CJR: How do we know what we know about #Gamergate?
“The problem is that when anybody can tweet under the Gamergate hashtag, and no one wants to take responsibility for the movement, the media doesn’t know what to believe.” The media can’t pin down a crowdsourced gripe.
PSFK: Hemingwrite Typing Device Aimed at Distraction-Free Writing.
Photoshelter Webinar: Law School 101 – Demystifying Copyright & Social Media Terms of Service.
Of note. I may be tuning in to refresh my memory.
‘Twas only a matter of time. There were enough complains about the new use of Helvetica.
WaPo: The government wants to study ‘social pollution’ on Twitter.
“Hmm. A government-funded initiative is going to ‘assist in the preservation of open debate’ by monitoring social media for ‘subversive propaganda’ and combating what it considers to be ‘the diffusion of false and misleading ideas’? The concept seems to have come straight out of a George Orwell novel.”
Historiann: Death threats plus liberal gun laws = no feminist speech allowed.
“Because of the historic association of gun ownership with men, especially white men, in states like Utah and Colorado they now have the power to shut down women speakers whose ideas they dislike, especially feminist women.” Are they acting out what they’ve learned from their favorite electronic pastimes (disturbing enough), or are they cold-bloodedly attempting to quash the ‘bug’ in their virtual perception of reality?
Coda 2.5 is out.
Here. It’s been my prime code editor for a while now, though I own a half-dozen.
Burce Clay: How To Use Social Meta Tags to Optimize Social Sharing.
POODLE Attack and SSLv3 Support.
Ebola Deeply, Covering the Crisis.
EbolaDeeply.org, a curated list of articles on the crisis. I need to watch ‘em for a few days before I recommend ‘em. The article “Ebola Threatens Chocolate” rings a bit off (in the changing ‘Around The Web’ sidebar).
The New Yorker: The Limits of Friendship.
“With social media, we can easily keep up with the lives and interests of far more than a hundred and fifty people. But without investing the face-to-face time, we lack deeper connections to them, and the time we invest in superficial relationships comes at the expense of more profound ones.” Hmmm. ‘Profound’? I’d say ‘expense of more psychologically beneficial ones’.
The Amphipolis Tomb - Map, photos and information.
Nice. Someone’s compiling all the latest on the tomb.
Haeck: Dropbox Database Sync for Local Testing.
I wonder. I tried using Dropbox with Subversion (before Git really took off), and DB totally borked the SV repositories. There was no way back but to start from scratch.
The Airship: The Best New Books on Project Gutenberg.
Hyperallergic: What Happens When National Geographic Steals Your Art?
“I mean, why not take the risk that the artist will never find out, and hell, if the artist does find out, what’s the likelihood that they will have registered their copyrighted artwork with the US Copyright Office? What’s the likelihood that the aggrieved artist will have access to a blog such as this one, to the NY Times, or the Huffington Post?”
Oh, Google, now you’ve really gotten me angry.
I was trying to attach images to an email, and MailPlane borked the attachments. Now Google’s “locked down” my account for “suspicious activity”. For anywhere between one hour to 24 hours! What about an error message instead, huh? This is a royal pain the arse, for a rudimentary error on my software’s part.
Moving to the top of my IT list, “get the hell off Gmail.”
Later: And, of course, their servers are still taking my POP3 emails off my other accounts and erasing them (as I had set on my now unreachable GMail prefs). Which means I have to reconfigure my email at the server.
Even later: What is really, really annoying is that the attachments were simply uploading into a draft - I hadn’t pressed send. Penalized for just *composing* a too-large email.
Final: The only credit card you will need.
Stamplay: Connect. Automate. Invent.
The Dish: Chicken Not So Little.
Sully fell for it. I ain’t never seen a scrawny chicken on any farm, in my whole life - unless they were sick. Were we all picking at bony little two pound birds when I was born? Hell no. Do you realize how little meat is on a two-pound bird? Look at history. Vintage cookbooks from the 19th century spec four pound and larger hens.
This is what I mean about today’s internet. Doesn’t matter who is curating, how popular or clever they are. Accept nothing at face value. That includes MY finds. I do my best ... and in spite of that, I still link some pretty stinkeroo stuff from time to time. One must question the premise, every damn time.
Later: See the comments for clarification.
Kirby 2 is here!
One of the handful of decent file-based CMSs out there. Looking forward to kicking the tires again.
Moz/Blog: Panda 4.1 - The Devil Is in the Aggregate.
A good read, even if SEO gives you hives.
Dazed: Jennifer Lawrence blasts nude photo hack as ‘sex crime’.
“Just because I’m a public figure, just because I’m an actress, does not mean that I asked for this. [snip] It does not mean that it comes with the territory. [snip] It’s my body, and it should be my choice, and the fact that it is not my choice is absolutely disgusting. I can’t believe that we even live in that kind of world.”
The Digital Reader: Adobe is Spying on Users, Collecting Data on Their eBook Libraries.
“Adobe isn’t just tracking what users are doing in DE4; this app was also scanning my computer, gathering the metadata from all of the ebooks sitting on my hard disk, and uploading that data to Adobe’s servers. In. Plain. Text.”
Later: It seems Ars Technica has confirmed most of this.
AdamHyde.net: Whats Wrong with Markdown.
As I’ve said before, try teaching a client [used to WYSIWYG editors] how to use Markdown. For a programmer it is simple to implement. But to do so is ignoring the broader user base.