Week 201936

Way Before Roller Coasters, Russians Zipped Down Enormous Ice Slides – Atlas Obscura
These artificial mountains were fast, thrilling, and probably very dangerous.
I Visited 47 Sites. Hundreds of Trackers Followed Me. – The New York Times
Even expecting this, I was bowled over by the scale and detail of the tracking
The vagina lies
Debunking myths, half-truths and misinformation about women’s bodies
Behind the men on the moon, there were thousands of women – The Boston Globe
They did everything from developing Apollo 11’s in-flight software module to weaving copper wire for the spacecraft’s guidance system.
Naturalis Biodiversity Center reopens with a sustainable, future-proof renovation
One Thing We Can Do: Drive Less – The New York Times
Henry Rollins Thinks Punk Rock Will Save Us From Trump
I think what you’re seeing right now is the old guard kicking and screaming as it’s dying off. And that, to me, is 2019 punk rock.
The Misogyny of Climate Deniers
Why do right-wing men hate Greta Thunberg and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez so much? Researchers have some troubling answers to that question.
The Secret History of Dune
Not all of the book’s success is a result of inspired borrowing, but much of the richness and depth in Herbert’s imagined future of religious fanaticism and aristocratic intrigue can be traced to its creator’s talent for appropriation.

Week 201934

The terrifying legacy of David Koch
This genius photo experiment shows we are all just sheeple in the consumer matrix
In men, it’s Parkinson’s — in women, it’s hysteria
A diagnosis of Parkinson’s is likely to create sympathy, but a functional diagnosis can stigmatize patients and cast doubt on the legitimacy of their illness.
How Human Collapse Could Really Happen
Between climate change and more, we could be sleepwalking into annihilation
Preindustrial workers worked fewer hours than today’s
A thirteenth-century estime finds that whole peasant families did not put in more than 150 days per year on their land.
Amazon Rainforest fires plunge Brazil into afternoon darkness
Alarmed Brazilians have declared an “apocalypse” as the worst rainforest fires in history ravage the Amazon, plunging a city into darkness.
The Case for Climate Rage – Popula
In climate change, many of these elite white men might be experiencing their very first brush with imposed change, with a force beyond their control upending their lives; that might make them particularly ill-equipped to envision what’s next, let alone lead us there.
How Fanta Was Created for Nazi Germany
The soda was made from apple fibers and a cheese by-product.
2019 Checkbox Styled — Accessible, Simple, CSS-only
Hacking the Sonos Ikea Symfonisk Into a High Quality Speaker Amp

Week 201933

The Plastic Industry’s Fight to Keep Polluting the World
What Technology Is Most Likely to Become Obsolete During Your Lifetime?
The Man Who Thinks The U.S. Is Better Off As A Bunch Of Separate Countries | FiveThirtyEight
Was E-mail a Mistake? | The New Yorker
The mathematics of distributed systems suggests that meetings might be better.
Slavery in the history of Venice
Building ages in the Netherlands
All 10 million or so buildings in the Netherlands. Building heights and date of construction from 3D BAG (Basisregistratie Adressen en Gebouwen) data.
Jeffrey Epstein and the Myth of the ‘Underage Woman’ – The Atlantic
The phrase is wrong in every sense: There is no such thing as an “underage woman.” Underage women are girls.
Devil’s advocate | Documentary films | The Guardian
are satanists now the good guys in the fight against the evangelical right?
WordPress owners buy Tumblr (Update: for "less than $3m") / Boing Boing

Week 201932

Oud-werknemers over Booking.com: ‘Het is één grote chaos’
How modern life is transforming the human skeleton
From the emergence of a spiky growth at the back of some people’s skulls to the enigmatic finding that our elbows are getting narrower, our bones are changing in surprising ways.
VS Code Can Do That?
Let’s order a pizza in Go — Part 1 – Luis Masuelli
An introduction to GORM library for Go.
Ask Polly: My In-Laws Are Careless About My Food Allergy!
My mother-in-law said, very rudely, “I would’ve liked to add mushrooms directly to the salad, but SOMEBODY has problems with it!”
Using the 7–1 Sass/SCSS Pattern with Angular 7
I Should Be Allowed to Leave Men Out of My Studies – VICE
No Climate Event in 2,000 Years Compares to What’s Happening Now
While parts of the world have warmed or cooled in the past, modern climate change is happening just about everywhere at the same time.
Overcoming Bias : Will War Return?
Though the pattern is noisy, we seem to see a roughly half century cycle, a cycle that is perhaps increasing in magnitude. So we have to wonder: are we now near a war cycle nadir, with another war peak coming soon?
Staring at giant pieces of sulphur
Look Around You co-creator Robert Popper on the making of the weirdest comedy show in British TV history

Week 201930

How trashy TV made children dumber and enabled a wave of populist leaders
In Italy, it’s not that television made voters more conservative. Instead, Durante said, it seems to have made them more vulnerable to the anti-establishment stances favored by the country’s populist leaders of all persuasions.
500 years ago, China destroyed its world-dominating navy because its political elite was afraid of free trade
Rutger Hauer Is Dead at 75 (1944 – 2019)
The 101 people, ideas and things changing how we work today – BBC Worklife
The world of work is in transition. Are you ready?
Buffalo – Rapid Web Development in Go
A Go web development eco-system, designed to make the life of a Go web developer easier.
All-time temperature records tumble again as heatwave sears Europe
Highs in Germany, Netherlands and Belgium exceeded for second time in 24 hours
Unlimited Fuel and Hearts of Steel: Flooring It for 40 Years on the “Highway to Hell”
AC/DC’s breakthrough album turns 40 years old today — here’s our retrospective on a record so goddamn rock-‘n’-roll that it hardened into musical permanence.
Woodstock ’99 Was a Violent Disaster That Predicted America’s Future – VICE
The well-documented, pervasive misogyny of Woodstock ’99 is more relevant to America in 2019 than the "free love" politics of its original iteration.
Europe’s Cities Weren’t Made for This Kind of Heat – CityLab
A record-breaking heat wave across London, Paris, and Amsterdam is signaling an urgent need for design and cultural changes to combat climate change.
Duidelijker wordt het niet: de klimaatverandering van nu is echt uniek | De Volkskrant
Twijfelen of de mens het klimaat wel opwarmt, is nu toch echt een achterhoedegevecht geworden. Een reeks nieuwe analyses, gelijktijdig gepubliceerd…
Rutger Hauer, star of Blade Runner, dies aged 75 | Film | The Guardian
Dutch actor renowned for his role as replicant Roy Batty in Ridley Scott’s sci fi epic, was equally at home in Hollywood and European cinema
A Molecular Hurdle Might Make Weight Loss Even More Difficult – The Atlantic
A new study in mice points to how cell biology, not willpower, might be the root of yo-yo dieting.
The Rise of Netflix Competitors Has Pushed Consumers Back Toward Piracy – VICE
BitTorrent usage has bounced back because there’s too many streaming services, and too much exclusive content.

Week 201929

The idea of Boris Johnson as prime minister terrifies me – that’s why I’m saying no to his sexist Brexit | The Independent
Frontend Design, React, and a Bridge over the Great Divide
American Hippopotamus
This is a story about hippopotamuses, as advertised, but it’s also a story about two very complicated and exceptional men. These men were spies. They were also bitter enemies.
Why did we wait so long for the bicycle?
The bicycle, as we know it today, was not invented until the late 1800s. Yet it was a simple mechanical invention. It would seem to require no brilliant inventive insight, and certainly no scientific background. Why, then, wasn’t it invented much earlier?
To Make It to the Moon, Women Have to Escape Earth’s Gender Bias – The New York Times
The Apollo program was designed by men, for men. But NASA can learn from its failures as it aims to send women to the moon and beyond.
Raising the American Weakling
Grip strength was a stronger predictor of all-cause and cardiovascular mortality than systolic blood pressure.
Google Promises ‘reCAPTCHA’ Isn’t Exploiting Users. Should You Trust It?
An innovative security feature to separate humans from bots online comes with some major concerns
Seeing France’s Wild Mountains Through a Clouded, Classic Windshield – The New York Times
The Citroën 2CV seemed like the perfect car for a road trip through the Cévennes region. And in its own slow, cranky way, it was.
Could Pablo Escobar’s Escaped Hippos Actually Help the Environment?
Some scientists think Colombia’s "cocaine hippos" could help fill-in for long extinct megafauna, while others argue that they should go.

Week 201928

Facial Recognition Tech Is Growing Stronger, Thanks to Your Face – The New York Times
Large databases, built with images from social networks and dating services, contain millions of pictures of people’s faces. Some are shared worldwide.
The Vietnam War Was Already Lost, but I Had to Go Anyway – The New York Times
Fifty years ago, American troops began withdrawing, but tens of thousands were yet to die.
Global heating: London to have climate similar to Barcelona by 2050 | Environment | The Guardian
Nearly 80% of cities to undergo dramatic and potentially disastrous changes, study finds
How Doctors Take Women’s Pain Less Seriously – The Atlantic
When my wife was struck by mysterious, debilitating symptoms, our trip to the ER revealed the sexism inherent in emergency treatment.
Replacing jQuery With Vue.js: No Build Step Necessary — Smashing Magazine
Did you know that you can incorporate Vue into your project the same way that you would incorporate jQuery — with no build step necessary?
Denying Women’s Ability to Know | The New Republic
How a long history of sidelining women has made us less likely to believe their experiences
Dissing the dictionary
The petition condemns this entry as ‘unacceptable in today’s society’, noting that many of the synonyms it gives for ‘woman’ are derogatory, and the illustrative examples are variations on old sexist themes.
Showing geotagged photos on a Leaflet map
Created a plugin, Leaflet.Photo, that allows you to add geotagged photos to your map, from any source.
Add Webmention support to your website in ten minutes | Ctrl blog

Week 201927

Another Dead Cyclist In The City
NYC has more cars than ever, cyclist deaths are on the rise, yet the city won’t budge on enforcing or adding protected lanes.
Behold, the most (intentionally) poorly designed website ever created | Ars Technica
Static Site Boilerplate – A better workflow for building modern static websites
Automated build processes, a local development server, production minification and optimizations, and the latest standards for static websites.
Ten common myths about bike lanes – and why they’re wrong | Cycling | The Guardian
China Is Forcing Tourists to Install Text-Stealing Malware at its Border
The malware downloads a tourist’s text messages, calendar entries, and phone logs, as well as scans the device for over 70,000 different files.
History Will Not Be Kind to Jony Ive
Ive, Apple’s Chief Design Officer, is leaving the company. He leaves a legacy that made its products hard to repair and impossible to upgrade.
HTML can do that?