Posts tagged with “internet”

Yes, that is indeed a blogroll. So quaint. I put it there yesterday.

You know: ever since I started blogging sometime in 2001, the demise of the independent, personal blog has been projected and the Golden Age of blogging deemed to be over already. I mean: in 2001, I should clearly have been around in 1995. Oh, man: that was blogging. The cool kids have moved on.

But judging from the length of that blogroll, they actually haven't. Not all of them. Other people notice, too, for example Kottke who has been at this longer than I and with much more consistency.

Only a short while ago, people left their blogs behind and claimed that their digital nourishment would henceforth be partaken of in places such as Facebook and Twitter. I, personally, have never really gotten into Twitter, and Facebook? Well: Facebook ...

So how do I actually find stuff? A bunch of RSS feeds through Feedly. Hacker News. MetaFilter. I have chosen these myself: they were not foisted upon me by one of Mr. Zuckerberg's algorithms.

Is this the return of the independent, personal blog? Perhaps not at the (relative) scale it once had, also because the 'net itself is so much larger today. And not all blogs are that independent and personal. We are swamped by all the celebs and semi-celebs that have blogs on various blogging platforms that are -- in reality -- all about non-disclosed affiliate deals and straight-up false advertising. And probably ghostwritten, too.

Medium? I dunno. The layout is bothersome. And it is not exactly focused and curated so you find a little bit of everything. The good. And the really bad.

So, onwards we go. Keeping up with good, independent content is more importand now than it ever was.

The Forgotten Nazi History of ‘One-Pot Meals’

Eintopfsonntag - not as innocent as you would believe.

Why are there no Romans named ‘Quartus’?

Yet again: although we have fewer blogs than we used to have, there is splendid stuff out there still.

The Anti-Imperialism of Idiots.

One thing is for sure – I won’t lose any sleep over targeted strikes aimed at regime military bases and chemical weapons plants which may provide Syrians with a short respite from the daily killing. And I will never see people who place grand narratives over lived realities, who support brutal regimes in far off countries, or who peddle racism, conspiracy theories and atrocity denial, as allies.

Ikea-style instructions for programming algorithms

No words required.

Readings

Jordan Peterson & Fascist Mysticism

"Closer examination, however, reveals Peterson’s ageless insights as a typical, if not archetypal, product of our own times: right-wing pieties seductively mythologized for our current lost generations.""

Private equity killed big box retailers, leaving empty big boxes across America, and architects have plans

"The traditional explanation for the retail apocalypse is that Walmart and Amazon killed malls and big-box stores, but that account is incomplete -- the real story includes massive asset-stripping by debt-financed private equity vultures who paid themselves lavishly to run beloved businesses into the ground."

Is the absent-minded genius just a very clever jerk?

"He can fail to show up for an appointment, or forget he owes you money, and the world treats it as though it were cute."

The People Dylan Left Behind

"Dylan has also gone from not thinking about those whose lives he has passed to actively trying to forget them, to erase them as if their existence in his mind will interfere in his art. He has a realization that most people are stuck in their lives and won’t explore in the way he thinks is crucial to artistic creation."

Martin Luther King and the Birth of Hip-Hop

"The assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. led directly to hip-hop, an era of black American culture, politics, and art that is often contrasted with his legacy."

Human finger bone points to an early exodus out of Africa

"Some have tried to reconcile these findings with the late-exodus narrative by claiming there may have been an early, but ultimately doomed, first wave migration out of Africa some 120,000 years ago, after which humans more or less stayed put on the continent for another 60,000 years. Others have argued there were several migrations in and out of Africa throughout this whole period."

Fascinating new map shows dozens of ephemeral states that popped up around Russia after 1917

"The collapse of the Soviet Union was chaotic? You should have seen the start. After the Bolshevik party took power, the former Russian Empire descended into anarchy. Proper anarchy, with bells on."

Something to read, perhaps

Just something I found on the web:

Red-Brown Alliances: Russia, Ukraine, Syria, And The Western Left.

The growth of political “confusionism”, the mixture of “conspi” (conspiratorial), nationalist, far-right and apparently ‘left-wing’ has been one of the features of the last years. This is one of the factors that has made overt anti-semitism an issue today.

This group trait explains all kinds of extremism

Research from my PrejudiceLab at Goldsmiths, University of London shows that people who score high on the collective narcissism scale are particularly sensitive to even the smallest offences to their group’s image. As opposed to individuals with narcissistic personality, who maintain inflated views of themselves, collective narcissists exaggerate offences to their group’s image, and respond to them aggressively.

What Causes Some Cities to Become Sites of Revolution?

Instead, Rapport’s book demonstrates how attention to the specific geography and social forces of a city can illuminate a critical question about which the new global history has little to say: Why do people in some places—but not others—become radicalized, driving revolutions into previously uncharted territory?

Eliminating the mortgage tax deduction could boost homeownership

Eliminating the mortgage interest deduction causes house prices to decline, increases homeownership, decreases mortgage debt, and improves welfare. Our findings challenge the widely held view that repealing the preferential tax treatment of mortgages would depress homeownership.

Yanis Varoufakis’s argument that there is a ‘Marxist’ case for staying in the EU isn’t as simple as it seems

In the abstract, the transnationality of the single market fits with left-wing ideals. But let's look at the reality. Every mass social movement that has laid a national democratic challenge has found itself confronted by the infrastructure of the EU

How Did Trump Win? Follow the Dark Money

You say, how do you know it’s dark money? Obviously, it’s not all provided. The answer is very straightforward. We’ll see this cash coming in from an entity, usually has kind of a fake charitable name attached, and then you will see the cash coming out but no cash going in. That’s what they’re legally allowed to do because everybody knows these are not charities. They are in fact there to do politics. And so, you can tell the dark money easily. When we look at the dark money for Trump in the final weeks we were astonished, ’cause Trump had — and there’s actually a clip of Trump saying he wouldn’t take dark money.

The Cognitive Biases That Convince You the World Is Falling Apart

There are two main contributing factors to our declinism attitudes: the biases known as the “reminiscence bump” and the “positivity effect.” The first, as clinical psychiatrist Dale Archer explains, is the tendency for adults to have more vivid, pleasant memories and feelings of nostalgia for events that occurred during adolescence and adulthood. Basically, the world tends to seem like a brighter, better place when we look back at the good ol’ days of our youth, but the reality is that we were just less stressed about work, probably didn’t have to worry about money, and didn’t pay much attention to the news.

The positivity effect, on the other hand, is the idea that as we get older we tend to remember more positive things than negative.

A mixed bag of interesting destinations

Just something I found on the internets and I thought you would perhaps like it too, but who knows?

Quite eclectic, I know, but enjoyable all of it nonetheless.

Literary Kicks

1994 to 2017 and still counting. Also, I never knew this: BECOMING LEVI ASHER. So: goodbye, Levi, hello Marc?

Welcome to ~tilde.club~

Like a time capsule. But it is for the cool kids (that explains why I was never invited nor even knew about it). Paul Ford is involved. There is some background info.

But the party seems to have ended circa early 2015. Damn. Never the trendsetter I am.

The Feynman Lectures on Physics

Caltech and The Feynman Lectures Website are pleased to present this online edition of The Feynman Lectures on Physics. Now, anyone with internet access and a web browser can enjoy reading a high quality up-to-date copy of Feynman's legendary lectures.

The Internets can be a wonderful thing, sometimes.

Demand sausages

'Demand Sausages Everywhere!' 1937 Soviet poster.

How To Secure Apache with Let's Encrypt on Ubuntu 16.04

It is ridiculously easy, so why not just do it? Install Let's Encrypt, run one command...

This site is “taking the edge off rant mode” by making readers pass a quiz before commenting

The team at NRKbeta attributes the civil tenor of its comments to a feature it introduced last month. On some stories, potential commenters are now required to answer three basic multiple-choice questions about the article before they’re allowed to post a comment. (For instance, in the digital surveillance story: "What does DGF stand for?")

This could be very interesting to see implemented across the board.