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Is this life real or a simulation? – Matthew R Francis – Aeon
Our species is not going to last forever. One way or another, humanity will vanish from the Universe, but before it does, it might summon together sufficient computing power to emulate human experience, in all of its rich detail.
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Badlands (1973) - Love is Strange - YouTube
A clip from Terrence Malick's film Badlands from 1973, starring Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek.
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1 hour ago
Twine / An open-source tool for telling interactive, nonlinear stories
You don't need to write any code to create a simple story with Twine, but you can extend your stories with variables, conditional logic, images, CSS, and JavaScript when you're ready. Twine publishes directly to HTML, so you can post your work nearly anywhere.
16 hours ago
Start-Up Chile | The biggest startup community in the world
Be part of the entrepreneurial revolution and apply to Start-Up Chile. "Start-Up Chile was amazing both personally and to kickstart our company Pact. In the 6 months there, we were able to build our initial app and backend, to propel us toward launch.
17 hours ago
How to reward skilled coders with something other than people management - lizTheDeveloper
You have awesome engineers, and they want to advance in their career. Their team is growing because of advancements they've made, and you want to recognize the work they've done with something.
17 hours ago
The Technium: A Desirable-Future Haiku
Recently I sent a twitter request out into the wider internets. I got 23 responses, which I am running (with permission) below. I’ll tell you who I selected as the winner in a moment, but first I’d like to tell you what I learned. It’s a hard assignment.
17 hours ago
Former Amazon employee set for hunger strike at Seattle headquarters | Technology | The Guardian
A former Amazon employee embroiled in a legal battle with the online retailer is set to go on hunger strike in an attempt to force the company to change business practices which he calls “deceptive and fraudulent”.
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Last year, after more than a decade in Silicon Valley, Stacia Carr helped sell the company she was running and went looking for a change of pace. “The Bay Area is supersaturated,” she said. “It’s very expensive; it’s hypercompetitive.
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We Are All Confident Idiots - Pacific Standard: The Science of Society
The trouble with ignorance is that it feels so much like expertise. A leading researcher on the psychology of human wrongness sets us straight.
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Why I Am Teaching a Course Called “Wasting Time on the Internet” - The New Yorker
The Surrealists’ ideal state for making art was the twilight between wakefulness and sleep, when they would dredge up images from the murky subconscious and throw them onto the page or canvas.
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Ursula Le Guin - YouTube
Ursula K. Le Guin accepts the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the 65th National Book Awards on November 19, 2014.
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"We will need writers who can remember freedom": Ursula K Le Guin at the National Book Awards - parker higgins dot net
Ursula K. Le Guin was honored at the National Book Awards tonight and gave a fantastic speech about the dangers to literature and how they can be stopped. As far as I know it’s not available online yet (update: the video is now online), so I’ve transcribed it from the livestream below.
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San Francisco 49ers News — Niner Insider Blog » Steve Young and the art of molding a mobile quarterback
The 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick and Washington’s Robert Griffin III are dual-threat quarterbacks, but Steve Young desperately wants them to add another dimension. What does it mean to be a triple-threat quarterback?
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Four Noble Truths - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Four Noble Truths (Sanskrit: catvāri āryasatyāni; Pali: cattāri ariyasaccāni) are one of the forms in the Nikayas to express what are considered in Buddhism to be the fundamental truths of the origin of rebirth, paraphrased as dukkha, and its cessation. They are called:
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At 39, Walt Whitman was broke, unemployed, and living with his mom - Vox
In Rebel Souls: Walt Whitman and America's First Bohemians, author Justin Martin tells the story of how a subterranean New York City saloon helped alter the course of Whitman's life.
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On HTML5 and the Group That Rules the Web
You might have read that, on October 28th, W3C officially recommended HTML5. And you might know that this has something to do with apps and the Web. The question is: Does this concern you?
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David Suzuki writes letter to grandson arrested at Kinder Morgan protest on Burnaby Mountain | Vancouver Observer
All over the world, local citizens and communities are standing up to protect their ecological, social and economic interests against these invading entities that behave like thugs, intimidating with SLAPP suits and using every legal tool, anything to keep on their destructive path while avoiding
2 days ago
Fallibilism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Fallibilism (from medieval Latin fallibilis, "liable to err") is the philosophical principle that human beings could be wrong about their beliefs, expectations, or their understanding of the world.
2 days ago
Tina Roth Eisenberg: Don’t Complain, Create - 99U
Tina Roth Eisenberg was chugging along in her career as a designer… and then her daughter was born. She realized she had not yet become the kind of woman she had hoped her children would know.
2 days ago
With the help of Ben Horowitz, rapper Ryan Leslie wants to reinvent the record label for the new music economy | PandoDaily
I arrived a few minutes early to Open Kitchen, a cafeteria-style hangout in New York’s Financial District, to meet Ryan Leslie. Leslie is a Grammy-nominated R&B/hip-hop producer and performer who’s collaborated with Beyonce, Britney Spears, and Kanye West, to name a few.
2 days ago
Glitch | Public Domain Art & Code
Glitch was a labor of love, created by a passionate and diverse team filled with wonderful talents. It also had a fanatical community of players who created a world of their own inside the game. Unfortunately, the game was not commercially viable. But all good things come to an end, etc.
2 days ago
An Interview with Flickr cofounder Stewart Butterfield on the Workplace Communication App Slack | MIT Technology Review
While apps for work don’t usually inspire much excitement, there’s something almost palpable about the buzz surrounding Slack, a fast-growing communication app for the office.
2 days ago
Pricing the Web · An A List Apart Column
A note from the editors: Part two of a four-part series about the money side of businesses that build the web. I probably don’t have to tell you that pricing is slippery business. It requires a lot of perspective, experience, and luck (read: trial and error).
2 days ago
Designing for a Beautiful Enterprise — Medium
I have been creating and building products for over 12 years, leading product and design teams from consumer to enterprise and everything in between. Recently, I left my cushy, post-acquisition vest and rest leadership position to join Box as its Design Leader.
2 days ago
Amy Poehler’s Confidence Lessons - The New Yorker
As Leslie Knope on “Parks and Recreation,” as a “Saturday Night Live” cast member, and as a trustworthy awards-show iconoclast, Amy Poehler has helped define comedy in the past decade and a half, pushing it forward, making it more interesting, more feminist, better.
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On Muppets & Merchandise: How Jim Henson Turned His Art into a Business | Longreads Blog
In 2011, Longreads highlighted an essay called “Weekend at Kermie’s,” by Elizabeth Hyde Stevens, published by The Awl. Stevens is now back with a new Muppet-inspired Kindle Serial called “Make Art Make Money,” part how-to, part Jim Henson history. Below is the opening chapter.
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Pineapple - A Magazine from Airbnb
This is a printed magazine where honest stories are told by the unexpected characters of our community. It is a crossroad of travel and anthropology; a document of community, belonging and shared space.
2 days ago
JPL | Space Images | Europa's Stunning Surface
The puzzling, fascinating surface of Jupiter's icy moon Europa looms large in this newly-reprocessed color view, made from images taken by NASA's Galileo spacecraft in the late 1990s.
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Box CEO Aaron Levie: Studio 1.0 (11/20): Video - Bloomberg
A very big moment in the debate over immigration, one of the biggest moves on immigration wheezing in this country in a long time. Thank you for watching. An uncommon greed in the world of enterprise technology. Aaron levie he is known for his colorful sneakers and iran tweets.
2 days ago
Writing-first Design by Jonas Downey of Basecamp
A quick way to measure a designer’s maturity is to watch what they do at the beginning of a project. Inexperienced designers are often smitten by the allure of new tools and quick results, so they’ll jump in to Photoshop or Sketch and start messing with layouts and style explorations.
2 days ago
A Robert Gober Retrospective at MOMA
Whenever the current art world is accused of demeaning modern life, Exhibit A for the defense could be the forty-year career of Robert Gober, which is surveyed in a retrospective, “The Heart Is Not a Metaphor,” at the Museum of Modern Art.
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Shapes of Things
“Matisse: The Cut-Outs,” a show at the Museum of Modern Art, will give you as much aesthetic pleasure as you can stand and then some.
3 days ago
Driving Phantom from Grunt · An A List Apart Blog Post
Together, these tools allow us to get consistent feedback for our code, by further automating checks that would normally require opening a browser.
3 days ago
PhantomJS | PhantomJS
PhantomJS is a headless WebKit scriptable with a JavaScript API. It has fast and native support for various web standards: DOM handling, CSS selector, JSON, Canvas, and SVG. Run functional tests with frameworks such as Jasmine, QUnit, Mocha, Capybara, WebDriver, and many others. Learn more
3 days ago
How to Be a Better Writer: 6 Tips From Harvard’s Steven Pinker
Eric Barker writes Barking Up the Wrong Tree. Good writing is often looked at as an art and, frankly, that can be intimidating. No need to worry. There are rules — even science — behind writing well.
3 days ago
The Problem with the Problems with the Problems with Serial. — Medium
Over the weekend, Jaime Green put up on a post on her Tumblr titled, “The Problem with the Problems with Serial.” She wrote about two critiques of the show that had been published last week — one by Julia Carrie Wong in Buzzfeed, the other by me, in the Awl.
3 days ago
Westra & Co.
I am the former director of media and events at Brain Traffic, where I produced Confab Events, an international series of conferences for content strategists. I’m also the cofounder of Contents, an online magazine for people who care about the contents and policies of the internet.
4 days ago
San Francisco Magazine | Modern Luxury | The Smartest Bro in the Room
Travis Kalanick is trying really hard to sit still. You can tell by the way that he clasps and unclasps his hands under the table, and by the unnervingly intense eye contact that he makes as he speaks.
4 days ago
Art or Humanity: Thoughts on Bill Cosby - The Toast
Growing up, my brothers and I were only allowed to watch an hour of television a week. We had to be judicious with that time because there was so much we wanted to see and so little time.
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Werner Herzog on Creativity, Self-Reliance, Making a Living of What You Love, and How to Turn Your Ideas Into Reality | Brain Pickings
Werner Herzog is celebrated as one of the most influential and innovative filmmakers of our time, but his ascent to acclaim was far from a straight trajectory from privilege to power.
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Why Japanese Web Design is NOT so different — Medium
At one time I worked for a company that is often referred to as exemplifying the “distinctive” web design of Japan(*1). This is not to say that I was directly involved with the design of the website, but there were times when I participated in some related projects.
5 days ago
Using jQuery or MooTools For Drag, Drop, Sort, Save
One of my most popular posts has been Using MooTools 1.2 for Drag, Drop, Sort, Save. My post detailed how you can create a drag'n'drop, AJAX-ified system to allow the user to drag and drop elements and quickly save them with PHP and MySQL on the server side.
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Daring Fireball: Native Apps Are Part of the Web
Everything about apps feels like a win for users — they are faster and easier to use than what came before.
5 days ago
The Marshall Project
1) There is a pressing national need for high-quality journalism about the American criminal justice system. The U.S. incarcerates more people than any country in the world.
5 days ago
Uber Executive Suggests Digging Up Dirt On Journalists
The executive, Emil Michael, made the comments in a conversation he later said he believed was off the record. In a statement through Uber Monday evening, he said he regretted them and that they didn’t reflect his or the company’s views.
5 days ago
Part two on how I built my blog
This is a follow up from my last post How I built my blog in one day. There were several items I left out and several more that I have refined.
6 days ago
Information Architects | iA designs and builds digital products.
iA is a strategic design agency. We help corporations achieve their business goals by optimizing the production, flow, and clarity of communication. The Guardian contacted us to help with the information architecture of their upcoming redesign.
6 days ago
Hyperbole and a Half
Power is intoxicating. Everyone loves having the ability to make their decisions into reality — to think "this should be something that happens," and then actually be able to make that thing happen. Four-year-olds lack the experience to wield power responsibly.
6 days ago
Nick Cave – Push the Sky Away | Tom Hingston Studio
The super deluxe edition of Push The Sky Away is the latest collaboration between THS and Nick Cave. The bespoke linen bound box set contains a very special notebook which is an anatomy of the album, song by song.
6 days ago
Uber C.E.O. Travis Kalanick’s Warpath | Vanity Fair
Uber, Travis Kalanick’s smartphone-based car service, has been valued at $18.2 billion, but its C.E.O. still spends a lot of his time on the warpath. His enemies include the taxi industry, regulators around the world, his rivals, and even, on occasion, his customers.
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The Myth Of AI | Edge.org
That mythology, in turn, has spurred a reactionary, perpetual spasm from people who are horrified by what they hear. You'll have a figure say, "The computers will take over the Earth, but that's a good thing, because people had their chance and now we should give it to the machines.
9 days ago
Putting CSS Clip to Work: Expanding Overlay Effect
Our previous article, Understanding the CSS Clip Property by Hugo Giraudel offers a great overview of the CSS clip property and the rect() function. Today we want to explore the practical side of it a little bit more.
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Machine-Learning Maestro Michael Jordan on the Delusions of Big Data and Other Huge Engineering Efforts - IEEE Spectrum
The overeager adoption of big data is likely to result in catastrophes of analysis comparable to a national epidemic of collapsing bridges. Hardware designers creating chips based on the human brain are engaged in a faith-based undertaking likely to prove a fool’s errand.
10 days ago
The Multiverse’s ‘Measure Problem’ | Quanta Magazine
If modern physics is to be believed, we shouldn’t be here. The meager dose of energy infusing empty space, which at higher levels would rip the cosmos apart, is a trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion times tinier than theory predicts.
10 days ago
Super-Intelligent Humans Are Coming - Issue 18: Genius - Nautilus
Lev Landau, a Nobelist and one of the fathers of a great school of Soviet physics, had a logarithmic scale for ranking theorists, from 1 to 5. A physicist in the first class had ten times the impact of someone in the second class, and so on. He modestly ranked himself as 2.
10 days ago
Drawing the native/web line in Basecamp for iPhone by Nick of Basecamp
Why web views? The tech issues with using UIWebView weren’t all solved out of the box. By default the scrolling acceleration is slower than a normal UIScrollView. Caching data with HTTPS didn’t seem to work, so we dropped in SDURLCache.
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AMA: I’m Mig Reyes, a designer at Basecamp. - Designer News
I’m a designer at Basecamp—formerly 37signals. At Basecamp, I float around between product design and marketing design. I have a bit of work A.D.D., so bouncing around different problems to solve really gets me going.
10 days ago
Rebuilding the Shopify Admin: Improving Developer Productivity by Dele
This September, we quietly launched a new version of the Shopify admin. Unlike the launch of the previous major iteration of our admin, this version did not include a major overhaul of the visual design, and for the most part, would have gone largely unnoticed by the user.
10 days ago
Escaping the Iron Curtain for Silicon Valley - CNET
The one thing everyone wants to know about Christian Gheorghe's life is the one thing he won't talk about.
10 days ago
The Internet Needs a Better Way to Handle Money. This Startup Has the Key | WIRED
I just met Greg Brockman a few minutes ago, but I’m already showing him my credit card number.
10 days ago
The Guardian Launches an Open Redesign for US Readers - Features - Source: An OpenNews project
A new version of theguardian.com is being unleashed today, and its launch marks an important moment in open development—because, for many readers, the new site isn’t new at all.
10 days ago
The Radiant Child by Rene Ricard - artforum.com / From the Archives
I REMEMBER THE FIRST Tags (where is Taki?), Breaking (where you spin on your head), Rapping (where I first heard it).
10 days ago
The Rise of Nintendo: A Story in 8 Bits
From ‘Donkey Kong’ to the NES — how a Japanese company took over the American living room. An exclusive first serial from ‘Console Wars.’ The following is an excerpt from Blake J. Harris’s new book, Console Wars. It has been slightly modified for this publication.
10 days ago
Paris Review - The Art of Fiction No. 71, Joan Didion
It is usual for the interviewer to write this paragraph about the circumstances in which the interview was conducted, but the interviewer in this case, Linda Kuehl, died not long after the tapes were transcribed.
10 days ago
George Saunders Has Written the Best Book You’ll Read This Year
In a little sushi restaurant in Syracuse, George Saunders conceded that, sure, one reality was that he and I were a couple guys talking fiction and eating avocado salad and listening to Alanis Morissette coming from the speaker above our heads. Another was that we were walking corpses.
10 days ago
Published for the First Time: a 1959 Essay by Isaac Asimov on Creativity | MIT Technology Review
In 1959, I worked as a scientist at Allied Research Associates in Boston. The company was an MIT spinoff that originally focused on the effects of nuclear weapons on aircraft structures.
10 days ago
BOMB Magazine — Ben Lerner & Ariana Reines
Ariana Reines is a go-for-broke artist who honors her traditions by being like no one else.
10 days ago
The Man Who Would Be Prince
Prince. He never writes, he never phones. After six days of waiting, of standing in the same room as him, of being passed in corridors, of being blanked at nightclubs, I am getting touchy and I am getting paranoid.
10 days ago
Donald Antrim and the Art of Anxiety
The first time Donald Antrim’s mind was exposed to wider scrutiny, that I can find, was more than 20 years ago during an interview he gave to The New York Times. It was the fall of 1993, so right after the publication of his first book, the novel “Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World.” The Q.
10 days ago
In Defense Of Ms. Hill — Cuepoint — Medium
Yasiin Bey and I make beautiful music together. We are yin and yang, our styles complement each other very nicely. While it’s always a treat for us to perform together as Black Star, the style and pace of our solo performances are different.
10 days ago
Lena Dunham Is Not Done Confessing
On a recent afternoon in Brooklyn, Lena Dunham and her sister, Grace, met up at a local hangout. Grace was nursing a sprained ankle she sustained a few nights earlier, after, by her account, “tripping into a pothole while running out of a queer-poetry reading.
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Martine Rothblatt Is the Highest-Paid Female CEO in America. She Was Also Born Male. -- New York Magazine
Futurist, pharma tycoon, satellite entrepreneur, philosopher. Martine Rothblatt, the highest-paid female executive in America, was born male. But that is far from the thing that defines her. Just ask her wife. Then ask the robot version of her wife.
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Ed Ruscha’s L.A. - The New Yorker
If you need cheering up, go to the Museum of Modern Art and look at a painting called “Oof,” by Edward Ruscha. The title and the subject are identical, just those three block letters, each one bigger than your head, in cadmium yellow on a background of cobalt blue.
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WAKING UP: Chapter One : Sam Harris
I once participated in a twenty-three-day wilderness program in the mountains of Colorado. If the purpose of this course was to expose students to dangerous lightning and half the world’s mosquitoes, it was fulfilled on the first day.
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The Strange Tale of the North Pond Hermit
The hermit set out of camp at midnight, carrying his backpack and his bag of break-in tools, and threaded through the forest, rock to root to rock, every step memorized. Not a boot print left behind.
10 days ago
Isabella Blow and Alexander McQueen: Fashion’s Muse and Master | Vanity Fair
For a time, starting in the early 1990s, Isabella Blow and Alexander McQueen were inseparable—fashion muse and master—lovers without the sex. They shared something else: a self-loathing so intense it would devour them both, with Blow’s suicide in 2007 and McQueen’s in 2010.
10 days ago
Monk: The High Priest of Jazz
This article originally appeared in the Saturday Evening Post and is reprinted on Longform by permission of the author. Hear Lewis Lapham discuss this article and more on the Longform Podcast.
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Paris Review - The Art of Fiction No. 36, William S. Burroughs
Firecrackers and whistles sounded the advent of the New Year of 1965 in St. Louis. Stripteasers ran from the bars in Gaslight Square to dance in the street when midnight came. Burroughs, who had watched television alone that night, was asleep in his room at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel, St.
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William T. Vollmann Interview: A Dangerously Uncorrupted Literary Mind | New Republic
One morning, in 2000, while I was working as an editor for Henry Holt, a manuscript contained on several compact disks was delivered to my office.
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