- post modern C tooling – draft 5
- ‘My ties to England have loosened’: John le Carré on Britain, Boris and Brexit | Books | The Guardian
- “At 87, le Carré is publishing his 25th novel. He talks to John Banville about our ‘dismal statesmanship’ and what he learned from his time as a spy”
(tags: spies intelligence MI5 MI6 le-carre politics)
- The New Zealand Shootings: The Untold Stories | GQ
- A moving account of the shootings and their aftermath. Via Metafilter.
(tags: shooting terrorism racism new-zealand)
- How Derren Brown Remade Mind Reading for Skeptics | The New Yorker
- Introducing Derren Brown to the Americans. Via Mefi.
(tags: magic derren-brown mentalism)
- WSJ, WaPo, NYT Spread False Internet Law Claims | Cato @ Liberty
- Rebutting nonsense about the supposed publisher/platform distinction in Section 230 of the US’s Communications Decency Act. From the Cato Institute, so can’t be dismissed as leftist propaganda.
(tags: law censorship internet)
- fabricate – The better build tool. Finds dependencies automatically for any language. – Google Project Hosting
- Make replacement in Python which finds file dependencies by using strace to work out which files the compiler reads.
(tags: python tools build make programming)
- Falsehoods programmers believe about build systems
- Things to bear in mind before starting on your quest to replace Make, especially if you’re writing your own replacement.
(tags: make build programming tools)
- Redo implementation in Python
- djb’s “redo” make-replacement done in Python.
(tags: make coding development programming redo djb python)
- tup | Home
- Another make replacement. This one looks quite neat.
(tags: tools build development tup programming make)
- This Is What It Will Be Like If Scotland Votes For Independence
- Yes, it’s Buzzfeed, but it’s quite funny.
(tags: funny parody news scotland indepedence)
- Using Metadata to find Paul Revere – Kieran Healy
- Great stuff.
(tags: paul-revere graph surveillance social-networks matrix maths mathematics metadata)
- Opt out of PRISM, the NSA’s global data surveillance program – PRISM BREAK
- Unlikely that the general public will adopt crypto tools but an interesting list of what’s out there, none the less.
(tags: software tools nsa encryption crypto cryptography tor prism)
- gource – software version control visualization – Google Project Hosting
- Cool tool which produces a video of your code’s history.
(tags: video programming history software tools)
- David Graeber: On the Invention of Money â€“ Notes on Sex, Adventure, Monomaniacal Sociopathy and the True Function of Economics « naked capitalism
- Interesting demolition of the idea that barter economies always precede the invention of money.
(tags: economics anthropology money history sex barter)
- The Dark Side of the Placebo Effect: When Intense Belief Kills – Atlantic Mobile
- Sleep paralysis and the Nocebo effect as a potential killer.
(tags: science psychology sleep paralysis)
- Text Message | Sunday Magazine
- "FRIENDS THEY NEVER MEET: ACQUAINTANCES MADE BY THE TELEGRAPH KEY. CONFIDENCES EXCHANGED BETWEEN MEN WHO HAVE NEVER SEEN EACH OTHER — THEIR PECULIAR CONVERSATION ABBREVIATIONS." Cool steampunk stuff. Via andrewducker.
(tags: telegraph communication sms message)
- Writing Vim Plugins / Steve Losh
- What it says on the tin.
(tags: programming vim plugin development editor)
- Coming Home to Vim / Steve Losh
- Someone's page about going back to Vim, listing some config options I didn't know about.
(tags: programming tools vim editor tutorial)
- Lost Garden: Rules of Productivity Presentation
- "How do we get more work done? It is a question that every manager and every passionate worker faces. Yet, for the most part, teams operate on gut instinct and habit. The results are less than optimal. Over the years I've been collecting small pieces of research on various factors that actually seem to improve productivity. I've assembled eight of these experiments into a PowerPoint presentation. Feel free to use the graphs and data within to spread these practical ideas throughout your own teams." Via andrewducker.
(tags: psychology programming software development overtime scrum productivity)
- CPBD 089: John Shook – Dewey, Quine, and Some Varieties of Naturalism
- John Shook talks to Luke Muehlhauser about philosophical naturalism (with a transcript, for those of you who hate podcasts). Interesting to find about the various naturalistic philosophies, and to see the responses to the supernaturalist "you naturalists think everything is just atoms" argument.
(tags: philosophy naturalism science physics materialism)
- Oklahoma Freethought Convention 2011 (speech 3 of 5) – The Thinking Atheist – YouTube
- Seth the Thinking Atheist, a former Christian, on the "God goggles" that prevented him from seeing the truth for many years. He's an engaging public speaker.
(tags: atheism ex-christian religion)
- Detexify LaTeX handwritten symbol recognition
- Draw a symbol, get the TeX code for it. Amazing what they can do these days.
(tags: tools mathematics latex tex)
- Atheism isn’t a religion, but it is a brand | The Uncredible Hallq
- Quotes Ian Pollock: "What you will probably not notice, however, is that increasingly when you don’t know what you think about some issue yet (say, your country’s stance on foreign affairs), you will take your cue from other self-identified conservatives, as opposed to thinking it through yourself and then describing your conclusion in political terminology. The normative self-definition has staged its coup d’etat. Whatever “conservatives” think, that is going to be your opinion. Of course, when I put it that way, it looks ridiculous. But from the inside, this process feels perfectly rational — like wisely throwing your lot in with a really smart group of people."
(tags: pseudoscience rationality religion brand atheism)
- Worth Promoting to Its Own Post: Notes on Arguing « Whatever
- "This dynamic of people asking for facts, or at least data, beyond the anecdotal, is in itself non-partisan; implications otherwise are a form of ad hominem argument which is generally not relevant to the discussion at hand."
(tags: argument rationality)
- Who broke the build? – PaperCut Blog / News
- "Retaliation is a Jenkins CI build monitor that automatically coordinates a foam missile counter-attack against the developer who breaks the build. It does this by playing a pre-programmed control sequence to a USB Foam Missile Launcher to target the offending code monkey." Excellent.
(tags: programming humour funny missile build integration jenkins)
- Git Immersion – Brought to you by EdgeCase
- Looks like a nice introduction to the "git" version control system. Must get round to understanding that one of these days.
(tags: programming version-control git development tutorial software tools)
- I’m starting to think that the Left might actually be right – Telegraph
- In the Torygraph of all places.
(tags: politics economics journalism murdoch news telegraph)
- philosophy bites: Nick Bostrom on the Simulation Argument
- "Nick Bostrom doesn't rule out the possibility that he might be part of a computer simulation. Find out why in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast." Hard to fault the argument, as far as I can tell, though I should probably check how people have responded to it.
(tags: philosophy computers consciousness simulation nick-bostrom transhumanism)
- fic: the joinery (game of thrones) (1/2)
- A nice alternate history of A Game of Thrones from Cersei's perspective: what would have happened if Ned had taken the throne instead of Robert? Spoilers for the first book/TV series.
(tags: fandom fanfic game-of-thrones books cersei/ned)
- App Inventor for Android
- Graphical app builder for Android phones, for people who don't want to write Java. Interesting to contrast Google's approach with Apple's here: Apple have effectively banned this sort of thing.
(tags: programming development tools google mobile android)
- Heresy Corner: The case against women bishops in the Church of England, reduced to seven words
- I lol'd.
(tags: funny religion christianity misogyny sexism complementarianism church-of-england c-of-e synod)
- “Sunday’s Coming” Movie Trailer on Vimeo
- Yeah, I went to Soul Survivor once, too.
(tags: bible charismatic christian christianity humour satire parody church sunday video funny religion)
- YouTube – Top 10 quirky science tricks for parties
- I like the one about pouring CO2 onto candles to extinguish them.
(tags: science youtube magic video tricks physics chemistry)
- Moderate Bouncers condemn Raoul Moat’s methods | NewsBiscuit
- It's good to see moderate bouncers speaking out.
(tags: funny bouncers parody news)
- Alt Text: Enter the Brave New World of Internet Psychology | Underwire | Wired.com
- "The main symptom of a severely damaged person is that they don’t agree with you, so how can you convince them you’re right?" Via andrewducker.
(tags: funny internet psychology wired)
- Pakistani lawyer petitions for death of Mark Zuckerberg • The Register
- Proof that the "religion of peace" isn't *all* bad.
(tags: religion islam pakistan facebook mohammed)
- 19 reasons why God torched Jesus
- 19 reasons why that huge statue of Jesus in America burnt down: best one: "5) He is resin."
(tags: jesus religion funny fire statue christianity)
- The bright side of wrong – The Boston Globe
- Article which argues that cognitive biases may be the price we pay for being able to jump to probable conclusions.
(tags: psychology neuroscience cognition rationality cognitive-bias)
- The 10 Most Important Things They Didn’t Teach You In School | Cracked.com
- From the author of "John Dies at the End". Mostly obvious, but well done.
(tags: education funny cracked life sex)
- YouTube – Doctor Who: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Daleks (The Peter Jones-y Edit)
- Two great tastes etc. etc.
(tags: video doctorwho dalek hitchhikers science-fiction sci-fi parody funny youtube)
- Exploring the software behind Facebook, the world’s largest site | Royal Pingdom
- Facebook: evil but still cool.
(tags: development facebook performance php programming server software tools internet)
- Aretae: Cognitive Antivirus
- "Suppose that you are a bear of very little brain, or perhaps an average human on the street, of nearly average proportions, intellect, and character. What is the best thing you can do, belief-wise, in order to make your life better. I am beginning to believe that you should believe in your parents' God, and go to church on Sundays. God and tradition are perhaps the best and strongest way to avoid believing really stupid stuff that could actually mess up your life, or others' lives." Via the Less Wrong threads on undiscriminating scepticism.
(tags: religion epistemology rationality cognitive-bias)
- FT.com / Reportage – Immigrant Muslims in Belleville
- "Yet there are two main reasons the Belleville scenario looks more likely than the Eurabia one. The first is demographic: no serious demographer expects Muslims to become a majority in any western European country. The second is attitudes: only a tiny minority of French Muslims appears to want to establish a medieval caliphate in Europe. In surveys, most French Muslims say that they feel French… Many of them no longer observe Islam. And although here and there Muslims have made France a little more north African or Islamic, the influence seems to be more the other way: Muslim immigrants are being infected by Frenchness."
(tags: islam europe religion anthropology culture immigration demographics eurabia)
- Johann Hari: The Pope, the Prophet, and the religious support for evil – Johann Hari, Commentators – The Independent
- "What can make tens of millions of people – who are in their daily lives peaceful and compassionate and caring – suddenly want to physically dismember a man for drawing a cartoon, or make excuses for an international criminal conspiracy to protect child-rapists?" Anyone, Bueller, anyone?
(tags: atheism catholic christianity culture evil fundamentalism islam johann-hari pope religion mohammed cartoons)
- Less Wrong: Undiscriminating Skepticism
- "Since it can be cheap and easy to attack everything your tribe doesn't believe, you shouldn't trust the rationality of just anyone who slams astrology and creationism; these beliefs aren't just false, they're also non-tribal among educated audiences. Test what happens when a "skeptic" argues for a non-tribal belief, or argues against a tribal belief, before you decide they're good general rationalists."
(tags: culture rationality scepticism eliezer-yudkowsky)
- WebSequenceDiagrams.com – Make Sequence Diagrams with one click
- Nice tool for drawing message sequence charts: sort of the MSC equivalent of GraphViz.
(tags: design development programming software tools msc message sequence diagram)