The Economist: The right to fright.
Ridiculous. Have none of these kids ever seen “Animal House”? Yale has the “Skull and Bones” group on-campus. Reality is completely weirder than National Lampoon - college teaches valuable lessons in this vein. I give you the immortal John Belushi on propriety ...
Later: Seems Yale is also succumbing to ‘microaggression theory.’ I’ve warned folks, this latest psycho-fashion is becoming pervasive on college campuses. It has no theory by which empirical tests can be performed.
It’s not I who keeps cutting off titles. This old version of Expression Engine has a limit to title length. For some reason, titles “be gettin’ longer.” And I seem to have less time at this moment, so I overlook the mistake. It eventually gets repaired. Thanksforyourpatience.
TechDirt: Instead Of Fashionably Killing The Comment Section, Medium Quietly Tries Giving A Damn.
“A recent paper published in the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication found that all it took to improve civility was someone with the vaguest semblance of authority showing up and treating people like actual human beings. Treat comment sections like unmanageable troll playgrounds, and that’s generally what they’ll become. And they’ve only become that because many editors and authors either don’t want to see corrections to their stories made quite so visible, or they’re too myopic to see the public’s role in the fluid conversation that is modern news.”
The Diplomat: Russia’s Top Secret Nuclear Torpedo.
“Codenamed ‘Kanyon’ by Pentagon officials, it has allegedly also been designed to target both naval ports used by the U.S. Navy’s submarine fleet as well as U.S. coastal regions.” Oh, just peachy if true. I’ve heard stories of their titanium subs, back in Cold War days. If their engines were quieter, they would have been a major problem.
Bruce Clay: Is Google about to Kill Its Penguin? Is It the End of Link Spam?
“This tactic was so effective that it literally changed the face of the Internet. Blog spam, comment spam, scraper sites – none of them would exist if Google’s algorithm didn’t, for quite some time, reward the acquisition of links (regardless of source) with higher rankings.”
Vox: The Great British Baking Show breaks all the reality TV rules.
I took a shot and previewed it on Netflix. And got addicted. They’ve only got Season One available for viewing, but I’m already slavering for Season Two. And I wonder why everyone in the UK isn’t the size of a bleedin’ house.
AppleInsider: Certificate problems causing app authentication errors for some Mac App Store users.
Interesting. I’ve had a spate of “This app was downloaded and installed on another computer. Please verify your password” screens.
USA Today: The memoir George H.W. Bush couldn’t write.
Sounds interesting. A library borrow, perhaps.
SERoundtable: Google’s John Mueller - Don’t Follow Big Sites SEO, They Often Get It Wrong.
Dazed: Marina Abramović sued by former lover and co-creator Ulay.
“She is not just a former business partner. [snip] The whole oeuvre has made history. It’s now in school books. But she has deliberately misinterpreted things, or left my name out.” I saw this on another major media outlet, but the link disappeared between RSS receipt and my desiring to post ... and unfindable in search. I assume being rewritten?
Every day, I seem to come across another link with a jetpack video. Flying with planes. Flying with cranes. Flying with statues. Flying with other jetpacks. Enough.
VashiVisuals: 3K 4K 5K 6K Free Aspect Ratio Templates.
“The Ultimate Aspect Ratio Guide.” Bookmark it, before you forget.
Guardian.UK: Why I love a man in Carhartt jeans: an ode to masculine self-sufficiency.
Just when you think the world’s gone Kardashian ... something like this pops up.
Two car links, I’ll gang them to save space.
The 1956 Dodge “La Femme”, via MessyNessyChic. I can only imagine being a kid stuck in the back of that thing.
And, Alfa Romeo 33 Special Prototype, Ready to Fly, via Italian Ways. I remember that back end. Maybe I had a model ... ? Or a Corgi toy?
nngroup: Long-Term Exposure to Flat Design - How the Trend Slowly Makes Users Less Efficient.
“Users are forced to explore pages to determine what’s clickable. They frequently pause in their activities to hover over elements hoping for dynamic clickability signifiers, or click experimentally to discover potential links. This behavior is analogous to the behavior of laboratory rats in operant-conditioning experiments: if a rat gets a food pellet at random intervals after performing a specific action, the rat will keep doing that action in the hope of getting fed again.” My italic emphasis. Great point, well explained.
NM Museum of Art, B/W.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Book titles with full text online.
Hey, like wow.
Youtube/XOXO: Amit Gupta, Photojojo.
Register.UK: FastMail falls over as web service extortionists widen attacks and up their prices.
This sort of thing makes one wonder what good mass surveillance by governmental entities is.
SF Reporter: Bobcat Bites It - Sale would end tradition along old Las Vegas Highway.
Maybe. Unless someone buys and revives it.
SF New Mexican: Mayor seeks $50K to launch city film commission.
Announced from the Red Pony bar set from Longmire.
The Atlantic: ‘This Is Really Bad for Independent Creators’.
Guernica/Robert Reich: The Rigging of the American Market.
“For example, Americans pay more for pharmaceuticals than do the citizens of any other developed nation. That’s partly because it’s perfectly legal in the US (but not in most other nations) for the makers of branded drugs to pay the makers of generic drugs to delay introducing cheaper unbranded equivalents, after patents on the brands have expired.” My italic emphasis. You learn something new every day ...
Designer News: Using an iPad Pro for work.
This thread will grow over the next day or so. Worth watching.