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Thu, 08 Dec 2016 23:40:15 GMTThe classic action puzzle game Lode Runner is now on the web, implemented in HTML5 by Simon Hung using CreateJS! It has all 150 the levels from the original and the 50 from Championship (VERY HARD), plus some more collections. Here's the source on GitHub. More info.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 22:44:40 GMT"And you knew when he was there because you'd turn around and go, 'Holy shit, I smell Prince.' And then, ten seconds later, you'd see him."
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 21:50:26 GMT"Anyone in the area of the intersection between Bergsgatan and Almbacksgatan in the southern Swedish city should pay attention to where they walk: hidden at ground level lies a French nut store named 'Noix de Vie' selling a range of nuts for the city's mice. Next door, an Italian restaurant called 'Il Topolino' has moved in, complete with a pin-sized menu attached to the wall detailing its range of cheese and crackers."
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 21:11:49 GMTWASHINGTON (AP) — John Glenn, whose 1962 flight as the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the Earth made him an all-American hero and propelled him to a long career in the U.S. Senate, died Thursday. The last survivor of the original Mercury 7 astronauts was 95.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 20:53:46 GMTThese 100 photographs did not change the world and had no influence whatsoever (unlike these ones), but we should be thankful for their existence anyway. Includes hamsters, Sarah Bernhardt's foot (and dog), lovers, a large balloon, a kangaroo, some clouds and various types of human beings. (short article about this collection, in French)
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 19:24:34 GMT"The tail of a 99-million year old dinosaur has been found entombed in amber, an unprecedented discovery that has blown away scientists....The amber adds to fossil evidence that many dinosaurs sported feathers rather than scales. "
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 18:53:32 GMT"It's true that states and corporations often desire privacy, they just as often desire that I myself have less privacy. What does it mean, in an ostensible democracy, for the state to keep secrets from its citizens? ... In the short term, the span of a lifetime, many of us would argue for privacy, and therefore against transparency. But history, the long term, is transparency; it is the absence of secrets." - William Gibson
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:12:16 GMTThe 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey (USTS) is the largest survey examining the experiences of transgender people in the United States, with 27,715 respondents from all fifty states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and U.S. military bases overseas. (Full report. Executive Summary) The USTS was for all trans-identified people, including genderqueer and non-binary people, at any stage of their lives, journey, or transition. Participants had to be currently living in the United States or a U.S. territory, or be living abroad on a U.S. military base.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 13:53:40 GMTAn A.I. wrote a Christmas song and...yeah.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 07:42:13 GMTHow the Soviets invented the internet and why it didn't work - "Soviet scientists tried for decades to network their nation. What stalemated them is now fracturing the global internet." The first global computer networks took root in the US thanks to well-regulated state funding and collaborative research environments, while the contemporary (and notably independent) national network efforts in the USSR floundered due to unregulated competition and institutional infighting among Soviet administrators. The first global computer network emerged thanks to capitalists behaving like cooperative socialists, not socialists behaving like competitive capitalists. In the fate of the Soviet internet we can glimpse a clear and present warning to the future of the internet. Today the 'internet' – understood as a single global network of networks for advancing informational liberty, democracy and commerce – is in serious decline... consider how often companies and states are seeking to silo their online experiences: the ubiquitous app is more of a walled garden for rent-seekers than a public commons for browsers. Inward-looking gravity wells (such as Facebook and the Chinese firewall) increasingly gobble up sites that link outwards. also btw... What is the 'splinternet'? - "THE word—and the concept—is not new. An entire book has been written about it. But it is likely to find greater currency in the coming years: 'splinternet', or the idea that the internet, long imagined as a global online commons, is becoming a maze of national or regional and often conflicting rules. Elders of the internet—among them politicians, entrepreneurs and technologists who want the network to remain open—have started to push back." How a Trump Administration Could Shape the Internet - "Under a President Donald Trump, cable and phone companies could gain new power to influence what you do and what you watch online — not to mention how much privacy you have while you're at it." [...]
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 05:44:03 GMTCat Hulbert: How I got rich beating men at their own game In her own words, Cat Hulbert describes how she got rich beating male opponents - and the casinos - and explains why in her view women are innately better at poker than men.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 05:26:43 GMTThe World Of Tomorrow: A Tribute to the Post-Apocalyptic Cinema (SLVimeo)
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 05:13:08 GMT100 Notable Books of 2016 [The New York Times] The year's notable fiction, poetry and nonfiction, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review. This list represents books reviewed since Dec. 6, 2015, when we published our previous Notables list. - The 10 Best Books of 2016 [The New York Times] The year's best books, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review. - The Best Book Covers of 2016 [The New York Times] However ornamental book jackets may be, they are also entry points to both the good and bad ideas that illuminate our possible futures. Conventional wisdom holds that an uninteresting book cover should never stop a worthy idea within from taking hold. And yet, so many conventions and so much wisdom were proved wrong this year that during my more histrionic moments, I wonder how many instances exist throughout the course of history in which book covers have worked against the potential human value of the books they're wrapped around. Here then are 12 reasons to be less fatalistic and more optimistic. These covers are challenging without being impenetrable and playful without being precious — none of which is an easy task for a designer. - Temples for the Literary Pilgrim [The New York Times] From Mexico City to Hangzhou, bookstores that are destinations in and of themselves. - 7 Writers on Their Favorite Bookstores [The New York Times] Geraldine Brooks, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Pamela Paul and others in the literary world reveal their favorite bookstores. - Ann Patchett's Guide for Bookstore Pilgrims [The New York Times] If bookstores are a must on your travel itinerary, Ann Patchett has a road map for you. - A Bookworm's Travel Plan [The New York Times] For the writer, a good bookstore in a faraway place is as basic a need as a decent hotel, a hot shower and enough underwear. - NPR's Book Concierge [NPR.org] Our Guide To 2016's Great Reads: Use the filters below to explore more than 300 titles NPR staff and critics loved this year. (You can also combine filters!) Want even more recommendations? Check out our favorite books from 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 - Best Books of 2016 [Good Reads] Announcing the winners of the 2016 Goodreads Choice Awards, the only major book awards decided by readers. Congratulations to the best books of the year! - Best Books of 2016 [Amazon.com's Editors Picks] All year, Amazon.com's editorial team reads with an eye for the Best Books of the Month, plus the best books in popular categories like Cooking, Food & Wine, Literature & Fiction, Children's books, Mystery & Thrillers, Comics & Graphic Novels, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, the best books for teens, and more. We scour reviews and book news for tips on what the earliest readers have loved, share our own copies and tear through as many books as possible. - The 10 Best Books of 2016 [Vulture] There were many literary surprises in 2016 — we were forced to learn of Elena Ferrante's true identity before we wanted to; in an Oprah-coordinated marketing assault we were treated to Colson Whitehead's new novel a month before we expected it; and in accord with the year's backwards logic, the runaway best-seller about ethnic identity was by a white guy from Ohio: Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance. We won't forget these shocks, but what really mattered in 2016 transpired quietly. A changing of the guard is under way, and most of the year's best books were debuts or sophomore efforts. I was disappointed by many of the year's marquee releases (Whitehead's was a glorious exception), but for every high-profile bomb there were several outstanding books from singular authors emerging on the fringes.[...]
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 04:51:19 GMTDJ Kutski is keeping the rave alive via podcast mixes, "representing 360 degrees of the harder styles of dance music," an hour at a time. He's up to 244 episodes, and if you check out a few, you'll quickly notice a pattern in the shows. They generally feature a mix of old and new tracks, a cheeky check to see "does it sound good at 170 BPM", a bit of sample mania, and a guest mini-mix from such names as Dune and Charlie Lownoise & Mental Theo from the living history of the scenes, with folks like Sound Rush and AniMe representing the new generation. PLUR!
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 04:12:15 GMT"Yellowbrick was founded a decade ago specifically to treat 'emerging adult' brains. It helps its patients navigate the extended period between childhood and adulthood." At a cost of $27,500 per month and a minimum commitment of 10 weeks, parents of prospective patients are paying dearly - and some would say being sucked dry - in the name of launching their failed-to-launch 20 or 30-something child.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:05:45 GMTAn American in Syria: The young United States florist headed to Raqqa, Syria, as a volunteer with the People's Defense Units, or YPG, is known to most of Weird Twitter as PissPigGranddad.