This is an abomination.
Babies and toddlers sent to 'tender age' shelters under Trump separations
Lawyers and medical providers visiting Rio Grande Valley shelters describe play rooms of crying preschool-age children in emotional crisis
world  link  tmbllnk 
15 hours ago
Cheering for Optimism and the Internet
Listen, If there is anything I could wish on you, more than my work ethic, or my energy, or my charisma, it would be the mindset and perspective of how good life really is. I for one, was born in the former Soviet Union, with no internet and no capitalism to save me. Due to my circumstances and the reality that I immigrated to the US in 1978 and was somehow perfectly parented without the aircover to dwell or complain, I became rooted in a foundation of gratitude and a level of perspective and practicality that changed my life and behavior permanently.
link  webtech 
Obama’s Secret to Surviving the White House Years: Books - The New York Times
Not since Lincoln has there been a president as fundamentally shaped — in his life, convictions and outlook on the world — by reading and writing as Barack Obama.
link  reading 
You Can't Have a Prosperous Economy Without an Entrepreneurial Government
The debate about the relative roles of the state and the market in capitalist economies tends to swing from side to side in the hearts and minds of public opinion: periods when the state is defended for its role in economic development are always superseded by an attack on its intervention into ‘well functioning’ markets. It has been like this throughout the twentieth century. And it is what has happened since the most recent global financial crisis and economic recession: a brief period right after its outbreak, when there was consensus that the state had a key role to play in both saving the banks and using fiscal policy to promote growth, was quickly apprehended by those who feared rising levels of public debt. Indeed, this debt was mistakenly seen as the cause rather than the result of the crisis—due to lower tax receipts, rising bailouts, etc. So austerity became again the flavour of the day, while any sort of serious economic and industrial policy became anathema.
politics  link 
2 days ago
How ARKit 2 works, and why Apple is so focused on AR – Ars Technica
Augmented reality (AR) has played prominently in nearly all of Apple's events since iOS 11 was introduced, Tim Cook has said he believes it will be as revolutionary as the smartphone itself, and AR was Apple’s biggest focus in sessions with developers at WWDC this year.
twt  link  realtime 
2 days ago
60 free Film Noir Movies
During the 1940s and 50s, Hollywood entered a “noir” period, producing riveting films based on hard-boiled fiction. These films were set in dark locations and shot in a black & white aesthetic that fit like a glove. Hardened men wore fedoras and forever smoked cigarettes. Women played the femme fatale role brilliantly. Love was the surest way to death.
film  link 
2 days ago
AfriCOBRA: the collective that helped shape the black arts movement
Exhibition celebrates the work of the group, founded in the 60s, and long rejected by the mainstream art community
Art  link 
3 days ago
Opinion | I Was Fired for Making Fun of Trump - The New York Times
I should’ve seen it coming. When I had lunch with my new boss a few months ago, he informed me that the paper’s publisher believed that the editorial cartoonist was akin to an editorial writer, and that his views should reflect the philosophy of the newspaper.
politics  link 
4 days ago
Grenfell Tower lit green a year after fire - BBC News
A year after the fire that killed 72 people, Grenfell Tower has been illuminated to mark the first anniversary of the disaster.
link  twt  World 
6 days ago
There is, of course, little doubt that with Trump in the White House there is an awful lot we should be angst-ridden about. However, the establishment’s reaction to the president’s shenanigans, in the United States and in Europe, is perhaps an even gr
There is, of course, little doubt that with Trump in the White House there is an awful lot we should be angst-ridden about. However, the establishment’s reaction to the president’s shenanigans, in the United States and in Europe, is perhaps an even greater worry for progressives, replete as it is with dangerous wishful thinking and copious miscalculation.
twt  World  link 
8 days ago
If You Want to Write a Book, Write 500 Words a Day
I’ll be honest: I kind of thought I invented the magic 500 words thing. I’ve been saying that’s my policy for years. I’ve written four books that way, more or less. But last week, author Rebecca Schuman tweeted that 500 words a day was her policy, suggesting it as a workable pace for any writer working on a long-term project. She called it the 5-5-5 rule: 500 words a day or five pages of edits, five days a week.
writing  process  link 
8 days ago
The Islamophobia scandal in the Conservative party goes 'right up to the top'
Islamophobia is now "very widespread" in the Conservative party but is being deliberately ignored at the highest levels for electoral reasons, the former Co-chair of the party has told Business Insider.
link  politics 
9 days ago
The odd reality of life under China's all-seeing credit score system
In the UK, credit scores are mostly used to determine whether people can get a credit card or loan. But in China, the government is developing a much broader “social credit” system partly based on people’s routine behaviours with the ultimate goal of determining the “trustworthiness” of the country’s 1.4 billion citizens.

It might sound like a futuristic dystopian nightmare but the system is already a reality. Social credit is preventing people from buying airline and train tickets, stopping social gatherings from happening, and blocking people from going on certain dating websites. Meanwhile, those viewed kindly are rewarded with discounted energy bills and similar perks.
webtech  link 
11 days ago
5 Pencil and Paper Games (That Aren’t Tic-Tac-Toe)
In a time before people could cure their boredom by looking down at their phone and immediately retreating into an individual silo of entertainment, slaying its specter was often a cooperative exercise, requiring nothing more than a pencil and paper.
games  brainfood  link 
11 days ago
Project from Planeta lets you create musical sculptures in VR, placing objects that create sounds when hit by falling droplets:
NYC product studio Planeta has just released the VR experience Drops, a cross between a drum machine and a zen garden that diverges from traditional music interfaces and enables the organic composition of complex rhythms and melodies. It’s intuitive to use and accessible to musicians and non-musicians alike. Its meditative environment is inspired by the renowned architecture of Tadao Ando, and it includes sound banks created by noted musicians Patrick Higgins and Patrick Russell.
link  twt  realtime 
11 days ago
10 hours of extremely relaxing ocean scenes
From BBC Earth, the team behind Planet Earth II and Blue Planet II, a 10-hour video of soothing oceanscapes: whales swimming, jellyfish pulsing, fish swarming, sharks circling, and rays swooping.
twt  tmblrlnk  link  environment 
11 days ago
On paying for software
The business of software is a bit of a miracle. Properly designed, software isn’t more expensive to create when more people use it. In fact, when network effects are involved, it’s actually more efficient when more people use it.
webtech  link 
11 days ago
Seth Godin to the World: You’re Still Not Blogging Daily?!
I’m encouraging each one of you to have (a blog). Not to have a blog to make money, because you probably won’t. Not to have a blog, because you’ll have millions and millions of readers, because you probably won’t. But to have a blog because of the discipline it gives you, to know that you’re going to write something tomorrow. Something that might not be read by many people—it doesn’t matter—it will be read by you. If you can build that up, you will begin to think more clearly. You will make predictions. You will make assertions. You will make connections. And there they will be, in type, for you to look at a month or a year later. This practice of sharing your ideas to people who will then choose or not choose to share them helps us get out of our own head, because it’s no longer the narrative inside. It’s the narrative outside, the narrative that you’ve typed up, that you’ve cared enough to share.”
webtech  link 
12 days ago
NASA Finds Ancient Organic Material, Mysterious Methane on Mars
NASA’s Curiosity rover has found new evidence preserved in rocks on Mars that suggests the planet could have supported ancient life, as well as new evidence in the Martian atmosphere that relates to the search for current life on the Red Planet. While not necessarily evidence of life itself, these findings are a good sign for future missions exploring the planet’s surface and subsurface.
science  twt 
13 days ago
NASA Curiosity Rover unearths building blocks in 3-billion-year-old organic matter on Mars
The "building blocks" for life have been discovered in 3-billion-year-old organic matter on Mars, NASA scientists announced Thursday.
link  science 
13 days ago
How to Exercise Like a Poet: The Walt Whitman Workout
A solitary and pleasant sundown hour at the pond, exercising arms, chest, my whole body, by a tough oak sapling thick as my wrist, twelve feet high — pulling and pushing, inspiring the good air. After I wrestle with the tree awhile, I can feel its young sap and virtue welling up out of the ground and tingling through me from crown to toe, like health’s wine. Then for addition and variety I launch forth in my vocalism; shout declamatory pieces, sentiments, sorrow, anger, &c., from the stock poets or plays — or inflate my lungs and sing the wild tunes and refrains I heard of the blacks down south, or patriotic songs I learn’d in the army. I make the echoes ring, I tell you!
link  health 
13 days ago
TRAILER: 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' Marks A Radical Shift For U.S. Feature Animation
It’s not that Spider-Man is an adult film either – this film will likely be as family-friendly as many of its studio counterparts. But it has a markedly different drama-first, action-first tone. The filmmakers seem to be aiming to win over a specific audience – a slightly hipper, more urban, and teen-oriented crowd.
animation  link  tmblrlnk 
13 days ago
‘Star Wars’ Fandom is Broken - Film School Rejects
Fandom is like religion. Sometimes it’s a positive thing that enriches people’s lives for the better. On one hand, there’s the community aspect which allows us to develop bonds and enjoy conversations with like-minded people. On the other, being a fan of something can be more personal, a source of comfort and inspiration which provides a temporary escape from the real world or, in some cases, imparts wisdom and provokes thoughts which help us understand it better. This type of fandom is a beautiful thing, and most people associated
link  twt  tmblrlnk  film 
14 days ago
'Carbon bubble' could spark global financial crisis.
Plunging prices for renewable energy and rapidly increasing investment in low-carbon technologies could leave fossil fuel companies with trillions in stranded assets and spark a global financial crisis, a new study has found.
link  environment 
15 days ago
Summer 2018 playlists, chosen by Goat Girl, Justice, Hot Chip and more
Musicians reveal the songs they turn to when the sun hits the sky – listen to their hot tracks below
music  link  tmbllnk 
16 days ago
📷 Egon Schiele (Austrian, 1890-1918)
Mime van Osen,


Watercolor and charcoal on paper,

45 x 31.6 cm.
drawing  bffrfll  madiadiet 
16 days ago
The White Pube | States of Play: Rolplay Reality
States of Play: Roleplay Reality is yet another oversubscribed group show full of tech art under spotlights in the darkened rooms of FACT: if u have been to one of these at the gallery, you’ve been to them all. They are curated like ‘what if we tried to make the gallery look like the internet but in real life!’ i used to be excited at that but now im over it. States of Play is ‘exploring the complex, contemporary landscape of video games’ with a particular focus on role-play. Upstairs, and straight to the point of contention, there’s a virtual reality film that lasts just over a minute made by art bro Jordon Wolfson. in the video a computer generated version of the artist beats a man, who is kneeling on the pavement before him, to death. It is called ‘Real Violence.’ as the viewer, you are bodiless and watching over the scene as it plays out in a cleaner, emptier simulated new york. There is a Hanukkah prayer being sung somewhere as Wolfson begins by using a baseball bat to knock the man down, before stamping his head repeatedly into the ground. the victim’s legs twitch emphatically on the floor. and both murderer and victim are generic looking white men, just to set the scene.
realtime  link 
16 days ago
A Comic About My Bad Ass Grandmother aka Nag Finger
A Comic About My Bad Ass Grandmother aka Nag Finger is about my favorite matriarch in life, my grandma. It’s about a long Chinese tradition of loving boys over girls just because they’re boys. It’s about the horrific custom of foot binding that debilitated women all over China and kept them close to home. It’s about how one bad ass grandmother raised three boys on her own, ran a laundry mat in Washington Heights, and learned to speak absolutely no English. It’s about a woman who scares the sh*t out of me, and the world, but who inspires me every day to be just as bad ass.
comics  link 
16 days ago
Could These Be The Next High-Tech Tools That Animators Use Daily?
The peer-reviewed technical papers to be presented at this year’s SIGGRAPH conference in Vancouver in August have been announced, and several may give a glimpse of the tools animators could soon be utilizing in their work in the near future.
animation  link 
17 days ago
How to Slow Down Time
As I moved from my twenties to thirties I noticed a certain psychological miscalculation happening more often: a day that feels like it was three or four months ago was actually a year ago.
brainfood  link 
17 days ago
Update: Recycling Isn’t Working + Subtraction.com
Here’s an update on a post that I wrote at the beginning of the year about how China has upended the way recycling works. In short, Americans recycle as much as 66 million tons of would-be waste each year, the majority of which used to go to China. However, as part of a new policy aimed at improving its own environmental conditions, China no longer allows imports of those foreign recycling materials. The result is essentially a crisis in everything but name, as this article in The New York Times details:
link  environment 
17 days ago
🖼 Alberto Giacometti (Swiss, 1901-1966)
Trois personnages sous la lampe à Maloja

[Three figures under the lamp, Maloja],


Pencil on paper,

29.5 x 41.6 cm
drawing  bffrfll  mediadiet 
17 days ago
The Mills of God Grind Slowly. Particularly in Spain.
That’s Luis Barcenas, former Treasurer of the ruling Francoist successor Popular Party in Spain and long time confidante of Prime Minister Rajoy, happily now in prison for his part in a corruption scandal in which, over twenty years, hundreds of millions of euros in kickbacks from taxpayer-funded projects were channelled into the Popular Party coffers, and then doled out in secret payments to party leaders. Rajoy himself had to give evidence in court and the judgement made plain he was not believed.
link  World 
17 days ago
Gluten-Free and Low-Carb Wrap with Tuna and Egg - Diet Doctor
Wrap it up! Exactly what goes inside our gluten-free and low-carb flatbread? You decide! We showcase a tasty combo of tuna, eggs, and cottage cheese with hints of chili and wasabi. But possibilities abound, so have it your way.
17 days ago
The True Death Of Billy The Kid
Rick Geary has been doing pretty much the same thing for over thirty years. This is not a criticism.
link  comics 
17 days ago
Original map of Winnie-the-Pooh’s Hundred Acre Wood
The ink-drawn map of Hundred Acre Wood by Winnie-the-Pooh illustrator E. H. Shepard dates back to 1929. I’m headed straight for Eeyore’s gloomy place, which is rather boggy and sad. The drawing is up for auction, in case you’re interested in dropping a couple hundred thousand dollars
twt  link  mindmaps 
18 days ago
Thread by @naval: "How to Get Rich (without getting lucky)
Seek wealth, not money or status. Wealth is having assets that earn while you sleep. Money is how we transfer time and wealth. Status is your place in the social hierarchy.
link  business 
18 days ago
Egon Schiele on What It Means to Be an Artist and Why Visionaries Always Come from the Minority
One needs to observe and experience the world with naïve, pure eyes in order to attain a great weltanschauung; — that is a living cult. — the proper tone is a book which, for some, may be nice to consult, but proves itself completely useless in the world; in other words, there are those who should live through books and those who exist through themselves; who are better? — that is clear. — Few see the sun and everyone else must read novels and novellas in order to finally realize that there is light.
drawing  link 
18 days ago
Teens are abandoning Facebook in dramatic numbers, study finds | Technology | The Guardian
Teenagers have abandoned Facebook in favour of other social media platforms such as Snapchat and Instagram, according to a study from the Pew Research Center.

Just 51% of US individuals aged 13 to 17 say they use Facebook – a dramatic plunge from the 71% who said they used the social network in Pew’s previous study in 2015, when it was the dominant online platform.
twt  webtech  link 
18 days ago
Methane ice dunes found on Pluto by Nasa spacecraft
The research, which is published in the journal Science, suggests that the distant world is more dynamic than previously thought.
Science  twt 
19 days ago
‘Solo’ Theater Projection Problems Leave Fans In The Dark, Enrage Industry Veterans
While much of the coverage of “Solo: A Star Wars Story” focuses on its subpar box office performance, many fans and critics have expressed disappointment with a more immediate problem: The movie is hard to see. The “Solo” Reddit thread is packed with opening-weekend moviegoers complaining the film was so dark they had trouble making out characters’ faces or details in the film’s expansive galactic settings.
twt  film 
19 days ago
Grenfell: tributes to 'heroic' victim who gave refuge on top floor | UK news | The Guardian
Raymond Bernard, who died on the top floor of Grenfell Tower surrounded by people who had sought refuge in his flat, has been remembered as a hero by his family.

On the seventh and final day of commemoration hearings at the inquiry into the fire, Bernadette Bernard paid tribute to her brother, who lived on the 23rd floor of the building.
21 days ago
Channel 4 reveals shortlisted cities for new national HQ
Channel 4 has shortlisted cities including Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, Liverpool and Leeds to compete to become the home of the broadcaster’s new second “national” headquarters.
broadcast  twt 
21 days ago
The rise and fall of Roseanne: how TV's biggest show fell apart | Culture | The Guardian
– after its eponymous star compared Valerie Jarrett, a black former adviser to Barack Obama, to an ape – sent rumbles through the entertainment industry. Barr’s tweet, in which she also “joked” that Jarrett had ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, caused a public outcry, resulting in swift condemnations of Barr from her own cast mates and, ultimately, the network’s unprecedented decision to pull the plug on its ratings juggernaut just one week after its season finale.
21 days ago
EU proposes ban on straws and other single-use plastics - BBC News
The European Union is proposing a ban on single-use plastics to help protect marine life
twt  World 
22 days ago
In Britain, Austerity Is Changing Everything - The New York Times
After eight years of budget cutting, Britain is looking less like the rest of Europe and more like the United States, with a shrinking welfare state and spreading poverty.
twt  World 
22 days ago
Louis C.K. Put Me in a Lose-Lose Situation
It’s been six months since I spoke publicly about Louis C.K. in the New York Times. Nevertheless, I’m still getting media requests to talk about it. During this time, it’s become clear that many people have no understanding of just how extensive and complicated the ramifications of what C.K. did have been, and continue to be. They didn’t end the day it happened and won’t end any time soon for me, a comedian who has now spoken out against one of her own. So in the hopes I stop getting asked about it, I’ve decided to explain a few things about this impossible situation.
22 days ago
Cymatics effects with Houdini in Black Panther.
Cymatics relates to the study of visible sound and visible vibrations. The most well-known manifestation is when someone places sand or powder on top of a highly reverberating speaker - the sound waves result in visible vibrating patterns in the material, almost kaleidoscopic in nature. That was a look determined to be imbued into different aspects of Wakandian life, owing to the vibranium being mined there. 
twt  link  cgi 
23 days ago
Watch how organic farmers use tractor-mounted flamethrowers on weeds and pests / Boing Boing
Flame weeding involves strapping a tank of propane to the back of a tractor and running specialized equipment down rows of crops, burning any non-crop stuff that gets in the way.
24 days ago
The 100 stories that shaped the world
“I rarely find someone, really anyone, who doesn’t know some part of this story – the idea of the lost man who can’t get home after the war… the woman at home with the suitors. Everyone can tell me some version of it, which is to say, it lives in them.” – Tess Taylor, poet, on Homer’s Odyssey
twt  books 
25 days ago
Love & Rockets #5
Having been away from comics for well over a year doesn’t just mean abstaining from crap. I hadn’t seen an issue of the new volume of Love & Rockets, and truth be told am still behind on the last volume of New Stories. That needs to be said up front because it’s important to recognize that any issue of Love & Rockets taken in isolation is incomplete. I’ve read almost everything Los Bros have ever done but the saga at this point is so massive, and takes a significant time investment to get back up to speed, that I usually save up a few stories at a time. On their own and by design individual chapters rarely add up to much.
25 days ago
TESS: The View into the Galactic Plane
I want to be sure to get the first image from TESS, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, into Centauri Dreams, given the importance of the mission and the high hopes riding on it as the next step in exoplanet exploration. Now we move from the Kepler statistical survey methodology to a look at bright, nearby stars, and plenty of them. TESS will cover an area of sky far larger than the amount of sky we see in this image, which looks out along the plane of the galaxy from a perspective that matches southern skies on Earth.
bffr  science 
26 days ago
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