A curated weekly newsletter/blog of mostly-tech links that are interesting, strange, surprising or funny. From the BGP Bitcoin theft in 2014 that started it to Kugelblitzes, hashmaps in Rust and licking Nintendo cartridges, the Weekly Weird is me dumping my browser tabs into an email just in time for lunchtime on Friday (EST). No politics unless the underlying story is really compelling. Subscribe here.
The current political cycle is terrible! But I am terrible at not being a news and politics junkie! Since I'm not going to get a break from it, I thought I'd put together this newsletter digest so you don't have to drown in it, too.
Moderators of r/worldnews on reddit worked with me to test an idea: what are the effects of encouraging fact-checking on the response and spread of unreliable news? On average, messages encouraging fact-checking caused a 2x reduction in the reddit score of tabloid submissions, which likely influenced reddit's rankings. [more inside]
An update on what we've been up to at The Media Show, including an interview with the head of punk label Kill Rock Stars and arguing with a puppet version of Richard Stallman. [more inside]
This is an alternative news site built on the read-it-later feeds from a small group of contributors. It's not meant to replace a news site, but instead to highlight longer form stories of interest from a diverse collection of sites. While originally started as a personal project, I think it's developed into something interesting and worth sharing with others.
Refugees and migrants have traveled over two billion miles to seek asylum in Europe this year. Follow the journeys yourself, and make choices along the way, in this interactive video narrative.
Unofficial translations of articles I find interesting, in either the Chilean press or the related blogosphere. [more inside]
Since September 2014 I have contributed stories about Japan as Global Voices' Japan Editor. I report on what Japanese people are actually saying about the news on Twitter, in blogs, and on 2chan (somewhat similar to Reddit). Often I can find eyewitness accounts (in Japanese) to what's happening in the news, sometimes even scooping Western news outlets. It's all about presenting an authentic, slightly quirky take on current events in Japan.
A simple quiz: Guess whether the text is from a subject in my spam folder or a news headline. Or: 21 scandalous true uncensored answers no one wants you to know, but everyone — including your future life partner — is talking about. [more inside]
After being annoyed with the sheer amount of misinformation being spread by news agencies and social media about Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, myself and a journalist based in Kuala Lumpur have been working together on a blog that debunks some of the common myths, factchecks news sources, and answers reader questions. We work on getting as close to the original source as possible and generally try to stay away from "unnamed officials" or "unnamed sources" as much as we can. [more inside]
I started a new website which focuses on news for the Intelligent Gamer. It's a multi platform gaming news and reviews site that I describe as the Anti-Kotaku. [more inside]
For years I've been disappointed with the quality and substance of technology news. The vast majority of it is far too niche interest (regular updates on AAPL) or marketing disguised as news (new Android tablet everybody!), and much of what's left is just not interesting to the average person interested in technology. The Brief is my answer to that. Every day I collect the news that is actually news and summarise and link to it. [more inside]
I've put together some of the software I wrote to help me track the Libyan revolution and have pointed it at everything discussing Syria on twitter. It ranks all the news articles, tweets, videos and images discussing twitter as well as the related hashtags and users with the most influence. You can see the most popular content for the last hour, for the last 24 hour period, or any random day in the last week. [more inside]
Done in the style of Michael Lesy's classic project "Wisconsin Death Trip", this website takes tragic, amazing, creepy, or unusual stories from North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota newspapers of the early 20th Century and presents one daily, with a vintage picture weekly.
latakoo lets you send video fast using a standard Internet connection, and then allows you to manage it using a private web application. When TV news journalists couldn't raise their satellite masts during Hurricane Irene, they used latakoo instead - and when TechCrunch needed to get interview footage back, they did the same.
The goal is to cut through the noise of the daily news cycle and provide a breath of fresh, smart and funny air. In video form, mainly. We launched just over a month ago on a very small scale. The plan is to expand production over the next months, both in terms of volume of output and style of material. And hopefully take down a congressman or senator or two, while we’re at it. And make you laugh.
This is a news/opinion site with a libertarian left perspective. I've been working on it now for about six months, and there are a lot of features that I still need to flesh out. [more inside]
Find news articles derived from press releases. Just paste a press release in and see what you get!
My weekend project was to create a link blog application that would make it easy to share links with my friends through a bookmarklet. It's minimal in terms of features right now and the design is, um, spartan. But, y'know. Ship it. http://www.findsignal.com/jp
This is my personal blog, where I post all my FPP's for posterity and other tidbits I find amusing or distressing. [more inside]