Interactive Game of Thrones Map with Spoilers Control
#game of thrones
#google maps API
A map of Westeros and the rest of the known world in Game of Thrones and the Song of Ice & Fire novels. Mark how much of the TV show or novels you’ve seen to prevent seeing any spoilers. See the path of major characters over time.
This is one of those things where someone has a bit too much time on their hands and I’m really glad they do.
11:52 pm • 17 April 2014 • 36 notes
I’m most likely moving to NYC this August for grad school. I don’t know why I decided to go to grad school, to be honest. Pretty intimidating.
On this, the Night of the Blood Moon, I vow not to be a wuss about giving up all my books and electronics and leading a minimalist life in the biggest city I’ve lived in.
#i need help reacting to something
4:35 am • 15 April 2014 • 2 notes
#game of thrones
what i think game of thrones is about based on stuff people say around me and on internet
4:26 am • 15 April 2014 • 858 notes
Recently, an intrepid and curious Tesla owner found a hidden four-pin connector, and with a hunch and some trial-and-error work discovered that it is in fact an ethernet port, and wired up a standard ethernet cable to connect to it.
What he discovered next is notable for how strangely familiar it all is to anyone with even a passing knowledge of computer networking:
The car’s internal 100 Mbps, full duplex ethernet network consists of 3 devices with assiged IP addresses in the 192.168.90.0 subnet, the center console, dashboard/nav screen and one more unknown device. Some ports and services that were open on the devices were 22 (SSH), 23 (telnet),53 (open domain), 80 (HTTP), 111 (rpcbind), 2049 (NFS), 6000 (X11). Port 80 was serving up a web page with the image or media of the current song being played. The operating system is modified version of Ubuntu using an ext3 filesystem.
It’s really odd just how, well, normal all this feels — it’s just like any home or office network. They’re using it in some interesting ways — for example, the current song playing artwork is being served to the center large display simply like normal web traffic.
— The Tesla Model S Is Basically A Good Looking IT Department On Wheels (via iamdanw)
#this is insanely cool
5:28 pm • 12 April 2014 • 5 notes
'This Email Will Self-Destruct After You Read It'
There are, we often hear, several simultaneous Big Battles taking place on—and for—the Internet. Mobile web versus native apps! Open versus walled! Regulated versus free! We are, right at this very moment, approaching a pivotal juncture in the road to The Future Internet.
But the juncture is always pivotal, of course, and the dichotomies presented to us are almost always false ones; the choices and tensions we navigate when it comes to our digital infrastructure are rarely as black-and-white as convenient polarities would have us believe.
There is, though, a tension that is a little more validly either/or than many of its counterparts. And it has to do less with regulation, and less with architecture, and more to do with the social and cultural choices we make when it comes to the way we communicate online. It asks whether we want an Internet that remembers … or forgets. It navigates the space between the Internet’s virtually infinite memory and humans’ limited ones.
It’s the Internet of the Ephemeral—the side of the Internet that gives us Snapchat and Confide and other apps that owe their popularity not just to the fact that they are not Facebook, but also to the fact that they trade, specifically, on their impermanence. While the ongoing archive brings certain pressures—when it comes to performance, when it comes to privacy—self-destructing communications allow us the freedom of the fleeting. Like the also-popular apps Secret and Whisper, they create a kind of cognitive opacity. They offer privacy by way of ephemerality. They are cheekier, more atomized versions of the legal fight being waged in France: the battle for, as it’s being called, “the right to be forgotten.”
I mention all that because today we learned that #teamforgetting has a new member: Pluto Mail.
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12:05 am • 11 April 2014 • 72 notes
I don’t like this expression “First World problems.” It is false and it is condescending. Yes, Nigerians struggle with floods or infant mortality. But these same Nigerians also deal with mundane and seemingly luxurious hassles. Connectivity issues on your BlackBerry, cost of car repair, how to sync your iPad, what brand of noodles to buy: Third World problems. All the silly stuff of life doesn’t disappear just because you’re black and live in a poorer country. People in the richer nations need a more robust sense of the lives being lived in the darker nations. Here’s a First World problem: the inability to see that others are as fully complex and as keen on technology and pleasure as you are.
One event that illustrated the gap between the Africa of conjecture and the real Africa was the BlackBerry outage of a few weeks ago. Who would have thought Research In Motion’s technical issues would cause so much annoyance and inconvenience in a place like Lagos? But of course it did, because people don’t wake up with “poor African” pasted on their foreheads. They live as citizens of the modern world. None of this is to deny the existence of social stratification and elite structures here. There are lifestyles of the rich and famous, sure. But the interesting thing about modern technology is how socially mobile it is—quite literally. Everyone in Lagos has a phone.
— Teju Cole (via kateoplis)
#first world problems
11:48 pm • 2 April 2014 • 3,666 notes