Link Post - Vintage Spook PSAs

Internal Posters From The NSA

MikeNM

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June 05, 2018

Ars Technica - In addition to being a fun timeline of design trends in posters, this collection of internal PSAs at the NSA shows you what the agency was most concerned about. Their flair for pop culture references in the 70's is particularly odd.

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Link Post - Pop Music Monoculture

Proving Music Sucks Now, With SCIENCE!

MikeNM

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June 05, 2018

The Pudding - Breaking down how music has evolved since the dawn of modern pop through musical trends and instrumentation, this article shows how the advent of digital editing has made it so that music is able to quickly produced and is fairly disposable. Also, nearly half of the popular songs are written by the same people. It's pretty . . .

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WWDC Craig's Notes

Like Live Tweeting, But Almost Twelve Hours Later

MikeNM

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June 04, 2018

Though it's been a few years since I covered WWDC in earnest, I still make a note to catch the keynote every year. Work has been pretty busy, so taking two hours in the middle of the day to catch the stream isn't practical. It was rainy, so I watched the stream while I sat on the exercise bike and took notes. This isn't a . . .

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Link Post - The Birth Of Applescript

Sal, Automator, and programming for everyday people.

MikeNM

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June 02, 2018

Wired - Wired interviews Sal Soghoian about the birth of Applescript and Automator. Some highlights from the return of Steve Jobs and the beginning x-callback-url for iOS applications to interoperate are included. Even if you aren't a Mac user, his philosophy of making automation and programming accessible for everyday users is essential. . . .

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Line The Saddest Zombie

The Mac Pro Five Years On

MikeNM

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June 01, 2018

512 Pixels - Stephen Hackett gives a rundown of the hype and eventual disappointment of the 2013 Mac Pro. A machine from an alternate timeline where multi-GPU setups dominated the market, it never quite caught on. You can still buy it, surprisingly without a hint of a discount despite its age.

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Cartoon Science Is The Best Science

And No I'm not talking about that Tiny Toons Episode About Cartoon Physics.

MikeNM

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May 31, 2018

Kottke - This is a cool old silent film era explainer on Relativity. This is amazingly well done and shows that explainer videos predate YouTube by quite a few decades.

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Link Post - Quantum, Like Bohr or Chopra?

The buzzword to end all buzzwords

MikeNM

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May 31, 2018

Scientific American via Real Clear Science - Scientific American interviews Jim Clarke from Intel Labs on what makes quantum computing different from traditional transistors. He also addresses the idea that Quantum Computing will always be ten years away, and places its timeline against the rise of microprocessors.

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