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

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.