Techmeme and the Verge demonstrate truth vs. clickbait

chipotle:

This is The Verge’s headline for a review of the new Lytro Illum camera:

This is Techmeme’s rewrite of the headline, to more accurately match what the Verge says about the Illum:

Personally, I’d be more inclined to click on Techmeme’s headline anyway.

The sheer number of articles that I’ve seen come down The Verge’s RSS feed suggest to me that it’s primarily about the clicks.

These days, my primary sources for tech news are :

  • Techdirt,
  • PC Pro,
  • Ars Technica

in that order.

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Tutorial: Reaction-Diffusion in Photoshop from Skybase on Vimeo.

Reaction-Diffusion can be seen anywhere in nature, from patterns on fish, coral, to zebras, and anything spotted. Doing this in photoshop is extremely easy and an old trick :) You just have to have an initial image, then apply a set of filters that “cause a reaction” (sharpen, highpass, levels, edge detect… anything that brings contrast) and then have it diffuse (blur, median, min/max, and otherwise so many options.)

There are so many things you can do with this one simple texture and it takes no time at all to generate them.

I also recommend experimenting with new chains of reaction-diffusion patterns like edgedetect—>threshold—>median and get a bunch of patterns we’ve never seen before.

This is an old but useful trick for texturing artists. Hope you enjoy the video

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YouTube comments aren’t “just the Internet.” They’re not the product of a group of otherwise nice guys who suddenly become evil when they wear a veil of anonymity. YouTube comments are actually a nightmarish glimpse into the sexist attitudes that define the fabric of our own existence in the “real world,” a world that, like YouTube, is owned and dominated by men. The most terrifying gift that the Internet has given us is that it’s shown us how men honestly perceive the world: as a place where women exist exclusively for their sexual pleasure.

In the wake of VidCon, and as more and more women start speaking up about the harassment they face online, it’s time to start realizing that our narrative of progress is deeply flawed. Things aren’t getting better for women on the Internet; they’re deteriorating and ignoring the problem amounts to being complicit in it.

"For women on the Internet, it doesn’t get better" by Samantha Allen (via femfreq)
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drovie:

Tumblr is getting funnier and funnier with their recommended blogs for me. Today it was ‘worshipgifs’ and ‘younggaychristian’ as well as one that I didn’t read clear enough to remember but it was somethign along the lines of ‘godsaves’.  I wonder how much atheist stuff I need to post before tumblr stops giving me religious suggestions.

This is what I miss out on by reading Tumblogs via Feedly instead of following people on Tumblr. I only have the account now so that I can (re)blog stuff, comment and post questions.

Sadly, no such luck with Facebook. Even if you click ‘not interested’, the same suggestions eventually show up again.

Moral Of The Story: Suggestions are mainly for Facebook/Tumblr/Twitter/G+/whoever’s benefit, rather than yours. It’s all about scraping up more information to sell on to advertisers.

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