So the Fifty Shades of
GrayGrey trailer is out…
Isn’t Fifty Shades of Neigh the Bad Horse origin story?
I miss Eduard Khil so much I watched the whole thing
Things just got mainstream: Amazon announced a dedicated 3D print service.
The online retail giant stepped deeply into the world of 3D printing by launching a new “Main Product Category” called “3D Designs & Print on Demand”. It’s very much like Shapeways or Sculpteo: great designs may be browsed, searched, selected, printed and then shipped to your door.
At present the service boasts over 200 products, some of which are customizable. Shapeways has teamed with Mixee labs to provide twenty 3D model generators with which customers can quickly design personalized objects of various kinds. Generators include various rings, pendants, figurines and items of jewelry. They’re easy to use and prices are reasonable, at least for 3D printing.
Amazon’s tagline says: “Introducing Amazon’s 3D Printing Store; Shop the Future”. They’re not kidding - this is how the future may very well turn out. Browsing and designing objects that show up at your door tomorrow.
While this functionality has been available for some time from Shapeways and other similar services, Amazon takes it to a whole new level. Shapeways might be the biggest 3D print service, but they certainly do not have Amazon’s 250M client base. In fact, Amazon likely adds more new clients every week than exist at most 3D print services today. And these clients could purchase 3D printed items in a way they’re already very familiar with. Some of the 3D printed items even qualify for Amazon Prime, the company’s flat-rate shipping service.
Amazon also offers a way for designers to apply to their service if they wish to include their designs in the Amazon 3D Print Store. At this point, Amazon’s 200 items are far less than Shapeways catalog, but with Amazon’s massive size, that could change very quickly. What designer wouldn’t want their designs shown to a quarter of a BILLION possible clients?
But how is Amazon producing the 3D prints? Did they just buy a pile of EOS machines? Perhaps some Stratasys? No, it appears from their press release they’ve partnered with Sculpteo, one of the largest 3D print services. Sculpteo’s CEO, Clément Moreau, says:
Amazon’s deep understanding of customers coupled with Sculpteo’s fast, high-quality manufacturing process offers an unprecedented level of product possibilities for customers.
There’s no mention of Shapeways, so we presume they’re not part of the deal behind the scenes. However, it's possible Amazon is in fact using Shapeways or other 3D print services behind the scenes in addition to Sculpteo and hasn't made that known.
So what happens now? We can think of several implications of this blockbuster announcement.
Shapeways may face a steep challenge. Assuming Shapeways isn't part of the deal, Shapeways at the moment may have the edge on 3D content due to their long existence and relationships with many designers, but Amazon’s depth of client base may shift that over the next few years. It may be that Shapeways will have to partner with another retailer in a similar deal if they haven't done one with Amazon.
Sculpteo could be a huge winner in this deal. The Amazon shoppers will drive significant business towards Sculpteo’s 3D print factories, which will use economies of scale to grow rapidly.
MakerBot and Cubify / 3D Systems might not be pleased with this development, as it means some potential 3D printer buyers might instead use Amazon to satisfy their 3D printing urges. Both companies have been pursuing a content strategy around customized model generators, which Amazon now provides, too.
On the other hand, the announcement could mean this: A huge number of people will now be exposed to 3D printing through Amazon. This could very significantly grow interest in the technology, causing growth in all participants. More water floats all boats, so to speak.
Amazon’s 3D printing venture seems very serious - and permanent. It’s a bold statement to their retail competitors, who will surely try to keep up with Amazon with their own 3D printing operations.
Trevor Paglen - They Watch the Moon (2010)
"This photograph depicts a classified ‘listening station’ deep in the forests of West Virginia.
The station is located at the center of the National Radio Quiet Zone, a region of approximately 34,000 square kilometers in West Virginia and parts of Maryland.
Within the Quiet Zone, radio transmissions are severely restricted: omnidirectional and high-powered transmissions (such as wireless internet devices and FM radio stations) are not permitted.
The listening station, which forms part of the global ECHELON system, was designed in part to take advantage of a phenomenon called moonbounce.
Moonbounce involves capturing communications and telemetry signals from around the world as they escape into space, hit the moon, and are reflected back towards Earth.
The photograph is a long exposure under the full moon light.”
A shockwave just after an explosion.
Comic-Con 2014 Exclusive: The main bad guy from ‘Pacific Rim 2’ revealed!
Mayflys are a winged insect that have a short lifespan. They mate in such a way that all of them mature in the exact same time. The will die out soon, but for the time being Wisconsin looks like something straight out of a horror movie.
That’s…not too far south of where I live.
We Bored Pandas are huge fans of perfectly timed photos that capture perfect (and usually funny or unexpected) moments that come and go with a blink of the eye. The internet is abound with images shared by people who have captured images at just the right moment or from just the right perspective, so we wanted to share some more of them with you.
Anyone with a smart phone, point-and-click camera, DSLR or any other sort of camera can potentially capture such a moment – whether it’s staged or spontaneous. If you’ve ever captured such a photo, share it with us below!
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“Take a look at the TP53 mutation database“, my colleague suggested. “OK then, I will”, I replied.
I present what follows as “a typical day in the life of a bioinformatician”.
I click through to the Download page. At first sight, it’s reasonably promising. Excel files – not perfect, but beats a PDF – and ooh, TXT files. OK, I grab the “US version” (which uses decimal points, not commas for decimal numbers) of the uncurated database:
wget http://p53.fr/TP53_database_download/TP53_tumor_database/TP53_US/UMDTP53_all_2012_R1_US.txt.zip unzip UMDTP53_all_2012_R1_US.txt.zip # inflating: UMDTP53_all_2012_R1_US.txt # inflating: ._UMDTP53_all_2012_R1_US.txt
Wait now. What’s that weird hidden file, starting with a dot?
less ._UMDTP53_all_2012_R1_US.txt # "._UMDTP53_all_2012_R1_US.txt" may be a binary file. See it anyway? # no, I don't want to do that strings ._UMDTP53_all_2012_R1_US.txt # TEXTXCEL
At this point, alarm bells are ringing. I’m thinking “Mac user”. Don’t get me wrong; I own a Macbook Air myself, I see smart people doing good work with Macs. But in my experience, biologist + Mac + text files = trouble.
I push on and check the number of records in the main text file.
wc -l UMDTP53_all_2012_R1_US.txt # 0 UMDTP53_all_2012_R1_US.txt
Aha, the old “line endings” issue. Easy enough to fix with the classic utility dos2unix – in this case, called as mac2unix:
mac2unix UMDTP53_all_2012_R1_US.txt > /tmp/UMDTP53_all_2012_R1_US.txt # dos2unix: Skipping binary file UMDTP53_all_2012_R1_US.txt
Well that’s odd. Even odder is that this works.
cat UMDTP53_all_2012_R1_US.txt | mac2unix > /tmp/UMDTP53_all_2012_R1_US.txt # on we go; overwriting the original since we can always get it from the zip mv /tmp/UMDTP53_all_2012_R1_US.txt UMDTP53_all_2012_R1_US.txt wc -l UMDTP53_all_2012_R1_US.txt # 36248
The web page said there should be 36 249 records…but the file looks OK. Right, let’s get on and parse this file. It’s tab-delimited, I like Ruby, so I try to do the right thing and use a library – in this case, the Ruby CSV library. First, just a run-through to see that it all works as expected:
require 'csv' f = "UMDTP53_all_2012_R1_US.txt" CSV.foreach(f, :headers => true, :col_sep => "\t") do |row| puts row['Name'] end # prints lots of names and then... # ArgumentError: invalid byte sequence in UTF-8 # from /usr/lib/ruby/1.9.1/csv.rb:1855:in `sub!' # from /usr/lib/ruby/1.9.1/csv.rb:1855:in `block in shift' # from /usr/lib/ruby/1.9.1/csv.rb:1849:in `loop' # from /usr/lib/ruby/1.9.1/csv.rb:1849:in `shift' # from /usr/lib/ruby/1.9.1/csv.rb:1791:in `each' # from /usr/lib/ruby/1.9.1/csv.rb:1208:in `block in foreach' # from /usr/lib/ruby/1.9.1/csv.rb:1354:in `open' # from /usr/lib/ruby/1.9.1/csv.rb:1207:in `foreach'UTF-8 encoding. This file is not encoded in UTF-8. So what is it? A surprisingly tricky question to answer.
First step: another visual examination using less, which shows some odd characters. The file contains a “Medline” column, so I search PubMed with the UID and see that author
Mol<8F>s is supposed to be author
Molès. I am not an expert in character encoding but when I post my frustration to Twitter, I find someone who is:
So tell CSV to transcode from macRoman to UTF-8:
CSV.foreach(f, :headers => true, :col_sep => "\t", :encoding => "macRoman:UTF-8") do |row| puts row['Name'] end
All good! I can parse the file and start using the fields to do something useful. Once again the interesting part (analysis) takes minutes, getting to the analysis takes hours or days.
It’s always tempting to say “well all of these problems could be avoided if people only did [insert better approach here]“. The thing is, they don’t. Dealing with it is just part of the job and having the skills to deal with it, I think, deserves more recognition than it gets.
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When it comes to photographing the elusive Milky Way in one of the most light-polluted major cities like Singapore, timing is critical. Most of the faint details will be washed out by the extreme light pollution and if we were to shoot the Milky Way under unfavorable atmospheric conditions, our attempt would be futile.
Unfortunately, most of the tutorials online only work in locations that are at least 2 stops darker than most of the dark locations in Singapore and so, we need to do more in post-processing to unveil the elusive Milky Way and more complex workflow is required if we’re shooting at much brighter locations.
In this tutorial, I am going to show you how I shoot the Milky Way that’s obscured by the heavy light pollution in Singapore using photography equipment that you may already have and a workflow that probably works in most versions of Photoshop without purchasing additional plugins.
If the atmospheric conditions are favorable, locate the Milky Way using mobile apps like Star Walk or SkySafari for example. I have developed a simple app for the same purpose too and it can be downloaded here.
Switch to Bulb mode on your DSLR camera and set the aperture to 2.8, ISO to 6400 and focal length to 16mm. Remember to shoot in RAW format.
I use a technique called Expose To The Right (ETTR), a concept that’s been around for more than a decade, to obtain the maximum amount of signals possible with a single exposure. You can produce an ETTR image by pushing its histogram to the far right by increasing the exposure during your shoot. I took mine at 16mm, F2.8, ISO6400 and I exposed my camera for 9 seconds.
The ETTR technique, however, has its limitations and using just this technique alone won’t work for most parts of Singapore and so further processing is required to bring out the best of what’s recorded in the RAW file. A more complex workflow is required if I shoot from a brighter location.
Normalize the image by playing around with the sliders until you’re able to see the elusive Milky Way!
At this juncture, if you’re shooting at a location that’s at least 2 stops darker than mine, which also means you are able to expose your camera for 30 to 40 seconds using the same settings (F2.8, ISO6400 @ 16mm), then you’ll probably be able to get away with a nice image by adjusting the sliders. But unfortunately, we need to do more to make the image pop when it’s taken in Singapore and the post-processing workflow will become more complex if the exposure time is reduced to 5 seconds or less at much brighter locations.
In Photoshop, click on Image -> Adjustments -> HDR Toning. Then play around with the Detail slider along with the rest to achieve to look you want and mask out the overexposed part of the image.
From here onwards, you can tweak the image to your own liking!
So there you go! Thanks to Photoshop that we can now enhance the data that were recorded in the RAW file to unveil the beautiful Milky Way galaxy which we can’t see with our naked eyes in Singapore. But does Photoshop make the Sentosa image above any less real?
There are definitely many ways to achieve the same or better result and this is just one of the workflows that you can use without purchasing additional Photoshop plugins. As Singapore offers varying degrees of light pollution, different workflows will be required to unveil the elusive Milky Way taken at different locations.
For a full tutorial, please visit the post on my website here.
Here’s some of my images taken in Singapore. Note that not all images below were processed using the workflow presented in this tutorial:
About the author: Starting out as a self-taught photographer in September 2010, Justin Ng has garnered his photographic experience from a diverse range of subjects, events and locations eventually earning recognition and publication in world-famous media sources like the BBC, CNN, National Geographic, Yahoo!, Space.com, EarthSky, and UniverseToday, just to name a few.
Justin was published as Asia’s top 30 photographers by Signature Weddings, listed as top 6 landscape photographers in the world by Pixoto and recently, he has been named as Canon EOS World Photographer of the Year 2013. He is currently a writer/content contributor at Space.com and SLR Lounge.
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A year ago I got to illustrate one of the endings in Ryan North’s brilliant Hamlet choose-your-own-path book To Be or Not To Be. These are all things you may be able to find outside right now (if you can bear to put down this amazing book).
Also inflation. Also "The Box".
this was an ’80s twilight zone episode based on a richard matheson short story
tune in tomorrow for more topical references
Though we may be rapidly heading toward peak GoPro, and the number of unique scenarios where the tiny video camera is used to film something is dwindling, gems like these still persist. For his Video Sketchbook class at the University of Wisconsin, Ryan Fox attached a camera to his car wheel while driving aroud at night, and this is the dizzying result. This should probably come with a list of seizure/vertigo/hypnotism warnings. (via Vimeo)
Update: Hey, if you liked this, also check out Paul Octavious’ photo series of spinning vinyl, Grandpa’s Records (scroll right).
95% of these are real justgirlythings but also apply to jim kirk’s life so yeah
British artist Hector Janse van Rensburg recently sent 50 random Facebook users paintings of their profile photos in which the users had been replaced with sloths. Van Rensburg has made a name for himself, under the moniker Shitty Watercolour, for his quick paintings of Reddit threads.
images via Hector Janse van Rensburg
1. Os árabes não aceitaram a criação de um Estado judaico em 1947 na ONU?
Verdade. Mas, em 2011, a Palestina buscou reconhecimento como país não membro na Assembleia Geral da ONU dentro das fronteiras pré-1967 (Cisjordânia. Faixa de Gaza e Jerusalém Oriental). Todos os países árabes, e a maior parte das nações do Mundo votaram a favor, indiretamente reconhecendo Israel no restante do território. Israel votou contra com o argumento de que as fronteiras devem ser negociadas em um acordo bilateral
2. A Palestina não reconhece Israel?
Mentira. A OLP (Organização Para a Libertação da Palestina) reconhece desde os anos 1990 com os acordos de Oslo. E Israel reconhece o direito a um Estado palestino desde a mesma data. O Hamas não integra a OLP
3. Mas o Hamas prega a destruição de Israel?
Verdade. Está na carta de fundação do grupo. Mas líderes da organização já indicaram que aceitam a Palestina apenas dentro das fronteiras de 1967. Além disso, o Hamas, meses atrás, aceitou apoiar um governo tecnocrático que reconhece a existência de Israel. Mas dois pontos devem ser levados em conta – o Hamas tem um histórico de traição, como vimos ao apoiar rebeldes na Síria contra Bashar al Assad, que os defendeu por anos. E o Hamas, hoje, não tem condição de destruir nem um quarteirão de Israel. Para completar, há membros do governo israelense que não aceitam o direito de a Palestina existir
4. Os países árabes não reconhecem Israel?
Em termos. Todos os países da Liga Árabe ofereceram, em 2002, estabelecer relações diplomáticas com Israel caso o país voltasse para as fronteiras de 1967, reconhecidas pela ONU. Israel não aceitou e prefere negociar com a Autoridade Palestina (Avigdor Lieberman, chanceler de Israel, porém, acha boa a opção de negociar com a Liga Árabe). A proposta ainda está na mesa e tem o apoio dos EUA. Vale lembrar que Egito e Jordânia têm relações diplomáticas com Israel e o Qatar e Omã, entre outros, possuem relações comerciais. No caso egípcio, hoje o regime do Cairo talvez seja o maior aliado de Israel no mundo. Mais até do que os EUA. A Arábia Saudita seria outro importante aliado na questão iraniana
5. E o Irã, a Turquia (que não são árabes) e o Hezbollah, reconhecem Israel?
A Turquia, sim. Inclusive, é um histórico aliado militar israelense. Mas, no atual governo de Erdogan, adotou uma postura radical a favor dos palestinos, inclusive do Hamas, deteriorando as relações dos dois países, embora sem rompimento de relações diplomáticas. O Irã era próximo de Israel até a queda do xá, em 1979. Mas depois virou o maior inimigo. Até pouco tempo atrás, o regime de Teerã era o maior patrocinador do Hamas. Quando o Hamas traiu Assad na Síria, o Irã se distanciou, embora mantenha uma proximidade com o braço militar. O Hezbollah também rompeu com o braço político do Hamas, mas voltou a se aproximar do braço militar, conhecido como Brigadas Qassam. Mas o Irã e o Hezbollah tomam cuidado para não irritar Assad no apoio ao Hamas
6. A Palestina não reconhece Israel como Estado judaico?
Verdade, nos últimos anos. Mas Arafat reconheceu. Abbas, de fato, não reconhece. Vale frisar que Netanyahu, neste seu segundo mandato (não no primeiro), é a primeira liderança israelense a fazer esta exigência em negociações com os palestinos. Até 2009, Israel não fazia esta reivindicação. Bastava reconhecer Israel como Israel. Os palestinos argumentam que esta é uma questão doméstica israelense e levam em conta os árabes cristãos e muçulmanos cidadãos de Israel que não concordam na maioria das vezes com o caráter judaico do Estado
7. Arafat rejeitou uma ótima proposta de Israel em 2000?
Verdade e mais de uma de vez. Deve ser criticado por isso e hoje poderia haver paz na região. Mas Netanyahu rejeitou, por questões domésticas e um mal entendido no processo de negociação, uma proposta ainda melhor para Israel neste ano, em 2014, na qual o presidente palestino aceitava uma Palestina desmilitarizada e com tropas americanas na Cisjordânia por anos e com a transição da segurança para tropas da OTAN comandadas pelos EUA. Segundo os EUA, Israel foi responsável pelo fracasso nas negociações ao não libertar a quarta leva de prisioneiros palestinos e anunciar a construção de mais casas em assentamentos (Israel retruca dizendo que estas casas seriam em assentamentos que ficarão no lado israelense em um acordo final)
8. Palestinos são fanáticos radicais islâmicos?
Mentira. Há palestinos fanáticos e radicais islâmicos, como os membros do Hamas. Mas a maior parte dos palestinos é muçulmana sunita, sem ser religiosa. Yasser Arafat, por exemplo, era casado com uma cristã e batizou a filha. Aliás, há palestinos cristãos e estes sempre estiveram na vanguarda do movimento palestino. A prefeita de Ramallah, capital da Autoridade Palestina, é cristã. A de Belém, também é mulher e cristã. George Habash, um dos maiores líderes históricos palestino, era cristão. Edward Said, maior intelectual palestino, era cristão. Hanan Ashrawi, também histórica líder palestina e uma das maiores críticas de Israel, é cristã. Todos os líderes religiosos cristãos da Terra Santa se identificam como palestinos. Normalmente, eles reclamam da ocupação israelense, que recentemente incorporou terras de famílias cristãs tradicionais de Beit Jala e Belém, na Cisjordânia. Em Gaza, por outro lado, houve crescimento na perseguição a cristãos. Como curiosidade, praticamente não existem xiitas palestinos
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Robot Turtles, set to release next month, is a board game that’s designed to bring coding literacy to preschool age children.
This wonderfully clever, light-hearted creation is already a sensation in the world of online crowdfunding. Former Google and Microsoft employee Dan Shapiro raised over $631,000 on Kickstarter to build the game last year, and by Christmas, he’d shipped copies to his over 13,700 backers. But now, Robot Turtles is being mass produced by a game company called ThinkFun, and its arrival at Target marks a new milestone for what’s known as the “code literacy movement,” an effort to bring programming skills to, well, just about everyone.
In more ways than one, the new board game serves as a metaphor for the long and steady evolution of computer programming from the most complex and specialized of endeavors to something that practically anyone can grasp. It’s not just that Robot Turtles is a new incarnation of Logo, a turtle-centric programming language that aimed coding concepts at children as early as the 1960s. It’s that ThinkFun, the company behind the game’s push into Target and beyond, can trace its roots through the family of the most important coder in the history of programming—and all the way back to the dawn of the modern computing age
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MIT’s Tangible Media is coming along nicely,
"Almost like a table of living clay, the inFORM is a surface that three-dimensionally changes shape, allowing users to not only interact with digital content in meatspace, but even hold hands with a person hundreds of miles away. And that’s only the beginning."
handjobs of the future
HOLY SHIT ARE YOU KIDDING ME
THIS IS THE KIND OF CRAZY COOL-ASS SHIT THAT I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR MY WHOLE GODDAMN LIFE
IN THOSE MOVIES AND GAMES AND SHIT WHERE PEOPLE HAVE THOSE CRAZY HIGH-TECH TABLES AND SUCH WHERE THEY MANIPULATE DATA AND VIRTUAL OBJECTS AND STUFF WITH THE WAVE OF A HAND AND SHIT
EVERY TIME I’M LIKE “…i want one”
AND WE’RE GETTING THERE