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Be More Careful on Facebook
"Facebook is a machine for turning your emotional responses into money. It has no values."
ErinKissane  Facebook 
7 days 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 
8 days ago
Wikipedia - Hutter Prize
"The organizers believe that text compression and AI are equivalent problems."
Wikipedia  compression  AI  data  text  MarcusHutter 
8 days ago
Wastebits
"Wastebits matches waste generators with nearby waste facilities."
waste 
10 days 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 
10 days 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 
14 days ago
Wikipedia - Salt (cryptography)
re: thumbnail collage animated gifs screenshot
Wikipedia  cryptography  salt 
14 days 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 
14 days 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 
14 days 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. 
25 days 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 
4 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 
4 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 
4 weeks ago
Online Sequencer
limited instruments but...
MIDI  sequencer  online  music 
4 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 
4 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 
5 weeks ago
The Foxfire Series
"With nearly 9 million copies in print, The Foxfire Book and its eleven companion volumes stand memorial to the people and the vanishing culture of the Southern Appalachian Mountains, brought to life for readers through the words of those who were born, lived their lives, and passed away there—words collected by high school students who wanted to be a part of their community and preserve their heritage. All 12 volumes in the regular series are anthologies of Foxfire Magazine articles written by Rabun County high school students over the magazine's 40-year history, usually expanded through follow-up interviews and other research."
RabunCounty  Foxfire  Appalachia  book  series 
5 weeks ago
WikiWikiWeb
WikiSquatting (using Wiki as personal Web space)

"Now these are the real gems. We're looking for that common knowledge that's so uncommon."

etc.
wiki 
5 weeks ago
Wikipedia - Wiki
"Ward Cunningham, the developer of the first wiki software, WikiWikiWeb, originally described it as "the simplest online database that could possibly work"."
Wikipedia  wiki  WardCunningham  database 
5 weeks ago
Here's my plan: buy land, build cheap. How do I make it happen?
from Mika re: my dream

"Generally, the more rural you're looking, the more likely you'll be able to build something to code on the cheap, but it's all very location specific."

"A longer commute will reduce quality of life more than you expect."
metafilter  via:cluebucket  land  house 
5 weeks ago
The truth about Westminster (the font!)
"I knew that the designer Leo Maggs (who happens to be my father-in-law) designed a typeface back in the swinging sixties called Westminster, but the more I read about the font, the more confused I became… and it just shows you that you can’t believe everything you read on Wikipedia!"
Westminster  font  typeface  Microsoft  RobertNorton  E-13B  Data70  Letraset  Sebastian  LeoMaggs  SimonMercer 
5 weeks ago
Wikipedia - Westminster (typeface)
I always think of this as Tech after Print Shop for Apple II.

Hazell Sun Group

"The weight of strokes in the characters can be recognised as "light" or "heavy" by a simple circuit and these patterns then map directly to the bit patterns of a computer character set. This made the characters practical to read before 'smart' OCR, but limited the length of the character set. E-13B has only 14 characters: the numeric digits and a few control codes. None of the alphanumeric 'computer' typefaces like Westminster could be read magnetically.

The work was presented to Letraset, but it was Robert Norton, founder of the Photoscript Ltd photo-typesetting company, who decided to produce it. The font was named by Norton and, according to Microsoft, it received its name from the then Westminster Bank Limited (now NatWest) from the United Kingdom, that helped fund its production."
Wikipedia  Westminster  OCR  font  typeface  LeoMaggs  LeoBragg  MICR  GillSans  Letraset  RobertNorton  Microsoft 
5 weeks ago
Neanderthals Were People, Too
"Paabo now recommends against imagining separate species of human evolution altogether: not an Us and a Them, but one enormous “metapopulation” composed of shifting clusters of essentially human-ish things that periodically coincided in time and space and, when they happened to bump into one another, occasionally had sex."
Neanderthal  human  evolution  sex 
5 weeks ago
WHY PETER THIEL FEARS “STAR TREK”
"'Star Trek is the communist one,' he said."

"...the market is but a temporary solution to imbalances in supply and demand, and that technology and plenty will eventually make it obsolete."

"They represent the logical endpoint of the Industrial Revolution, when all human labor has been offloaded onto machines."
PeterThiel  StarTrek  NewYorker  ManuSaadia 
5 weeks ago
Wikipedia - Brainstorm
"The film follows a research team's efforts to perfect a system that directly records the sensory and emotional feelings of a subject, and the efforts by the company's management to exploit the device for military ends."
1983  Wikipedia  Brainstorm  movie  ChristopherWalken  mind  Superbrown 
6 weeks ago
Wikipedia - Strange Brew
"Moranis and Thomas soon found themselves faced with the challenge of expanding their improvisations on SCTV from 'two guys talking about how hard it was to get parking spaces in donut shops to a full-length story'...."
Wikipedia  beer  movie  RickMoranis  DaveThomas  1983  SCTV  Hamlet  mouse  blackmail  Superbrown 
7 weeks ago
Mecca Normal 1988 - 1991
"Oh… what a lovely sparse sound."
MeccaNormal  1988  1991  music  Vancouver 
7 weeks ago
Wikipedia - Hectograph
jellygraph

"Hectography, requiring limited technology and leaving few traces behind, has been deemed useful both in low-technology environments and in clandestine circumstances where discretion was necessary."

"Stephen King, in his book On Writing, talks about how he and his older brother Dave used the process to create their newspaper, Dave's Rag."

"While the hectograph process is obsolete for printing on paper, it is still used for making temporary tattoos on human skin. Tattoo artists use hectograph pencils to draw pictures on paper and then transfer them to the recipient's skin."
Wikipedia  hectograph  gelatin  print  temporary  tattoo  StephenKing  skin 
7 weeks ago
Wikipedia - Nadsat
"The name itself comes from the Russian suffix equivalent of "-teen" as in "thirteen" (-надцать, -nad·tsat')."
Wikipedia  jargon  teenage  StanleyKubrick  AnthonyBurgess  Russian  loanword 
8 weeks ago
Wikipedia - Derailment (thought disorder)
"In psychiatry, derailment (also loosening of association, asyndesis, asyndetic thinking, knight's move thinking, or entgleisen) is a thought disorder characterized by discourse consisting of a sequence of unrelated or only remotely related ideas. The frame of reference often changes from one sentence to the next.

In a mild manifestation, this thought disorder is characterized by slippage of ideas further and further from the point of a discussion. Derailment can often be manifestly caused by intense emotions such as euphoria or hysteria. Some of the synonyms given above (loosening of association, asyndetic thinking) are used by some authors to refer just to a loss of goal: discourse that sets off on a particular idea, wanders off and never returns to it. A related term is tangentiality—it refers to off-the-point, oblique or irrelevant answers given to questions. In some studies on creativity, knight's move thinking, while it describes a similarly loose association of ideas, it is not considered a mental disorder or the hallmark of one; it is sometimes used as a synonym for lateral thinking."
mind  thought  Wikipedia  disorder  psychiatry  association 
8 weeks ago
Wikipedia - Railway semaphore signal
"New railways in undeveloped countries lacking reliable electrical supplies continue to use mechanical points and signals, such as the TAZARA Railway in Tanzania and Zambia which was built in the 1970s."
Wikipedia  railroad  semaphore  signal  JosephJamesStevens  color  sign  electricity 
8 weeks ago
Welcome to E. Buk Antiques
William Gibson

"PLEASE NOTE: We apologize for the bare-bones look of this site for now. A more comprehensive, image based, and informative one is currently under construction."
WilliamGibson  NYC  antiques  art 
9 weeks ago
‘Voodoo Ray’ by A Guy Called Gerald
"Running out of sample time on the S900 was to accidentally produce the title of ‘Voodoo Ray’. Lifting a spoken word sample from Peter Cook and Dudley Moore’s Bo Duddley sketch, from their 1976 comedy album Derek & Clive (Live), where Cook says “voodoo rage”, Simpson found that the sample had cut off, reducing it to what sounded like “voodoo ray”. Elsewhere in the track, the cry of “later!” comes from Moore."
SOS  AGuyCalledGerald  Manchester  GeraldSimpson  808State 
9 weeks ago
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