Why the Soviets doctored this iconic photo

With the recent 75 year remembrance of the Normandy Landings (D-Day), I was reminded of this video by Vox, from the Vox Darkroom series: “Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima” and “Raising a Flag over the Reichstag” are similarly iconic photos from World War II. They’re both beloved images of victory, and they’re both taken […]

Chernobyl

Past Monday the fifth and final episode of HBO’s Chernobyl miniseries aired. I’ve enjoyed watching this show, which covers the events that lead up to and followed the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster in 1986. Solid acting, good storytelling, brilliant atmosphere, … Highly recommended! Also: That font (not the one from the trailer but the one from […]

The Economics of Open Source // Introducing Entropic, a federated package registry

At JSConf EU 2019, CJ Silverio – former CTO at NPM Inc – gave this talk on why a VC-funded private package registry (read: the one ran by NPM Inc) holds many dangers. The JS package commons is in the hands of a for-profit entity. We trust NPM Inc with our shared code, but we […]

The Disco Invention that Changed Pop Music

I’ve been enjoying – and have linked to – the videos by Vox quite a lot, especially those from Vox Earworm. This video on how disco’s newly invented vinyl format – the 12-inch single – revolutionized pop music in the ’70s, is something right up my alley: ℹ️ Embedding the Facebook version because the YouTube […]

How to Steal a Tesla and What You Should Do to Protect Yourself

It’s possible to unlock and start a Tesla using only using a driver’s App username and password (without the need of a key nor the pincode to unlock the onboard dashboard!) Let this be a reminder to never trust free Wifi; especially not Wifi that requires you to “log in” (*). Also: Services like these […]

Train of SpaceX‘s Starlink Satellites captured as they fly over Holland

Yesterday SpaceX deployed the first batch of satellites for “Starlink”, its ambitious internet-from-space program. In total 60 of the 12000 planned satellites got deployed. Holland based Dr. Marco Langbroek captured the train of satellites as they passed over Leiden, the Netherlands, about 22.5 hours after launch. Over the coming days the “train” of objects will […]

Getting started with Event Sourcing (in Laravel)

I’ve seen Freek give his talk on Event Sourcing in Laravel at a Full Stack Ghent meetup recently. Glad to see the talk evolved a bit more and he now has made a recording of it. Don’t let the “in Laravel” part scare you, as the knowledge is applicable across different frameworks and languages. For […]