Extenuating Circumstances

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Bookmarks for February 18th from 14:05 to 14:52

This is an auto-posted collection of my public links posted to Pinboard.in for February 18th from 14:05 to 14:52:

  • Jack Schulze on Playdeo – "Playdeo is making television you can touch: a new space, inside video, where you can play"

    Television you can touch! That either took no time at all, or a very long time.

  • Jack Schulze on pixel scarcity
  • Jack Shulze on the camera – " there isn’t a sensor, or set of signals more heavily under development than the camera’s" from https://medium.com/playdeo/introducing-playdeo-abf0bebbc53e
  • Emoji are showing up in court cases exponentially, and courts aren’t prepared – The Verge – "[but] emoji are a critical part of communication, and in cases where transcripts of online communication are being read to the jury, they need to be characterized as well instead of being skipped over." OMG NOW IMAGINING A BUDDY PROCEDURAL WHERE ONE OF THE BUDDIES IS THE FORENSIC LINGUIST SPECIALIZING IN EMOJI and the other buddy is the LAWYER or COP or STRAIGHT PERSON WHO IS ALL what do you mean emoji are important
  • Opinion | No, You Can’t Ignore Email. It’s Rude. – The New York Times – "Remember that a short reply is kinder and more professional than none at all. If you have too much on your plate, come clean: “I don’t have the bandwidth to add this.” If it’s not your expertise, just say so: “Sorry, this isn’t in my wheelhouse.” And if you want to say no, just say “no.”" – would that it were that simple. Organizational psychologist is missing the bit from psychology that might *prevent* people from saying "no" or "I can't do this". Or, hey, today's two minute shame is about…
  • Otto von Bismarck – Wikiquote – Politics is the art of the possible
  • In which Casaleggio reveals he is a political leader – "Casaleggio explained that the aim of this new project was to experiment with communication dynamics on the company’s intranet. Casaleggio would select topics from the firm’s internal forum and as…
  • What Happens When Techno-Utopians Actually Run a Country | WIRED – "Rather than offer an ideology or platform, Five Star offered a wholesale rebuke of the country’s entrenched, highly paid, careerist political class—left, right, and center. And it married that disdain to a grand techno-utopian project: Through an online voting and debate portal, Five Star was building a direct democracy on the internet. The long-term goal was to replace Parliament altogether—to automate it out of existence." – Hi, I'm 40 this year and I have a sinking feeling about how this article ends

Bookmarks for February 17th through February 18th

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Bookmarks for February 17th from 00:30 to 15:21

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Bookmarks for February 14th through February 15th

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Bookmarks for February 13th from 20:06 to 21:43

This is an auto-posted collection of my public links posted to Pinboard.in for February 13th from 20:06 to 21:43:

  • The Parkland school shooting is bringing new surveillance tech to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. But will it work? – The Washington Post – "Your children are being watched. Their school has a surveillance system. A machine that spies on children every hour of every day. I know because I built it. I designed the machine to detect events that seem out of the ordinary, but it sees everything. Children where they shouldn't be, acting suspiciously, preying on other children. Children like yours. Activity your school administrators considered irrelevant. School shootings the government considered off-limits. They wouldn't act, so I decided I would…"
  • Most of that is actually because of the difference in fuel — Raptor runs on Met… | Hacker News – “The unit of Isp has no physical significance, the convention just arose because early rocketry was a collaboration of people who all used different units, and they wanted to be able to compare numbers. Since the unit they all shared was a second, and they all agreed (roughly) on the real value of g, they just divided exhaust velocity by their g to get a number that could be compared. The convention stuck.”
  • Well, sanity check. In 2017 the SLS launch was about 2 years out, but likely to… | Hacker News – “This strongly reminds me of the fact that late software projects are promised to be on time until about 6 weeks before launch, and then launch keeps getting delayed. And this is true no matter how late it eventually turns out to be. The reason why 6 weeks is the magic figure is that for a software project, that's the point where you can no longer paper over the inevitability of failure with wishful thinking. Rockets have slower schedule, but it is strongly looking like 2 years is a similar magic figure in that industry, for similar reasons.”
  • Do Animals Have Feelings? – The Atlantic – “Neuroscientists can measure the computational complexity of brain activity, but no brain scan has yet revealed a precise neural signature of consciousness.” – yeah but there was a brilliant Nature Futures (I think) short story about what if there were, though
  • AMEE/8XX-rfc: HTTP error codes for civilisational errors – Gavin Starks is amazing and I can’t believe I forgot about this

Bookmarks for February 13th from 09:20 to 15:41

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Bookmarks for February 12th through February 13th

This is an auto-posted collection of public links I’ve either posted to, or favourites from Twitter, my Instapaper bookmarks and my public links posted to Pinboard.in for February 12th from 09:36 to 08:45:

Bookmarks for February 10th through February 11th

This is an auto-posted collection of public links I’ve either posted to, or favourites from Twitter, my Instapaper bookmarks and my public links posted to Pinboard.in for February 10th from 14:03 to 18:30:

  • LoveSync | Kickstart Your Love life by LoveSync — Kickstarter – The prototyping shown only shows… a hardware-based ‘solution’ to the ‘problem’
  • Apple announces Health Records feature coming to veterans – Apple – “Working with the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Apple announced that the Health Records on iPhone feature will be available soon to veterans. For the first time, American veterans receiving care through the Veterans Health Administration will be able to securely view their aggregated health records directly in the Health app on their iPhone.” – I would’ve waited until after it launched, I think.
  • New Evidence for the Strange Geometry of Thought – Facts So Romantic – Nautilus – “[the] usefulness of a cognitive space isn’t just restricted to already familiar object comparisons. “One of the ways these cognitive spaces can benefit our behavior is when we encounter something we have never seen before,” Bellmund said. “Based on the features of the new object we can position it in our cognitive space. We can then use our old knowledge to infer how to behave in this novel situation.” Representing knowledge in this structured way allows us to make sense of how we should behave in new circumstances.”
  • Junction Box Design – Junction Box is a digital design studio specializing in the creation of fictional (UI) user interfaces for film, television and commercial productions. Working for both production and post-production environments on a wide array of projects, we develop interface design that ranges from highly realistic applications, period and present day settings to the contrived worlds of science fiction and fantasy.
  • Space Colony Art from the 1970s – The Public Domain Review – Clickbait

Bookmarks for February 9th from 07:27 to 19:15

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Bookmarks for February 8th from 16:35 to 17:20

This is an auto-posted collection of my public links posted to Pinboard.in for February 8th from 16:35 to 17:20: