September 2nd, 2015
Maciej Cegłowski on his experience of trying to attract fandom to Pinboard in the wake of the decline of Delicious:
[The single change…] that killed fandom dead on Delicious was no longer being able to type "/" into the search box.
There is no God, life has no meaning, it's all over when you can't search on the slash character. And fandom started freaking out on Twitter.
Being a canny businessman, I posted a gentle reminder that there was still a bookmarking site that let you search on a slash tag.
So fandom dispatched a probe to see if I was worth further study. The emissaries talked to me a bit and explained that my site was missing some features that fans relied on.
In my foolishness I asked, "Could you make me a list of those features? I'll take a look, maybe some of it is easy to implement."
Oh yes, they could make make a list.
I had summoned a very friendly Balrog.
Great stuff. Especially the part about how the Google Docs document that the users wrote to communicate with Maciej about what features they wanted ended up as the subject of fanfiction.
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'Chains of Attestation' is a great name for a heavy metal band, but it is less practical in the real, non- Ozzy-Ozbourne-based world.
August 30th, 2015
James Mickens has some thoughts about the state of online security:
The only thing that I've ever wanted for Christmas is an automated way to generate strong yet memorable passwords. Unfortunately, large swaths of the security community are fixated on avant garde horrors such as the fact that, during solar eclipses, pacemakers can be remotely controlled with a garage door opener and a Pringles can. It's definitely unfortunate that Pringles cans are the gateway to an obscure set of Sith-like powers that can be used against the 0.002% of the population that has both a pacemaker and bitter enemies in the electronics hobbyist community. However, if someone is motivated enough to kill you by focusing electromagnetic energy through a Pringles can, you probably did something to deserve that. I am not saying that I want you dead, but I am saying that you may have to die so that researchers who study per-photon HMACs for pacemaker transmitters can instead work on making it easier for people to generate good passwords. "But James," you protest, "there are many best practices for choosing passwords!" Yes, I am aware of the "use a vivid image" technique, and if I lived in a sensory deprivation tank and I had never used the Internet, I could easily remember a password phrase like "Gigantic Martian Insect Party." Unfortunately, I have used the Internet, and this means that I have seen, heard, and occasionally paid money for every thing that could ever be imagined. I have seen a video called "Gigantic Martian Insect Party," and I have seen another video called "Gigantic Martian Insect Party 2: Don't Tell Mom," and I hated both videos, but this did not stop me from directing the sequel "Gigantic Martian Insect Party Into Darkness." Thus, it is extremely difficult for me to generate a memorable image that can distinguish itself from the seething ocean of absurdities that I store as a result of consuming 31 hours of media in each 24-hour period.
[Via Schneier on Security]
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August 24th, 2015
Also, I love me a bit of ELO on the soundtrack, even when it's in 8-bit form. What's it going to take to get Jeff Lynne the knighthood he so richly deserves? Surely he's done enough fine work post-ELO as a producer and a Wilbury to outweigh the stigma of Xanadu?1
- Joking aside, you've got to wonder whether he's just one of those public figures who quietly turned a gong down years ago. ↩
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August 17th, 2015
Everything that fits in a square mile…
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August 7th, 2015
Yesssss… your body will do nicely for the young ones.
total height: 10.5"
shaft length: 9.5"
diameter: 2" (without eggs in it)
shaft circumference: 6.5"
Introducing the Splorch! It is an ovipositor designed for all those xenomorph fans out there who like the idea of alien eggs and impregnation. Made of soft platinum silicone, the Splorch is stretchy enough to handle chicken egg-sized gelatin eggs. […]
Thank you for being such an excellent host.
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August 5th, 2015
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August 4th, 2015
What sort of sick, twisted mind does it take to come up with the idea of doing this to one of the great New Romantic singles?
I'll tell you what sort: the mind of a bloody genius!
August 1st, 2015
Moira Weigel for The New Inquiry on fitness tracking:
In the Middle Ages, theologians debated about what bodies would be like in the Resurrection. If you had lost a limb, would it grow back? Would people copulate? Would they poop? Imagine a heaven, St. Thomas Aquinas exclaimed, that full of shit!
He was being sarcastic, because he thought our immortal souls would not poop. But the question was dead serious. It meant: How should a person be? Which human activities are essential and which superfluous? What are the eternally significant data about ourselves?
The Catholic Church says the essential data point is the age 33. We will be resurrected as we were, or would have been, at 33 because that's how old Jesus was. Activity trackers say that our true selves lie in a broader range of biodata.
This does not mean that they hold out more, or more flexible, ways to salvation. Only different ones. Fans of FitBit believe that we are essentially productive. The good life divides cleanly. We should strive to leave no remainder untracked. […]