- Milktape Is a Modern-Day Mixtape for Music Lovers:
"I made you a mixtape" is a phrase you probably haven't heard since 1992. Even burning CDs is passé in the era of Spotify. But somehow, sharing a playlist with the click of a mouse just doesn’t pack the same romantic punch as an actual, physical gift. Let's face it, nobody is going to blush like a schoolgirl over a file shared on Dropbox.
- Twitter Turns Ugly Over PR Person's Idiotic Tweet:
Sacco is nearly impossible to defend. It seems she has left a trail of casual racism across social media on her various travels, making the hacking scenario unlikely, and explaining why her company rushed to denounce her — they knew it was most likely the genuine article. ... Still, it was hard to ignore a disturbing feeling in the mob's response, and something creepy in the trial by social media that was going on in her absence.
- Get Ready For The Streaming-Music Die-Off – ReadWrite:
At long last, we have the celestial jukebox we dreamed of a decade and a half ago. Nearly any song is at our fingertips in seconds and that privilege costs far less than what an album used to, if it costs anything at all. This bubble of end-user bliss comes at the expense of almost everyone else, from artists right down to the people who pioneered the idea of renting music over the Web to begin with. How long can it last?
- World’s first text message via molecular communication sent | KurzweilAI
- Trust Me (I'm a kettle) - Charlie's Diary:
The internet of things may be coming to us all faster and harder than we'd like. Reports coming out of Russia suggest that some Chinese domestic appliances, notably kettles, come kitted out with malware—in the shape of small embedded computers that leech off the mains power to the device. The covert computational passenger hunts for unsecured wifi networks, connects to them, and joins a spam and malware pushing botnet. The theory is that a home computer user might eventually twig if their PC is a zombie, but who looks inside the base of their electric kettle, or the casing of their toaster?
- Simple as ABC: Tories are imploding:
There is an eerie, Orwellian air to the Abbott government. Intriguingly, a couple of readers wrote this week to make the point, one directing me to these chilling lines: ''A few days later, when the terror caused by the executions had died down, some of the animals remembered - or thought they remembered - that the Sixth Commandment decreed 'No animal shall kill any other animal'.'' - Animal Farm. It's the ''thought they remembered'' that nails it. There's an acrid whiff of that in Abbott's frantic attempt to justify his handstands, conjuring tricks and pratfalls on education: ''We are going to keep the promise that we actually made, not the promise that some people thought that we made, or the promise that some people might have liked us to make. We're going to keep the promise that we actually made … ''
- Sculpture on the moon: Paul van Hoeydonck’s Fallen Astronaut.
- Jeffrey Toobin: The Grotesque Search for a Lethal-Injection Drug : The New Yorker:
In 2009, Hospira, Inc., the sole American manufacturer of sodium thiopental, stopped production of the drug at its plant in North Carolina. ... What followed was a black comedy of increasingly desperate attempts by prison officials to procure sodium thiopental.
- Sherlock Holmes Is in the Public Domain, American Judge Rules - NYTimes.com:
A federal judge has issued a declarative judgment stating that Holmes, Watson, 221B Baker Street, the dastardly Professor Moriarty and other elements included in the 50 Holmes works that Arthur Conan Doyle published before Jan. 1, 1923, are no longer covered by United States copyright law, and can therefore be freely used by others without paying any licensing fee to the writer’s estate.No doubt the next few years will have some suits regarding the post-1923 works.
- Christopher Pyne, the minister of muddles, is really the artful dodger:
What were the most damning indictments that Tony Abbott made of the two Labor governments that preceded him? That they suffered from ''chaos and dysfunction'' and that they broke a core promise - they ''lied''. Yet this is exactly what Pyne delivered. He announced three iterations of the one policy in the space of a week. He threw thousands of schools into complete confusion about how much money they would have in a new school year just eight weeks away.At least this new backflip sets things the right way around, but at this point how excited can you be - after all, they could so easily backflip again. I wonder when all that 'stable government' stuff happens...
- Arming Yourself for the Zombie Apocalypse: How to Build the Ultimate Survival Shotgun | The Art of Manliness
- Same sex marriage | Sam de Brito:
Ignoring the ludicrousness of an all-powerful, all-knowing, all-loving God even caring what two people do when in bed together (or how I address Him in prayer or whether I can bash out a column on a Sunday), it frustrates me that people like yourself are happy to cherry-pick which parts of the Bible you take literally and which you do not.
- Hacker Makes Drone to Hijack Other Drones
- Exclusive Video: The Making of Reverend Horton Heat's "Let Me Teach You How to Eat" | Guitar World. Love the attention to detail. Jimbo was not happy with that bassline...
- Renewable energy: Tony Abbott signals he could wind back or scrap targets | Environment | theguardian.com. I think the message is pretty clear when he talks at length about totally unspecified 'concerns' people have about wind turbines; plus appoints a climate change denier to head up the task force looking at making power bills cheaper for industry. Interesting to see how he weasels past the bit where the Howard government created the renewable energy requirement in the first place.
- Has the Great Barrier Reef just been approved for destruction by the Australian government? | Environment | theguardian.com:
Unfortunately, soon a massively destructive coal port will be built just 50 km north of the magnificent Whitsunday Islands. The port expansion wasapproved by the Abbott Liberal National government on Wednesday 11 December, and it will become one of the world's largest coal ports. The coal export facility is ironically located on Abbot Point. The construction of this port will involve dredging 3 million cubic metres of seabed. The dredge spoil will be dumped into the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.
- Boombox Creators
- Liberty Bottle who hit back at irate customer rewarded with rush of orders | Mail Online:
I am not sorry our employees were enjoying the holidays, that's not your exclusive right
- Sweeping Photos Span an Entire Day in a Single Frame | Raw File | Wired.com
- Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says Nauru asylum centre 'better than mining camps' - Australia Network News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Apart from that bit where people choose to go and get paid to live in mining camps. Also mostly they're not children, certainly not unaccompanied children. You know, details.
- 61 languages are found on Twitter. Here’s how they rank in popularity. - Daily Tech Whip | Daily Tech Whip
- How I Became the Kind of Person Who Can Work a Room
- Psychologists Discover How People Subconsciously Become Their Favorite Fictional Characters
- ‘Because’ has become a preposition, because grammar | Sentence first
- What the world must look like to a flying bird (hint: awesome)
- No need for 100Mbps NBN, Switkowski tells Senate - Delimiter. In essence, Switkowski has revealed that he's a stuffed suit for the coalition and has absolutely no ability to plan for the future. The truth is we don't really know what people will use 100mps for; but we know that demand for bandwidth grows extremely fast and we can safely assume we'll need at least that much by the time the NBN would have been finished. We know the copper network is absolutely on its last legs and no plan for the future should rely on it. But we also know Switkowski isn't in this to provide anybody with good broadband, he's here to mismanage it enough so the whole thing can be shut down as a failure and the infrastructure flogged off to a private operator. Australia will remain an internet backwater for decades longer thanks to this government. But hey, it's ok - Turnbull will wave iPads at us as though mobile devices are relevant to the need for high speed broadband in the home.
I don't know much about art, but I know what I like:
- Tony Abbott defends Gonski reversal, saying election pledge was misheard | World news | theguardian.com:
Tony Abbott has denied breaking an election promise over education funding and the Gonski reforms, insisting he never vowed to maintain the same money for each school. His argument that the promise was "plural" – matching total funding for all schools – comes despite the education minister, Christopher Pyne, declaring before the election: "You can vote Liberal or Labor and you'll get exactly the same amount of funding for your school." Abbott also told voters on 2 August that he would end uncertainty by "guaranteeing that no school will be worse off over the forward estimates period" – a reference to the four-year budget cycle.Presumably Pyne was only addressing those voters who send their kids to private schools, where the Coalition is sending the money 'adjusted' from public school budgets.
- Gonski report co-author labels Christopher Pyne 'a minister on L-plates', as funding stoush heats up - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
- Tony Abbott's controversial speeches wiped. Tony Abbott is at war with Eastasia. Tony Abbott has always been at war with Eastasia.
- His country, our grim future:
I will not go into other policies with likely adverse consequences, such as piling massive new spending (much of it on maintaining benefits for the already over-privileged) onto the government's declared "budget emergency", or the firing of most of the nation's government scientists, or the picking of a fight with China right on top of not picking up the phone to the President of Indonesia. These and many other of the early actions of the Abbott government are cause enough for worry, but education and climate change policies are the really scary ones because they each have irreversible lifetime consequences.
Skydiving planes collide in Wis., all escape. Also, many were wearing head cameras:
- Origins of Common UI Symbols | Visual.ly
- For Nearly Two Decades the Nuclear Launch Code at all Minuteman Silos in the United States Was 00000000:
Those in the U.S. that had been fitted with the devices, such as ones in the Minuteman Silos, were installed under the close scrutiny of Robert McNamara, JFK’s Secretary of Defence. However, The Strategic Air Command greatly resented McNamara’s presence and almost as soon as he left, the code to launch the missile’s, all 50 of them, was set to 00000000. Oh, and in case you actually did forget the code, it was handily written down on a checklist handed out to the soldiers.The nuclear launch codes were essentially written on the proverbial post-it note stuck to the monitor.