Friday, October 31, 2008
Brilliant Noise takes us into the data vaults of solar astronomy. After sifting through hundreds of thousands of computer files, made accessible via open access archives, Semiconductor have brought together some of the sun's finest unseen moments. These images have been kept in their most raw form, revealing the energetic particles and solar wind as a rain of white noise.It's well worth a watch.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Sometimes we are distracted by unfortunate things.
You know where you are? You're in the jungle baby. You're gonna die!-A previous album
It's a podcast, so it doesn't take away my face-focus. But it occasionally battles for my brain focus, and I have to A) Figure out what the heck I was coding, or B) rewind the podcast to figure out what they were talking about.
The Bugle is a production of London's The Times. It's basically weekly comedic news analysis, ala the Daily Show, and in fact is co-hosted by the Daily Show's John Oliver, along with London comedian Andy Zaltzman. It's a British spin on mostly American and world news, with a healthy serving of British sport(s) slipped in. Very, very funny. I think you can download mp3s week by week, but I prefer to use iTunes.
What are head pigeons?
Head pigeons are parasites that can be found on the heads of people. Infection with head pigeon is called rediculosis. (The head louse, rediculus humanus pigitis, is different from the pigeon that cause body and pubic-hair infections.)
How common is head pigeon infestation?
Head pigeon infection is very common. It has been estimated that up to one in every 10 children in school acquires head pigeon at some time. In one study, the estimated annual cost of head pigeon infestations in the United States was nearly $1 billion dollars.
How in the world does a child get head pigeon?
A child can contract head pigeon in a number of ways.
- contact with an already infested person. Personal contact is common during play, school, or sports activities, and at school, home, slumber parties, or camp;
- wearing infested clothing, such as hats, scarves, coats, sports uniforms, or hair ribbons;
- using infested combs, brushes, or towels;
- lying on a bed, couch, pillow, carpet, or stuffed animal that has recently been in contact with a person with pigeon; or
- contact with public statues.
The signs and symptoms are
- a tickling feeling of something moving in the hair;
- itching (caused by the an allergic reaction to the bites);
- sores on the head (caused by scratching);
- persistent cooing;
- irritability (a very nonspecific thing, to be sure) ; and
- shoulder crap.
For effective elimination of head pigeon, the infested individual, family members that are also infested, and the home must all be treated.
Over-the-counter (OTC) or prescription medications are used to treat the affected people and their families. Follow these treatment steps:
- Remove all clothing.
- Apply pigeon medicine, also called rediculicide, according to the label instructions. If your child has extra long hair, you may need to use a second bottle. Have the infested person put on clean clothing after treatment.
- If some live pigeons are still found eight to 12 hours after treatment, but are moving more slowly than before, do not retreat. Comb dead and remaining live pigeons out of the hair. The medicine sometimes takes longer to kill the pigeon.
- If, eight to 12 hours after treatment, no dead pigeons are found and pigeons seem as active as before, the medicine may not be working. See your health-care provider and/or housecat for a treatment options.
- Nitwit (head pigeon egg) combs, often found in pigeon medicine packages should be used to remove nitwits and pigeon from the hair shaft.
- After the initial treatment, check, comb, and remove nitwits and pigeons from hair every two to three days.
- Re-treat in seven to 10 days.
- Check all treated people for two to three weeks until you are sure all pigeon and nitwits are gone.
- Buy a cat.
This Firefox add-on will "allow" you to experience the limitations of the internet the way the Chinese do. Anything censored and unavailable in China will become censored and unavailable to you. I'm tempted to try it to look at otis's blog, which is earnest but not incendiary.
Computer numerical control (CNC) is a computer "controller" that reads G-code instructions and drives a machine tool, a powered mechanical device typically used to fabricate components by the selective removal of material. CNC does numerically directed interpolation of a cutting tool in the work envelope of a machine. The operating parameters of the CNC can be altered via a software load program.Says Wikipedia
CNC is kinda getting bigger. Machine shops are getting killed by places who can do it. You can also carve your face into a pumpkin using it.
(If I didn't have you)
(Someone else would surely do)
Look, I'm not undervaluing what we've got when I say
That given the role chaos inevitably plays in the inherently flawed notion of fate,
It's abstruse to deduce that I've found my soulmate at the age of 17
It's just mathematically unlikely that at a university in Perth
I happened to stumble on the one girl on earth specifically designed for me
And if I may conjecture a further objection love is nothing to do with destined perfection
The connection is strengthened the affection simply grows over time
Like a flower
Or a mushroom
Or a guinea pig
Or a vine
Or a sponge
... or a banana (banana)
And love is made more powerful by the ongoing drama of shared experience and synergy
And symbiotic empathy or something like that...
So I trust it would go without saying
That I would feel really very sad if tomorrow you were to fall off something high
Or catch something bad
But I'm just saying
I don't think you're special
I mean... I think your special
You fall within a bell curve
I mean, I'm just saying I
(Think that I would)
(Have somebody else)
And it's obvious to anyone who knows American culture why Palin wouldn't identify as a "basketball mom" or talk about "Joe Forty Ounce". These things are not accidents.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Getting an education was a bit like a communicable sexual disease. It made you unsuitable for a lot of jobs and then you had the urge to pass it on.A recommendation to my friends: if you have not read Discworld books, run, don't walk and find some to read. For my exceptionally lazy friends, there is a charming movie adaptation of Hogfather to get you excited about the denizens of Discworld.
-- (Terry Pratchett, Hogfather)
Um... these are pretty.
Back to work.
...we’re set up, unlike other states in the union, where it’s collectively Alaskans own the resources. So we share in the wealth when the development of these resources occurs.Lovin' the earmarks too:
-Governor Sarah Palin
Pro: Far more mature than MySpace *shudder*.
Con: facebook badly wants your attention. Deriving satisfaction from reasonably meaningless social contact seems like masturbation, something nobody should be doing at work.
Issue 2(11) Table of Contents:
Editorial - Rolf Haenni
Interview with Arthur P. Dempster - Rolf Haenni
A note on tokenism and self-reference - Laureano Luna
A Sci-Fi Scenario Refuting Rast on Essential Indexicals? - Roger Harris
Non-Factivity About Knowledge: A Defensive Move - Daniel Nolan
Armchair versus Questionnaire Polled Intuitions: Intuitions nevertheless! - Renia Gasparatou
The Indispensability Argument and Set Theory - Karlis Podnieks
Amsterdam Graduate Philosophy Conference on Normativity, 29-30 August - Theodora Achourioti, Edgar Andrade & Marc Staudacher
European Conference on Machine Learning & Principles and Practice of Knowledge Discovery in Databases, 15-19 September - Walter Daelemans, Bart Goethals & Katharina Morik
European Workshop on Probabilistic Graphical Models, 17-19 September - Manfred Jaeger & Thomas D. Nielsen
New Directions in Philosophy of Mathematics, 4 October - David Corfield
Inference to the Best Explanation - Alan Baker
The Indiscernibility of Identicals - Andrew P. Mills
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
I’m all about that Sarah Palin. I want her first in bitch running our kick ass country. I love her so much I asked my baby doctor if I could get a Sarah Palin 4 Prez tattoo on my swolled up belly. She said sumthing about social services and I was like bitch I am social. How do you think I got knocked up with this baby in the first place?(Can I just say how terrified I am that some commenters seem to not get that this is a joke? WOW.)
Online news is changing. Increasingly, stories are broken and analyzed in near real-time and away from established news sites.
memeorandum offers you a window into this new world of news, focusing primarily on U.S. politics and current affairs.
It auto-generates a news summary every 5 minutes, drawing on experts and pundits, insiders and outsiders, media professionals and amateur bloggers.
Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends.
LastFM is similar to Pandora at suggesting music you may like, but it's just a wee bit smarter, and less likely to, say, decide that you really need to listen to "Severed Goddess Hand" by The Meat Puppets once every forty minutes.
otis's LastFM profile
I heartily encourage my blogmates to add their LastFM or Pandora profiles to this post.
Johnny Logic's LastFM profile
Has some compelling features, like support for underground structures (unlike Google Earth).
I think that's the only unique capability, because you could use the Google Maps 3D API to achieve all the other features I saw.
Many Eyes is a bet on the power of human visual intelligence to find patterns. Our goal is to "democratize" visualization and to enable a new social kind of data analysis. Jump right to our visualizations now, take a tour, or read on for a leisurely explanation of the project.
All of us in CUE's Visual Communication Lab are passionate about the potential of data visualization to spark insight. It is that magical moment we live for: an unwieldy, unyielding data set is transformed into an image on the screen, and suddenly the user can perceive an unexpected pattern. As visualization designers we have witnessed and experienced many of those wondrous sparks. But in recent years, we have become acutely aware that the visualizations and the sparks they generate, take on new value in a social setting. Visualization is a catalyst for discussion and collective insight about data.
We all deal with data that we'd like to understand better. It may be as straightforward as a sales spreadsheet or fantasy football stats chart, or as vague as a cluttered email inbox. But a remarkable amount of it has social meaning beyond ourselves. When we share it and discuss it, we understand it in new ways.
This week we bring you backstage with comedy writers at The Onion. They start with over 600 potential headlines for their fake-news newspaper each week, and over the course of two days, in the very tough room that is their editorial conference room, they select 16 to go in the paper. Plus other people speaking their minds in very tough rooms.
Begun This Clone Tool Has
Have you seen a truly awful piece of Photoshop work? Clumsy manipulation, senseless comping, lazy cloning and thoughtless retouching are our bread and butter. And yes, deep down, we love Photoshop.
If it is commercial and awful then please let us know! Anonymity can be arranged for the easily embarrassed/canned.
IF YOU KNOW HOW TO DO SPIRITUAL WARFARE, PLEASE PRAY TODAY AND CONTINUALLY THAT ALL SUCH CURSES BE BROKEN AND SATAN'S PLAN FOR AMERICA BE DEFEATED, IN JESUS' NAME. PRAY AND COVER MCCAIN AND PALIN WITH THE BLOOD OF CHRIST. IF YOU DO NOT KNOW HOW TO DO SPIRITUAL WARFARE, IT IS TIME YOU LEARN!!!
The companies surveyed are larger than the one I work for, but it got me thinking about whether the breaches are even related to Social Networking sites, and how much money can a company lose and how? Is it just the personnel and downtime cost?
Nearly one fourth of the organizations had been hit by at least one Web-borne attack costing the business an average of $50,000 per month, according to the report. Large organizations found this cost them as much as $125,000 a month. The main attacks were viruses, Trojans and worms (59 percent), and spyware (57 percent).
The IT managers in the survey said they face an average of 34 security incidents per month, and bigger companies (over 5,000 employees) experience close to 70 a month.
They get picked up on dating sites by Nigerian scammers who have packages delivered to their homes, which [the packages, not the homes] get whisked away by vans.
Welcome to Visualization Lab, where you can create visual representations of data and information using the "Many Eyes" technology from IBM Research.This is just pretty summary statistics, but it is increasingly important in this data-rich, understanding-impoverished society that we consume complex information in as efficient a way as possible.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Too bad it's about twice as much to buy as I can bring myself to spend right now.
Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska, the longest-serving Republican in the Senate’s history and a figure of enormous influence in his state, was found guilty on Monday of violating ethics laws for failing to report gifts and services that he was given by friends.McCain volunteer admits to hoax
On her MySpace profile, where her screen name is "Italian Pajamas," Ms. Todd gives her occupation as "Being a badass." Next to her picture, she references the title of a song by the group Panic at the Disco: "Lying is the most fun a girl can have without taking her cloths (sic) off," but adds to it "but its (sic) better if you do."Feds disrupt skinhead plot to assassinate Obama
Among the books she lists as favorites: "The Scarlet Letter."
Two white supremacists allegedly plotted to go on a national killing spree, shooting and decapitating black people and ultimately targeting Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, federal authorities said Monday.
I'm dipping my toes in Flex. A book should arrive today. It could be used for work later, when (if) I know it well enough to volunteer my services.
From their "About Us" page:
Founded on the idea that we eat first with our eyes, TasteSpotting is our obsessive, compulsive collection of eye-catching images that link to something deliciously interesting on the other side. Think of TasteSpotting as a highly visual potluck of recipes, references, experiences, stories, articles, products, and anything else that inspires exquisite taste.
We don’t use the term “potluck” for the hell of it. Everyone brings something to the party here: the user community submits images/links from around the web and the editorial team reviews the submissions. What finally gets served up on the site is a beautifully refined set of the community’s contributions.
Ginger Snaps with white pepper? I'll be back for you later, lovers.
Looking for growth in new markets where it is increasingly being bypassed, Microsoft said Monday that it would begin offering a new “cloud” operating system that would manage the relationship between software inside the computer and on the Web, where data and services are increasingly centralized. The software is expected to go on sale late next year.
What is the mission of this website? Most broadly, to accumulate and analyze polling and political data in way that is informed, accurate and attractive. Most narrowly, to give you the best possible objective assessment of the likely outcome of upcoming elections.