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Eric Logan
"As befits an era in which virtual reality is more important to many people than reality itself, the expression of high-flown sentiment is now taken by many as the major part or even the whole of virtue. The most virtuous person is he who expresses the most all-encompassing benevolence at the highest level of abstraction."
"Every one can now publish their actions using a shared vocabulary..." /via @terraces
"Who does the Crimea belong to? First of all, to the sea that made it. Seven thousand years ago, the Black Sea was much lower than it is today. Then a waterfall tumbled over the Bosporus, and the waters began to rise. The flood cut the Crimea off from the mainland – all the way except for a narrow isthmus called the Perekop. Ever since, it has been a rocky island on the shores of a sea of grass." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"The steppes belonged to the nomads. Grass meant horses, and freedom. The steppes stretched north, from the mouth of the Danube to the Siberian Altai. Across the centuries they were home to various nomadic confederations and tribes: Scythians, Sarmatians, Huns, Pechenegs, Cumans, Mongols, and Kipchak Turks. The legendary Cimmerians predate them all; the Cossacks are still there today.... more... - Maitani
Todd Hoff
Solar’s Insane Cost Drop | CleanTechnica -
Solar’s Insane Cost Drop | CleanTechnica
"As you can see, the cost of solar PV has come from – quite literally – off the charts less than a decade ago to a point where Bernstein says solar PV is now cheaper than oil and Asian LNG (liquefied natural gas). It does its calculations on an MMBTU basis. MMBTU is the standard unit of measure for liquid fuels, often referred to as one million British thermal units." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Todd Hoff
March Was 4th Warmest on Record Globally | Climate Central -
March Was 4th Warmest on Record Globally | Climate Central
"March 2014 was the fourth-warmest March on record globally, according to recently released NASA data, making it the 349th month — more than 29 years — in which global temperatures were above the historic average. The amounts that temperatures around the world differed from the historic average. Credit: NOAA The planet’s average March temperature was 57.9°F — 0.7°C (or 1.2°F) above the average temperature from 1951-1980 — behind only the March of 2002, 2010 and 1990, in that order. Data is still coming in that could change the temperature deviation from this March, but likely only a few hundredths of a degree in either direction, said climate scientist Gavin Schmidt, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, which compiles the temperature data." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
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Haaretz joins Rush Limbaugh and company in trying to link Max Blumenthal to KC shooter suspect -
Before journalist and author Max Blumenthal turned his eye towards Israel/Palestine, he was a dogged investigator of the seedy world of neo-Nazism and white supremacism in the U.S. But now, liberal Israeli newspaper Haaretz has joined right-leaning Israel advocates in trying to turn the tables on him by linking the journalist to Frazier Glenn Miller, the suspect in Sunday's deadly shooting at two Jewish centers in Kansas City.
I am posting on this controversy on Mondoweiss. - Sean McBride
Land of the free? U.S. ranks 46th for press freedom - The Week -
Land of the free? U.S. ranks 46th for press freedom - The Week
Todd Hoff
Glowing swarm mimics drawings and gestures - YouTube -
"Now's your chance to make other Earthlings quail. Platoons of palm-sized glowing robots stand ready to obey your every gesture. Built by Javier Alonso-Mora of Disney Research in Zurich, Switzerland, and his colleagues, these dayglo "pixelbots" scurry along the ground in swarms coordinated by someone using a tablet or a gesture-sensing camera." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Iván Abrego
"Brightest Flashlight" Android app disclosed location of 50 million people, but gov't imposes no fine
"Brightest Flashlight" Android app disclosed location of 50 million people, but gov't imposes no fine
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It’s time to reveal the Israeli role in the US surveillance machine -
A 2008 document obtained by whistleblower Edward Snowden states that "one of the NSA's biggest threats is actually from friendly intelligence services, like Israel. There are parameters on what NSA shares with them, but the exchange is so robust, we sometimes share more than we intended." Is there anything we can we do to force a discussion of Israeli's role in the national security surveillance state onto the public agenda here in the US?
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You know Israel’s in trouble when ‘NYT’ runs op-ed saying it’s replacing Iran as isolated theocracy -
The New York Times runs an astonishing opinion piece by an Iranian and Israeli scholars saying that Iran is becoming a secular society with the world's good opinion, while Israel grows rightwing, intolerant and subject to a surging BDS movement because of its occupation.
Todd Hoff
Three Expensive Milliseconds - -
Three Expensive Milliseconds -
"In short, we’re giving huge sums to the financial industry while receiving little or nothing — maybe less than nothing — in return. Mr. Philippon puts the waste at 2 percent of G.D.P. Yet even that figure, I’d argue, understates the true cost of our bloated financial industry. For there is a clear correlation between the rise of modern finance and America’s return to Gilded Age levels of inequality." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Eric Logan
‘Love and Math,’ The Heart of Hidden Reality by Edward Frenkel - -
‘Love and Math,’ The Heart of Hidden Reality by Edward Frenkel -
Frenkel believes math deserves to be an integral part of our culture. Why is every­one talking about planets, atoms and DNA and not symmetry groups? For one thing, you can’t get cancer from a mutation of a symmetry group. But Frenkel writes that math “directs the flow of the universe.” It’s as elegant as music and as much a part of our intellectual heritage as literature. He strives to awaken our wonder by taking us on an equation-packed tour of his research, in which he reveals a “hidden” world few of us encountered in school. As a student, Frenkel, too, shunned math. He was seduced by physics and particularly fascinated by the theory of quarks, the building blocks for, among other things, the protons and neutrons that make up the atomic nucleus. At 14, he learned that quark theory was based on the mathematics of symmetry groups. He fell in love and never looked back. - Eric Logan from Bookmarklet
If we understood quaternion math--the most difficult math that even mathematicians can't grasp--we would be able to understand electromagnetic energy. An Irishman invented quaternion math in 1845. Maxwell's theory was originally in quaternion equations. Heaviside and Gibbs mutilate Maxwell's theory by reducing the 20 quaternion equations to four vector ones. And so we lost the unified field theory. - MRW_8
RT @csanz: Our robots land,swap batteries & retrieve data without any human intervention. Scale from 1 to thousands of robots.
Bluesun 2600
Study: American policy exclusively reflects desires of the rich; citizens' groups largely irrelevant - Boing Boing -
Study: American policy exclusively reflects desires of the rich; citizens' groups largely irrelevant - Boing Boing
"In Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens [PDF], a paper forthcoming in Perspectives on Politics by Princeton's Martin Gilens and Northwestern's Benjamin Page, the authors analyze 1,779 over the past 20+ years and conclude that policy makers respond exclusively to the needs of people in the 90th wealth percentile to the exclusion of pretty much every one else. Mass-scale intervention from citizens' groups barely registers, while the desires of the richest ten percent of America dictate practically the entire national policy landscape." - Bluesun 2600 from Bookmarklet
this is my shocked face. - Big Joe Silence
Todd Hoff
The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism -
The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism
"In The Zero Marginal Cost Society, New York Times bestselling author Jeremy Rifkin describes how the emerging Internet of Things is speeding us to an era of nearly free goods and services, precipitating the meteoric rise of a global Collaborative Commons and the eclipse of capitalism. Rifkin uncovers a paradox at the heart of capitalism that has propelled it to greatness but is now taking it to its death—the inherent entrepreneurial dynamism of competitive markets that drives productivity up and marginal costs down, enabling businesses to reduce the price of their goods and services in order to win over consumers and market share. (Marginal cost is the cost of producing additional units of a good or service, if fixed costs are not counted.) While economists have always welcomed a reduction in marginal cost, they never anticipated the possibility of a technological revolution that might bring marginal costs to near zero, making goods and services priceless, nearly free, and abundant,... more... - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Not sure if I'll buy this or not. Abundance seems a real possibility with nano manufacturing tech on the horizon, and as Marx noted our social structures mirror our economic structures, so this should be interesting in the large, I just don't see a connection with IoT. I reads too much like "and a miracle will occur." - Todd Hoff
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Why are two Republican congressmen doing a walkabout on the Temple Mount? -
Congressmen Bill Johnson of Ohio and David McKinley of West Virginia toured the Temple Mount in February with a rightwing messianic Jew who wants Jews to reclaim the Muslim site. They are evidently playing for the evangelical vote in swing districts
RT @dragodellaqua: Twitter moved to weekly releases in order to spread change over time and do release all the time. #BAAF #IntelAndroid
RT @johnmaeda: "A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves." —Lao Tzu
The great language game: Confusing languages | Replicated Typo -
The great language game: Confusing languages | Replicated Typo
"The Great Language Game, have you heard of it? It’s an online game where players compete in matching audio clips to the correct language. The game was created by Lars Yencken earlier this year and has become very popular. Data generated by the game can be used to map what languages the players find hardest to tell apart and support what we’ve known all along: Portuguese does sound a bit slavic!" - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"The game works like this: you are played a 20 second audio clip of natural speech and your task is to match the audio clip to one of the alternatives provided. As you advance in the game you are given more alternatives. You have three lives and when you fail completely you are given information about the three languages you failed at recognizing (thus invoking an appropriate feeling of... more... - Maitani
Data: language confusion "This page contains data derived from the Great Language Game, meant to help researchers and hobbyists examine what languages people commonly confuse for one another. It currently contains a confusion dataset based on usage. In future it may also contain other datasets relating to the language game." - Maitani
Sounds fun. I'm sure I would be terrible at it. ;) - Jenny H. from Android
i can't get more than 650 points at it - mentegatto
700, now - mentegatto
AWOL - The Ancient World Online: Iliados: Structural Search: Perform grammatical and syntactical searches on the Perseus Greek Treebank -
"Iliados: Structural Search: Perform grammatical and syntactical searches on the Perseus Greek Treebank" - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"This is a brief overview of the query language for searching the Perseus Treebank data, which has syntactically annotated ancient texts, such as Homer's Iliad. Each sentence in the texts are turned into trees, like sentence diagrams, in a format called a dependency tree. The query language for searching these trees is just the CSS3 query language, with some custom additions... " - Maitani
Amit Patel
Sand Pile Model of the Mind Grows in Popularity - Scientific American -
Sand Pile Model of the Mind Grows in Popularity - Scientific American
"Support is growing for a decades-old physics idea suggesting that localized episodes of disordered brain activity help keep the overall system in healthy balance" - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
"Self-organized criticality has a certain intuitive appeal. But a good scientific theory must be more than elegant and beautiful. Bak’s notion has had its share of critics, in part because his approach strikes many as ridiculously broad: He saw nothing strange about leaping across disciplinary boundaries and using self-organized criticality to link the dynamics of forest fires, measles and the large-scale structure of the universe — often in a single talk." - Amit Patel
I admit elegant/beautiful theories appeal to me even if they're wrong :-/ - Amit Patel
I used to copy poems I loved into this journal.
Der Apfelgarten :) - Eivind from Android
I loved Rilke's garden poems. :-) - Maitani
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New Price Tag Attack Demands Muslims Vacate Dome of Rock in Order to Rebuild Temple -
Yesterday, two enterprising fellows committed a price tag attack on the Temple Mount, where they hung flyers demanding Muslims vacate the premises during the Passover holidays so Jews might do some Passover housecleaning…like rebuilding the Temple and making the traditional animal sacrifices offered during the days of the ancient Temple.  The flyer said: You [Muslims] […]
RT @kvantomme: Really mind-opening talk by @inadarei about API first sytem architecture. Need to research about hypermedia APIs
Good article on JStreet and the role of silence and conformity:
((Covering J Street’s annual conference in September 2013, editor Philip Weiss pointed out: “J Street still can claim to be a liberal Zionist organization that wants to pressure Israel to leave the settlements. But more than that it wants access to the Israeli establishment, and it is not going to alienate that establishment by advocating any measure that will isolate Israel or put real pressure on it.”)) - WJones
While evocations of the “special relationship” between the United States and Israel may sound uplifting, J Street ultimately lets the Israeli government off the hook by declaring that relationship sacrosanct, no matter what. The organization insists that political candidates funded by J StreetPAC “must demonstrate that they support a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian... more... - WJones
10 Simple Things You Can Do Today That Will Make You Happier, Backed By Science | -
10 Simple Things You Can Do Today That Will Make You Happier, Backed By Science |
2. Sleep more – you’ll be less sensitive to negative emotions من هر روز انجام میدم، چرا شادتر نمیشم؟:)) - زی
جدای از شوخی، خیلی خوب بود مرسی - زی
The Coffee Pot That Fueled Honoré de Balzac's Coffee Addiction - Open Culture -
The Coffee Pot That Fueled Honoré de Balzac's Coffee Addiction - Open Culture
"Last fall, Ayun Halliday revisited Honoré de Balzac’s Humorous Essay, “The Pleasures and Pains of Coffee,” and His Epic Coffee Addiction. Last night, one of our friends on Twitter — @thegliterati — sent this our way: A snapshot of Balzac’s coffee pot. It bears his initials and currently resides at the Maison de Balzac museum in Paris. If you ever find yourself in the 16 arrondissement, pay it a visit and pay it some thanks." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
The 10 Most Brilliant Psychopaths In Movies | Taste of Cinema -
The 10 Most Brilliant Psychopaths In Movies | Taste of Cinema
اوفففف جوکر :) - زی
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Florida university president who condemned boycott has financial ties to settlements -
Earlier this year, University of South Florida President Judy Genshaft condemned the American Studies Association's boycott of Israel as "antithetical to the core values of academic freedom." Now, critics of the president are pointing to her extensive ties to Israel and financial interests in the country. Genshaft's family foundation accrues interest from corporate bonds from the Industrial Development Bank of Israel, which is co-owned by two banks that are deeply invested in illegal West Bank settlements.
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