Week 202022

The Psychopath in Chief – GEN
The highly regarded Hare Psychopathy Checklist enumerates 20 of them. By my count Trump clearly demonstrates 16 of the traits and his overall score is far higher than the average prison inmate.
Global Deaths Due to Various Causes and COVID-19
The True Story Behind Hulu’s Catherine ‘The Great’
Hulu’s “The Great” offers an irreverent, ahistorical take on the Russian empress’ life. This is the real history behind the period comedy
The NRA Supported Gun Control When the Black Panthers Had the Weapons
Rather than focus on the idea of self-defense in the home, the Black Panthers brazenly took their weapons to the streets, where they felt the public—particularly African-Americans—needed protection from a corrupt government.
Zingen, dansen, schreeuwen: hoe het coronavirus op hol slaat via superverspreiders
In clubs, kerken en sport­scholen kan het corona­virus op hol slaan. Deze super­versprei­ding komt opvallend veel vaker voor dan bij andere infectieziekten. Waarom, en wat is daaruit te leren voor de aanpak?
At work, school and seeing friends: How to lower your coronavirus risk
Many countries are relaxing coronavirus restrictions. If you’ve been asked to return to work or school, how can you reduce the risk of infection to yourself and your family?
Cloth Face Masks Could Get A Boost From A Nylon Stocking Layer, Study Finds
However, the new research shows that with the added nylon layer, homemade masks may also offer lots more benefit for the wearer.
Janeway Doesn’t Deserve This Shit | Tor.com
"Janeway is my favorite Star Trek captain. And while I would typically content myself with liking what I like quietly and leaving each to their own, in this particular case I feel the opinion needs defending."
The Remaking of Steve Buscemi | GQ
In a rare interview, Hollywood’s most beloved misfit opens up about anxiety, loss, and the hard work of getting through it all.
Awakening volcanic region in Iceland ‘could cause disruption for centuries’
Reykjanes peninsula’s last active period started in 10th century and lasted 300 years
People are using Red Dead Redemption 2 to hold conference calls
Occasionally, the whole camp will vanish, so along with the fire, leaving everyone talking away in the dark until it reappears.

Week 202021

The Project Behind a Front Page Full of Names – The New York Times
A presentation of obituaries and death notices from newspapers around the country tries to frame incalculable loss.
Never Go Back to the Office
The coronavirus killed corporate culture. Get used to working from home.
Photos Show Social Distancing Around The World
As countries around the world start to cautiously reopen, many are reshaping their public spaces to encourage social distancing.
When Manhattan Was Mannahatta: A Stroll Through the Centuries – The New York Times
From lush forest to metropolis, the evolution of Lower Manhattan. Our critic walks with Eric W. Sanderson of the Wildlife Conservation Society.
World Goth Day
What is the annual event and when is it held?
Africa, uncolonized: a detailed look at an alternate continent
What if the Black Plague had killed off almost all Europeans? Then this is what Africa might have looked like.
Two Coasts. One Virus. How New York Suffered Nearly 10 Times the Number of Deaths as California.
California’s governor and San Francisco’s mayor worked together to act early in confronting the COVID threat. For Andrew Cuomo and Bill de Blasio, it was a different story, and 27,000 New Yorkers have died so far.
Dune and religious appropriation
The celebrated American author has made a career of cross-pollinating his literature with themes of religion and science and none of his work does it with quite so much vigor than his infamous Duniverse.
Coronavirus Patient Shares Shocking Before-And-After Photos
"I wanted to show it can happen to anyone. It doesn’t matter if you’re young or old, have preexisting conditions or not. It can affect you."
We Miss You, Cannes: 23 Filmmakers Relive Indelible Moments
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Clint Eastwood and other auteurs share memories from the film festival, like the rapturous boos and the police chief in love with movies.
These People Recreated Amazing Photos of Their Grandparents From the Past
From visiting the same sights to wearing identical outfits, these people bonded with their ancestors on another level.
A brief history of quarantine, and what it can teach us about social distancing today
Medieval Britain was slow to implement quarantine too
Interviews van De Stem van Leiden
Inmiddels hebben de interviewers van De Stem van Leiden al met tientallen oudere Leidenaren gesproken over het leven van vroeger in de sleutelstad.

Week 202020

The Big Lebowski quote generator
Vóór de catastrofe – De Groene Amsterdammer
De huidige pandemie is weliswaar ellendig, maar nog niet catastrofaal. Samen met de mondiale recessie en het rechtsisme kan het daar wel op uitlopen.
The real Lord of the Flies: what happened when six boys were shipwrecked for 15 months
When a group of schoolboys were marooned on an island in 1965, it turned out very differently to William Golding’s bestseller, writes Rutger Bregman
‘Mad Max: Fury Road’: The Oral History of a Modern Action Classic
Production was shut down three times, the stars often clashed, and studio executives were baffled. Here’s how a difficult shoot led to an Oscar-winning masterpiece.
The Risks – Know Them – Avoid Them
So just prior to symptoms showing, you are releasing the most virus into the environment.
Will We Work From Home After the Pandemic?
The future of jobs after the pandemic is a blurry mix of work, life, pajamas, and Zoom.
Technology Will Not Save Us
To fight the pandemic, we need to focus more on unglamorous, human-powered tactics.
Art of LED Wall Virtual Production, Part One: ‘Lessons from the Mandalorian’
ILM’s Richard Bluff outlines the lessons learned on The Mandalorian’s Virtual Production stage
The Food Expiration Dates You Should Actually Follow
The first thing you should know? The dates, as we know them, have nothing to do with safety. J. Kenji López-Alt explains.
Are You an Aragorn Girl or a Legolas Girl?
There are only two kinds of people in this world.

Week 202019

Ahmaud Arbery Would Have Been 26 Years Old Today
Today, Ahmaud Arbery would have been 26 years old, had he not been killed while jogging through his neighborhood when two white men [..]
Why I Switched from WordPress to Kirby
Soms overweeg ik dit..
Working from home surveillance software for your boss
Always-on webcams, virtual "water coolers," constant monitoring: Is the tech industry’s new dream for remote work actually a nightmare?
Tim Bray: ‘Bye, Amazon’
May 1st was my last day as a VP and Distinguished Engineer at Amazon Web Services, after five years and five months of rewarding fun. I quit in dismay at Amazon firing whistleblowers who were making noise about warehouse employees frightened of Covid-19.
Agile’s Early Evangelists Wouldn’t Mind Watching It Die
Agile often puts processes over people, and it’s pushing women engineers into non-technical roles. Time to move on?
The world is on lockdown.
So where are all the carbon emissions coming from?
The Coronavirus and Our Future
What felt impossible has become thinkable. The spring of 2020 is suggestive of how much, and how quickly, we can change as a civilization.
The Chief Habit
Your Ten-Minute Morning Fitness Plan
Flattening the Truth on Coronavirus
All your questions about the pandemic, answered. Sort of.

Week 202018

Spotify earnings: ‘Every day now looks like the weekend’
Listening habits are changing as a result of the pandemic
Het eerste pesthuis van Leiden
Aalmarkt 11 was het eerste pesthuis van Leiden. Daar was behoefte aan. In de eerste helft van de jaren 1450 keerde de ziekte elk jaar terug. Meestal in het najaar, aangezien de pestbacterie goed gedijde in vochtig-warme omstandigheden.
A Private Equity Firm Is Blocked From Buying .Org
The deal for the internet domain for nonprofit organizations had set off fierce opposition.
Great metal live videos of Slayer, Godflesh & more
This week’s picks of killer live metal videos to watch while every show is cancelled include Slayer in ’86, Godflesh in ’90, Isis in ’02, and more..
Why Americans Don’t Vote Their Class Anymore
Now, college-educated voters are more likely to support putative workers’ parties, while non-college-educated ones tend to favor conservatives.
What Do Famous People’s Bookshelves Reveal?
In quarantine, people are inadvertently exposing their reading habits — embarrassing, surprising and impressive.
RateMySkypeRoom Is Savaging People’s Skype Environs
Dubrovnik: The medieval city designed around quarantine
The Lazarettos of Dubrovnik are a reminder of the city’s foresight in combating infectious diseases centuries ago.
Metallica Is Putting Free Concerts Online
6 Now Streaming, with More to Come
68 Bits of Unsolicited Advice
“Er moeten historici in het Outbreak Management Team komen”
Historici hebben een schat aan waardevolle informatie te bieden in de coronacrisis, vindt Rina Knoeff (RUG).
Welke aanpassingen passen winkels toe om hun klanten anderhalve meter afstand te laten houden? En werken deze aanpassingen?
A design system for building faithful recreations of old UIs
POSSE – IndieWeb
POSSE is an abbreviation for Publish (on your) Own Site, Syndicate Elsewhere, a content publishing model that starts with posting content on your own domain first, then syndicating out copies to 3rd party services with permashortlinks back to the original on your site.
Library JSON
A Proposal for a Decentralized Goodreads
Maybe now, with this rush to make lightweight versions of valuable services, we might stop and reflect on whether we ever really needed all those added extras in the first place.

Week 202017

Spotify’s ‘tip jar’ is a slap in the face for musicians. It should pay them better
Fans can now donate to their favourite artists via Spotify, but this feature is a tacit admission that the firm undervalues the musicians that make it viable
Wonen op postcode 1234 AB is een bureaucratische hel vol neppost
Glenn Danzig on ‘Danzig Sings Elvis’ Album, ‘One Night’ Cover
The Coronavirus Is a Disaster for Feminism
For too long, politicians have assumed that child care and elderly care can be “soaked up” by private citizens—mostly women—effectively providing a huge subsidy to the paid economy. This pandemic should remind us of the true scale of that distortion.
How the phone failed to make the Spanish flu crisis bearable
Alexander Graham Bell’s invention was supposed to make life under quarantine bearable. But AT&T ended up begging people to stay off the line.
‘Een nare boze droom voor de festivalwereld’
Geen festivals deze zomer: die beslissing is niet onverwacht, maar toch een harde klap. Het gaat om anderhalf miljard omzetverlies. Een rondgang langs de festivals.
Continuous Deployments for WordPress Using GitHub Actions
Shipping code to a production server often requires paid services. With GitHub Actions, Continuous Deployment is free for everyone. Read how to set that up.

Week 202016

Due to COVID-19
Documenting the signs of the pandemic
How ‘What We Do in the Shadows’ Went From Film to Sitcom
Creator Jemaine Clement, cast, and crew break down the making of the beloved vampire sitcom
Why Are We Still Doing Crunches?
Even the US Military is rethinking sit-ups, which have been shown to do more harm than good.
Our Dunning-Kruger president
Trump’s arrogance and ignorance are killing people
The Functionally Dysfunctional Matriarchy of “Better Things”
Pamela Adlon’s bittersweet self-portrait of a series shows us what it’s like to live in a body.
Why COVID-19 Might Hit African Nations Hardest
The coronavirus has been slow to spread across Africa. But a wave may soon hit, and health-care workers are bracing for disaster.
I Can’t Believe I Have to Vote for Joe Biden
I am livid that Democratic women will be called on, once again, to cast our vote in the name of reducing harm to the country rather than moving it forward.
Pandemic Stories
I asked readers if they would share what they’ve been up to during the pandemic and how their families and communities are coping.
Building dark mode on Stack Overflow
On March 30, 2020, we enabled folks to opt into a beta dark mode on Stack Overflow. Let’s talk about the work that went into it.
Should I Disinfect My Groceries? Advice About Grocery Shopping Safely
The biggest risk when it comes to groceries is being inside the store itself with other people who may be infected.
The 6-feet office is designed for work after COVID-19
As employees prove their competence working remotely, they will only grow less tolerant of workplaces that fail to promote health and wellbeing.

Week 202015

The Costly Toll of Not Shutting Down Spring Break Earlier
People got sick — and some died — after attending crowded parties and theme parks in Florida as the coronavirus spread.
The Impact Of Coronavirus On Global Activity – Fitbit Blog
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, it has impacted the physical activity levels of millions of Fitbit users around the globe. Find out how.
Heeft Ryanne van Dorst (DOOL) nog niet genoeg van zichzelf laten zien?
De gedroomde lancering op Roadburn viel in het water, maar Ryanne van Dorst’s DOOL brengt vandaag wel gewoon zijn tweede album uit. Summerland, een mysterieus album vol duistere metaforen. Hoe verhoudt het zich tot de grote bek van vroeger en de nieuwsgierige tv-host die ze tegenwoordig ook is?
World cities turn their streets over to walkers and cyclists
From Berlin to Bogotá there are new footpaths and bike lanes – but not in London
Open Source Virtual Background
Zoom’s most interesting feature is the “Virtual Background” support which allows users to replace the background behind them in their webcam video feed with any image [..] It turns out we can actually get pretty decent results with off the shelf, open source components and just a little of our own code.
Our Government Runs on a 60-Year-Old Coding Language, and Now It’s Falling Apart
Retired engineers are coming to the rescue
6 Rules for Staying Active During a Pandemic | Outside Online
Tricks to making your home workout as easy—and productive—as possible
The Queen Of England Gives A Speech In A Green Dress..
And The Photoshoppers Know What To Do (35 Pics)
What We Can Learn from Studying Older Marathoners
New lab data from a record-setting 59-year-old offers insights on how we age—and, potentially, how to avoid it
66 metalgenres in één zin uitgelegd
How To Make Life Easier When Using Git — Smashing Magazine
If you use Git every day and feel like it’s a juggling act, then here are some tricks and tips to help make your life a bit easier.
Belgisch onderzoek: fietsen, joggen of wandelen doe je best niet achter elkaar in tijden van corona
Wie tijdens het bewegen ademt, hoest of niest, creëert namelijk een wolk van druppels achter zich die verder reikt dan 1,5 meter, legt professor Bert Blocken uit aan HLN.
Himalayas visible for first time in 30 years as pollution levels in India drop
As the lockdown to stop the spread of coronavirus in India continues, pollution levels across much of the country have dropped sharply. Now some residents in northern India say they can see the snow-capped Himalayas 200 kilometres away for the first time in 30 years.
A dark sense of humor
1918 Spanish flu pandemic: Here’s what the deadly H1N1 virus looked like a century ago
Researchers Push for Mass Blood Tests as a Covid-19 Strategy | WIRED
While it might seem wasteful to test the seemingly healthy, tracking antibodies could show how widely the virus has spread—and who may now be immune.
Netflix Party
A new way to watch Netflix with your friends online, synchronizes video playback and adds group chat to your favorite shows.

Week 202014

The Natural Minimalism of the Costumes of Star Trek: Picard
Not every pandemic is the Black Death – Going Medieval
How Alcest’s “Écailles de Lune” Set Off the Blackgaze Craze
The term “blackgaze” (a portmanteau of two previously unrelated genres, black metal and shoegaze) first started bouncing around in the early 2010s as a shorthand descriptor for bands that combined the traditionally harsher elements of the former with the dreamier qualities of the latter.
Generate random routes for running, walking or biking instantly. Enter your starting location and the number of miles or kilometers you want your route to be.
Let’s All Wear A Mask
The medical evidence for the practice is overwhelming. The post-SARS countries in East Asia have known this for a long time, and America and Europe are finally coming around.
Statistical "Which Character" Personality Quiz
Test matching your answers to the crowd-sourced profiles of fictional characters. I am Gus Fring from Breaking Bad. So better watch out.
‘The Case for Universal Cloth Mask Adoption & Policies to Increase the Supply of Medical Masks for Health Workers’
White paper jointly authored by seven professors at Yale, including economists, statisticians, and MDs
Maak een mondmasker 😷
Om de strijd tegen #COVID19BE te winnen, hebben ze dringend nood aan mondmaskers. Maar die zijn bijna uitgeput. Wij laten onze zorgverleners niet stikken. Dat doen wij in hun plaats. Handmade. With love.
COVID-19 Practical Advice
This is a living document and will be updated on a frequent basis. To the best of my knowledge, this constitutes best practice and all claims are sourced to help you evaluate them.
Grab your crayons, it’s coloring time!
How Will the Coronavirus End?
The U.S. may end up with the worst COVID-19 outbreak in the industrialized world. This is how it’s going to play out.
The President Is Trapped – The Atlantic
Trump is utterly unsuited to deal with this crisis, either intellectually or temperamentally.

Week 202013

Why I Am Not Leaving New York During the Coronavirus Pandemic
I’m always enraged by the assumption that I would leave my city — the only place I’ve ever lived — in her hour of need. I am not leaving New York.
Why women’s bodies abort males during tough times | Science | AAAS
A database obtained from 18th century Finnish church records on families such as this one is helping resolve why sex ratios vary through time.
Climate change – CNN
The planet is a beneficiary of coronavirus
6 feet covers
A collection of iconic album covers redesigned to raise awareness about the importance of staying at least 6 feet away from each other, to stop the spread of Coronavirus.
The History of Pandemics
The history of pandemics, from the Antonine Plague to the ongoing COVID-19 event, ranked by their impact on human life.
New properties for virtual, postponed, and canceled events
Official Google Webmaster Central Blog
How to do effective video calls
Get good audio, use gallery view, mute if not talking, and welcome the cat.