Imagine uma tela de 60 pixels. e só. e em tons de cinza, nada de cor. uma espécie de programma 101 dos displays, se a gente fosse voltar 50 anos. e a 101 nem tela tinha, quase a mesma coisa de “só” 60 pontos, em tons de cinza. mas mude o cenário: e se… estes 60 pontos fossem parte de um implante de retina e um paciente de retinite pigmentosa pudesse, ao usá-los, “ver” de novo?
um laptop padrão tem perto de 1 megapixel; o iPhone 5 tem 700 mil e o samsung note 3 mais de 2 milhões. o olho humano tem 576 megapixel e propriedades que deixam fabricantes de sistemas óticos para trás; exemplo? cada um de seus pixels pode separar 10 milhões de cores e 1 bilhão de níveis de luminosidade [contraste]. no meio disso tudo, meros 60 pontos? sim; 60 pontos podem fazer a diferença da cegueira completa para a identificação de sombras e formas e até letras grandes. é isso que o implante ARGUS II, escolhido uma das invenções mais importantes do ano no EUA, faz. parece básico, e é mesmo. tem um óculos, câmera, transmite informação para um processador na cintura do usuário, retorna o resultado para estimuladores que transmitem para um implante no olho. muita coisa. mas lembre que estamos falando do “programma 101” dos implantes oculares, e que pode ser usado agora, por muita gente que não vê nada, pra ver o suficiente para se mover sozinho, sem ajuda de bengala ou cães. quase mágica, pois.
This is the prototype to humanity. Soon we will be integrated with those who lived before us.
This needs to get spread a good bit more.
On December 6th, 1989, shortly before five ‘o’ clock and the end of classes before Christmas break, fourteen female engineering students were shot and killed at the École Polytechnique in Montreal, Quebec by a gunman who claimed he was “fighting feminism”.
The massacre stands as one of the most tragic hate crimes in Canadian history.
Today we remember:Geneviève Bergeron, aged 21;
Hélène Colgan, 23;
Nathalie Croteau, 23;
Barbara Daigneault, 22;
Anne-Marie Edward, 21;
Maud Haviernick, 29;
Barbara Maria Klucznik, 31;
Maryse Leclair, 23;
Annie St.-Arneault, 23;
Michèle Richard, 21;
Maryse Laganière, 25;
Anne-Marie Lemay, 22;
Sonia Pelletier, 28; and
Annie Turcotte, aged 21.(image credit: Sandy Kowalik)
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The love song from every dog ever🐶
Two weeks ago a man in France was arrested for raping his daughter. She’d gone to her school counselor and then the police, but they needed “hard evidence.” So, she videotaped her next assault. Her father was eventually arrested. His attorney explained, “There was a period when he was unemployed and in the middle of a divorce. He insists that these acts did not stretch back further than three or four months. His daughter says longer. But everyone should be very careful in what they say.” Because, really, even despite her seeking help, her testimony, her bravery in setting up a webcam to film her father raping her, you really can’t believe what the girl says, can you?
Everyone “knows” this. Even children.
Three years ago, in fly-on-the-wall fashion of parent drivers everywhere, I listened while a 14-year-old girl in the back seat of my car described how angry she was that her parents had stopped allowing her to walk home alone just because a girl in her neighborhood “claimed she was raped.” When I asked her if there was any reason to think the girl’s story was not true, she said, “Girls lie about rape all the time.”
She didn’t know the person, she just assumed she was lying.
No one says, “You can’t trust women,” but distrust them we do. College students surveyed revealed that they think up to 50% of their female peers lie when they accuse someone of rape, despite wide-scale evidence and multi-country studies that show the incident of false rape reports to be in the 2%-8% range, pretty much the same as false claims for other crimes. As late as 2003, people jokingly (wink, wink) referred to Philadelphia’s sex crimes unit as “the lying bitch unit.” If an 11-year-old girl told an adult that her father took out a Craigslist ad to find someone to beat and rape her while he watched, as recently actually occurred, what do you think the response would be? Would she need to provide a videotape after the fact?
It goes way beyond sexual assault as well. That’s just the most likely and obvious demonstration of “women are born to lie” myths. Women’s credibility is questioned in the workplace, in courts, by law enforcement, indoctors’ offices, and in our political system. People don’t trust women to be bosses, or pilots, or employees. Pakistan’s controversial Hudood Ordinance still requires a female rape victim to procure four male witnesses to her rape or risk prosecution for adultery. In August, a survey of managers in the United States revealed that they overwhelmingly distrust women who request flextime. It’s notable, of course, that women are trusted to be mothers—the largest pool of undervalued, unpaid, economically crucial labor.
Pop culture and art are just the cherry on the top of the icing on a huge cake. The United States is among the most religious of all countries in the industrialized world. So, while some people wring their hands over hip hop, I’m more worried about how men like Rick Santorum and Ken Cuccinelli explain to their daughters why they can’t be priests. I know that there is hip hop that exceeds the bounds of taste and is sodden with misogyny. But, people seem to think that those manifestations of hatred are outside of the mainstream when, in reality, it’s just more of the same set to great beats. Hip hop has nothing on religious misogyny and its political expression.
An entire political party’s “social policy” agenda is being pursued under a rubric that insists women need “permission slips” and “waiting periods.” The recent shutdown? Conservatives holding the country hostage because they want to add anti-abortion “conscience clause” language to legislation. Whose consciences are we talking about? All the morally incompetent and untrustworthy men who need abortions?
It’s no exaggeration to say that distrust of women is the driving force of the “social issues” agenda of the Republican Party. From food stamps and “legitimate rape,” to violence against women and immigration policy. “We need to target the mother. Call it sexist, but that’s the way nature made it,” explained the man who penned Arizona’s immigration law. “Men don’t drop anchor babies, illegal alien mothers do.” I could do this ad infinitum.
Some things I’ve learned in the CBT clinics I’ve been going to regarding anxiety that I thought might be helpful to some.
for real though. i have tried so hard to explain these things to people. jfc.
Listen up, Snowflakes.
fun little thing to tack on: triggers ARE NOT things that make you uncomfortable or uneasy, they are material that lead to visceral reactions/flash backs/panic attacks due to previous traumas
they aren’t even phobias
they are related to ptsd, not general discomfort or fear
sometimes i think that people need this polite reminder
The philosopher Susan Sontag has written achingly about the way in which men are allowed to age and women are not.
The great advantage men have is that our culture allows two standards of male beauty: the boy and the man. The beauty of a boy resembles the beauty of a girl. In both sexes it is a fragile kind of beauty and flourishes naturally only in the early part of the life-cycle. Happily, men are able to accept themselves under another standard of good looks — heavier, rougher, more thickly built…
There is no equivalent of this second standard for women. The single standard of beauty for women dictates that they must go on having clear skin. Every wrinkle, every line, every gray hair, is a defeat.
Perhaps nowhere is this more plain than in the movies, where men’s love interests stay the same age as they get older, and @sphericalfruit sent in a fantastic example. The four posters below are part of a new marketing plan for the forthcoming movie, The Counselor.
What a stunning example of Sontag’s observation. The men are not considered unattractive by virtue of the fact that you can tell they have skin. The women, in contrast, have faces that are so smooth that they look inhuman; their images are halfway between photograph and cartoon. Amazingly, this treatment of images of men and women is so ubiquitous that it now looks more or less normal to us.
Cross-posted at VitaminW.Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.
Find the Invisible Cow is like a web version of Marco Polo. This is a LOUD game. You can adjust your volume, but to find the invisible cow, you have to hear the shouting. Sure, I found the cow, but the first time I did this I bothered everyone in the house before I realized I was supposed to click on the invisible cow to end the game. I hope you will take that instruction to heart. -via Metafilter
It's not your fault. Sometimes chocolate just gets the drop on you and you can't fight it off hard enough. Kelly Angel of the Anything about Nothing webcomic shows how it happens: chocolate gains your trust, then attacks.
To promote Bob Dylan's new album Bob Dylan: The Complete Album Collection Vol. 1, Vania Heymann created an interactive video in which people on TV are lip-synching as the song plays. The interactive part is that you can change the TV channel, and still see familiar faces singing along. Each time you watch it, you should see different parts of the 15 channels, depending on how you flip around, so it's virtually a new video each time. It's a viral stunt guaranteed to breathe new life into the 1965 hit song -and sell some boxed sets for the 72-year-old singer. -via The Daily Beast
'This is Baloo, an American Black Bear- he's 12 years old, and he's been in this wildlife sanctuary here in Atlanta ever since he was a little cub, and all through his life, even into adulthood, he's been keeping company with a couple of animals- well, you just wouldn't expect.'
A Black Bear named Baloo & his best friend Shere-Khan, a 12 year old Bengal Tiger.