This weeks links (2015-02-02)

In brief:

* Twitter admits they ‘suck’ at dealing with trolls (2015-Feb-05) [SBS News]

❝ We suck at dealing with abuse and trolls on the platform and we’ve sucked at it for years. It’s no secret and the rest of the world talks about it every day. We lose core user after core user by not addressing simple trolling issues that they face every day. I’m frankly ashamed of how poorly we’ve dealt with this issue during my tenure as CEO. It’s absurd. There’s no excuse for it. I take full responsibility for not being more aggressive on this front. It’s nobody else’s fault but mine, and it’s embarrassing. We’re going to start kicking these people off right and left and making sure that when they issue their ridiculous attacks, nobody hears them. ❞
[Twitter CEO, Dick Costolo]

* Board games are back, but they look different from what you remember (2015-Feb-01) [ABC News]
… This year more than 800 games were released at Internationale Spieltage SPIEL in Essen, Germany, which is considered the largest public international convention for board and card games.
There are a generous supply of websites dedicated to board game geeks and even a popular YouTube based show, hosted by a former Star Trek star, has been explaining new titles.
Using the internet, many board game developers are selling direct to consumers using crowdfunding websites rather than approaching large mainstream retailers. …

* Neil Gaiman and Sir Ian McKellen triumph at BBC Audio Drama Awards (2015-Feb-01) [RadioTimes]
Gaiman is given an Outstanding Contribution prize following the Radio 4 adaptations of Good Omens and Neverwhere while Lord of the Rings star McKellen pips Sherlock’s Andrew Scott to the best acting award.

Cycling:

* The Week in Bike #54 – The Season Arc (2015-Jan-31) [Cyclocosm]

* How The Race Was Won – Men’s Cyclocross World Championships 2015 (2015-Feb-02) [Cyclocosm]

* How The Race Was Won – Women’s Cyclocross World Championships 2015 (2015-Feb-04) [Cyclocosm]

* 2015 Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race – Elite Women

* 2015 Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race – Elite Men

Some reading/listening:

* The Lipinski [BBC World Service]
The startling 300-year journey of a ‘golden period’ Stradivarius violin – through the lives of geniuses, dictators, refugees and ordinary people, as well as the thieves who stole it violently in 2014. [MP3 (50m02s)]

Something from Bandcamp:

I Could Give You All That You Don't Want by The Twilight Sad

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