Archive for the ‘Web’ Category

Emoji Sports


(xkcd) – Randall Munroe:

New sports, created from random emoji

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Randall Munroe: xkcd 1920: Emoji Sports


Spinnable Planets And Moons with Google Maps


(Planetary Blogs) – Emily Lakdawalla:

Google Maps has released several new map products that allow you to see the locations of named features on many solar system planets and non-planets. The mapped worlds include Mercury, Venus, our own Moon, Mars, Ceres, and Pluto (but not Charon, sadly). Three out of four large Jupiter moons make the list: Io, Europa, and Ganymede, but not Callisto. All but one of the round Saturnian moons is listed: Mimas, Enceladus, but not Tethys for some reason, Dione, Rhea, Titan, and Iapetus. It’s handy to be able to rotate the moons to match the aspects of space photos, though I wish the angle of illumination could be changed. But these aren’t true 3D shape models, they’re just maps stretched over spheres. …

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Google Maps: Io

Google and Facebook Have Failed Us


(Atlantic Tech) – Alexis Madrigal:

The world’s most powerful information gatekeepers neglected their duties in Las Vegas. Again. …

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A. Paul Weber: Das Gerücht

Refresh Types


(xkcd) – Randall Munroe:

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Randall Munroe: xkcd 1854: Refresh Types

Torching the Modern-Day Library of Alexandria


(The Atlantic) – James Somers:

Somewhere at Google there is a database containing 25 million books and nobody is allowed to read them. …

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Burning Library of Alexandria



(SPIEGEL Netzwelt) – Sascha Lobo:

Der Diskurs im Netz ist kaputt – und damit zu einem verheerenden Modell auch für den politischen Diskurs der Gegenwart geworden. Die Verhaltensweisen der Trolle werden politisch hoffähig, von Donald Trump bis Frauke Petry. …


Frauke Petry

Mehr Schweiger, weniger Seehofer


(SPIEGEL Netzwelt) – Sascha Lobo:

Die sozialen Medien zeigen, was die Gesellschaft bewegt. Jetzt eskaliert die Flüchtlingsdebatte. Rassisten fühlen sich durch die Hetze im Netz ermutigt. Wer auch nur einen Funken Empathie besitzt, muss sich dem entgegenstellen. …


Til Schweiger



(SPIEGEL Netzwelt) – Sascha Lobo:

Je wichtiger die digitale Vernetzung wird, desto intensiver beschäftigt sich die Öffentlichkeit mit dem Internet und moderner Technik. Dabei wird vor allem Bullshit produziert.

Die häufigsten Geschmacksrichtungen des Bullshits sind: Ideologie-, Kontrast-, Wichtigkeits-, Betonungs- und Definitions-Bullshit. …



Healthy Google


(Slate::Bad Astronomy) – Phil Plait:

Google have updated their search results about health conditions. They now provide information that’s curated and vetted by doctors, including the Mayo Clinic!

That’s fantastic. So, for example, when you Google “measles,” the first couple of results are (as usual) news items, then links to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Mayo Clinic, and Wikipedia. I’ll note that when I dug down a few pages in the results list, there still wasn’t a single anti-vax site to be seen. Nice. …


Google on measles



(xkcd) – Randall Munroe:

If you do things right, it can take people a while before they realize that your “API documentation” is just instructions for how to look at your website. …


xkcd 1481: API