How to use Facebook while giving it the minimum amount of personal data | The Verge
Facebook has found itself embroiled in yet another colossal controversy related to how its sprawling, multibillion-person social network has been abused by bad actors. This time, the culprit is Cambridge Analytica, a data analytics firm used by President Donald Trump’s campaign during the 2016 US election to target election ads on Facebook. It turns out, Cambridge Analytica misused the user data of as many as 50 million Facebook users via its affiliated behavior research firm Strategic Communication Laboratories, which violated Facebook’s terms of service by acquiring said data from a third-party app and reportedly lying about when that data was deleted and how it was used.
9 hours ago
A Blaze of Autumn Sunshine: The Last Diaries with Tony Benn from 2013 - Audio
To celebrate the publication of this final volume of his diaries, Tony Benn, in conversation with author, columnist and commentator Owen Jones, reflects on both the public and personal events of the last five years. Covering the fall of New Labour, tireless campaigning against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and passionate commitment to encouraging public debate and demonstrations, A Blaze of Autumn Sunshine also provides a highly personal insight into the challenges of old age, failing health and widowhood. Finally, we share in Tony Benn's hopes for the future based on his experiences, insight and his natural optimism. Tony Benn is the longest serving MP in the history of the Labour Party. He left Parliament in 2001, after more than half a century in the House of Commons, famously saying that leaving would give him more time to devote to politics. He is the author of many books including nine volumes of diaries and the childhood memoir Dare to be a Daniel. This event was organised in partnership with Newham Bookshop.
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14 hours ago
On Being a Dissenting Voice in 2018
It is very difficult to understand what is happening in the UK today, but when the BBC on its flagship news programme holds a discussion of the Salisbury attack under a huge photo-shopped picture of the leader of the opposition in a Russian hat standing outside the Kremlin, it is plain a fundamental shift has happened in society. The Salisbury attack has perhaps taught us something massively more important than any of the stuff about chemical weapons, and that is that Britain is further along the road to becoming an authoritarian state than we had realised.
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20 hours ago
Music video for track by imai featuring Kaho Nakamura put together by Baku Hashimoto uses stop motion method with Japanese confectionery:
Choice: Break up Facebook – or Take It Into Public Ownership? I Am Not Kidding
Facebook let a firm called GSR scrape 50 million user profiles and sell the data to another firm, Cambridge Analytica, whose express purpose was to manipulate electoral behaviour in favour of Donald Trump. That’s the one-paragraph summary of a story that will unfold with increasing complexity this week.
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This is the ‘dance’ of Venus, as viewed from earth.
The magical geometry that exists between the cycles of the planets has been a source of fascination and mystery for centuries. Lately, the adoption of the heliocentric viewpoint has caused many of these marvels to pass by the interest of astronomers. The pattern of Venus around the Earth portrays a 5-petalled rose when viewed from the geocentric position. Every 8 years, when the Earth and Venus ‘kiss’ to form another petal, Venus presents the same face to the Earth. The dance of the planets: their retrograde motions, synodic periods, distance and orbits present us with patterns that resonate to their essence. Kepler understood such patterns as a mathematician aware of the mystical qualities of the universe. The patterns of Venus are extremely beautiful - the heart and the rose. They reveal the essence of Venus in her role of celestial guardian of love and beauty to those of us here on Earth.  Each planet has its own dance pattern and the cosmos takes on a beauty beyond words.  God is the artist who creates the universe.“
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Latest addition to Memo Akten’s ongoing ‘Learning to See’ project demonstrates a neural network powered realtime image translation framework, presenting possibilites for visual poetry
‘I created Steve Bannon’s psychological warfare tool’: meet the data war whistleblower | News | The Guardian
For more than a year we’ve been investigating Cambridge Analytica and its links to the Brexit Leave campaign in the UK and Team Trump in the US presidential election. Now, 28-year-old Christopher Wylie goes on the record to discuss his role in hijacking the profiles of millions of Facebook users in order to target the US electorate
3 days ago
WHO launches health review after microplastics found in 90% of bottled water
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has announced a review into the potential risks of plastic in drinking water after a new analysis of some of the world’s most popular bottled water brands found that more than 90% contained tiny pieces of plastic. A previous study also found high
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3 days ago
Isle of Dogs: Wes Anderson stop-motion magic revealed in new video
It’s not everyday that we get a stop-motion film because stop-motion anything takes a heck of a long time to produce — but the end results are usually worth it. With Wes Anderson‘s highly anticipated Isle of Dogs hitting theaters on March 23, EW has an exclusive look behind-the-scenes of how a unique team of 25 animators and 10 assistants brought the vision of a canine-only island off the coast of Japan to life.
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4 days ago
Bad Astronomy | Whoa, like, Jupiter is DEEP. Really, really deep.
Scientists studying Jupiter using data and observations from the Juno spacecraft just released four new papers on their results, and I honestly can't say what's cooler: the science, or the jaw-dropping images.

The research deals with Jupiter's atmosphere. Jupiter is a gas giant, and when we see it we're not looking at a surface at all, just the tops of its clouds. And even that is complicated, because the clouds are at all different heights. In some spots we see high-altitude clouds (sometimes shiny white due to ammonia ice that's frozen out as the gas rises) and in some spots we see hundreds of kilometers deeper.
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5 days ago
I had a personal realization recently: kottke.org isn’t so much a thing I’m making but a process I’m going through. A journey.
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6 days ago
The Forgotten Witch - Barbara Zdunk
My influences have always been the old surreal films, the dream like quality of animations like ‘Inspiration’ by Karel Zemon to the impeccable detail and quality of the Betty Boop black and white animations. However, I have also always been a big fan of paintings, in particular the old masters and the Pre-Raphaelites. I really wanted to test out these different styles, like realism mixed with the surreal and bring it into the 21st Century with the different techniques I tried.
7 days ago
18 tips for comics artists by Moebius "brief manual for cartoonist"
1. when you draw you must clean yourself of deep feelings (hate, happiness, ambition, etc)
2 it's important to educate the hand, attain obedience, to full fill ideas. but careful with perfection, to much, as well as too much speed, as well as their opposites are dangerous. to much looseness, instant drawings,aside from mistakes, there's no will of the spirit, only the bodies.
3. perspective is of sum importance, it;s a law of manipulation in the good sense, to hypnotise the reader. it;s good to work in real spaces, more that with photos, to exercise our reading of perspective.
7 days ago
Solving the mystery of the 'Beaker' phenomenon in the Bronze Age
In the largest study of ancient DNA ever conducted, an international team of scientists has revealed the complex story behind one of the defining periods in European prehistory. The study is published this week in the journal Nature. Between 4,700-4,400 years ago, a new, bell-shaped pottery style spread across western and central Europe. For over a century, archaeologists have tried to establish whether the spread of “Beaker” pottery represented a large-scale migration of people or was simply due to the spread of new ideas. “The pot versus people debate has been one of the most important and long-running questions in archaeology,” says co-senior author Ian Armit, an archaeologist from the University of Bradford.
7 days ago
Cartoon Clouds
What’s the point of making art in a technological era? This question, and variations of it, make up the heart of Joseph Remnant’s first longform graphic narrative, Cartoon Clouds. Clouds follows freshly minted art school graduate Seth Fallon through insecurity, uncertainty, poverty, and the pretentious Cincinnati art scene. A small nexus of art grads trying to “make it” as serious artists in an increasingly pop-culturized contemporary market succeed to various degrees — or get stuck in the cogs of unrelenting capitalistic machinery. The tale focuses on the humdrum futility of this post-grad life and the very real choice perhaps all young adults must make: to either follow or abandon their idealistic dreams
7 days ago
Blexbolex has cracked the code. The French cartoonist with the name that sounds like a friendly robot has worked in a wide variety of styles, from the simple interlocking blocks of bright color seen in his kid's books People and Seasons, to the whirls of limited-palette decoration in his very not-kid's books No Man's Land and Dogcrime. His most recent book, the truly all-ages fable Ballad, added a profusion of neon dot screening to the mix. Through it all, the constant is that his imagery bypasses people's critical faculties and hits them right in the pleasure centers, from page directly into eyes and usually from there to the wallet. Putting a Blexbolex book right by the tiller was a great way to grab add-on sales when I was working comics retail. He makes stuff that people want before they even know what it is, just because of how good it looks.
7 days ago
Producing Animation: Julie Roy
Having worked at the National Film Board of Canada for over twenty years, Julie Roy redirected her attentions in the late-2000s from marketing to production, ultimately leading her to the position she holds today as Executive Producer at the NFB’s French Animation Studio.
7 days ago
Molten salt storage 33 times cheaper than lithium-ion batteries
Cost-effective energy storage is key to transitioning to a low-carbon society. Energy can be stored in the form of heat or electricity. A popular storage method for high-temperature thermal applications is a molten salt tank. Fact sheets created by the German Energy Storage Association, or BVES for short, show that molten salt tanks are around 33 times less expensive than electric batteries when it comes to storing a kilowatt-hour in them. 
Image: Frenell
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7 days ago
The three mistakes of centrism
A government of centrists will only take us back to where we were before all this kicked off in 2010. We need to do better than go back to the normal that gave us austerity and Brexit. We need a radical government that can begin the process of reforming our economy so that it works for all working people, that can tackle extreme inequality at the top and reform the press so that it is not a mouthpiece for a wealthy few. A government led from the left are our only real hope of achieving that. Centrists will be an important voice during that government, but they must not stop us ensuring the likes of austerity and Brexit will not happen again.
8 days ago
Tim Berners-Lee: we must regulate tech firms to prevent 'weaponised' web | Technology | The Guardian
“What was once a rich selection of blogs and websites has been compressed under the powerful weight of a few dominant platforms,”
8 days ago
Lab Work on ‘Super-Earth’ Atmospheres
How we do laboratory work on exoplanet atmospheres is an interesting challenge. We’ve worked up models of the early Earth’s atmosphere and conducted well-known experiments on them. Still within our own system, we’ve looked at worlds like Mars and Titan and, with a good read on their atmospheric chemistry, can reproduce an atmosphere within the laboratory with a fair degree of accuracy.
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10 days ago
On Tania Franco Klein's "Our Life in the Shadows"
In Tania Franco Klein’s photo series “Our Life in the Shadows”—on display last month at Mexico City’s Material art fair and San Francisco’s Photofairs—women stare blankly at static television screens, mirrored toaster ovens, and hazily lit window curtains. A sense of ennui permeates the images, which depict domestic life in rich cinematic detail. Each subject is cropped so that her face is never fully in view. Often, the women are distorted by a reflection or an obfuscating prop. In The Waiting, one of the fifty images that comprise the series, a bowl of lipstick-marked cigarettes is perched ceremoniously atop a pillow. The living room is saturated with a moody cobalt blue. (Other images are steeped in jewel-toned reds and deep emerald greens.) Unpeopled and static, the photo is, conceivably, a portrait; the alluring mise-en-scène bears only traces of the person out of view.
12 days ago
Why is there a lack of women in animation, and what can we do about it?
Where are all the women? It’s a question that comes up time and time again in conversation with animators and animation studios alike. According to advocacy group Women in Animation, 60% of animation students in the US and Europe are women, but the drop off rate as they move into industry is staggering, with only 20%–40% of professional roles held by women. But why exactly is there a lack of females in animation, and more constructively, what is the industry doing about it? To find out, we spoke to a variety of important voices in the sector, from educators and leading animation studios to female animators themselves (they do exist) about their experiences, and what actions are being taken to redress the balance.
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12 days ago
Israel’s drive to ethnically cleanse Tel Aviv of Africans must be fought
What’s the price of freedom in Israel? $3,500 dollars according to the country’s government, which is the amount of money being offered to thousands of people of African descent, in exchange for their ‘voluntarily’ leaving Israel by the end of March. If they refuse the ‘offer’, they will face the prospect of permanent imprisonment, in Israel.
12 days ago
The Amazing - Rewind (Official Video)
Rewind is the second single taken from the forthcoming album by The Amazing, titled 'In Transit'. Released on 6th April 2018.
Pre-order 'In Transit' now: https://theamazing.lnk.to/intransit
12 days ago
O homem com uma câmera (1929), de Dziga Vertov.
Uma aula de cinema, este talvez seja o expoente máximo do esforço soviético em criar através da montagem uma linguagem própria à sétima arte que a tornasse autônoma da literatura e teatro. Filme experimental, foca nas possibilidades de se fotografar e filmar momentos cotidianos.
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12 days ago
International Women's Day 2018
Those familiar with Doodles know that we frequently celebrate extraordinary women throughout history such as prominent inventors, scientists, writers, artists, activists, philanthropists, and so on. Today, we wanted to take the opportunity to celebrate the stories and voices of another group of extraordinary women—the everyday women living all over the world.
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12 days ago
Gas shortage highlights challenge for Government - ECIU
The events of last week will likely be referred to for years. Warnings that ‘the gas is running out’ has ignited a fire under groups calling for greater energy efficiency, beneath the fracking lobby and across UK heavy industry that relies on a secure supply of energy.
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13 days ago
Highly elastic, ultrathin membrane turns your skin into an LED display
Researchers of University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Engineering in partnership with Dai Nippon Printing invented an elastic display which fits over the skin and able to show the waveform of an electrocardiogram. The wearable contains on-skin electrode sensor and the wireless communication module to transmit data to the cloud. The team wants to reduce the burden on patients and family members who utilize nursing care and improve the quality of life by upgrading the availability and accessibility of information.
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13 days ago
A Digital Archive of Heavy Metal, the Influential "Adult Fantasy Magazine" featuring the Art of Moebius, H.R. Giger & More
In making a time capsule of the late 20th century, one would be remiss if they did not include at least an issue or two of Heavy Metal magazine. Yes, it specialized in unapologetically turning women in metal bras into sex objects. The gleeful amount of T&A on its covers, surrounded by spaceships, swords, and sorcery, mark it as a relic of its era that appealed to a specific demographic. But Heavy Metal was much more than sexy sci-fi mascots drawn in lurid pulpy styles. Along with its share of erotica, the “adult illustrated fantasy magazine” provided a vivid showcase for some of the most interesting artists and storytellers working in the mainstream and in various subgenres of fantasy and sci-fi. (It continues to do so.)
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14 days ago
Spike Jonze and FKA twigs Made a Jaw-Dropping Short Film for Apple’s HomePod
Spike Jonze has long been deeply embedded in the dance world.

He explored movement in everything from the Fatboy Slim videos he helped to choreograph in the late ’90s, to Levi’s “Crazy Legs” commercial a few years later, all the way up to the famous 2016 Kenzo film he directed starring Margaret Qualley—which was a collaboration with Kenzo creative directors Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, who also happen to run the design label Opening Ceremony, for whom Jonze recently directed another stunning dance project, “Changers,” starring Lakeith Stanfield and Mia Wasikowska.
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14 days ago
Polynomial Optics to Arnold [POTA] - zeno pelgrims
POTA is an implementation of Sparse high-degree polynomials for wide-angle lenses [2016]. It renders images with high-order aberrations, at a fraction of the cost of tracing rays through lens elements. It is done by pre-calculating fitted polynomials, which serve as a black-box to transform the rays on the sensor to rays on the outer pupil. All credit goes out to the authors of the paper, I only wrote the implementation for Arnold.
15 days ago
We Need Courage, Not Hope, to Face Climate Change
“ There is now no weather we haven’t touched, no wilderness immune from our encroaching pressure. The world we once knew is never coming back.

I have no hope that these changes can be reversed. We are inevitably sending our children to live on an unfamiliar planet. But the opposite of hope is not despair. It is grief. Even while resolving to limit the damage, we can mourn. And here, the sheer scale of the problem provides a perverse comfort: we are in this together. The swiftness of the change, its scale and inevitability, binds us into one, broken hearts trapped together under a warming atmosphere.

We need courage, not hope. Grief, after all, is the cost of being alive. We are all fated to live lives shot through with sadness, and are not worth less for it. Courage is the resolve to do well without the assurance of a happy ending. “
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17 days ago
How to Photograph Your Artwork for Reproduction on Society6 Products - Society6 Blog
If you are an artist using a traditional medium, and especially if you are working with larger formats, you may have been a bit stumped on how to properly digitize your artworks for Society6 art prints and products. While there are professional options available in many cities, this is not always an option for everyone as it can be costly. Learning to do this at home or in a studio can save both time and money while still producing extremely accurate results.  Let’s learn how to do it right!
17 days ago
Ta-Nehisi Coates: Why I'm Writing 'Captain America'
"Two years ago I began taking up the childhood dream of writing comics. To say it is more difficult than it looks is to commit oneself to criminal understatement. Writers don’t write comics so much as they draw them with words. Everything has to be shown, a fact I knew going into the work, but could not truly know until I had actually done it. For two years I’ve lived in the world of Wakanda, writing the title Black Panther. I’ll continue working in that world. This summer, I’m entering a new one—the world of Captain America."
20 days ago
Dramatic Anatomical Drawings Comprised of Complex Hatched Colors by WanJim Gim | Colossal
Seoul-based artist WanJim Gim illustrates the form and gesture of the human body using complex hatched layers of color and dramatic lighting. He adds intrigue to poses that could be considered traditional figure drawing studies by adding abstracted lines and watercolor washes that integrate the fragmented body parts into a larger visual field. In an interview with Trending All Day, the artist describes his inspiration and process:
21 days ago
Low Carb High Protein Broad Noodles
Let’s face it, there are some foods that are really hard to find convincing alternatives to when following a low carb or ketogenic (keto) lifestyle and two of these are pizza and noodles. When it came to pizza, we all know “fat head pizza”, but when I wanted a legit, yeasty pizza dough crust, I created Crisp Keto Pizza.
21 days ago
Video from Marcin Nowrotek presents a performance of Jazz using captures taken with a Kinect depth sensing camera
The aim of this project, besides examining the links between record and creation based on non-figurative forms, is also the exploration of the new volumetric filmmaking technique (picture recorded by a Kinect sensor).
21 days ago
Behind the Magic - Star Wars: The Last Jedi - Creating Supreme Leader Snoke - YouTube
Take a look behind the magic at the Oscar nominated Visual Effects of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. In this clip we get a closer look at the motion capture performance by Andy Serkis and the incredible work by ILM Artists to bring Snoke to life.
21 days ago
Wes Anderson, 48, won the best director prize for his stop-motion film Isle of Dogs, which also made history as the first animated film to open Berlin.
Anderson was not present to accept the award on Saturday night, but one of Isle of Dog’s voice actors, Bill Murray, accepted in his place, telling the audience: “I never thought I’d go to work as a dog and come home with a bear. I’m glad I was deputized to watch the house here in case anything like this broke out… I’d like to be one more person from America to say ‘Ich bin ein Berliner Hund.'” (‘I am a Berlin dog.’)
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22 days ago
Joli Livaudais: The States Project: Arkansas | LENSCRATCH
Lastly, on Day Five, I end my job as the Arkansas Lenscratch’s State Project Editor with Joli Livaudais. I have only known Joli for a couple years and every time I see her I learn so much. Joli not only has a Master of Fine Arts degree in photography but also has two other degrees in experimental psychology. She has used both historical photographic processes and contemporary alternative methods, including gum bi-chromate printing, photo sculpture and installation. The project I chose to feature is And then I will See. This body of work is so multi-faceted for me I get lost in every image. I hope you do too!
24 days ago
Kristen Spickard: The States Project: Arkansas | LENSCRATCH
"Making + Sharing is a near-daily image-making project that is shared and cataloged on Instagram. (instagram.com/kristenspickard) The frequency and format of Making + Sharing provides an opportunity to explore and define my creative process and to push deeper into my favorite subjects. Making + Sharing fits into my ongoing portfolio of work, which has explored topics of our relationship with the natural world as well as ideas about making things by hand. Through these two lenses, I experience and contemplate the world around me and my place in it.

Working at my day job as a graphic designer for the past several years began to inform my fine art practice. At first, I was resistant to this change, but just as my work as a photographer-artist has informed my graphic design practice from day one, it only makes sense that my design process now also comes full circle to inform my fine art practice as well. I am now enthusiastically accepting that I enjoy making work on a computer, something I’ve often avoided in favor of analog processes (which I am also enthusiastic about)."
25 days ago
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