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Paul Ford: The Group That Rules the Web (New Yorker)
Paul Ford: The Group That Rules the Web (New Yorker)
The Web started out as a way to publish and share documents. It is now an operating system: a big, digital sensory apparatus that can tell you about your phone’s battery life, record and transmit your voice, manage your e-mail and your chats, and give you games to play. It can do this all at once, and with far less grand of a design than you might assume.
·newyorker.com·
Paul Ford: The Group That Rules the Web (New Yorker)
Leigh Alexander: 'Gamers' don't have to be your audience. 'Gamers' are over.
Leigh Alexander: 'Gamers' don't have to be your audience. 'Gamers' are over.
A new generation of fans and creators is finally aiming to instate a healthy cultural vocabulary, a language of community that was missing in the days of “gamer pride” and special interest groups led by a product-guide approach to conversation with a single presumed demographic. These obtuse shitslingers, these wailing hyper-consumers, these childish internet-arguers -- they are not my audience. They don’t have to be yours. There is no ‘side’ to be on, there is no ‘debate’ to be had. There is what’s past and there is what’s now. There is the role you choose to play in what’s ahead.
·gamasutra.com·
Leigh Alexander: 'Gamers' don't have to be your audience. 'Gamers' are over.
Pete Warden: Why Nerd Culture Must Die
Pete Warden: Why Nerd Culture Must Die
I’d always hoped we were more virtuous than the mainstream, but it turns out we just didn’t have enough power to cause much harm. Our ingrained sense of victimization has become a perverse justification for bullying. That’s why I’m calling time on nerd culture. It’s done wonderful things, but these days it’s like a crawling horror of a legacy codebase so riddled with problems the only rational decision is to deprecate it and build something better.
·petewarden.com·
Pete Warden: Why Nerd Culture Must Die
Adam Harper: On the New OPN Video
Adam Harper: On the New OPN Video
The internet and the digital world are not pathologies, the cultures that develop there are not symptoms to be gazed at, to titillate us and make us feel both in the know, bravely in touch with the challenging truth, and superior to the freaks.
·rougesfoam.blogspot.com·
Adam Harper: On the New OPN Video
Daniel Rapp: Spectroface
Daniel Rapp: Spectroface
I recently stumbled upon the face hidden in the spectrogram of the Aphex Twin track called "Equation". Intrigued, I decided to try my hand at recreating the effect here on the web.
·danielrapp.github.io·
Daniel Rapp: Spectroface
Meredith Graves: Sun Kil Moon Yells at Cloud: "War On Drugs: Suck My Cock" and the Language of Male Violence (Pitchfork)
Meredith Graves: Sun Kil Moon Yells at Cloud: "War On Drugs: Suck My Cock" and the Language of Male Violence (Pitchfork)
It is imperative, when we see men exhibiting this manipulative behavior, for us to identify it and name it as abuse. This can be scary: some incidents, such as this one, are so public and obvious that it's easy to start an open dialog about why it's terrible. But when I sit with my friends and hear their stories about times they've been manipulated, intimidated, coerced or outright abused by older men in the music industry, I wonder how anyone ever feels brave enough to come forward.
·pitchfork.com·
Meredith Graves: Sun Kil Moon Yells at Cloud: "War On Drugs: Suck My Cock" and the Language of Male Violence (Pitchfork)
Ryan Gantz: Getting Out of the Woods: A Primer on Not Being a Music Hater
Ryan Gantz: Getting Out of the Woods: A Primer on Not Being a Music Hater
Listen to music that you like. In the end, your taste is your taste. But you should probably avoid saying that something is bad if you haven’t done the work to understand it. I think it’s okay to say, “I guess I haven’t found that song compelling enough to listen more closely.”
·medium.com·
Ryan Gantz: Getting Out of the Woods: A Primer on Not Being a Music Hater
MetaTalk: A new theme for MeFi: Modern (MetaFilter)
MetaTalk: A new theme for MeFi: Modern (MetaFilter)
Today we're unveiling a new theme option for MetaFilter. Yes, it's a new design option for MetaFilter for the first time in over a decade, which we are dubbing the "Modern" theme. … Early this summer, matthewmcvickar coded up some prototypes to test out and started building the rest of the templates in earnest.
·metatalk.metafilter.com·
MetaTalk: A new theme for MeFi: Modern (MetaFilter)
Skulls Unlimited
Skulls Unlimited
Skulls Unlimited is the world's leading supplier of osteological specimens. Complete selection of legally-obtained animal skulls and replicas. Everything on this site makes me laugh.
·skullsunlimited.com·
Skulls Unlimited
Map Glyphs
Map Glyphs
The ultimate CSS map font with hundreds of scalable vector map icons of the world, continents, globes, countries and states.
·mapglyphs.com·
Map Glyphs
TV Tropes: Standard Snippets
TV Tropes: Standard Snippets
Typically appearing in works that employ a score with non-original elements, these are brief segments of recognizable songs—like classical music that doesn't involve paying royalties—as themes for various types of scenes or activities. Some of these occur often enough to seem standardized, and in some cases they are the only reason people know the songs these days at all. Many of these have become verbal shorthand for particular nationalities or ethnicities, and thus may border on stereotypes.
·tvtropes.org·
TV Tropes: Standard Snippets
Amy Phillips: On the Ice Bucket Challenge
Amy Phillips: On the Ice Bucket Challenge
so far, it has raised over 10 million dollars… and counting. my mom has spent every single day of her life for the past three decades trying to get this kind of attention and funds for this disease. i don’t care if it’s a stupid gimmick. i don’t care if people are just doing this because it’s trendy or because they want pats on the back. i don’t care if it’s the new harlem shake. i don’t care if for the rest of my life, when i talk about ALS, i have to say “you know, the ice bucket disease.”
·nofunphillips.tumblr.com·
Amy Phillips: On the Ice Bucket Challenge
Michael Finkel: The Strange Tale of the North Pond Hermit (GQ)
Michael Finkel: The Strange Tale of the North Pond Hermit (GQ)
For nearly thirty years, a phantom haunted the woods of Central Maine. Unseen and unknown, he lived in secret, creeping into homes in the dead of night and surviving on what he could steal. To the spooked locals, he became a legend—or maybe a myth. They wondered how he could possibly be real. Until one day last year, the hermit came out of the forest.
·gq.com·
Michael Finkel: The Strange Tale of the North Pond Hermit (GQ)
Greg Howard: America Is Not For Black People
Greg Howard: America Is Not For Black People
The United States of America is not for black people. We know this, and then we put it out of our minds, and then something happens to remind us. Saturday, in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo., something like that happened: An unarmed 18-year-old black man was executed by police in broad daylight.
·theconcourse.deadspin.com·
Greg Howard: America Is Not For Black People
Chris Molanphy: Senior Moments: Why More Albums by Middle-Aged Artists Like Tom Petty and "Weird Al" Are Hitting No. 1 (Pitchfork)
Chris Molanphy: Senior Moments: Why More Albums by Middle-Aged Artists Like Tom Petty and "Weird Al" Are Hitting No. 1 (Pitchfork)
It’s clear that senior artists have had their chart stats boosted by a music business where fewer acts sell albums, period. And it’s also true that older stars are more likely to have fans who still buy music. But guys like Tom Petty, Tony Bennett or Neil Diamond aren’t topping the album chart just because their buyers are loyal or because “the classics” will never die. They’re pulling it off because they’re not afraid to work a little for a hit. What’s true for millennial artists is true for the old guys: Can’t knock the hustle.
·pitchfork.com·
Chris Molanphy: Senior Moments: Why More Albums by Middle-Aged Artists Like Tom Petty and "Weird Al" Are Hitting No. 1 (Pitchfork)