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jama9:

Pretty sure that generation has been dead for awhile but ok, pretend one thing has something to do with another

The end of Jim Crow laws was in the 1950′s. The first black student to attend a formerly all white school was Ruby Bridges in 1960. 

Here she is being walked to school under the protection of Federal Marshals because angry white people were ready to harm or kill her. 

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Here she is in 2010, eight years ago. 

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The generation that enforced segregation is not dead, fucko. They were our fuckin grandparents, and it was not that goddamn long ago. 

Google is free. 

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jhamill
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bibliogrrl
14 days ago
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Chicago!
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Twitter Addresses Why They’ve Broken Twitter for Third-Party Clients

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Good piece by Sarah Perez at TechCrunch regarding a Twitter internal email on why they’ve broken significant functionality for third-party clients:

And Twitter wonders why users don’t want to use its own clients?

Perhaps, users want a consistent experience — one that doesn’t involve a million inconsequential product changes like turning stars to hearts or changing the character counter to a circle. Maybe they appreciate the fact that the third parties seem to understand what Twitter is better than Twitter itself does: Twitter has always been about a real-time stream of information. It’s not meant to be another Facebook-style algorithmic News Feed. The third-party clients respect that. Twitter does not.

Twitter executive Rob Johnson:

We’ve heard feedback (#breakingmytwitter) from our customers about the pain this causes. We’re committed to understanding why people hire 3rd party clients over our own apps, and we’re going to do better with communicating changes.

My strong preference for Tweetbot, on both iOS and Mac, is simple: I prefer its user interface.

Tweetbot presents tweets and replies/mentions in a way that fits my mental model of what Twitter is. Tweetbot makes sense to me — in large part simply because it presents tweets in chronological order. Twitter’s iOS app does none of these things for me. I truly find it confusing. And Twitter no longer even fucking has a first-party native app for the Mac. I don’t want to use a website for Twitter. I want an app.

I think Twitter should reverse course on this whole thing. Replace the now-deprecated third-party client APIs with new ones, let third-party clients flourish, and figure out a way to make money from them. Require third-party clients to show ads. Or require users who prefer third-party clients to pay some sort of fee. I already happily pay for Tweetbot; I’d also happily pay Twitter for the privilege of using it. I am convinced there are ways Twitter could make money from people using third-party clients. I am equally convinced that there’s no way Twitter can make one interface that pleases all of its users.

Twitter cutting off third-party clients is as foolish and wrongheaded as it would be if Apple cut off third-party iOS apps for maps, email, calendar, notes, podcasts, music, etc. iOS is a platform and Apple has default apps for all those things, and most iOS users stick with those defaults. Twitter should look at itself as a platform in the same way. As it stands, they’re chasing influential users away.

Update: Something I only noticed after having made the above analogy: when Rob Johnson shared his email this morning about Twitter and third-party clients, he did so by tweeting two screenshots of the message. Those screenshots show he uses a third-party email client on his iPhone. So my simple argument to Johnson is this: I prefer a third-party Twitter client for the same reason you prefer a third-party iOS email client. One size doesn’t fit all.

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jhamill
8 hours ago
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Wait. We're mad that 3rd party apps can't send us push notifications and stream new tweets? I thought we hated notifications and wanted to look at our phones less.
California
MotherHydra
3 days ago
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Utter hypocrisy. Time for twitter to die.
Space City, USA
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‘Dragonfly’

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Ryan Gallagher, writing this week:

Google co-founder Sergey Brin is the owner of what is reportedly one of the world’s fastest motor yachts. The luxurious 240-foot boat (pictured below) is worth $80 million and has nine cabins and space for 18 guests and 16 crew. It has an open-air cinema, a bar, and a jacuzzi on the sundeck, which can be converted into a dance floor.

But that is all less interesting to me than the boat’s name: Dragonfly. As I reported for The Intercept earlier this month, Google has since spring 2017 been working on a secretive project to launch a censored search engine in China. And the internal code-name for the China project is… Dragonfly.

I’ll explain why this small detail is very curious.

Back in 2006, Google launched a censored search engine in China. But four years later, in March 2010, it pulled the service out of the country, citing Chinese government efforts to limit free speech, block websites, and hack Google’s computer systems.

At that time, Sergey Brin was one of the main forces inside Google arguing that the company should not be complicit in Chinese government censorship. As a child, he had spent six years with his family in the Soviet Union, and he was all too familiar with state repression.

Even stranger: Gallagher reports that at an employee all-hands meeting to address this controversial project, Brin said he wasn’t aware of the project until The Intercept broke the story. So it’s either an amazing coincidence, or whoever named the project was trolling Brin. Google seems like a weird place.

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jhamill
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A boat and a project are named the same thing so they must be related. Okay.
California
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GRIS Is a Gorgeous Narrative Experience Coming to Nintendo Switch, Windows, and macOS in December

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Devolver Digital publishes some really fantastic games across different platforms. I’m glad I get to finally write about a game they are putting out, here on Beautiful Pixels. That game is GRIS and it looks stunning! It reminds me of Journey from thatgamecompany in a 2D plane. The announcement trailer has animation that almost makes me wish there was a way I could replace the Apple TV screensaver with this trailer. Watch the trailer for it below:

Set for release in December, GRIS will not have any death or danger. It is all about the animation and art with puzzles accompanied by a lovely soundtrack. The promotional poster is wallpaper worthy. Check it out below:

GRIS is heading to Nintendo Switch, Windows, and macOS this December. Check out the website for the game here. I can’t wait to check it out on the Switch.

The post GRIS Is a Gorgeous Narrative Experience Coming to Nintendo Switch, Windows, and macOS in December appeared first on Beautiful Pixels.

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jhamill
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Wow, that's a good looking game.
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This shelf makes a staircase

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This shelf makes a staircase

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jhamill
3 days ago
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Neat
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fxer
3 days ago
though I do wonder if that's a legal spacing for the railings
MotherHydra
3 days ago
fxer, lack of handrails would cause trouble depending on where you live.
jhamill
2 days ago
But the books are there for the handrails! (I'm bad at comedy)
MotherHydra
2 days ago
lol!
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Real wealth

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“Real wealth is never having to spend time with assholes.”

I think about that John Waters line all the time.

Only trouble is, he never said those exact words. He said this (from Make Trouble):

I’m rich! I don’t mean money-wise. I mean that I have figured out how to never be around assholes at any time in my personal and professional life. That’s rich. And not being around assholes should be the goal of every graduate here today.

The late Anthony Bourdain also had a “No Asshole” rule:

It is truly a privilege to live by what I call the ‘no asshole’ rule. I don’t do business with assholes. I don’t care how much money they are offering me, or what project. Life is too short. Quality of life is important. I’m fortunate to collaborate with a lot of people who I respect and like, and I’d like to keep it that way.

In an earlier interview, he said it even more succinctly:

I want to keep the assholes in my life to an absolute minimum, if not zero.” That’s worth real, real money — to not have assholes in your life.

Real wealth = no assholes.

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jhamill
3 days ago
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Sounds good to me.
California
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