Rob Beschizza

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Speed Chess is amazing and demented

Independent game developer Bennett Foddy has improved chess. Pray that he does not improve it further. [Previously]

Pennsylvania Attorney General's office blames woman for own rape

A prison typist complained about the security of her workplace, was raped by an inmate, and sued her employer. In its defense, the state attorney general's office says she "acted in a manner which in whole or in part contributed to the events" [CNN]

Facebook to get a Buy button

What, you like clicking things, don't you? Kurt Wagner, at Recode, explains the social network's deal with processor Stripe.
This is noteworthy given that Facebook has other payments partners on different features, including PayPal’s mobile payments unit Braintree. It’s also not the first time Facebook and Stripe have worked together. Facebook partnered with Stripe last year on a separate project that enables Facebook users to autofill their payment information from Facebook when using third-party apps (Braintree was also a partner).

Billionaire told he can't block access to public beach

Tech billionaire Vinod Khosla bought a house by a public beach, then cut off access to it. A court has ordered him to unlock the gates.

220px-Vinod_Khosla,_Web_2.0_ConferenceKhosla did so despite being told by county planning officials, the Coastal Commission and a different San Mateo County Superior Court in 2009 that he needed to seek a coastal development permit if any of his actions were to change the "intensity of use" of the water or access to it.

Mallach ruled that by padlocking the gate, hiring security guards and altering signs without state permission, Khosla had wrongly denied public access to the beach, violating the California Coastal Act.

The fuck-you quality of Khosla's whole effort--security guards!--is galling. But what did he have to lose?

Photo: GeeJo (cc)

Attorney General quits

Eric Holder is to step down as Attorney General of the United States of America. The Onion explains what will happen next.

Stanley Kubrick's unrealized projects

"The Beatles considered a [Lord of the Rings] film project and approached Kubrick as a potential director; however, Kubrick turned down the offer… a major hindrance to the project's progression was Tolkien's opposition to the involvement of the Beatles.

What are the chances of this paving stone Swastika being random?

It looks like a tasteless joke, but those responsible claim an innocent mistake. In Germany, where display of the Swastika and other symbols of Nazism are verboten, the contractor is in legal trouble either way.

After being spotted at a construction site in Goslar, city officials immediately demanded the removal of the design--but not before 50,000 facebookers had shared it, according to NBC News.

It looks like the claim that it was a random arrangement will be accepted by police, but I'm skeptical.

Given a) the relative size, shape and variation of rectangles in the design, and b) the requirement that they tessellate, and assuming c) the ratio of red to blue bricks as depicted in the photograph ... what are the odds?

The first person to post a link to a convincing simulation or illustration will win a prize of no value but infinite reward.

Thumb extender for big phones

Those surprised to find themselves unable to type one-handed on the new, larger iPhone 6 Plus can thank Thanko for the solution: the Yubi Nobiiru thumb extender, available now from the Japanese gadget shop.
It's not just a rubbery sheath, as it includes an all-important conductive trace and tip to ensure that a capacitative touchscreen responds accurately to movements. The device adds 1.5cm to the user's reach, weighs 11 grams, and costs about $13. fngext64-003

Studies of bisexuality generally not very good

Research into bisexuality is beset by problems: unexamined assumptions, scientific incompetence, the politicization of sexual identity, you name it. Kate Hakala recounts a history of dud studies.

In 2011, Northwestern University came back and apologized for the six years it had rejected the validity of an entire sexual orientation and bisexual men’s experience. Their 2005 study had mainly sourced participants from gay mags, but this time around, the researchers found subjects who identified as bisexual and who had both sexual and romantic relationships with both men and women. While watching videos of female and male same-sex encounters, the bisexual men doing the study were aroused all around. All combinations of videos gave them boners. Meaning, bisexual men were just what they said they were: bisexual men.

Emphasis mine. What is it with people—Americans especially—angrily denying this thing with such footstamping intensity?

Diablo 1 receives HD update

The 1996 classic now runs in high resolution on modern computers and includes extra character classes. As someone who put hundreds (thousands?) of hours into the evil thing and its sequels, I'm not going anywhere near this. [via]

Dog amuses self in fountain

Happy hump day, readers! [link]

Twine 2.0 promises to make interactive fiction easier

The open-source storytelling tool for creating interactive, nonlinear tales gets a major upgrade, with hassles resolved, better cross-platform compatibility and new features.

David Bowie exhibition comes to America

Reyan Ali: "David Bowie Is, which opened at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art yesterday, features more than 300 objects spanning the entirety of the musician’s career—from handwritten lyric sheets to set designs, instruments to costumes."

How chocolate chip cookies were invented

Surprisingly late, as the story has it: not until 1938 did Ruth Wakefield publish an unambiguous recipe for the mighty snack.

Rape joke T-shirt taken off department store shelves

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A t-shirt with the slogan "It's not rape, it's a snuggle with a struggle" has been removed from sale by SM Department Stores, which operates more than 40 locations across south-east Asia.

The garment was spotted by New Orleans writer Karen Junawicz, who posted a photo to her Facebook page.

Really SM Department Store? In the boy's section?
"It's Not Rape, It's A Snuggle With A Struggle?"
SM--the same mall that has the daily angelus and refused to show Tim Burton's "Sweeney Todd" in the cinemas?
Boys listen to Tita Karen--if a girl says NO and pushes you away, just err on the side of caution, she likely means NO. And go watch "Sweeney Todd."
WTF, SM.

Her posting was shared more than 4,000 times, and the company apologized, promising to immediately pull all the t-shirts sourced from the relevant distributor.

“We have immediately pulled out all the T-shirts of the consignor that distributes them, and we are investigating why it was included in our delivery of assorted t-shirts,” said SM Supermalls, the Phillipines largest mall operator.

Time's Elizabeth Barber reports that customers were not happy with the excuses.

On Facebook, commenters on the original photo sharply criticized the department store for seeking to “hide behind [its] consignment agreements,” as one commenter put it, and called on the store to make donations to women’s crisis centers.

In 2013, the Philippine National Police Women and Children Protection Center recorded 5,493 reported rapes of women and children — a record high for the nation, according to GMA News Online.