The South is warming to gay marriage
, writes Robert P Jones in The Atlantic
. The reasons are complicated and regional, but it reminded me a little of how some British conservatives evinced a similar "surprise" support a few years go. If you can't beat them, normalize them? I guess memories are shorter than the sentences in Leviticus. — Rob
Noam Cohen at The New York Times
In a move that promises to increase the use of photography across the Internet, the Getty Images photo agency announced that it would allow noncommercial websites and social media users to publish the agency’s images at no cost using an “embedding” tool.
The catch is that the photos have to be embedded a la youtube (see hungry kitty, above), which means they can just take them down if they want to, or insert advertising. Out the can, Getty's embeds have fixed widths, but it's clean iframe markup, easily tailored. Use is noncommercial only, but they're OK with ad-supported editorial use.
John Brownlee reviews The King in Yellow
, the mysterious real-life book posed at the heart of True Detective's fictional mystery
, and why the two are linked.
"In short, The King in Yellow has gone viral. But why? It's all due to the powerful creative draw of the weird mythos, stories which create, in the words of H.P. Lovecraft, a shared literary universe defined by an "unexplainable dread of outer, unknown forces" and "the daemons of unplumbed space." And that effect is very definitely by design."
The now public-domain text is free online. Kevin McFarland reviews the show here at Boing Boing every week.
Female representation in games is mired in toxic archetypes, so much so that even conscious efforts to avoid or neutralize them tends to end up mirroring the problem. The makers of Desktop Dungeons, however, are taking a more considered approach.
It wasn’t good enough for us to simply react with deliberate ugliness or typically masculine factors – the idea was for Desktop Dungeons to remove the gender binary entirely instead of just making everyone a man. In de-emphasising sex as much as possible, we hoped that players would be able to enjoy a more gender agnostic environment in general. Some of our proudest mechanical tweaks involved removing notices and choices in particular areas. ... .Shorthands for the feminine kept crawling into our work when we weren’t paying attention – smooth skin, homogenised facial structures, evidence of makeup, you name it. Even characters who we thought would easily sidestep trouble (like the female wizard) simply looked like young, pretty women in grunge costume rather than hardboiled dungeoneers. Portraits for some species went through several drafts just to deprogram our subconscious idea of what felt normal and right.
"Apologies for a couple of technical problems during that news bulletin," said BBC radio host Vic Minett, after her show played audio of a woman's screaming over a report from the murder trial of athlete Oscar Pistorius. "a few odd things sneaking in there."
The "technical glitch" at BBC Coventy & Warwickshire resulted first in canine howls, then in the screams, which played as a reporter described Pistorious's admitted shooting of Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year. The screams were followed by boos and other effects.
"There was a technical mistake where sound effects being prepared in another studio for an unrelated item were accidentally broadcast over the news bulletin," the BBC said in a follow-up statement.
Twitter's 6-second video-sharing platform, Vine, has banned sexual content
. Depictions of "provocative" nudity, sex acts, clothed but "aroused" genitals, and "sexually graphic" artwork or animation is "not a good fit for our community," the company writes. [The Verge] — Rob
Following a much-derided court ruling
that found upskirt photos legal, legislators in Massachusetts rushed through a bill
to make absolutely clear to the state's esteemed judiciary that it is not OK to shove a camera up a woman's skirt in order to take photographs of her crotch. — Rob
Satoshi Nakamoto, 64, is apparently the San Bernardino man who first developed Bitcoin, the popular cryptocurrency and drama machine. He is bemused, and generally unimpressed. Leah McGrath Goodman found him.
But a two-month investigation and interviews with those closest to Nakamoto and the developers who worked most frequently with him on the out-of-nowhere global phenomenon that is Bitcoin reveal the myths surrounding the world's most famous crypto-currency are largely just that - myths - and the facts are much stranger than the well-established fiction.
Marcus Wohlsen covers the plans of Green Mountain Coffee to add DRM to the little plastic cups of ground coffee
used in its Keurig-brand coffee machines,
More than just curbing your coffee choices, Green Mountain’s protections portend the kind of closed system that could gut the early promise of the Internet of Things — a promise that hinges on a broad network of digital, connected devices remaking the everyday world.
He cites new research on interoperability and DRM's fundamental aversion to it; think of what happens when, say, hospitals turn into locked-in, single-vendor institutions. The underlying problem is simple: they're making disobedient computers.
There is a certain elegance to the Keurig idea, though: people who use K-Cups, being lazy and spendthrift, are an ideal target for a new DRM price-control wheeze. It's a bit like Ferrari's cheap and nasty resistive touchscreen implementation of iOS: their customers are rich suckers who would never know better, so why not screw them? The business psychology at hand is simple, short-term greed.
Online "character quizzes," suddenly ultra-viral thanks to adroit Facebook-centric designs at sites like Zimbio, are all the rage. Are they fueled by narcissism? No, says Devon Maloney: it's fear
: "We crave the peace of mind that comes from believing the human condition is quantifiable
." Which is to say, of course, our own conditions. It's the Myers-Briggs sorting hat for a new generation, telling you what you just told it. — Rob
looks like a fun action RPG in a Victorian horror setting. The gimmick: your friends control the enemies! They have a Steam release date
of "first half 2014."
One player controls the Hero, the others possess monsters and traps to kill them. Destroy the hero and it’s your turn to crawl as you instantly take their place. Race to gain enough XP and loot to challenge the dungeon’s boss, cooperatively controlled by the other players!
After an accident, British pop singer George Michael began smoking heavily and "has joked about the time he talked in a regional voice totally unconnected to him
, saying: 'There’s nothing wrong with the West Country accent. It’s just weird when you’re from north London.'" [Western Morning News] — Rob
An amusing headline, but a serious problem for beleaguered beekeepers in England
: "According to committee member David McLarin, nosema is becoming more prevalent in the South West and that is not good news as bees with the problem hardly produce any honey." [Exeter Express via Fortean Times] — Rob
William Adams, the Arkansas County Court-At-Law Judge caught on camera mercilessly whipping his screaming 14-year-old daughter while yelling obscenities at her, has finally lost his job after
a primary challenger defeated him. His victim had anticipated the assault, recorded it, and released it only after she became an adult. Warning: the video shows physical and emotional abuse and will make you angry. Previously.
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