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Whiteark, or Wy’Taracck, Determined Sentinel of the East, is a desert city with some astonishing domed and buttressed architecture on display, and it’s been built by a single person. It’s in Minecraft - that single person bit was probably a giveaway - and when I stare at the screenshots of it, it looks like nothing so much as a hallucination from the very dead of night, in the absolute middle of winter, that’s somehow crossed over and firmed itself up.

It’s also a doodle that got seriously out of hand. According to its designer, it started as a little village project initiated a few days before Halloween, 2012, and yet it now encompasses 1057x824 blocks at its widest point. It’s so intricate and coherent, and yet it’s only been haphazardly planned. You know how you’ll be driving along the road and you’ll see birds flocking in lazy circles overhead and then remember that you read an article once that pointed out no single bird is ever in charge? Whiteark.

Man, Whiteark is weird. It has museums and public squares and a Palace of the Oases, but it has no people. It owes an obvious debt to the kind of cursed cyclopean architecture Lovecraft could never seem to dispel over a morning coffee, yet it also reminds me of the ultimate folly/calling card of any up-and-coming renaissance busybody: a utopian city project designed along very personal lines. Even with these reference points, there’s never been anything quite like Whiteark. It feels like something new, an experiment in open-ended storytelling through the creation of the geography that supports it. It feels like world-building where the lore emerges through the placement of stones. And it serves as a reminder that there’s never really been anything quite like the game it sits within. You can play this game as a survival horror if you want. You can play it as an RPG or a nature ramble. Or you can do this, and there are ultimately no words for what this even is.

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Известный французский социолог Лоик Вакан, ученик Пьера Бурдье, долго работал в университете в США, а когда вернулся в Париж, его спросили, каково его самое сильное впечатление. Он ответил: «Повсеместная агрессия против ясного и здравого мышления».

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Илья, только что получила официальный ответ насчет «Крыма». Они вообще не хотят открывать для посетителей свою территорию. Упирают на то, что это уже давным-давно по документам частная собственность, и их вообще не волнует наша концепция. Они собираются сделать на территории дворца закрытый клуб «Крым» (типа банкеты и юбилеи только для своих). Единственное, на что мне удалось их уговорить, чтобы форма у секьюрити была фиолетовая, а не камуфляж. И то за наши деньги.

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public servants don’t pivot (by russelldavies)

public servants don’t pivot (by russelldavies)

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Илья, только что получила официальный ответ насчет «Крыма». Они вообще не хотят открывать для посетителей свою территорию. Упирают на то, что это уже давным-давно по документам частная собственность, и их вообще не волнует наша концепция. Они собираются сделать на территории дворца закрытый клуб «Крым» (типа банкеты и юбилеи только для своих). Единственное, на что мне удалось их уговорить, чтобы форма у секьюрити была фиолетовая, а не камуфляж. И то за наши деньги.

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By default, the iOS and Android interfaces aggregate at the app launcher level - you have a screen of different icons for different services, though to some extent notifications are becoming another OS-level aggregation. Anything that hasn’t been unbundled from the web is in the browser, where it is in turn aggregated by Google. Apps like WeChat and Baidu Maps move the service aggregation layer up the stack from the home screen, bundling it within a single app. Conversely Siri and Google Now (and arguably Microsoft’s Live tiles) are in different ways about moving it down the stack into an OS-level service. But the interesting thing is that changing the aggregation model also enables new types of discovery.

In the app launcher layer, any direct service discovery (as opposed to marketing, word of mouth etc) is limited to the app stores. When they launched this worked adequately, but with over 1m apps in each of the iOS and Android app stores this model is clearly now broken. Just as Yahoo’s hierarchical directory didn’t really scale after 1996 or so, so too app stores have not scaled as a discovery platform. Further, though there are lots of ways that the execution of the app stores could be improved, this still ultimately boils down to saying ‘Yahoo’s home page should be better’ back in 1996. Indeed it should have been, but the answer was still PageRank. And we have no analogue of PageRank for mobile apps.

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App unbundling, search and discovery — Benedict Evans

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"On the first day of a ceramics class, the instructor announced that the students would be divided into two groups. Half of the students would need to make only one clay pot each during the semester. Their grades would depend on the perfection of that solitary pot. The other half of the class would be graded simply by the weight of the pots they made during the semester. If they made 50 pounds of pots or more, they’d get an A. Forty pounds would earn a B; 30 pounds, a C; and so on. What they actually made was irrelevant. The instructor said he wouldn’t even look at their pots. He would bring his bathroom scale to the final day of class and weigh the students’ work. At the end of the semester, outside observers of the class noted that the highest-quality pots had been made by the “quantity group.”"
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Прекрасная вещь и даже в философском смысле это отличный символ путинской России: очень дорогой телефон допотопного вида, отслеживающий местоположение хозяина. На нём четыре кнопки. Кнопка «помощь» не работает, а позвонить можно только в «соответствующий орган».

 (via Алексей Навальный — Русский айфон)

Прекрасная вещь и даже в философском смысле это отличный символ путинской России: очень дорогой телефон допотопного вида, отслеживающий местоположение хозяина. На нём четыре кнопки. Кнопка «помощь» не работает, а позвонить можно только в «соответствующий орган».

(via Алексей Навальный — Русский айфон)

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"Ragas are normally ascribed to certain periods of the day and night. Narada’s Sangita-Makaranda, written sometime between 7th and 11th century, gives warnings to musicians against playing ragas at the incorrect time of day. Traditionally, disastrous consequences are to be expected."

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