Enjoying the first signs of summer. Cut grass, painted the gate and enjoyed a couple of warmer walks. Also got the upcoming week of work. Nice.
Still enjoying Zelda – what a game. Also enjoying the portability of the Switch. Gave me something to do while F1 was on this morning.
Meet The Man Whose Site Mark Zuckerberg Reads Every Day – BuzzFeed News
For the last decade, Gabe Rivera has been quietly shaping the tech industry’s story for its top executives, investors, and journalists. But…
Techmeme is one of the few sites I visit daily. Great summary of whats going on in the tech world.
Andre Agassi: ‘One day your entire way of life ends. It’s a kind of death’ | Donald McRae | Sport | The Guardian
The former world No1 tells Donald McRae about life after tennis married to Steffi Graf, another of the sport’s biggest names: ‘If I went back in time I would probably retire sooner’
Agassi was such a superstar and one of those rare beasts…a tennis player with a personality.
A FICTIVE FLIGHT ABOVE REAL MARS on Vimeo
The anaglyph images of Mars taken by the HiRISE camera holds information about the topography of Mars surface. There are hundreds of high-resolution images of this…
PAPER: Brexit Negotiations
In his seventh Brexit Challenge Paper, Nick Clegg sets out the challenges facing the UK Government during Brexit Negotiations. Read the paper here:
Really good article from Nick Clegg (honest!) on reality of Brexit.
Milo Yiannopoulos Hits Out At Aamer Anwar After Glasgow University Rector Loss | The Huffington Post
Still annoyed that Mile got any votes from my old Uni, Anwar will make a fine rector though.
Here are Nigel Farage’s British values: rubbishing London for money on Fox News | Marina Hyde | Opinion | The Guardian
He talks about ‘respect’, but the rightwing blowhard’s response to the Westminster attack has been tall tales he can only get away with on US TV
UKIP has no mp’s, he isn’t their leader…and he still gets so much air time. Frustrating…and he’s now turned into right wing America’s British spokesperson. Fuck.
JUSTICE LEAGUE – Official Trailer 1 – YouTube
In theaters November 2017 http://ift.tt/2akc2mz http://ift.tt/2alPfnn https://twitter.com/justiceleaguewb https://www.ins…
Not sure what to think of this.
Opening Credits: How TV’s Title Sequences Grew Up | WIRED – YouTube
TV is way better than it used to be and you can say the same thing for the opening titles of your favorite series. They used to be afterthoughts, but now the…
Love TV intro’s although I think Game of Thrones should be thanked of current trend.
How Dilbert’s Scott Adams Got Hypnotized by Trump – Bloomberg
Come to his Dilbert-shaped home. Bite into a Dilberito. Be persuaded on genocide, mental orgasms, and his fellow Master Wizard, the president of the United States.
So Indyref 2 is on. The polarising once in a generation vote is back on the agenda thanks to Brexit and the SNP. All I’ve learned from two referendums is that you can’t boil 100’s of issues into one simple question and expect an outcome that isn’t divisive. No one knows timescales, whats the question is or what brexit and independence will mean but already Scotland is split. Sigh.
Zelda Breath of the Wild is a great game. Scale os it has surprised me but it’s the little things that I find as I play, almost surprises, that make for such a rich experience.
Nasty sort throat from Wednesday turned into nasty throat and cold over the weekend. Bah.
Loving Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Enchanting game and I dip in and out far more easily due to the portability of the Switch. Need to get a post up on my thoughts on the Switch as well as there’s some great touches…and some surprising shortfalls.
Also picked up Fast RMX for the Switch, a fast playing Wipeout clone. It’s pretty impressive and much better than I expected.
Finally I also bought the New Ghost Recon:Wildlands. Shouldn’t have as I don’t have the time to fit all this in but rose tinted glasses and many a night playing multiplayer Ghost Recon saw me succumb. First impressions are it’s not bad and has some potential.
Can I forgive the man who raped me? | Books | The GuardianThordis Elva was raped aged 16. Years later, she emailed Tom Stranger, the man who raped her, beginning a raw, painful healing process documented in their book South of Forgiveness.
Powerful read. I don’t think I could be so forgiving.
Twitter’s timeline algorithm, and its effect on us, explained.
Twitter has offered a glimpse into the workings of its timeline algorithm for the first time since it was launched a year ago.
I still want to see tweets in order. Fuck the algorithm.
Path Finder Update : No Man’s Sky
Another impressive patch for No Mans Sky. Ground vehicles, PS4 Pro support and a stunning photo mode. Once I get Zelda out of the way I’m back in.
Internet warriors: inside the dark world of online ‘trolls’ | Technology | The Guardian
Why do people vent such toxic opinions online? Filmmaker Kyrre Lien spent three years travelling the world to find out who these anonymous ‘internet warriors’ are and why they do it. Introduction by Shahesta Shaitly
Internet warriors. Ha.
Jack Monroe wins Katie Hopkins libel tweet case – BBC News
Food blogger Jack Monroe wins £24,000 damages in a libel action against columnist Katie Hopkins.
In amongst all the crap you see online, this was a big fuck you to those that think they can say what they want on Twitter or on the web in general without consequence. It also helped that it was Hopkins who lost.
Children interrupt BBC News interview – BBC News
An interview with an expert on South Korea had some uninvited guests steal the limelight.
Viral video of the week. So funny.
Breaking Down the Father on BBC Being Interrupted by His Children – Medium
I don’t know that I have ever seen a video go viral more quickly than this clip of some dude in South Korea commenting on the removal of once-President Park Geun-hye. Granted, I’m sure there are…
Some ‘in depth analysis’ on the BBC viral video.
Breaking Conventions with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – YouTube
In this 2017 GDC session, Nintendo’s Hidemaro Fujibayashi, Satoru Takizawa, and Takuhiro Dohta provide an in-depth look at how some of the convention-breakin…
Loved this video from the developers of Breath of the Wild.
Ways and Means – The Whyte Paper
With Indyref2 dominating talk in Scotland this post really resonated with me, and this bit in particular – The simple fact of the matter is that Holyrood is an incredibly powerful Parliament with the ability to make a real positive difference to the lives of people in Scotland. Sadly, it is not in the interests of those who value independence above all else to use these powers to their full effect. The powers they need must always be those they don’t have. It is the only way their constitutional obsession can be achieved.
The End Of Wintel: How The Most Powerful Alliance In Tech History Is Falling Apart
As Microsoft seeks new growth in the cloud, the Wintel alliance is now officially over.
Most of my computing life has been dominated by the Wintel alliance in some way or another. The change in what we call a computer and what most people need from a computer is causing quite the revolution.
I invented the web. Here are three things we need to change to save it | Tim Berners-Lee | Technology | The Guardian
It has taken all of us to build the web we have, and now it is up to all of us to build the web we want – for everyone
Noble aim from Sir Tim – I just hope he succeeds.
Why We Can’t Look Away From Our Screens – The New York Times
In a new book, the social psychologist Adam Alter warns that our devotion to digital devices has morphed into something very much like addiction.
I think for some our digital devices have turned into addiction. The need to post to social networks, the notifications when you haven’t engaged. I’ve killed my Facebook use and no longer need to see every Tweet and feel better for it.
The biggest threat facing middle-age men isn’t smoking or obesity. It’s loneliness. – The Boston Globe
As men grow older, they tend to let their friendships lapse. But there’s still time to do something about it.
I was out walking yesterday and the word loneliness popped in my head and then I read this post thanks to Gordon. Something I need to address methinks.
Against The Whiteboard – Fog Creek Software – Medium
Today’s computer programmers enjoy one of the best job markets that any group of workers has ever had. There are abundant well-paying opportunities for many different kinds of working coders. But we…
What a shit way to recruit people.
BABY DRIVER – Official Trailer – YouTube
This Summer, all you need is one killer track #BabyDriverMovie In Theaters August 11. Subscribe to Sony Pictures for exclusive video updates: http://bit.ly/S…
Love Edgar Wrights movies and while the trailer looks good…is this not Drive all over again?
Not a great work week. Too much going wrong, not enough time to do what I want or should be doing. Sigh. Still, spring is in the air and I did enjoy some tasty pancakes.
Picked up the Nintendo Switch and Zelda. Great new device with some clear rough edges and a feeling that I’ve picked up a kickstarter console. Zelda is bloody amazing.
How Ikea’s Billy bookcase took over the world – BBC News
Ikea’s humble bookcase epitomises a relentless pursuit of lower costs and acceptable functionality.
So simple but so useful. Still have some of these in the garage.
Startup workers see sexual harassment on ‘breathtaking’ scale in Silicon Valley | World news | The Guardian
Sexual misconduct, discrimination and retaliation are rampant and often ignored in tech startups that reject HR practices, women and people of color say
I take so much for granted. Some of the stories coming out from Silicon Valley are shocking.
How Uber Used Secret Greyball Tool to Deceive Authorities Worldwide – The New York Times
A program uses data Uber collected to evade law enforcement in cities that resist the ride-hailing service, some current and former Uber employees said.
The Walled Off Hotel
Banksy and friends make their comment on Palestines plight.
SNEAKER BROKER on Vimeo
I’ve been picking up some more trainers recently and some of the prices on seemingly normal but exclusive trainers thanks to their brand or limited run is amazing. No different to ticket touts in my eyes.
The Video Game History Foundation Pitch Video – YouTube
This is great. It still annoys that gaming isn’t seen in the same light as other arts.
SpaceX to Send Privately Crewed Dragon Spacecraft Beyond the Moon Next Year | SpaceX
Exciting expensive but dangerous times.
Earth’s Orbiting Junkyard Threatens the Space Economy – Bloomberg
Rocket and satellite litter is endangering private space commerce. Enter the cosmic debris tracking industry.
Tourists always have to look out for litter, even in space.
Why Typography Matters — Especially At The Oscars
There was a major twist ending and a major snafu at the very end of the 2017 Academy Awards for the category of Best Picture. The wrong winner was declared. If you look back on the footage and…
Good analysis on what could have been done to help the presenters.
Hoefler&Co. on Twitter: “Ahoy @mantia. Nice work so far — here are some thoughts that might be useful. (Continues…) https://t.co/G0h49oB2uG”
This is why a touch/pencil interface is so good, and why Mac can sometimes feel a bit of a relic in comparison to the iPad and, dare I say it, to Windows as well.
Why I left Mac for Windows: Apple has given up
If you ask anyone who knows me, I’m probably the biggest Apple fan they know. Ask for a suggestion of what computer to get, and I’ll almost certa…
Porsche Design’s Book One is a beautiful alternative to the Surface Book – The Verge
Microsoft surprised the world with its Surface Book hinge design, but it’s not the only company capable of creating a unique Windows-powered 2-in-1 laptop. Porsche Design unveiled its Book One at…
Really clever design. Expensive but delivers a lot in one device.
The Real Difference Between Google And Apple | Co.Design | business + design
Google and Apple are both hyper-successful companies, but chart their patents, and they have completely different innovation signatures.
Some good insight into what differentiates innovation at these companies.
Fed up with seeing crap presentations at work? Follow some of the advice on this site. Love it.
Alien: Covenant | Official Trailer [HD] | 20th Century FOX – YouTube
The path to paradise begins in hell. Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created, with ALIEN: COVENANT, a new chapter in his groundbreaking ALIEN franchi…
Looking scarily good, but then so did Prometheus.
NEW Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Trailer – WORLD PREMIERE – YouTube
This is the NEW trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and more, in theaters May 5th. Jimmy Kimmel Reveals What Really …
No Good Deed – YouTube
Zip it Stan Lee!
A reflective week thanks to a funeral on Friday. Apart from that, mostly quiet and thankfully no travel.
Taboo came to an end this week – strong series so hopefully another will appear at some point. SS-GB looked great but not much happened so expect much tonight. Looking forward to some Zelda next week and the new Switch.
Reflecting on one very, very strange year at Uber — Susan J. Fowler
As most of you know, I left Uber in December and joined Stripe in January.
I’ve gotten a lot of questions over the past couple of months about why I
left and what my time at Uber was like. It’s a strange, fascinating, and
slightly horrifying story that deserves to be told while it is still fresh
in my mind, so here we go.
Uber are quite the disgusting company. Susan Fowlers brave post has exposed what many had suspected. The real question, is this reality at other tech firms as well never mind more traditional industries?
An Open Letter to The Uber Board and Investors – Medium
By now a staggering number of people recognize the name of Susan Fowler and have read some account of her experiences of sexism, sexual harassment and horrendous management at Uber. So what explains…
Uber have a real problem which they haven’t really addressed almost a week after Fowlers blog post.
4chan: The Skeleton Key to the Rise of Trump – Medium
Around 2005 or so a strange link started showing up in my old webcomic’s referral logs. This new site I didn’t understand. It was a bulletin board, but its system of navigation was opaque. Counter…
A look into the strange world that got Trump elected.
to the people I know who know Milo – Medium
There are lots of people of my acquaintance who have known Milo for a long time, through his many shape-shifting phases. Many of them have pardoned him a range of sins and excesses —transgressions…
Bobbie Johnson on Milo the shape shifter.
On the Milo Bus With the Lost Boys of America’s New Right
What happens when a movement of gamers recognizes they’re not players, but pawns?
Laurie Penny on Milo and his entourage.
Meet the 16-year-old Canadian girl who took down Milo Yiannopoulos – Vox
How a 16 year old broke the story that ended Milo.
The rise and fall of Milo Yiannopoulos – how a shallow actor played the bad guy for money | World news | The Guardian
Like Donald Trump, Yiannopoulos grew out of a grotesque convergence of politics and the internet, and thrived by turning hate speech into showbusiness
So we finally found there is a line that right wing American’s can’t cross, and that no amount of apologies and bullshit from Milo Yiannopoulos could talk his way out of it. I’m sure he’ll carry on in some way or another…just can’t help himself.
Manifestos and Monopolies – Stratechery by Ben Thompson
Thompson makes the case that Facebook shouldn’t be allowed to buy another network app although I think the social graph portability is more important.
I Was a Muslim in the Trump White House—and I Lasted Eight Days – The Atlantic
When President Obama left, I stayed on at the National Security Council in order to serve my country. I lasted eight days.
Why Nothing Works Anymore – The Atlantic
Technology has its own purposes.
Can too much tech makes things worse? Maybe.
Post-Olympic Abandonment – A blog by TMD studio – Medium
Bringing the Olympics to your country, whether in summer or winter, is a costly business. Just ask the recent hosts. The games set back Sochi $51 billion, London $11.6 billion and Beijing at least…
So sad to see these great abandoned buildings and well played to London for bucking the trend. Brazil already looks to be a mess.
Mexico’s sugar tax leads to fall in consumption for second year running | Society | The Guardian
Health experts are watching the progress of the tax to see if it will lower the rates of obesity-related diseases and type 2 diabetes
Can’t come soon enough to the UK although still don’t understand why it’s only on drinks.
Bill Paxton, actor known for Aliens and Titanic, dies aged 61
Game Over Man, Game Over! Sad to see Bill Paxton pass away today.
Finding Radiohead’s most depressing song, with R | R-bloggers
Radiohead is known for having some fairly maudlin songs, but of all of their tracks, which is the most depressing? Data scientist and R enthusiast Charlie
You say depressing, I say best.