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Man, I _cannot_ get enough of this track! - John Jarvis
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Guest Column: Seeking clarity on cloudy beer - http://protzonbeer.co.uk/columns...
jlj shared this story from Protz On Beer, by Roger Protz: Fantastic article. The biggest surprise, for me, was learning that SIBA has now dropped "beer clarity" from their rating system. Excellent news for fans of tasty beer! Justin Hawke of Moor Beer argues that adding finings and other clearing agents strip beer of flavour and character. His beers are naturally hazy, find favour in pubs and win beer festivals prizes. - John Jarvis
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Big Mouth: Fish Scales - http://boingboing.net/2013...
jlj shared this story from Boing Boing » Comic: lol Read all Big Mouth comics here. - John Jarvis
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Robocalls witnesses revealed after judge lifts publication ban - http://www.cbc.ca/news...
jlj shared this story from CBC | Ottawa News: Really disturbing. A trial to keep an eye on, for sure. A publication ban has been lifted on the names of six witnesses who allegedly said then Conservative Party staffer Michael Sona bragged to them about arranging a misleading robocall in Canada's 2011 federal election. - John Jarvis
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Shoot for the Moon - http://xkcd.com/1291/
jlj shared this story from xkcd.com: Especially good alt text today. :-) - John Jarvis
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jlj shared this story from BrewDog Blog: Awesome! I've tried their Rosée d'hibiscus some time ago, and remember enjoying it. Great to see them getting this exposure. Eclectic beers from Montreal - John Jarvis
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jlj shared this story from Jess Fink: Fantastic! - John Jarvis
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jlj shared this story from ambera wellmann: Beautiful! Part of the upcoming “Embers” exhibit at Gallery Page and Strange fugue 48″ x 64″ oil on canvas, 2013 - John Jarvis
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jlj shared this story from the monologuist: Incredible. I've got some digging to do. I just read that Lou Reed died. Which is crazy. There aren't that many artists of his generation whose death would stop me in my tracks. Fewer that I'd be compelled to write something about. But one of his records was a particular touchstone for me. If I was in New York right now I'd probably feel compelled to go to his house and leave flowers. Which sounds ridiculous. Like any kid, I had phases with lots of artists from my parent's record collections. They all had their moments. Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Neil Young, all the usual suspects. Lou Reed was the same generation, but he was different. The music never felt tied to an earlier era. It wasn't old music that I was nevertheless able to relate to; it didn't feel old. It felt like it was mine. It always felt honest and straightforward, even when some of the records didn't quite connect. In high school, along with Transformer and Velvet Underground... - John Jarvis
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waiting around the world - http://janaromanova.com/waiting...
jlj shared this story from jana romanova: I _love_ this project! Fantastic stuff. «Waiting» project travels around the world, so many people sent me links on publications and re-posts in different countries during the last month. Here are some discoveries. If you know more — please, send me a link, I will add it here, especially if there are any (really any, even creepy) comments and if people write something by their own, not just re-posting. Something interesting for a future projects can come out of it. Germany http://www.stern.de/fotogra... Greece http://www.eimaimama.gr/2013... Spain http://futyan.com/?p=2550 US http://www.slate.com/blogs... http://www.featureshoot.com/2012...... - John Jarvis
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BrewDog Collab Fest – The New Beers - http://www.brewdog.com/blog-ar...
jlj shared this story from BrewDog Blog: Wicked! Some of my favourite breweries, gettin' together. Love it. We reveal what our teams have been brewing up - John Jarvis
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Alice Munro is 1st Canadian woman to win Nobel literature prize - http://www.cbc.ca/news...
jlj shared this story from CBC | Ottawa News: Fantastic! I've always loved her work. Alice Munro wins Canada's Alice Munro has won the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature, becoming for Literature, the first Canadian woman to take the award since its launch in 1901. She tells CBC she was awoken by her daughter in B.C. in the middle of the night to learn the news. to win the prize. - John Jarvis
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an open letter to sinéad o’connor, re: miley cyrus. - http://amandapalmer.net/blog...
jlj shared this story from The official website of Amanda Fucking Palmer. Yes it is - Amanda Palmer » Blog: Wow. I'm in awe. Even if she didn't write this on a plane -- and if she did, dear God, this woman is on another plain of consciousness -- her eloquence, sensitivity and... sheer force of will are breathtaking. Truly. And, frankly, at the risk of disrespecting a favourite artist of my youth as well, her letter made Sinéad's seem a bit naive, slapdash, and even uneducated (at times). A must-read post, certainly, if anything is. Sinéad O’Connor wrote a letter to Miley Cyrus, you can read it here:bit.ly/SOColMC (or HERE on The Guardian if her site’s down from heavy traffic) This is my letter back to Sinéad. Dear Sinéad, I love you. I grew up worshipping your music and your bold attitude and, especially, your refusal to sign up to the bullshit beauty standard. You were one of the few women rockstars that was clearly doing things her own way, and you inspired me to no end. I want to... - John Jarvis
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The Bonehead Mistake That Brought Down an Online Drug-Dealing Empire - http://www.slate.com/blogs...
jlj shared this story from Future Tense: What a great story! Ah, the human animal. Even the finest programmers could use a little help from their friends on Stack Overflow now and then. The site, which invites users to ask and answer one another’s questions about specific coding problems, has become a global hub for software engineers, catering to pros and amateurs alike. Silk Road mastermind “Dread Pirate Roberts,” it seems, was no exception. According to the criminal complaint against Ross William Ulbricht, the man who allegedly ran the vast online drug marketplace from his San Francisco apartment, he ventured humbly onto the site in March 2012 to ask a couple of friendly questions. The first one, it seems, was relatively innocuous, if a bit unorthodox. But a second query struck FBI investigators as rather incriminating, in retrospect: “How can I connect to a Tor hidden service using curl in php? ” ”, the user asked. Silk Road is, of course, a Tor hidden service—perhaps the world’s... - John Jarvis
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IKEA Is Going to Start Selling Solar Panels - http://www.slate.com/blogs...
jlj shared this story from Future Tense: Interesting. I've just finished McEwan's Solar, and was wondering how closely it resembled the current climate (pun intended), markets, etc. Solar panels have a difficult reputation. Some people think they’re ugly and ungainly. Others find them unaffordable, or think the economics involved are too complicated to figure out. It’s not always obvious whether they’re right for your house, or how they ought to be positioned. They’re politically fraught. They’re not something you just go out and buy at IKEA. But maybe they will be soon. The Swedish furniture maker on Monday began selling solar panels at its U.K. stores, and is looking into offering them in other markets as well, the Wall Street Journal reports: IKEA, best known for flat-pack furniture and inexpensive home goods, said Monday it is the first mainstream retailer to offer solar panels to everyday customers. Steve Howard, the company's sustainability chief, said in an interview that the... - John Jarvis
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It’s Banned Books Week! And here is a comic I did a while... - http://faitherinhicks.tumblr.com/post...
jlj shared this story from This Nonsense: :-) It’s Banned Books Week! And here is a comic I did a while ago for Tor.com about A Wrinkle in Time, which is one of the most challenged books. Seriously, if you can read this list of most commonly challenged books in the United States (Bridge to Terabithia? REALLY?) and not feel horrified, you’re made of sterner stuff than I am.  Here is a recent attempt at banning Rainbow Rowell’s amazing book Eleanor & Park. This stuff still happens, continues to happen. - John Jarvis
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Popular Science Decides Internet Comments Are “Bad for Science." That's Lazy and Wrong. - http://www.slate.com/blogs...
jlj shared this story from Future Tense: Really compelling stuff. Very much enjoying this recommendation from Newsblur. Popular Science announced today that it is shutting off comments for good. "Comments can be bad for science," explained Suzanne LaBarre, the magazine's online content director. She pointed to "trolls and spambots" who "overwhelm" the magazine's efforts to "spread the word of science far and wide." Thanks to these trolls, she went on, "the cynical work of undermining bedrock scientific doctrine is now being done beneath our own stories, within a website devoted to championing science." Now, I get as annoyed as the next right-thinking person when Internet commenters misconstrue scientific research—let alone when they regale me with tales of their aunt's third cousin who makes $73 an hour working from home. But I couldn't help but notice an almost religious zeal in LaBarre's framing of her magazine's mission. Spreading the word of science? Undermining bedrock scientific... - John Jarvis
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We had some fun on twitter the other day. - http://jessfink.tumblr.com/post...
jlj shared this story from Jess Fink: lol... Struggling to think of a better use for Twitter. We had some fun on twitter the other day. - John Jarvis
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BlackBerry to be sold to group led by Fairfax Financial - http://www.cbc.ca/news...
jlj shared this story from CBC | Ottawa News: I guess it was just a matter of time. Troubled smartphone maker BlackBerry Trading of BlackBerry shares were halted on Nasdaq and the Toronto Stock Exchange this afternoon after the company announced it has signed a provisional agreement to be bought by letter of intent purchase offer from a consortium led by Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited, which already owns approximately 10 per cent of the publicly traded shares in the Waterloo, Ont.-based company. Limited. - John Jarvis
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Some Liberals join NDP in push for 'fairer' voting system - http://www.cbc.ca/news...
jlj shared this story from CBC | Ottawa News: The article is a bit scattered, but it's certainly good news. I haven't been following this stuff for a while. I didn't realize politicians of Trudeau's calibre were supporting alternate voting systems; that's fantastic news. At this point, I just want to see some proper public consultations -- not these hopeless referendums (e.g., MMP in Ontario years ago). It's not surprising the NDP supports some sort of proportional voting system, but some Liberals are coming on side as well. - John Jarvis
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NSA Paid French Hacker Company For Software Exploits, Contract Reveals - http://www.slate.com/blogs...
jlj shared this story from Future Tense: Watch this space. Really seems to be the wild west right now. France was one of several countries in Europe whose people are outraged by revelations about the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs. But it turns out that a French company has quietly bolstered the NSA’s capabilities. According to a contract newly released in response to a Freedom of Information request, last year the NSA purchased a 12-month subscription to a “binary analysis and exploits service” sold by Vupen, a company based in Montpelier, France. These exploits, sometimes described as “zero days,” are complex codes custom-written by hackers to target undisclosed security weaknesses in widely used operating systems like Windows and software programs like Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Java, and Flash. A spy agency can use exploits to help infiltrate targets’ computers in espionage operations or to strengthen its own computer networks as part of cybersecurity... - John Jarvis
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Museum is renamed after explorer - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news...
jlj shared this story from BBC News - Gloucestershire: Woo hoo! That was my first choice. :-) Cheltenham's Museum and Art Gallery is given a new name ahead of its reopening after a £6.3m refurbishment. - John Jarvis
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Seth Exhibit at the Adam Baumgold Gallery in NYC - opens today, up till October 26! - http://drawnandquarterly.blogspot.com/2013...
jlj shared this story from Drawn and Quarterly: zomg! I'd be there in a heartbeat, if I was on the continent. Lissen up, New York City residents! You are the recipients of a rare opportunity to view a whole bunch of Seth original artwork, and I recommend you take this chance to stand, agog, before a whole lot of beautiful comics and pieces of art. Adam Baumgold Gallery presents an exhibition of more than eighty drawings by Seth from his classic 1996 graphic novel It’s a Good Life, if You Don’t Weaken, plus a selection of early works. This is the perhaps the most extensive exhibit of Seth's comics to date, and certainly the first opportunity in many years to view originals from It's a Good Life. Featured in the exhibition will be the original drawings, paintings and works on paper for the hardcover and softcover versions of It’s a Good Life…, as well as endpapers, title pages, book flaps, and more than fifty drawings from the interior pages from the book. Also included in the... - John Jarvis
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jlj shared this story from jwz: lol... Awesome post all-round. When I first saw this video, I couldn't decide if it was real -- in which case, it's amazing -- or if it was a motion-captured render and/or composite -- in which case it's amazing. But my second thought, as someone who has spent far too much time embroiled in construction projects, was perfectly encapsulated by this comment: no no look out for that SOLAR PANEL oh christ there's a duct BE CAREFUL WITH THAT DUCT it's just aluminum you can't stand on that oh god ANTENNA ANTENNA WATCH OUT fuck you're going to break that window sill right off aren't you SATELLITE DISH DON'T TRIP ON THE SATELLITE DISH do you have any idea how long it takes to calibrate those fuckers AAAAH COMPOSITE SHINGLES those things are more delicate than they look you're going to fuck up the shingles and that roof is going to start leaking DON'T STEP ON THE LOOK OUT SUNROOF WINDOW LOOK OUT oh hell now you've loosened the caulk by yanking on the frame and... - John Jarvis
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Museum re-branding options revealed - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news...
jlj shared this story from BBC News - Gloucestershire: I like the name "The Wilson", and the design. The article doesn't include the designs for the other two, but I can't imagine anything that could redeem the awful, "C-MAG," or the snoozer, "Fifty One." Edit: *sigh* defeated by a slideshow. I still stand by my comments, though. Caption: C-MAG, The Wilson and Fifty One are names recommended for the re-branding of Cheltenham's Art Gallery and Museum. - John Jarvis
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A new page of Chester 5000: Isabelle and George. Read the full... - http://jessfink.tumblr.com/post...
jlj shared this story from Jess Fink: Beautiful. A new page of Chester 5000: Isabelle and George. Read the full page here: http://jessfink.com/Chester... - John Jarvis
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Senators Authorizing Syria Strike Got More Defense Cash Than Lawmakers Voting No - http://www.wired.com/threatl...
jlj shared this story from Threat Level: At the risk of trumpeting my naivety, I must say that I do find this chilling. I know we've been living with the military industrial complex for well over half a century, but that doesn't make this sort of thing any easier for me to swallow. Senators voting Wednesday to authorize a Syria strike received, on average, 83 percent more campaign financing from defense contractors than lawmakers voting against war, according to an analysis of campaign finance data. - John Jarvis
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Human-Machine Trust Failures - http://www.schneier.com/blog...
jlj shared this story from Schneier on Security: Fantastic essay. That this is a fundamental principle of practical security systems has probably never been explained more clearly. I jacked a visitor's badge from the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, DC, last month. The badges are electronic; they're enabled when you check in at building security. You're supposed to wear it on a chain around your neck at all times and drop it through a slot when you leave. I kept the badge. I used my body as a shield, and the chain made a satisfying noise when it hit bottom. The guard let me through the gate. The person after me had problems, though. Some part of the system knew something was wrong, and wouldn't let her out. Eventually, the guard had to manually override something. My point in telling this story is not to demonstrate how I beat the EEOB's security -- I'm sure the badge was quickly deactivated and showed up in some missing-badge log next to my name -- but to... - John Jarvis
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The Effect of Money on Trust - http://www.schneier.com/blog...
jlj shared this story from Schneier on Security: Interesting, and why Star Trek, while entertaining, now strikes me as rather quaint. Money reduces trust in small groups, but increases it in larger groups. Basically, the introduction of money allows society to scale. The team devised an experiment where subjects in small and large groups had the option to give gifts in exchange for tokens. They found that there was a social cost to introducing this incentive. When all tokens were "spent", a potential gift-giver was less likely to help than they had been in a setting where tokens had not yet been introduced. The same effect was found in smaller groups, who were less generous when there was the option of receiving a token. "Subjects basically latched on to monetary exchange, and stopped helping unless they received immediate compensation in a form of an intrinsically worthless object [a token]. "Using money does help large societies to achieve larger levels of co-operation than smaller... - John Jarvis
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Legal marijuana: How could it work? - http://www.cbc.ca/news...
jlj shared this story from CBC | Ottawa News: Really good write-up. I only learned of Washington State's experiment (since November last year) a few months ago. Interesting times, for sure. While the debate rages for and against legalizing marijuana, there's also a debate about how to legalize it. Here's a how-to guide. - John Jarvis
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