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January 26, 2016
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  • TV
    2015 was the year we decided if we’re going to watch a shitload of TV it might as well be good.
  • Re: Ian Murdock – CodeFriar.com
    *the* Ian from deb*ian* was more, is more, than the unknown actions at the end of his life. He was also the kind of man who’d not only call and verify my identity, but reaffirm an insecure high school nerd’s ability to meaningfully contribute to the world at large.
  • Lektor Static Content Management System
    Because Lektor builds out 100% static HTML you can deploy them to any host (including S3, github pages, any web host, etc.).
  • So you want to build an App.. – Caseysoftware
    I’m contacted a few times a month by people who want to build (usually mobile) apps. Or more properly, want someone to build apps for them. While I don’t begrudge or criticize their hopes or goals, we need to look at things critically and honestly. Also, I’m tired of telling people the same thing over and over again.
  • In 2015, The Dark Forces Of The Internet Became A Counterculture
    In 2015 it became clear, obvious even, that various reactionary forces have coalesced into a larger, coherent counterculture — let’s call it the Chanterculture — that exists not just in opposition to racial diversity in politics and culture, but in order to advance its own agenda, which across a variety of fronts seeks to preserve and promote the cultural and political preeminence of white guys. This new movement, and it is a movement, combines age-old racist and sexist rhetoric with bleeding-edge meme culture and technology. It unites two equally irrepressible camps behind an ironclad belief in the duty to say hideous things: the threatened white men of the internet and the “I have no soul” lulzsters.
  • luigiplr/netify-jump · GitHub
    Netify Jump is a software-based system that effectively transforms your computer into a WiFi router and/or repeater. Netify Jump can broadcast WiFi right from your PC, so that any other WiFi-enabled device can get online. In addition using the built in “File Jump” service devices can beam files to and from other connected devices. c/o onethingwell
  • NES Graphics – Part 1
    Released in 1983, the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) home console was a cheap, yet capable machine that went on to achieve tremendous success. Using a custom designed Picture Processing Unit (PPU) for graphics, the system could produce visuals that were quite impressive at the time, and still hold up fairly well if viewed in the proper context. Of utmost importance was memory efficiency, creating graphics using as few bytes as possible. At the same time, however, the NES provided developers with powerful, easy to use features that helped set it apart from older home consoles. Understanding how NES graphics are made creates an appreciation for the technical prowess of the system, and provides contrast against how easy modern day game makers have it with today’s machines.
  • The McDonald's Quotient · The Macro
    What’s your “Mc­Don­ald’s quo­tient”? How many peo­ple do you per­son­ally know, and count as friends or col­leagues, that have worked in re­tail for an hourly wage? What’s your or­ga­ni­za­tion’s “Mc­Don­ald’s quo­tient?” In Sil­i­con Val­ley and the larger startup and VC in­vest­ing world, I often find that it’s sur­pris­ingly low, or even non-ex­is­tent. This is a prob­lem, es­pe­cially if you’re build­ing or in­vest­ing in a com­pany that’s sell­ing a con­sumer-fac­ing prod­uct or ex­pe­ri­ence.
  • Relegated to Legend: The Stories We Lose in a New 'Star Wars' Timeline | LitReactor
    What’s important about the Star Wars Expanded Universe is that it had the freedom to really create good stories, rather than profitable ones. I mean, sure, there’s the odd story about Boba Fett blasting space zombies … but there are also stories that contain great tragedy, political insight, social deconstruction, and questions about the very nature of good, evil, and everything that may lay in between. I want to give you a taste of the storyline that is effectively being erased, and what the movies could have covered if they wanted to build on the incredible stories that were previously canon.

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