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Friday, 20 July 2018

The great video game exodus

quote [ “Creating a new world, a new dimension, a history that people are going to get invested in is absolutely the best feeling in the world,” he says. “But the environment for making games is worse than ever. There’s too much ego, too low salaries, too much extended overtime, and pettiness in general.” ]

Nicely written piece by Simon Parkin, author of Death by Videogame. See also interviews on working conditions.
[SFW] [games] [+3 Informative]
[by Paracetamol@8:26pmGMT] [13 comments]

Thursday, 19 July 2018

The history behind the way Americans use forks

quote [ Using a round-ended knife and not having a fork, one would either have made considerable use of the fingers conveying solid foods to the mouth or made do with the spoon. This raises and interesting, if not conjectural, point. Americans often comment that Europeans use their forks “upside down.” ]

Intercontinental dining manners.
[SFW] [food & drink] [+4 Interesting]
[by Paracetamol@7:18pmGMT] [9 comments]

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

How a cabal of romance writers cashed in on Amazon Kindle Unlimited

quote [ “Two male figures. One seems to be wearing a stethoscope, indicating he is a doctor, but he is stripped to the waist.”

“Doesn’t look like my doctor, your Honor,” said the lawyer drily. ]

On the economics of paperback writers. Was wondering recently why nobody manages the trashy e-book scene more sophisticated. Turns out they do!
[SFW] [literature] [+3 Interesting]
[by Paracetamol@7:36pmGMT] [0 comments]

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Someone Noticed The Subtle Way The Queen Trolled Trump, And This Theory Is Taking Internet By Storm

quote [ Donald Trump's visit to the U.K was a hectic mess of summits, protests, golf (obvs) and tea with the Queen. That's right, Donald Trump, hardly known for his manners and etiquette, had tea with the Queen. ]

Very subtle. Broochwatchers needed for deciphering.
[SFW] [history] [+10 Interesting]
[by Paracetamol@6:48pmGMT] [23 comments]

Did blogs ruin the web? Or did the web ruin blogs?

quote [ Here are three essays that make very different arguments but are worth reading, and (I think) worth reading together.

1. “How the Blog Broke the Web,” by Amy Hoy
2. Dave Winer, “What Became of the Blogosphere?”
3. Navneet Alang, “Ding Dong, The Feed Is Dead.” ]

Seeing that the Twitch reflection sparked that kind of discussion, here's more reading material via kottke.org.
[SFW] [do it yourSElf] [+3 Interesting]
[by Paracetamol@8:02amGMT] [6 comments]

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Miike Snow "Genghis Khan" // Dir: Ninian Doff

quote [ Miike Snow (pronounced "Mike") is a Swedish indie pop band formed in 2007. The band consists of producing team Bloodshy & Avant and American singer Andrew Wyatt. The band is often represented by a silhouette image of a jackalope. Since their debut, they have released three studio albums: Miike Snow (2009), Happy to You (2012), and iii (2016). ]

Quote via Wikipedia, YouTube in extended.

[SFW] [music] [+6 Good]
[by Paracetamol@8:43pmGMT] [4 comments]

Friday, 13 July 2018

How a Microsoft font brought down Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif

quote [ The controversy was therefore dubbed Fontgate and on Friday, headline writers and wags on Twitter were saying that Pakistan was now "Sans Sharif." ]

That's a pretty cool application of forensics and typhography.
[SFW] [do it yourSElf] [+5 Interesting]
[by Paracetamol@8:45pmGMT] [5 comments]

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Guido Minisky / Acid Arab

quote [ The compilation Acid Arab Collections—which prominently features Syrian electronic star Omar Souleyman—is among the most exuberantly noisy and enthusiastic collections of any sort of dance music to come out in recent memory. ]

Continuing on where the last post took off, as requested, with Middle Eastern sounds. Additional links in extended.

[SFW] [music] [+2 Good]
[by Paracetamol@7:01pmGMT] [2 comments]

Monday, 9 July 2018


quote [ Glâner de sons, trouver des disques vinyles, fouiller les archives sonores sur le web. Antoine pousse des disques et fait danser les gens avec des sons d’hier et d’aujourd’hui récoltés aux quatres coins de la planète. ]

Awesome mixes. more infos on artist and transmissions
[SFW] [music] [+5 Good]
[by Paracetamol@7:48pmGMT] [6 comments]

Saturday, 7 July 2018

MS-DOS and Its Discontents

quote [ “Windowing and desktop environments are a solution looking for a problem,” said Robert Lefkowits, director of software services for Infocorp, in the fall of 1985. “Users aren’t really looking for any kind of windowing environment to solve problems. Users are not expressing a need or desire for it.” ]

Features a nice hardware intro on the Wintel principle.
[SFW] [history] [+3]
[by Paracetamol@8:26pmGMT] [5 comments]

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