26 January 2011

Vatican officials told Irish not to report child abuse

BBC’s story.

[via:No Agenda]

25 January 2011

Background image with sea and waves from the meditative soundscape site donothingfor2minutes.com

Do Nothing For Two Minutes

[via:Staffan Jonsson]

23 January 2011

How to validate a credit card number with your head using a checksum as presented on mint.com's blog. Take the above number (or any credit card number). And double every other digit from the right. Add these new digits to undoubled ones. All double digit numbers are added as a sum of their digits, so 14 becomes 1+4. If the final sum is divisible by 10, the number is invalid or fake. Try it and see.

How to validate a credit card number (click for full pic)

[via:Viralliset Linkit]

21 January 2011

New Beta Version of The Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine

There’s an FAQ for the new release on their blog.

[via:Hacker News]

15 January 2011

Grand Theft Auto IV: Frictionless

You’ll get GTA IV to go insane beyond Carmageddon or Postal by configuring wheel friction to a negative number. You wouldn’t play any game missions using this very easy mod, but going on some bat shit insane rampages is a compulsory part of all GTA games anyway. I’ll definitely try this at some point for this very purpose.

On the Windows version, this friction free effect can be achieved by editing the handling.dat file in your GTA 4 folder (the default is “C:\Program Files\Rockstar Games\Grand Theft Auto IV”), by reducing the value “wbias” to around -9 for each vehicle.

Here’s another video, and for the bandwidth impaired, some modest screenshots illustrating the dangers of having cars bounce around urban areas (1, 2, 3).


13 January 2011

Excerpt from “Framing 101: How to Take Back Public Discourse”

From a book by cognitive linguist George Lakoff. In this chapter you’ll be introduced to the theory of giving your arguments and actual chance by choosing the right framing with a dose of Dare to Discipline, the Strict father model and progressive Nurturant parent models.

[via:Merlin Mann]

12 January 2011

Of Course I'll Spend 8 Minutes of My Life Watching Your Branded Content

Things Real People Don’t Say About Advertising #

Illustration from 'I Modi' ('The Ways') by Pietro Aretino and Giulio Romano, a 16th century work of erotic fiction which according to some helped popularize print and literature

The Fascinating Story of Porn and Technology Adoption

Yes, Cracked.com publishes some fascinating stuff but I generally find it awkward to link to them.

Let’s take a moment to think about Cracked. Most everyone gets that their material and the research behind it doesn’t quite match the quality you find in Wired.

This meta comment on Cracked relates very closely to this story on the new web publishing industry I discussed little over a year ago. How every pun in a Cracked.com article actually is search engine optimization becomes laughably clear in this porn piece. The writer has slipped in just about every FCC safe adult entertainment related expression you could daydream up of in the story.

Improving content distribution with sex and porn is just that powerful. If you have a web site, you could try this yourself: just mention porn in some really obscure way and you’ll probably get at least some traffic through someone’s really fap happy search engine queries. If you mention child porn, you’ll be awarded search traffic so depraved you might feel a bit uncomfortable just storing your search referer data.

[via:Joonas Mäkinen]

11 January 2011

Today’s youth: “What are the Windows a:\ and b:\ drives used for?”

Get off my lawn.

[via:Jeff Atwood]

2 January 2011

From Romantically Apocalyptic episode 33, alexiuss aka Vitaly s. Alexius posta-pocalyptic webcomic

Romantically Apocalyptic is a humorous webcomic set in an insane, post-apocalyptic world created by Russian-born, Canadian deviantArt personality and artist Alexiuss (Vitaly S Alexius) using

“Photoshop, live actors, dead actors, sexy assistants, greenscreen, a camera, and a Wacom tablet. Each comic page is meticulously digitally painted and contains 6 years worth of textures: 1 terabyte of stock footage, shot in real abandoned, forgotten places of our world.”


There’s a (Internet) TV series in the making.


28 December 2010

IPv4 address exhaustion will hit everyone hard within the next three years. If you’re doing any kind of IT, implementing IPv6 is a shitstorm you’ll be forced to deal with.

Sam Bowne at the San Francisco City College did at talk at Defcon this year, in which he explains a lot of the essentials on getting started with IPv6. Mr. Bowne is hilarious so the talk is very much worth its 27 minutes.

Short version: take a look at Hurricane Electric’s free IPv6 certification program.

19 December 2010

Word Lens, augmented reality translation for the iPhone


12 November 2010

Keep Calm And Stroke The Furry Wall - a variation of the old British World War II propaganda poster 'Keep Calm And Carry On'

Keep Calm And Stroke The Furry Wall – a variation of the British World War II propaganda poster “Keep Calm And Carry On”.

Related: A meditative take on the same theme.

[via:Chris Helenius]

11 November 2010

The video walks you through the step of downloading your profile information from Facebook, including your posts and messaging. Please keep in mind that this is a subset of the data about you that Facebook stores. Every click on the site is retained.

[via:Arttu Silvast]

10 November 2010

Street smart Facebook stalking prevention strategies

Deactivation and deletion doesn’t prevent participation.


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