Links: Cheating Sleep, Linguistics of Blink 182 & Hallucigenia Worm

25.06.2015 Misc #Linkdump

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Here's a ton of Links (und eine andere hab ich grade verloren, weil ich das Posting in 2 Teile splitten wollte und ich’s mit der krass anspruchvollen Technologie „Zwischenablage“ verkackt habe. Argh.):

Power and Money

Jon-GnarrTagesanzeiger: «Anarchismus ist nicht Chaos, es ist Freiheit und Verantwortung»: „Wie der Ex-Punk Jón Gnarr seine Amtszeit als Bürgermeister von Reykjavik überlebt hat, ist ihm selber ein Rätsel.“

Dissent Mag: Why Feminism Needs Punk: „Punks thought there was another way. Though they never 'won' (if we define winning as gaining social power), they took a whack at the already-crumbling pillars of society and dared us to consider what might happen if the whole thing came crashing down. What would we do then?“

New Republic: Stress Test – The History of PTSD and evolution of Trigger Warnings: „It’s easy to caricature the vanguard of the so-called politically correct: to paint them as fanatics who are trying to destroy well-established norms of free speech. But they are not caricatures; they are products of history. Most current college students grew up in the shadow of September 11, with the specter of large-scale terrorism always looming and with a steady stream of soldiers returning home to grapple with their demons. It is no wonder that they feel that they, too, deserve security, even in the precarious and flimsy form of trigger warnings and safe spaces.“

Technology and Science


Quartz: I once tried to cheat sleep, and for a year I succeeded: „My experiment began six years ago, and today there are many more online forums dedicated to discussions around what is now referred to as 'polyphasic sleep.' People have scoured past examples, such as the life of Leonardo da Vinci, to develop new polyphasic schedules. Like the Dymaxion schedule, the general idea is to break the large chunk of sleep at night in to multiple naps and thus reduce the total time spent sleeping.“

Related: Washington Post: Want to enjoy the deep, mystical sleep of our ancestors? Turn your lights off at dusk.

Discover Mag: Ancient, Prickly Worm Finally Shows Its Face: „We’ve come a long way since Charles Doolittle Walcott first described Hallucigenia in 1911 — he originally named the species Canadia sparsa. Decades later, Conway Morris conducted the first thorough examination of the creature in 1977 and determined it didn’t belong to the Canadia genus. He renamed the worm because of its “dreamlike” appearance. However, there was one problem: He reconstructed the species upside down, as well as back to front.“

Discover Mag: Early Humans Became More Feminine, Which Led to the Birth of Culture: „The idea that humans became more feminine, less aggressive and thus could cooperate in large groups is certainly very intriguing as it would have allowed individuals with different skills to be valued and be reproductively successful due to the reduction of particularly male-male violence. In most primates the physically strongest male tends to dominate, but in early humans the smartest or the most creative males may have come to the forefront.“

- Jacked in
- Who Will Own the Robots?
- Transcribing tricks ushers in the golden age of juggling

- Boob tubes: Breast grown in lab will test cancer treatments
- Essential Toilet Seat Analytics
- 'Home-brewed morphine' made possible
- Squeezed quantum cats
- Hive consciousness: Do we really want to fuse our minds together?


We are Dogs in Games

Schöner Artikel über die Sudoku-WM in China auf spOnline – mit ganz furchtbarer Headline: Sudoku-Sportler: Die haben's im Kasten: „'Ein wundervolles Rätsel!' Wer das ausruft und ernst meint, muss zur Sudoku-WM. Alljährlich treffen sich Gehirnsportler aus aller Welt, um sich in dem Kästchenspiel zu messen. Vea Kaiser rätselte mit und traf attraktive Nerds und schräge Genies.“

Toller YT-Channel mit smarten Videoessays: Strummerdood.


Nieman Lab: “The Shire” or “Darwin’s Game”? Here are 4 visions of what journalism might look like in 2025

New Yorker: It’s Comments All the Way Down: „airly frequently, someone will post a link to something on Facebook or Twitter with the stern caveat that, although comments should obviously be avoided as a rule, the comments on this specific article must be avoided with especial care, and I will find myself clicking the link and having a quick read of the piece before doing, at considerable length and with considerable rigor, precisely what I have been warned against, precisely because I have been warned against it. There’s presumably some kind of masochistic imperative at work here—the perverse compulsion of masochism, that is, without any of the perverse pleasure. (Clicking a “View All Comments” button is a mild manifestation, I suspect, of the Freudian death instinct.)“

In Contrast, Nieman Lab: Can comment sections contain (gasp!) rational, coherent, civil debate? Maybe? Sometimes?: „Is it possible comment sections aren’t as terrible as many journalists believe? That’s the argument of a new study, “A Tale of Two Stories from “Below the Line”: Comment Fields at the Guardian,” just published in the July issue of The International Journal of Press/Politics.“

- “Quartz is an API”: The path ahead for the business site that’s reshaping digital news
- Listicles, aggregation, and content gone viral: How 1800s newspapers prefigured today’s Internet
- Playboy keeps its clothes on: This bunny goes SFW
- A wave of distributed content is coming — will publishers sink or swim?


Atlas Obscura: I Made A Linguistics Professor Listen To A Blink-182 Song And Analyze The Accent: „The pop-punk accent really became smooth and polished a little bit later, in the mid-1990s, with bands like Blink-182 and the Offspring, both hailing from Southern California. Their singers (Mark Hoppus and Tom DeLonge from Blink-182, Dexter Holland from the Offspring) totally abandoned any pretenses of Britishness. Instead they took their own accent, the California accent, and ramped it up, pushed it to new extremes. It was almost exactly what happened in London. Pop-punk singers became more Californian than the Californians.“

Guardian: The digital language divide: „How does the language you speak shape your experience of the internet?“

Strong Language: Clusterboinks and clusterfornications: The children of clusterfuck: „I love the word clusterfuck. It’s a perfect word for, as Jesse Sheidlower defines it in The F-Word, 'a bungled or confused undertaking or situation.' That sums up approximately 91.3% of life.“

Strong Language: Nine Circles oh Hell: „For all of its eternal damnation, hell can seem pretty weak when it comes to strong language. Fuck and bitch, say, can rain down some serious fire and brimstone, but hell? Religious-based swears may not bring the same heat they once did in English, but hell still hath a lot of fury if we look at the many ways it bedevils our tongue. From hell yes! to hell-to-the-no, let’s take a tour of some of the linguistic uses—er, circles—of hell.“

Times Literary Supplement: How to translate Japanese: „Writing in 1931, the great British historian of Japan G. B. Sansom bemoaned the historical accident that made Chinese the first writing system with which the Japanese first attempted, in the fifth century, to record the sounds of their language.“

Language Log: Word aversion science: „One aspect of language acquisition seems to be a process that connects words, more or less strongly, to emotional responses. […] As a result, an individual's lexical outcomes are often idiosyncratic. And this seems to include idiosyncratic emotional associations, not only to disgust but also to more positive emotions.“