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veen  ·  368 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: GET OFF LINE FOR BERNIE: Watch this to the end

The voting system used has lead to a democracy of only two parties (Duverger's Law). There's a very strong us-versus-them mentality comparing the Democrats and Republicans. Because of this, the interesting political debates don't really happen at the party level but at the candidate level - so it matters a lot which person is nominated, because if they win it's their ideas and policies that they will try to drag through Congress.

If you want to know why it is in the news every. single. day, Ryan Holiday explains in his book that news outlets like Politico figured out that they can start coverage of the race years in advance. They do this simply by discussing and speculating on potential candidates and ramping up the coverage from there on. This election has been nuts (at least from my perspective) in no small part because of all the media attention generated around it.

veen  ·  447 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 160th Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately" Thread

Digging this electronic piece:

veen  ·  519 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Berlin real-time transit map

I love them too! You might also like this realtime Dutch railways map and the realtime world shipping map. Perhaps the coolest of all is this 3D London Underground visualization.

veen  ·  710 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The social aggregator is a terrible business model.

First off, I'm very grateful that the Hubski team is willing to cover the costs so far. I've seen a couple of great sites / projects evaporate because of financial issues. Thanks everyone.

My opinion is that having a donation button would be nice and I think there are enough users who'd want to donate (myself included). I don't think it's a good long-term option, though. Donations are sporadic and it's not something that alleviates the financial worry / stress. Merch is in the same category - it's nice to have, but not something stable to build a site on. That's why I think a monthly donation option would be better, name-your-price style.

Just don't make it visible publically, or only make it visible to the user who's donating as a reminder. It shouldn't be a badge of honor. The only reason people should support the site is because they want to support the site.

veen  ·  862 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: December Photo Challenge, Day 12: "Three"

...three coins and three cables in your soundboard thing? rezzeJ

veen  ·  883 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: November 19, 2014

Hong Kong! Really awesome. Some tips off the top of my head:

1. Walk of the Stars is like a shit version of LA. Not worth it, there are better spots for a good view of the harbor skyline. Maaybe go if you have an immense love for Bruce Lee and need to touch his statue there. But otherwise don't.

2. GET AN OCTOPUS CARD. It's one card for the subway system, which is amazing, runs like every two minutes, and has cross-platform transfers everywhere. So pretty similar to the cards in NYC and London, right? No, because you can also use this card to pay at the station shops. 90% of the time this is the 7/11, which are everywhere. If you're travelling the city all day this is a godsend, because you can grab the 7/11 half liter bottles of iced tea for just ten HK dollar ($1.30). I did this almost every day. I was there in december too, and it was t-shirt weather most of the week, so stay hydrated. You can get an Octopus card at any medium-to-large station, they have customer information, and they know English most of the time.

3. I know friends who were on the same trip as me who went to the Ten Thousand Buddhas monastery, they said it's pretty cool. Every Buddha is unique.

4. Tip for the evening: go to the Mong Kok neighbourhood. It is the densest in the world, and at night all the neon lights are fucking amazing. I mean, look at this:

5. Also in the same area, the Ladies' Market, which isn't for ladies, it's a general souvenir kinda market where you can haggle to death. Seriously, we were there and I wanted a necklace for my mother, which was advertised for HK140 ($20?). Got it for HK40. If you can't get more than 40 percent off, don't buy. That area (and Yau Ma Tei a bit more south) is also great for food.

6. You probably want to get a beautiful view of the city at the Victoria Peak. The train that goes up there is pretty touristy (read: pricey) and often has long lines. It's also not that easy to reach by subway. And what they don't tell you, however, is that at the Peak, you need to pay again to get to the observatorial deck. Protip: the mall next door has a roof terrace with the same view, for free. And you can get a cheap bus from Admiralty that will bring you directly to the Peak mall. The bus does take a bit longer.

7. The Nan Lian Garden is supposedly one of the most beautiful Asian parks in the world. It is pretty neat to wind down, and the Chi Lin monastery is right next door, which is some pretty cool Chinese temple kinda thing. It's also walking distance from Diamond Hill subway station, and it's all free.

8. Do take the Star Ferry! It is only like a dollar, you can enter with your Octopus card (amazing eh) and while it's short, you get some great views of the bay from that boat.

9. Disneyland is not different enough from the American ones to spend a day.

10. If you want to go on a tower, get to the Bank of China Tower (the one with the big triangles on the side). During office hours you can go to the 44th floor for free. Much better than the $30 ride to the top of the ICC tower, which is also harder to reach.

11. Something to combine with that: for less than a dollar you can ride the Hong Kong tram. It goes nice and slow and it's a nice ride in between the giant skyscrapers. Ride it from the BoC tower to Sheung Wan.

12. I found it nice to learn the basics of Chinese with this simple method. If you memorize the basic 9 characters, most of the Chinese signs will not look like complete gibberish to you (Most of HK is bilingual, but it's nice to recognize names faster because you recognize a character or two. It won't hurt!)

If you want to know more, lemme know! I'll respond to this post if I think of more cool things to do.

PS. dammit now I want to go back

veen  ·  955 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Watches, Wearables & You (and me)

So - here's my opinion as someone who is really damned close to buying a Moto 360, and a not-so-old fart. The major selling points for me at least, are twofold:

1. Fashion statement. Even though I have a smartphone right in my pocket, I still have this Fossil hanging around my wrist often. It looks cool and fits my style, so I wear it. Same with the Moto360, or the iWatch (even though I think the latter is inferior). It also speaks to the geek inside me - isn't it cool to have a watch that can do all sorts of stuff?

2. Information at a glance. Not just the time. With the Moto 360, it uses Google Now and Android notifications - the two reasons I open my phone the most. Most of the screen time on my phone is doing those simple tasks of checking to see if I have mail, or a message, or ask something to Google, or play / pause / forward my music. If I can do most of the simple phone-related stuff on my wrist, it'll be less of a hassle. The time to get to the info I want is always less if you can just twist your wrist than if you have to get your (large) phone out of your pocket.

That being said, the iWatch is shit as a sportswatch, has that weird knob that I don't like and it seems like it's been given all the apps Apple could think of because Apple doesn't really know how to justify the $350 price otherwise.

No, it's not revolutionary and it doesn't solve big problems. There's no killer app you're missing. It seems to me more a result of Apple desperately trying to innovate and entice consumers in a market (the screens-in-your-face-market) that appears to be on a plateau. Or they're making it because everyone else is making one, and they don't want to miss the Next Big Sale Goldmine.

Also, anything to make people forget this horrendous ad:

veen  ·  1013 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Laura E. Hall: What Happens When Digital Cities Are Abandoned?

It's on Steam since a month or two and works fine on my win 7 pc. I've played it so much, that when I turn the sound lower and lower until it's off, my mind fills in the sound effects.

veen  ·  1018 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Mid-2014 Hubski Sticker Vote Thread

Nope! kleinbl00: there's no collimation error (cool word by the way) or trackpadrunk inaccuracy. The logo's just not good enough, sadly. Otherwise these lines would align too:

Edit: I got it to work...ish.

veen  ·  1027 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: HUBSKI: Chapter 4

This is great! You did fail to mention my infamous red hair though, holding the fury of a thousand suns.

Had great fun making the map. Here's the large version! It's already paid for, after all.