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The Painful Price of Becoming Jackie Chan | The New Republic
A critique on Jackie Chan's autobiography:
as the book goes on starts to feel like a protective mechanism, a carapace of cheer.
[..]
There is, too, an overarching sense of the phenomenal success that is to come, which casts a backwards glow even on those moments when Chan was at his lowest. [..] Each trial is a stepping stone to the super-stardom that will legitimize everything that came before
china  cinema  jackie-chan  critique  biography 
january 2019
Most of What You Read on the Internet is Written by Insane People : slatestarcodex
But there's more, because not all the users who post do so with the same frequency. The 1% rule is of course just another way of saying that the distribution of contributions follows a Power Law Distribution, which means that the level of inequality gets more drastic as you look at smaller subsets of users.
internet  culture 
january 2019
A mulher mais violenta que trabalhou na PIDE - Vida - SÁBADO
Enquanto despia, humilhava e espancava as suas vítimas na sede da polícia política, perguntava: "Fala ou não fala, sua puta?" Chamavam-lhe Pide Leninha
pide  estado-novo  portugal  fascism  history 
january 2019
Gender, Sexism, and the Middle Ages: No More Fairy Tales | The Public Medievalist
We aim to show how and where systems of gender oppression existed, and to also highlight stories of the women, men, and nonbinary people who surmounted them. Because in some ways, medieval people are more like us than we might like to admit
history  gender 
january 2019
Kanye West and the Dangers of Going off Psychiatric Meds - The Atlantic
Uses Kanye West as a framework for discussing the myth of mental illness as a fuel for creativity.
Despite its often negative consequences, to some people it can feel like a superpower, which might lead them to internalize the idea that their illness is the source of their talent.
art  health  perception  kanye  creative-process  music  mental-health 
january 2019
The Ten Commandments of Egoless Programming
- Understand and accept that you will make mistakes.
- You are not your code.
- No matter how much "karate" you know, someone else will always know more.
- Don't rewrite code without consultation.
- Treat people who know less than you with respect, deference, and patience.
- The only constant in the world is change.
- The only true authority stems from knowledge, not from position.
- Fight for what you believe, but gracefully accept defeat.
- Don't be "the guy in the room."
- Critique code inste...
culture  development  etiquette 
january 2019
Opinion | The Trump Tax Cut: Even Worse Than You’ve Heard - The New York Times
No money has, in fact, been brought home, and the tax cut has probably reduced national income. Indeed, at least 90 percent of Americans will end up poorer thanks to that cut.
[...]
which means that a third of the tax cut flowed abroad, rather than staying at home. This probably outweighs any positive effect on GDP growth. So the tax cut probably made America poorer, not richer.
trump  taxes 
january 2019
Report: The Mac Malware of 2018 🍎👾 | Patrick Wardle on Patreon
a ~50 page PDF detailing all the new (public) Mac malware/adware of 2018
infosec  malware  reports 
january 2019
HTTPS Everywhere | Electronic Frontier Foundation
HTTPS Everywhere is a Firefox, Chrome, and Opera extension that encrypts your communications with many major websites, making your browsing more secure.
privacy  security  extension  browser  chrome  firefox 
january 2019
gorhill/uBlock: uBlock Origin - An efficient blocker for Chromium and Firefox. Fast and lean.
uBlock Origin - An efficient blocker for Chromium and Firefox. Fast and lean. - gorhill/uBlock
privacy  extension  adblock  browser  ads 
january 2019
PX08875.pdf
A post-mortem on the development of the first version of MS Word.
microsoft  history  post-mortem 
january 2019
Joao on Twitter: "Reacção Oficial do @sosracismo à entrevista da @tvi24pt @tvi ao Mário Machado e ao debate (?) com um suposto representante da associação. Para parar com a desinformação que já se vê por aí.… https://t.co/Dw0i6BxhcO"
a TVI fez um programa com um "reporter" que não é jornalista com carteira profissional, um "representante do SOS racismo" que não representa o SOS racismo e uma pessoa com "opniões polémicas" que é um fascista
twitter-threads  fascism  media  journalism  portugal 
january 2019
A conversa de café de Raquel Varela e Teresa Rita Lopes | Opinião | PÚBLICO
Um texto sardónico de João Teixeira Lopes sobre uma entrevista entre Raquel Varela e Teresa Rita Lopes que criticou os novos movimentos feministas pela sua radicalidade; ambas perdendo-se na preocupação com decência e rigor, que se esquecem do propósito dos movimentos.
A serra de Sintra a arder, os paióis rebentados, as intelectuais a bater nas feministas. Tudo no seu lugar.
civility  feminism  portugal  elitism 
january 2019
Victor Pougy on Twitter: "FOR THOSE FOLLOWING AT HOME, Bolsonaro day 1: -Extinguished Food Security Council -Handed control of Amazon protection and indigenous rights to Agribusiness lobby -Removed LGBT from human rights protection policies -Set minimum w
-Extinguished Food Security Council
-Handed control of Amazon protection and indigenous rights to Agribusiness lobby
-Removed LGBT from human rights protection policies
-Set minimum wage at lower value than was approved by congress
bolsonaro  brasil  fascism  politics 
january 2019
Ron Jeffries no Twitter: "My rough defs:Analysis: the activity of determining what the problem is.Acceptance tests: Detailed checks showing problem input and checking output.TDD: a programming technique where the developer writes a micro test and a few mi
My rough defs:
Analysis: the activity of determining what the problem is.
Acceptance tests: Detailed checks showing problem input and checking output.
TDD: a programming technique where the developer writes a micro test and a few minutes later has code passing that micro test.
tdd  twitter-threads 
january 2019
Study: Poor Are More Charitable Than The Wealthy : NPR
Huge charity commitments often get headlines -- like the ones Bill Gates and Warren Buffett collected for convincing 40 billionaires to donate at least half of their fortunes. But Paul Piff, a psychology researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, tells host Guy Raz about his studies, which show that poor people are actually more charitable than the rich.
charity  economics  poverty 
january 2019
Bob Burrough on Twitter: "Flat design results in higher cognitive load. https://t.co/34k6XIj7N5… "
A search for flat icons takes twice as long as for realistic icons and is also characterized by higher cognitive load.
flat-design  design  studies  twitter-threads 
january 2019
I Was A Cable Guy. I Saw The Worst Of America. | HuffPost
good read, gets into the nitty and gritty of the America that gets ignored by media, the regular ass america
If the customer had a shred of humanity, you could ask to reschedule for the morning.

Humanity is rarer than I imagined when I first took the job.

[...]
I couldn’t respond. My voice would stand out. We had to hope for the humanity of others, the customers, because corporate didn’t care.
usa  essay  shitty-jobs  labour 
january 2019
How YouTube Built a Radicalization Machine for the Far-Right
A glimpse into the rabbit hole that is youtube's algorithm, that aims to retain view time and how it shapes the minds of its audience, specifically the ones on their formative years
Former extremists say they were sucked in by propaganda as teenagers, thanks to an algorithm’s dark side.
algorithms  alt-right  anti-Semitism  anti-feminism  conservatives  atheism  youtube 
january 2019
privacy/security concerns · Issue #68 · plaid/link
A sanfran fintech company, valued in 2.5b$ provides a payment method that works by injecting a login form to get your bank credentials; which is a terrible idea prone to security risks.
security  infosec 
december 2018
kubernetes/pv_controller.go at ec2e767e59395376fa191d7c56a74f53936b7653 · kubernetes/kubernetes
// ==================================================================
// PLEASE DO NOT ATTEMPT TO SIMPLIFY THIS CODE.
// KEEP THE SPACE SHUTTLE FLYING.
// ==================================================================
programming  funny 
december 2018
Stealing Chrome cookies without a password
Through use of remote debugging and running headless chrome, it is possible to salvage all the user's cookies. Some other insights into prevention, through channel-bound cookies, a feature that is being removed on chrome, also provided
cookies  security  debugging  google  hacking  privacy  chrome  infosec 
december 2018
defaultnamehere/cookie_crimes: Read local Chrome cookies without root or decrypting
Read local Chrome cookies without root or decrypting - defaultnamehere/cookie_crimes
cookies  security-tools  tools-helpers  security 
december 2018
Marxism-Leninism Study Guide | The Marxist-Leninist
This topical study guide is intended for all of those interested in learning about the theory and practice of Marxism-Leninism, the science of revolution.
study-guide  marxism  leninism 
december 2018
Meet Yourself | Lapham’s Quarterly
In the years in between, personality testing has taken over the world, all of us desperate for a shortcut to know ourselves and others. Yet the dream of better living through self-knowledge has not lived up to its grandiose ambitions.
Personality is behavior, and we now leak our personality everywhere with each “like” and “swipe”; there will always be those who want that information to observe and target and sell
myers_briggs  psychology  history 
december 2018
Expresso | Carlos Alexandre: “Há 13 anos foi-me dito que devia meter-me com pessoas do meu tamanho, porque precisava do meu ordenado para sobreviver”
Há 13 anos, no âmbito de um trabalho que estava a desempenha, do local onde tinha sido colocado, para onde tinha concorrido, foi-me dito que eu devia meter-me com pessoas do meu tamanho, porque precisava do meu ordenado para sobreviver, para comer
politics  portugal  corruption 
december 2018
A cure for cancer: how to kill a killer | Science | The Guardian
Revolutionary work on the body’s immune system and a host of new drug trials mean that beating cancer may be achievable
cancer  research  science  breakthrough 
december 2018
The Hidden Tribes of America - Hidden Tribes
America has never felt so divided. Bitter debates that were once confined to Congressional hearings and cable TV have now found their way into every part of our lives, from our Facebook feeds to the family dinner table. But most Americans are tired of this "us-versus-them" mindset and are eager to find common ground. This is the message we’ve heard from more than 8,000 Americans in one of our country’s largest-ever studies of polarization
data  usa  politics  research  statistics  polarization  reports 
december 2018
Gonçalo Sousa on Twitter: "Sugestão de leitura para este senhor padreco: https://t.co/cARhazsdzm… "
Portugal, um país onde um padre pode ir aos jornais dizer que [..]o abuso sexual de 6 crianças num internato não é um caso de intimidade daquelas mais chocantes" e ninguém contesta
portugal  religion  sexualassault  twitter-threads 
december 2018
Manuela Ferreira Leite: "O PSD deve virar ao centro? E como se distinguirá do PS?" by Perguntar Não Ofende | Free Listening on SoundCloud
Stream Manuela Ferreira Leite: "O PSD deve virar ao centro? E como se distinguirá do PS?" by Perguntar Não Ofende from desktop or your mobile device
portugal  politics  podcast  manuela-ferreira-leita 
december 2018
Do «Não Racismo» Português aos Dois Racismos dos Portugueses - João Filipe Marques - Google Livros
Portugal - independentemente daquilo que pensam os portugueses - não constitui uma excepção no que diz respeito às atitudes e comportamentos racistas que se verificam noutros países da Europa. Há um conjunto de questões em torno deste problema que merecem ser formuladas : a que "lógicas" obedece o racismo na sociedade portuguesa? Quais são as suas fontes actuais e históricas? Quais são as transformações sociais que favorecem a emergência deste tipo de atitudes e comportamen...
portugal  racism  books 
december 2018
Google AI Blog: Night Sight: Seeing in the Dark on Pixel Phones
Night Sight is a new feature of the Pixel Camera app that lets you take sharp, clean photographs in very low light, even in light so dim you can't see much with your own eyes. It works on the main and selfie cameras of all three generations of Pixel phones, and does not require a tripod or flash. In this article we'll talk about why taking pictures in low light is challenging, and we'll discuss the computational photography and machine learning techniques, much of it built on top of ...
google  photography  computation  machine-learning 
december 2018
No One Wants It | Affidavit
Jill Soloway’s new memoir She Wants It: Desire, Power, and Toppling the Patriarchy is just south of worth purchasing at the airport. As a book about desire, power, or toppling the patriarchy, it is incompetent, defensive, and astonishingly clueless.
books  transgender  critique  jill-soloway 
december 2018
Making it easier to discover datasets
In today's world, scientists in many disciplines and a growing number of journalists live and breathe data. There are many thousands of data repositories on the web, providing access to millions of datasets; and local and national governments around the world publish their data as well. To enable easy access to this data, we launched Dataset Search, so that scientists, data journalists, data geeks, or anyone else can find the data required for their work and their stories, or simply ...
data  dataset  google  research  tools-helpers 
december 2018
Why This Shitting Peasant Is the Christmas Symbol We Need Today | Current Affairs
Thus, while the commodification of el caganer might seem like a depressing development, in reality it should make us feel hopeful and emboldened. It shows that there is a demand for the rich and powerful to be humbled.
catalunya  christmas  tradition  capitalism  symbols 
december 2018
Facebook removed post by ex-manager who said site 'failed' black people | Technology | The Guardian
Mark S Luckie, who recently stepped down as strategic partner manager, published the piece on Facebook last week detailing his experiences as a black employee at a tech corporation that largely excludes African Americans, saying the company has also unfairly censored black people on the platform.

Facebook appeared to prove Luckie’s point this week by removing the letter before eventually reinstating it.
facebook  racism  tech 
december 2018
Company Tried to Patent My Work After a Job Interview — Patent Pandas
Openly sharing your work brings more attention to it, which is good, right?
The answer, for me though, is often “it’s complicated.” This is what
happened when I went to visit a giant tech company, in hopes for
collaboration, but later found that they tried to patent some of my
research instead!
google  patent 
december 2018
Big business circles EU’s consumer protections – POLITICO
Various lobbyists are pushing against the precautionary principle in lieu of a far more permissive and exploitative "innovation" principle. This is being pushed by people who consider scientific studies that go against industry views as "junk science"
An industry-friendly approach to consumer protection could make its way into EU legislation after years of lobbying.
europe  lobby  consumer-rights 
december 2018
Matt Hancock says UK the largest buyer of fridges - but it's because we're stockpiling drugs for a no-deal Brexit
Health Secretary Matt Hancock dismayed as UK stockpiles on fridges to save medicines in preparation for Brexit
“I’ve become the largest buyer of fridges in the world, I didn’t expect that,” he said.
brexit  health  pharmaceuticals 
december 2018
cssanimation/css-animation-101: Learn how to bring animation to your web projects
Learn how to bring animation to your web projects. Contribute to cssanimation/css-animation-101 development by creating an account on GitHub.
css  animation  books 
december 2018
How the 0.001% invest - Investing and the super-rich
Global finance is being transformed as billionaires get richer and cut out the middlemen by creating their own “family offices”, personal investment firms that roam global markets looking for opportunities.
wealth  finance 
december 2018
ZEIT – ncc: Node.js Compiler Collection
Run ncc , get a single optimized bundle of your Node.js program and all its dependencies
node  nodejs 
december 2018
John Major: I have made no false promises on Brexit – I’m free to tell you the truth | Opinion | The Guardian
I have made no false promises about Brexit that I must pretend can still be honoured, even though – in my heart – I know they cannot.
brexit  europe  politics  john-major 
december 2018
Shit Loops In Design – UX Collective
it’s a series of unwanted actions happening in a user interface that take us down a path that gets darker and darker the further we go.
design  ux  usability 
december 2018
Trickle-down workaholism in startups – Signal v. Noise
If you want to understand why so many startups become infected with unhealthy work habits, or outright workaholism, a good place to start your examination is in the attitudes of their venture capital…
business  culture  productivity  startups 
december 2018
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