Four short links: 13 December 2012

Top Chinese Memes, Raising Quality, Retro Browsing, and The Clicks of the Dead

  1. Top 10 Chinese Internet Memes of 2012 — most are political, unlike Overly Attached Girlfriend.
  2. Evaporative Cooling — thoughtful piece about the tendency of event quality to trend down unless checked by invisible walls. (via Hacker News)
  3. What Was It Like to Browse the Web in the 90s? (Quora) — it was awesome, because the alternative was television. Couple of whiny “you won’t believe how hard we had it” posts, from people who obviously believe that everyone in history has been miserable because they don’t have it as good as we do now. And, thus, by extension, we are miserable because we don’t have it as good as future generations of silver-robot-bearing flying-car-driving humans.
  4. Why Are Dead People Liking Stuff on Facebook? (ReadWrite Web) — a good question.
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  • Guest

    Anyone know of a way to quickly read a Quora page *without* registering, or linking to a Facebook/Twitter account?

    Besides the annoying time-suck “register wall” (I just want to skim during my coffee break), they lost my interest/account a few months ago by changing their policy so that /reading/ posts was tracked and shared. Perhaps they back-tracked, but frankly, trust once lost is never regained.

    • Nathan Torkington

      Good point — I hadn’t realized quite the depth of ick in Quora’s tracking and login policies. I’ll do my best, in future, to excerpt enough that you don’t need to click through. Hmm, maybe gist or pastebin the relevant bits for your privacy-enhanced viewing pleasure …

  • Hang

    Thanks for the shout out on Evaporative Cooling :)

    • Ivan

      Hmm note the, I assume, vandalism in the article… “f*** you” is in there.