1850s-1860s archery outfit.
Look at the cut little pocket diary hanging from her belt!
This seems like a PERFECT cover for some great book.
Les Fleurs du mal / The Flowers of Evil (Detail) - Yoann Lossel
Château de Langeais
Aztec Shaman, Day of the Dead Ritual by amircheff on Flickr
Viking ship carving of tail end of the dragon from Pinterest.com
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
I want to see the aurora so very badly!
Keggie Carew grew up with her father's stories of parachuting into the jungle and working as a spy in Burma. She wasn't sure how much to believe until she started researching her new book, Dadland.
(Image credit: Courtesy of Grove Atlantic)
Crown of Margaret of York, an extremely rare example of English medieval metalwork is the silver gilt crown, dating from c1461. She wore this crown at her wedding to Charles the Bold in Bruges 1468, & later presented it to the altar of Our Lady in Aachen on her visit in 1475, thus sparing it from destruction in either the Reformation or English Civil War. The original leather case also survives & is displayed alongside.
Fingal’s Cave, located on the uninhabited island of Staffa, Scotland, is formed from basalt columns within a paleocene lava flow, similar to the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland. Due to the large size and arched roof, the cave gives off an extremely creepy sound caused by the echoes of the waves.
La Conciergerie is a former royal palace and prison located by the seine on the west of the Île de la Cité. It is part of the larger complex known as the Palais de Justice, which is still used for judicial purposes.
I think this could apply to me too