When Mark Zuckerberg was asked if Facebook had influenced the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, the founder and CEO dismissed the notion that the site even had such power as “crazy.” It was a disingenuous remark. Facebook’s website had an entire section devoted to touting the “success stories” of political campaigns that used the social network to influence electoral outcomes. That page, however, is now gone, even as the 2018 congressional primaries get underway.
‘ol Zuck just can’t stop lying.
Jen Simmons is doing a great job of introducing the core concepts of CSS Grid with this video series on Layout Land. These videos have been a huge help to me getting up to speed on the state of the tech. Highly recommended.
Release 2 dropped on Saturday, and is now available for download. I wrote a little about the release.
An enraging story from Michael Smith and Polly Mosendz, for Bloomberg:
Taurus sold almost a million handguns that can potentially fire without anyone pulling the trigger. The government won’t fix the problem. The NRA is silent.
Gun manufacturers have long held an unassailable position in American business and politics. They need to be reminded that they aren’t above the law… and we can start by making them follow the same goddamn rules as everyone else.
A really cool article from poplurker about MST3k, which is an all-time favorite of mine, and the women behind the jokes, the fandom, and more.
The Verge on the internet-wide #OneMoreVote protest scheduled for tomorrow. I will be participating, too.
Let’s give Ajit Pai the worst week of his shitheaded life.
Laurie Penny has some advice for men in the current cultural moment, and it is good advice. This passage, near the end, caught me right where it was aimed:
Suck it up and let go. Let go of your resentment at women’s lack of patience, let go of your wounded pride, let go of your useless shame, and let go of the idea of being a “good guy.” “Good” is not a thing you are, it’s a thing you do, or don’t do. The world is not neatly divided into good and bad men. It never was, and we need to let go of the idea that it ever was, so that we can finally be better to one another, finally learn to deal with our shit like grown-ups in this strange new cityscape we’re crawling through together, trying to find our way to the light. That’s the only way we’re going to move from a place of holding abusers to account, into a future where abuse is less likely to happen.
Suck it up and let go.
Created for LÖVE Jam 2018, my latest game is called Haunted Floating Eye. It’s something like a tower (lair) defense game, mixed with cruelty, base building and ennui. The jam has ended, but voting is open for the next 12 days. I’d really appreciate it you tried it out, and voted on the on the game jam page.
My colleagues at Occipital and I put together this tutorial video for customers of our Canvas home scanning application. I wrote the script and did the voiceover. My co-worker Karla Estrada shot, edited, and starred.
This is one of the dumbest and most dangerous bugs I’ve ever heard of. From the KDE security list:
When a vfat thumbdrive which contains “ or $() in its volume label is plugged and mounted trough the device notifier, it’s interpreted as a shell command, leaving a possibility of arbitrary commands execution. an example of offending volume label is “$(touch b)” which will create a file called b in the home folder.
The docs don’t cover this, but the steps in this post got it working for me:
apt-get install composer
composer updatefrom the
php maintainence/rebuildLocalizationCache.phpfrom the main mediawiki folder.
Running your own services get you into all sorts of fun trouble like this.
You can add Lanetix Inc, the developer of a subpar CRM, to the list of wannabe union-busters. They’re also now on the shitlist of every decent engineer in the world. We don’t forget this shit.
The union alleged in the complaint, which was filed with the NLRB Jan. 29, that the company threatened the software engineers after they began discussing unionizing in an internal instant messaging group. Lanetix later terminated “all engineers and senior engineers in retaliation for demanding recognition,” CWA said.
Travel back in time through the haze of memories that aren’t your own, and melodies frozen in a particular place in history.
After seeing them all together, I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that this could have been the Dribbble popular page about 5-6 years ago.
I totally see it, yeah.
Calls to increase work requirements among those receiving government assistance should recognize that most poor adults are already working, looking for work, or are disabled or ill. Increasing work among the poor may require addressing barriers to work including work-limiting disability or illness.
The Awl and The Hairpin were the Good Blogs. Sad to see them go, excited to see what replaces them.
Internal FCC documents obtained by Motherboard using a Freedom of Information Act request show that the independent, nonpartisan FCC Office of Inspector General—acting on orders from Congressional Republicans—investigated the claim that Obama interfered with the FCC’s net neutrality process and found it was nonsense. This Republican narrative of net neutrality as an Obama-led takeover of the internet, then, was wholly refuted by an independent investigation and its findings were not made public prior to Thursday’s vote.
The longer this goes on the more obvious it becomes that Ajit Pai is a plant from Verizon, whose job is to torpedo Net Neutrality before he’s fired for incompetence. Congress can still stop the Verizon/FCC power grab by letting Congress know. We have to stop this asshole and the assholes that he works for. Join the Battle for Net Neutrality.
I did the voiceover for this video from our friends at Paracosm. It’s about Velodyne’s VLP-16 sensor and how it’s used in Paracosm’s PX-80 handheld scanner.
I’m back in the wiki game, this time it’s The Pro Wrestling Wiki. We’re going to become the one-stop shop for independent pro wrestling events, wrestlers, and history, without an agenda toward becoming advertising partners with some megacorp. Right now that means it’s me entering stuff in by hand and spinning up discrete linode servers.
My name is Phil Nelson and I make beautiful things for a troubled world. I'm a designer / developer / writer / director / editor / narrator at Occipital.
Hey. What're you doing all the way down here? You get lost? Just looking around? Cool. I like you.