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Wikipedia - Curtis Roads
saw him play with Tom Moody at Issue Project Room
Wikipedia  CurtisRoads  music  synthesis  granular  grain  sound  sample 
yesterday
The Problem With Facts
want to check out his books ... from Mika's dad
TimHarford  Trump 
2 days ago
the metaphorical use of; “shit.”
"There’s a lot of different beliefs people use to navigate their relationship with the planet, a few minutes ago I was thinking about these, so, for entertainment, im going to use the metaphor of shit to suss it out."
Wordpress  shit  blog  2012  Superbrown  metaphor 
2 days ago
You can now draw with marker pens made from Asia’s air pollution
""Pollution is nothing but the resources we are not harvesting," the architect, inventor, and philosopher Buckminster Fuller once said. "We allow them to disperse because we’ve been ignorant of their value.""
marker  pollution  BuckminsterFuller 
4 days ago
Story Corps. - Edwin Lanier, Jr. and David Wright
from his obituary: "Edwin “Eddie” S. Lanier, Jr. 68, passed away peacefully in to the Kingdom of Heaven on Tuesday October 14, 2014. He was born in Durham NC, March 5, 1946, the son of the late Edwin S. Lanier Sr. and Nancy Herndon Lanier. He is survived by his sister Nancy Lanier Griffin, nephew Richard Griffin and grandnephew Michael Griffin. He will be missed by the many lives he has touched by his wisdom and recordings.

His early years were in Chapel Hill as the son of the UNC-CH financial aid director and town Mayor. His High School years were in Raleigh graduating in 1964. He then attended Holden Technical Institute (Wake Technical Institute) and then worked for Troxler Electronic Laboratories. He later took a position with the NC Department of Labor.

Some of the events in Eddie’s life are documented in the StoryCorps recordings archived in the Library of Congress and broadcast on NPR first in 2006 and published in the first StoryCorps book “Listening Is an Act of Love” 2007. Links to these stories are at www.edwinslanier.com

He will be remembered as a friend, a man of wisdom and discipline who freely shared his life experiences with all who would listen."
NPR  DavidWright  EdwinLanierJr.  story  interview  audio 
11 days ago
Wikipedia - The 48 Laws of Power
"Intending the opposite, Greene has actually produced one of the best arguments since the New Testament for humility and obscurity."

"There has been no empirical research that any of the laws actually achieve positive social results, rather than being a behavioral guide for a typical sociopath."
book  power  Wikipedia  sociopath  prison 
18 days ago
Wikipedia - Bran
was reading about sake and just realized what bran is, Raisin Bran
Wikipedia  food  bran  grain 
23 days ago
Wikipedia - List of Rainbow Codes
"The Rainbow Codes were a series of code names used to disguise the nature of various British military research projects. They were mainly used from after the Second World War until 1958, when they were replaced by an alphanumeric code system."
Wikipedia  color  code  name  military  research  GreatBritain 
23 days ago
Be More Careful on Facebook
"Facebook is a machine for turning your emotional responses into money. It has no values."
ErinKissane  Facebook 
5 weeks ago
How much money can you make collecting cans and bottles? We tried it to find out
"Shawn, for the record, neither of the writers of this story commented on Gothamist. We don’t know who did. We also gave over $8 worth of bottles and cans we collected to a man who was waiting at one of the machines. We did an experiment, posted our results, and left it at that. Please don’t make snap judgments."

"Will say the best message of this is simple: Separate redeemables from non-redeemables to make the lives of collectors better."

"hiroo maruyama 6.3.13 at 5:52 pm
Afer y parents are deceased,I plan to collect soda cans and bottles from garbage.Beacuse my parents wrote a will that in scarsdale ny My sister and ….. get the houses and the money.I will not be welcome in a group home so I have no choice."

"the joke is on the polluters.. Just be prepared to realize what a sugar/booze problem this world has- that alone is disturbing.."

"I prefer my current assigment as IT consultant for $100 per hour to being a lowlife dirtbag popcan bum. I always spot these deadbeats in the alley."
NYC  aluminum  recycling  money  Brokelyn  comments 
5 weeks ago
Wikipedia - Hutter Prize
"The organizers believe that text compression and AI are equivalent problems."
Wikipedia  compression  AI  data  text  MarcusHutter 
5 weeks ago
Wastebits
"Wastebits matches waste generators with nearby waste facilities."
waste 
5 weeks ago
Experience: I accidentally bought a giant pig
from Mika's dad

"If you look a pig closely in the eyes, it’s startling; there’s something so inexplicably human. When you’re lying next to her and talking, you know she understands. It was emotional realising she was a commercial pig. The more we discovered about what her life could have been, it seemed crazy to us that we ate animals, so we stopped."
pig  TheGuardian  dog 
5 weeks ago
What Steve Bannon Wants You to Read
"Trump has little downside because he’s already been so heavily criticized. He’s heavily vaccinated because of his checkered history."
SteveBannon  Trump  book  list  Politico  ElianaJohnson  EliStokols 
6 weeks ago
Wikipedia - Salt (cryptography)
re: thumbnail collage animated gifs screenshot
Wikipedia  cryptography  salt 
6 weeks ago
Wikipedia - Cynicism (contemporary)
from https://twitter.com/turtlekiosk/status/829633141946068992/photo/1

"Cynicism can appear more active than depression. In his bestselling Critique of Cynical Reason (1983), Peter Sloterdijk defined modern cynics as "borderline melancholics, who can keep their symptoms of depression under control and yet retain the ability to work, whatever might happen ... indeed, this is the essential point in modern cynicism: the ability of its bearers to work—in spite of anything that might happen.""
Wikipedia  cynicism  criticism  PeterSloterdijk  work 
6 weeks ago
What The Fuck Just Happened Today?
"T.J. Maxx and Marshalls stores sent a note to employees telling them to throw away signs for Ivanka Trump products."
MattKiser  Trump 
6 weeks ago
A Clarifying Moment in American History
"...whose prior public service lay in avoiding both the draft and taxes, who does not know the Constitution, does not read and therefore does not understand our history, and who, at his moment of greatest success, obsesses about approval ratings, how many people listened to him on the Mall, and enemies."
EliotCohen  TheAtlantic  Trump  U.S. 
7 weeks ago
The Four-Letter Code to Selling Just About Anything
"Loewy called his grand theory 'Most Advanced Yet Acceptable'—maya."

"Across hundreds of studies and meta-studies, subjects around the world prefer familiar shapes, landscapes, consumer goods, songs, and human voices. People are even partial to the familiar version of the thing they should know best in the world: their own face. Because you and I are used to seeing our countenance in a mirror, studies show, we often prefer this reflection over the face we see in photographs."

"'I knew it would never be considered,' he later wrote of his bold proposal, 'but repeated exposure of railroad people to this kind of advanced, unexpected stuff had a beneficial effect. It gradually conditioned them to accept more progressive designs.'"

"designs that piggybacked on engineers’ tastes and consumers’ habits"

"Most parents prefer first names for their children that are common but not too common, optimally differentiated from other children’s names."

"But his most profound contribution to the space station was his insistence that nasa install a viewing portal of Earth."

from Mika's dad
face  design  RaymondLoewy  TheAtlantic  NYC  cool  railroad  name  NASA  ISS 
8 weeks ago
Zero-Shot Translation with Google’s Multilingual Neural Machine Translation System
Google Neural Machine Translation (GNMT)

"translation between language pairs never seen explicitly by the system"
Google  translation  GNMT  interlingua  language  linguistics 
8 weeks ago
Quick, How Might the Alien Spacecraft Work?
"“The whole ship goes through space like one giant quantum particle”. “The aliens must directly manipulate the spacetime network at the Planck scale”. “There’s spacetime turbulence around the skin of the ship”. “It’s like the skin of the ship has an infinite number of types of atoms, not just the 115 elements we know” (that was going to be related to shining a monochromatic laser at the ship and seeing it come back looking like a rainbow)."

Lincos: Design of a Language for Cosmic Intercourse
Arrival  StephenWolfram  physics  spacecraft 
8 weeks ago
Online Sequencer
limited instruments but...
MIDI  sequencer  online  music 
9 weeks ago
Dictionary of non-notable Artists
disappointed by categories and that I only recognized one name: Miltos Manetas
Wikipedia  list  artist  book  GregorWeichbrodt  notable  PDF 
9 weeks ago
The Valley and the Predator
"Under the auspices of the anonymous collaborative the Bureau of Inverse Technology (BIT), Natalie Jeremijenko and Kate Rich created BIT Plane in 1997, shortly after NATO and the U.S Air Force flew the first Predator surveillance drones over Bosnia and Kosovo. Jeremijenko and Rich’s radio-controlled, video-enabled model airplane (a precursor to now-familiar consumer-grade drones) surveilled radically different landscapes than its Predator predecessor, but its very existence was indebted to much of the same government research and development that made military UAVs possible."
Rhizome  drone  SiliconValley  NatalieJeremijenko  KateRich  1997  surveillance  BIT 
9 weeks ago
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