Sorry, bit late today; been busy at ClientCo. Still, here they finally are:
- So You Want to Perform in Porn - "If you read that and thought, Why yes, I do want to perform in porn, this is for you. If not, please feel free to read along for potential entertainment value." Plan B, anyone?
- Navy Scuttles All-Cap Messages - "WE DON’T HAVE TO SEND MESSAGES THIS WAY ANYMORE, the Navy has decided." That's the US Navy; the reason they used all-caps was not because semaphore doesn't have Shift.
- The Dawn of Multimedia - "Developers and engineers — and, I should note, by no means just those in the games industry and by no means just those working with the 8-bit machines — were always on the lookout for a secret weapon that might let them leapfrog some steps in what must have sometimes seemed a plodding pace of technological change, something that might let them get to that aspirational future faster. They found one that looked like it might just have potential in a surprising place: the world of ordinary consumer electronics." Detailed history of the adoption of devices such as laser discs, and the lesser-known laser card.
- Couple’s wartime correspondence was stamped with love - "With the onset of World War II, Ray was inducted into the Army at age 29... I tried to think of a way to help him adjust. Since he’d always enjoyed my artwork, I decided to illustrate the envelopes of the letters I sent him." Cecile Cowdery's illustrations finally reach a wider audience
- Six Abandoned Asylums with Genuinely Chilling Backstories - "We love looking at creepy photographs of former mental institutions that have fallen into disrepair, but sometimes the true stories behind these hospitals is far more horrifying. Here are a few abandoned and partially abandoned institutions will tales more chilling than their photographs."
- Inside the United States - Satirical piece writing about the US the way US journalists report on the rest of the world: “The US leadership in Washington continues to erode basic human rights,” said one activist, who asked to remain anonymous, fearing that speaking out publicly could endanger his organization. “If the US government is unwilling to change course, it’s time the international community considered economic sanctions.”
- A Rare Peek At The Guidelines That Dictate Google’s Graphic Design - "In April 2011, Larry Page took the reins as Google’s CEO. He didn’t waste any time getting down to business. On his very first day on the job, Page launched an incredibly ambitious effort to redesign the company’s main products, including search, maps, and mail. He wanted them to be beautiful--Google had never been known for its visual polish--but he also wanted them to be cohesive, more like a true software suite than a jumble of disparate digital tools. In the years since, Google’s products have improved leaps and bounds, aesthetically speaking, largely while working within the same shared design language. Here’s how they’re doing it." The internal Google documents are on Behance: http://www.behance.net/rogeroddone
- How the Robots Lost: High-Frequency Trading's Rise and Fall - Interesting look at the way high-frequency trading has eroded the very price volatility upon which it depends: "As firms spend millions trying to shave milliseconds off execution times, the market has sped up but the racers have stayed even. The result: smaller profits."
- Yes, That's a Tampon in my Mouth - "The Swiss Army survival tampon: 10 survival uses." Not much to add to that
- Obama is Checking Your Email - In the spirit of Kim Jong-Il Looking at Things, here's Obama looking at your emails.