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"Averting planetary disaster will mean forcing fossil fuel companies to give up at least $10 trillion in wealth." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Laura Norvig
. @Storify add-on needed: something that exports to a doc or pdf nicely formatted, easier to read more tweets per page
Laura Norvig
Pet peeve: Storifys that aren't curated, organized, and don't have value-added context/notes.
'Friends' Cast Posing with Their Younger Selves: 10th Anniversary of 'Friends' : -
'Friends' Cast Posing with Their Younger Selves: 10th Anniversary of 'Friends' :
'Friends' Cast Posing with Their Younger Selves: 10th Anniversary of 'Friends' :
'Friends' Cast Posing with Their Younger Selves: 10th Anniversary of 'Friends' :
:))) I just shared this - Myri∂m
Eric Logan
It’s not every day that an academic work, written by a French economist and published by a university press, is celebrated as a “watershed book,” but this is what commentators are saying about Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century—at least, liberal commentators. The New York Times’s Paul Krugman, among others, has deemed Capital the most important economic book in a decade. Less ideological readers should be more cautious. Piketty’s book is important and deserves respect: his 700-page opus, a decade in the making, brings together an incredible amount of data on the accumulation of capital since the Industrial Revolution. If you want to know, say, the relative income of a landowner in the United States or in France compared with an entrepreneur in the mid-nineteenth century, Piketty has an answer. Piketty also helps explain why the French remember their revolution and the subsequent Napoleonic period fondly: “It was an era of relative high wages for the lower class... more... - Eric Logan from Bookmarklet
Louis Gray
Happy Birthday to both Stephen Mack and Tudor Bosman today! May this day be your favorite day every year! (via
That pic is 5 years old, sir! - Stephen Mack
That means you're five years more handsome! - Louis Gray
Happy Stephen and Tudor Day! Yay! I'm glad you guys were born! :) - Lisa L. Seifert from iPhone
A history of the mind in 25 parts « Mind Hacks -
A history of the mind in 25 parts « Mind Hacks
"BBC Radio 4 has just kicked off a 25-part radio series called ‘In Search of Ourselves: A History of Psychology and the Mind’. Because the BBC are not very good at the internet, there are no podcasts – streaming audio only, and each episode disappears after seven days. Good to see the BBC are still on the cutting edge of 20th Century media." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
BBC News - Invented tradition and the religion of the ancients -
BBC News - Invented tradition and the religion of the ancients
"There in the fading evening light six priests standing on plinths on the riverbank were surrounded by thousands of people sitting on ancient stone steps that led down to the water. The priests - some with long hair tied back - were dressed in white robes from head to toe. They started by blowing into some conch shells, creating a low timeless sound and then came the bells and the incense swirling through the air. As the rhythmic chanting lulled the spectators into a state of spiritual relaxation, attendants produced lamps, each one with a thousand candles. On the Ganges itself some candles in small bowls were launched on the calm, wide waters - they floated into distance, diminishing specks of light." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"And then to my side there appeared a convoy of wooden boats - a long procession meandering up the Ganges. All eyes turned to them and on board there were children dressed as gods, their smiling, proud faces frames in swirls of gold and red braid." - Maitani
"..."Ah yes," he replied. "The invention of tradition. Happens everywhere."" - Maitani
The Most Famous Brand From Every State | Mental Floss -
The Most Famous Brand From Every State | Mental Floss
Data visualization -- you've got to love it. - Sean McBride
اره واقعا ايالت ما رو به كامينز ميشناسن - AidA®
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Bridgegate 2.0: Israeli tech students manipulate traffic patterns -
In Today’s Times, Nick Bilton has a piece on novel uses of “bots,” or computer code that impersonates humans and mimics their activities on-line, titled “Friends, and Influence for Sale Online.” Here are a few paragraphs near the end of … Continue reading →
Eric Logan
Founder of Russia’s “Facebook” says he was ousted, Putin’s men in “complete control” of the site. -
Founder of Russia’s “Facebook” says he was ousted, Putin’s men in “complete control” of the site.
Pavel Durov, the 29-year-old founder of Vkontakte — Russia’s “Facebook” — was fired form the social media site, according to Buzzfeed. “Judging by the news, as a result of my public renunciation last week, today I was fired as general director of VKontakte,” Durov posted to the social media site. He also went onto say that after seven years of relative social media freedom, two of Putin’s right hand men are now in control of Vkontakte. “In this way, today VKontakte goes under the complete control of Igor Sechin and Alisher Usmanov. Probably, in the Russian context, something like this was inevitable, but I’m happy we lasted 7 and a half years. We did a lot. And part of what’s been done can’t be turned back.” According to The Economic Times, Usmanov was named “Russia’s richest tycoon for the third year in a row,” and is worth $18.6 billion. He’s the co-owner of Russia’s largest iron ore mining company, once held 10 percent of (U.S.) Facebook’s shares, and currently owns shares of Russia’s internet group Mail.Ru and the UK soccer team Arsenal. - Eric Logan from Bookmarklet
The tsar is back! - Todd Hoff
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Snowden revealed a world of conspiracies I once would have scoffed at– Bryan Burrough -
Terry Gross has avoided the topic of Edward Snowden on "Fresh Air," but when she pressed Bryan Burrough, he admitted that Snowden has transformed his understanding of how the world works
Stephan Planken
Amit Patel
Face detection library - Amit Patel
… for cat faces … - Amit Patel
… written in Javascript … - Amit Patel
Using a hog-descriptor. - Not Me
Laura Norvig
Behavior Modification and Google’s Pursuit of the Star Trek Computer http://socialmediamediasres.wo... @ginatrapani @jeffjarvis @leolaporte #TWiG
Behavior Modification and Google’s Pursuit of the Star Trek Computer @ginatrapani @jeffjarvis @leolaporte #TWiG
Eric Logan
Math: Your Secret Weapon Against Wall Street and the NSA | Mother Jones -
Math: Your Secret Weapon Against Wall Street and the NSA | Mother Jones
As Edward Frenkel sees it, the way we teach math in schools today is about as exciting as watching paint dry. So it's not surprising that when he brings up the fact that he's a mathematician at dinner parties, eyes quickly glaze over. "Most people, unfortunately, have a very bad experience with mathematics," Frenkel says. And no wonder: The math we learn in school is as far from what Frenkel believes is the soul of mathematics as a painted fence is from "The Starry Night" by Van Gogh, Frenkel's favorite painter. The Russian born University of California-Berkeley mathematician, whose day job involves probing the connections between math and quantum physics, wants to change that. Rather than alienating drudgery, Frenkel views math as an "archipelago of knowledge" that's universally available to all of us, and he's been everywhere of late spreading the word. In particular, Frenkel is intent on warning us about how people are constantly using (or misusing) math to get our personal data,... more... - Eric Logan from Bookmarklet
Mathematics is the study of the higher consciousness. The Map. Frenkel was born in Russia. He is light years ahead of American talent because of how Russia teaches their students. Same with China. And India. I doubt that Americans will be able to claim anything in Maths or Physics by 2050. The US will be the Argentina of North America by then. Dead. Unfortunately. American Millennials... more... - MRW_8 "Do all mathematicians have an ass that high and tight" - Greg GuitarBuster
Thanks for the link to the Colbert vid. I watched it just to hear that remark. ;-) He was one of Gelfand's students? hmmmn. - MRW_8
Todd Hoff
Why isn't People-Centric UI Design taking off? - Scott Hanselman -
Why isn't People-Centric UI Design taking off? - Scott Hanselman
"The "story" around People Centric is that you don't think "go to twitter and tweet my friend" or "go to Skype and call my friend," instead you click a picture of your friend and then contact them in any possible way using any enlisted app from there." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Interesting idea. I wouldn't want to use it all the time, but it would be great to pull the icon for a person to the screen so I can get to them fast, without having to go through an app's menu system. - Todd Hoff
Sounds like a great feature to me. - Sean McBride
Alternative to the people-centric UI: the forum centric UI... I don't go out to meet someone in particular, I just head to a good pub to chat with whoever is there. That is how I use social media ! - Jean-Marc Liotier
Another approach to social communications: topic-centric. - Sean McBride
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Nationalist Extremism: The Real Threat to Israel -
by Mitchell Plitnick They were dueling op-eds, one in the New York Times and the other in the Jewish communal magazine, Tablet. The question being bandied between them was whether Israel is becoming a theocracy. Not surprisingly, both pieces missed the mark. It’s not theocracy but unbridled nationalism that is the threat in Israel. The
Better way to deal with bad memories suggested -- ScienceDaily -
Better way to deal with bad memories suggested -- ScienceDaily
"A simple and effective emotion-regulation strategy that has neurologically and behaviorally been proven to lessen the emotional impact of personal negative memories, researchers have shown. "Sometimes we dwell on how sad, embarrassed, or hurt we felt during an event, and that makes us feel worse and worse. But we found that instead of thinking about your emotions during a negative memory, looking away from the worst emotions and thinking about the context, like a friend who was there, what the weather was like, or anything else non-emotional that was part of the memory, will rather effortlessly take your mind away from the unwanted emotions associated with that memory," the researchers suggest." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
""Suppression is bottling up your emotions, trying to put them away in a box. This is a strategy that can be effective in the short term, but in the long run, it increases anxiety and depression," explains a co-author. "The strategy of focusing on non-emotional contextual details of a memory, on the other hand, is as simple as shifting the focus in the mental movie of your memories and then letting your mind wander."" - Maitani
hmmm, seems a little too simplistic, so I guess now therapists will start asking people to think of the weather instead of their turmoil? :-| - Halil
I think this can be helpful when we obsess over a negative memory, providing a somewhat different, wider perspective, and thus some relief. To me, this seems to be a possible way between suppressing memories and obsessing about them. It's low-key advice, so I think I'll try it when I need to. :-) - Maitani
Beautifully intricate Romanian Easter eggs - Kottke -
Beautifully intricate Romanian Easter eggs - Kottke
"The small village of Ciocanesti in Romania produces the most beautiful hand-painted Easter eggs I've ever seen. This video is a wonderful look at the process and tradition." - Maitani
"First, the (duck, goose, chicken, or even ostrich) egg is drained, through a tiny hole. Then, using a method akin to batik, it is dipped in dye and painted one color at a time, with the painter applying beeswax to those areas she wants to protect from the next round of dying. The painting implement, called a kishitze, is a stick with an iron tip. (Previously, egg-painters would have used thorns or pig bristles.)" - Maitani
Bluesun 2600
Heartbleed Used To Bypass 2-Factor Authentication, Hijack User Sessions - Slashdot -
Heartbleed Used To Bypass 2-Factor Authentication, Hijack User Sessions - Slashdot
"Security nightmares sparked by the Heartbleed OpenSSL vulnerability continue. According to Mandiant, now a unit of FireEye, an attacker was able to leverage the Heartbleed vulnerability against the VPN appliance of a customer and hijack multiple active user sessions. The attack bypassed both the organization's multifactor authentication and the VPN client software used to validate that systems connecting to the VPN were owned by the organization and running specific security software. "Specifically, the attacker repeatedly sent malformed heartbeat requests to the HTTPS web server running on the VPN device, which was compiled with a vulnerable version of OpenSSL, to obtain active session tokens for currently authenticated users," Mandiant's Christopher Glyer explained. "With an active session token, the attacker successfully hijacked multiple active user sessions and convinced the VPN concentrator that he/she was legitimately authenticated." After connecting to the VPN, the attacker attempted to move laterally and escalate his/her privileges within the victim organization, Mandiant said." - Bluesun 2600 from Bookmarklet
Todd Hoff
Scientists discover moral compass in the brain which can be controlled by magnets | Mail Online -
Scientists discover moral compass in the brain which can be controlled by magnets | Mail Online
So people are less moral when holding a cell phone to their ear? - Todd Hoff
Quick: weaponize it. - Sean McBride
I have a kickstarter in progress. A drone army of magnetic ray machines that target the entire worlds population in order to create chaos. Oh, wait, that's really no different. - Todd Hoff
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Tensions rise on Temple Mount as rightwing Jews seek to hold Passover rituals there -
Richard Silverstein exposes the rightwing Temple Institute's plans for the Temple Mount, even as six Palestinians are arrested for throwing stones in protest of rightwing Jewish encroachment on the holy site
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NY Times Public Editor Slams Jodi Rudoren for Allowing Israeli Security Apparatus to Co-Opt Reporting -
There’s a fascinating drama playing out at the NY Times thanks to public editor, Margaret Sullivan.  Sometime after the Shin Bet removed the gag order on the reporting of the Majd Kayyal case, Jodi Rudoren appointed her beat reporter, Isabel Kershner to write about the story.  She did a rather decent job and even interviewed […]
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Mark Kirk: First I was for the State Department, Now I Prefer Israel -
by Jim Lobe As I’ve written in the past, I have massive amounts of newspaper, magazine, and other assorted clippings in file cabinets that stretch virtually from one end of the IPS office in the National Press Building to the other. Some of it dates back to 1975, the fateful year I started clipping about
Todd Hoff
Wormtalk and Slugspeak: Anglo-Saxon Aloud: Greatest Hits now on iTunes, CDbaby -
Wormtalk and Slugspeak: Anglo-Saxon Aloud: Greatest Hits now on iTunes, CDbaby
"The album includes readings in both Old English and Modern English of 10 classic Anglo-Saxon poems:  Cædmon's Hymn The Battle of Brunanburh The Wanderer The Ruin The Wife's Lament Wulf and Eadwacer Deor The Fortunes of Men Riddle 47 (Book Moth) The Dream of the Rood There is a general introduction as well as explanatory introductions for each poem." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
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Todd Hoff
Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens -
"The central point that emerges from our research is that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy, while mass-based interest groups and average citizens have little or no independent influence. Our results provide substantial support for theories of Economic Elite Domination and for theories of Biased Pluralism, but not for theories of Majoritarian Electoral Democracy or Majoritarian Pluralism. In what follows, we briefly review the four theoretical traditions that form the framework for our analyses and highlight some of the most prominent empirical research associated with each. We then describe our data and measures and present our results. We conclude by Gilens and Page Testing Theories of American Politics 4 4 discussing the implications of our work for understanding American democracy and by identifying some of the directions for future research that our findings suggest." - Todd Hoff
"Using data drawn from over 1,800 different policy initiatives from 1981 to 2002, the two conclude that rich, well-connected individuals on the political scene now steer the direction of the country, regardless of or even against the will of the majority of voters" - Todd Hoff
Classifying Cognitive Style Across Disciplines - Association for Psychological Science -
Classifying Cognitive Style Across Disciplines - Association for Psychological Science
"Educators have tried to boost learning by focusing on differences in learning styles. Management consultants tout the impact that different decision-making styles have on productivity.  Various fields have developed diverse approaches to understanding the way people process information. A new report from psychological scientists aims to integrate these disciplines by offering a new, integrated framework of cognitive styles that bridges different terminologies, concepts, and approaches." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"“This new taxonomy of cognitive styles offers a clear categorization of different types of styles from basic and applied fields and thus eliminates the confusing labeling of styles, making it possible to integrate the findings on individual differences in cognition across different disciplines,” says researcher Maria Kozhevnikov, Associate Professor in psychology at the National University of Singapore and Associate in Neuroscience at Massachusetts General Hospital and lead author of the new report." - Maitani
Cognitive Style as Environmentally Sensitive Individual Differences in Cognition - Maitani
Digital Atlas of the Roman Empire -
Digital Atlas of the Roman Empire
"This project is part of Pelagios – the networking medium for ancient places." - Maitani
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‘NYT’ abided by Israeli gag order even as ‘EI’ scooped it repeatedly -
Margaret Sullivan, the Times public editor, says she is "troubled" by a decision by the New York Times Jerusalem bureau to go along with an Israeli gag order and not report news of the detention of Israeli Palestinian journalist Majd Kayyal by Israeli secret police
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