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How To Make (And Record) Explosive Sounds Using Common Household Chemicals

2012-09-17T19:00:00Z

Sound designers love to blow things up, for the same reason DJs love big thumping bass beats. When the frequency of a sound is low enough and loud enough, it ceases to be heard with your ears, and becomes something you feel in your gut ... But what if you're working in mobile game audio? How do you get that butt-wrenching thump out of an iPhone speaker? Sound designers love to blow things up, for the same reason DJs love big thumping bass beats. When the frequency of a sound is low enough and loud enough, it ceases to be heard with your ears, and becomes something you feel in your gut ... But what if you're working in mobile game audio? How do you get that butt-wrenching thump out of an iPhone speaker?



Four short links: 12 July 2012

2012-07-12T10:00:00Z

Mozilla Persona -- single sign-on for the web. Interview with Alan Kay (Dr Dobbs Journal) -- The Internet was done so well that most people think of it as a natural resource like the Pacific Ocean, rather than something that was man-made. When was the last time a technology with a scale like that was so error-free? The Web,... Mozilla Persona -- single sign-on for the web. Interview with Alan Kay (Dr Dobbs Journal) -- The Internet was done so well that most people think of it as a natural resource like the Pacific Ocean, rather than something that was man-made. When was the last time a technology with a scale like that was so error-free? The Web,...



Four short links: 10 July 2012

2012-07-10T10:00:00Z

Learn to Write 6502 Assembly Language -- if retro-gaming is the gateway drug you're using to attract kids to programming, this is the crack you wheel out after three months of getting high. Ok, this metaphor is broken on many levels. (via Hacker News) Small Political Pieces, Loosely Joined -- MySociety: We believe that the wrong answer to this... Learn to Write 6502 Assembly Language -- if retro-gaming is the gateway drug you're using to attract kids to programming, this is the crack you wheel out after three months of getting high. Ok, this metaphor is broken on many levels. (via Hacker News) Small Political Pieces, Loosely Joined -- MySociety: We believe that the wrong answer to this...



Four short links: 5 July 2012

2012-07-05T10:00:00Z

Neocover -- very clever idea: magnetic light-switch frames, from which you can suspend keys and other very-losable pocket-fillers. Design of Checkout Forms (Luke Wroblewski) -- extremely detailed, data-filled, useful guide to state of the art (and effect of) e-commerce checkout forms. In tests comparing forms with real-time feedback to those without, usability testing firm, Etre and I measured a:... Neocover -- very clever idea: magnetic light-switch frames, from which you can suspend keys and other very-losable pocket-fillers. Design of Checkout Forms (Luke Wroblewski) -- extremely detailed, data-filled, useful guide to state of the art (and effect of) e-commerce checkout forms. In tests comparing forms with real-time feedback to those without, usability testing firm, Etre and I measured a:...



Walking the tightrope of visualization criticism

2012-07-02T13:00:00Z

A creative field, such as visualization, will have many different interpretations and perspectives. The resolution and richness of this opinion is important to safeguard. A creative field, such as visualization, will have many different interpretations and perspectives. The resolution and richness of this opinion is important to safeguard.



Four short links: 27 June 2012

2012-06-27T10:00:00Z

Turing Centenary Speech (Bruce Sterling) -- so many thoughtbombs, this repays rereading. We’re okay with certain people who “think different” to the extent of buying Apple iPads. We’re rather hostile toward people who “think so very differently” that their work will make no sense for thirty years — if ever. We’ll test them, and see if we can find... Turing Centenary Speech (Bruce Sterling) -- so many thoughtbombs, this repays rereading. We’re okay with certain people who “think different” to the extent of buying Apple iPads. We’re rather hostile toward people who “think so very differently” that their work will make no sense for thirty years — if ever. We’ll test them, and see if we can find...



Four short links: 26 June 2012

2012-06-26T10:00:00Z

SnapItHD -- camera captures full 360-degree panorama and users select and zoom regions afterward. (via Idealog) Iago (GitHub) -- Twitter's load-generation tool. AutoCAD Worm Stealing Blueprints -- lovely, malware that targets inventions. The worm, known as ACAD/Medre.A, is spreading through infected AutoCAD templates and is sending tens of thousands of stolen documents to email addresses in China. This one... SnapItHD -- camera captures full 360-degree panorama and users select and zoom regions afterward. (via Idealog) Iago (GitHub) -- Twitter's load-generation tool. AutoCAD Worm Stealing Blueprints -- lovely, malware that targets inventions. The worm, known as ACAD/Medre.A, is spreading through infected AutoCAD templates and is sending tens of thousands of stolen documents to email addresses in China. This one...



Four short links: 25 June 2012

2012-06-25T10:00:00Z

Stop Treating People Like Idiots (Tom Steinberg) -- governments miss the easy opportunities to link the tradeoffs they make to the point where the impacts are felt. My argument is this: key compromises or decisions should be linked to from the points where people obtain a service, or at the points where they learn about one. If my bins... Stop Treating People Like Idiots (Tom Steinberg) -- governments miss the easy opportunities to link the tradeoffs they make to the point where the impacts are felt. My argument is this: key compromises or decisions should be linked to from the points where people obtain a service, or at the points where they learn about one. If my bins...



Four short links: 19 June 2012

2012-06-19T10:00:00Z

Mobile Maps (Luke Wroblewski) -- In the US, Google gets about 31 million users a month on its Maps app on iOS. On average those users spend more than 75 minutes apiece in the app each month. The Importance of Public Traffic Data (Anil Dash) -- Bill Gates and Paul Allen's first collaboration was a startup called Traf-O-Data, which... Mobile Maps (Luke Wroblewski) -- In the US, Google gets about 31 million users a month on its Maps app on iOS. On average those users spend more than 75 minutes apiece in the app each month. The Importance of Public Traffic Data (Anil Dash) -- Bill Gates and Paul Allen's first collaboration was a startup called Traf-O-Data, which...



Four short links: 15 June 2012

2012-06-15T10:00:00Z

In Flawed, Epic Anonymous Book, the Abyss Gazes Back (Wired) -- Quinn Norton's review of a book about Anonymous is an excellent introduction to Anonymous. Anonymous made us, its mediafags, masters of hedging language. The bombastic claims and hyperbolic declarations must be reported from their mouths, not from our publications. And yet still we make mistakes and publish lies... In Flawed, Epic Anonymous Book, the Abyss Gazes Back (Wired) -- Quinn Norton's review of a book about Anonymous is an excellent introduction to Anonymous. Anonymous made us, its mediafags, masters of hedging language. The bombastic claims and hyperbolic declarations must be reported from their mouths, not from our publications. And yet still we make mistakes and publish lies...



Four short links: 13 June 2012

2012-06-13T10:00:00Z

Warren Buffett Lessons -- nice anthology of quotes, reordered into almost a narrative on different topics. (via Rowan Simpson) Silent Circle -- Phil Zimmermann's new startup, encrypting phone calls for iPhone and Android for $20/month. "I'm not going to apologize for the cost," Zimmermann told CNET, adding that the final price has not been set. "This is not Facebook.... Warren Buffett Lessons -- nice anthology of quotes, reordered into almost a narrative on different topics. (via Rowan Simpson) Silent Circle -- Phil Zimmermann's new startup, encrypting phone calls for iPhone and Android for $20/month. "I'm not going to apologize for the cost," Zimmermann told CNET, adding that the final price has not been set. "This is not Facebook....



Four short links: 8 June 2012

2012-06-08T10:00:00Z

HAproxy -- high availability proxy, cf Varnish. Opera Reviews SPDY -- thoughts on the high-performance HTTP++ from a team with experience implementing their own protocols. Section 2 makes a good intro to the features of SPDY if you've not been keeping up. Jetpants -- Tumblr's automation toolkit for handling monstrously large MySQL database topologies. (via Hacker News) LeakedIn --... HAproxy -- high availability proxy, cf Varnish. Opera Reviews SPDY -- thoughts on the high-performance HTTP++ from a team with experience implementing their own protocols. Section 2 makes a good intro to the features of SPDY if you've not been keeping up. Jetpants -- Tumblr's automation toolkit for handling monstrously large MySQL database topologies. (via Hacker News) LeakedIn --...



Four short links: 4 June 2012

2012-06-04T11:30:00Z

How To Be An Explorer of the World (Amazon) -- I want to take this course on design anthropology but this book, the assigned text, looks like an excellent second best. StuxNet Was American-Made Cyberwarfare Tool (NY Times) -- not even the air gap worked for Iran, “It turns out there is always an idiot around who doesn’t think... How To Be An Explorer of the World (Amazon) -- I want to take this course on design anthropology but this book, the assigned text, looks like an excellent second best. StuxNet Was American-Made Cyberwarfare Tool (NY Times) -- not even the air gap worked for Iran, “It turns out there is always an idiot around who doesn’t think...



Four short links: 28 May 2012

2012-05-28T10:00:00Z

Canada Wages War on Knowledge -- Library and Archives Canada is ending acquisitions, not digitizing material, dispersing its collection to underfunded private and public collections around Canada, and providing little in the way of access to the scraps they did keep. Apparently Canada has been overrun by Huns and Vandals. Imminent sack of Toronto predicted. (via BoingBoing) Cyberpunk Dress... Canada Wages War on Knowledge -- Library and Archives Canada is ending acquisitions, not digitizing material, dispersing its collection to underfunded private and public collections around Canada, and providing little in the way of access to the scraps they did keep. Apparently Canada has been overrun by Huns and Vandals. Imminent sack of Toronto predicted. (via BoingBoing) Cyberpunk Dress...



Four short links: 23 May 2012

2012-05-23T10:00:00Z

Tale of Two Pwnies (Chromium Blog) -- So, how does one get full remote code execution in Chrome? In the case of Pinkie Pie’s exploit, it took a chain of six different bugs in order to successfully break out of the Chrome sandbox. Lest you think all attacks come from mouth-breathing script kiddies, this is how the pros do... Tale of Two Pwnies (Chromium Blog) -- So, how does one get full remote code execution in Chrome? In the case of Pinkie Pie’s exploit, it took a chain of six different bugs in order to successfully break out of the Chrome sandbox. Lest you think all attacks come from mouth-breathing script kiddies, this is how the pros do...