links for 2011-08-14

links for 2011-08-12

  • "A U.S. company says it is getting closer to putting prototype electric cars on the road that will be powered by the heavy-metal thorium."

    "Because thorium is so dense, similar to uranium, it stores considerable potential energy: 1 gm of thorium equals the energy of 7,500 gallons (28,391 L) of gasoline Stevens says. So, using just 8 gm of thorium in a car should mean it would never need refueling."

links for 2011-08-10

  • "I am no longer going to fight with people who are more interested in keeping the status quo than they are in changing the world. I am no longer going to fight with people who are more interested in keeping their power and their privilege than they are about fighting for justice. I am going to let them keep doing what they are doing but I am not going to participate. I will, however, actively work against anyone who seeks to marginalize or harm my community.
    Instead I am going to start living into a new world. I’m going to start doing the real work. I’m going to spend my energy creating the structures that need to exist instead of fighting the ones that don’t."
  • "DefCon, the long-running, annual hacker conference in Las Vegas, lowered its age restrictions this year for the inaugural 'DefCon Kids Village.'

    Roughly 60 young hacker-wannabes aged eight to 16 were mentored in the arts of 'white hat' hacking, or hacking in a responsible manner, this past weekend."

    "CyFi, a ten-year-old Girl Scout and DefCon Kids co-founder from California, presented her findings on an exploit in an unnamed social game. She began tinkering with the code after growing impatient with the game's slow place, and discovered that by disconnecting her phone from Wi-Fi and re-setting the clock forward in small increments, she could fast-forward many of the actions in the game, 'a new class of vulnerabilities' she dubbed 'TimeTraveler.'

    CyFi presented her findings at a talk called 'Apps—A Traveler of Both Time and Space, And What I Learned About Zero-Days and Responsible Disclosure.'"

  • "Until fairly recently, Canadian English was a severely understudied national variety of English. Reliable sociolinguistic data of a national scope has been especially hard to come by and, until the mid-1990s, was virtually inexistent."

    "The last ten years in particular have produced significant data on a national scale that allows the characterization of the variety more adequately than before."

  • "What are the tools every hands-on projecteer needs? To answer that question, we went right to DIYers themselves, specifically the exhibitors at last fall's World Maker Faire NY event."
  • "As time went on, we became a confederation of hedonists with little regard for one another's feelings."

links for 2011-07-27

  • "When we realized we’d actually sell out this year I had an inkling this was the end. When it was clear demand would outstrip supply and market forces came to bear I knew that there was a strong possibility people would abandon the ethos of the event and turn to profiteering by scalping tickets, offering tourist packages and other practices we’ve been opposed to since the beginning."

links for 2011-07-19

links for 2011-07-17

  • "In order to play this game, you must be a teenage girl who is a witch. If you are not these things already, you must become them before playing."
    (tags: games)
  • "Perfect, Unrevised is a game about criminals within a Dystopian society. It’s about what makes them tick, the crimes they commit, the goals they strive for, and the persecution they may well face.
    You’ll like this game if: you want to fight the man (but understand that it might hurt), you adore the rebel spirit, you like intensely antagonistic games, you want to tell stories about mindfucking hypnotists, you want to tell stories about secret societies, you want a rigidly-structured game."
    (tags: games)
  • "In Ribbon Drive, we collectively create a story about a road trip. We do this in the comfort of a living room, over the course of 3-5 hours. We each create a character, one of the people going on this road trip. These characters are our individual jobs; each of us will roleplay one character’s decisions and actions. We’ll share the responsibility of narrating the obstacles and scenery that comes up all around us. Ribbon Drive creates stories about letting go on the open road, and we all work to both further and complicate this agenda during the game."
  • "Monsterhearts is a game based on the Apocalypse World engine. As you may have gathered already, it’s about teenage monsters playing with one another’s hearts and bodies. It borrows heavily from Twilight, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, True Blood, The Craft, Ginger Snaps and Jennifer’s Body. It’s sexy and messy and ugly."
    (tags: Games)
  • "InSpectres is a game about the burgeoning supernatural investigation and elimination market. Start a company and try to stay afloat long enough to cash in those sweet, sweet stock options."
  • "In Ribbon Drive, we collectively create a story about a road trip. We do this in the comfort of a living room, over the course of 3-5 hours. We each create a character, one of the people going on this road trip. These characters are our individual jobs; each of us will roleplay one character’s decisions and actions. We’ll share the responsibility of narrating the obstacles and scenery that comes up all around us. Ribbon Drive creates stories about letting go on the open road, and we all work to both further and complicate this agenda during the game."

    "Our ultimate goal is to create a thought-provoking, meaningful experience. We let the music guide us. We let the road throw us curves. As our characters, we rethink our attachment to the future."

  • "'De Profundis ~ Letters from the Abyss' is an internet group dedicated to the epistolary role-playing game of the same name.
    The idea of the game is for the players to correspond with each other though physical letters written by their fictional characters, based on the Cthulhu Mythos stories of H.P. Lovecraft."
  • "The Dreaming Crucible is a storytelling game for three players, about a troubled adolescent and their adventures in a dreamlike but deadly world of Faerie. This boy or girl will travel to that world carrying the wounds of this world, and there face the worst of their pain and fear. One player takes the role of the Hero or Heroine, and the other two will portray the Light and Dark forces of Faerie,  in the form of a Companion and Nemesis respectively, who help or hinder the Heroine as she faces terrible Peril.  As she progresses on her journey her very soul will be tried in the fires of transformation, but her actions will transform Faerie in turn."

links for 2011-07-15

  • "The Journal of Contemporary Heathen Thought is a publication that seeks to foster the development and promulgation of philosophical inquiry and thought within the Heathen community.  We hope to reach beyond the historical overviews, introductions, mythographical expositions, and presentations of practices and rituals that have comprised the bulk of specifically Heathen publications thus far."
  • "In a manifesto presented in one of their early books, the cubo-futurists presented a demanding programme for the deconstruction of traditional language which was to find its complete expression in zaum."

    "With this manifesto the door was opened to a new dimension of poetry, one in which the emphasis was no longer on meaning but rather on the 'sound' of the poetry."

    "words are in chains, subordinated to meaning. The futurists have invented a language which is free, transmental and universal."

  • "Thanks to search engines, most simple facts don’t need to be remembered. They can be accessed with a few keystrokes, plucked from ubiquitous server-stored external memory — and that may be changing how our own memories are maintained."

links for 2011-07-11

  • "'You can't say what attracts you to The Magic Flute,' Brook says. 'It's like saying what attracts you to go to Egypt and look at the pyramids and the Sphinx. The Magic Flute is one of the works that's beyond being attracted or not — it is.'
    But that's not to say that Brook and his collaborators, composer Franck Krawczyk and librettist Marie-Helene Estienne, haven't taken liberties in this production, cannily titled A Magic Flute. Brook says they wanted to somehow find the essence of what Mozart and his collaborator, actor and theater impresario Emanuel Schikaneder, were getting at. To do so, they stripped away the embellishments that others have added over the centuries."

links for 2011-07-04

  • "We need to recognize the deep flaws in this vision of our present and our past. A reading of the Declaration of Independence makes clear that our forebears were not revolting against taxes as such — and most certainly not against government as such.
    In the long list of 'abuses and usurpations' the Declaration documents, taxes don’t come up until the 17th item, and that item is neither a complaint about tax rates nor an objection to the idea of taxation. Our Founders remonstrated against the British crown 'for imposing taxes on us without our consent.' They were concerned about 'consent,' i.e. popular rule, not taxes."
    "Note that the signers wanted to pass laws, not repeal them, and they began by speaking of 'the public good,' not about individuals or 'the private sector.' They knew that it takes public action — including effective and responsive government — to secure 'life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.'"

links for 2011-07-03

  • "Eventually, however, we get to "domestic Insurrections amongst us," and here it comes, the phrase that distresses me so much after spending close to a decade meeting, and listening to, Native Americans, that I can barely stand to read it, nor type it.
    '… the merciless Indian Savages.'"
  • "Archeologists have reportedly uncovered over $11 billion in treasure at Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, according to AFP. The treasure has been found in at least 5 vaults."

    "However, the best may have been saved for last. According to the AFP, researchers are yet to have opened one secret chamber that hasn't been opened in 140 years."

  • "We, the People of the United States of America, reject the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Citizens United, and move to amend our Constitution to:
    * Firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights.
    * Guarantee the right to vote and to participate, and to have our vote and participation count.
    * Protect local communities, their economies, and democracies against illegitimate "preemption" actions by global, national, and state governments.
    The Supreme Court is misguided in principle, and wrong on the law. In a democracy, the people rule. We Move to Amend."

links for 2011-07-02

links for 2011-06-29

  • "Walter began work on the model in late 2010, and the actual construction took around two and a half months. Unlike other Lego builders who use computer programs to plan their creations, Walter just relied on images of a Weta collectible model of the tower. 'I tried to capture as many details of it as possible, under the conditions of parts—form and size, and I'm confident of the result.' Each of the eight panels that make up the upper tower is unique, and he says he spent a lot of time working on the craggy shape of the foundation to give the structure the appearance of floating on its base."
    (tags: lego lotr)

links for 2011-06-27

  • "Although I wasn’t happy with the WebDAV issues, I still kept thinking about ways we could expose WordPress resources as a filesystem. A few weeks later I started experimenting with the idea of using FUSE to expose WordPress data as a filesystem."
  • "The story of how same-sex marriage became legal in New York is about shifting public sentiment and individual lawmakers moved by emotional appeals from gay couples who wish to be wed.
    But, behind the scenes, it was really about a Republican Party reckoning with a profoundly changing power dynamic, where Wall Street donors and gay-rights advocates demonstrated more might and muscle than a Roman Catholic hierarchy and an ineffective opposition.
    And it was about a Democratic governor, himself a Catholic, who used the force of his personality and relentlessly strategic mind to persuade conflicted lawmakers to take a historic leap."

    "'Their love is worth the same as your love,' Mr. Cuomo said, according to someone who heard him. 'Their partnership is worth the same as your partnership. And they are equal in your eyes to you. That is the driving issue.'"

links for 2011-06-24

  • "Harry Potter fans, hold on to your broomsticks: After a week of frenzied speculation, J.K. Rowling has revealed that she will release the long-awaited e-books of her mind-bogglingly popular fantasy series through her own e-commerce store and interactive online experience, Pottermore."
  • "The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund today announces that it is forming a coalition to support the legal defense of an American citizen who is facing criminal charges in Canada that could result in a mandatory minimum sentence of one year in prison for comics brought into the country on his laptop.  This incident is the most serious in a trend the CBLDF has been tracking involving the search and seizure of the print and electronic comic books carried by travelers crossing borders.

    CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein says, 'Although the CBLDF can’t protect comic fans everywhere in every situation, we want to join this effort to protect an American comic fan being prosecuted literally as he stood on the border of our country for behavior the First Amendment protects here, and its analogues in Canadian law should protect there.'"

  • "We believe that we've been ill-equipped to address emotional abuse and support on an organizational level. We've struggled with how to provide that space and forum in Microcosm. As abuse creates cycles of hurt, it's been easier for those involved to put up a wall for personal protection rather than create resources for healing. We've sincerely wanted to transcend this, but focused primarily on day-to-day matters to keep this business afloat. And our long internal discussions have remained within the organization, resulting in more disappointment from that lack of transparency."

links for 2011-06-21

  • "'It might be nice to start over,' he says, 'but no one has the courage to do it anymore.'"
  • "The Chicago Assyrian Dictionary, initiated in 1921 by James Henry Breasted, is compiling a comprehensive dictionary of the various dialects of Akkadian, the earliest known Semitic language that was recorded on cuneiform texts that date from c. 2400 B.C. to A.D. 100 which were recovered from archaeological excavations of ancient Near Eastern sites. The Assyrian Dictionary is in every sense a joint undertaking of resident and non-resident scholars from around the world who have contributed their time and labor over a period of seventy years to the collection of the source materials and to the publication of the Dictionary."

links for 2011-06-10

  • "Sound of Picture presents short instrumental music compositions (otherwise known as cues) by composer Chad Crouch, (otherwise known as Podington Bear).  The Production Library features over 300 cues sorted loosely by mood and instrumentation. Free to use for non-commercial purposes. Fast and easy licenses for commercial use."

links for 2011-05-30