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29 Aug 11:56

yoannlossel:Watts Cemetery Chapel ☆ An Arts and Crafts gem...


Watts Cemetery Chapel ☆ An Arts and Crafts gem designed by the very talented Mary Seton Watts.
Full article in my bio -> (à Watts Cemetery Chapel)

07 Aug 12:26

Girl Genius for Monday, August 06, 2018

The Girl Genius comic for Monday, August 06, 2018 has been posted.
20 Jun 17:11

flawlessbeautyqueens: Favorite Photoshoots | Sophie Turner...


Favorite Photoshoots | Sophie Turner photographed by Dima Hohlov for The Edit (2016)

18 Jun 14:10

Customer Rewards

We'll pay you $1.47 to post on social media about our products, $2.05 to mention it in any group chats you're in, and 11 cents per passenger each time you drive your office carpool past one of our billboards.
18 Jun 14:08

steampunktendencies: Dress by french designer Sylvie Facon

#steampunktendencies #steampunk

#steampunktendencies #steampunk

#steampunktendencies #steampunk

#steampunktendencies #steampunk


Dress by french designer Sylvie Facon

07 Jun 19:43

Amazon’s Fire TV Cube is like a Fire TV blended with an Echo Dot

by Jeff Dunn

Jeff Dunn

Amazon on Thursday announced the Fire TV Cube, the latest device in the tech giant’s family of Fire TV media streamers and the latest to employ its Alexa digital assistant.

The new media streamer first leaked after a report from AFTVNews last September. Amazon later confirmed that it was working on a device called the Fire TV Cube, but didn’t reveal any details aside from that.

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20 Apr 12:51

roses–and–rue: 1850s-1860s archery outfit. Look at the cut...


1850s-1860s archery outfit.

Look at the cut little pocket diary hanging from her belt!

09 Mar 18:26




This booklet was compiled by the Special Collections Conservation Unit of the Preservation Department of Yale University Library

Read online

13 Feb 19:02

hajandrade: Salvador Dalí (Spanish, 1904 - 1989), The...


Salvador Dalí (Spanish, 1904 - 1989), The Hallucinogenic Toreador, 1968-70.  [source]

08 Feb 15:01

aqua-regia009: Les Fleurs du mal / The Flowers of Evil (Detail)...


This seems like a PERFECT cover for some great book.


Les Fleurs du mal / The Flowers of Evil (Detail) - Yoann Lossel

06 Feb 13:49

lovebeautyawonderfulworld: Château de Langeais 


Château de Langeais 

03 Jan 20:07

sartorialadventure: Aztec Shaman, Day of the Dead Ritual by...


Aztec Shaman, Day of the Dead Ritual by amircheff on Flickr

03 Jan 19:20

Phone Security

...wait until they type in payment information, then use it to order yourself a replacement phone.
14 Dec 14:19

Seven Years

11 Dec 18:29


People keep telling me to use the radio but I really hate making voice calls.
11 Dec 14:01

bonitavista: Dunkeld, Scotland photo via linda


Dunkeld, Scotland

photo via linda

29 Nov 15:34

thefabulousweirdtrotters: Dragon, Town Hall, Munich,...


Dragon, Town Hall, Munich, Germany

Photo by Andreas Huschka

29 Nov 15:34

coolkenack:Viking ship carving of tail end of the dragon from...


Viking ship carving of tail end of the dragon from

15 Nov 19:47

Temperature Preferences

There's a supposed Mark Twain quote, "The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco." It isn't really by Mark Twain, but I don't know who said it—I just know they've never been to McMurdo Station.
09 Nov 16:10

treasures-and-beauty:Futuristic Spider-shaped Clock ca. 2015. ...


Futuristic Spider-shaped Clock ca. 2015. L’Epée in-house designed and manufactured movement, 11 jewels • black central dome with Arabic numerals and minute division, stylized and curved painted hands • 18k yellow gold-plated brass body and limbs in the shape of spider, with the regulator and oscillating balance wheel posing as head, and the other end housing the mainspring barrel, eight articulated legs • Eight day power reserve.

08 Aug 18:33

Why you want someone else to review your work

by Joey deVilla

“This design needs a little something…I’ve got it!
I’ll make the letters reflect in the water, and…perfect!

Sometimes you’re a little too close to your creation to see the problems with your design.

30 May 18:05

Acoustic Attack Against Accelerometers

by Bruce Schneier

Interesting acoustic attack against the MEMS accelerometers in devices like FitBits.

Millions of accelerometers reside inside smartphones, automobiles, medical devices, anti-theft devices, drones, IoT devices, and many other industrial and consumer applications. Our work investigates how analog acoustic injection attacks can damage the digital integrity of the capacitive MEMS accelerometer. Spoofing such sensors with intentional acoustic interference enables an out-of-spec pathway for attackers to deliver chosen digital values to microprocessors and embedded systems that blindly trust the unvalidated integrity of sensor outputs. Our contributions include (1) modeling the physics of malicious acoustic interference on MEMS accelerometers, (2) discovering the circuit-level security flaws that cause the vulnerabilities by measuring acoustic injection attacks on MEMS accelerometers as well as systems that employ on these sensors, and (3) two software-only defenses that mitigate many of the risks to the integrity of MEMS accelerometer outputs.

This is not that a big deal with things like FitBits, but as IoT devices get more autonomous -- and start making decisions and then putting them into effect automatically -- these vulnerabilities will become critical.

Academic paper.

23 May 18:28

[Eugene Volokh] Irish police drop blasphemy investigation of noted comedian Stephen Fry

by Eugene Volokh

The Independent (Ireland) (Cathal McMahon) reports:

Gardaí have decided not to proceed with a blasphemy investigation against Stephen Fry after they failed to find a large group of people outraged by comments he made on an RTÉ show….

A well-placed source said: “This man [who filed the complaint] was simply a witness and not an injured party [presumably because he said that he himself was not offended by Fry’s comments — EV]. Gardaí were unable to find a substantial number of outraged people.

“For this reason the investigation has been concluded.” …

Today Health Minister Simon Harris said a referendum should be held to change the [Irish] constitution’s stance of blasphemy.

“It’s silly. It’s a bit embarrassing. It needs to be changed. I’m very pleased that the Government wishes to see a referendum in relation to this issue. It obviously does require constitutional change,” he said.

For more on the investigation, on Fry’s remarks and on Irish blasphemy law, see this post.

23 May 17:56

[David Post] The King’s English

by David Post

President Trump speaks during a news conference on Thursday in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News)

Sometimes, commentary is hardly necessary — the words speak for themselves. Verbum ipsa loquitur. Here, unedited — posted, appallingly enough, at the official White House website — are the remarks by the leader of the free world on the occasion of the House’s passage of the the Trumpcare bill:

And I will say this, that as far as I’m concerned, your premiums, they’re going to start to come down.  We’re going to get this passed through the Senate.  I feel so confident.  Your deductibles, when it comes to deductibles, they were so ridiculous that nobody got to use their current plan — this nonexistent plan that I heard so many wonderful things about over the last three or four days.  After that, I mean, it’s — I don’t think you’re going to hear so much.  Right now, the insurance companies are fleeing.  It’s been a catastrophe.  And this is a great plan.  I actually think it will get even better.  And this is, make no mistake, this is a repeal and replace of Obamacare.  Make no mistake about it.  Make no mistake.  (Applause.)

And I think, most importantly, yes, premiums will be coming down.  Yes, deductibles will be coming down.  But very importantly, it’s a great plan.  And ultimately, that’s what it’s all about.

We knew that wasn’t going to work.  I predicted it a long time ago.  I said, it’s failing.  And now, it’s obvious that it’s failing.  It’s dead.  It’s essentially dead.  If we don’t pay lots of ransom money over to the insurance companies it would die immediately.

So what we have is something very, very incredibly well-crafted.  Tell you what, there is a lot of talent standing behind me.  An unbelievable amount of talent, that I can tell you.  I mean it.  (Applause.)  And coming from a different world and only being a politician for a short period of time — how am I doing?  Am I doing okay?  I’m President.  Hey, I’m President.  Can you believe it?  Right?  (Applause.)  I don’t know, it’s — I thought you needed a little bit more time.  They always told me, more time.  But we didn’t.

But we have an amazing group of people standing behind me.  They worked so hard and they worked so long.  And when I said, let’s do this, let’s go out, just short little shots for each one of us and let’s say how good this plan is — we don’t have to talk about this unbelievable victory — wasn’t it unbelievable?  So we don’t have to say it again.  But it’s going to be an unbelievable victory, actually, when we get it through the Senate.

And there’s so much spirit there.  But I said, let’s go out — we have a little list of some of the people — and I think after that list goes, if they don’t talk too long, our first list, we’re going to let some of the other folks just come up and say whatever you want.

But we want to brag about the plan, because this plan really — uh oh.  (Laughter.)  Well, we may.  (Laughter.)  But we’re just going to talk a little bit about the plan, how good it is, some of the great features.

[He then continued for a bit, though he never did get to talking about all of those “great features.” Italics added.]

I’m sorry, but I cannot get used to the fact that our president cannot speak in coherent sentences. It is inexcusable — unacceptable in a 14-year-old. “Premiums will come down, and deductibles will come down”; good deal! Is there anyone — anyone — who thinks that President Trump understands health-care markets, and the impacts of this bill on those markets, remotely well enough to say that? Does anybody care anymore about little things like that? I guess that when you have a president whose campaign officials are under FBI investigation on the basis of evidence that they may have collaborated with a foreign power to disrupt the U.S. presidential election, all this is just a small blip on the radar. But it appalls just the same.

It is clear that the decline of a language must ultimately have political and economic causes: it is not due simply to the bad influence of this or that individual writer. But an effect can become a cause, reinforcing the original cause and producing the same effect in an intensified form, and so on indefinitely. A man may take to drink because he feels himself to be a failure, and then fail all the more completely because he drinks.

It is rather the same thing that is happening to the English language. It becomes ugly and inaccurate because our thoughts are foolish, and the slovenliness of our language then makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts.

George Orwell, Politics and the English Language (1946).

“The point,” Orwell continued, “is that the process is reversible.” I hope he was correct.

16 May 13:53

This map shows what white Europeans associate with race – and it makes for uncomfortable reading

by tomstafford
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The ConversationThis new map shows how easily white Europeans associate black faces with negative ideas. The ConversationSince 2002, hundreds of thousands of people around the world have logged onto a website run by Harvard University called Project Implicit and taken an “implicit association test” (IAT), a rapid-response task which measures how easily you can pair items from different categories.To create this new map, we used data from a version of the test which presents white or black faces and positive or negative words. The result shows how easily our minds automatically make the link between the categories – what psychologists call an “implicit racial attitude”.Each country on the map is coloured according to the average score of test takers from that country. Redder countries show higher average bias, bluer countries show lower average bias, as the scale on the top of the map shows.Like a similar map which had been made for US states, our map shows variation in the extent of racial bias – but all European countries are racially biased when comparing blacks versus whites.

In every country in Europe, people are slower to associate blackness with positive words such as “good” or “nice” and faster to associate blackness with negative concepts such as “bad” or “evil”. But they are quicker to make the link between blackness and negative concepts in the Czech Republic or Lithuania than they are in Slovenia, the UK or Ireland.

No country had an average score below zero, which would reflect positive associations with blackness. In fact, none had an average score that was even close to zero, which would reflect neither positive nor negative racial associations.

A screeshot from the online IAT test.
IAT, Project Implict

Implicit bias

Overall, we have scores for 288,076 white Europeans, collected between 2002 and 2015, with sample sizes for each country shown on the left-hand side.

Because of the design of the test it is very difficult to deliberately control your score. Many people, including those who sincerely hold non-racist or even anti-racist beliefs, demonstrate positive implicit bias on the test. The exact meaning of implicit attitudes, and the IAT, are controversial, but we believe they reflect the automatic associations we hold in our minds, associations that develop over years of immersion in the social world.

Although we, as individuals, may not hold racist beliefs, the ideas we associate with race may be constructed by a culture which describes people of different ethnicities in consistent ways, and ways which are consistently more or less positive. Looked at like this, the IAT – which at best is a weak measure of individual psychology – may be most useful if individuals’ scores are aggregated to provide a reflection on the collective social world we inhabit.

The results shown in this map give detail to what we already expected – that across Europe racial attitudes are not neutral. Blackness has negative associations for white Europeans, and there are some interesting patterns in how the strength of these negative associations varies across the continent.

North and west Europe, on average, have less strong anti-black associations, although they still have anti-black associations on average. As you move south and east the strength of negative associations tends to increase – but not everywhere. The Balkans look like an exception, compared to surrounding countries. Is this because of some quirk about how people in the Balkans heard about Project Implicit, or because their prejudices aren’t orientated around a white-black axis? For now, we can only speculate.

Open questions

When interpreting the map there are at least two important qualifications to bear in mind.

The first is that the scores only reflect racial attitudes in one dimension: pairing white/black with goodness/badness. Our feelings about ethnicity have many more dimensions which aren’t captured by this measure.

The second is that the data comes from Europeans who visit the the US Project Implicit website, which is in English. We can be certain that the sample reflects a subset of the European population which are more internet-savvy than is typical. They are probably also younger, and more cosmopolitan. These factors are likely to underweight the extent of implicit racism in each country, so that the true levels of implicit racism are probably higher than shown on this map.

This new map is possible because Project Implicit release their data via the Open Science Framework. This site allows scientists to share the raw materials and data from their experiments, allowing anyone to check their working, or re-analyse the data, as we have done here. I believe that open tools and publishing methods like these are necessary to make science better and more reliable.

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Edit 4/5/17. The colour scale chosen for this map emphasises the differences between countries. While that’s most important for working out what drives IAT scores, the main take-away from the map is that all of Europe is considerably not neutral. That conclusion is supported by a continuous colour scale, as used in this version of the map here

17 Apr 22:32

Cave of the forgotten Books by racoonart

17 Apr 12:34

All of IT development summed up in one image

by Ken Snider

This picture grid brilliantly sums up the attitudes in nearly every IT office I've ever worked in. This is the oldest reference to it I can find.


27 Mar 13:18

mymodernmet:Artist Continues to Create Fractured Sculptures that...

22 Mar 20:36

nigra-lux: After “The Black Sea at Night” by Ivan Aivazovsky...


I want to see the aurora so very badly!


After “The Black Sea at Night” by Ivan Aivazovsky and “Aurora Borealis” by Frederic Edwin Church
Digital Art Origg.(x x)

14 Mar 14:37

vintagepales2: Chateau de Chenonceau, Loire Valley, France