Ukranian art director Alexey Kondakov blends classical art with contemporary photography by inserting romantic, classic figures, such as nymphs, gods and goddesses into urban and contemporary settings.
Computational photography project from the University of Washington can create time-lapse animations of popular locations using collections of photographs online over a period of time:
We introduce an approach for synthesizing time-lapse videos of
popular landmarks from large community photo collections. The
approach is completely automated and leverages the vast quantity
of photos available online. First, we cluster 86 million photos into
landmarks and popular viewpoints. Then, we sort the photos by
date and warp each photo onto a common viewpoint. Finally, we
stabilize the appearance of the sequence to compensate for lighting
effects and minimize flicker. Our resulting time-lapses show diverse
changes in the world’s most popular sites, like glaciers shrinking,
skyscrapers being constructed, and waterfalls changing course.
PEOPLE/EW Exclusive: Miley Cyrus and Ariana Grande perform “Don’t Dream It’s Over” in onesies, are generally perfect
The collaboration (along with the rest of the “Backyard Sessions”) was released to bring awareness to Miley’s Happy Hippie Foundation, which supports and sheds light on issues surrounding homeless and LGBT youth.
#if you told me how much I was going to love this#i would have thought you were crazy#but i love this a lot
I already know what people think about moms: cookie recipes, Halloween costumes, hysterical uteruses, laundry, organic yogurt, kitschy comforts of home, chicken breasts, regular old breasts, frivolousness, pop music, vanilla flavoring, minivans. No one has ever looked at my kids and said, “Wow. You made three deaths. You must really understand life.” I’d like to see that Mother’s Day card.
This is one of the best things I’ve ever read. And yes, it’s about One Direction (but so much more).
“They make it tough for working mothers. I don’t know why they have to schedule all of this stuff during the day. My first grader is playing a hammerhead shark in his class play—but it’s at 11 in the morning. They scheduled the Mother’s Day Tea on a Friday. But they put the Father’s Day Tea on a weekend, of course. The other day my first grader told me how lucky his friend was that his mom didn’t work and could come to everything. That one hurt a little.”
West Side Story Revisited: images by Mark Seliger; featuring Camilla Belle as Maria, Ben Barnes as Tony, Chris Evans as Riff, Jennifer Lopez as Anita, and Rodrigo Santoro as Bernardo. Others include Robert Pattinson, Ashley Tisdale, Jay Hernandez, Brittany Snow, Brandon T Jackson, Minka Kelly, and Drake Bell
Janet Vertesi, assistant professor of sociology at Princeton University,
had heard many people apologize for commercial online surveillance by
saying that people who didn’t want to give their data away should just
not give their data away – they should opt out. So when she got
pregnant, she and her husband decided to keep the fact secret from
marketing companies (but not their friends and family). She quickly
discovered that this was nearly impossible, even while she used Tor, ad blockers, and cash-purchased Amazon cards that paid for baby-stuff shipped to anonymous PO boxes.
This is horrifying, but unsurprising – and makes me wonder if how we could get past acknowledging opting out doesn’t exist as a practical solution so we can focus on creating institutional structures and privacy policies that take into account the complexity of the digital era.
Titus Andronicus: “Well That Escalated Quickly”
Romeo and Juliet: “Shut Up, You’re Like 12”
Julius Caesar: “I Came Out Here to Run the Roman Empire and I Am Honestly Feeling So Attacked Right Now”
Hamlet: “[AGGRESSIVELY PRETENDS TO GO INSANE AND IN THE PROCESS GOES ACTUALLY INSANE MAYBE]”
Othello: “Othello: Is my wife cheating on me?? Iago: Bitch, she might be.”
King Lear: “Shows Up To Realization of Commonality with Humanity and Renouncement of Titles as Identity-Definers 15 Years Late With Starbucks”
Macbeth: “Did It For the Vine”
Antony and Cleopatra: “Much Rome. Very Egypt. Such Different. Wow.”
If you want to solve the problem of perception,” Halverson says, “it’s much more practical for you to decide to be a good sender of signals than to hope that the perceiver is going to go into phase two of perception. It’s not realistic to expect people to go to that effort. Can you imagine how exhausting it would be to weigh every possible motivation of another person? Plus, you can’t control what’s going on inside of another person’s mind, but you can control how you come across.
Rest stops on highways are liminal spaces where the veil is thin and nobody can tell me differently
The explanation is that liminal spaces are in between places that bridge Here with There, so in fairy tales we often have the Fairy Ring, the Forest Clearing, the Sudden Misty Foggy Forest, the Bridge, the River, graveyards, in some cases
We also have a ton of american urban mythology around famous roadways and sites off the sides of roads
Archetypes like these occur to mark the places in the world where the veil goes thin and humans can have extra-worldly experiences, out of the ordinary way of living
So why wouldn’t transient spaces like rest stops where everyone is just passing through from one place to the next, never stopping for too long, not be a liminal space where spirits frequent, too
Especially since nobody would know if they were real or not
The US Government: We're not going to make it federally mandatory for people to get paid a wage they can actually live off of
The US Government: If people want to make a living, they'll just have to work 16+ hours a day
The US Government: And if their kids end up disenfranchised because of a lack of parental involvement, well that's not our problem
The US Government: In fact, what is our problem is creating a system that will funnel these disenfranchised youth into our prison system so they can work for corporations (that promise us money) for damn near free
The US Government: If they don't want to fall victim to this system, then they can seek higher education
The US Government: Except such an education will be inaccessible to most disenfranchised people and skewed in favor of the financially stable and white people
The US Government: And we're not going to make intervention programs like sex education and conflict resolution federally mandatory, because that's the parent's job
The US Government: The parent who is working 16 hours a day
If you own a Vizio TV that’s updated recently, beware: its firmware
adds “Smart Interactivity,” a cute name for spyware that records your
viewing choices and inserts additional “bonus features” (ads) into your
which allows them to share your viewing choices with anyone they want,
for any purpose, and to aggregate them with other information.
You know that business about how “If you aren’t paying, you’re not the customer, you’re the product?” In the Internet of Things world, even if you are paying, you’re still the product.
We don’t even know what our privacy concerns are going to look like five years from now. The Internet of Things is opening up whole new realms of data that, upon analysis, expose things we didn’t even know were important. At some point, privacy is going to mean allowing us to have secrets from ourselves.
The above image is not a gif of the Copyright Office posting its database of Fair Use cases.
We are sure that whatever happened at the Copyright Office today when they took this database live was even more awesome - the database is the U.S. Copyright Office’s Fair Use Index, which is chock-full of searchable summaries of major fair use decisions from US courts. The index doesn’t include “fanworks” or “follow-on creativity” as a separate category (though hopefully someday it will), and we’d love to be able to search two+ categories with an “and” as well as an “or” but as-is, it’s a useful tool and we plan to link to it often going forward.
I’ve spent yearshelping university professors redesign their lecture slides to be more
effective. Despite this effort, the majority of professors still resort to
default PowerPoint templates for their lectures. Nothing compares to what I
recently witnessed: the professor created a slide deck in PowerPoint, printed
it 6 slides to page, photocopied it to a transparency, and then lectured using
an overhead projector.
Giving your phone to a friend while you sing karaoke is dangerous. Live and learn and wonder what the hell got sent to your snapchat friends, I guess.
The thing is, I DO care about the environment but I cannot stand it when white people pretend they are all connected to the earth and refuse to understand that many of us — Migrant Brown People — come from backgrounds where ‘environmentalism’ is not talked about because we grow up doing unintentional ‘green’ things.
William Gibson’s latest novel, Zero History, is his best yet, a triumph of science fiction as social criticism and adventure. Continuing on from 2007’s Spook Country, Zero History features a reformed, dried out version of Milgrim, the junkie anti-hero from Spook Country. He’s been rehabilitated at the expense of Hubertus Bigend, the shadowy power-broker whom we first met in Pattern Recognition.
Bigend has got Milgrim hunting for the designer behind a mysterious
line of fetish-denim, in the hopes of remaking it as the basis for a
lucrative US military contract; this being Bigend’s idea of
novelty-seeking good times.
Joining Milgrim is Hollis Henry, the former pop star from Spook Country,
still reluctantly in Bigend’s employ, but even more conflicted, and
missing her ex-boyfriend, a thrill-seeking nutjob whose idea of a good
time in jumping off tall buildings in a glidersuit. Milgrim – and
later, Hollis – track the secret denim from South Carolina to London to
Paris and back to London again, and very quickly find themselves
embroiled in an intrigue involving US spooks, experimental UAVs, rogue
infosec specialists, and a palace coup at Blue Ant, Bigend’s legendary
design and branding firm.
What makes Zero History into Gibson’s best so far is how
absolutely perfectly he captures the futuristic nature of the present
day. Milgrim – a junkie dried out after a ten year fugue of living
rough and stealing to buy pills – is well-suited to this task, emerging
as if from a time-machine into the 21st century in full swing, able to
narrate its essential strangeness without seeming contrived.
But all of Gibson’s characters are in the business of understanding how
we got to this futuristic present, and on every page, there is a jolt of
pleasant dissonance as Gibson does the conjurer’s trick of making you
look at your surroundings with fresh eyes.
Here is a book that is both contemporary, and futuristic – and
anachronistic, filled as it is with characters who long for simpler
times, who fetishize antique computers and vintage memorabilia. It’s a
book that doesn’t so much feel written as designed, cunningly
filled with trompe d'esprit effects that fool your brain into staring at
your own life from the objective distance of a Martian.
And moreover, here is a book that is a novel, filled with
people having exciting adventures and romance, developing as characters,
chasing mysteries. An even better trick: to make something so smart
that is nevertheless enormous fun as well. What a treat.
I wrote an essay about mental health, love, and finding your way through grief that I’m v proud of.
“When you’re being relentlessly forthcoming about most things in your life online, how do you organize your grief or your joy? Should those emotions simmer and become something you understand before you mention them? Or should they be reported live, like the funny conversation you overheard on the train this morning?”
The catastrophe of believing that the iPad would bring full-page, glossy, high-margin brand-building to the Internet was perhaps the cruelest trick Steve Jobs ever played on the media industry, already a long list.