Links for June 8, 2018

How Judea Pearl Became One of AI’s Sharpest Critics

Judea Pearl helped artificial intelligence gain a strong grasp on probability, but laments that it still can’t compute cause and effect.

20 Years On: Autechre’s Tri Repetae Revisited

Despite its rather overstated industrial characteristics, in retrospect Tri Repetae is most notable for its melodic qualities. Yes, there’s plenty of crash and bang and scrape, but the stuttering arpeggios of ‘Clipper’ and the warm pads commingling with one another over the Bambaataa beats of ‘Eutow’. The percussive clutter of ‘C/Pach’ depends on the soft synthesizer touches to achieve such evocative listening. Those who want noise can go find noise, but the inherent appeal of this beauteous music lies in its ability to make us feel something in spite of the noise.


Links for June 6, 2018

Accessible Gaming with the Xbox Adaptive Controller

The Xbox Adaptive Controller was created to address these challenges and remove barriers to gaming by being adaptable to more gamers’ needs.... We worked closely with [organizations] and directly with gamers who have limited mobility to assist in our development.... In addition to working with common adaptive switches that gamers with limited mobility may already own, it has two large buttons built in. These buttons can also be reprogrammed to act as any of the standard controller’s button inputs via the Xbox Accessories app.

Introducing the Xbox Adaptive Controller

Russia’s Patriotic Alternative to Coca-Cola Is Made Out of Bread

A brewed Russian drink traditionally made from a heady combination of fermented rye bread, yeast, malt, sugar, and water. The result has a tart, fizzy sweetness not unlike kombucha and sits stickily on the tongue. It’s slightly alcoholic—around 0.5 percent—though historically drunk somewhat like a soda. Kvass fell out of favor as the Iron Curtain came tumbling down, but, in recent years, it’s been marketed as a patriotic alternative to “cola-nizing” American sodas.

Paris: il escalade un immeuble pour sauver un enfant suspendu dans le vide

Links for June 4, 2018

Slug Font Rendering Library

Slug renders character glyphs on the GPU directly from outline data composed of quadratic Bézier curves to produce crisp text at any scale or from any perspective. There are no precomputed texture images or signed distance fields. Slug uses a breakthrough mathematical algorithm that we invented to achieve perfect robustness with high performance, and it is the only existing GPU method that renders properly antialiased glyph shapes with no artifacts under both magnification and minification.

Finding the Best Free Fonts for Numbers

Though there are countless blog posts and recommendation lists for fonts and font pairings these days, when you look for best fonts for numbers, it’s not as easy to find. If you can’t afford FF DIN…

Segmented type appreciation corner – web toy by Marcin Wichary

Links for May 25, 2018

Interview: Campo Santo talk to us about moving to Valve

The concept of a boss as like an authority figure doesn’t exist, but you’re responsible to the organisation and to the people you work with. You’re responsible to the customer and to the project and to your co-workers. That shit didn’t change.... You see that all the time, you see people who run studios from a very top-down authoritarian angle and it generally doesn’t work out. They don’t keep high quality senior teams together.

Storium - the Online Storytelling Game

Storium helps you tell a great story by playing a game. Even if you’ve never written a story before, Storium can help you build your skills as a writer, exercise your creative juices, meet new people, and have a blast along the way.

How I Became The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Links for May 23, 2018

The Art of in-game Photography

Games are spaces of experience as much as entertainment. It shouldn’t surprise us that the photographic gaze, that eye for composition and purely visual aesthetic, finds ample opportunity for snapshots in these virtual spaces. In fact, it’s surprising that in-game-photography - for purely aesthetical reasons as opposed to documenting victories or snapping a pic of an impressive vista for use as a desktop wallpaper - is still as unexplored a country as it still seems to be.

Humans of Simulated New York

Unlike the more familiar urban simulation SimCity, in which infrastructure development takes precedence over the interplay of demographics, HoSNY dives straight into the invisible structure of the city’s political economy, placing it in an intimate relationship with the player-as-subject. The idea, according to the minds behind the project, is to address Fredric Jameson’s call in Postmodernism for a “situational representation” of the relationship between the individual subject and the “unrepresentable totality” of the society in which she takes part. It is best thought of as a fortified version of information visualization that immerses people in an experience of data, instead of merely presenting that data.

Generating Pusheen with AI

I made a machine learning program that generates new (sometimes novel!) Pusheen pictures!

Links for May 21, 2018

At Nike, Revolt Led by Women Leads to Exodus of Male Executives

Many of those interviewed, across multiple divisions, also described a workplace environment that was demeaning to women. Three people, for instance, said they recalled times when male superiors referred to people using a vulgar term for women’s genitals.... Most of the people who spoke to The Times insisted on anonymity, citing nondisclosure agreements or a fear of being ostracized in the industry, or in the Portland community, where Nike wields outsize influence. Some have spouses or family members still working there.

Sexual Harassment Was Rampant at Coachella 2018

I interviewed 54 women at Coachella 2018, and they had all experienced sexual harassment at the festival.

Yanny vs. Laurel: an analysis by Benjamin Munson

Now, right away we see that there is something awry about this signal. Where there should be a second formant, there are just speckles that appear random. One thing about this signal is that it’s hard to track the F2. This is perhaps the first ingredient into why it is so susceptible to being identified differently. The F2 is, for some reason (overlapping voices? Intentional shenanigans? The girl from The Ring?) masked. That means that people can use ‘top-down’ knowledge (expectations, beliefs, priming from the words on the screen that this was presented with) to fill in their perception of the tongue’s back-front movement.

Links for May 14, 2018

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf Won’t Back Down

Oakland’s outspoken mayor talks about standing up for racial equity, and staring down the federal government on cannabis and immigration.

No Filter – Jane Kim

It’s oppo dump time. If you aren’t familiar with the term, it’s what happens when a rival campaign collects opposition research and dumps it into the hands of a journalist eager to make a saucy headline.

Mission accomplished: Two Chronicle reporters ride every Muni line in 18 hours

9:25pm: They did it! Over 18 hours later and Heather and Peter have now ridden every single Muni line in one day! Time for a beer.

Links for May 12, 2018

Janelle Monae on Prince, New LP, Her Sexuality

“Being a queer black woman in America,” she says, taking a breath as she comes out, “someone who has been in relationships with both men and women – I consider myself to be a free-ass motherfucker.” She initially identified as bisexual, she clarifies, “but then later I read about pansexuality and was like, ‘Oh, these are things that I identify with too.’ I’m open to learning more about who I am.”


Our hope is that this syllabus will serve as a resource for teachers and curriculum designers looking to infuse their classrooms and courses with Prince content.

BET AWARDS 2016 HQ Prince Tribute 4: Janelle Monae - Delirious, Kiss, Pop Life, I Would Die 4 U

Links for April 29, 2018

The Disgrace of Minor League Baseball

So why do minor league basketball and hockey players get a better deal than minor league baseball players, despite those leagues’ parent clubs bringing in less money overall? It’s not because basketball and hockey owners are less interested in maximizing profits at all costs.... No, it’s about power and leverage.

Brandon Belt’s Record-Breaking At-Bat, A Minute By Minute Retelling

11:14 - Pickoff throw to first. - Barria attempts to take advantage of Joe Panik, who also does not have an animal totem. Unfortunately, he does not realize that Panik has a rock band as his totem, and he has been drawing energy from them for a while now.... Kuiper says that this has got to be at least a ten minute at-bat. He’s off. It has been 11 minutes and 26 seconds since Belt first stepped into the box.

Sakeru Gum series さけるグミ #1-11 complete (Eng SUB)

Links for April 25, 2018

BBC Sound Effects Archive Resource • Research & Education Space

These 16,016 BBC Sound Effects are made available by the BBC in WAV format to download for use under the terms of the RemArc Licence. The Sound Effects are BBC copyright, but they may be used for personal, educational or research purposes.

CTS - conserve the sound

»Conserve the sound« is an online museum for vanishing and endangered sounds. The sound of a dial telephone, a walkman, a analog typewriter, a pay phone, a 56k modem, a nuclear power plant or even a cell phone keypad are partially already gone or are about to disappear from our daily life.

Tom Gauld’s “Soundtrack to Spring”

“I wanted this image to be about some of the nicer sounds you hear, especially in the springtime,” the artist says, about his cover for this week’s magazine.