Worth a listen

(Big Thief’s 2016 NPR Tiny Desk concert.)

The search engine that lets you remove the most popular web sites

This is a nifty thing: Million Short is a search engine that will let you remove links to the million most popular web sites from its search results. Sometimes good (and more importantly, relevant) sites get crowded out by popular sites in the results of search engines like Google. This is a natural result of … Read More

Elon Musk according to Lefttube

Elon Musk is a wealthy industrialist and an aspirational character to many, certainly to himself. If you call yourself the founder of Tesla, a company you bought, at the very least that means you wanted to be the founder of Tesla. The disconnect between how Musk and his mindless fans portray Musk and the person … Read More

Dutch photography magazines

The things you want to get better at you need to consume and you need to practice. Consumption of photography can be done, amongst a great number of other ways, through the consumption of photography magazines. Problem #1: when people say “photography magazines”, they mean “camera equipment magazines”. You know the type, left page is … Read More

Retro computing scene alive and kicking

It started with this 2014 Commodore 64 demo music by Pex “Mahoney” Tufvesson. If you were to follow that link (please come back!), you would hear an indiscriminate collection of bleeps and grunts. You will have to take my word for it that these bleeps and grunts are in some ways better than any assortment … Read More

I started something

I started another blog. Why, Branko, you say (sarcastically), how nice of you considering the many, many (*cough*) things you post here. You would not be wrong about that. I do blog too little. The new blog, called Beezels, because I needed a name and any silly thing would do, has a single purpose: to … Read More

Cory Doctorow says: no more inCaps!

Cory Doctorow wants to stop using weirdly spelled brand names: This year, I resolve to minimize my use of incaps when writing about commercial products and companies. An incap changes a word into a logo, and has no place in journalism or commentary — it’s branding activity that colonizes everyday communications. It’s free advertising. So: … Read More

Do we prefer our biomass as gorgeous reef or as Australians?

A footnote from Maciej Ceglowski’s post on the Australian rain forrest: Farmers and fishermen in Australia test the limits of human empathy. While I was in Cairns, for example, controversy ranged around the recent extension of the Great Barrier Reef marine park, opponents arguing that the expanded ban on fishing would harm the Cairns fishing … Read More

Shouting ‘bingo’ in a crowded theater

A man in the US was arrested, held against his will and finally convicted for shouting ‘bingo’ in a bingo hall. Apparently upsetting biddies is illegal now.

26 + 2 links

John Scalzi writes: “I put each letter of the alphabet into my web browser and posted the link it autocompleted to”. He then proceeds to write small blurbs for each entry. The following are mine. ad.nl/ad/nl/1001/Sportwereld/: the newspaper’s sports section. buienradar.nl: a satellite image that shows where in the Netherlands it currently doesn’t rain. Handy … Read More