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Sun, 26 Jun 2016 20:29:49 +0200

+Brandon Sanderson, author of epic fantasy series including Mistborn and the conclusion to the Wheel of Time, is teaching an entire free online writing class via videos of lectures he gives at +Brigham Young University.


Sat, 25 Jun 2016 21:34:25 +0200

In case anyone was still wondering, the FBI at least has made up their mind: The Pulse shooter was not gay.

#orlandoshooting #pulseshooting #omarmateen

Sat, 25 Jun 2016 07:33:13 +0200

A fascinating and disturbing look inside the inhumanity of the modern for-profit prison system, from the POV of a prison guard.

Original Post from Martin Ralya:

This is a long, heartbreaking, infuriating, troubling, and all-around disturbing piece. It's also one of the best pieces of investigative journalism I've read in the past year or two.

The reporter spent weeks working undercover as a guard at Winn Correctional Center in Louisiana, and the story involved months of fact-checking. It's insanely depressing, but well worth a read.

Sat, 25 Jun 2016 02:46:53 +0200

“Autonomous vehicles offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reset our streets”

#autonomousvehicles #selfdrivingcars #futurism  

Sat, 25 Jun 2016 01:35:58 +0200

Of course, there's nothing about this specific to video games. The same is just as true of other forms of media.

#sex #videogames  

Thu, 23 Jun 2016 05:03:11 +0200

Need to mass unfollow people on Twitter? I found a relatively easy hack, expanding on one suggested by Sumit Jha on Quora.

Sumit's instructions will unfollow EVERYONE you follow, which is great if that's what you want to do. With a small tweak to his technique, I was able to unfollow nearly 500 accounts that were added by a spambot in about a minute, while keeping all the accounts I had legitimately followed.

This does require going under the hood a bit, so it will be easier if you have at least a basic knowledge of web coding.

1. Go to the Twitter Following page ( and scroll all the way down to the bottom, to ensure it's loaded everyone.

2. Right-click a user you want to keep and pick "inspect element" from the menu to open the developer tools. (I believe this should work in pretty much every desktop browser.)

3. You should see a list of elements that look like <div class="grid-cell ..."> (you might have to scroll up or down a little in the developer tools to find them). There will be a bunch of other classes too, but the important thing is each grid-cell is one user card. As you scrub your mouse over the list, you should be able to see cards highlighting on your screen. Click each grid-cell for someone you don't want to unfollow, and hit the delete key to delete it. If you did this properly, the card will disappear from your screen. If the card doesn't disappear, something didn't work.

4. Click the Console tab and enter this simple line of JavaScript from Sumit, which will tell the browser to click every unfollow button on the page:


If you're following a lot of people, this may take a bit. A dialog may pop up warning that a "script has become unresponsive"; this is to be expected. Click Continue and wait it out. Within a minute or so, you should have successfully unfollowed everyone – except the cards you deleted.

#lifehack #twitterhack #twittermassunfollow #twitterhackrecovery  

Sat, 18 Jun 2016 05:50:56 +0200

A fairytale.

Sat, 18 Jun 2016 04:28:47 +0200

This is unspeakably, offensively ridiculous.

No company should be allowed to have such blanket control over any single word.

We need to take the "sky" from them.

#corporategreed #trademarks  

Mon, 06 Jun 2016 02:20:06 +0200

One more reason to stay far, far away from Windows 10: It will sometimes delete your programs without warning. Just by installing Windows 10, you gave Microsoft blanket permission to do this -- or to delete any of your other files, for that matter.

#windows10 #windows10isevil #tech

Sat, 04 Jun 2016 06:46:30 +0200

Clickbait headlines are one thing... But this article continues to repeat the same misinformation throughout its content. What do you call it when journalists do this? Sensationalism? No, that's not right... Oh, I've got it: Lying!

The reality is (at least on my account) Google Voice Search records and stores... the specific voice searches you've made by intentionally turning on the Google Voice Search app. It's brief keyword snippets like (in my case) "Domino's pizza hours" and "coffee shops nearby," not entire conversations as this article claims, and not anything that you didn't explicitly tell your phone to send to Google in the first place.

#google #googlevoicesearch #tech #privacy #bigbrother #clickbait #lyingliarswholie #sensationalism