Neutrino that struck Antarctica traced to galaxy 3.7bn light years away
QUOTE just off the left shoulder of the constellation of Orion. While a single detection is not strong evidence, the IceCube scientists went back through their records and found a flurry of neutrinos coming from the same spot over 150 days in 2014 and 2015.
science  zip  zig 
7 days ago
#SeeHer | For Storytellers | Writing her Right
QUOTE Consider these questions.

A subset of the following questions was inspired by “The Dissolve: We’re losing all our strong female characters to Trinity Syndrome” by Tasha Robinson.
* Do your female characters significantly contribute to the plot?

* Does your female character's primary plot contribution involve being the victim of violence or deciding whether or not to have a romantic or sexual relationship with a male hero?

* If you completely removed all your female characters from the story, would it be inconsequential to the plot?

* Are any of your female characters over the age of 40?

* Could any of the following words describe your female characters’ personality attributes: strong, intelligent, ambitious, charismatic, creative, reliable, successful, courageous, or confident?

* Could your script pass the Bechdel test–does it include at least two women talking about something other than a man?

* Is there a range in body types among your female characters? Do any of your female characters have a disability?

* Does the dialogue of the women of color tend to include more profanity and focus more on sexuality?

* Over the course of your story arc, does your female character evolve and show personal growth?

* Do your female characters have careers where they are in leadership positions or in science and technology fields?
3do  zed  6P 
8 days ago
Amis on Genius and Talent
QUOTE It’s an artificial distinction but I think quite a useful one. If every novelist comes with some genius and some talent, it’s the genius bit that gets weaker. Genius being that sort of God-given quality of perception and articulacy. Talent is technique, and that gets stronger. So a lot of stuff that you used to have to think about when you were younger about pacing and modulation and what goes where, it’s very interesting just to look at novelists to see how they get their characters across town. It’s very onerous business, getting your characters across town, how you do it reveals technique, and someone like Nabokov, who has a lot of genius and a lot of talent is wonderful—they’re suddenly across town and either the journey was very interesting in itself, or they’re just across town. It’s very unlaborious. That’s technique. So your genius, which is the slightly wild, pyrotechnic art of what you do gets weaker, but you get people across town more efficiently than you used to.
10 days ago
Protein needs
QUOTE two palm-sized portions of meat, fish, tofu, nuts or pulses
13 days ago
Give your bones a workout, public told - BBC News
Ball games
Racket sports
Nordic walking (walking with poles to give your upper body a workout as well as your legs)
Resistance training (using weights or bands or your own body weight to push or pull against for a workout)
Yoga, Tai Chi and cycling
14 days ago
Peregrine falcon dies after getting stuck in melted tar on a road in Sligo
QUOTE Sligo Fire Brigade managed to free the bird, but it later died despite the best efforts of a local vet and wildlife experts.
999  isles 
20 days ago
How To Create A Money-Making Online Course
QUOTE The average instructor brings in $7000 from Udemy courses, though there is a wide range of outcomes. I’ve met one instructor whose class earns him only $60 per month, but elite instructors - generally those with very large followings on social media who can mobilize their own audience to buy - can generate six figures annually from their courses.
zed  meta_6P  3do 
4 weeks ago
Ten Coolest Innovations For Book-Lovers, including book vending, plantable books
Eg: QUOTE Argentine publisher Pequeño Editor developed a plantable children’s book last year, meaning that when you’re done reading it you can tuck your book underground and wait for it to grow — into a tree! The title: Mi Papá Estuvo en la Selva (that translates to: My Dad Was in the Jungle) is hand-stitched, and printed with eco-friendly ink on acid-free paper filled with jacaranda tree seeds.
world  meta_books 
4 weeks ago
QUOTE BookCrossing is the act of releasing your books "into the wild" for a stranger to find, or via "controlled release" to another BookCrossing member, and tracking where they go via journal entries from around the world.
meta_books  stripes  isles 
4 weeks ago
Smile PDF Editor [SG recommends]
Productivity Apps - PDF Editor - Text Expander | Smile Software
5 weeks ago
Seth Godin's recommended software
QUOTE To name a few, I’m glad to use and pay for: Overcast, Feedblitz, Discourse, Zapier, Dropbox, Roon, WavePad, Bench, Nisus, Zoom, Slack, SuperDuper, Mailchimp, Hover, TypeExpander, Tidal
5 weeks ago
Does Trusting People Need a Leap of Faith?
Tom Simpson looks at a study of suspicion in a 1950s Italian village and the lessons it has for community relations and social tribes now. Edward Banfield's book, The Moral Basis of a Backward Society, depicts a village where everyone is out for themselves. New Generation Thinker Tom Simpson is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford. He argues that we are losing the habits of trust that have made our prosperity possible. Unless we learn how to reinvigorate our cultures of trust, we ourselves have a future that is backwards. BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Essay
politics  999  audio 
5 weeks ago
Brexit: backstop proposal explained
To avoid hard border around six counties, London's QUOTE proposal is for the whole of the UK to remain in the customs union for a limited period after the end of the transition period – so it would leave the EU in March 2019 and the single market in December 2020, but stay in the customs union for longer. The idea is “to apply a temporary customs arrangement ... between the UK and the EU” that would allow the UK to sign free trade deals with other countries (but not implement the parts of them relating to tariffs, rendering them largely pointless). The proposed UK backstop “will only be in place until the future customs arrangement can be introduced”, which the government “expects” to be the end of December 2021 at the latest.
5 weeks ago
UniCredit seeks merger with SocGen
QUOTE Italy's UniCredit is plotting to merge with French rival Société Générale in a bold move that would see two of Europe's big banks join forces
6 weeks ago
UK: Citi is first corporate bank to enroll as a registered third-party payment provider
QUOTE has enrolled as a Payment Initiation Service Provider (PISP) on the UK Open Banking Directory
6 weeks ago
Fed Floats Changes to Volcker Rule on Big Bank Trading Restrictions
QUOTE Many observers say financial markets aren’t functioning as well because big banks are nervous that certain positions may violate the Volcker rule. At the same time, many big banks have cut back on trading businesses in search of more stable revenue sources.
4laf  PDF 
7 weeks ago
Pearse’s pastoral hideaway: ripe for commemoration? [17AUG13]
QUOTE The State seems reluctant to build a cultural centre at Pádraig Pearse’s cottage in Rosmuc, Connemara, to remember our ‘Ghandi with guns’
F576  PDF 
9 weeks ago
Teach an Phiarsaigh: official aspect
QUOTE experiential introduction to the Irish language and the local Gaeltacht culture and environment, focusing on Pádraig Pearse and his relationship with Ros Muc

one of the eight flagship capital projects which form a core part of the Historical Reflection strand of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme. The visitor centre is part of a €22 million capital investment, which will leave a permanent legacy from the commemorations.

...summers from 1909 to 1915

[also]Cosán Chonamara (consisting of 10 acres including looped walks) [&] Slí na Coille (an interpretative space focusing on Patrick Pearse)

led by Údarás na Gaeltachta as part of a steering group comprising Galway County Council, the Office of Public Works, Fáilte Ireland and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.
10 weeks ago
The Office of Public Works
Tel.: (0761) 10 6000
Tel.: (046) 942 6000
Tel.: (01) 647 6000
LoCall: 1890 213 414
10 weeks ago
Secret files reveal how deeply the Easter Rising affected Irishmen serving in first World War
QUOTE “you think we Irish people are only here for doing your bloody work – the way we are being threated [sic] is absolutely a shame to civilisation”.
history  isles 
10 weeks ago
Patrick Pearse's Cottage
QUOTE Ionad Cultúrtha an Phiarsaigh is located in Ros Muc, in the heart of the Connemara Gaeltacht, on the Wild Atlantic Way. It was here that Patrick Pearse, writer, educator and leader of the 1916 Rising built a cottage for himself on the shores of Loch Oiriúlach in 1909. The Visitor Centre houses a fascinating interactive exhibition dealing with Pearse's legacy, and exploring the things that drew Pearse to Connemara: the area's unique landscape and history, and the ancient gaelic culture and language which is still alive in the area today. We also celebrate 21st century Connemara, which maintain's the traditions of the past, while looking to the future. Visitors can then take the short stroll across the bog to visit Pearse's cottage itself, left just as it was when he left the cottage for the final time in 1915, and meet our local guides who are steeped in Connemara's vibrant culture.
11 weeks ago
Death for Lightstealing
QUOTE John Hope.Theft: shoplifting.13th January 1716. Verdict: Guilty. John Hope , of the Parish of St. Martin in the Fields , was indicted for privately stealing 8 Dozen of Candles...out of the Shop of Adam Hunter , on the 27th of December last. It was fully prov'd, that the Prisoner unbolted the Hatch, came into the Shop, and took away the Goods; upon which he was pursued and taken. The Prisoner denied the Fact, but made no reasonable Defence. The Jury found him Guilty
999  history  isles 
11 weeks ago
Evelyn S. Lieberman
QUOTE While serving as Deputy Chief of Staff, Lieberman, with the approval of Panetta, transferred Monica Lewinsky—the former intern later found to have had an inappropriate relationship with the President—out of the White House into the United States Defense Department Public Affairs office. In subsequent grand jury testimony, Lieberman recalled removing Lewinsky for "spending too much time around the West Wing."[6]
12 weeks ago
POTUS and nukes [11AUG17]
Dave Winer QUOTE During the campaign Trump very openly said he might use nuclear weapons. That disqualified him to be the person who decides when to use them. Yet here we are. It was 100 percent predictable we'd be where we are now. And it's likely to get even worse. It's hard to see how we come back from this.
april 2018
Pilot-Wave Theory Gains Experimental Support
QUOTE An experiment claims to have invalidated a decades-old criticism against pilot-wave theory, an alternative formulation of quantum mechanics that avoids the most baffling features of the subatomic universe.
physics  via:lafgrp 
april 2018
Birds can see Earth's magnetic fields, and we finally know how that's possible
QUOTE cryptochromes in their eyes are responsible for their ability to orient themselves by detecting magnetic fields, a sense called magnetoreception.
april 2018
Nicolai Hartmann (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
QUOTE Four main levels of reality are distinguished by Hartmann: the inanimate, the biological, the psychological and the spiritual. This last includes all historical realities (history, language, customs, law, art, etc.). The underlying intuition is as follows: whilst the structure and the laws of history and other spiritual processes are different from the structure and laws of, say, inanimate beings, the former are not in any way less real than the latter (A.20a). The same intuition applies to the other levels as well: biological and psychological processes are as real as any other process, and they have their own specific groups of categories.
march 2018
This Canadian Video Game Could Cure Lazy Eye. Yes, Really
QUOTE clinical trials of this therapeutic video game showed improvement in 90 per cent of test patients [sufereing from a "lazy eye"].
march 2018
Robots providing "human-brand" CX
SoftBank exec QUOTE We are thrilled to develop a new humanoid robot-based payment application with Mastercard, one of the world’s top payments technology companies

Pizza Hut exec QUOTE “At Pizza Hut we are focused on digital innovation that gives customers a more frictionless and human brand experience,”
march 2018
It Was Never About Liberty – Christopher Keelty
QUOTE Advancing our philosophy of liberty and equality means breaking our traditions, not upholding them.
F53  stripes 
march 2018
REM also Lafferty piece
march 2018
Bowring QUOTE Post-Fordism is a term which has largely been rejected by the Left, mainly on the grounds that it dignifies aspects of capitalist society that should be challenged.
march 2018
‘Deaths of Despair’ May Be a Warning Sign for America [video]
QUOTE suicide deaths are far higher in the U.S. than in many other economically advanced nations.In the video above, [Angus Deaton and Anne Case] argue that it’s not simply a function of economics. It’s a “failure of spiritual and social life that drives people to suicide,” Mr. Deaton says.
march 2018
Cowen - No, Fascism Can’t Happen Here (1MAR18)
Tyler Cowen QUOTE American fascism cannot happen anymore because the American government is so large and unwieldy. It is simply too hard for the fascists, or for that matter other radical groups, to seize control of. No matter who is elected, the fascists cannot control the bureaucracy, they cannot control all the branches of American government, they cannot control the judiciary, they cannot control semi-independent institutions such as the Federal Reserve, and they cannot control what is sometimes called “the deep state.” The net result is they simply can’t control enough of the modern state to steer it in a fascist direction.
stripes  politics 
march 2018
The forgetting curve explains why humans struggle to memorize
QUOTE It takes very little effort to remember that the neighbor’s dog likes to bite. Remembering the dog’s name is harder. One ensures safety, the other is just a random fact.
march 2018
Indian police say PNB auditor conspired in $2 bln fraud
QUOTE the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday arrested auditor Mohinder Kumar Sharma, widening its probe into the biggest bank fraud in India's history.

CBI has arrested at least 13 people, seven from the bank and six from companies owned by billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi and his uncle, Mehul Choksi, who owns Gitanjali Gems
march 2018
Many adults 'don't know signs of eating disorders'
QUOTE the main signs to watch out for are:
-becoming obsessive about food
-changes in behaviour
-having distorted beliefs about their body size
-often tired or struggling to concentrate
-disappearing to the toilet after meals
-starting to exercise excessively
february 2018
The mystery of the 'legal name fraud' billboards - BBC News
QUOTE theory that when your birth was registered, a legal entity - your legal name - was created. But the legal entity "Jane Smith" is distinct from the actual physical person Jane Smith, the website says. When your parents registered your birth on the certificate, it insists, they unknowingly gave the Crown Corporation ownership of your name. "Simply thus, all legal names are owned by the Crown, and therefore using a legal name without their written permission is fraud."
february 2018
BBC Academy - Recommended apps for journalists
QUOTE Voice Record Pro offers a simple feature that’s invaluable to many journalists: it can add a bookmark during a recording. A gentle tap on the screen (not so hard that it gets picked up by the microphone) produces a marker on the display so that when listening back, you can see exactly when a key moment happened during the recording.

VRP also lets you choose your own audio format (MP3 or WAV) rather than using whatever your smartphone has decided is right for you; Ferrite takes things even further with multi-track layering of audio and sound envelopes - but be prepared to pay for this. 
february 2018
Social media users of the world unite!
QUOTE If Plato were alive today, he might well regard much of the work we do as leisure, and much of the leisure we enjoy as work. Those extravagantly paid Davosian chief executives who jet around the world discussing the great issues of the day are in fact indulging in an endless swirl of symposia. But Plato would probably look askance at others who enjoy fishing, gardening and cooking, and view those activities as laborious occupations. So argued the Czech philosopher Tomas Sedlacek at a recent Financial Times conference
F538  via:lafgrp 
february 2018
Global tech giants will threaten Australian bank tax receipts
The Australian Bankers Association is on red alert to the increasing presence of tech giants with the era of "open banking" looming — and its chief executive is warning that they could harm the tax ecosystem (paywall) which has so far ensured that bank profits are not sent offshore. Anna Bligh describes it as a "heightened challenge" for the government and adds that the task for banks to deliver customer-centric services will "intensify as the number of innovative fintech companies locally and particularly from overseas will grow rapidly."
february 2018
Small Canadian Bank VersaBank Creating Private Safety Deposit Boxes for Crypto
QUOTE Security comes at a cost, however, as [CEO] claims their vault service will be expensive, meaning it will likely serve primarily large, wealthy funds.
february 2018
Ripple opens gateway to Chinese e-commerce market with LianLian
Ripple QUOTE Cross-border payments related to China’s e-commerce market reached $1.07 trillion in 2017. There is a huge opportunity to make these payments quicker and more cost-efficient
february 2018
Naspers and Meituan invest $100 million in Indian delivery business, Swiggy
QUOTE Naspers has placed a big bet on the global food delivery and logistics market.
february 2018
Russian historian who exposed Stalin's crimes faces enforced psychiatric testing
QUOTE amid fears he will be falsely declared insane, his lawyer said on Tuesday.
january 2018
The Last Soviet Citizen
QUOTE After blasting off from Baikonur, Krikalev wouldn’t inhale earthly air for 312 days. In that time, the soft-spoken cosmonaut would watch his country crumble from 200 miles up. Presidents would change. His hometown of Leningrad would become St. Petersburg. And one communist superpower would splinter into 15 nations. By the time he returned, Krikalev would be, in essence, the last remaining citizen of the once-mighty Soviet Union.
january 2018
The Amazon machine
QUOTE Amazon, then, is a machine to make a machine - it is a machine to make more Amazon.
january 2018
Cycle to Work Scheme
QUOTE the tax exemption does not apply if you pay for the bicycle and are reimbursed by your employer – they must pay for the bicycle.

The repayment for the bicycle and equipment is then deducted from your gross salary (this means before income tax, PRSI, pension levies or Universal Social Charge are deducted).
january 2018
Bantry: Novel Writing with Katharine Weber
Novel Writing with Katharine Weber
Katharine Weber
Colaiste Pobail Bheanntraí
Mon 16 July to Fri 20 July 2018
09.30 - 12.30
december 2017
tom gauld new yorker cover
@tomgauld 11 Dec 2017 QUOTE Four stages of my New Yorker cover from last week: Scribble > Rough > Finished Drawing > Coloured Artwork.
december 2017
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