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Today in things that are my jam: model spaceships being blown up with internally LED-lit cotton-ball explosions, and fibre-optic sparks. So incredibly cool.
Merely unlocking my phone causes podcast audio to skip
A charity offered me the chance to adopt an elephant. the money goes towards increasing the number of elephants in the wild. thus decreasing the value of my own elephant
Je sais que ça fait peur, parce qu’on a tou·te·s déconné un jour ou l’autre. Mais c’est pour ça qu’il faut savoir : Savoir, c’est bénéficier d’une prise en charge, c’est s’assurer de garder le maximum de cartouches thérapeutiques dès le début. #WorldAIDSDay
Au passage, la Prep n’est pas un truc d’inconscient : c’est un truc de personnes qui ont décidé de se prendre en charge, avec des check-up et des dépistages réguliers. Condamner la Prep aujourd’hui, c’est aussi bête que d’être contre le préservatif. #WorldAIDSDay
“Oh hey, it’s you! I’m so happy to see you!”
I reflexively installed 11.2 as soon as I saw it was available. What could go wrong. It’s not like they also rushed that update overnight, to fix a bug that was putting thousands of phones in a reboot loop.
Quand ton chat se prépare pour un rituel de sorcellerie
My kitty is on some other shit
I was once told it would have to be a real damn emergency to release an iOS version on a weekend, so, here we are… 😂 iOS 11.2! 🎉
Played a couple minutes of Edge of Nowhere until 🤢 and it’s always funny how different a VR game’s perspective can be to what you expected from the videos.
We can disagree on how much time the devs should have spent on comfort options (there are none) but I don’t think it’s acceptable for a third-person game in VR to let the camera jump up when the character steps on a fucking pebble.
rt if you agree
With iOS 11 and the iPhone X there are so many crazy-making inconsistencies across devices it’s a real hindrance to friction-free work.
The most frequently used gesture (swipe up) does three different things depending on the device . Total muscle memory fail.
1) The Twin Peaks Season 3 I thought I wanted for 25 years.
2) The Twin Peaks Season 3 I didn’t know I wanted, but did.
Fuck. It just dawned on me that my four-year-old MacBook Pro has been swelling over the last few weeks. (Or much longer if my issues with the trackpad’s button were the first symptom.) It’s awesome because I’m kinda broke right now.
Bravo…..well done, lady!
The Super moon rising over Nairobi, Kenya.
Stages during it’s rise stacked into one; timelapse failed
2016: Should have bought some Bitcoin
2017: Should have bought some Kittens
One of my favorite samples from the Progressive GANs paper is this one from the “cat” category. Apparently some of the cat training photos were memes with text. The GAN doesn’t know what text is so it has made up new text-like imagery in the right place for a meme caption.
It’s bad enough that iTunes’ entire album view flashes distractingly every time the track changes — but why on earth does it flash twice.
THE RIGHT: Yeah he’s a serial child molester but he’ll confirm the guy I want on the Supreme Court
THE LEFT: Yeah she’s good on global warming and tax policy and race relations and expanding healthcare to poor families but I can’t vote for someone who gave paid speeches to Goldm
En vrai je vais pas m’autoquoter, mais il faut cesser de dire « GAFA », ça amène à une confusion qui confine a l’absurde et biaise les analyses : croire que 4 entreprises font la même chose et ont les mêmes intérêts commerciaux.
En très gros :
Google : vend de la pub et des données.
Apple : vend ses produits cher.
Facebook : vend de la pub et des données sur d’autres canaux.
Amazon : vend les produits des autres.
(i.e. an 8-hour MacBook [Pro] starts looking a lot less attractive beside a Windows-on-ARM device with a 24-hour battery & LTE)
I’m trialling a new experimental laptop from Apple. The return of USB-A and SD Card slot is genius. Touch screen and pencil support is surprisingly useful. Touch bar is gone but I won’t miss it. Face ID is 👌
The new logo on the back is an odd step but I could get used to it.
Via @heatherrivers, an anonymous Microsoft quote about the fuckery of stack ranking
Pokemon: in our new movie pikachu talks
people: thats the stupidest thing I’ve ever h-
Pokemon: he’s ryan reynolds now
Pokemon: pikachu says “fuck”
When I heard “Reigns, but with the queen” I assumed ‘Elizabeth I,’ not ‘the king’s wife.’ Definitely has potential to be more interesting — but I wish they’d done away with the Tinder UI.
It’s just like that old saying; “Do what you love for a living and the increasingly unclear distinction between your personal and professional identity will make it extremely difficult to feel emotionally secure at basically any point in the process”
Check out the crazy origami Ethernet port on this new Fujitsu laptop (yeah they’re back making laptops now)
Living the dream.
In summary: ten years ago bankers gambled with all our money, lost most of it, caused a global financial crisis, which resulted in austerity, that was manipulated into anti-migrant rage by billionaire tax-exile press-barons, revitalised the far right and brought Trump and Brexit.
Here’s a frightening additional thought: if the financial crisis was the equivalent of the 1929 crash, then we’re now roughly around 1938.
I honestly find it pretty troubling how much of the reporting of the Disney-Fox acquisition is just squee over the Marvel possibilities rather than real concern over the insidious nature of a growing media monopoly.
IMAGE : La foudre frappe une éruption volcanique au Chili (photographe : Francisco Negroni)
I love this setting and, if anyone can convey the sense of wonder it should inspire, it’s definitely Campo Santo.
It’s funny how we were all a little worried about High Sierra’s switch to APFS and it seems to be the only thing they didn’t screw up. (Talking general OS reliability, not mis-attributed UI fields in Disk Utility.)
If you weren’t enough of a risk-taker to buy bitcoin at $30, you also aren’t enough of a risk-taker to not have sold it the minute you had multiplied your holdings ten-fold, so don’t beat yourself up over hypotheticals
Here’s what I think is happening with @Patreon - this year they raised $60m in Series C venture funds at a valuation of $450 million (after raising $30m last year and more than doubling the company’s size - almost always a mistake). Yet they make about $8 million per year. 1/10
Most sane company valuations are 10x-20x revenue, with 20x being a high-end for desirable acquihires by Google/etc. Under that math, Patreon should be worth $80-$160 million. Yet they raised at $450m. 56x revenue! This means they’re under intense pressure to increase $$$. 2/10
Nothing better than christmas chocolates to explain #UVmapping to your kids #CGI #3D #material #texture
I particularly like the balance between levels where you can take your time and the few that rely more on reflexes.
There’s an app for that, they said. And users eagerly forgot about websites, so that if you didn’t have a presence on the App Store you might as well not exist.
My iPhone has become so unresponsive while playing music I think I’m gonna look for an iPod nano to borrow.
After fifteen minutes with the beta, I’m not sure what Monster Hunter is supposed to be but I’m just gonna go ahead and assume it isn’t for me.
OK Waze this is impressive as hell
「空想ジオラマ」の技術的な話、 #ViveTracker でトラッキングしてるのはいつも通りで、初めは背景真っ白だけど手に取ると車の周りのTerrainに色を付けていく処理が毎フレーム入ってるので、処理が重くなってしまうのだけど、なんとかできないだろうか。
I haven’t looked at the API yet but I really like the fundamental design choices shown here.
« Le ridicule ne tue pas »
Maxime favorite des dictateurs.
According to CPU DasherX (free on the App Store) the 6 Plus I’m using runs at 840MHz, while the 6 whose battery I replaced in February goes a full 1.4GHz 😨
It’s presumably intended as a workaround for devices going from 60% to shutdown in a few minutes after the iOS 10 update, but I’m gonna be hard-pressed for arguments the next time someone cries “planned obsolescence.”
“I’ll play Archangel real quick so I don’t miss out on the free weekend, then I’ll work” was a bad idea. I quit in a hurry as soon as it started moving but I still have a headache.
Seeing the mech’s head and hands mirror my movements during the tutorial was pretty cool, though.
Did I miss something or is there still, 36 hours before release, zero official word on mod support in Fallout VR?
J’avais bêtement oublié que, pour qu’un film de Besson soit si mal reçu, il fallait qu’il soit encore pire que ce à quoi je m’attendais. Si seulement ça avait fait un bide suffisant pour ruiner sa carrière.
Jeff Bezos is worth $100 billion
I also love the way the world map reveals itself as you progress.
Cat Person is reverse Ernest Cline fanfiction
This is incredibly satisfying
I can’t find lightning headphones this morning so I’m walking to work playing music on my old 6S. I’ve been forced to invent the iPod. This is the dumbest thing that has ever happened to me
Someone tried to film a ren fair with a drone and the result is one of the best gifs I’ve ever seen.
How does a bitcoin crash work if the slightest activity on the market already means transactions take hours to process?
1. Encouraging tweetstorms is bad
2. But hiding them behind a “read more” link is great
3. But god knows what will happen in third-party clients
4. It’s y’all’s fault in perpetuity for rejecting the 10,000-word attachment idea
Shadow of the Colossus (2005)
I don’t like survival games, nor zombie games, but I mean, in general, for other people, why not?
I would not be surprised to find that some iMac Pro owners sell their space black accessories for a tidy profit on eBay.
“Your Collective Decision” by @studioolaf. ~200 silvered and partially painted glass spheres. 👀🌈
Second time I change an iPhone 6’s battery and those adhesive strips are still assholes but INSTAGRAM IS SCROLLING SMOOTHLY AGAIN. (Ish. Feels like they preload images a bit late? But scrolling used to overwhelm the proc so much it would misjudge swipes and skip entire screens.)
With this hidden throttling bullshit I’m kinda feeling disgust at the idea of ever giving Apple money again. So that’s awesome.
I keep scrolling in Tweetbot for Mac and thinking “oh my god it’s so smooth” for a second before remembering it’s the iPhone that used to stutter.
You don’t have to buy a new iMac Pro to improve Swift compile times, you can just switch back to Objective-C. There, saved you $15,000.
Interesting language note: newt, apron and Uber are backformations from ‘an ewt’, ‘a napron’ and ‘Anuber’.
A peek at another painting made inside Fallout 4 VR using OVRdrop and Autodesk Sketchbook. I had to kill a yao guai to get here.
Je ne sais pas si c’est l’effet d’avoir traversé 2017, mais j’ai vraiment du mal à supporter les trois beaufs de The Grand Tour, cette année.
when people say “The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads” it’s important to remind them that, tbh, those are really not the best minds
Anti-Fascists You Should Know: Bunny Roger, couturier, sometime drag queen & RL model for John Steed. Served with exceptional courage in WWII (once dragging a wounded officer from a burning building) & remarked “Now I’ve shot so many Nazis, Daddy will have to buy me a sable coat”
Me: I should work a couple more hours before billing my client so I have a bit of extra cash to enjoy the holidays.
Narrator: He never billed his client again and became homeless.
This is wonderfully clever and well done.
This is just…wrong. On so many levels.
Comic about the kids
Rian Johnson on Kelly Marie Tran:
L’écran est loin et je n’ai pas pensé à prendre mes lunettes. Ca n’arrive pas quand on reste tranquillement chez soi.
Vous avez tous bu avant d’aller voir The Last Jedi ? C’est exactement ce qu’on craignait il y a deux ans de la nouvelle trilogie : un film d’action sans cerveau, sans coeur, sans âme, sans fin. Sans intérêt.
Looks like it’s also happening for iPhone 7 with 11.2.0. No one’s ever going to install an iOS update again.
HOW TO GET THROUGH WRITER’S BLOCK
• find a human
• sit them down in a pile of snacks so they don’t wander away
• now you talk
• human will eat and not reply which is perfect
• keep talking until you solve plot problem yourself
• what a team!
I still have trouble with the idea of a global conspiracy because, how could they hope to get away with it? but maybe they just think the iPhone’s so popular nothing can hurt its sales.
Maintenant qu’on en est arrivés au point où je déteste un film Star Wars par légitime défense, j’ai envie de redonner une chance à la trilogie de préquelles. Enfin, aux épisodes 2 et 3 que je n’ai vus qu’une fois chacun — le 1, c’est plié.
I’m amazed that Twitter (or at least one of my timelines) rediscovered ROT-13 for The Last Jedi. I guess I am following the right people.
Dec 17, 1903. It’s been 114 years since Wright Brothers 1st powered flight. I met Orville - he was impressed we broke the sound barrier just 44 yrs later.
“[The paperclip maximizer AI] scenario sounds absurd to most people, yet there are a surprising number of technologists who think it illustrates a real danger. Why? Perhaps it’s because they’re already accustomed to entities that operate this way: Silicon Valley tech companies.” [twitter.com]
Je n’avais jamais compris pourquoi Padmé tolérait Anakin, mais ça passe beaucoup mieux si on imagine qu’elle est la prof qui n’arrive pas à résister au puppy crush d’un élève pas très malin mais trop sexy (j’ai bien dit qu’il fallait de l’imagination).
Il n’est jamais trop tard pour m’apercevoir qu’en fait je n’avais jamais vraiment regardé Revenge of the Sith.
Pretty tired of the “haha doing UI is awful” or “haha I hate UI” joke especially during conference talks.
For the love of player experience, hire someone who loves/knows what they’re doing. Your game will be better for it.
And screw security, am I right.
Apparently porgs are in the new #StarWars because it was easier than digitally removing the hundreds of puffins living on Skellig Michael island where it was filmed. Which means they’re basically SPACE PUFFINS!!
Il y a dans mon cerveau plusieurs millions de neurones exclusivement dédiés à analyser l’aspect et la trajectoire du moindre objet en mouvement pour déterminer la probabilité que ce soit une araignée. Et on s’étonnera que les machines nous remplacent.
-Trier les migrants jusque dans les locaux des assocs
-Demander aux préfets d’inciter à la délation
-Lacérer des tentes et confisquer des vêtements en plein hiver
-Souiller l’eau avec du gaz lacrymo
“Smooth out the peaks”
Go ahead and explain to me how come the throttling happens even when the phone is plugged into a charger.
Apple ships batteries that can’t support an iPhone’s normal operation for even 18 months. I think we should all consider this a defect.
Papering over it with software is dishonest.
As you read all the “move along, nothing to see here” tech-blog posts on Apple slowing down old iPhones, keep in mind that the company’s PR strategy involves cultivating friendly reporters and freezing out those who criticize it.
“Just pay $79 to replace it”
Apple Stores are not allowed to bring a phone in for battery replacement unless there’s a failure. Mobile Genius software blocks you from doing it.
The problem with that is that the majority of people coming in w battery issues have software or usability problems, not a hardware problem. It would also cause repair times to balloon when they’d like repairs done within 30-60 mins
For the next reboot that makes men angry I’d like to submit for your consideration Lupita Nyong’o as Indiana Jones. She steals artifacts from museums and returns them to their rightful cultures.
Great anecdote on @bbcr4 woman’s hour about a woman who cut the end off ham when she baked one. Her daughter asked why. “because that’s what my mum did”. So they rang her mum to ask why. Same response. So they rang her mum who was in a home. “We do that as the oven was too small”
OMG not only does Instagram’s story designer have alignment rulers, it shows a dummy header when you drag stickers to the top of the screen 💜
It’s somewhat meaningless because the image might be framed differently on the viewing device (e.g., on iPad) but, still, nice thought.
Oui je rage tout seul dans la rue en allant faire mes courses parce que je vois les piliers des immeubles à travers leurs baies vitrées, et non j’ai pas choisi ma vie.
I would always have picked better performance over better battery life, because a portable battery pack is an easy thing to tote — and it would have been obvious that a new battery was needed; you can’t work around an artificially strangled CPU — you have to buy a new device
Guillermo del Toro saw a UFO when he was younger and he hated the design
Help je suis dans un thread Reddit sur The Last Jedi je vais encore être de mauvaise humeur pour le reste de la journée mais je n’arrive pas à fermer la fenêtre.
Happy Christmas weekend! The only thing I plan to do to celebrate is turn off motion smoothing on every TV in every house I go to
how did they even film this scene without laughing
C’est le dîner de Noël en famille, cette allégorie multi-millénaire du combat entre les végétariens et les racistes.
La torture d’une télé en permanence allumée sur une chaîne française de merde. (Si vous me pardonnez le pléonasme.)
Elon Musk moms is walking around like this and people still haven’t figured out that they’re comic book villains
The beginning of Assassin’s Creed: Origins is making me wonder if I accidentally pressed a “skip everything you can” button. There’s “in medias res” and then there’s “WTF has been happening for the last ten minutes?”
Love the internal emails explaining away the bullshit Animus machine from the movie. It’s always nice to know that someone cared.
fuck whatever shite currency yous have got, new scottish notes have OTTERS on them
Abandoned water park in Vietnam
It’s still excellent, though. Good visuals, fun writing, great final gimmick, and almost all the puzzles are good.
Twitter doesn’t fight harassment or hate speech. They support it.
@jack et al. are likely of a common tech-male neo-Libertarian mindset (with not-subtle undertones of misogyny and racism) to let anyone say anything, disregarding the human costs, as long as their metrics go up. [twitter.com]
Les demoiselles de Rochefort (1967) —
C’est drôle comme on se souvient toujours des couleurs vives à l’écran, et pas du contraste avec la noirceur que cachent la majorité des personnages.
J’ai voulu sauver du froid le ficus que mon coloc avait exilé sur le balcon, la bête a essayé de me tuer dès que je l’ai ramenée dans ma chambre. Fuck la nature (et les allergies).
Being included in a Twitter moment – and this has happened a few times now – always ends with trolls and bots filling my mentions.
Twitter Moments feel like a punishment for the tweet’s author, not a reward. Toxic feature for a toxic platform.
Finally went back to Thumper and managed to pass the asshole at 4-11 (I never want to play it again, which is a shame because I enjoyed the following sub-levels a lot). Was not prepared for the heart-attack-inducing entirety of level 5 😵
(But who has the time to play games, even short ones, twice?)
Blue Planet m’a donné envie hier soir de mettre des loutres de mer ou des dauphins en fond de Lock Screen, mais je ne trouve pas d’images qui vaillent le coup :(
Finally checked out TheWaveVR’s reruns and there are some new effects and toys I absolutely love. (Mostly the ‘Aktual’ show.)
Still torn between using them as inspiration to make my own VR music visualizer… or just giving up because why bother.
Black Mirror 4x01 — USS Callister —
Some very well done, and sometimes very difficult, character moments, but I have a hard time forgetting that HUMANS ARE NOT XENOMORPHS AND DNA DOESN’T HAVE A MEMORY.
Just because Tilt Brush does it, I assumed it would be trivial to capture system audio in Unity.
Ha. Ha. Ha.
It’s amazing how many people have told me “Bitcoin wasn’t invented to facilitate payments”. Has anyone even read the first page of the Nakamoto paper?
My 2018 resolution is to turn the Shut Up extension back on for Reddit, and only disable it temporarily on /r/blackmagicfuckery when I want to know how a trick was done.
(I give it a week.)