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Why I Unfollowed You on Instagram — Medium
"I use Facebook to keep a network of people I actually know IRL. There’s real utility to this network and the smaller it is the more useful it can be. This is where I post things that are personal and things that people who know me would appreciate but are not meant for “public”."
social  web 
5 days ago by warrenellis
'Goodnight' text service prompts discussion on loneliness|WCT
"The story of a woman offering to send "goodnight" messages to strangers, publicizing her service on the Chinese e-commerce site Taobao at a cost of 1 yuan (US$0.16) per message has started a new trend and spurred a public discussion about loneliness, according to the Guangzhou Daily."
social  society  comms 
7 days ago by warrenellis
Galaksija, Cult Yugoslav DIY Computer from the 1980s Lives On | Balkanist
"During the mid-1980s, Belgrade radio show Ventilator 202 broadcast computer software live so that listeners could record games and electronic journals onto cassette tapes. Some of this software was programmed and submitted by listeners themselves, reflecting an early open source ethos. Galaksija games like Light Cycle Race and Diamond Mine were available free to anyone with a radio and a tape recorder."
history  comp  comms 
8 days ago by warrenellis
Fight on to preserve Elfdalian, Sweden's lost forest language | ScienceNordic
"Secret language has preserved linguistic features that are to be found nowhere else in Scandinavia."
language  history 
10 days ago by warrenellis
Meteorites in Cult & Religion 1
"The tribes of the Clackamas in Oregon claim that they once worshiped the giant Willamette meteorite, one of the largest irons known, weighing about 15 tons. Prior to hunting, the Clackamas dipped the heads of their arrows and lances into the water that had gathered in the large cavities of the iron - they were convinced that this ritual would harden their weapons and grant them success in their hunt."
history  cult  weird 
20 days ago by warrenellis
Where bread began: Ancient tools used to reconstruct—and taste—prehistoric cuisine
"Using 12,500-year-old conical mortars carved into bedrock, they reconstructed how their ancient ancestors processed wild barley to produce groat meals, as well as a delicacy that might be termed "proto-pita" - small loaves of coal-baked, unleavened bread. In so doing, they re-enacted a critical moment in the rise of civilization: the emergence of wild-grain-based nutrition, some 2,000 to 3,000 years before our hunter-gatherer forebears would establish the sedentary farming communities which were the hallmark of the "Neolithic Revolution"."
food  history 
6 weeks ago by warrenellis
In Conversation With Quentin Tarantino -- Vulture
"The last time that I felt competitive was when I was doing Kill Bill and my competition was The Matrix Reloaded. That was the sword of Damocles hanging over our heads. I saw Matrix Reloaded at the Chinese Theatre the day it opened, and I walked out of the cinema singing... I was worried about that? Ho-ly shit."
7 weeks ago by warrenellis
A Journey to the Edge of Europe - Roads & Kingdoms
"...a faint scent catches my nose, like lost strands of music barely audible though the wind. It’s not a delicate piano etude or a flatteringly engineered and edited modern pop song. Rather, the scent carries a notion of ancient times, of winter storms, of hardship and endurance all the way back to the Viking ages—it is the scent of Skerpikjøt."
food  travel 
7 weeks ago by warrenellis
UK marine researchers receive 'oldest message in a bottle'
"Tossed into the North Sea sometime between 1904 and 1906, the bottle washed up on the beach on the German island of Amrum, and was found by a couple in April. Inside they found a postcard asking that it be sent to the Marine Biological Association of the U.K.—which they did."
7 weeks ago by warrenellis
Found Objects: The Highdown Rocket Site IOW
"Under the instruction of architect John A. Strubbe, construction began in April 1956. The Needles Headland was transformed looking now like something out of Quatermass or James Bond."
7 weeks ago by warrenellis
Overtone Throat Singing | Online Soundscapes & Drones
Tibetan Choir
Frequency-shaped Throat Singing Drone Generator
music  app 
8 weeks ago by warrenellis
'Fantastic Four' Blame Game: Fox, Director Josh Trank Square Off Over On-Set "Chaos" - Hollywood Reporter - Hollywood Reporter
"Days before Fantastic Four opened, director Josh Trank sent an email to some members of the cast and crew to say he was proud of the film, which, he wrote, was "better than 99 percent of the comic-book movies ever made."

"I don't think so," responded one castmember."
8 weeks ago by warrenellis
Why Almost Nobody Wants to Pay for the 'Netflix of Magazines' - Bloomberg Business
Parasite business:

"For about three-quarters of Next Issue’s $180 annual fee, a reader could get separate digital subscriptions to The New Yorker ($60), Bloomberg Businessweek ($30), Rolling Stone ($20), and National Geographic ($20). The average Next Issue user spends about two hours per week engaged with the app, so it’s fair to ask whether people need much more than that. "
publishing  magazines 
10 weeks ago by warrenellis
Consciousness has less control than believed, according to new theory
According to Morsella's framework, the "free will" that people typically attribute to their conscious mind—the idea that our consciousness, as a "decider," guides us to a course of action—does not exist. Instead, consciousness only relays information to control "voluntary" action, or goal-oriented movement involving the skeletal muscle system.
neuro  mind 
june 2015 by warrenellis
Scientists Predict Existence of Flat Liquid | Physics | Sci-News.com
Now, physicists at the University of Jyväskylä have conducted quantum molecular dynamics simulations that predict a liquid phase in atomically thin gold islands that patch small pores of graphene.
june 2015 by warrenellis
Cheap, synthetic 'flakka' dethroning cocaine on Florida drug scene | Reuters
For decades, South Florida has battled drug traffickers who ship boatloads of cocaine from South America. Now the region is dealing with a new epidemic - cheap, synthetic drugs that arrive from China through the mail.

As authorities in the Sunshine State battle with the surge of Alpha-PVP, better known as "flakka" or "gravel," police departments have begun equipping officers with field detection kits, employing sniffer dogs at mail facilities and training patrol units to look for signs of delirium.
drugs  crime 
june 2015 by warrenellis
Untouched cave to provide clues to Black Hills history
"On Monday, a team of scientists led by East Tennessee State University professor Jim Mead will begin unearthing the entrance of the cave, hauling out bags of sediment and animal bones to be carefully analyzed. They have already found bones dating back nearly 11,000 years and the remains of at least three species that hadn't been found in the region before—the pika, pine marten and platygonus, an extinct relative of the modern-day peccary."

"Persistence Cave"
history  geo 
june 2015 by warrenellis
Cult leader Lia Eden wants UFO to pick up her followers
"The leader of a religious cult based in Jakarta has asked Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo and Jakarta’s Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama for their permission to allow a UFO, piloted by the archangel Gabriel, to land at the country’s National Monument so that he can pick up her followers."
june 2015 by warrenellis
Why Instagram should be part of every business
"Instagram is a community that thrives on inspiring content.  The platform currently has 50 times the engagement rate over Facebook with Instagram users being the most invested and engaged in content across all social media channels. Instagram has more than 300 million monthly active users who spend an average of 257 minutes a month on the platform."
june 2015 by warrenellis
Gawker Media Votes To Unionize
"As stewards of your own future at Gawker Media, it’s important to have a full understanding of the business strategy (or lack thereof) of Kinja. The theory, as it has mutated, goes something like this: Facebook and other social platforms (but mostly Facebook) have taken away the power of the “destination” publication. Buzzfeed, having noted this a few years back, has built a stateless organization that attempts to optimize the delivery of its traffic wherever the audience may be: on Facebook, on YouTube, on YouTube on Facebook. Gawker, feeling threatened by Facebook, attempted to build another Facebook. (Oops!) A noble goal, vis a vis the loss of independence or influence a media organization has over its own audience, but one that—even with a brilliant design and flawless technical execution—had a slim chance of success to begin with."
june 2015 by warrenellis
33rd Square | Memories Found To Be Preserved During The Cryonics Process
"Until recently it hasn’t been understood whether important higher-level functions, like memory, are preserved in the natural cryonic process. Now, Natasha Vita-More and Daniel Barranco, have proven for the first time that cryogenically-suspended nematode worms keep their memories after reanimation."
sci  med 
may 2015 by warrenellis
What $5 Per Day Will Buy You on Facebook Ads
"Here are our results: 

Page Likes – $0.57 per like
Clicks to the Buffer for Business landing page – $4.01 per click
Boosted post – $6.35 per additional 1,000 people reached
When we view this in terms of how much $5 per day will buy you, these are the numbers:

Page Likes – 9 likes per day
Clicks to the Buffer homepage – 1 per day
Boosted post – 787 new people reached"
may 2015 by warrenellis
City without people to be built for testing new tech
"By building this proving ground, the Center for Innovation Testing and Evaluation (CITE) hopes to provide data that proves the safety of this sort of tech, or at least details a roadmap for improvements still needed before a launch at scale for futuristic tech proponents such as Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos."
cities  future 
may 2015 by warrenellis
Cheeky Nando’s, or, what went wrong? | Idiot Joy Showland
"You’re in front of Nando’s. You were there all along. There are things you can remember. Cheeky Nando’s. Extra-hot peri-peri chicken breast on pita with chips and a Coke Zero. Off the wall. Nutter. Your parents dead in bin-bags. Yeah love I’ve been to Nando’s before. Soldiers sweeping down your street helicopters plunging in flames. No shame in lemon and herb mate nah but shall we get a highchair for you while we’re at it. The laughter of women as you crouch naked penis shrivelling knees tucked to chest like the terrified child you’ve always been inside but thought you’d grown hide to conceal. Cheeky Nando’s with the lads. The sky a swollen bleeding pantophagous cunt. Bit expensive but it’s a good laugh. The radiation containment zone now covers the entire mainland United Kingdom north of Wakefield and south of Inverness. The state of emergency is a temporary measure. Fun is mandatory until the crisis passes."
may 2015 by warrenellis
Pill of super-protective 'heavy' fat may be key to eternal youth - health - 13 May 2015 - New Scientist
"COULD a shiny orange capsule of modified fat help to keep you young? For the first time next month, fats designed to reinforce our cells against age-related damage will be given to people in a clinical trial. The participants have a rare genetic disorder, but if the treatment works for them, it could eventually help us all live longer, more youthful lives, says the scientist behind the work."
sci  med  longevity 
may 2015 by warrenellis
Could we live on Jupiter?
"The only thing that's lighter than hydrogen is hot hydrogen. Let's say you could make a balloon, and fill it with superheated hydrogen and float around the cloud tops of Jupiter suffering the crushing gravity. Is there anything else that might kill you?

"Did you leave Earth? Then of course there is. Everything is going to kill you, always. You might want to write that on the brass plaque next to your ship's wheel with the carving of Shiva in the center there, Captain Baron Cogsworth Copperglass."

phys.org getting snarky in its old age
may 2015 by warrenellis
Research challenges the view that Neolithic societies were egalitarian
"The data obtained by Teresa Fernández-Crespo in seven megalithic graves in La Rioja and Araba-Álava suggest that certain individuals were excluded from burial on the basis of "criteria relating to age and possibly sex". So the existence of a funerary recruitment system that marginalised a considerable proportion of the population, according to the UPV/EHU researcher, could be pointing to the fact that the collective use of a shared burial area, which has often been understood as an egalitarian sign of megalithic societies, could in actual fact be masking the privileges of communities that were starting to become hierarchized."
may 2015 by warrenellis
Three days in Beijing with three of the world’s most famous dissidents | Fusion
“I am everywhere and I am nowhere,” he says. “That’s the beauty of the Internet Age.”
art  pol  working 
may 2015 by warrenellis
Multifractals suggest the existence of an unknown physical mechanism on the Sun

may 2015 by warrenellis
NuSTAR captures possible 'screams' from zombie stars
"Peering into the heart of the Milky Way galaxy, NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) has spotted a mysterious glow of high-energy X-rays that, according to scientists, could be the "howls" of dead stars as they feed on stellar companions."
space  doom 
may 2015 by warrenellis
It's Now Incredibly Easy to Host your Podcast on SoundCloud
"From today, SoundCloud Podcasts is coming out of beta – over 15,000 podcasts took part – and opening up to anyone with an account. To start a podcast, all you need to do is hit the ‘Permissions’ tab and select ‘Include in RSS feed.’"
april 2015 by warrenellis
Here Be Monsters
(follow up on this next week)
april 2015 by warrenellis
Chinese scientists genetically modify human embryos : Nature News & Comment
The technique used by Huang’s team involves injecting embryos with the enzyme complex CRISPR/Cas9, which binds and splices DNA at specific locations. The complex can be programmed to target a problematic gene, which is then replaced or repaired by another molecule introduced at the same time. The system is well studied in human adult cells and in animal embryos. But there had been no published reports of its use in human embryos.
genetics  med  sci 
april 2015 by warrenellis
Scientists in China Just Edited Genes in Human Embryos for the First Time | Motherboard
The low success rate suggests that CRISPR-Cas9 is not anywhere near ready for primetime in human embryos, according to Art​hur Caplan, head of medical ethics at New York University’s Langone Medical Center.

“This is a rather inauspicious start,” said Caplan. “The technique didn’t cleave where the scientists wanted, they got crossovers they didn’t expect—I’d say the experiment didn’t work very well.”
genetics  med  sci 
april 2015 by warrenellis
Enormous hole in the universe may not be the only one
"Astronomers have found evidence of a giant void that could be the largest known structure in the universe. The "supervoid" solves a controversial cosmic puzzle: it explains the origin of a large and anomalously cold region of the sky. However, future observations are needed to confirm the discovery and determine whether the void is unique."

Ref. Laura Mersini-Houghton's multiversal impact theory
april 2015 by warrenellis
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