This Month in Phone Tabs

Earlier this year we bought a new Nexus 5 to replace my old Nexus One that probably fell out of my pocket during a movie at the O2 Cineworld and someone found and didn’t return because they’re assholes. Whoever took it immediately turned the phone off after we realized it was gone — it rang and wasn’t answered, then was switched off — and I kept checking Android Device Manager for weeks hoping it would show up because of a mistake by the thief but it never did. It was a really beat up Nexus One with scratches and dents all over and my and my wife’s names crudely scratched into its soft back so I’m not sure what value it has to anyone. It was with me around the world so there’s some sentimental value there — as much as you can have for a phone — but who would steal such a, by-now, archaic phone? I don’t know.

A while ago it stopped being listed in my Android Device Manager’s list of devices. It’s gone.

After some frantic password changing, device logging off, and identity theft worries, I said “goodbye” and bought a Nexus 5 with the latest version of Android. No more stock Android 2.x browser for me. Now I can use Chrome which syncs automatically with my desktop — given the above situation that’s probably worrisome too — and can hold many tabs. Many. So much so that I realized that if you store more than 99 it changes the counter to a “:)”

I’ve since far exceeded 99 open tabs. In an effort to clear them I’m going to post them here (because try as I must I can’t fully rid myself of these digital hoarding habits) because isn’t that what a weblog is good for anyway? Giant link dumps? The following are things I meant to read, meant to save, forgot about, opened from Twitter when I had no internet connection, and so on and on and on. These were all from months ago. Since then a Chrome update deleted them all but no worries I’m up to 98 tabs again so part two in the future?



Ghosts in the Machine – A book about bugs and feelings. IO9 list of new sci-fi and fantasy books.

“Why what you do makes sense and what other people do is dumb”, what the Dunning-Kruger effect is and, more importantly, isn’t. The link between weed and schizophrenia is way more complicated than we thought. Americans are weird on why Western subjects are awful for making generalizations about (supposedly) inherent human culture and psychology.

America dumbs down: the U.S. is being overrun by a wave of anti-science, anti-intellectual thinking. Has the most powerful nation on Earth lost its mind? I don’t know, but from what I’ve seen coming from Canada lately it feels very pot/kettle, but while we’re on the subject of America: this guy saw you naked which corresponds well with all the continuing surveillance revelations this year like this old one.

The US is an “enemy of the internet“. “Anti-Net Neutrality Congresscritters made serious bank from the cable companies” and John Oliver’s Net-Neutrality rant made waves when the show was still new-ish.

Though honestly the only thing scarier than the NSA spying on you is having giant diaper companies spying on you: Big data and pregnancy.

The Day The Turkish Government Banned Itself from Twitter. The Electronic Holy War. Google’s sneaky new privacy change affects 85% of iPhone users—but most of them won’t have noticed

We’re apparently afraid of internet porn so here’s two histories of Moral panics:

Vice interviews Magic: The Gathering creator Richard Garfield and Polygon put together an extensive oral history of Street Fighter II. Free to play has also been a topic of interest this year and here’s Wired talking with some “whales” and a “premium” game developer opining about the F2P model.

We must have been watching True Detective at the time because here’s a post about its mythos and yeah the new RoboCop was kinda shit: New RoboCop is what RoboCop meant to kill. A comic about advice from the guy that made Batman: The Animated Series.

Medieval Cone Shaped Princess Hats Were Inspired by Mongol Warrior Women

Presentations and workshops:

Activia Benz compilation if you like your music Tumblr-y.

The Oculus Rift was big news with the Facebook acquisition so there were a bunch of stories about VR: The Oculus Fairy Tale in the New Yorker; a Power Glove VR demo from the 90s; and, Virtual Reality, We Hardly Knew You.

Debunking Sunscreen Myths. Art and drone meet activism. Quoted from Sarah Kendzior’s “Surviving the Post-Employment Economy”. 10 second resume. New Meaning of Well Connected

The recovery puzzle: A new factory in Ohio struggles to match jobs to job-seekers

(Remember Heartbleed? Ah yes, those nostalgic days before Shellshock.)

Science and nature: First Life with Alien DNA and Biology of the sauropod dinosaurs: the evolution of gigantism.

There’s lots of web and general development stuff, of course:
Magic of CSS
Error Handling in Node.js
JavaScript Promises … In Wicked Detail
No more JS frameworks
You’re So Smart You Turned JavaScript into xHTML
Make weird stuff in Unity tutorial

Politics! Australian Politics! George Brandis vows not to read documents ASIO seized. Asian politics. UK/European politics. Newfoundland politics. Ontario politics (thankfully that election is now long gone.) Toronto politics (Unfortunately this one isn’t yet.)

On the difference between eggplant (aubergine in Canada/US) and aubergine (Eggplant in UK)
. Tech adoption is not increasing pace (on bad stats).

GoPro, a drone and fireworks. Morning Affirmations. GIF. Collection of gear gifs.

London: The Slow Death of Wimpy, a British Institution. 10 Budget Restaurants in Central London. Atlantic Infocus on London Crossrail.

What Gender is and What Gender Isn’t. The Culture of Shut Up. Houston, We Have a Public Domain Problem. And a Baby Name Predictor from Time.

And, appropriately, a link to a Nexus One video test recorded literally outside of my workplace for some reason. It probably came from a Google search for my phone. It never showed.

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