Week 202028

A Complete Guide to Dark Mode on the Web
Dark mode has gained a lot of traction recently. Like Apple, for instance, has added dark mode to its iOS and MacOS operating systems. Windows and Google have done the same.
Megadeth: the story behind Rust In Peace
How a newly cleaned-up Megadeth made Rust In Peace – the 1990 masterpiece that sealed their place in thrash metal’s Big Four
DNA Linked to Covid-19 Was Inherited From Neanderthals, Study Finds
The stretch of six genes seems to increase the risk of severe illness from the coronavirus.
What Does the COVID-19 Pandemic Mean for Climate Change? – Lawfare
In a perfect world, the historic policy and economic changes made to adapt to the pandemic would move the world forward into a future prepared to combat the climate crisis.
A Rebellion of Youth
20 Amazing Black and White Photographs Depict the Early Days of Punk in London, 1976-1978
The Charmed Life and Tragic Death of Snake Handler Grace Olive Wiley
Grace Olive Wiley was an unconventional herpetologist whose love affair with snakes—and resistance to safety standards—would end up costing her her life.
Typhoid Mary Was a Real, Asymptomatic Carrier Who Caused Multiple Outbreaks
In the early 1900s, Mary Mallon worked as a cook — and spread typhoid fever to the families she worked for.
The Romanian Orphans Are Adults Now – The Atlantic

Week 202027

Can estrogen protect against coronavirus? Here are our latest results.
How do the menopause, the contraceptive pill, and hormone replacement therapies affect the risk of suffering from COVID symptoms? We have been analyzing your COVID symptom study data to find out.
Wat is er mis met erfopvolging? – Republikeins Genootschap
Erfopvolging is ondemocratisch, het verkeerde voorbeeld en levert zelden het beste staatshoofd op. Het gaat ook in tegen de rechten van het kind.
Disney’s High-Res Neural Face Swaps Are Shockingly Realistic – Nerdist
Disney Research Labs has created a face-swap neural network that supposedly provides more realistic results than any other system.
Facebook says the good it does outweighs the bad. But how many ‘likes’ make up for the hate?
I don’t know what algorithm Facebook is using to calculate the positives that it brings to the world, but I know too well the harm it has done
Coronavirus Brings American Decline Out in the Open
Without fixes for infrastructure, education, health care and government, the U.S. will resemble a developing nation in a few decades.
Iceland’s real-life Eurovision contestant, Dadi Freyr Petursson, on the Netflix movie: an interview.
Pierce Brosnan’s Icelandic could use some work.
What happened when the Big Four played together for the very first time | Louder
In June 2010, Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax played together for the very first time as the Big Four. We were there to watch history being made

Week 202026

Mounting clues suggest the coronavirus might trigger diabetes
Evidence from tissue studies and some people with COVID-19 shows that the virus damages insulin-producing cells.
What Mrs America gets right and what it gets wrong about 70s feminism | Culture | The Guardian
Mrs America gives Phyllis Schlafly a depth in fiction that was lacking in history but Shirley Chisholm is refreshingly portrayed as more than just a martyr
Mrs America review: Cate Blanchett shines in 70s feminism drama
The starry mini-series digs into the feminist wars of the 1970s, and finds a formidable antihero in the Oscar-winner’s take on Phyllis Schlafly
A history of Cheers’ Sam and Diane, TV’s most riveting couple
Their dynamic was flirtatious and combative, proving how compelling a protracted opposites-attract mismatch could be.
Denis Villeneuve’s DUNE Gender Swaps Liet Kynes – Nerdist
We’ve learned more details about Denis Villeneuve’s Dune, including that Liet Kynes will be gender swapped. Learn more about the character.
‘I haven’t worn colour since I was 14’: meet Britain’s longest-standing goths
Born in the 80s, goth is still going strong. Four devotees discuss the music and fashion and how love of the macabre draws together a warm and friendly scene
The story of Blind Melon
In 1993, Blind Melon released a video that went on to be one of the year’s most aired on MTV and their debut album nearly topped the US chart, but just two years later it was all over
There Are Many Man-Made Objects. The Rape Kit Is Not One of Them.
This is the story of the woman who forced the police to start treating sexual assault like a crime.
Nabta Playa: The World’s First Astronomical Site Was Built in Africa and Is Older Than Stonehenge
This 7,000-year-old stone circle tracked the summer solstice and the arrival of the annual monsoon season. It’s the oldest known astronomical site on Earth.
Climate crisis: alarm at record-breaking heatwave in Siberia | Environment | The Guardian
On a global scale, the Siberian heat is helping push the world towards its hottest year on record in 2020, despite a temporary dip in carbon emissions owing to the coronavirus pandemic.
We Don’t Need Cops to Enforce Traffic Laws – VICE
The law invented the concept of officer discretion so white drivers could get fewer speeding tickets. If we want to have fair and equitable policing, we’ll have to get over our hatred for speed cameras.
Trey’s Rage: An African’s Education in Being Black in America by Mohamed Abdulkadir Ali
I am Somali, I am African, I am a refugee of war. This is my history. But every time I go out my door in America, a 400-year history of generational pain, anger, and trauma is foisted upon me. It has weighed down every step I’ve taken there. It made me stumble when I sought to stride.

Week 202025

We gender-swapped some classic album sleeves and the results are spectacular | Louder
AlpineJS
A rugged, minimal framework for composing JavaScript behavior in your markup.
Don’t design for mobile
The latest mobile devices are far more powerful than your average laptop or desktop. There are more and more hybrid devices which work with both touch and mouse. Are tablets mobile or desktop? Or are they a new category altogether?
Why the Coronavirus Is Killing African Americans – The New York Times
It’s Not Obesity. It’s Slavery.
Henry Rollins Opens Up About Toxic Masculinity and Abuse: ‘I Hate Men’
The former Black Flag frontman talks to Marlow Stern about his bizarre new film, how American men are broken, and why he’s given up on relationships.
Sass Color Functions in CSS
The complete guide to CSS media queries
Media queries are what make modern responsive design possible. With them you can set different styling based on things like a users screen size, device capabilities or user preferences.
Don’t (guess)timate your projects, forecast with confidence
Despite building software professionally for the last 15 years the sad reality is, I have no idea when something will be done and most likely neither do you.
50 Ideas That Changed My Life
Is Dark Mode Such A Good Idea? – Kev Quirk
I’ve decided to stop using dark mode across all of my devices, because research suggests that going to the dark side ain’t all that.
Best practices for managing & storing secrets like API keys and other credentials
Storing and managing secrets like API keys and other credentials can be challenging. Here are some of the best practices to help keep secrets and credentials safe.
GitHub to replace "master" with alternative term to avoid slavery references
GitHub getting on board legitimizes movement aimed at removing racially-charged language from software.

Week 202023

Medieval Myths Bingo
some of these myths are still being taught in schools and are thus quite common. Many of these misconceptions come from Victorian writers and historians who reflected their Victorian society into how they thought Medieval life was.
How Tuberculosis Shaped Victorian Fashion
The deadly disease—and later efforts to control it—influenced trends for decades
Mortal Republic – Vox
Edward Watts on what America can learn from Rome’s collapse
‘Dune’ Is One of the Most Influential Sci-Fi Books Ever | WIRED
A Twitter user was suspended for ‘glorifying violence’ after posting exactly what Trump tweets
The account @SuspendThePres launched May 29 and started to post tweets identical to those sent on Trump’s Twitter.
Netherlands Coronavirus Lockdown: Dutch Followed the Rules
Despite a largely laissez-faire attitude, the Netherlands has fared better than most.
From Camping To Dining Out
Here’s How Experts Rate The Risks Of 14 Summer Activities
Dear America: We Watch Your Convulsions With Horror and Hope
The world has been transfixed by the unrest in the United States over police brutality, racism and President Trump’s response. Here are snapshots of how people in other countries view what’s happening.
Listening to Black Voices Amid Murder, Violence, Protest, and Pandemic
Hi. I wanted to take today to compile a sampling of what black people (along with a few immigrant and other PoC voices) are saying
8 Minutes and 46 Seconds: How George Floyd Was Killed in Police Custody
The Times has reconstructed the death of George Floyd on May 25. Security footage, witness videos and official documents show how a series of actions by officers turned fatal. (This video contains scenes of graphic violence.)
US Law Enforcement Are Deliberately Targeting Journalists During George Floyd Protests – bellingcat
In these examples journalists have been shot with rubber bullets, targeted with stun grenades, tear gassed, physically attacked, pepper sprayed and arrested.

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
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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.