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[weekly linkdump, somewhat edited from my delicious]


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Against “Don’t Read the Comments” – “We’ve made a habit out of telling people not to read the comments online. But what started as a cynical in-joke has become a bad habit, and an excuse for enabling abuse across the web.”

#watch and

2016 Doomsday Clock – “The 2016 time of the Doomsday Clock has been set. Watch for a brief history of the Clock’s time, since 1947.”

Run The Jewels – Meowpurrdy (from the Meow The Jewels album) – “Run The Jewels + cats = MEOW THE JEWELS. Directed by visual wizard Cyriak.”

ANIMAL PLANET (REMI GAILLARD) – “C’est quand même emmerdant pour les animaux de cohabiter avec 7 milliards de cons. Might be annoying for animals to live with 7 billion jerks.”

The society of mind – 1. Introduction – “Instructor: Marvin Minsky” R.I.P.


How to Skip a Stone – “‘‘Throw at a 20-degree angle,’’ says Lydéric Bocquet, a physics professor at École Normale Supérieure in Paris. That’s what he calls ‘‘the magic angle’’ for a maximum number of skips.”

The Surprising Health Benefits of Hot Springs and Mineral Baths – “In Japan, soaking in natural hot springs is a treasured pastime that’s steeped in thousands of years of tradition, and during my stay there, I visited a few. The experience opened my eyes (and pores) to a world of good-feeling benefits, many of which (but not all) are backed by a plethora of research.”

Hacked Images from Israel’s Drone Fleet – “British and American spies collected live video from Israeli drones as part of a classified program code-named “Anarchist,” which operated from a mountaintop listening post on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus.” What offends me most is that they would call this program Anarchist. Shows that they, like most people, do not understand what anarchism stands for.

The Michael Jackson Video Game Conspiracy – Ah, the internet.

How a Small Company in Switzerland Is Fighting a Surveillance Law — And Winning – “A small email provider and its customers have almost single-handedly forced the Swiss government to put its new invasive surveillance law up for a public vote in a national referendum in June.”

Rapper BoB insists the Earth is flat: ‘I didn’t wanna believe it either’ – “Musician argues on Twitter that while some may be put off by the term ‘flat Earth’, ‘there’s no way u can see all the evidence and not know’”

‘I’d rather have prevented the Paris attacks than predicted them’ says film director – “The politicians say we are at war, but these terrorists were made in France, they are not enemies from another country, they are the children of France. We can’t declare war on them. They are French citizens.”


Filterblase: Radikalisierung auf Facebook – “Es gibt deutliche Hinweise, dass die Sortieralgorithmen der sozialen Medien zur Meinungsbildung beitragen. Wer bei Facebook und anderswo nur noch radikale Ansichten und Behauptungen zu sehen bekommt, wird womöglich selbst zunehmend radikal. Die sozialen Medien verändern damit vermutlich bereits jetzt die Gesellschaft.”

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