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I Was A Cable Guy. I Saw The Worst Of America. | HuffPost
"I panicked and said the first thing that came to mind: “Yeah, well, waterboard me if it makes him feel better. It’ll still take a week.” And I walked out."
essay  us  cable  tv  labor  abuse  dickcheney 
5 days ago
Ethereum Plans to Cut Its Absurd Energy Consumption by 99 Percent - IEEE Spectrum
"Ethereum mining consumes a quarter to half of what Bitcoin mining does, but that still means that for most of 2018 it was using roughly as much electricity as Iceland. Indeed, the typical Ethereum transaction gobbles more power than an average U.S. household uses in a day."
blockchain  cryptocurrency  ethereum  bitcoin  energy  electricity  climatechange  wtf 
5 days ago
Meshmixer
Do you need to clean up a 3D scan, do some 3D printing, or design an object that fits something else? Meshmixer can help. Think of it as a sort of "Swiss Army Knife" for 3D meshes.
3d  mesh  software 
5 days ago
European ARTificial Intelligence Lab - Creative Europe Desk Slovenia
"European ARTificial Intelligence Lab
PROJECT AREA: Multimedia and New Technologies
PRODUCER: Kersnikova Institute (partner)
PROJECT LEAD: Unternehmensgruppe der Stadt Linz Holding Gmbh (AT)
CALL: Creative Europe (2014 -2020) - Culture / European cooperation projects 2018
EU FUNDING: 1.970.692,53 EUR
YEAR: 2018
Coordinator: Unternehmensgruppe der Stadt Linz Holding Gmbh (AT)
(..)

Project amount: 3.941.385,06 EUR
EU support: 1.970.692,53 EUR (50 %)"
arselectronica  eu  funding  mediaarts 
5 days ago
Open Call – AILab
"Win a residency in Buenos Aires and Linz!
Together with twelve prestigious art and cultural institutions, Ars Electronica is launching a new Europe-wide, three-year initiative: the European ARTificial Intelligence Lab. Until February 17, 2019, both established artists and up-and-coming talents will have the opportunity to spend several weeks at the Ars Electronica Futurelab and at the Muntref Centro de Arte y Ciencia (Museum of the Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero, Art and Science Center) as well as Laboratorio de Neurociencia de la Universidad Torquato Ditella in Buenos Aires. (..)
The selected artist wins a residency (no prize money). In addition, an artist’s fee of € 3.000,-, production costs of € 5.000,-, accommodation and travel expenses for the residency will be covered from a designated fund."
arselectronica  eu  funding  mediaarts 
5 days ago
The Automation Charade
"The rise of the robots has been greatly exaggerated. Whose interests does that serve? (..)

Jobs may be eliminated and salaries slashed but people are often still laboring alongside or behind the machines, even if the work they perform has been deskilled or goes unpaid. (..)

In its more harmless form, fauxtomation is merely a marketing ploy, a way to make pointless products seem cutting-edge. (The Tovala “smart oven,” for example, is Wi-Fi-connected and scans barcodes to glean reheating instructions for pre-made meals available through a subscription delivery service. Overpriced TV dinners cooked in an expensive toaster hardly live up to the slogan, “Cook your own ingredients with your smartphone.”) (..)

Where Hollywood’s sci-fi futurism and leading tech pundits lead us astray, however, socialist feminism can lend invaluable insight, inoculating us against techno-capitalism’s self-flattering claims. The socialist feminist tradition is a powerful resource because it's centrally concerned with what work is—and in particular how capitalism lives and grows by concealing certain kinds of work, refusing to pay for it, and pretending it's not, in fact, work at all.

That women have special insight into technology shouldn’t come as a surprise: after all, they have been sold the promise of liberation through labor-saving devices since the dawn of mass consumerism, and this applies to kitchen appliances in particular. (It’s a short and rather sad leap from self-cleaning ovens to self-cooking ones.) Despite this, they have seen their workloads multiply, not diminish.

In her study More Work For Mother: The Ironies Of Household Technology From The Open Hearth To The Microwave, Ruth Cowan sheds astonishing light on the way innovations like electric irons and vacuum cleaners only added to the list of daily chores for women confined in the cult of domesticity. (..)

“How did the app know my order would be ready twenty minutes early?” he marveled, clutching his phone. “Because that was actually me,” the server said. “I sent you a message when it was done.” (..)

But a better predecessor for fauxtomation as I understand it would be Thomas Jefferson’s dumbwaiter[:] (..)

In Jefferson’s dining room, he installs dumbwaiters into both sides of the fireplace mantel. A weight drops, and a bottle rises from the wine cellar directly below the dining room. Just outside the dining room is a revolving door with shelves on it, so when the food is ready to serve, it can be brought upstairs, loaded on the shelves, and the door turned into the room. These gadgets impress visitors, but they also allow Jefferson to hide something from his visitors and that is the reality of slavery..."
automation  labor  technology  smartkitchen  socialism  feminism  ruthcowan  chores  postmates  fauxtomation  thomasjefferson  dumbwaiter  slaves  slavery  hidden  book 
17 days ago
Peter Moosgaard - BAUHAUS AYOKE (sample pages) Re-work of bauhaus...
"Im Zuge einer ungewöhnlichen Residency auf einer Insel im Süd-Ost-Asiatischen Archipel, nahm Peter Moosgaard nur ein Buch mit sich, von dem er meinte es sei Dokument eines merkwürdigen Kultes: Das Bauhaus Weimar.

Mit den sehr limitierten Mitteln einer Insel diente ein einziger Bildband über das Bauhaus als Code um einen neuen Phänotyp hervorzubringen. “Bauhaus Ayoke” dokumentiert eine Mutation der modernen Designs unter Voraussetzungen einer einsamen Insel - eine Transformation der mitgebrachten Materialien zu einer neuen visuellen Sprache .. Das mitgebrachte Buch wurde im Zuge der dreimonatigen Reise komplett transformiert und zeichnet nun eine Art animistischer Dimension der klassischen Moderne."
bauhaus  petermoosgaard  peterschlager  modernity  primitive 
17 days ago
How Circular is the Circular Economy? - LOW-TECH MAGAZINE
"The first dent in the credibility of the circular economy is the fact that the recycling process of modern products is far from 100% efficient. A circular economy is nothing new. In the middle ages, old clothes were turned into paper, food waste was fed to chickens or pigs, and new buildings were made from the remains of old buildings. The difference between then and now is the resources used.

Before industrialisation, almost everything was made from materials that were either decomposable – like wood, reeds, or hemp – or easy to recycle or re-use – like iron and bricks. Modern products are composed of a much wider diversity of (new) materials, which are mostly not decomposable and are also not easily recycled.

For example, a recent study of the modular Fairphone 2 – a smartphone designed to be recyclable and have a longer lifespan – shows that the use of synthetic materials, microchips, and batteries makes closing the circle impossible. Only 30% of the materials used in the Fairphone 2 can be recuperated. (..)

(..) Furthermore, in the case of electronic products, the production process itself is much more resource-intensive than the extraction of the raw materials, meaning that recycling the end product can only recuperate a fraction of the input. And while some plastics are indeed being recycled, this process only produces inferior materials (“downcycling”) that enter the waste stream soon afterwards."
circular  economy  circulareconomy  recycling  complexity  energy  lowtechmagazine  sustainability 
17 days ago
Midi to ELM-ChaN wavetable synth
This is a tool to convert MIDI files into the binary format interpreted by ELM ChaN's wavetable synth for ATtiny45. Replace the contents of melody.asm with the generated output.
avr  attiny  attiny85  musicbox  midi  wavetable  music 
19 days ago
Mirror Blinds - mitxela.com
"Coat one side of each vane in your average window blinds with aluminium foil, and paint the other side black. Twist them one way to absorb heat into the room from the sun, twist them the other way to reflect it all outside, providing you with extra cool shade."
windowblinds  try  mitxela 
19 days ago
MIDI Music Box - mitxela.com
There are two ways to put MIDI files in your music box: the easy way, and the hard way. I tried both!
electronics  diy  project  music  musicbox  interface  midi  mitxela 
19 days ago
Hardware Reverse Oscilloscope - mitxela.com
The Reverse Oscilloscope is my beloved little synthesizer, named as such since it originally revolved around hand-drawing waveforms.
electronics  synthesizer  sound  waveform  diy  project  mitxela 
19 days ago
Games Console - mitxela.com
"ROM carts, the type that almost all video games had, were plugged directly into a computer's address bus. In most cases they had some kind of memory controller chip in order to extend how much you could store on them, but still it ultimately plugged straight into the main circuit and the processor could read code and data straight from it.

The Harvard architecture (as opposed to the more popular Von Neumann architecture) has the code in a separate location to the working memory. This doesn't preclude the use of ROM carts for the code, but the particular implementation of a Harvard architecture used by AVR chips (such as the ATmega used in this project) has a further restriction: the code must reside on the internal flash memory, and there's nothing you can do about it. In order to use game cartridges, I had to write a bootloader which reads the cartridges entirely, and overwrites the flash memory with their contents, then jumps to that code section to run the game. And to maintain the illusion, it detects when the cart is pulled out, and ends the game."
electronics  minimal  game  eeprom  cartridge  avr  project  inspiring  diy  mitxela 
19 days ago
Voskhod Spacecraft "Globus" IMP navigation instrument
"Globus IMP instruments were spacecraft navigation instruments used in Soviet and Russian manned spacecraft. The IMP acronym stems from the Russian expression Indicator of position in flight, but the instrument is informally referred to as the Globus. It displays the nadir of the spacecraft on a rotating terrestrial globe. It functions as an onboard, autonomous indicator of the spacecraft's location relative to Earth coordinates. An electro-mechanical device in the tradition of complex post-World War II clocks such as master clocks, the Globus IMP instrument incorporates hundreds of mechanical components common to horology."
space  soviet  russian  navigation  globe  instrument  globus 
19 days ago
Bio — Paul Matisse
"In 1963 he invented the Kalliroscope©, a work of art based on the display of convection currents, which he still supplies to museums and research centers. In 1976 he designed and built the mobile in the National Gallery of Art in Washington from a model made by Alexander Calder, after which he wrote a book on the last notes of the artist Marcel Duchamp."
mediaart  paulmatisse  fluid  dynamics  currents  kalliroscope  1963  gadget 
21 days ago
My Stepdad's Huge Dataset
"I was in a rented home being used as a set somewhere in the hills north of Los Angeles. “You have to say ‘stepmom’ three times before we get to the sex, then you can just call her ‘mom,’” the director told the younger of the two actresses. “Also, remember to say, ‘This is wrong!’ or ‘This is fucked up!’ once or twice, but never the word ‘No!’ because that messes up the consent.” The director then told the other actor there, who was playing the stepson, to refer explicitly to “being home from college” in order to establish that his character was over eighteen. (..)

But between 2006 and 2007, the adult video business changed dramatically. Internet porn swallowed up the entire industry through the “tube sites”—porn-specific YouTube knockoffs like YouPorn, RedTube, and the unquestioned winner of the competition among them, Pornhub. These sites are owned by larger entities that are typically not based in the Valley. (..)

MindGeek is a Montreal-based juggernaut that owns most of the top-ten tube sites, including Pornhub. It also owns key LA-based studios like Brazzers, Reality Kings, Digital Playground, Mofos, and the gay-focused Sean Cody. (..)

Big Porn’s new business model is online advertising. MindGeek boasts that it employs over 1,000 tech workers worldwide, with its main center of operations in Montreal. Many of these employees are tasked with compiling, analyzing, and interpreting the data generated by users, which is then used to sell targeted ads.
In other words, the tube sites make money the same way that Facebook does. And the fact that the same companies also own many of the big studios means that they can use the data they collect not only to sell targeted ads but to make their videos even more engaging so that users spend even more time watching them, thus generating even more data. They are creating a vertically integrated data porn empire."
porn  data  pornhub  socal  valley  advertising  verticalintegration  targeting 
21 days ago
The Museum of Accidents Offers a Glimpse into Japanese Introspection | Spoon & Tamago
"JR East, one of the country’s major passenger railway companies, unveiled the new expansion to their “Exhibition Hall of Historical Accidents” (..) The new exhibition hall was unveiled to the press on October 9, 2018. Unfortunately, it is only open to employees of the company and is not for the public."
japan  accident  museum  train  failure 
4 weeks ago
Apple to Employ 1,000 at New Culver City Office | Los Angeles Business Journal
"Apple Inc. plans to employ 1,000 people in a new office in Culver City, the Cupertino, Calif.-based tech giant announced today.

The announcement comes almost a year after Apple agreed to lease a 128,000-square-foot building at 8777 Washington Blvd. in Culver City. The new space is expected to house Apple’s planned original content operations."
la  ridgeley  midcity  culvercity  apple 
4 weeks ago
Introduction to LibrePCB A new, powerful and intuitive EDA tool for everyone
UUID instead of names
S-expressions as data format (for diff'ing)
Symbol > Variant > [added] Component > Device
Device > [added] Package [only pads] > Footprint [variants]
librepcb  eda  drawingcircuits  software 
5 weeks ago
Y2K Aesthetic Institute
"These items have been posted a lot already and or have been completely scanned for every bit of y2k aesthetic in it. Therefore they should not be posted again:

- Mac OS 9 Wallpapers
- The Spykids movies
- Nokia One2One Pants
- Vitas
- the Y2K survival guide
- Eiffel 65 - Blue
- Jamiroquai - Virtual Insanity
- Bomfunk MC's
- Men In Black
- ATC - Around the World
- anything Zenon related
- Scream by MJ, No Scrubs by TLC
- Butt Ugly Martians
- Cheese graters
- Sprite Bottle sunglasses
- Hit Clips
- Millenios
- What's It Gonna Be by Busta & Janet
- Miss E...So Addictive
- Frosted Tips/Spikes
- Red Hot Chili Peppers – Californication"
y2k  design  2000 
5 weeks ago
PCBs without any substrate | Hackaday
"[Kimio Kosaka] is taking the concept of free-formed circuits to the next level with O’Baka Project No.7. It’s a fully functioning Arduino board, without the board."
arduino  electronics  pcb  sculpture  hackaday 
5 weeks ago
Hackaday Supercon - Sam Zeloof Home Chip Fab: Silicon IC Fabrication in the Garage - YouTube
"It takes about 66 steps and 12 hours total to make these (..)
Semiconductor devices [work by] having non-linear characteristics (..)
Non-linear characteristics engineered with doping (N-type: extra electron, P-type: absence of electron in lattice) (..)
Doping: in industry this is done using ion implantation (..) you could not attempt this at home (..) basically [it is] a massive particle accelerator and it uses voltages of hundreds of thousands of Volts to a million Volts, accelerates the atom you want to dope the silicon with and slams it into the waver (..) the second reason why ion implantation is ridiculous[:] (..) if you want to dope with phosphor and boron - that's phosphine and diborane gas (..) those are two of the worst gases you could ever deal with, and something like 50 parts per million is lethal to humans; you don't even have to breath it, it will go into your skin (..)
I found the best way to get boric acid is Roach and Ant killer, it's on Amazon, you can buy this for 10 bucks (..)
Solar cell using phosphoric acid from Coca Cola (..)
Hyrofluoric acid: Rust Stain Remover (..)
Modern ICs can have 8+ metal layers"
ic  semiconductor  chips  electronics  complexity  diy  chemistry  vacuum  amazon  sophistication  supercon 
5 weeks ago
See No Evil — Real Life
"There is a house on Street View that Google has deemed impossible. 2207 Seymour Ave, in Cleveland, Ohio, was the four-story unit where Ariel Castro kept and tortured three women from 2002 to 2013, until Amanda Berry managed to escape and alert neighbors to their captivity. The acts that Castro committed were so heinous that a controlled demolition of the building was required in his plea bargain. A former neighbor told the Guardian that razing the house was important to show “that monster … is behind bars and that he’s never going to get out.”

On Street View, the block remains frozen in the year 2009. The image was taken while the crime was still taking place, and although an early screengrab circulating on message boards shows a house with boarded windows, Street View now blurs the house beyond recognition as a thing of brick and mortar. (..)

Clicking up and down the unpopulated block, you have that exact sense of being unhelpful and alone in your terrible knowledge of what is happening right in front of you. It’s 2018; it happened. It’s 2009; it’s happening. The survivors of Castro’s violence remain in that blur on Seymour Ave, where you cannot see them, they cannot see you, and neither of you can offer each other comfort."
googlemaps  streetview  crime  blur  censorship  erasure 
5 weeks ago
Tumblr’s Porn Ban Will Delete A Huge Part Of Internet Culture
Today, Tumblr announced it will ban all adult content (with a few exceptions for wholesome nudes) starting in two weeks. After that, porn will become invisible to everyone but the owner of the blog where it’s posted.
web  tumblr  porn  censorship  deletion 
5 weeks ago
Josh Gerstein on Twitter: ""Matthew Whitaker is no vice-consul to Siam. And Jeff Sessions did not depart for the other side of the planet by steamship, gravely ill, leaving no other Senate-confirmed official behind." https://t.co/wj3dHpY1MQ… https://t.c
"Matthew Whitaker is no vice-consul to Siam. And Jeff Sessions did not depart
for the other side of the planet by steamship, gravely ill, leaving no other Senate-confirmed official behind. (..)
This is a court proceeding. Not musical chairs."
trump  whitaker  scotus  argument  lawyer  language 
5 weeks ago
Barney the dinosaur was killed in Thanksgiving parade! - YouTube
"In 1997, thousands of kids were traumatized while watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Due to powerful winds, Barney the purple dinosaur hit a lamp post, and eventually was torn to shreds as kids and families shrieked in terror.
"Gave the kids nightmares," noted one spectator."
nyc  barney  macys  thanksgiving  parade  inflatable 
5 weeks ago
Barney the dinosaur was killed in Thanksgiving parade! - YouTube
"In 1997, thousands of kids were traumatized while watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Due to powerful winds, Barney the purple dinosaur hit a lamp post, and eventually was torn to shreds as kids and families shrieked in terror.
"Gave the kids nightmares," noted one spectator."
nyc  barney  macys  thanksgiving  parade  inflatable 
5 weeks ago
Nick Abouzeid on Twitter: "People are converting Bird/Lime scooters into personal vehicles for $32. 🛴 1. Steal a Bird off the street (easy) 2. Buy a $32 kit on eBay 3. Rip out Bird's board, replace with yours 4. Profit https://t.co/voJGd43HEU… https:
"People are converting Bird/Lime scooters into personal vehicles for $32.

1. Steal a Bird off the street (easy)
2. Buy a $32 kit on eBay
3. Rip out Bird's board, replace with yours
4. Profit"
xiaomi  bird  scooter  hack 
5 weeks ago
Mario Klingemann on Twitter: "How much would it cost to train your own #BigGAN from scratch if we had the training code? The 512x512 model requires 512 TPU v3 which cost US$ 2.40 per TPU per hour. According to the paper it takes between 24 and 48 hours to
"How much would it cost to train your own #BigGAN from scratch if we had the training code?

The 512x512 model requires 512 TPU v3 which cost US$ 2.40 per TPU per hour. According to the paper it takes between 24 and 48 hours to train a model.

For $59,000 it can be yours."
machinelearning  gan  money  google 
5 weeks ago
THE RIDDLE OF ARMAND HAMMER - The New York Times
"In Moscow, on May 27, l922, Vladimir Lenin, the ailing leader of the Russian Revolution, sent an urgent and secret message to Joseph Stalin, the newly appointed General Secretary of the Communist Party, instructing him and the Politburo to give their ''particular support'' to a young American and his trading venture. Lenin explained: ''This is a small path to the American 'business' world and this path should be made use of in every way.'' The American was a 24-year-old graduate of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University. (..)

But the most remarkable thing about Armand Hammer is that he created this personal empire largely by negotiating extraordinary deals with nations that have usually been hostile to the United States - and even more hostile to American capitalists. The son of one of the founders of the American Communist Labor Party, Hammer became a multimillionaire capitalist, thanks in large measure to his relations with the leaders of the Soviet Union. He has maintained cordial relations with Soviet leaders for more than half a century, providing Moscow with a vital link to Western industry and technology. (Six years ago Soviet leader Leonid I. Brezhnev gave Hammer a luxurious Moscow apartment, and Kremlin officials have proposed that he be named United States ambassador to the Soviet Union. Such recommendations have made some members of the Reagan Administration uneasy. Says one member of the President's inner circle, who asked not to be identified by name, ''We simply don't know which side of the fence Hammer is on.'') (..)

The Central Intelligence Agency counterintelligence staff became concerned with these negotiations when routine interceptions of the secret communications between Moscow and the Soviet Embassy in Tripoli suddenly showed a quantum leap in volume that coincided with turns in the oil negotiations. While American cryptoanalysts at the National Security Agency could ''count'' the messages being transmitted, they could not crack the code itself, and therefore the content of this spurt in volume remained conjectural. Hammer himself denies that the Soviet Union had intervened on his behalf in the negotiations"
hammer  soviet  sovietunion  fertilizer  trade  oil  trump  russia  lenin  stalin 
5 weeks ago
New arts technology projects will foster a strong future for digital art-making, with $435,000 in funding from Knight Foundation - Knight Foundation
"Gray Area Foundation for the Arts ($150,000) - To develop a playbook for creating immersive digital art installations in a pop-up museum format. Immersive media exhibitions have become highly popular in recent years, showing much success in attracting and engaging audiences. As digital artists explore new ways to create, show and sell their work, lessons can be learned from this fresh model. Gray Area will research and package these learnings for artists to better understand and maximize the financial potential of immersive digital art installations.

University of Denver ($150,000) - To establish the Clinic for Open Source Arts, improving the long-term viability for open-source technology for creative expression. Several coding and digital tools have been created for artistic use in the last two decades. While indispensable for many artists, these open-source tools often plateau or disappear without sustainability practices in place. The Clinic for Open Source Arts will organize regular convenings for experts in the arts, technology and academic communities to discuss and develop recommendations for the direction of these important tools.

Processing Foundation ($67,800) - To develop an outreach program focused on promoting the use of art and technology tools at a community level. Processing, supported by the Processing Foundation, is a free and open-source software platform for learning how to code in the context of the visual arts. It is used globally by artists, technologists, educators and students. The Processing Foundation will establish “Processing Node Cities” to build local digital arts communities and increase interest in coding as a tool to art production. Through the new initiative, the foundation will support local volunteers, host local events that promote coding as art-making and develop educational resources.

School for Poetic Computation ($62,400) - To contribute to the growth of Detroit's arts and technology community through public programs that combine technical knowledge with artistic rigor. Since 2013, the School for Poetic Computation has offered learning opportunities and community for artists exploring the intersection of art and technology in New York City. The school will collaborate with Detroit educators and community organizers to produce a 10-day workshop for local artists to learn software, hardware, poetry and critical theory for artistic expression."
knightfoundation  grant  processing  sfpc  greyarea  minneapolis  golanlevin  opensource  arts 
5 weeks ago
Listen Up! Microphones to Fly to Mars | The Planetary Society
"Co-founder of The Planetary Society Carl Sagan was perhaps the first to formally suggest the idea of placing a microphone on Mars. Sagan wrote in a 1996 letter to NASA, "Even if only a few minutes of Martian sounds are recorded from this first experiment, the public interest will be high and the opportunity for scientific exploration real."

The Planetary Society flew the Mars Microphone on NASA’s Mars Polar Lander mission in 1998 as part of a Russian LIDAR instrument. It was not only the first microphone to go to Mars, but also was the first privately funded planetary experiment. Sadly, Mars Polar Lander crashed on Mars in 1999 (..)

In 2007, The Planetary Society partnered with Malin Space Science Systems on their microphone in the Phoenix descent imager. This second microphone to fly to Mars, on Phoenix, was never turned on because of the potential for an electronic problem."
mars  space  sound  microphone  desert 
5 weeks ago
Animate a Billy Bass Mouth With Any Audio Source: 5 Steps (with Pictures)
"Update 12/18: Because the world is weird, Amazon now actually sells an Alexa-compatible Big Mouth Billy Bass. The bad news is that it's very limited and the reviews are terrible. The good news is that it's one of the most hackable versions of the fish yet with lots of swappable JST connections inside and optimized for 5v USB power."
fish  talking  alexa  animated 
5 weeks ago
Corporate America's blockchain and bitcoin fever is over - Axios
"S&P 500 executives are dropping blockchain buzzwords less on earnings calls and during presentations to analysts and investors. Analysts are also asking about it less. (..)
At the peak earlier this year, “blockchain” was mentioned 173 times, according to an analysis of company transcripts by Axios. The number has since fallen as much as 80%.
Bitcoin was never as popular. Dropping that word or “cryptocurrency” was most common in the first quarter of this year — with a mere 68 mentions."
bitcoin  blockchain  hype 
5 weeks ago
The Mystery Font That Took Over New York - The New York Times
"Like so many New Yorkers, Choc is an immigrant.

It was designed by Roger Excoffon, a French typographer and graphic designer whose work departed from the Modernist trends that characterized midcentury type design. Based in Marseilles, Excoffon created a diverse array of typefaces during the 1940s and ’50s, but his script typefaces have become his most enduring work. (..)

And yet, Choc is everywhere. But the reasons for its prevalence are something of a mystery.

There’s an abundance of Arial (Spin City Cleaners in the East Village), as well as more kitschy options like Brush Script (Economy Candy in the Lower East Side) or Impact (5th Ave. Gourmet Delight, on a corner in Park Slope). These typefaces have long been available in computer operating systems, which would account in part for their proliferation.

This wasn’t precisely the case with Choc. In the early 1990s it was packaged with CorelDraw, a vector graphics editor, but under a different name: Staccato 555. CorelDraw, according to Mr. Frere-Jones, “would have been more common at a sign-making shop, being cheaper and Windows-based.”"
nyc  typography  asian  chinese  coraldraw  choc 
5 weeks ago
AI Mistakes Bus-Side Ad for Famous CEO, Charges Her With Jaywalking
"A facial recognition system in the city of Ningbo caught Dong Mingzhu, the chair of appliance-making giant Gree Electric, running a red light. Only it turned out not to be Dong, but rather an advertisement featuring her face on the side of a bus, local police said on Weibo Wednesday."
china  facialrecognition  face  patternrecognition  machinelearning 
5 weeks ago
Company Tried to Patent My Work After a Job Interview — Patent Pandas
"My work in electronic books started when I was still an undergrad, during a research internship where I made a pop-up book with lights and sensors in the pop-up elements. This was under the guidance of my advisor Leah Buechley. (..) Rewind to March 24, 2014, during the second year of my PhD at the Media Lab. I was invited to visit Google ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects) to learn about some of their new projects in storytelling. I got to visit their space, meet some of my creative heroes and I shared with them all of my work in interactive books and storytelling. What started as just a visit quickly turned into a job interview. I was even invited to share my work directly with Regina Dugan, the director of ATAP at that time (..) Two years later, in March 2016 I find out from some paper engineering friends that some of the same people who had interviewed me had also applied for patents on interactive pop-up books with electronics."
drawingcircuits  mit  medialab  google  atap  patent  ripoff  book  popup  electronics 
5 weeks ago
1977 Dutch train hijacking - Wikipedia
On 23 May 1977, a train hijacking took place close to Drentsche Aa river bridge at de Punt (in the village of Glimmen) on the provincial border between Groningen and Drenthe, northeastern Netherlands. Nine armed Moluccans pulled the emergency brake around 09:00 and took about 50 people hostage. The hijacking lasted for 482 hours (20 days); two hostages and six hijackers were killed. (..)
After fighting for the Dutch in the Dutch East Indies, the South Moluccans were forcibly exiled to the Netherlands, with the Dutch government promising that they would eventually get their own independent state, Republic of South Maluku. After about 25 years of living in temporary camps, often in poor conditions, the South Moluccans felt that the Dutch government had failed to fulfil its promise. (..)
On 11 June 1977, a Saturday morning and almost three weeks after the start of the hijacking, six F-104 Starfighter jetplanes flew low over the train at 05:00 with the purpose of disorienting the hijackers and also make the hostages duck down to the floor of the train where they would be relatively safe. (..) Then marines of the special anti-terrorist unit Bijzondere Bijstands Eenheid (BBE) started shooting at the train; an estimated 15,000 bullets were shot at the train.
highjacking  netherlands  train  ns  maluku  moluccan  indonesia  1977  violence 
7 weeks ago
In news that will shock, er, actually a few of you, Amazon backs down in dispute with booksellers • The Register
"Booksellers from across the globe were incensed earlier this month when Amazon's AbeBook, an online souk for books, art and other valuables, informed its partners in four countries – Hungary, the Czech Republic, South Korea and Russia – that it was simply cutting them off at the end of November, citing a shift to a new payments processing company. (..)
But Amazon underestimated the camaraderie of fellow booksellers, and was surprised to find that within days of sending the notices, no less than 600 booksellers from nearly 30 countries had decided to take a "vacation" from the service – pulling more than three million titles. (..)
There is actually an "International League of Antiquarian Booksellers," and that organization's Latin motto "Amor librorum nos unit" – meaning "our love of books unites us" – was used to spirit a defense against the American corporate monster.
The president of the ILAB met AbeBook's CEO on Wednesday, and they agreed to extend the deadline to the end of the year after which Amazon promises to find an "indefinite" solution so the formerly cut-off booksellers can continue to sell through the service."
amazon  books  used  booksellers  abebooks  solidarity 
9 weeks ago
A groundswell of indie games is tackling issues AAA titles won't | WIRED UK
This article was first published in the September/October 2018 issue of WIRED magazine [UK]
ucla  gamelab  photo  me  wired  backpack 
9 weeks ago
Sessions realized too late that Whitaker was auditioning for his job - CNNPolitics
"When things were particularly bad between President Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions, the attorney general's chief of staff, Matt Whitaker, would attend White House meetings in his place. But Sessions did not know that Whitaker at the same time was angling for a promotion. (..)

Soon, the sources say, top Justice officials convened on the 5th floor suite of offices for the attorney general. Eventually, there were two huddles in separate offices. Among those in Sessions' office was Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, his deputy Ed O'Callaghan, Solicitor General Noel Francisco and Steven Engel, who heads the Office of Legal Counsel.

A few yards away, Whitaker strategized with other aides, including Gary Barnett, now his chief of staff. (..)

Rosenstein and O'Callaghan, the highest-ranked officials handling day-to-day oversight of Mueller's investigation, urged Sessions to delay the effective date of his resignation."
trump  sessions  rosenstein  mueller  whitaker  us  politics  justice 
9 weeks ago
Made of Mars | Kickstarter
We are starting with volcanic basalt. Basalt is the most common rocks on Mars, covers the near side of the Moon and many asteroids. Basalt is also found across Earth. It makes up Hawaii, Iceland and covers the ocean floor and found on all the continents.
mars  basalt  material  fiber 
9 weeks ago
Make a flame thrower.
"Here's the candidate for modification. It's an Air Wick Fresh-Matic unit which has a motorised assembly that pushes the aerosol cans plunger down to release a measured dose of stinky stuff on a regular basis."
bigclive  project  flame  flamethrower  installation  wick  airfreshener 
9 weeks ago
Hackaday Supercon - Mike Szczys : State of the Hackaday
"We live in a society where you need to be scientifically literate, you need to have an idea how things work, even if that's not going to be your job, even if you're not going to be responsible for those things (..)"
"There should not be a separation between the people who understand how things work, and the people who make them work - and the people who use them. That's depressing: if you thing you have no power and no influence over the things that you are depending on and the things you want to use in your life. (..) That's one of the problems we're facing right now: People feel separated from their technology, even though they are so closely dependent on it. (..)"
[Slide: Diverse experience / True solutions demand multiple perspectives]
"We should be an inclusive community that welcomes people with skills across all levels"
"If people don't understand how things work, that takes on the mantle of magic (..) and having things be magic is really dangerous"
"We know difficult solutions are needed"
hackaday  supercon  engineer  engineering  science  society  keynote 
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