Link Post - RIP Harlan

One of the orneriest voices in SF passes.

MikeNM

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June 28, 2018

Boing Boing - Cory gives Harlan a good, a more personal than professional one, obituary. He was an outspoken pain in the ass in almost every way and had a fanatical devotion to recognizing good writing, and elevating genre writing out of the minor leagues.

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Link Post - Nostalgia Is A Toxic Impulse

- John Hodgman

MikeNM

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June 28, 2018

Motherboard - Proving that millennials are hitting their own midlife crisis, AIM is resurrected from the dead. I can think of better dead tech to bring back, but people do not forget their first love. Personally, I'm waiting for someone to bring back Real Audio streams.

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Link Post - Farming Rage

MikeNM

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June 28, 2018

Cracked - This is a bit ham-fisted in its critique, but I think it's central premise that outrage farming is a marketing tactic isn't wrong. If the politics and the media of the 2000's were all about exploiting fear to get your way, this decade has been about farming your anger. It will be interesting to see when the anger wave . . .

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Learning Diary - Python Mad Libs

Life before video games was terrible in many ways

MikeNM

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June 28, 2018

I am still working through Code Academy’s course. Stopping to spin my own version of the Pro Course lessons. Not that I’m cheap or anything (okay I’m a little cheap), but this was primarily to challenge myself to build things without following along and having someone check my code. I’ll be working for these the next couple of weeks, as I . . .

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Link Post - Portable History Nerd Kit

Crowdsourcing History

MikeNM

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June 28, 2018

Mental Floss - There is an incredible amount of history out there that never finds its way to a library or archive. Mental Floss reports on a University Library that created a kit so anyone can easily archive history. It's only being used for a few limited collections right now, but it's a concept that more museums and libraries . . .

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Link Post - A New Direction In Fusion

Crash Test Dummy Fusion Sounds More Catchy

MikeNM

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June 26, 2018

Real Clear Science - Like all articles on fusion, even the author warns to be skeptical of progress. However, a promising new idea may actually move forward the idea of Fusion and bring its endless horizon a little closer.

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Link Post - Pirates versus Giants

Codemasters versus Nintendo and the early DRM battles for video games.

MikeNM

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June 25, 2018

Tedium - Nintendo had a stranglehold on the video game market in the late 80's and used DRM in the US to protect that stranglehold. Tedium has a story about a UK developer whose workarounds for Nintendo's DRM led to the Game Genie.

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