- The Best Albums: Pitchfork, Rolling Stone
- The Best Graphic Novels: New York Times, Washington Post, The Guardian
- The Best Movies: New York Times, Empire, The New Yorker
I’ll cache and smush these soon.
I’ll cache and smush these soon.
The key takeaways in no particular order.
<noscript>. If you are using it, use it a lot more.
I’m omitting CDN uptime (can’t do anything about this) and Browser compatibility (supporting 5+ year-old browsers is not something I care about doing given the work I do.)
Finally, not every fucking thing needs to be an App. For instance, your Terms of Service page can actually be a document on the Internet 😱
And not just the ones you install. I know of situations where a Chrome plugin was mandated by Corporate IT security (not my current employer.) ↩︎
Reddit user and evident Mark Wood fan @kanyay-west put together this list of England’s All-Time Cricketing Best when asked “What’s your country’s all time ODI XI?” I’ve reproduced it here and formatted it for clarity. I laughed a lot to this and am a rather silly person 🙏♥️
|12th Man||Mark Wood|
|On field umpires||Mark Wood and Mark Wood|
|3rd umpire||Mark Wood|
|Pitch Curator||Mark Wood|
|Team Sponsor||Mark Wood|
|Director of ECB||Mark Wood|
|Head Coach of Men’s ODI team||Mark Wood|
|Fielding Coach||Mark Wood|
|Bowling Coach||Mark Wood|
|Batting Coach||Mark Wood|
|Spin bowling Coach||Mark Wood|
|Team Analyst||Mark Wood|
|Team Fitness Coach||Mark Wood|
|Team Massuse||Mark Wood|
|Team Bus Driver||Mark Wood|
|Team Manager||Mark Wood|
|Team Babysitter||Mark Wood|
|Team Bat Crafter||Mark Wood|
|Stadium Supporters||Mark Wood x100,000|
|Stumps and Nails Material||Marked Wood|
|Team Mark Wood||Mark Wood|
Terra, Gossip’s Web, and Marijn’s Linkroll remind my (oldass) self of a more innocent time when one would ‘surf the internet’, come by a list of links another human being liked, and discover all sorts of strange and wacky handmade things. I think I’m saying I really miss how fun something like Geocities was.
Blogsurf.io is another blog aggregator managed by a human being.
“I love you, Ted Danson.”
From a presentation by Jeff Dean. What about when technology evolves? Here’s a handy visualization. And here’s a way to think about these numbers. Nathan Hurst visualized the distances on Google Maps1.
|Operation||Time (ns)||Light Distance (m)||Approximate Light Distance|
|L1 cache reference||0.5||0.15||Diagonal across your smartphone|
|Branch mispredict||5||1.5||Height of Natalie Portman|
|L2 cache reference||7||2.1||Height of Shaq|
|Mutex lock/unlock||25||7.5||Height of a school flag pole|
|Main memory reference||100||30||Half a Manhattan city block (North/South)|
|Compress 1K bytes with Zippy||3,000||900||Width of Central Park|
|Send 1K bytes over 1 Gbps network||10,000||3,000||Width of Manhattan|
|Read 4K randomly from SSD*||150,000||45,000||NYC to Hempstead on Long Island|
|Read 1 MB sequentially from memory||250,000||75,000||NYC to Princeton/Trenton, NJ|
|Round trip within same datacenter||500,000||150,000||NYC to Scranton, PA|
|Read 1 MB sequentially from SSD*||1,000,000||300,000||NYC to Boston, MA|
|Disk seek||10,000,000||3,000,000||NYC to Austin, TX|
|Read 1 MB sequentially from disk||20,000,000||6,000,000||NYC to Paris, France (also the diameter of the Earth)|
|Send packet CA → Netherlands → CA||150,000,000||45,000,000||Once around the equator|
Reproduced here via AbeBooks with this caveat:
The definitions below are for reference only. Booksellers use these terms, as well as unique terms not included in this list, based on their own criteria. If you would like clarification on any term in a particular seller’s description, please contact the bookseller directly for further information.
|As New||The book is in the same immaculate condition as when it was published. This could be the description for a book that has been lost in a warehouse for years, never shelved, thumbed or even opened yet may still be some years old.|
|Fine (F or FN)||A Fine book approaches the condition of As New, but without being crisp. The book may have been opened and read, but there are no defects to the book, jacket or pages.|
|Very Good (VG)||Describes a book that shows some small signs of wear - but no tears - on either binding or paper. Any defects should be noted by the seller.|
|Good (G)||Describes the average used worn book that has all pages or leaves present. Any defects should be noted by the seller.|
|Fair||Worn book that has complete text pages (including those with maps or plates) but may lack endpapers, half-title, etc. (which must be noted). Binding, jacket (if any), etc., may also be worn. All defects should be noted.|
|Poor||Describes a book that is sufficiently worn. Any missing maps or plates should still be noted. This copy may be soiled, scuffed, stained or spotted and may have loose joints, hinges, pages, etc.|
|Binding Copy||describes a book in which the pages or leaves are perfect but the binding is very bad, loose, off, or nonexistent.|
|Reading Copy||A copy usually in poor to fair condition that includes all text presented in a legible fashion. The copy is fine to read but nothing more.|
Other Descriptors used in Conjunction with the Above Grading Scale
|Bowed||A condition of the covers or boards of a hard cover book. Bowed covers may turn inward toward the leaves or outward away from the leaves. The condition generally results from a rapid change in the level of moisture in the air and is caused by different rates of expansion or contraction of the paste-down and the outer material covering the board.|
|Chipped||Used to describe where small pieces are missing from the edges of the boards or where fraying has occurred on a dust jacket or the edge of a paperback.|
|Dampstained||A light stain on the cover or on the leaves of a book caused by moisture such as a piece of food or perspiration. Generally not as severe as waterstains.|
|Darkening or Fading||When book covers are exposed to light, the color darkens or becomes more intense. See also tape shadow.|
|Edgeworn||Wear along the edges of hardback book covers.|
|Ex-library||the book was once owned by, and circulated in, a public library. This book could well be in any of the above general categories but more often than not has been well used. May have library stickers, stamps, or markings. Any former library book must be marked ex-library.|
|Foxed / Foxing||Brown spotting of the paper caused by a chemical reaction, generally found in 19th century books, particularly in steel engravings of the period.|
|Loose||The binding of a new book is very tight; that is, the book will not open easily and generally does not want to remain open to any given page. As the book is used, the binding becomes looser until a well-used book may lay flat and remain open to any page in the book.|
|Made-up Copy||A copy of a book whose parts have been assembled from one or more defective copies.|
|Price Clipped||The price has been clipped from the corner of the dust jacket.|
|Re-backed||A book that has been repaired by replacing the spine and mending the hinges.|
|Re-cased||A book that has been glued back into its covers after having been shaken loose.|
|Re-jointed||Means the book has been repaired preserving the original covers, including the spine.|
|Shaken||An adjective describing a book whose pages are beginning to come loose from the binding.|
|Shelf Wear||The wear that occurs as a book is placed onto and removed from a shelf. It may be to the tail (bottom) edge of the covers as they rub against the shelf, to the dust jacket or exterior of the covers (when no dust jacket is present) as the book rubs against its neighbors, or to the head of the spine which some use to pull the book from the shelf.|
|Sunned||Faded from exposure to light or direct sunlight.|
|Tight||The binding of a new book is very tight; that is, the book will not open easily and generally does not want to remain open to any given page. As the book is used, the binding becomes looser until a well-used book may lay flat and remain open to any page in the book.|
|Trimmed||An adjective indicating that the pages have been cut down to a size smaller than when originally issued.|
|Unopened||The leaves of the book are still joined at the folds, not slit apart.|
|Working copy||Even more damaged than a reading copy, the working copy will have multiple defects and may even need repair.|
|Worming, Wormholes||Small holes resulting from bookworms (the larvae of various beetles.)|
From a Reddit thread on the subject.
With as diverse of a sound as trip hop can have, I wanted to know what everyone here thought would be the one song they would pick if someone asked them “What’s trip hop?”
When you’re following a bunch of feeds, it’s easy to forget that the web is the greatest library in the history of the world—and that a good library doesn’t just have a rack of newspapers, it has a vast collection of books and archives: the stacks.
These are stories that get reposted a lot. Many of them truly are classics.
Here’s a community-maintained "List of Dirty, Naughty, Obscene, and Otherwise Bad Words" across various languages on Github. I was curious about a naïve frequency distribution of consonants across the English-language corpus (NSFW, obviously) and wrote a small script. Here are the results:
Not sure what I’m going to do with this information but here it is. 🤬
Pretty version with all those lists here. #covidplanning
A list of sub-genres you cannot view easily on Netflix. From a Reddit thread on the subject:
This is ridiculous. What kind of hubris does Netflix have to think that their recommendation engine is better than browsing by category? Browsing by category has been the standard for browsing things since categories of things has existed. Some VP of product made his bonus by convincing someone that his ML team could do better. “Yeah, just remove it and let us populate 15 movies randomly in a whimsical fictitious category like ‘movies with dogs and music’. People will love it.”
Because the studios pay Netflix (via discounted licensing) for favorable placement on those “recommended viewing” lists.
Always follow the money.
Cached a list of CNN-IBN’s list of “the 100 Greatest Indian Films of All Time” for later perusal because the source website is cancer.