An aspiring tugger should probably consult a doctor before getting started...
Friday, 23 July 2021

The Hard Sell of Whale Sanctuaries

quote [ As aquariums end captive-whale programs, advocates seek to build ocean-based retirement homes for the animals—but finding the right host community is a feat. ]

While southward he rolls to the home of the whale
[SFW] [environment & nature]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:06amGMT] [0 comments]

Thursday, 22 July 2021

Investigation: How TikTok's Algorithm Figures Out Your Deepest Desires

quote [ A Wall Street Journal investigation found that TikTok only needs one important piece of information to figure out what you want: the amount of time you linger over a piece of content. Every second you hesitate or rewatch, the app is tracking you. ]

Ironically this is a video itself (no transcript, sorry), but it highlights the interesting ways, in which slim user interaction data can be used to drive niche engagement content at irritiating levels.

Here's another text focusing on teen users collecting some interesting quotes like the term “strategic ignorance”.
[SFW] [science & technology] [+2]
[by Paracetamol@9:30amGMT] [8 comments]

Picturing Scent: The Tale of a Beached Whale

quote [ What can visual art teach us about scent, stench, and the mysterious substance known as ambergris? Lizzie Marx follows a “whale-trail” across history to discover the olfactory paradoxes of the Dutch Golden Age. ]

A wail beach on a beached whale
[SFW] [history] [+1 Informative]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:29amGMT] [3 comments]

Wednesday, 21 July 2021

Noticing More: Thomassons

quote [ Thomasson are essentially useless architectural remnants left behind as our cities evolve and expand. At times these Thomasson are oddly well maintained and other times, they are left to deteriorate ]

A new word! and some reading on it + nice photos.

[SFW] [art] [+5 Interesting]
[by Paracetamol@6:20pmGMT] [1 comment]

Solving a 100-Year-Old Mystery About a Pigeon

quote [ This summer marks the centennial of a bird—possibly the most famous pigeon in history—going on display at the Smithsonian. A representative of Columba livia domestica, this bird is known as simply Cher Ami. ]

Doin' the (coo, coo) pigeon
[SFW] [history]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:26amGMT] [0 comments]

Tuesday, 20 July 2021

How 10 Old TV Networks Went Off the Air

quote [ Analyzing the complicated state of affairs, and the long goodbyes, that come when one TV network or cable channel replaces another. Here are 10 examples. ]

Think it's time you had a change of channel
[SFW] [tv & movies] [+3 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:01amGMT] [2 comments]

Monday, 19 July 2021

The Leisure Agenda ❖ People’s Policy Project

quote [ Americans spend too much of their waking lives ensnared in needlessly excessive hours of work. ]

You might like this. Note that the icons were nabbed from early Isotype.
[SFW] [business] [+1 Good]
[by Paracetamol@1:32pmGMT] [1 comment]

PS4 "Crypto" Warehouse Was Actually Farming FIFA Crap

quote [ It's believed the 3800 consoles were juicing FIFA accounts to be resold on the open market ]

Kick your ass out like it's FIFA
[SFW] [games] [+3 Funsightful]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:02amGMT] [3 comments]

Sunday, 18 July 2021

FPS Games Are About to Die

quote [ New Machine Learning AI Hacks have been developed to cheat in FPS multiplayer games, and they are completely undetectable.

This new technology will plague the FPS space for years to come. The battle of AI vs AI begins here. ]

I'm actually surprised this took so long to happen. I've been thinking about how to do this with an arduino as an HID for years.
[SFW] [science & technology] [+2 Interesting]
[by steele@2:40pmGMT] [13 comments]

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