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About the use of videogames as military propaganda and how that makes everyone responsible, from developers to journalists.

Tags: games, war

My brushstrokes against AI-art

Tags: computers, art

Study considers linguistic diversity of California

Previously, scientists and linguists thought that Uto-Aztecan languages spread into California through the spread of maize farming, but a new study questions that idea.

Tags: america, language, history, science

Archaeologists Unearth a Secret Lost Language From 3,000 Years Ago

Tags: religion, antiquity

Silicon Valley’s worldview is not just an ideology; it’s a personality disorder.

Tags: big tech, society, politics

Stunning Codex Documenting Aztec Culture Now Fully Digitized

The 16th-century “Florentine Codex” offers a Mexican Indigenous perspective that is often missing from historical accounts of the period.

Tags: history, books

Earth just had its hottest 12 months ever recorded, analysis finds

the hottest temperature our planet has experienced in something like 125,000 years

Tags: climate, disaster

… And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Pink-Slipped

On a particularly bad day for digital media, a thought about where we should go next. Hint: Let’s stop talking about scale.

Tags: social media, economics

The UAW Wins Big & The State Of Strikes.

We’ve talked about it before, but this has been a year of strikes - and successful ones, at that. Today we chronicle some of these.

Tags: america, work

The beauty of finished software

Tags: programming, ethics

David Revoy on Why Free and Open Source Software Matters

Tags: computers, art, law

Pulpatronics tackles single-use electronics with paper RFID tags

Tags: cool, tech

State bans see increase in national abortions, decrease in reproductive care

The fall of Roe v. Wade has had its predictable consequences, a year out: not a reduction in overall abortion rates, but a reduction in the quality of reproductive healthcare. Told you so.

Tags: america, health, law, environment

We have used too many levels of abstractions and now the future looks bleak

A big percentage of so-called experts today only know how to configure tools, but they understand nothing about how things work at the deeper level. This is a real challenge and a big problem for the future.

Tags: programming, ethics

Utilities Have Been Lying to us About Gas Stoves Since the 1970s

They took a page out of Big Tobacco’s playbook, a new investigation confirms.

Tags: health, energy

Marc Andreessen Is Wrong About Everything

The billionaire says he wants to lead a "techno-optimist" revolution. But he's too rich to understand that his belief system is stupid.

Tags: tech, ethics

Kyoto Statement on End-To-End Encryption

Tags: computers, security, law

Who Gets Peace and Quiet?: Urban Noise in the COVID-19 Pandemic

During the COVID-19 stay-at-home advisories of 2020, the world quieted. As a community noise researcher, I felt the changes acutely.

Tags: cities, health

I Will Fucking Haymaker You If You Mention Agile Again

Tags: programming, work

France has banned pro-Palestinian protests and vowed to protect Jews from resurgent antisemitism

Antisemitism is a big no-no, but Islamophobia is official state policy. Gotcha.

Tags: france, politics

Scoop: Israel tells UN to evacuate the northern Gaza Strip within 24 hours

Tags: middle east, war

What Does ‘Shiver Me Timbers’ Mean — And Did Pirates Really Say It?

The expression "shiver me timbers" was first recorded in print in 1795, and since then, it's appeared everywhere from Treasure Island to SpongeBob SquarePants. But it's unclear whether this phrase was ever truly part of the pirate vernacular.

Tags: language, history

Pinning point five collapsed, the sea ice barrier buttressing Thwaites and Pine Island Glacier.

Short version: we're already at 2C global warming in the northern hemisphere, and might reach 1.5C globally by the end of the year. Also, half the ice in Antarctica might plunge into the ocean and melt, if not this December then next December. It will raise the ocean level by three meters when that happens. When, not if.

Tags: climate, disaster

Who gets to survive and 'rewild' themselves?

Tags: disaster, society, health

On mobile phones, the small web, and able-bodied privilege

Tags: web, health, ethics