Some Bits: Nelson's Linkblog aboutarchivetwitterfeed
The Netflix look
Details on cinematographic choices that make all Netflix shows look kinda samey
2022-08-17 netflix • video • tv • cinematography • colorgrading
Café Achteck
19th century design public toilets in Berlin
2022-08-16 toilet • pissoir • berlin • history • bathroom • klo
Mass timber
Engineered wood as an alternative to steel and concrete
2022-08-14 construction • wood • sustainability • building • material • plywood
Movie of the Night
A website for recommending movies based on various criteria
2022-08-14 movies • ratings • netflix • recommendation
Australia's gay prison
Summary of a podcast that unearthed the story of a hideous prison that collected gay men and performed experiments on them
2022-08-12 australia • gay • lgbt • nsw • cooma • prison • history • 50s
Fox News fake photos
Prime time show airs a fake image, then tries to claim it was just a joke a day later
2022-08-12 foxnews • lies • propaganda • trump • tuckercarlson • kilmeade
Linux Magic SysRq
Low level kernel thing to force a reboot and other stuff from the keyboard or /proc
2022-08-11 linux • admin • reboot • panic • kernel • sysrq • sysadmin
CDC’s Daskalakis on Monkeypox
Frank interview with a gay doctor at CDC about public health, gay stigma, and prevention.
2022-08-11 monkeypox • disease • health • lgbt • gay • safesex • cdc • politics
Starlink loses FCC subsidy
FCC denies the $885M grant for rural broadband
2022-08-10 starlink • facebook • fcc • isp • internet • rdof • subsidy
Apple should fix texting
Aggressive but reasonable call to ask Apple to implement RCS, the cross-vendor text messaging standard
2022-08-10 apple • text • sms • mms • rcs • imessage • interoperability • antitrust • google • android
Posit numbers
An alternative to IEEE floating point
2022-08-10 programming • numericalcomputation • floatingpoint • iee • ieee754 • math
The Rhine is dry
Major European river goes basically dry for the second time in 4 years
2022-08-10 rhine • river • germany • climatechange • shipping • cruiseship • barge
Millet + Butt
A prominent, probably gay couple in the early 1900s, died on the Titanic
2022-08-10 love • gay • lgbt • titanic • history • taft • roosevelt
Brooklyn Bar Menu
An autogenerated parody of hipster bar menus
2022-08-09 funny • brooklyn • restaurant • menu • parody • procgen
Amtrak Explorer
Excellent simple schematic view of America's passenger train system
2022-08-09 trains • visualization • maps • amtrak • travel • binx
Twitter privacy mess
System would let anyone see what Twitter account a phone number or email address belonged to
2022-08-09 tirefire • twitter • privacy • ftc
Mexican Pizza
Authentic Mexican flavors like birria, mole, or tomatillo on a pizza crust
2022-08-09 food • cooking • mexican • pizza • syncreticism
VTuber
Live streaming video with virtual avatars instead of a live camera; lightweight puppetry animates
2022-08-09 games • vtubing • vtuber • culture • twitch • youtube • japan • animation
PGP web of trust failure
In 2019 the PGP web of trust slid from irrelevance to outright technical failure
2022-08-09 pgp • crypto • cryptography • identity • security • badtech • gpg
PyPI signature status
Python package repository *still* doesn't have any cryptographic signature verification, but it is in progress
2022-08-09 python • security • pypi • pip • pep458 • software • programming
Trump vs his Generals
Details of how Trump's military advisors tried to resist his most insane impulses
2022-08-08 trump • politics • america • coup • military • generals • fascism
Starlink scanning
6 hours of a satellite dish tracking LEO satellites
2022-08-08 starlink • internet • satellite • space • isp
Minecraft world generation
Overview of the algorithms and context for the remarkable game
2022-08-08 games • minecraft • procgen • perlinnoise • via:amitp
Slack Saver
Turn a Slack archive dump into a public website. Useful for liberating knowledge trapped in silos
2022-08-08 via:hackernews • slack • information • sharing • search
Presidio Tunnel Tops
New park in San Francisco is open
2022-08-08 sanfrancisco • presidio • park • recreation
We need to take away children
Book-length accounting of the Trump Administration's monstrous policy of separating children from their parents at the border
2022-08-08 politics • children • immigration • humanrights • crime • dhs • borderpatrol • fascism • trump • miller
Chinese vertical world map
Interesting projection
2022-08-08 china • maps • projections • via:reddit
Meta: feed update
New feed for my linkblog includes image previews. The old feed will still work but this is nicer. https://www.somebits.com/linkblog/index.atom
2022-08-07 linkblog • blog • rss • atom • feed • nelson
Facebook viral videos
Detailed story on a magician who has a new hustle making viral videos for Facebook, ones you've probably seen
2022-08-07 facebook • content • funny • magician • video • meme
The fox in Robin Hood
Clips and photos from the furry awakening of 1973
2022-08-07 robinhood • animation • art • furries • fox
Last Seen
An archive of 19th century newspaper ads from formerly enslaved people searching for their families
2022-08-07 slavery • history • archive • genealogy • database • newspaper
SF: no traffic enforcement
45 traffic officers, a total of 10 tickets a day written in the city
2022-08-06 sanfrancisc • police • corruption • traffic • safety • politics
AI and ancient languages
Efforts to use statistical machine learning to translate unreadable ancient scripts
2022-08-04 language • translation • ai • machinelearning • writing • archaeology
Monkeypox and gay fear
Excellent, emotionally complex essay about how monkeypox is affecting gay men traumatized by fear of disease, social stigma, and decades of the AIDS crisis
2022-08-03 monkeypox • gay • lgbt • aids • hiv • disease • tomstrong
Starlink data cap
ISP now trying a 250GB/month data cap in France
2022-08-03 starlink • france • internet • datacap • broadband • isp
Ookla open data
Fine grained info on average bandwidth per square on the globe
2022-08-03 data • bandwidth • ookla • speedtest • internet • maps
Max bandwidth map
Global map of maximum Internet speed from Ookla data
2022-08-03 via:lobsters • speed • internet • broadband • maps
Hospital prices
Site collects newly required medical billing data to compare costs of procedures at hospitals in SF, NY
2022-08-03 medical • hospital • america • healthcare • billing • price • via:reddit • data
Your data fits in RAM
A useful tool for estimating whether a data problem is easy or hard
2022-08-03 ram • performance • funny • via:hackernews
Caddy web server
Modern general purpose web server
2022-08-01 web • server • apache • nginx • internet • ssl • golang
Social Capital Atlas
Enormous new sociology study of friendships, wealth, and social mobility
2022-08-01 maps • socialcapital • sociology • facebook
watabou procgen
Page of various procedural generation experiments; caves, neighborhoods, cities
2022-08-01 games • procedural • procgen • city • roads • maps
My MPXXX Story (CW)
A friend details his awful experience of monkeypox. Content warning: graphic photos of skin lesions
2022-07-31 monkeypox • health • gay • lgbt • mpx • mpxxx • skin • disease
RFD Magazine
The famous queer magazine dating back to the 70s. Rural topics, radical faeries, thoughtful.
2022-07-31 gay • lgbt • rfd • radicalfaeries • rural • america • magazine
Russian fascism
Long, upsetting picture of the current state of Russian politics and society
2022-07-30 russia • fascism • politics • ukraine • war • putin
GPSJam Map
Map showing places where airplane navigation is reported unreliable around the globe
2022-07-30 gps • aviation • warfare • jamming • radio
Making Light
Low power DC gizmos like LED lights, etc are very easy to build with a USB PD trigger module supplying power
2022-07-29 electricity • power • led • electronics • hacking • usb-pd
Better Call Saul titles
Season-by-season comparison of the gradual video degradation of the show's title cards (other videos for other episodes)
2022-07-29 tv • bettercallsaul • via:metafilter • video • vcr
Notability calculation
Details of how the notability map calculates people; ranking based on Wikipedia and Wikidata
2022-07-29 notability • socialscience • via:hackernews • wikipedia • metrics • maps
Notable people map
Most famous person on Wikipedia in a geographic region
2022-07-29 maps • wikipedia • culture • socialscience • via:hackernews
Hachure map
Indicating steep terrain by drawing short lines along the slope gradient, perpendicular to the countours
2022-07-28 maps • terrain • gis • hillshading • hachure
Tanaka contours
The technique of making shaded relief maps by simulating a light source projecting over the terrain
2022-07-28 maps • hillshading • terrain • contour • gis • tanaka
Dore Alley monkeypox safety
Public health suggestions for the yearly BDSM party
2022-07-27 monkeypox • lgbt • gay • bdsm • safesex • publichealth • dorealley
French Tacos
A new fast food item from France; tortilla, meat, cheese, fries. With North African cultural influence.
2022-07-27 food • france • wrap • taco • fastfood • junkfood • delicious
Evolution of ASL
Sign languages change rapidly with culture, technology. Particularly interesting is the space the signs take up gets smaller, maybe related to phone video chat
2022-07-27 language • asl • Deaf • signlanguage • linguistics • culture
Bay Area monkeypox
Data from wastewater analysis
2022-07-26 monkeypox • bayarea • health • sanfrancisco • disease • publichealth
Rep Thompson's hypocrisy
Republican congressman votes against gay marriage, then goes to his son's gay wedding three days later
2022-07-26 politics • lgbt • gay • hypocrisy • civilrights
Monkeypox vaccine snafu
Details of the bureaucratic disaster that has resulted in vaccines not being made available as a new disease gets hold
2022-07-26 vaccine • monkeypox • health • politics • publichealth
Sausage Tacos
Hilarious food parody
2022-07-26 food • culture • appropriation • funny • hotdog
Gay Houston 1976
Excellent map of gay businesses in 70s Houston
2022-07-25 lgbt • gay • houston • forallmankind • history • 1970s
ERCOT dashboard
Neat fan-made presentation of the state of Texas' electricity grid
2022-07-25 texas • power • ercot • dashboard • iso • via:hackernews
Wi-Fi 7 (802.11be)
New wireless standard; much lower latency worst cases, up to 40 Gbps (!) throughput
2022-07-24 wireless • wifi • 802.11be • via:reddit • networking
1400lbs of White House cheese
Gift to Andrew Jackson in 1835 turns into a strange public event
2022-07-23 funny • whitehouse • cheese • andrewjackson • history
SF V-J Day Riot
Drunk party turns ugly at the end of World War II
2022-07-23 history • riot • sanfrancisco • sf • vjday
Librarian on Dershowitz
World's stupidest "I've been cancelled" whine put into context by the stern librarian who has to deal with his bullshit
2022-07-22 dershowitz • library • marthasvineyard • cancelculture • trump
One-shot avatars
Using AI to turn a single headshot image into an animated avatar rigged for facial expression puppetry
2022-07-21 ai • avatar • portrait • animation
Monkeypox update
Notes from a disease researcher on what we know
2022-07-21 disease • monkeypox • gay • lgbt • msm
Dershowitz cancelled
Hilarious interview; the right wing lawyer does not seem to understand he's being mocked by the interviewer
2022-07-19 dershowitz • politics • trump • cancelculture • marthasvineyard • chillwick
Nova Launcher acquired
The best Android app launcher got bought by Branch, a surveillance company
2022-07-19 android • novalauncher • apps • launcher • privacy
Cincinnati chili
Details of the odd dish; turns out it's Greek/Macedonian in origin, not Tex-Mex chili at all
2022-07-19 chili • food • cincinnati • skylinechili
Intel microcode decrypter
Major advance; we can now see inside Intel's CPU design
2022-07-19 intel • via:hackernews • microcode • xucode • uops • hacking • optimization • cpu
Facebook hates URLs
Breaking links with encrypted tracking data
2022-07-19 facebook • url • web • privacy • ads • surveillance
Starlink -> Stinky
ISP changes the WiFi's default SSID possibly based on an Elon Musk joke, breaks customers networks
2022-07-18 starlink • isp • wisp • ssid • networking • badtech
East Pacific Islands
A map of geographical oddities: Galapagos, Revillagigedo, Cocos, and Clipperton
2022-07-18 islands • pacific • mexico • clipperton • galapagos • maps
SF's NFT club
Deliciously nasty article about an exclusive NFT club being built in the middle of a public park
2022-07-18 sanfrancisco • nft • crypto • salesforce • excess • corruption • irori
Chart.js
A very simple Javascript chart library
2022-07-18 programming • charts • visualization • simple • code
Houston near mass shooting
Misdemeanor and release, twice, for a man who looked to be moments away from massacring people at the Galleria
2022-07-17 houston • guns • redflag • politics • batshitinsane • texas
Jambu herb
A Brazilian plant with similar numbing effects (but not spice) as Sichuan pepper
2022-07-15 food • brazil • via:hackernews • sichuanpepper • jamba • numbing • mala
Lawsuit againt PrEP
Same Republican brain trust that got us the Stasi Texas abortion law now trying to undermine HIV prevention. They literally want us dead.
2022-07-15 lgbt • gay • prep • aids • hiv • texas • hate • truvada
Baron's butcher profile
Story of the excellent local butcher in Noe Valley
2022-07-15 butcher • food • grocery • jewish • sanfrancisco • barons • noevalley • bayarea
Monkeypox update in California
Details of the growing spread of a transmissable disease. Still only 150 confirmed cases but it's troubling.
2022-07-14 monkeypox • smallpox • disease • california • gay • lgbt • health
The DALL·E 2 Prompt Book
Thoughtful survey of various text triggers for deep learning generative art
2022-07-14 dalle2 • dalle • ai • ml • machinelearning • gan • generative • art
The Hajj Trail
Oregon Trail only it's the 1600 Islamic world and you are on your way to Mecca
2022-07-13 islam • history • mecca • hajj • via:hackernews • games • oregontrail
Unity and IronSource
Popular game engine company merges with an aggressive / scammy adware company
2022-07-13 unity • ironsource • ads • games • mobile • via:hackernews • malware
Stray introduction
New PS5 game, you play a stray cat exploring a city with a robot pal
2022-07-12 cats • games • stray • ps5 • playstation • meow
horizon(te)s
Zach Lieberman on his new collaborative NFT project. Beautiful art and helped me understand a creative possibility in NFTs that isn't a scam.
2022-07-12 nft • art • generative • medialab • code • lieberman • velitchkova
Nevada County recount
LA Times on a baffling recount that seems intended to undermine confidence in our elections
2022-07-11 recount • tedder • nevadacounty • politics • adona • elections
Uber whistleblower
The person behind the giant document leak was formerly in charge of European policy and expansion efforts
2022-07-11 uber • whistleblower • business • ethics • europe • traviskalanick
Texas electricity and cryptomining
Details of the bizarre alliance between energy producers and energy wasters
2022-07-11 texas • energy • grid • power • electricity • bitcoin • scam • ercot
Joel Kim Booster profile
Excellent profile of the Fire Island auteur
2022-07-11 gay • lgbt • asian • koreanamerican • film • movies • fireisland • yang • booster
Uber international corruption
Details of the Travis Kalanick era and all sorts of sleazy tactics
2022-07-10 uber • corruption • traviskalanick • politics • via:hackernews • tirefire
Ants Sandbox
Cute little pheremone / agent simulator
2022-07-10 via:hackernews • artificiallife • ai • complexsystems • emergence • simulation
Technoblade appreciation
Detailed Metafilter comment about the accomplishments of the young Minecraft celebrity who passed away
2022-07-10 games • minecraft • technoblade • skyblock • hypixel
Tiny web monitoring
Lightweight approaches to making sure custom web services are working
2022-07-09 monitoring • web • programming • devops • uptime
GPT-3 explains code
Some interesting explorations into the machine learning text model and programming
2022-07-09 gpt3 • ai • machinelearning • code • via:lobsters
Irregular grids
Some basic generative art algorithms
2022-07-09 generative • art • programming • grid
SleepHQ
Webapp for analyzing CPAP machine data; like OSCAR but in your browser
2022-07-09 sleep • sleepapnea • health • cpap • oscar • visualization
US dietary trends from 1800
Detailed historical dataset, some guesses how it's affected health
2022-07-08 diet • food • science • america • nutrition • health
Avatar hairstylist
Hilarious little TikTok
2022-07-08 avatar • movies • tiktok • funny
FCC vs Robocalls
Government singles out one company as the source of $8B scam calls, demands carriers stop routing their traffic immediately
2022-07-08 robocall • scam • fcc • carwarranty • spam