I’m old, sedentary and slouch a lot – will standing up at my desk help me live longer?
The posture and physical ergonomics need fine-tuning. I have got my screen balancing on one pile of books, keyboard on another, mouse on a third. I’m going to find out who’s in charge of desks, and then I’m going to actually physically go and see them about getting one of those proper standy-uppy ones. Don’t forget that movement, remember?

But this is just about what it’s like to not sit down all day. And, you know what? It’s really not so hard. A touch of the museum/art gallery squirms creep in after two hours. But I’m finding I can shake them off by thinking of all the extra time I’ll be getting at the end.
health  office 
2 hours ago
Witherson, Jeanette: The Passion
This is a fascinating short volume and Villanelle may be the singly most liberated and passionate character I've ever read in fiction. My heart often ached for Henry; he was in over his depth and suffered all the time, yet was hopeless to turn from the unintended seduction of Villanelle's very being.
18 hours ago
Kingdom of Torgu, Laadla, Estonia
A clerical error gave rise to this imaginary micronation in the southwestern corner of Estonia.

[...] 500-odd people who lived in the area were surprised by this negligence, but soon decided to take advantage of the mistake. They came up with the idea of starting their own country, and calling it a kingdom. The throne was offered to a journalist and political activist named Kirill Teiter, who accepted it and became the first (and only) monarch to reign over the newly formed Kingdom of Torgu. The kingdom has its own flag, a coat of arms with a “snail-dragon” as the emblematic animal, and its own currency in coins, the “kirill,” with the worth of 1 kirill fixed to the price of a half-liter of local vodka.
geography  estonia 
18 hours ago
The bleak brilliance of Nick Drnaso’s graphic novels
Drnaso, who is twenty-nine, was promoting “Sabrina,” his graphic novel about a young man in Chicago who is devastated by his girlfriend’s sudden disappearance. Did Sabrina just leave him, or was she kidnapped or murdered? He flees the mystery, and the attendant media frenzy, seeking refuge with an old buddy in Colorado Springs. Strangers learn of awful news before he does. The Internet first denies him the privacy of his grief, and then, when the fringe weighs in, upends his certainty about Sabrina’s fate. “Sabrina” depicts an eerie world of orderly tract homes, tidy parking lots, and empty streets, where roiling emotions have been displaced onto computer screens, and where powerful people make reckless pronouncements based on bottomless skepticism.
art  books  comics 
19 hours ago
Sit less and move more to reduce risk of early death, study says | Society | The Guardian
However, the benefits were only seen among those who were not highly active to start with.

Moreover, the team found there were no benefits to be had if the total amount of sitting in a day remained the same but was broken up into short bouts.

“Sitting is harmful and is going to increase your risk [of death], no matter how you sit, whether it is in short bouts or long bouts,” said Diaz.
health  office  work 
19 hours ago
First Man: An effects odyssey
The LED screen also proved key in providing visor reflections and even reflections on dials inside spacecraft. At times, the actual pre-made backgrounds appearing outside cockpits or windows could be kept in the final shots. “For example,” says Lambert, “in the X-15 shot where you see Neil bursting through the atmosphere and he sees the horizon for the first time, that reflection on his visor is the actual reflection from the LED screen, but also the reflection in his eyes. Coming from a compositing background myself, that’s actually a fairly complicated thing to get to look real, getting that complexity of a reflection in an eye. And because we spent the time at the beginning, we’re getting that for free.”


Another was to deal with visor reflections. “Every shot where you saw an astronaut had a view of the camera,” says Lambert, “and the IMAX camera is absolutely huge, but also you got to see all the crew as well, the tents and everything else. So part of the visual effects work was to re-create the scenes digitally, and then remove the camera and the crew – who all leave tracks and marks in the gravel. So that needed to be cleaned up, too. Plus, this is IMAX, so when you get your 8K scan back and you look at it, you can still see footsteps!”
movies  via:paulgreer 
20 hours ago
This is all Donald Trump has left
The culture has been inching further and further into Trump’s gilded funhouse for years now, and you surely do not need me to tell you that it fucking sucks in there. But we are, by now, all the way in. Trump is nearly as ubiquitous in the culture as he has always believed he should be; the one deeply held belief that has been evident throughout his whole faithless disgrace of a life is people should be talking about Donald Trump more, on television, and he has just about seen that part through. All Trump wants, all he has ever wanted, is to be able to keep doing and taking and saying whatever he wants whenever he wants. He ran for president for this reason and this reason only.
culture  trump  politics 
20 hours ago
This body of work is inspired by the particular quality of light that the sky possesses during the transition from day to night. I find these brief, daily moments interesting because of how they precipitate both perception and introspection. This peculiar, hybrid experience has sustained my practice for the past two years. I collect reference photos from my daily commute and then transcribe these moments into paint.
art  painting 
20 hours ago
It's Nice That | Mary Perez documents Korean megachurches in an attempt to explore her own religious beliefs
As Mary grew accustomed to the ways of the megachurch, she developed a particular interest in the separation between the congregation and leadership. Her photographs document this through physical visualisations of broadcasting; stadium-sized screens and hoards of devoted Christians are candidly depicted through the clean glare of Mary’s lens. The megachurch obtains its numbers by being a “satellite” church with six on-campus sanctuaries that also broadcasts services from a “mother church”. On a Sunday, Yoido’s six sanctuaries are filled to capacity, seating over 26,000 people in this stellar megachurch.
Imaginary Movies: Graphic Designer Turns Posted Photos into Film Posters | Urbanist
Inspired by gorgeous photographs posted to a popular social media website, one designer has reversed the normal narrative of movie marketing, creating publicity posters for speculative films, their scripts yet unwritten.
Old digital cameras Collection with original information and images, user manuals and drivers
Here is my collection of 600+ "old" digital cameras.
It is located in France.
You will find here original pictures of each camera as well as downloadable user's manuals and drivers.
archive  history  photography 
A Seamless Animation Connecting the Beautifully Sleek Designs Found on Blank VHS Tape Covers
Russian video editor 4096 paid elegant tribute to the long since eclipsed blank VHS tape with a seamlessly morphing animation that connects and celebrates the beautifully sleek design of their covers.
In Westminster, a Brexit war is raging in secret WhatsApp groups | WIRED UK
It is easy to understand WhatsApp's ubiquitousness in Westminster: not only is the app widely popular in British society at large, but it comes with the added advantage that conversations aren’t subject to Freedom of Information requests – a fact cited by multiple MPs and government figures contacted for this piece as a reason for using the service. More interestingly, the app has also proved ideal to carry out political tricks at speed.
Fake video will soon be good enough to fool entire populations | WIRED UK
Perhaps the most chilling realisation about the rise of deepfakes is that they don’t need to be perfect to be effective. They need to be just good enough that the target audience is duped for just long enough. That’s why human-led debunking and the time it requires will not be enough. To protect people from the initial deception, we will need to develop algorithmic detection capabilities that can work in real time, and we need to conduct psychological and sociological research to understand how online platforms can best inform people that what they’re watching is fabricated.
How to apply Marie Kondo's tidying method to your digital life | WIRED UK
Tidying up with Marie Kondo has taken Netflix by storm. But it isn't all about the physical junk in your home, you can also apply the trademark “KonMari” method to your online world
Children struggling to concentrate at school due to lack of sleep, MPs told
Sleep deprivation highlighted in inquiry into role of education in preventing mental health problems in children
children  health  schools  sleep 
Major study of teenage sleep patterns aims to assess impact on learning
Pupils to start lessons at 10am in effort to see how neuroscience might improve school performance and exam results
sleep  children  health  schools 
Sleep-deprived pupils need extra hour in bed, schools warned
Shift school day back by an hour to tackle poor results, anxiety and obesity, say experts
sleep  children  health  schools 
'I'll go to school on two and a half hours' sleep': why British children aren't sleeping
Doctors are reporting a dramatic increase in children with sleep disorders, which affect their physical and mental health. Why? Plus expert tips on a good night’s rest
sleep  children  health  schools 
Start school day at 11am to let students sleep in, says expert
Paul Kelley says young people are losing 10 hours’ sleep a week, and calls for 8.30am starts for primary pupils and 10 or 11am for teenagers
sleep  children  health  schools 
Universities should give offers after results day, says study
Authors argue move would end unconditional offers and aid disadvantaged students
students  education  universities 
2 days ago
On the experience of entering a bookstore in your forties (vs. your twenties)
All the people you could have been had you chosen differently—they haunt the bookstore alongside the person you became and could still become.
books  bookshop 
2 days ago
The Norwegian art of the packed lunch
“I don’t think we’re more clever, but we have the idea that when you go to work, you work. We don’t spend very much time chatting and talking with colleagues, eating and so on. I do much more of that when I’m abroad,” says Holm.

The matpakke is crucial because it means workers can use the entirety of their breaks to relax. “It’s very easy, you don’t lose any time making it, and then within 10 minutes you can scroll your phone or talk to your colleagues, and so on,” says Sagatun. “It’s more of a practical take on food. It’s really like ‘OK, no wasting time!’.”
culture  norway  food 
2 days ago
Physical training for business men (1917)
This superb series of photographs can be found in the wonderfully titled 1917 publication Physical Training for Business Men by American author Harrie Irving Hancock. The book’s premise is that a certain quality of physical presence, “impressive carriage and appearance”, are essential to “those who would succeed in the business world”. This is not, however, all about pure athleticism. Despite his strength and endurance the athlete “may show many signs of bodily slovenliness” which would negatively effect his business dealings. More important than brawn is to foster “the appearance of physical ease, alertness, grace, and discipline.” It is these qualities which Hancock promises to build through the exercises shown, a mixture, so he tells us, of those used in the military and certain martial arts.
history  exercise  photography  illustration 
2 days ago
Fortuitous numbers
In American usage, 84,672 is said EIGHTY FOUR THOUSAND SIX HUNDRED SEVENTY TWO. Count the letters in each of those words, multiply the counts, and you get 6 × 4 × 8 × 3 × 7 × 7 × 3 = 84,672.
maths  numbers 
2 days ago
Government backs young musicians
In order to ensure all pupils are able to enjoy high quality lessons, schools are to receive a new model music curriculum created by an independent panel of experts, School Standards Minister Nick Gibb announced today (11 January). This comes as a £1.33million funding boost is given to the Department for Education’s music education hubs, which helped hundreds of thousands of young people learn to play an instrument in whole classes in 2016/17.
schools  music  funding 
2 days ago
The internet, but not as we know it: life online in China, Russia, Cuba and India
More than half of the world's population is now online, but that does not mean we all see the same thing. From being filtered by the government to being delivered by post, the internet can vary enormously depending on where you live. Here are four illustrated examples.
2 days ago
Never mind killer robots—here are six real AI dangers to watch out for in 2019
The latest AI methods excel at perceptual tasks such as classifying images and transcribing speech, but the hype and excitement over these skills have disguised how far we really are from building machines as clever as we are. Six controversies from 2018 stand out as warnings that even the smartest AI algorithms can misbehave, or that carelessly applying them can have dire consequences.
ai  future  society 
3 days ago
How much screen time should parents let their kids have? — Quartz
Kids aren’t losing themselves in their devices, but potentially finding themselves. What’s more, they’re doing exactly what generations of kids have long done: Immersing themselves in the toys and objects of the moment that reflect the society they inhabit, and which will help prepare them for the future.
technology  children 
4 days ago
Americans want to regulate AI but don’t trust anyone to do it
These are important lessons for policymakers and technologists to consider in the discussion on how best to advance and regulate AI, says Allan Dafoe, director of the center and coauthor of the report. “There isn’t currently a consensus in favor of developing advanced AI, or that it’s going to be good for humanity,” he says. “That kind of perception could lead to the development of AI being perceived as illegitimate or cause political backlashes against the development of AI.”


More than 8 in 10 Americans believe that AI and robotics should be managed carefully. That is easier said than done because they also don’t trust any one entity to pick up that mantle. Among the different options presented from among federal and international agencies, companies, nonprofits, and universities, none received more than 50% of the respondents’ trust to develop and manage AI responsibly. The US military and university researchers did, however, receive the most trust for developing the technology, while tech companies and nonprofits received more trust than government actors for regulating it.
ai  technology  computing  regulation  via:joeo10 
4 days ago
How long is the perfect book?
British novelist E.M. Forster once complained that long books “are usually overpraised” because “the reader wishes to convince others and himself that he has not wasted his time.” To test his theory we collected reader ratings for 737 books tagged as “classic literature” on Goodreads.com, a review aggregator with 80m members. The bias towards chunky tomes was substantial. Slim volumes of 100 to 200 pages scored only 3.87 out of 5, whereas those over 1,000 pages scored 4.19. Longer is better, say the readers.
books  data  datavisualisation  charts 
5 days ago
For sale: New York City's second most famous skyscraper
The 77-story stainless steel-clad skyscraper, briefly the world’s tallest building after it was finished in 1930, is 90% owned by the Abu Dhabi Investment Council, a sovereign wealth fund, with developer Tishman Speyer owning the remainder.
usa  architecture 
5 days ago
Rising high: the evolving skyline of New York City
Manhattan’s skyline is the most famous in the world. Its horizon has been interrupted by verticals from the first 10-storey office buildings in the late 1800s, and will only continue to rise higher
architecture  photos  usa 
5 days ago
Chrysler Building put up for sale
When the building was completed in 1930, it was the tallest building in the world, a title it held for about a year until the Empire State Building opened less than a mile away in midtown Manhattan.
Today it is only the sixth tallest building in the city, and will drop down another notch later this year when a new office tower opens on the city's west side. But it is still one of the city's most recognizable buildings. It is famous for its triangle-shaped, vaulted windows worked into the stylized crown, along with its distinctive eagle gargoyles near the top.
usa  architecture 
5 days ago
Labour’s Brexit cop-out betrays its members
Amid the chaos, on January 10th the leader of the opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, stepped forward to propose a way out of the mess. Yet his speech, delivered as we went to press, merely doubled down on his policy of calculated equivocation. Labour will vote against the government’s draft Brexit deal on January 15th, but has no plausible explanation of how it would get a better one, nor a convincing strategy to break the impasse in Parliament if the deal is defeated. Its abdication of responsibility makes Labour complicit in the crisis that is about to engulf Britain. And it exposes the hollowness of Mr Corbyn’s promise that, as leader, he would hand power back to the party’s members, whose growing calls for a second referendum he continues to ignore.
politics  brexit  labour 
5 days ago
The Weight I Carry; What it’s like to be too big in America
Some days, when I see that disaster staring back, I get so mad that I pound my gut with my fists, as if I could beat the fat out of me. Other times, the sight sinks me into a blue fog that can ruin an hour or a morning or a day. But most of the time what I feel is sadness over how much life I’ve wasted. When I was a kid, I never climbed a tree or learned to swim. When I was in my 20s, I never took a girl home from a bar. Now I’m 50, and I’ve never hiked a mountain or ridden a skateboard or done a cartwheel. I’ve missed out on so many adventures, so many good times, because I was too fat to try. Sometimes, when I could’ve tried anyway, I didn’t have the courage. I’ve done a lot of things I’m proud of. But I’ve never believed I could do anything truly great, because I’ve failed so many times at the one crucial challenge in my life. What the hell is wrong with me?
culture  health  society 
5 days ago
New data shows why Van Gogh changed his color palette
We were not convinced by the medical reasoning behind the shift in Van Gogh’s color palette and we could not think of any French Impressionists that painted with colors nearly as bold as Van Gogh, so we decided to take a look at some other possibilities.

Van Gogh was a restless soul and moved around quite a bit. He also spent a lot of time painting outdoors, especially in his later years. As someone who famously struggled with mood swings, we thought location, and more importantly, weather patterns may have impacted his use of color.

To test this, we created composite images averaging every painting Van Gogh created from each of the major locations he worked from and compared them to weather patterns from those regions. We think the results are quite remarkable.
art  vangogh  painting  data  charts 
5 days ago
Chrysler building, the art deco masterpiece
A look at the famous building currently on sale.
architecture  photography  usa 
5 days ago
What is glitter?
What is glitter? The simplest answer is one that will leave you slightly unsatisfied, but at least with your confidence in comprehending basic physical properties intact. Glitter is made from glitter. Big glitter begets smaller glitter; smaller glitter gets everywhere, all glitter is impossible to remove; now never ask this question again.
6 days ago
You bought smart speakers over the holidays. Now what are Amazon and Google doing with your data?
Ultimately, the choice to keep a smart speaker around comes down to what you’re getting out of the product. For some people with physical disabilities or intellectual differences, smart speakers can make household tasks easier or provide an engaging presence in daily life. For tech junkies like my friend, the sheer joy of commanding a smart home network might be enough. For Hoffman-Andrews, though, the benefits of a speaker don’t outweigh the costs. He bought a couple of products for testing, but he admits he couldn’t actually bring himself to set them up. Being able to ask a speaker to dim the lights or play a weather forecast just didn’t seem like a good enough tradeoff for giving companies access to his home.

“Is it normal to have cameras and microphones pointed at you and your guests? Currently the answer is mostly no,” he says. “These devices aim to change the answer to yes.”
amazon  google  data  alexa  dataprotection  privacy 
6 days ago
The evidence behind generations is lacking.
We spend a lot of time debating the characteristics of generations—are baby boomers really selfish and entitled, are millennials really narcissists, and the latest, has the next generation (whatever it is going to be called) already been ruined by cellphones? Many academics—and many consultants—argue that generations are distinct and that organizations, educators, and even parents need to accommodate them. These classifications are often met with resistance from those they supposedly represent, as most people dislike being represented by overgeneralizations, and these disputes only fuel the debate around this contentious topic.

But the science on “generations” does not back up these distinctions. In fact, solid evidence supporting generations, their characteristics, or even their existence, is lacking. In short, the science shows that generations are not a thing.

It is important to be clear what not a thing means. It does not mean that people today are the same as people 80 years ago or that anything else is static. Times change and so do people. However, the idea that distinct generations capture and represent these changes is unsupported.
culture  society 
6 days ago
How generations get their names
“We're also constantly reminded that decades define us,” John Allen Paulos wrote for The New York Times in 1995. “Is there anything more vapid? In the free-love, anti-war 60s, hippies felt so-and-so; the greed of the 80s led yuppies to do such and such; sullen and unread Generation X-ers (Roman numeral Ten-ers?) never do anything. We should brace ourselves for the millennial fatuities to come in the year 1999.”
culture  society 
6 days ago
The life-draining tedium of errands is even worse in this age of digital convenience
Technology promised to simplify our lives—but errands seem to overwhelm us now. Automation, “smart technologies,” and “virtual assistants” haven’t magically made tedious tasks easier, but rather replaced old steps with new ones. You don’t necessarily have to go places to get things done, but you do have to recall old passwords or reset new ones, deal with infuriating bots that take your calls but can’t answer questions, and manage a slew of accounts. And because we change jobs more often and lead increasingly hectic lives, we experience a kind of “errand paralysis,”
productivity  technology  culture 
6 days ago
'She makes children of us all': Guardian writers pick their favourite Kate Bush lyrics
As Kate Bush announces a book of her collected lyrics, Guardian writers pick out their favourite lines from across her career
katebush  music 
7 days ago
Cultural criticism matters
Cultural criticism is journalism. And in an era when fewer outlets support it, we need more of it, not less.
journalism  culture 
7 days ago
Default WordPress generated CSS cheat sheet for beginners
The goal of this cheat sheet is to assist beginners who are looking to get into WordPress theme styling. If you are a beginner who does not want to deal with the codes, then we recommend that you get a theme framework like Headway which does the whole thing for you with drag and drop. For the rest of you, we are going to go through some of the most important default WordPress styles one by one.
html  css  wordpress  blog 
7 days ago
The most interesting things on the internet in 2018
The Outline’s picks for the digital things that saved us from ourselves this year, in no particular order and just because.
internet  humour  culture 
7 days ago
Hume is the amiable, modest, generous philosopher we need today
A few years ago, thousands of academic philosophers were asked which non-living philosopher they most identified with. Hume came a clear first, ahead of Aristotle, Kant and Wittgenstein. Scientists, who often have little time for philosophy, often make an exception for Hume. Even the biologist Lewis Wolpert, who says philosophers are ‘very clever but have nothing useful to say whatsoever’ makes an exception for Hume, admitting that at one stage he ‘fell in love’ with him.

Yet the great Scot remains something of a philosopher’s philosopher. There have been no successful popular books on him, as there have been for the likes of Montaigne, Nietzsche, Socrates, Wittgenstein and the Stoics. Their quotes, not his, adorn mugs and tea towels, their faces gaze down from posters. Hume hasn’t ‘crossed over’ from academic preeminence to public acclaim.

The reasons why this is so are precisely the reasons why it ought not to be. Hume’s strengths as a person and a thinker mean that he does not have the kind of ‘brand’ that sells intellectuals. In short, he is not a tragic, romantic figure; his ideas do not distil into an easy-to-summarise ‘philosophy of life’; and his distaste for fanaticism of any kind made him too sensible and moderate to inspire zealotry in his admirers.
hume  philosophy 
7 days ago
Library of Babel
Borges’s short story The Library of Babel is a thought experiment: imagine every possible combination of letters printed out in 410 page books. The library would contain all knowledge and falsehoods, all of the great works of fiction and a true prophecy for everyone in the world. It would also contain all of these things, but with all the A’s and E’s switched, or with X’s between words instead of spaces. Jonathan Basile, a Ph.D. student at Emory University turned Borges's idea into a (virtual) reality. Every possible book that could be found in the Library can be read online, but to stumble on something meaningful is near impossible, which makes it all the more exciting to try.
art  books  borges 
7 days ago
No, you probably don’t have a book in you
I am a literary agent. It is my full-time job to find new books and help them get published. When people talk about “having a book in them,” or when people tell others they should write a book (which is basically my nightmare), what they really mean is I bet someone, but probably not me because I already heard it, would pay money to hear this story. When people say “you should write a book,” they aren’t thinking of a physical thing, with a cover, that a human person edited, copyedited, designed, marketed, sold, shipped, and stocked on a shelf. Those well-meaning and supportive people rarely know how a story becomes printed words on a page. Here’s what they don’t know, and what most beginner writers might not realize, either.
7 days ago
iPhones are hard to use
Observing what are dismissively called “normal people” (or “users”) for more than a decade, the one thing iPhone owners are proud they know how to do is force-quit apps. They also know how to set a ringtone and choose atrocious wallpaper.

And that’s it. But they aren’t to blame.

People kind of don’t know that they can swipe up or down from top or bottom of screen. As an example, I certainly almost never see anybody turn wifi on or off that way (it’s almost always through Settings). They certainly don’t know what Control Center and Notification Center are by name. (They also don’t know what their iSight camera is. They don’t know what Springboard is, and shouldn’t have to. But do they know what the home screen is?)
apple  ios  iphone  design  accessibility 
7 days ago
Joe Clark
I’m a journalist, author, and editor – more concisely, a writer – in Toronto. I have a huge portfolio of published newspaper and magazine articles. I literally wrote the book on Web accessibility for people with disabilities, plus a second book on Canadian English. (Book № 3 is underway.) I go back more than 30 years in typography ﹠ graphic design.
web  accessibility  typography  design 
7 days ago
How this all happened
If you fell asleep in 1945 and woke up in 2018 you would not recognize the world around you. The amount of growth that took place during that period is virtually unprecedented. If you learned that there have been no nuclear attacks since 1945, you’d be shocked. If you saw the level of wealth in New York and San Francisco, you’d be shocked. If you compared it to the poverty of Detroit, you’d be shocked. If you saw the price of homes, college tuition, and health care, you’d be shocked. Our politics would blow your mind. And if you tried to think of a reasonable narrative of how it all happened, my guess is you’d be totally wrong. Because it isn’t intuitive, and it wasn’t foreseeable 73 years ago.
usa  economics  history 
7 days ago
Salvator Mundi
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman appears to have ‘lost’ the world’s most expensive painting. The Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece, Salvator Mundi, may hold the key to the Trump-Russia investigation. And, the artwork itself could be evidence of collusion.
art  painting  davinci  trump 
7 days ago
Attention all British .eu owners: Buy dotcom domains and prepare to sue, says UK govt
The issue is, of course, Brexit. With less than three months to go before the UK is supposed to eject itself from the European Union, there is still no agreed deal on the terms of separation. And while domain names are a long way down the list of priorities, the growing likelihood of a no-deal withdrawal means that all .eu domains run by UK citizens or UK companies without a presence in the EU will become defunct.
internet  brexit  politics  europe 
7 days ago
Wine, spirits and AR inevitability
What I found notable though was that it wasn’t until the very last day of 2018 that I had any kind of a real world conversation about augmented reality with someone who is not a technologist or designer or somehow directly involved in the tech industry. Given the relentless drumbeat around augmented reality, this is surprising. If it’s inevitable, as futurists and technology pundits have claimed for some years, wouldn’t it be reasonable to expect more “organic” conversation about augmented reality outside of tech circles by now?
technology  vr  ar  future 
8 days ago
Exclamation points
A cardinal rule of good prose is that exclamation points should be used extremely sparingly. Contravening it might earn you a diagnosis of bangorrhea.

For grammarians, they are considered weak—why use a punctuation mark to express enthusiasm when you can do so using, you know, words? “Overuse annoys and distances the reader,” writes “grammar cop” Cheryl Norman. “Remember what F. Scott Fitzgerald said: ‘An exclamation point is like laughing at your own jokes.’”

And so it was, for centuries. Until the internet arrived.
language  grammar 
8 days ago
Depression in girls linked to higher use of social media
Research suggests link between social media use and depressive symptoms was stronger for girls compared with boys
8 days ago
Screen time not intrinsically bad for children, say doctors
Device use may not be issue if parents supervise other areas of children’s lives, study claims
8 days ago
Detecting depression: Phone apps could monitor teen angst
Rising suicide rates and depression in U.S. teens and young adults have prompted researchers to ask a provocative question: Could the same devices that some people blame for contributing to tech-age angst also be used to detect it?

The idea has sparked a race to develop apps that warn of impending mental health crises. Call it smartphone psychiatry or child psychology 2.0.
8 days ago
Your ideal therapist might not be human
One of our editors spent a month working through her feelings with Woebot, a therapy chat bot. Here's how it went.
8 days ago
In the brave new world of relaxation, you have 1 million ways to chill out
Breathwork. Hypnosis. Energy patches. The ubiquitous CBD. All these solutions to anxiety are enough to make your head spin even more
health  mentalhealth 
8 days ago
Why exercise alone won’t save us
Sedentary lifestyles are killing us – we need to build activity into our everyday lives, not just leave it for the gym.
8 days ago
Anatomy of Melancholy
Depression affects millions of Americans each year, and many don’t know where to turn when it strikes. The author recalls the greatest struggle of his life.
health  mentalhealth 
8 days ago
100 years after the Great Halifax Explosion
BACON: The problem is that hastily stacked airplane fuel, it falls over and it ignites. So now you got the fuse lit on this amazing bomb. The crew knows what they're carrying, so they say, we're out of here. They hop in their two rowboats and go to the other side of the harbor, away from the population, and run into the woods as far as they can get. And now you've got a ghost ship, and that ghost ship slides perfectly on its own into pier six at the base of Halifax Harbor. And that is tragic.

INSKEEP: Oh, went right toward the city with what looks like, from the outside, a fire - not a good thing, but not disastrous.

BACON: For the locals, it's amusing. All the kids are walking to school at 8:46 in the morning. All the people are walking to work. They all stop by pier six to see this thing. And occasionally, barrels of benzol fuel - the airplane fuel - get launched into the sky, and it's oohs and aahs like July Fourth fireworks.

INSKEEP: And then the fire reached the main cargo of explosives - the 6 million pounds of TNT, the picric acid. The explosion was the largest on record until the dropping of the atomic bombs in World War II.

BACON: This thing shot up a two-mile-high mushroom cloud, probably the world's first. And it was just an unbelievable cataclysm - one-fifth the power of the atomic bomb. A one-ton anchor flew four miles. A one-ton cannon flew three miles the other direction. Human beings were flown half a mile in all directions. Half of Halifax is gone - 25,000 are homeless, 9,000 are wounded and 2,000 are dead in that split second.
usa  canada  history 
8 days ago
Enlightenment can be yours for just $10
The School of Practical Philosophy promises sustainable happiness at an affordable price, but what is it really selling?
10 days ago
The oral history of the Hampsterdance: The twisted true story of one of the world's first memes
It's a chapter of pop-culture history that could only have started in 1998, a time when more people than ever before were making sense of the internet for the first time.
internet  history  histroy 
10 days ago
Why preparation, not willpower, is the key to mastering self-restraint
This Aeon Video original mines the work of the US neuroscientist David Eagleman and the US psychologist Walter Mischel (known for his controversial ‘marshmallow test’) to explore what modern psychology and brain science say about the best strategies for resisting those feel-good things – big and small – that we know are bad for us.
psychology  video 
11 days ago
Worry less about children's screen use, parents told
It said there was no good evidence that time in front of a screen is "toxic" to health, as is sometimes claimed. The review of evidence found associations between higher screen use and obesity and depression. But the college looked at this and said it was not clear from the evidence if higher screen use was causing these problems or if people with these issues were more likely to spend more time on screens. [...]

Dr Max Davie, officer for health promotion for the RCPCH, said phones, computers and tablets were a "great way to explore the world", but parents were often made to feel that there was something "indefinably wrong" about them. He said: "We want to cut through that and say 'actually if you're doing OK and you've answered these questions of yourselves and you're happy, get on and live your life and stop worrying'.
parenting  children  technology 
11 days ago
Sony Ericsson W800i review
On the back of the phone is a 2.0 Megapixel camera with flash, auto-focus and even a lens cover. We were very impressed by the quality of pictures the W800i takes and while it's not good enough to replace a stand-alone digital camera, it's clearly the best camera present on a mobile phone to date. The camera takes photos at Small (160x120), Medium (640x480) and Large (1632x1224) resolutions and can shoot panorama, frames and burst.
sony  walkman  phone  technology  camera  gadget 
11 days ago
How to identify fake faces generated by AI — Quartz
Fortunately, AI-generated faces bear some telltale signs. This week, computational artist Kyle McDonald published a guide on how to identify a fake. These tips probably won’t be reliable forever, and they’re certainly not applicable to every picture—some generated images are extraordinarily convincing. But every little bit of information helps.
ai  deepfakes  fake 
12 days ago
What 2018 Looked Like Fifty Years Ago | The New Yorker
But the most prescient contributor to “Toward the Year 2018” was the M.I.T. political scientist Ithiel de Sola Pool, whose research interests included social networks and computer simulation. “By 2018 it will be cheaper to store information in a computer bank than on paper,” Pool wrote. “Tax returns, social security records, census forms, military records, perhaps a criminal record, hospital rec-ords, security clearance files, school transcripts . . . bank statements, credit ratings, job records,” and more would, by 2018, be stored on computers that could communicate with one another over a vast international network.
12 days ago
‘Access to music remains out of reach for the majority of children’ says Julian Lloyd Webber
“Since the introduction of the EBacc in 2010, the number of GCSEs taken in arts subjects has declined by 34 per cent,” he writes. “Yet judged by any rational criteria, removing arts subjects from the national curriculum makes no sense at all.”
schools  education  music  ebacc 
12 days ago
New permanent homes for gypsy and traveller families built by council in Leeds
"The difference that having stable accommodation can make to the lives of individuals and families is huge – including access to doctors and education. We are so pleased that Leeds City Council is making provision for its Gypsy and Traveller community members and we have hope for greater provision and inclusion of Travellers as a part of our city for the future.”
leeds  housing  society 
12 days ago
The Jones Live-Map
"Under its guidance the most muddling twists, turns and corners melt away behind you,” read the advertisement. [...]" The Jones Live-Map emancipates you from slavery to great, flopping maps and profound route-books that you can’t make head or tail of without stopping.”
maps  history 
12 days ago
Going dumb: My year with a flip phone
I felt like a wholer person. My mind was reabsorbing previously offloaded information and creating new connections. I was thinking more and better. My focus was improving. I thought I was breaking through.

In the end, I was not.
phones  technology 
13 days ago
Designing your site like it’s 1998
Strange as it might seem looking back, in 1998 we were also certain our techniques and technologies were the best for the job. That’s why it’s dangerous to believe with absolute certainty that the frameworks and tools we increasingly rely on today—tools like Bootstrap, Bower, and Brunch, Grunt, Gulp, Node, Require, React, and Sass—will be any more relevant in the future than <font> elements, frames, layout tables, and spacer images are today.
html  design  webdesign 
13 days ago
Renowned artist Robert Cenedella unveils latest work, "Fin del Mundo" (End of the World) in New York City
Renowned, provocative artist Robert Cenedella, who's the subject of the critically acclaimed documentary "Art Bastard," unveiled his latest work, "Fin del Mundo" (End of the World) on Wednesday, November 2nd at Central Park Fine Arts Gallery in Manhattan to more than one hundred fans and art aficionados, including many anti-Trump campaigners who arrived early to show their support. [...] SOURCE Robert Cenedella
art  painting 
15 days ago
A brilliant highly rhythmic music sample created from abandoned industrial equipment on the docks
Against our fast-moving world, in which media content is often reduced, Jonas and I let inspiration guide us to create a seven and a half minutes long sample project in a docks setting surrounded by abandoned industry. .
music  video  sound 
16 days ago
Towards the Future Book
I think the utopian moment for the future of the book ended not when Amazon routed its vendors and competitors, although the Obama DOJ deserves some blame in retrospect for handing them that win. I think it ended when the Google Books settlement died, leading to Google Books becoming, basically abandonware, when it was initially supposed to be the true Library of Babel.
books  publishing  technology  future  amazon 
16 days ago
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