Bits'n'Pieces 20.5.2016

20.05.2016 Misc #Linkdump

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Newsbits, die ich heute im Verlauf des Tages (und gestern abend) gelesen habe, die ich retweete, auf FB rumschicke oder sonstwie verbreite, die mir aber aus dem ein oder anderen Grund keinen eigenen Blogeintrag wert sind. Das Posting wird im Verlauf des Tages ständig aktualisiert.



A World of Walls: „Europe will soon have more physical barriers on its national borders than it did during the Cold War.“

Stefan Niggemeier über den medialen Kampf gegen die AfD: „Wenn wir es uns zu leicht machen mit der AfD, machen wir es der AfD zu leicht.“

Die Islamisierung fällt aus – Anmerkungen zur globalen Religionsdemografie und -soziologie: „Die These von der angeblich unaufhaltsamen #Islamisierung gehört zur Standarderzählung sowohl islamistischer wie auch rechtspopulistischer Scharfmacher. Doch sie steht empirisch 'auf tönernen Füßen' - und ist schlichtweg falsch.“

Zensur auf Facebook: „Wer auf Facebook kurdische Symbole postet, läuft Gefahr, gesperrt zu werden. Offenbar kursieren dazu interne Handlungsanweisungen.“


Algorithms, clickworkers, and the befuddled fury around Facebook Trends: „Algorithms are not neutral. Algorithms do not function apart from people.“


XKCD: Digital Data

Science & Tech

Portugal runs for four days straight on renewable energy alone

Rise of the Urban Planet: „More than half of the world’s people now live in cities, and the proportion is growing. By 2050, nearly two out of three of us will live in a city.“

The empty brain: „Your brain does not process information, retrieve knowledge or store memories. In short: your brain is not a computer“.

‘Fundamentally unstable’: Scientists confirm their fears about East Antarctica’s biggest glacier

Climate change doubters really aren’t going to like this study: „Researchers have designed an inventive test suggesting that the arguments commonly used by climate change contrarians don’t add up, not only according to climate scientists (we know what they think already) but also in the view of unbiased experts from other fields. The trick? Disguising the data — and its interpretation — as if it was part of an argument about something else entirely.“

Here’s what it’s like to be unable to visualize anything: „I have never visualized anything in my entire life. I can't "see" my father's face or a bouncing blue ball, my childhood bedroom or the run I went on 10 minutes ago. I thought 'counting sheep' was a metaphor. I'm 30 years old, and I never knew a human could do any of this. And it is blowing my goddamn mind.“

Ancient Mars Was Wet and Wild: „Not only was Mars once a wet planet. New evidence, published today in Nature’s Scientific Reports, paints a picture of violent tsunamis as well.“

Harvard Launches Robot Moth

How The Shape Of Your City Determines The Weather: „New research shows how our streets and buildings influence storms, wind, and temperature.“

Art & Design

The Y2K aesthetic: who knew the look of the year 2000 would endure? „From fashion and architecture to music and art, the optimism and techno-utopianism of the early 2000s found its way into every element of design“.

What is it like to be a bot? - Eric Drass at Bot Summit 2016

2016 Logo Trends

Hej Stylus! is minimalistic menu bar application. It adds an offset to your cursor movement whilst clicking and dragging. The result is super precise cursor steering and stroke smoothing.“

Internet Idiocy

Man’s Indiegogo Campaign to ‘Re-create’ 9/11 Gets Shut Down: „Paul Salo wants to raise $1.5 million (though he’ll settle for $300,000) to purchase a condemned skyscraper and a plane, fly said plane directly into said skyscraper, and 'prove 9/11 to be true or false once and for all'.“