Highlights from the Web

Biography of Christopher “moot” Poole: The Hacker Known as “4chan”

https://www.256kilobytes.com/content/show/4319/biography-of-christopher-moot-poole-the-hacker-known-as-4chan

I used to go on 4chan. Before the whole web 2.0 crazy 4chan was scary and disturbing and full of amazingly skilled photoshops. That's not something that you're going to find ever again.

Anyway the owner's life story is interesting especially because he was some 15 year old kid at the time running the site out of his bedroom (literally). I am amused at his Peter Parker life. And now he works at Google apparently. His transition from entrepreneur to corporate worker is fascinating to me. I guess the grass is always greener...

February 8, 2019

A Guy without Right Arm builds his own prosthetic arm using Lego

https://www.rtoz.org/2019/02/07/a-guy-without-right-arm-builds-his-own-prosthetic-arm-using-lego/

Man this is cool. I wouldn't have thought you could do something like this with just Legos.

February 7, 2019

The Gervais Principle, Or The Office According to “The Office”

https://www.ribbonfarm.com/2009/10/07/the-gervais-principle-or-the-office-according-to-the-office/

This is hilarious. And also super depressing because of how much sense it makes. I am really curious though what the author thinks about small "family businesses" where everyone brings skills to the table and also of the gig economy where people do things like freelance art.

February 4, 2019

Death-Cap Mushrooms Are Spreading Across North America

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/02/deadly-mushroom-arrives-canada/581602/

I didn't know this was a problem. Also I didn't know death caps actually tasted really good and that if you don't swallow them you won't get poisoned. That seems like asking for trouble though.

February 1, 2019

Public Dissection was a Gruesome Spectacle

https://daily.jstor.org/public-dissection-gruesome-spectacle/

I think it's kind of funny to have this mental image of people scrambling for dead bodies. I guess it is fucked up to have people looking for fresh meat huh.

January 31, 2019

The Personal Toll of Whistle-blowing

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/02/04/the-personal-toll-of-whistle-blowing

Yikes. This doctor ends up dying. Yes it's a spoiler but I think you should know this upfront. It's fucking insane how messed up corporate shit can be and what they get away with.

January 30, 2019

Injecting Software Vulnerabilities with Voltage Glitching

https://yifan.lu/2019/01/10/injecting-software-vulnerabilities-with-voltage-glitching/

I heard before that you could somehow use power adapters to install malware into laptops and stuff. I wondered how that was possible and this paper kind of explains how. Anyway it's a good start for someone curious about it.

January 28, 2019

How Space and Time Could Be a Quantum Error-Correcting Code

https://www.quantamagazine.org/how-space-and-time-could-be-a-quantum-error-correcting-code-20190103/

Goddamnit. Sometimes I think about whether or not it's infinitesimally possible for reality to glitch and then you suddenly finding yourself in a random faraway location (like deep space, or the bottom of the ocean, for instance). So it looks like quantum computers do come with quantum ECC. And it's cool that their error rates can go so close to zero, but it's NOT zero. So does that mean you can glitch out and suddenly drown at the bottom of the ocean????

January 12, 2019

Graduate Student Solves Quantum Verification Problem

https://www.quantamagazine.org/graduate-student-solves-quantum-verification-problem-20181008/

I don't even understand the protocol and how it actually works. It's always fucking nuts when you read about some student solving some incredible math problem.

January 11, 2019

Behold Santa Clara, the Worst National Championship Venue Available

https://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2019/1/3/18160692/santa-clara-national-championship-stadium-location-alabama-clemson

Hahaha. Levi's stadium is annoying even to the people who live here. It's this traffic disaster that ruins everything in the area on game nights and for some reason attendees keep dying mysteriously. (Seriously look it up!) It's just in the way, completely in the middle of office parks and suburbs and it doesn't make any sense. For real they close off the bike/walking/nature trail that goes behind it so that fans can go inside and it fucks everyone else up. I really want to know who the politician that really really fucking wanted a football stadium here. They're spending the big bucks overriding pretty much everyone else who hates this stadium.

I also didn't know that football teams hate it too or how hilariously shitty it is on the inside.

January 8, 2019

Look at these goddamn links

Hey maaan, these snippets from the internet are p. cool imo. You should check them out. I think you should waste a bunch of time looking at them. It's totally worth it.


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