by Time
It’s hard to imagine how an entire city can get lost but that’s exactly what has happened to the lost cities on this list. There are actually many reasons why a city has to be abandoned. War, natural disasters, climate change and the loss of important trading partners to name a few.
3 days ago
TR Interview: Animator Don Hertzfeldt, Picturing Matchstick Men and You - Topless Robot - Unofficial Sponsor of Your Inner Childishness
Don Hertzfeldt can truly claim to be the only director working today to have had a film featuring the repeated line "MY ANUS IS BLEEDING!" nominated for an Oscar. Now that I have your attention, Hertzfeldt deserves more of it.
3 days ago
Interview: Alex Garland – Ex Machina - People's Critic: Film Reviews
If you’ve been reading me for a while, you know there are few studios I love more than A24 Films. I got a chance to talk to the director, Alex Garland, of their latest film Ex Machina.
3 days ago
Art-Singing and Heart-Singing by Walt Whitman | The Gallery | The New York Review of Books
By the time he published Leaves of Grass in 1855, Walt Whitman had worked for years as a journalist, publishing thousands of newspaper pieces. The following review appeared in the November 29, 1845 edition of Broadway Journal, along with a note from the journal’s editor, below.
3 days ago
» Interview with Maggie Nelson The Atlas Review
This interview was conducted by Molly Rose Quinn for issue 4 of The Atlas Review, which you can buy literally right this moment if you so desired. Today marks the shiny pub date of Maggie Nelson’s much anticipated forthcoming book, The Argonauts, referenced in this interview.
3 days ago
A dad's legacy: Warriors' Kerr guided by father's example - San Jose Mercury News
OAKLAND -- Steve Kerr played with some of the NBA's greatest players and for several of its greatest coaches.
4 days ago
The Mind of Marc Andreessen - The New Yorker
On a bright October morning, Suhail Doshi drove to Silicon Valley in his parents’ Honda Civic, carrying a laptop with a twelve-slide presentation that was surely worth at least fifty million dollars. Doshi, the twenty-six-year-old C.E.O.
7 days ago
Seymour M. Hersh · The Killing of Osama bin Laden · LRB 21 May 2015
It’s been four years since a group of US Navy Seals assassinated Osama bin Laden in a night raid on a high-walled compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The killing was the high point of Obama’s first term, and a major factor in his re-election.
7 days ago
Classic Chinese Literature, Folk Tales: The Lost Horse
A man who lived on the northern frontier of China was skilled in interpreting events. One day for no reason, his horse ran away to the nomads across the border.
7 days ago
Blackwater founder turns white-collar boss, aids China firms - Pacific - Stripes
HONG KONG — Almost five years after selling his notorious soldiers-for-hire business, the founder of Blackwater Worldwide is again running operations in some of the world's most hazardous places.
7 days ago
How Cash Sent the Portland Home Market Spinning | InvestigateWest
Julieth Buri waters flowers in front of the Portland house she and her husband, Justin, bought in 2014. Photo: Leah Nash for InvestigateWest Justin and Julieth Buri were about to lose. Again.
7 days ago
Silicon Valley's 'Startup Castle' is looking for roommates, and the requirements are completely bonkers | Fusion
Do you have a fancy college degree or a job in a STEM field? Do you have fewer than two tattoos? Do you avoid Tinder dates and songs with explicit lyrics? Do you spend more than two hours a day exercising? Then you may be qualified to live at the Startup Castle, a self-proclaimed “community of ex
7 days ago
A Pixel Artist Renounces Pixel Art |
I’ve wanted to write this article for some time now, and this seems like the perfect opportunity to do so. For those of you who are aware of Dinofarm Games and our recent release, Auro for iOS and  Android, you know that we spent literally years producing carefully handmade, meticulous pixel art.
8 days ago
Instant Articles | Facebook
Leveraging the same technology used to display photos and videos quickly in the Facebook app, articles load instantly, as much as 10 times faster than the standard mobile web. Powerful new creative tools bring your stories to life.
8 days ago
Cur
How does Cur work? There are three steps: 1. Remove the liner from the Gel Band 2. Apply the Band over the pain area. 3.
8 days ago
Above Avalon: Introducing Above Avalon Membership and a New Premium Email
Today marks a new chapter for Above Avalon. I am excited to launch a new daily premium email exclusively for members. Over the past six months, my primary focus has been on building a strong foundation for my Apple analysis and perspective.
8 days ago
Be Kind
My friend, and CTO at the time, Dustin Moskovitz pulled me into a room one morning. He told me I would no longer be working on News Feed, which was surprising because at the time I was the only engineer keeping it running.
8 days ago
Towards a New Digital Landscape — Magazine — Walker Art Center
“We have no new masters because digital technology is more than an invention, tool, or genre,” wrote Jerry Saltz recently in his review of the New Museum Triennial.
9 days ago
Hire More Women In Tech
Dear CEO's, COO's, managers, recruiters, and people making hiring decisions: here are a few simple things you can do to find and hire more qualified women in tech.
9 days ago
In America, Christianity is declining as “non-religion” takes hold – Quartz
An unfortunate number of Americans believe, incorrectly, that their country was founded as a “Christian nation.
9 days ago
The Only Good Man is a Self-Hating Man | Hazlitt
On more than one occasion, as I’ve shuffled my portly, not-quite-a-dadbod down the street, I’ve found myself rolling over some idea from feminist theory—like, say, whether it’s possible to describe power in feminine terms under patriarchy—only to find myself distracted by some hot blonde.
9 days ago
The centripetal force of life
I don't quite know what I'm doing to myself these days. Last night was an episode of The Americans in which a marriage was ending, another family was trying to keep itself intact, and a young boy struggles to move on after his entire family dies.
9 days ago
The Dudes in the Machine - The Awl
“I get the ‘moment’ you’re having,” Ex Machina‘s wonderfully patronizing search engine potentate Nathan Bateman tells his starstruck employee and guest, Caleb Smith, when they first meet in Bateman’s secret Alaskan lair, a modernist palace hidden in a vast, pristine forest.
10 days ago
Simulation hypothesis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The simulation hypothesis contends that reality is in fact a simulation (most likely a computer simulation), of which we, the simulants are totally unaware. Some versions rely on the development of simulated reality, a fictional technology.
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philosophy bites: Nick Bostrom on the Simulation Argument
Nick Bostrom doesn't rule out the possibility that he might be part of a computer simulation. Find out why in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.
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10 days ago
Oregon Story Board
Dedicated to job creation, talent attraction, and the establishment of a collaborative community of digital storytelling innovators.
10 days ago
Hersh: Everything We Were Told About Osama bin Laden’s Killing Was a Lie
The newest Seymour Hersh blockbuster in the London Review of Books has one big claim: virtually the entire story of Osama bin Laden’s death was an elaborate fiction.
10 days ago
The many problems with Seymour Hersh's Osama bin Laden conspiracy theory - Vox
On Sunday, the legendary investigative journalist Seymour Hersh finally released a story that he has been rumored to have been working on for years: the truth about the killing of Osama bin Laden.
10 days ago
Git in six hundred words
Imagine you have a directory called alpha. It contains a file called number.txt that contains the text first. You run git init to set up alpha as a Git repository.
11 days ago
The Playboy Conversation: Bret Easton Ellis | Playboy
I’m staring out Bret Easton Ellis’ high rise Beverly Hills apartment window. The view is beautiful yet painfully superficial, a smog-drenched vision of success and struggle. Bret, in a black Izod shirt and workout pants, has been sneezing since I walked in the door. “Sorry.
12 days ago
Inside the Shocking, Abrupt Divorce of Bill Simmons and ESPN | Vanity Fair
The union of Bill Simmons—columnist, commentator, on-air personality, and human hot button—and ESPN, the sports media colossus he’s called home for almost 15 years was no ordinary marriage.
12 days ago
Here’s Why ESPN Balked at Paying Bill Simmons $6 Million a Year | The Big Lead
Bill Simmons and ESPN waged intense contract discussions over the last few weeks, and this became the sticking point on Bristol’s end: It’s difficult to justify paying Bill Simmons $6+ million a year for the revenue he was driving.
12 days ago
The House That Fish Built — Medium
A new storytelling medium is emerging. But what do we call it? Now let’s rewind a bit.
13 days ago
Reinventing Organizations - Home
(Spoiler alert: it’s not the pyramid we know. There are no job descriptions, no targets, hardly any budgets. In their place come many new and soulful practices that create extraordinarily productive and purposeful organizations.)
13 days ago
Hand Drawn Logos on Vimeo
A compilation of the most recent hand drawn logos from my Instagram page, www.instagram.com/seblester.
13 days ago
Bill Simmons and ESPN to Part Ways - NY Times
Bill Simmons, who built a personal empire at ESPN and is one of America’s most influential sports personalities, will leave the media giant when his contract expires in the fall. He and the company were unable to reach an extension after months of talks.
13 days ago
‘Our Demand Is Simple: Stop Killing Us’ - Jay Caspian Kang - NY Times
On the evening of April 25 at the corner of Pratt and Light Streets, in Baltimore’s revitalized downtown district, more than 100 police officers in riot gear stood shoulder to shoulder, shields up.
14 days ago
This insane and detailed video explains Game Of Thrones’ “R+L=J” theory · Great Job, Internet! · The A.V. Club
Like that one aunt that constantly messages the family about her latest addition on Ancestry.com, Game Of Thrones fans are also deeply invested in the assorted lineage of characters.
14 days ago
How to Consult the I Ching - Divination Foundation
An ancient method for casting an I Ching reading involved a relatively laborious process of sorting fifty yarrow stalks. A more modern method uses a series of coin tosses using three identical coins (copper pennies will work).
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How to choose a question for the I Ching
The question is where any I Ching reading begins - how you open your conversation with the oracle, and create a 'container' for it out of your own desires and expectations. It's like the bucket you bring to reach the water in the Well.
14 days ago
Storytelling and Authenticity at Sandwich Video: An Interview with Adam Lisagor | Wistia Blog
Adam Lisagor, founder of Sandwich Video, has been described as the "director of choice among Silicon Valley startups looking to gain visibility" by Bloomberg Business and "the geek-next-door archetype" by Forbes.
14 days ago
The Obvious, the Easy, and the Possible by Jason Fried of Basecamp
Much of the tension in product development and interface design comes from trying to balance the obvious, the easy, and the possible. Figuring out which things go in which bucket is critical to fully understanding how to make something useful.
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Simulated annealing - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Simulated annealing (SA) is a generic probabilistic metaheuristic for the global optimization problem of locating a good approximation to the global optimum of a given function in a large search space. It is often used when the search space is discrete (e.g.
14 days ago
How to Create a Fast Hover Slideshow with CSS3
Today I want to share a little hover slideshow with you. The main idea is to run a super-fast image slideshow on hover and show the current image when mousing out. It’s just a fancy effect to play with and I got the idea from Contain.r.
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Group plans protest outside Nike during Obama speech - Portland Business Journal
The presidential limousine could drive past a line of protestors Friday outside Nike's world headquarters. The Oregon Fair Trade Campaign on Monday said it will picket outside Nike's Washington County campus when the president visits to talk about a Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.
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Under Cover: Rodrigo Corral and “Super Sad True Love Story” - The New Yorker
We’re inaugurating a new series at the Book Bench, in which great cover artists discuss their process, and share the story of how they came up with the design for one of their books.
15 days ago
Home - Wolff Olins
We are creative partners for ambitious leaders who want to act on the opportunities that matter. SAM says "Hi! See you soon..." http://t.co/LZY5yuK1pZ
15 days ago
Rodrigo Corral // Art + Design
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co. The studio was commissioned for art, design, and web for their New York City practice.
15 days ago
Chinese students build a business selling fruit on WeChat
Everyone’s familiar with how businesses large and small will leverage social media to generate revenue. In Asia, high profile brands including McDonalds, Maybelline, Xiaomi, and 7-11 have all run promotions on any number of popular social networks.
15 days ago
Text Rex
The best way to get personalized restaurant recommendations powered by The Infatuation staff (not an actual dinosaur). Text Rex is currently in beta (NYC only). Join the waitlist to be notified when we're ready for you:
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The Sense in Turning Away ‹ Literary Hub
She wrote: Color is the sound an object makes in response to light. Objects don’t speak unless spoken to. An object does not have a color—it makes a color (the way a bell makes a sound). She wrote: People ask me if there could be another.
15 days ago
No Stack Startups
“You need to get good at many different things” being the key proposition. But maybe, a year or so later, we are seeing something different emerging. Something closer to the actual unbundling of content and commerce businesses themselves from the web at large (and the apps thereto).
15 days ago
Buddhist Economics: How to Stop Prioritizing Products Over People and Consumption Over Creativity | Brain Pickings
“Work and leisure are complementary parts of the same living process and cannot be separated without destroying the joy of work and the bliss of leisure.
15 days ago
NASA's profile - Hear the world’s sounds
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James Baldwin and Margaret Mead on Reimagining Democracy for a Post-Consumerist Culture | Brain Pickings
NOTE: This is the third installment in a multi-part series celebrating Mead and Baldwin’s historic yet forgotten conversation.
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Food Deserts, Community Colleges And Innovative Slackers | FiveThirtyEight
Every Monday, the National Bureau of Economic Research, a nonprofit organization made up of some of North America’s most respected economists, releases its latest batch of working papers. The papers aren’t peer-reviewed, so their conclusions are preliminary (and occasionally flat-out wrong).
15 days ago
The Lessons Google Ventures Learned From Secret - NYTimes.com
For many in Silicon Valley, the rapid rise and precipitous fall of Secret, the prominent start-up that recently closed its doors, will most likely serve as a cautionary tale of how not to run a company.
16 days ago
The Sandman
Certainly you must all be uneasy that I have not written for so long - so very long. My mother, am sure, is angry, and Clara will believe that I am passing my time in dissipation, entirely forgetful of her fair, angelic image that is so deeply imprinted on my heart. Such, however, is not the case.
16 days ago
The Sandman (short story) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"The Sandman" (German: Der Sandmann, 1816) is a short story written in German by E. T. A. Hoffmann. It was the first in an 1817 book of stories titled Die Nachtstücke (The Night Pieces). The story is told by a narrator who claims to have known Lothar. It begins by quoting three letters:
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A Conversation With Ben Horowitz - YouTube
Ben Horowitz, co-founder and general partner of Andreessen Horowitz, is one of Silicon Valley's most successful venture capitalists. The firm he built with co-founder Marc Andreesen has picked some of the tech world's biggest winners, including Facebook, Box, Airbnb and Twitter. Horowitz will sit do
16 days ago
Kawakami: More from Steph Curry's magnum-opus MVP oration, the big name not included, and some Game 2 thoughts (by me)
* Here’s the full video of the presser, provided by the Warriors website. It’s a remarkable document of exactly why Curry has been so valuable to this franchise for this long, perhaps the MVP of the entire history of this franchise, pending the next few weeks and years.
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Kawakami: Steph Curry MVP transcript, just the part on each of his teammates (all 23 minutes of it--JUST the teammates part)
OAKLAND–Here’s the part of Stephen Curry’s moving (and long) MVP acceptance speech that I’ll remember longest: His individual tributes to his teammates.
16 days ago
Andreessen Horowitz’s Chris Dixon Predicts 10 NYC Unicorns In A Half Decade | TechCrunch
Today at TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2015, our own Ryan Lawler sat down with Chris Dixon of Andreessen Horowitz to dig into the investor’s strategy and how successful the New York technology scene will prove in the next few years.
16 days ago
A Blue Rush: Discussing "Bluets" | The Hairpin
In 2009, poet Maggie Nelson dropped Bluets, the print equivalent of a mixtape that combines memoir, poetry, art critique, and personal essay.
17 days ago
Fractal Lab
Fractal Lab started around the beginning of 2011 as my first explorations rendering fractals in the browser with WebGL.
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