- How I cut GTA Online loading times by 70%
- Good writeup of another possible entry in the Accidentally Quadratic tumblr (though that itself hasn’t been updated for a while).
(tags: games performance programming quadratic)
- Harry and Meghan: The union of two great houses, the Windsors and the Celebrities, is complete
- Brutal and hilarious article.
(tags: ireland britain monarchy)
- A response to: on the safety of women – Dr Reka Solymosi
- Seeing less serious incidents of harrassment with a “near miss” mindset as used in safety critical industries.
(tags: sexism safety)
- The U.K.’s Fight Against the Covid Pandemic Has Divided a Nation – The New York Times
- The war isn’t over. Pictures from the frontline.
(tags: covid19 pandemic nhs medicine UK)
- siderea | The Very Bad News [curr ev, Patreon]
- Siderea on the shock of the pandemic actually affecting you personally (and why Lefties shouldn’t disparage preppers). “The Great Shock was a wake up call. I suggest you don’t go back to sleep. I suggest that if you were caught by the Great Shock, you realize that that was because you were out of sync with reality, in a profound and dangerous way. I suggest you resolve not to be caught flat-footed like that again.”
(tags: pandemic preppers psychology)
- [Optimum Performance Settings] For all Oculus CV1 Owners – Virtual Reality (VR) / Hardware & Performance – Microsoft Flight Simulator Forums
- VR settings for Microsoft Flightsim 2020. Bumping up the “Pixels Per Display Pixel Override” makes the whole thing look sharper for me, so saving.
(tags: flightsim oculus)
- COVID-19 RESPONSE − SPRING 2021
- The UK government outlines its plan to ease COVID restrictions in England (PDF).
(tags: covid19 government)
- Jonathan Korman on Twitter: “I have been tangled in a bushy set of threads in my mentions about Scott Alexander and Slate Star Codex. I missed important good criticisms of Scott in a forest of bad criticisms. So I am going to try to collect the important
- “I missed important good criticisms of Scott [Alexander] in a forest of bad criticisms. So I am going to try to collect the important stuff.” This guy’s about where I am on the SlateStarCodex/AstralCodexTen/NYT drama after those emails leaked.
(tags: rationalism lesswrong scott-alexander drama)
- COVID-19: what health experts could and could not predict | Nature Medicine
- Devi Sridhar in Nature: “Nearly a year after the first cases of COVID-19 were reported, it is time to look back and assess what could have been predicted by health experts.”
(tags: science covid19 pandemic medicine)
- I thrived on the tension and drama of British politics. Then I had a heart attack | Health & wellbeing | The Guardian
- “I lived for the nerve-shredding rollercoaster of Westminster. But the stress got under my skin, and into my blood”
(tags: twitter Politics brexit journalism health)
- I’d love to ignore ‘Covid sceptics’ and their tall tales. But they make a splash and have no shame | Media | The Guardian
- Neil O’Brien on the fantasies of those in the media, and beyond, who oppose lockdown. There have been a few articles like this recently, hopefully it marks a tide rising against the loonies.
(tags: covid19 science lockdown pandemic)
- Rise of the Coronavirus Cranks – Quillette
- Another demolition of the smiley face crew.
(tags: twitter pandemic covid19 science)
- My personal wishlist for a decentralized social network | Carter Sande
(tags: p2p internet social)
- My Brexit hell | Robert Hutton | The Critic Magazine
- “What was Brexit like? America’s declaration of independence? A man leaving a golf club but demanding to still be allowed into the bar? Over the years, I went through a few analogies, but the one that persisted was of a married man who has for years enjoyed casually flirting with a work colleague. One evening he makes his traditional half-hearted pass, and instead of rolling her eyes, she replies: “Go on, then”. A month later, he’s living out of his car and negotiating through lawyers to see his children one weekend a month, and he can’t really tell you how it happened.”
(tags: brexit Politics funny)
- Dr Andi Fugard on Twitter: “One benefit of Brexit – new jokes can be created by mildly editing old Soviet jokes. For example: A man walks into a shop. He asks the clerk, “You don’t have any meat?” The clerk says, “No, here we don’t have any fish
- A Twitter thread of Soviet jokes adapted for Brexit: “One benefit of Brexit – new jokes can be created by mildly editing old Soviet jokes. For example:
A man walks into a shop. He asks the clerk, “You don’t have any meat?” The clerk says, “No, here we don’t have any fish. The shop that doesn’t have any meat is across the street.””
(tags: brexit funny doom politics)
- Distributed GitHub, bit like that Gittorrent thing but seems to be actively maintained.
(tags: git collaboration p2p)
- Covid’s endgame | The Spectator
- It’s a non-bonkers article in the Speccy. Where we are, where we’re going.
(tags: covid19 ifr pandemic science epidemic)
- Tom Whipple’s year in Covid: from Wuhan to lockdown to vaccine | Magazine | The Times
- A thoughtful year in review from the Times’ science correspondant
(tags: covid19 science pandemic 2020)