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Saturday, 14. January 12017
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It’s time to ditch Skype and TeamSpeak.

I am truly amazed of Discord, a free voice and text chat for gamers. Well, actually, it is also perfect for non-gamers, e.g. for any group of people holding a virtual meeting.

Works in your browser (apps are available of course) without cumbersome registration, easy to use, with crystal-clear audio and many awesome features.

It’s hard to believe this is a free service, but it really is – and I hope it remains available in the future in the one way or another…

Why we can stop worrying and love the particle accelerator.

And on 13 July 1978, a Soviet scientist named Anatoli Bugorski stuck his head in a particle accelerator.


Land Lines is an experiment that lets you explore Google Earth satellite imagery through gesture. “Draw” to find satellite images that match your every line; “Drag” to create an infinite line of connected rivers, highways and coastlines.

Humanity May Have Reached its Maximum Lifespan.

Global life expectancy has now reached an average that’s regularly in the 80s in Japan and Canada —and in the United States it’s reached a high of 78 years. Have we reached the end of the line when it comes to living longer and healthier lives? Is there a point at which diminishing returns just mean any gains in lifespan are bound to be insignificant and temporary?

Tuesday marked the inauguration of Museo Atlántico, a museum located roughly 50 feet below the ocean off of the coast of Lanzarote in the Canary Islands.


Rituals of Shaming in the Software Industry.

Many teams have some sort of ritual where the developer that committed a change that broke the build get called out publicly. Perhaps on the team chat, or perhaps you need to wear a funny hat or costume.

How do we solve the crisis in cancer communication?

Better communication is needed to help patients find experimental cancer therapies that might work for them and to improve enrollment in clinical trials.

With the Flüchtlinge.

Brontosaurs Whistling in the Dark.

Something has gone badly wrong with our atheists.

Village Atheists, Village Idiots.

All these self-styled intellectual titans, scientists, and philosophers have fallen horribly ill. Evolutionist faith-flayer Richard Dawkins is a wheeling lunatic, dizzy in his private world of old-fashioned whimsy and bitter neofascism. Superstar astrophysicist and pop-science impresario Neil deGrasse Tyson is catatonic, mumbling in a packed cinema that the lasers wouldn’t make any sound in space, that a spider that big would collapse under its own weight, that everything you see is just images on a screen and none of it is real. Islam-baiting philosopher Sam Harris is paranoid, his flailing hands gesticulating murderously at the spectral Saracen hordes. Free-thinking biologist PZ Myers is psychotic, screeching death from a gently listing hot air balloon. And the late Christopher Hitchens, blinded by his fug of rhetoric, fell headlong into the Euphrates.

Watching parliaments fight worldwide.

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