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The Blast Shack

47 month ago

Linkorama : The Blast Shack

Andy Baio : Bruce Sterling on Wikileaks - long, brilliant

philgyford : The Blast Shack - Bruce Sterling on WikiLeaks, Cablegate and Julian Assange. Worth a read, especially if you can do so with Sterling's weary drawl as your interior voice.

nelson : The Blast Shack - Absolute must-read on WikiLeaks, the cypherpunks history

Eric Meyer : The Blast Shack - "Here it is; a planetary hack."

Television Tropes & Idioms

71 month ago

joshua : Television Tropes & Idioms - wjw

Rod Begbie : Television Tropes & Idioms - "This wiki is a catalog of the tricks of the trade for writing fiction." Tell your Checkov's Gun from your Deus Ex Machina. [via#

philgyford : Television Tropes & Idioms - Home Page - Big wiki cataloging "devices and conventions that a writer can reasonably rely on as being present in the audience members' minds and expectations". Big, big time sink.

deusx : Home Page - Television Tropes & Idioms - "This wiki is a catalog of the tricks of the trade for writing fiction. We dip into the cauldron of story, whistle up a hearty spoonful and splosh it in front of you to devour to your heart's content. "

Librarian responds to complaint about "Uncle Bobby's Wedding"

76 month ago

Andy Baio : Librarian responds to complaint about "Uncle Bobby's Wedding" - incredibly thoughtful and well-reasoned defense of a mildly controversial children's book  [via]

philgyford : Myliblog: Uncle Bobby's Wedding - Imagine if every complaint about anything received a reply this thoughtful. (via Kottke)

wearehugh : myliblog: Uncle Bobby's Wedding - librarians can say "fuck you" better than anyone else

Eric Meyer : Uncle Bobby's Wedding - Now that is one fantastic response.

Rands In Repose: The Nerd Handbook

85 month ago

deusx : Rands In Repose: The Nerd Handbook - "While I don’t know who you are or why in the world you chose a nerd for your companion, I do know that you are not a knowable system. I know that you are messy, just like your nerd. Being your own quirky self will be more than enough to present ne

Linkorama : The Nerd Handbook - A nerd needs a project because a nerd builds stuff. All the time. Those lulls in the conversation over dinner? That’s the nerd working on his project in his head.

Rod Begbie : Rands In Repose: The Nerd Handbook - Great Rands article. It's a bit hit-or-miss describing me, but the section "Nerds are fucking funny" sums me up perfectly. "Humor is an intellectual puzzle, "How can this particular set of esoteric trivia be constructed to maximize hilarity as quickly a #

philgyford : Rands In Repose: The Nerd Handbook - A worrying amount of that seems to fit.

nice article about the use of swear words in speech

86 month ago

joshua : nice article about the use of swear words in speech

Eric Meyer : What the F***? - On the emotional, societal, and intellectual impact and role(s) of swearing. Do I even need to warn you that it contains potentially objectionable language?

adamrg : What the F***?

Rod Begbie : TNR Online | What the F***? - Fucking excellent article on swearing. "Swearing raises many other puzzles--linguistic, neurobiological, literary, political." [via#

With 'LOLcats' Internet Fad,
 Anyone Can Get In on the Joke - WSJ.com

87 month ago

factoryjoe : With 'LOLcats' Internet Fad,
 Anyone Can Get In on the Joke - WSJ.com - IM IN UR PAPER INTERRUPIN UR NEWZ. Saved By: Chris Messina | View Details | Give Thanks Tags: lolcats, wsj, msm

Jeremy Zawodny : With 'LOLcats' Internet Fad,Anyone Can Get In on the Joke - With 'LOLcats' Internet Fad,Anyone Can Get In on the Joke: the WSJ covers lolcats... heh

Rod Begbie : With 'LOLcats' Internet Fad, Anyone Can Get In on the Joke - WSJ.com - IM IN UR WALL STREET JURNAL, etc. [via#

Linkorama : LOLcats - LOL Journal

Cats Can Has Grammar

91 month ago

Jeremy Zawodny : Cats Can Has Grammar - Cats Can Has Grammar: Anil dissects this stuff like nobody else.

jimray : Cats can has grammar - Why the hell is Anil so good at explaining this stuff?

Simon Willison : Cats Can Has Grammar - Cats Can Has Grammar. Anil Dash gives lolcats the analysis they deserve.

Rod Begbie : Anil Dash: Cats Can Has Grammar - IM IN UR BLOG EXPLANING UR DIALECTZ! Anil Dash breaks down the importance of good lolcat grammar. [via#

nelson : lolcats - Anil's in my Internet, explaining my silly memes

Microsoft is Dead

92 month ago

Jeremy Zawodny : Microsoft is Dead - Microsoft is Dead: I love it when Paul stirs the pot. :-)

Linkorama : Microsoft is Dead - In a bubble people have no fear, in a conversation bubble less so

François Nonnenmacher : Microsoft is dead - By Paul Graham

nelson : Microsoft is Dead - It's not quite true, but it's a good essay

Waxy.org: Pirating the 2007 Oscars

94 month ago

Andy Baio : Waxy.org: Pirating the 2007 Oscars - I just posted my research into Oscar screener piracy, also showing that restricting screeners may hurt film's Oscar chances

jkottke : Andy Baio has a report on Oscar nominated films showing up online - Andy Baio has a report on Oscar nominated films showing up online. Out of the 34 films nominated in one form or another, 31 have been released online. "The average length of time between a film's USA release and its first appearance online is 12 days."

Nelson Minar : Pirating the Oscars - Waxy researches the downloads of Oscar nominated films

wearehugh : Waxy.org: Daily Log: Pirating the 2007 Oscars

plasticbag : Andy Baio's written a great post about piracy and the Oscars and the effect of the piracy-free DVDs sent to academy members... - The general conclusion I get from this survey and from friends in the industry is that the companies who insist on copy protected DVDs ended up with Academy members unable to watch the films and subsequently not winning awards...

Sex baiting prank on Craigslist affects hundreds

99 month ago

Andy Baio : Sex baiting prank on Craigslist affects hundreds - griefer republishes personal ad responses publicly, ruining lives in the process

cameron : Waxy.org: Daily Log: Sex Baiting Prank on Craigslist Affects Hundreds - Andy describes an identity baiting case that is potentially going to cause some huff.

jimray : Sex Baiting Prank on Craigslist Affects Hundreds - Note to self: do not use work email address when responding to craigslist "casual encounters" posts. Another note to self: do not respond to craigslist "casual encouters" posts.

jkottke : Andy on some recent baiting of people looking for sex on Craigslist - Andy on some recent baiting of people looking for sex on Craigslist. "In a staggering move, he then published every single response, unedited and uncensored, with all photos and personal information to [the web]."

Google: Ten Golden Rules

108 month ago

Rod Begbie : Google: Ten Golden Rules - Some interesting notes on Google's culture. "Nobody throws chairs at Google, unlike management practices used at some other well-known technology companies." Snerk. [via#

kayodeok : Google: Ten Golden Rules - Knowledge workers believe they are paid to be effective, not to work 9 to 5, and that smart businesses will "strip away everything that gets in their knowledge workers' way."

jkottke : Seven key principles that Google uses to make their employees more effective - Seven key principles that Google uses to make their employees more effective. "At Google, the role of the manager is that of an aggregator of viewpoints, not the dictator of decisions."

Linkorama : Google: Ten Golden Rules - At Google, operations are not just an afterthought: they are critical to the company's success, and we want to have just as much effort and creativity in this domain as in new product development.

WillPate : Google's Ten Golden Rules - How they manage knowledge workers.

The Trend Spotter

110 month ago

Jeremy Zawodny : The Trend Spotter - The Trend Spotter: a profile of Tim O'Reilly

jimray : The Trend Spotter - Steven Levy's profile of Tim O'Reilly in Wired

Linkorama : The Trend Spotter - Tim O'Reilly's three words? Harnessing collective- intelligence.

jkottke : Profile of Tim O'Reilly - Steven Levy profiles Tim O'Reilly for Wired. Kind of ironic since O'Reilly Media has put itself in the middle of what's happening on the web, a position that perhaps should have been occupied by Wired, had they not sold all their online properties several

The Ten Stupidest Utopias

111 month ago

Andy Baio : The Ten Stupidest Utopias - a great read, from Plato's Republic to the Internet  [via]

cobra libre : ten stupidest utopias [via#

jimray : The Ten Stupidest Utopias! - Good to see "postwar American suburbs" and the Internets on there

jkottke : The Ten Stupidest Utopias! - You've got to love an article called The Ten Stupidest Utopias. In regard to the Internet, he says "utopia is never more than what we are; the people in them will always be just like us".

Being poor is...

111 month ago

jkottke : Being poor is...

deusx : Whatever: Being Poor - "Being poor is knowing exactly how much everything costs."

kayodeok : Being Poor... - Being poor is knowing exactly how much everything costs

philgyford : Whatever: Being Poor - Reality check.

Engadget 1985

112 month ago

Andy Baio : Engadget 1985 - the SYSOP is IN

Jeremy Zawodny : Engadget 1985 - Engadget 1985: best. post. ever.

kayodeok : Engadget 1985 - Welcome to the Engadget BBS ( August 22, 1985 | 12:35)

Rod Begbie : Engadget 1985 - The SYSOP is. . . . . . . . . . . . IN! [via#

deusx : Engadget 1985 - Engadget - www.engadget.com - I'd actually gotten one of those AM/FM radio watches at a flea market once when I was a kid...

Linkorama : Engadget 1985 - Damn that's cool

Nelson Minar : Engadget 1985 - Long, but amusing (via shellen)

Google Moon

113 month ago

Andy Baio : Google Moon - try zooming all the way in

jkottke : Google Moon: explore the Apollo landing sites in the Google Maps interface

joshua : Google Moon - mmm, cheese

kayodeok : Google Moon - Lunar Landing Sites - "In honor of the first manned Moon landing, which took place on July 20, 1969, we?ve added some NASA imagery to the Google Maps interface to help you pay your own visit to our celestial neighbor"

gleuschk : Google Moon - zoom all the way in

Rod Begbie : Google Moon - Lunar Landing Sites - Lovely little Googletreat to celebrate the anniversary of the moon landings. Make sure and try zooming in to the maximum resolution to see what the moon is made of. #

jimray : Google Moon - Lunar Landing Sites - Just a small slice of the moon, commemorating the original moon landing 36 years ago. Still cool, though.

erikbenson : Google Moon - Zoom in all the way to see the moon at a level of detail never experienced before.

Simon Willison : Google Moon - Lunar Landing Sites - Be sure to zoom all the way in for a Wallace and Gromit like revelation. (via) [via]

Philippe Janvier : Google Moon - Un petit pas pour l'homme... [via#

Linkorama : Google Moon - Honestly, if you are going to visit a fairly large moon, why would you keep going to the same place? What is this, Lunar Vegas?

20 things that only happen in the movies

113 month ago

Matthew M. Boedicker : 20 things that only happen in the movies

jkottke : 40 things that only happen in the movies - "All beds have special L-shaped sheets that reach to armpit level on a woman but only up to the waist of the man lying beside her."

kayodeok : 40 Things That Only Happen In Movies - "When paying for a taxi, don't look at your wallet as you take out a note. Just grab one out at random and hand it over. It will always be the exact fare"

Aquarion : 20 Things That Only Happen In Movies - Including the famous L-Shaped sheets

An open letter to the Kansas School Board

114 month ago

jkottke : An open letter to the Kansas School Board - "Let us remember that there are multiple theories of Intelligent Design. I and many others around the world are of the strong belief that the universe was created by a Flying Spaghetti Monster."

Aquarion : Open Letter to the Kansas Educations Boards. - Intellegent design has evolved a new argument

jimray : Open letter to Kansas City school board - The graph explaining global warming is worth the trip alone

gleuschk : Open Letter - laying out the tenets of Flying Spaghetti Monsterism

Linkorama : Flying Spaghetti Monster - If there is intelligent design, then we should teach multiple theories of intelligent design

Philipp Lenssen's thoughts on Google's language translation tools

115 month ago

Andy Baio : Philipp Lenssen's thoughts on Google's language translation tools - their new efforts could be a step toward a working Babel Fish

kayodeok : Google Translator: The Universal Language - "Google used the United Nations Documents to train their machine, and all in fed 200 billion words. This is brute force AI, if you want - it works on statistical learning theory only and has not much real "understanding" of anything but patterns"

jimray : Google Translator: The Universal Language - Add some text to speech, miniaturize and the babelfish is real

Simon Willison : Google Translator: The Universal Language - Their new approach to translation is utterly brilliant. (via) [via]

'Infomania' worse than marijuana

116 month ago

kayodeok : 'Infomania' worse than marijuana - Workers distracted by email and phone calls suffer a fall in IQ more than twice that found in marijuana smokers

Jeremy Zawodny : 'Infomania' worse than marijuana - 'Infomania' worse than marijuana: "Those who are constantly breaking away from tasks to react to email or text messages suffer similar effects on the mind as losing a night's sleep..."

jimray : 'Infomania' worse than marijuana - New work strategy: wake and bake, but don't answer e-mail. Sure to be a success!

plasticbag : 50% of people answer their e-mails immediately they receive them?! Who are these people!? - Let's just say that if I did this I probably wouldn't have 22,000 unread things in my mailbox creeping me out...

The Annotated New York Times

116 month ago

Jeremy Zawodny : The Annotated New York Times - The Annotated New York Times: this is really fucking cool

Jason Shellen : The Annotated New York Times - Nice use of blog search. #

Andy Baio : The Annotated New York Times - tracking NYT stories with real-time reactions from blogs [via]  [via]

kayodeok : The Annotated New York Times - "The Annotated New York Times is a fascinating new blog that tracks weblog postings citing articles published by The New York Times"

jimray : The Annotated New York Times - See what the bloggers are squawking about

ongoing · It?s Not Dangerous

117 month ago

deusx : ongoing · It?s Not Dangerous - "Ten Reasons Why Blogging is Good For Your Career"

kayodeok : Ten Reasons Why Blogging is Good For Your Career - Tim Bray explains why Blogging is not as dangerous as we are led to believe

Rod Begbie : It's Not Dangerous - Tim Bray provides "Ten Reasons Why Blogging is Good For Your Career". I agree 100%, and have the job to prove it!  [via#

Andy Baio : Tim Bray on why blogging is good for your career - counteracting the trend of fired for blogging stories [via]  [via]

François Nonnenmacher : It?s Not Dangerous (to blog) - Tim Bray explains why blogging is good for your career and may be why journos are spreading FUD about fired bloggers (hint: they are in FUD themselves)

Paul Hammond : ongoing · It?s Not Dangerous - Ten Reasons Why Blogging is Good For Your Career

ricmac : Tim Bray on how blogging is good for your career - That's the assumption I've been working on for ages now... I'm still waiting to get noticed by employers in NZ though! ;-) hint hint... btw patience is not one of my virtues :-)

How to Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Internet

130 month ago

Les Orchard : How to Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Internet - "Because the Internet is so new we still don’t really understand what it is."

Paul Hammond : DNA/How to Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Internet - Interactivity. Many-to-many communications. Pervasive networking. These are cumbersome new terms for elements in our lives so fundamental that, before we lost them, we didn't even know to have names for them

Graham Leuschke : How to Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Internet - the Internet is so new we still donÂ’t really understand what it is

kayodeok : How to Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Internet

jimray : How to Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Internet - Douglas Adams, circa 1999, on this new fangled thing called the Internet. Seems especially prescient now.

jcgregorio : DNA/How to Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Internet - Douglas Adams on the Internet

philgyford : DNA/How to Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Internet - All good, but particularly the points from "everything that’s already in the world when you’re born is just normal." Very good. (via Russell Davies)

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