It Was Raining in the Data Center – Member Feature Stories – Medium
“The ‘extreme changes’ described in the report above were caused by an accidental feedback loop of high temperature and low humidity air from the hot rows entering a water-based evaporative cooling system. When this air returned to the servers on the cold rows, it was so wet that it condensed. A cloud was raining on the cloud.”
11 hours ago
High thermal conductivity in cubic boron arsenide crystals | Science
“The high density of heat generated in power electronics and optoelectronic devices is a critical bottleneck in their application. New, high thermally-conducting materials are needed to effectively dissipate heat and thereby enable enhanced performance of power controls, solid-state lighting, communication, and security systems. We report our experimental discovery of high thermal conductivity of 1000 ± 90 W/m/K at room temperature in cubic boron arsenide (BAs) grown through modified chemical vapor transport technique. Such thermal conductivity is a factor of 3 higher than that of silicon carbide and surpassed only by diamond and the basal plane value of graphite. This work establishes BAs as the first realization of a new class of ultrahigh thermal conductivity materials predicted by a recent theory, and a potential revolutionary thermal management material.”
Build-A-Bear 'Pay Your Age Day' chaos is sign of success - Business Insider
"On Thursday, Build-A-Bear was set to celebrate "Pay Your Age Day" in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, where customers could purchase a stuffed animal and pay only their age. Kids could pay just a few dollars for stuffed bears, while the fee for adults was capped at $29. The bears usually cost $20 to $35."
buildabear  marketing  promotion 
2 days ago
The IceCube Neutrino Detector at the South Pole Hits Paydirt - IEEE Spectrum
“The 170922A event alert, with its estimated coordinates of the neutrino’s origin in the sky, went out to astronomers running instruments which can detect gamma rays, such as those onboard the orbiting Swift observatory. Swift quickly spotted that the 170922A event coordinates matched with those of known blazar TXS 0506+056, and that the blazar was flaring in brightness. “Thanks to the automated trigger … Swift was observing within four hours of the neutrino detection,” said Jamie Kennea, science operation team lead for Swift in a press release.”
3 days ago
PlaneBae saga: Woman breaks her silence, asks for anonymity
“I did not ask for and do not seek attention. #PlaneBae is not a romance - it is a digital-age cautionary tale about privacy, identity, ethics and consent.”
3 days ago
New Drone 'Cockpits' Aim to Make Remote Warfare Feel More Real - Motherboard
"[The] most significant change will come with the Block 50 control station, which features six 24-inch touchscreen displays for each operator. The three topmost screens, arranged side-by-side, display the drone's own camera feed, giving the pilot a view that's more than three times wider than that of older control stations.

Additionally, the main joystick for steering the drone using the Block 50 platform more closely matches the models found in manned fighter jets, though as a backup for extremely long missions, General Atomics added a Playstation-style controller that's easier to hold for hours on end. A drone pilot can switch between controllers, depending on whether realism or endurance poses a greater challenge at the time.

"They’ve made the controls and displays more advanced technologically as well as ergonomically better and along with some other human-factors-engineering angles," Strawser said. "In short, the so-called 'cockpits' look, feel, and function better than they did a few years ago.""
hci  warfare  drone  platform  control  display  interface  controlsurface  cockpit 
3 days ago
Not a Single Origin
"Combining code and confectionary, every part of this concept originates from data and algorithms. We used experimental 3D printing techniques to visualise each suburb on their respective chocolate, literally bringing the streets to your taste buds. The packaging is a feat of algorithmic art - photographs of all our ingredients twisted and transformed into an other-worldly terrain bursting with the colours and vibrancy of Sydney's multicultural makeup." - this is incredibly well done. claps all around to the team
notasingleorigin  art  visualization  data  sydney  australia  mapbox  3dprinting  algorithms 
3 days ago
Mark Zuckerberg says he’s ‘fundamentally uncomfortable’ making content decisions for Facebook - Recode
“Things like, ‘Where’s the line on hate speech?’ I mean, who chose me to be the person that did that?” Zuckerberg continued. “I guess I have to, because we’re here now, but I’d rather not.”
markzuckerberg  facebook  content  society  police  moderation  hatespeech  technology  ethics 
3 days ago
(14) Rethinking CS Education | Alan Kay, CrossRoads 2015 - YouTube
Alan Kay talks about alternative approaches to teach Computer Science in schools
alankay  systems  education  computerscience  cs 
3 days ago
People Aren’t Dumb. The World Is Hard. - Freakonomics Freakonomics
"I like to use G.P.S. as an analogy of what we’re trying to do. So, I have a terrible sense of direction. And Google Maps is a lifesaver for me. Now, if I want to go visit you, I can plug in your address, and suppose I’m walking across the park, and I see, “Oh, there’s a softball game over there. I think I’ll go watch that for a while,” Google Maps doesn’t scold me. It will re-compute a new route if I’ve gone a bit out of my way. It doesn’t suggest addresses to me. It just suggests a route. And if there’s a traffic jam, it suggests maybe you should alter your route." - of course, new iterations of Google Mail *do* in a way scold you by "reminding" you of emails you may have forgotten about
economics  behavioraleconomics  psychology  richardthaler  libertarianpaternalism 
3 days ago
Doing good data science - O'Reilly Media
“The problem we face is different: how do we put ethical principles into practice? We’re not talking about an abstract commitment to being fair. Ethical principles are worse than useless if we don’t allow them to change our practice, if they don’t have any effect on what we do day-to-day. For data scientists, whether you’re doing classical data analysis or leading-edge AI, that’s a big challenge. We need to understand how to build the software systems that implement fairness. That’s what we mean by doing good data science.”
principles  datascience  practice  ethics  data 
3 days ago
CS4ALL Blueprint Beta
“Computer science (CS) is the study of the capabilities and limitations of computers. Computational literacy is the ability to understand how CS can be applied in all walks of life. New York City public school students develop computational literacy through creative computing.”
computerscience  highschool  education  cs  newyork 
3 days ago
Apple worked with Blackmagic on a new external GPU - The Verge
Okay yes, this is good. But it still *feels* like Apple is prioritizing "quiet and small" even when it doesn't have to - Apple *could* offer an external GPU solution that on the high end, but this still isn't that. I don't see how splitting the difference and having an Radeon Pro 580 *and* a RX Vega 64 would've been worse. It still feels like Apple doesn't get it.
apple  egpu  blackmagic  radeonpro580 
3 days ago
How Much for Just the Planet? - Wikipedia
They find the planet Direidi and its inhabitants to be very strange indeed. Planet inhabitants occasionally break into song to explain their narratives or seemingly attack the visitors. Both crews (as well as the three-person crew of the Federation prospector that found the planet in the first place) get into various adventures with the planet's inhabitants and each other.
4 days ago
sub-Q Magazine - About
sub-Q is an interactive magazine for interactive fiction. We publish original and reprint works of science fiction, fantasy, horror, weird tales, magic realism, and mash-ups.
interactivefiction  if  sub-q  gamedesign 
4 days ago
nvALT - BrettTerpstra.com
nvALT 2 is a fork of the original Notational Velocity with some additional features and interface modifications, including MultiMarkdown functionality. It has been developed by Elastic Threads (David Halter) and Brett Terpstra, and made available for free (donations accepted).
4 days ago
Apple is reportedly upgrading most of its Mac lineup this fall, including the Mac mini - The Verge
4 days ago
Reimagining "Terminator 2's" Iconic User Interfaces Through the Power of Adobe XD | Adobe Blog
“With the intention of showcasing the power of Adobe XD and demonstrating the potential of UX design beyond app and website design, Adobe partnered with Territory to reimagine two iconic stills from “Terminator 2” using Adobe XD. The results were eye-opening for Territory and Adobe alike, revealing a new realm of potential for designers working in film UX while inspiring new functionalities for XD’s community.”
xd  terminator2  designfiction  territory  adobe  ui  design  marketing 
4 days ago
Jira cloud - how can I find average time spent in ...
“For your exact needs, eazyBI offers a standard measure "Average days in transition status", and you can create a simple report of average days in status by drag and drop in the report dashboard (use the Transition status dimension and Assignee, for instance).”
bottlenecks  jira  reporting 
4 days ago
Inside China’s Dystopian Dreams: A.I., Shame and Lots of Cameras - The New York Times
“Take, for example, the crosswalk in Xiangyang. The images don’t appear instantaneously. The billboard often shows jaywalkers from weeks ago, though authorities have recently reduced the lag to about five or six days. Officials said humans still sift through the images to match them to people’s identities.”
4 days ago
Australian government, IBM in $1 billion advanced technologies deal - The Mandarin
“The Australian government has struck a deal with IBM to provide a $1 billion five-year technology service to accelerate the uptake of blockchain, AI and quantum computing in the public sector.”
5 days ago
Use Digital Touch on your Apple Watch - Apple Support
“Show anger” - I totally forgot all the Digital Touch stuff Apple did with their watch.
5 days ago
Google now refers to its different Assistant voices using colors - The Verge
I think this is pretty smart and also am totally getting Culture-style Drone aura vibes from it.
5 days ago
Gigaom | What Microsoft got right with its smartwatch nearly a decade ago. (More than you think)
“Apple’s forte is in mobile apps thanks to its strong developer base and tool set. It also has a wide reach for providing those apps. If anyone is going to crack the “useful apps on the wrist” market, my money is on Apple. But I’m personally not sure I want apps on my watch. I have enough devices that run apps: a smartphone, tablet, and laptop. Apple also redefined the smartphone market through the iOS breakthroughs in mobile user interfaces; something that’s key for truly mainstream smartwatch.” - from 2013
5 days ago
Smart Personal Objects Technology - Wikipedia
“The Smart Personal Objects Technology (SPOT) is a discontinued initiative by Microsoft to create intelligent and personal home appliances, consumer electronics, and other objects through new hardware capabilities and software features.”
consumerelectronics  fm  iot  2002  comdex  microsoft 
5 days ago
Prediction Machines: The Simple Economics of Artificial Intelligence
"When AI is framed as cheap prediction, its extraordinary potential becomes clear: Prediction is at the heart of making decisions under uncertainty. Our businesses and personal lives are riddled with such decisions.; Prediction tools increase productivity--operating machines, handling documents, communicating with customers.; Uncertainty constrains strategy. Better prediction creates opportunities for new business structures and strategies to compete." also - prediction-making is not the same as decision-making
ai  prediction  artificial  intelligence  hbr  harvard  book  economics 
5 days ago
How people interpret probability through words | FlowingData
"I wonder what results would look like if instead of showing a word and asking probability, you flipped it around. Show probability and then ask people for a word to describe. I’d like to see that spectrum." - that CIA report again, and this time with a good question
probability  cia  report  visualization  human  cognition  language 
5 days ago
Composite image of a spider building its web | FlowingData
"Christian Fröschlin combined 2,800 frames of a spider building its web for this composite image."
data  imagery  composite  spider  web  time 
5 days ago
10 years ago, the App Store still didn’t understand what it meant to be mobile - The Verge
"While 2018’s apps are almost laughably predictable in terms of what tops the chart, the 2008 apps are far more eclectic. It’s a reflection of the early, Wild West days where developers were trying to grab people’s attention with whatever they could."
2008  ios  iphone  appstore  digital  culture  mobile 
5 days ago
Endings: Winnie the Pooh and the Transience of Childhood
     I mean ... I find this ending to be so heartbreaking! Especially as I watch my small daughter rapidly growing up before my eyes. But, I don't think I understood the significance of this particular leave-taking when I was a child. Christopher Robin's voice here is actually the voice of Milne lamenting the necessary loss of childhood to make way for maturity and adult responsibility, echoing classic characters like Peter Pan and Wendy and Jo March. Children rarely themselves mourn the loss of childhood innocence. Adults are the ones who feel that pang most severely as the ones blessed (cursed?) with hindsight.
5 days ago
Winnie-the-Pooh / Tear Jerker - TV Tropes
Still with his eyes on the world, Christopher Robin put out a hand and felt for Pooh's Paw. "Pooh," said Christopher Robin earnestly, "if I — if I'm not quite —" he stopped and tried again — "Pooh, whatever happens, you will understand, won't you?" OH GOD THIS DESTROYED ME WHEN I READ IT THE OTHER NIGHT
5 days ago
Human-Centered AI: Building Trust, Democracy and Human Rights by Design
"Part of the value of the human rights framework stems from the fact that these norms already exists under international human rights law. The texts that make up this body of law have been negotiated and agreed to internationally. Human rights norms are particularly well suited for our globalized, digitized context, specifically because of their universal applicability."
stanford  gdpi  digital  policy  event  humancentered  ai  ethics  framework  up-to-us  research 
5 days ago
Making artificial intelligence socially just: why the current focus on ethics is not enough | British Politics and Policy at LSE
“The biggest thing AI can do for humanity is forcing us to keep asking these questions: we must co-opt the AI discourse to keep addressing urgent social problems, rather than the other way around.”
5 days ago
Paxos (computer science) - Wikipedia
“The Paxos protocol was first published in 1989 and named after a fictional legislative consensus system used on the Paxos island in Greece.[4] It was later published as a journal article in 1998.[5]”
computer  distributed  systems  paxos  science 
6 days ago
Leadership | AT&T
“In his 3-decade career with AT&T, John has held a variety of other senior leadership positions including: president and CEO – AT&T Business Solutions, president and CEO – AT&T Operations, group president – Telecom Operations, chief technology officer and chief information officer.”
6 days ago
Some reviews & reviewers of 2018's SF/F short fiction so far | MetaFilter
“Setting aside stories posted previously, a selection of recommendations from other sources offers additional perspective on six months of SF/F short fiction.”
6 days ago
Razor brand Billie embraces women with body hair - Video - Creativity Online
“Billie, a brand launched around the contention that women pay a "pink tax" on razors by paying more than men do for similar products, has a new campaign to pay homage to the stuff razors remove--female body hair in all its glory. "Project Body Hair" means to reflect Billie's belief that women aren't "goddesses" for shaving and should only shave when they want to, plus the idea that they shouldn't pay more for a razor just because it has a pink handle.”
6 days ago
NOEMIE LE COZ- Project Bodyhair
“As creative director of the brand, my role was to lead the campaign creative. With body hair as hero, I themed the shoot 'fuzz', forming direction for the campaign's styling, props, location, wardrobe and copywriting. From pom poms and fluffy socks to prickly plant life and brushed out perms, we made 'fuzz' a little more fun.”
6 days ago
Security — Timehop
“To reiterate: none of your “memories” - the social media posts & photos that Timehop stores - were accessed.”
6 days ago
Circle Medical - Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
“We are modernizing traditional office and house calls and bringing care to the patient; our unique model enables providers to see fewer patients each day and spend more time engaging in thoughtful decision-making, discussing diagnoses and creating truly personalized treatment plans; in other words, we let doctors be doctors.”
6 days ago
A New Series: Digital Transformation for CFOs and Finance Departments | AWS Cloud Enterprise Strategy Blog
“CFOs might feel pressured to take risks and support such transformations, even if they don’t feel prepared to do so. But I come bearing very good news. These new approaches have the additional advantage of supporting virtually all of the goals of the CFO. The cloud and DevOps practices, in fact, help enterprises to establish controls and governance, to document these controls for auditors, to reduce costs, to control IT investments, and to help enterprises earn good returns on their assets. Most of all, this transformation is tremendously risk-reducing—even if on the surface it appears to bring the risk of the new and the unknown.”
cfo  business  digitaltransformation  strategy  consulting 
6 days ago
Google Is Building a City of the Future in Toronto. Would Anyone Want to Live There? - POLITICO Magazine
"In Toronto, Sidewalk sketches out a picture of a neighborhood where intelligent “pay-as-you-throw” garbage chutes separate out recyclables and charge households by waste output; where hyperlocal weather sensors could detect a coming squall and heat up a snow-melting sidewalk. Apps would tell residents when the Adirondack chairs on the waterfront are open, and neighbors would crowdsource approvals for block-party permits, giving a thumbs-up or thumbs-down based on the noise the gathering was expected to produce. Traffic signals could auto-calibrate to ease pedestrian congestion during public events, or to ensure a smooth rush hour. The data from such systems would feed back into the city, which would constantly learn, optimizing its own operations from month to month, year to year. Sidewalk promises “the most measurable community in the world.”"
google  sidewalk  toronto  urbandesign 
6 days ago
We need a publicly funded rival to Facebook and Google | Financial Times
"Maybe there is a more direct approach: let us build public service digital corporations that offer better services to consumers." - everything old is new again
publicservice  funding  digital  infrastructure  google  facebook  bbc  financialtimes  ft 
6 days ago
We Are All Public Figures Now – Ella Dawson
"As the content creator of this media circus, Blair is responsible for the behavior of its fans. When faced with the opportunity to discourage their privacy violations, she has done the opposite: “I’m sure you guys are sneaky.”" - knowing how to lead and moderate a community can be useful even if it's not your job.
planebae  roseyblaire  elladawson  contextcollapse  sousveillance  society  privacy  behaviour  norms  public  private  up-to-us 
6 days ago
The dark side of ‘Plane Bae’ and turning strangers into social media content - The Verge
"Creating threads of content based on the lives of average people, particularly with photos, has the potential to summon panoptic interest in the form of millions of eyes whose gaze weighs terribly on a person who is unused to a life of celebrity, as the vast majority of social media users are. We should be thinking more seriously about the ethics of live-tweeting: when is it appropriate? When it is, what should and shouldn’t you do? In Blair’s case, she seemed to think that lightly obscuring the faces of the two people she surveilled was enough to be ethical. (One face, that of a small child looking over her seat two rows ahead, was not obscured at all.)"
society  privacy  technology  behaviour  norms  planebae  theverge  sousveillance 
6 days ago
Pokémon Go creator Niantic announces Ingress animated series for Netflix this fall - Polygon
“Ingress: The Animation will tell the story of two characters, Makoto and Sarah, who develop paranormal abilities from exotic matter leaking into their world. Together, they uncover a company abusing this matter infiltration to experiment on humans and take it down. Ingress: The Animation will introduce an antagonist named Jack who will also debut in the new Ingress Prime game.”
7 days ago
Cage the Mastodon - Official Mastodon Blog
“Before I proceed, I need to delineate that the following design decisions are more about what the software nudges you towards, rather than a tamper-proof barrier against some behaviours, which is not possible.”
7 days ago
Polar Fitness suspends its global activity map after privacy concerns - The Verge
“Finnish fitness company Polar has temporarily suspended Explore, its global activity map after a pair of reports from De Correspondent and Bellingcat (via ZDNet) pointed out flaws in the app’s privacy settings that made it easy for someone to locate the location data of users, echoing a similar privacy incident with another fitness app earlier this year.” - WHY DOES THIS KEEP HAPPENING, CRY INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS
7 days ago
Nanette: Why Everyone Is Talking About Hannah Gadsby’s Netflix Special | IndieWire
“Gadsby says what most people in Hollywood are afraid to say: Cancel them all. No amount of art is worth even one person’s lifetime of healing from trauma. Movies are more than just entertainment, they are our mirror, the stories we watch are the stories we play out in our own lives. And by excusing one sexual predator, we excuse them all.”
7 days ago
Jonathan Cooper on Twitter: "That’s a mega-swing! Sidenote I learned on joining the team: Drake doesn’t ever take bullet damage. The red UI that shows ‘hits’ is to represent his ‘luck’ running out. Eventually enemies will get a clear shot and
“Drake doesn’t ever take bullet damage. The red UI that shows ‘hits’ is to represent his ‘luck’ running out. Eventually enemies will get a clear shot and kill him if he takes enough near-misses.” There’s a lot that is VERY GOOD about Uncharted’s game design. (Amy Hennig also pops up donwhtrwsd to confirm that the “luck” conceptual thinking was baked in from the start, in homage to the films they were referencing)
amyhennig  uncharted  drake  gamedesign  naughtydog  mechanics 
7 days ago
'I was shocked it was so easy': ​meet the professor who says facial recognition ​​can tell if you're gay | Technology | The Guardian
Kosinski says his critics missed the point. “This is the inherent paradox of warning people against potentially dangerous technology,” he says. “I stumbled upon those results, and I was actually close to putting them in a drawer and not publishing – because I had a very good life without this paper being out. But then a colleague asked me if I would be able to look myself in the mirror if, one day, a company or a government deployed a similar technique to hurt people.” It would, he says, have been “morally wrong” to bury his findings.

One vocal critic of that defence is the Princeton professor Alexander Todorov, who has conducted some of the most widely cited research into faces and psychology. He argues that Kosinski’s methods are deeply flawed: the patterns picked up by algorithms comparing thousands of photographs may have little to do with facial characteristics. In a mocking critique posted online, Todorov and two AI researchers at Google argued that Kosinski’s algorithm could have been responding to patterns in people’s makeup, beards or glasses, even the angle they held the camera at. Self-posted photos on dating websites, Todorov points out, project a number of non-facial clues.
7 days ago
Intel’s Toxic Culture – Monday Note
“Perhaps Otellini truly didn’t believe Apple could sell huge numbers of iPhones — it wasn’t a sure thing at the time. But was there also an unconscious process that blinded him to the iPod’s volumes? More strikingly, why couldn’t Otellini “see” the hundreds of millions of handsets that were being sold by Nokia, RIM/Blackberry, and Windows Mobile licensees? Nokia had sold 265M devices in 2005 and the numbers were climbing rapidly. Not at PC prices, yet, but PC-like unit volumes, nonetheless.”
7 days ago
The Jackintosh: A Real GEM – Remembering the Atari ST - Paleotronic Magazine
“While the Atari ST’s specifications were impressive, what really stole the show was its operating system, GEM. Tramiel licensed GEM (short for Graphics Environment Manager) from Digital Research, who had initially developed it for their CP/M operating system and later ported it to MS-DOS. Tramiel wanted to give his new computer a user-interface layer similar to the Macintosh, but for a much lower price, and GEM fit the bill nicely, especially since Digital Research had no interest in 68000-based computers, it being fully focussed on the Intel 80286.”
7 days ago
Louise, The Adventures of a Chicken by Kate DiCamillo
“She longed for adventure.

So she left her home and ventured out into the wide world.”
7 days ago
There Are No Cats in this Book: Viviane Schwarz: 9780763649548: Amazon.com: Books
“Our lovable feline friends Tiny, Moonpie, and Andre have returned, and this time they’re filled with the spirit of adventure: they want to go off to explore the world! They have their suitcases packed and are ready to set out, but can’t get out of the book. They try pushing their way out and jumping their way out, but nothing seems to work. Finally, they get a brilliant idea: they decide to wish themselves out! But they’re going to need help. Will it work? Are you missing them yet?”
7 days ago
Project Oasis: Voice Terrarium
Project Oasis is a Voice Terrarium you can talk to. It's a self-sufficient closed ecosystem that mimics outside weather but inside a box. You can ask the terrarium about 'Weather in Seattle' as a response to which it might start pouring inside the box. The terrarium can also generate clouds, mist or change lighting to represent other weather conditions.
8 days ago
Road Trip
This app will read you about the places and points of interest you drive by.
9 days ago
summit | Origin and meaning of summit by Online Etymology Dictionary
“The meaning "meeting of heads of state" (1950) is from Winston Churchill's metaphor of "a parley at the summit."”
9 days ago
Ethical Decisions for Designers and Product Teams Tickets, Thu, Jul 12, 2018 at 9:00 AM | Eventbrite
"Like every other human being on the planet we share, designers are part of the social contract. By choosing to be a designer you are choosing to affect the people who come in contact with your work. Learn how to tell if your work will hurt or help those people and how to measure social impact alongside shareholder value. If you’re wondering whether this workshop is for you—it is."
muledesign  ethics  design  workshop  product  mikemonteiro  erikahall 
9 days ago
Design Ethics :: Mule
"You’re responsible for what you put into the world. Every choice you make, whether working for yourself or working for someone else, needs to take that into consideration. This workshop will teach you the basic principles of working ethically. We’ll go over how to measure social impact as a key metric, how to tell if you’re designing something dangerous, and how to tell the people who hired you they’re designing something dangerous. The effect of what you put into the world needs to be a consideration in your work."
mikemonteiro  design  ethics  workshop  muledesign  teaching 
9 days ago
The Autobiography of Jean-Luc Picard | Memory Beta, non-canon Star Trek Wiki | FANDOM powered by Wikia
I accidentally read this the other night - accidentally, in the sense of starting something at past my bedtime and then keeping going until I'd finished it, instead of going to sleep - and let's just say that there's a lot in here about father-son relationships that I highlighted and that Star Trek just Keeps On Giving.
autobiography  jeanlucpicard  startrek  tng  parenthood  personalgrowth 
9 days ago
Disease as Political Metaphor - Susan Sontag [pdf]
"Punitive notions of disease have a long history, and such notions are particularly active with cancer. There is the “fight” or “crusade” against cancer; cancer is the “killer” disease; people who have cancer are “cancer victims.” Ostensibly, the illness is the culprit. But it is also the cancer patient who is made culpable. Widely believed psychological theories of disease assign to the ill the ultimate responsibility both for falling ill and for getting well." - via Duane King.
susansontag  newyorkreviewofbooks  disease  metaphor 
9 days ago
Circle of Influence and Circle of Concern @ David Rynick
“Covey’s simple assertion is that whichever part of the circle we spend time in will grow. If we spend most of our time worrying about things we cannot control, the white grows larger and the yolk smaller. When we spend time focusing on the things that we can actually do something about, the yolk, the area over which we have influence, becomes larger.” - although I think there's nuance here. The circle of control in the diagram includes "your attitude and enthusiasm" which, well, I think are *somewhat* in your control, but you have to learn how you control them.
mentalhealth  concern  attention  effectiveness  influence  diagram  control  time 
9 days ago
Anti-Flow – Rands in Repose
Sometimes you have to not think about something to let yourself think about something.
anti-flow  randsinrepose  method 
9 days ago
Ron Johnson was right about JCPenney | Ken Segall
"As Johnson himself admits, he simply went too fast. He cut the coupons and sales before the stores could be physically transformed. In doing so, he alienated the old shoppers before he could attract the new ones."
transformation  ronjohnson  business  jcpenney  reinvention  retail 
9 days ago
Does Hierarchical Predictive Coding Explain Perception? – NYU Center for Mind, Brain and Consciousness
"Predictive models of perception propose that perception works by making predictions about sensory inputs and minimizing prediction error. Hierarchical predictive coding models say that at each layer in the visual hierarchy, predictions are made about the layer below. Any differences between predicted input and actual input are propagated up the visual hierarchy by the mechanism of predictive coding, altering the system to reduce prediction errors in the future. According to some theorists, this approach portrays perception as “controlled hallucination”. This event will bring two neuroscientists and two philosophers together to debate how well this approach can explain perception."
predictiveprocessing  predictivecoding  neuroscience  cognition  perception  andyclark 
9 days ago
Predictive brains and embodied, enactive cognition: an introduction to the special issue | SpringerLink
"All the papers in this special issue sit at the intersection between work on predictive processing models in the neurosciences and embodied, enactive perspectives on mind. It is arguably one of the most cutting-edge and fast-moving intersections of research in the contemporary sciences of mind and brain. All contributions deal with questions of whether and how key assumptions of the predictive brain hypothesis can be reconciled with approaches to cognition that take embodiment and enaction as playing a central and constitutive role in our cognitive lives."
cognition  neuroscience  consciousness  predictiveprocessing 
9 days ago
The Space Nation of Asgardia Inaugurated Its First Leader in an Incredible Ceremony - Motherboard
"[Asgardia] held an incredible ceremony on Monday inaugurating its self-declared leader Igor Ashurbeyli as its head of state. Ashurbeyli is a Russian billionaire whose money comes from weapons systems. His backing has allowed Asgardia to thrive and he wants the country to join the UN, but to do so it must have a functioning government. It elected a parliament in April (a motley collection of international characters between the ages of 40 and 80, as specified by the Asgardian constitution) followed by Ashurbeyli declaring himself head of state." - some sort of joke about a Marvel cinematic universe ARG.
9 days ago
We Talked to a Scientist Who Makes Those Incredibly Satisfying Computer Animations - Motherboard
For other people, SIGGRAPH technical papers preview season is also "weirdly satisfying computer animation" season.
cgi  animation  simulation  physics  modelling 
9 days ago
Japan Tests Silicon for Exascale Computing in 2021 - IEEE Spectrum
"[To reach exascale territory, Fujitsu and RIKEN] have replaced the SPARC64 VIIIfx CPU powering the K computer with the Arm8A-SVE (Scalable Vector Extension) 512-bit architecture that’s been enhanced for supercomputer use, and which both Fujitsu and RIKEN had a hand in developing."
exascale  computing  architecture  arm  supercomputer  massively  parallel 
9 days ago
Digital delivery of government services - Report – Parliament of Australia
An inquiry into the digital delivery of government service, with particular reference to: whether planned and existing programs are able to digitally deliver services; strategies for whole of government digital transformation; and digital project delivery. 
australia  government  digitalservices  digitaltransformation  strategy  report  audit 
9 days ago
Australia’s Digital Transformation Stumbles Badly - IEEE Spectrum
"Australian citizens’ satisfaction in the government’s digital services has dropped precipitously since 2011, and these and other services failures on the horizon will do nothing to increase it. A nation looking to implement digital transformation might wish to study the Senate committee report for lessons on what not to do, especially paying attention to former Digital Transformation Agency director Paul Shelter’s comments on the importance of successful ICT system delivery. It may then have a better chance of moving toward what Estonia has accomplished."
australia  government  digitaltransformation  dto  paulshelter  ict  digitalservices 
9 days ago
Brand New: New Logo and Identity for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez 2018 Campaign by Tandem
"I would cautiously deem Ocasio-Cortez’s posters as this generation’s We Can Do It poster, in terms of a single visual powerfully driven by a woman’s portrait. But we will let history decide that, not a dude that blogs about logos." - more commentary on Tandem's frankly stunning identity and poster work for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's campaign.
Ocasio-Cortez  aco  political  advertising  logo  poster  identity  branding 
9 days ago
A History of Production Company Logo Animations
I remember being unreasonably excited when the Universal Pictures studio logo was replaced with CGI.
hollywood  film  studio  logos  animation  models  cgi 
9 days ago
Brand New: Incredible Disney Logo
Apparently there was a custom Disney logo for Incredibles 2 (of course there was). Still need to see that.
incredibles2  disney  pixar  studio  logo 
9 days ago
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