Week 201942

Software Library: MS-DOS Games
Software for MS-DOS machines that represent entertainment and games. The collection includes action, strategy, adventure and other unique genres of game and entertainment software.
Why much of the internet is closed off to blind people
Retailers are struggling to make their products accessible, and customers are taking them to court.
The Internet Relies on People Working for Free – OneZero
Who should be responsible for maintaining and troubleshooting open-source projects?
Digital dystopia: how algorithms punish the poor
lays bare the tech revolution transforming the welfare system worldwide – while penalising the most vulnerable
The lines of code that changed everything.
Apollo 11, the JPEG, the first pop-up ad, and 33 other bits of software that have transformed our world.
The Secret Lives of Democratic Women Married to MAGA Men
The distraught wives and girlfriends of Trump voters have built a community around my radio show
How women’s life-long experiences of being judged by their appearance affect how they feel in open-plan offices
Women (but not men) in this study reported becoming more image conscious, changing the way they dressed, how and where they walked, and feeling exposed.
Dark mode in a website with CSS | Tom Brow
@media (prefers-color-scheme: dark) {}
Gender counts: Why investing in data on girls means transforming the future
We cannot possibly understand the situation and needs of girls without reliable data, especially for the most vulnerable and marginalised.

Week 201941

Ellen DeGeneres’s Bush defense remixed with Iraq war images
The host tried to take down a version of her infamous monologue that juxtaposes images of Iraq war devastation—and it’s only caused the video to spread further.
Historical Costumes collection
Introducing Sass Modules | CSS-Tricks
This is a big step forward for @import, one of the most-used Sass-features.
The Evolution of Web Content Management
A look at the evolution of web content management from the early days of the web to the headless, cloud-based CMS systems of today.
An alternative to Operator Mono font

Week 201940

Civilization: It’s good to take turns
Sid Meier, the creator of the popular Civilization video game series, goes behind the scenes of the development of the franchise’s first entry.
What Would It Take to Shut Down the Entire Internet?
for this week’s Giz Asks we’ve asked a number of cybersecurity experts how exactly one would go about shutting down the entire internet.
Facebook’s Voter Turnout Machine Could Be Trump’s Secret Weapon In 2020
“While increased civic participation is necessarily good,” Carroll said, “one company controlled by one autocratic executive is not ideal when free and fair elections are being challenged on an industrial scale.”
Trajectories for the future of software
Sometimes, we make perverse decisions — we ignore sanity or (optimize for as little sanity as possible) in order to achieve some external goal that conflicts with the ostensible goal of the project.
Ginger Baker: Legendary Cream drummer dies aged 80 – BBC News
Microplastics accelerate cell death at 3 times the normal rate, study says
Google rolls out new privacy tools for Maps, YouTube and Assistant
The tools are meant to better allow users to control, manage and erase the data Google collects from those who use its services or prevent Google from collecting that data in the first place, in some cases.

Week 201939

Game and Software Preservation
The Niceness Trap – GEN
Both Biden and Trump called out young women for not being ‘nice’ this week — because they think that will shut us up
The Most Overhyped Wellness Promises, Debunked – VICE
‘Wat een klein land doet, maakt toch niet uit’ en nog 11 misverstanden in het klimaatdebat ontkracht – De Correspondent
Grafisch ontwerper Wim Crouwel overleden | De Volkskrant
This Viral Video Of A Racist Soap Dispenser Reveals A Much, Much Bigger Problem | IFLScience

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