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Rave culture is on the rise in Britain. Forced underground, it looks more like the early days of the U.S. scene.
This is fascinating to watch, as I just finished reading The Underground Is Massive.
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I’m fuckin deceased
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Juliet - Marshall’s Beach, San Francisco
For information on purchasing Ballerina Project limited edition prints.
Tue, 28 Feb 2017 20:30:23 -0500
In the March issue of Materials World, we cover nanotube-covered titanium that could be used as blood-repellent medical implants. These can be used as clot-resistant surgical implants, described by Dr Arun Kota as ‘the Holy Grail of the medical device industry.’
I’m reminded of a previous demonstration of tuneable superomniphobic surfaces from Kota back in 2014. Again working with titanium, the coating is able to trap certain low surface tension liquids on a variable scale. Also, it looks kinda cool.
Mon, 27 Feb 2017 20:34:21 -0500
Cognitive biases are systematic ways in which people deviate from rationality in making judgements. Wikipedia maintains a list such biases and one example is survivorship bias, the tendency to focus on those things or people which succeed in an endeavor and discount the experiences of those which did not.
A commonly held opinion in many populations is that machinery, equipment, and goods manufactured in previous generations often is better built and lasts longer than similar contemporary items. (This perception is reflected in the common expression “They don’t make ‘em like they used to.”) Again, because of the selective pressures of time and use, it is inevitable that only those items which were built to last will have survived into the present day. Therefore, most of the old machinery still seen functioning well in the present day must necessarily have been built to a standard of quality necessary to survive. All of the machinery, equipment, and goods that have failed over the intervening years are no longer visible to the general population as they have been junked, scrapped, recycled, or otherwise disposed of.
Buster Benson recently went through the list of biases and tried to simplify them into some sort of structure. What he came up with is a list of four conundrums – “4 qualities of the universe that limit our own intelligence and the intelligence of every other person, collective, organism, machine, alien, or imaginable god” – that lead to all biases. They are:
1. There’s too much information.
2. There’s not enough meaning.
3. There’s not enough time and resources.
4. There’s not enough memory.
The 2nd conundrum is that the process of turning raw information into something meaningful requires connecting the dots between the limited information that’s made it to you and the catalog of mental models, beliefs, symbols, and associations that you’ve stored from previous experiences. Connecting dots is an imprecise and subjective process, resulting in a story that’s a blend of new and old information. Your new stories are being built out of the bricks of your old stories, and so will always have a hint of past qualities and textures that may not have actually been there.
For each conundrum in Benson’s scheme, there are categories of bias, 20 in all. For example, the categories that related to the “not enough meaning” conundrum are:
1. We find stories and patterns even in sparse data.
2. We fill in characteristics from stereotypes, generalities, and prior histories whenever there are new specific instances or gaps in information.
3. We imagine things and people we’re familiar with or fond of as better than things and people we aren’t familiar with or fond of.
4. We simplify probabilities and numbers to make them easier to think about.
5. We project our current mindset and assumptions onto the past and future.
Benson’s whole piece is worth a read, but if you spend too much time with it, you might become unable to function because you’ll start to see cognitive biases everywhere.
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Today’s Photo of the Day:
A boy, who just fled a village controlled by Islamic State fighters, cries on Feb. 22, 2017 as he sits with his family inside a bus before heading to a camp at Hammam Ali south of Mosul, Iraq.
Photo by Zohra Bensemra/Reuters
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This is like one of those Dutch village paintings where dogs are fighting over a skull and someone is pooping off a roof - Carolina Miranda for the win!
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 21:54:26 -0500
- Explicit subversion of the white saviour trope everyone was afraid of (tricks you into thinking they won’t at first, keep watching)
- Really gorgeous visuals courtesy of Zhang Yimou
- Female soldiers (!!!) at the forefront of battle and being the face of the army
- “(Soldier, in Mandarin) [snickers] Can they even pull him up? Men are too heavy.” “(Matt Damon) what did she say” “(General Lin) [bland smile] She said, ‘men have so much to teach us’.” “(Matt Damon) …i don’t think that’s what she said”
- A Good and Pure Young Soldier on the Wall who is Trying His Best
- Matt Damon awkwardly trying to mimic the bows to be polite, failing miserably every single time
- Interesting contrast and development of Matt Damon and General Lin as two similar, but different types of warriors-from-childhood (mercenary and soldier)
- Surprisingly funny banter
- Everybody speaking the languages they should be speaking at appropriate moments
- Dumb action-movie blockbuster fun (seriously don’t go in there expecting a narrative masterpiece but enjoy the ride)
- Actual Hero is not Matt Damon, but General Lin, this lady, and I would frankly die for her:
Like seriously, I’m so glad that I decided to give it a chance after seeing Zhang was directing it. It’s not a perfect movie but it’s huge fun, and probably the first time I’ve seen the white saviour trope just subverted completely. If nothing else, watch it for General Lin, played by Jian Tian…who’s also going to be in Pacific Rim: Uprising.
THEY PULLED A FURY ROAD
I was going to go see this today but then my car died.
Maybe I can catch it on the cheapskate Tuesday.
FUCKING KNEW IT!
Seriously if y'all know anything about Zhang Yimou you knew Lin was going to be the lead because man loves him some badass female leads.
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Taiwaneese ANSI in original, in HTML, and googletranslated into English. The original is Metal Upa by emptie@ptt.
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A freezing cold #NotOneInch protest in front of Chuck Schumer’s home.
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The Infamous West Wing Butterball Call
An Image Oscillite holiday tradition since 2010.
View, enjoy, then visit sacredstonecamp.org.
Sun, 13 Nov 2016 13:44:19 -0500Louisiana U.S. Senate Results: John Kennedy and Foster Campbell Headed to Runoff:
If you live in Louisiana, if you know anyone who lives in Louisiana, for God’s sake encourage them to vote blue in this run-off! It won’t give us control of the Senate now, but it will make it one seat easier to do in two years!
Election day is 12/10.
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Louisiana’s election season isn’t over yet.
Give Foster Campbell a Senate seat and help keep Donald Trump in check.
This is huge. I gave $100. I need to do more.
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Today Show Interview with Hillary Clinton (April 1992) 👍
Essential viewing for both Hillary fans and reluctant supporters.
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“I was taking a law school admissions test in a big classroom at Harvard. My friend and I were some of the only women in the room. I was feeling nervous. I was a senior in college. I wasn’t sure how well I’d do. And while we’re waiting for the exam to start, a group of men began to yell things like: ‘You don’t need to be here.’ And ‘There’s plenty else you can do.’ It turned into a real ‘pile on.’ One of them even said: ‘If you take my spot, I’ll get drafted, and I’ll go to Vietnam, and I’ll die.’ And they weren’t kidding around. It was intense. It got very personal. But I couldn’t respond. I couldn’t afford to get distracted because I didn’t want to mess up the test. So I just kept looking down, hoping that the proctor would walk in the room. I know that I can be perceived as aloof or cold or unemotional. But I had to learn as a young woman to control my emotions. And that’s a hard path to walk. Because you need to protect yourself, you need to keep steady, but at the same time you don’t want to seem ‘walled off.’ And sometimes I think I come across more in the ‘walled off’ arena. And if I create that perception, then I take responsibility. I don’t view myself as cold or unemotional. And neither do my friends. And neither does my family. But if that sometimes is the perception I create, then I can’t blame people for thinking that.”
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The Beatles - Eleanor Rigby
The film is a sequence originally used in the movie Yellow Submarine", released in July 1968. With it’s surreal, ground-breaking visuals it both brought a new concept of creating a visual video to accompany a song and also ushered in a new style of animation which helped to inspire Terry Gilliam’s animations for the TV comedy series, Monty Python’s Flying Circus.
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Here are three reasons why you should buy my wife Sarah’s new book.
1. Entertainment Weekly once called her “gracefully furious”.
2. The New Yorker says she “has reignited the genre with a bolder edge”.
3. The Stig once read a Russian translation of one of her books on Top Gear.
Pre-order @ http://amzn.to/1PPHhOn