Blogcoven

Back once again with the renegade master.

Weekend Reading CCXXV

by uber

Transit and Peering: How your requests reach GitHub

There are vast amounts of complexity hidden behind the rotations of the spinner in your browser’s UI

https://githubengineering.com/transit-and-peering-how-your-requests-reach-github/


Why no-one can prevent Elon Musk from dwarfing the airline industry

Hyperloop or not, the data about how airlines make money is instructive.

https://hackernoon.com/why-no-one-can-prevent-elon-musk-from-dwarfing-the-airline-industry-now-9fe8a468bebc


George Saunders on How to Tell a Story

The speaker recently won the Man Booker for his debut novel, Lincoln in the Bardo.


The [ill-fated] Antarctic Snow Cruiser

https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2016/01/the-antarctic-snow-cruiser-updated/424851/


Weekend Reading CCXXIV

by uber

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The Corrosion of High School Debate & how it Mirrors American Politics

The rules govern the behaviour.

https://www.americamagazine.org/arts-culture/2017/09/26/corrosion-high-school-debate-and-how-it-mirrors-american-politics


Inside the Different Models of iPhone

The self-repair movement gets a lot of air-time, but I wonder how practical it really is to require manufacturers make things accessible, or at least not obstructive to repair.

https://www.bloomberg.com/features/apple-iphone-guts/


Is your D&D Character Rare?

There are very strong mechanical reasons for certain classes to align with certain races.

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/is-your-dd-character-rare/


Photos before Photoshop

Ansel Adams said: ‘You don’t take a photograph, you make it’.
I have childhood memories of a real dark room. They were mysterious places that I feel are lost these days.


How to Persuade Terrorists to Spill their Secrets

There’s a lit of tropes that exist especially in the pseudo-espionage fiction (like Black List, 24, etc) that need to be discredited. This includes instant knock-out gas, truth serums, pixel enhancement, and the ticking-bomb interrogation.

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2017/oct/13/the-scientists-persuading-terrorists-to-spill-their-secrets


Weekend Reading CCXXIII

by uber

Software as Hardware: Apollo’s Rope Memory

You can try out a simulation (in Javascript) of the Apollo Guidance Computer.
https://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-history/space-age/software-as-hardware-apollos-rope-memory


A Perpetual Debt

The UK redeemed nearly £2bn in perpetuities in 2014.


Weekend Reading CCXXII

by uber

Assassinating Kim-Jong Nam

The amazing effort to rehearse, and the bizarre modality are fascinating. Why not just shoot/stab him?

https://www.gq.com/story/kim-jong-nam-accidental-assassination


The Last Analogue Motion Graphics Machine

The subtle imprecision and squeak of analogue electronica is very hard to replicate


How well logos are remembered

Recognisable and reproducible are clearly not the same thing.

https://www.signs.com/branded-in-memory/


How Behavioural Economics undermines the Enlightenment

We’re long past the Age of Reason

https://fee.org/articles/how-behavioral-econ-undermines-the-enlightenment/


Weekend Reading CCXXI

by uber

House Address Twin Proximity

There seem to be numerous such twins in the Bay Area, and worse there are also enormously long roads with the same name. There’s at least one twin for my apartment, and one for my office, within 50 miles.

http://www.paulplowman.com/stuff/house-address-twins-proximity/


…Eventually, she moved to the U.S. and stole my husband!

https://www.thecut.com/2017/09/brownie-recipe-comment-stolen-husband-sydne-newberry.html


The Black List

Once this becomes widespread, presumably it loses some of its original value but gains a different authority?


Carving in Stone

I can’t even begin to imagine how to carve living stone.


The Washington Post’s robot reporter has published 850 articles in the past year

The increase in accuracy and consistency is of particular note, I also imagine these articles are mostly also read by machines.

https://digiday.com/media/washington-posts-robot-reporter-published-500-articles-last-year/


How the international Red Cross turned a PR disaster into DLC

I haven’t played ARMA, but the civilian parts of the Operation Flashpoint: Resistance were especially immersive.

https://www.polygon.com/2017/9/19/16330216/international-red-cross-pr-disaster-arma-3-laws-of-war-dlc