How to overcome shyness

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The School of Life has a video to help people overcome shyness.

Shyness is based on a set of ideas about the world that are eminently amenable to change through a process of reason because they are founded on some touchingly malleable errors of thought, Shyness is rooted in a distinctive way of interpreting strangers.

Futaracha Pro, a font that “evolves” as you type

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Futaracha Pro is a typeface designed to take excessive advantage of alternatives, ligatures and other features of modern fonts, so much so that as you type, the words evolve into striking, but consistent new forms.[via Bored Panda]

Futuracha Pro is an Open Type Font, which magically adjusts and readjusts as you write. Its quirkiness and eccentricity are the two main features that made it one of the most beloved fonts in the whole world. Until today, nobody was able to just sit down and type with it. Featuring various combinations of letters and plenty of playful ligatures, Futuracha Pro gives creative people the opportunity to actually type and create, making their ideas extraordinary and unique!

Currently available as an elaborate nest of EPS files, a proper font’s been in the works for years. You can preorder it for $50, but it’s still cooking and will not be available until May.

Want Python to be more than a snake to you? Buy this bundle.

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For newcomers to programming, deciding which language to learn first can be tough. Beginner-oriented languages can have limited power, making them hard to sustain long-term. Fortunately, one of the most popular languages around, Python, is both incredibly powerful and easy for novices to pick up.

In this Python bundle, you will grow your programming skills by building real-world applications. Aside from programming fundamentals, you will explore subjects like big data analysis and using python to power dynamic websites.

Growing your programming skills is easy with Python’s human-readable syntax and over 70 hours of instructional content. For a limited time, you can get The Python Power Coder BONUS Bundle for $44.

What’s the difference between a CEO and a president?

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Christopher Brown is a gonzo cyberpunk writer who delves into the real-world story of Saddam Hussein’s Frank Frazetta collection, but by day he’s a high-powered lawyer who’s worked in government and the private sector (it’s the intersection of these two Browns that penned his outstanding, forthcoming debut novel, Tropic of Kansas, which you should pre-order right now).

Japan’s “Weird Hotel,” staffed by robots, in a Japanese theme-park

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The Henn Na Hotel (“weird hotel”) is staffed by robots: the Japanese-speaking check-in clerk is a vicious robot dinosaur, while the English-speaking one is humanoid; a robot arm stores and retrieves personal items from the guest lockers, and a chatbot serves as concierge.

Uber uses its in-app podcasts to broadcast anti-union messages to drivers

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The City of Seattle says it will let Uber drivers form a union, and Uber has retaliated by producing a series of anti-union audio programs that it is pushing to Uber drivers’ apps, where the programs light up a non-dismissable alert asking the drivers to listen to the program.


This Mac app bundle is the first to offer access to every future version

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With the user-friendliness of MacOS X and its suite of capable built-in apps, it’s not always easy to see the allure of third party apps. Sometimes, however, the defaults just don’t jive well with power users looking for more functionality and configuration.

With an array of apps for media creation, file management, and personal security, this Mac Bundle has something for anyone that needs more than a web browser and FaceTime.

Now, we know people tend to get tripped up and irked by “lifetime” deals that expire well before you do. Well first, that’s because “lifetime” refers to the lifetime of the specific product, not you, unfortunately. Second, that often typically means just the minor upgrades; iOS 9.1 to iOS 9.2 for example. What’s different about this bundle is that it truly does mean lifetime – the first of its kind on the web. No tricks or technicalities, you’ll get access to every single minor update and major version upgrade to every single app included as long as upgrades are still happening. That’s like iOS 9 to iOS infinity, all for free. 

Here’s a taste of what you’ll get:

  • Secure, cloud-free password management with Sticky Password Premium
  • Service-agnostic remote backups and cloud storage with Arq 5 and CloudMounter
  • Professional 4K video processing with CameraBag Cinema
  • Home WiFi network mapping and optimization with NetSpot Pro
  • Network and disk privacy monitoring with Hands Off!

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. As an added bonus, in celebration of Pi Day, readers can get a bonus $3.14 off your purchase if the total value of your cart is over $30 for the next 48 hours. The World’s First Lifetime Mac Bundle is $49 before the Pi Day discount.

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Games and other online communities are societies, owed a duty of care by their owners

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Raph Koster is one of the world’s most celebrated game designers, responsible for the design of Ultima Online, CCO of Sony during the Star Wars Galaxies era, and author of the classic Theory of Fun. Ever year, Raph gives a barn-raising/barn-burning speech at the Game Developer’s Conference, one of the don’t-miss moments of the conference. This year’s speech is no exception.

Very cheap laser printer toner cartridges

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It was a happy day when, several years ago, we retired our color inkjet printer and bought a laser printer. It doesn’t make color prints, but we rarely need them. It’s fast and best of all, 3rd-party toner cartridges are dirt cheap. Amazon sells a 2-pack of the TN450 compatible high yield toner cartridge for most Brother printers for $14, or $7 each. The genuine cartridges sell for $45 each. I’ve never has a problem with any of the knockoff cartridges.

Triangle — a new book about some very sneaky shapes

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Triangle is a rascally shape with a trick up his sleeve. Well, it would be, if he had any arms. Mac Barnett’s wily story and Jon Klassen’s eyes-tell-all illustrations make Triangle a really fun read-aloud for preschoolers, early elementary kids, and their adults.

Both the grown-ups and the kid in my house were eagerly awaiting this book — the latest collaboration between Barnett and Klassen. Both are crazy talented picture book makers who have consistently put out silly, thoughtful, beautiful books over the past few years, together and apart. This is the third book they’ve done as a duo (the previous two are Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, 2014, and Extra Yarn, 2012) and it feels a little different.

Aesthetically, in the tone of the text and the images, Triangle is much more reminiscent of Klassen’s Hat books than of Extra Yarn and Sam and Dave Dig a Hole. The main characters are shapes (keeping with Klassen’s typical non-human subjects) and the setting ranges from sparse snapshots to a simple yet stunning landscape of “shapes with no names.” (The brief traipse and chase through this land that lies between the neat, pointed places made of triangles and squares adds something magical to the book. That feeling is made even nicer when realizing that the magical place is the one most like our own.)

Amidst Klassen’s illustrations, Barnett’s voice is still quite present, especially in the dialogue. The reader can’t help but deliver Triangle’s lines with a mischievous sneer and Square’s with a tight-throated hand wringing, and that despite the characters’ lack of mouths or hands. This book clearly could have only been made by this particular author/illustrator team, and it makes me wonder if the story itself reflects some of the playfulness of their own relationship.


by Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)


2017, 48 pages, 9.0 x 0.5 x 9.0 inches, Hardcover

$11 Buy on Amazon

How to stop websites from auto-playing audio and videos

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It’s annoying when videos and audio clips start playing by themselves when you visit a web site. Here are a few ways to squelch them, via Kirkville:

For Chrome: Get the Disable HTML5 Autoplay plugin. This blocks both video and audio from playing automatically.

For Firefox: Use FlashStopper.

For Safari, there used to be an excellent plugin called ClickToPlugin, but it is no longer being updated. So to turn off autoplay videos, you need to first work in Terminal. Quit Safari, then open Terminal (it’s in /Applications/Utilities). Paste this command into the window:

defaults write IncludeInternalDebugMenu 1

Press Return, and wait a few seconds.

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Washington Post and Jigsaw launch a collaborative pop-up dictionary of security jargon

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Information security’s biggest obstacle isn’t the mere insecurity of so many of our tools and services: it’s the widespread lack of general knowledge about fundamental security concepts, which allows scammers to trick people into turning off or ignoring security red flags.


Maker of internet-connected vibrator must pay $4m for secretly tracking users’ sexual activity

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We-Vibe agreed to pay up to $10,000 each to customers after tracking use of their “smart vibrators” without permission. The total hit is for $4m.

The We-Vibe 4 Plus is a £90 bluetooth connected vibrator, which can be controlled through an app. It is marketed as a way to “allow couples to keep their flame ignited – together or apart”. Its app-enabled controls can be activated remotely, allowing, for instance, a partner on the other end of a video call to interact.

But the app came with a number of security and privacy vulnerabilities, which added up to produce something that many would feel uncomfortable about using.

They sold people on “control a vibrator with your phone” but the reality was “we build a data graph of your sexual habits.”

Minimalist web publishing platforms

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Check out, a toy “publishing platform” I made. I put that phrase in quotes because it’s designed to be as lightweight as possible: you type in text and hit publish, and your work is live on the internet. From the “about” page:

This is the dumbest publishing platform on the web. … There’s no tracking, ad-tech, webfonts, analytics, javascript, cookies, databases, user accounts, comments, friending, likes, follower counts or other quantifiers of social capital. The only practical way for anyone to find out about a posting is if the author links to it elsewhere.

But it is legible, no-nonsense static hypertext, good for short stories, not-short-enough tweets and adventures and all your numbers station or internet dead drop needs. Here you can scream into the void and know the form of your voice is out there forever.

Search engines are instructed not to index posts and I’ll do my best to make sure this isn’t used as a tool by spammers or other abusers. Nonetheless, posting will be turned off if anything bad grows out of it.

Use Dumbdown to format posts: #header, **bold**, *italic*, `code`, >quote, and hyperlinks in the format [link]( Try !hacker and !professor and !timestamp too. …

Long live the independent web!


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