Sunday, October 31, 2010

Julian Assange on Freedom

We have crushed a number of bastards in this organisation, all the way from Nairobi to New York. These are people who through their power, crush victims and create victims of the powerless. And that’s not something that I was brought up with. You know my father taught me particular values which was that generous capable men do not create victims, they stop others creating victims.

Friday, October 29, 2010

No Women in Maths, are their choices, not their habilities

The question of why women are so underrepresented in math-intensive fields is a controversial one. In 2005, Lawrence Summers, then president of Harvard University, set off a storm of controversy when he suggested it could be due partly to innate differences in ability; others have suggested discrimination or socialization is more to blame. Two psychological scientists have reviewed all of the evidence and concluded that the main factor is women's choices -- both freely made, such as that they'd rather study biology than math, and constrained, such as the fact that the difficult first years as a professor coincide with the time when many women are having children.

Monday, October 25, 2010

One of the most brilliantly simple ideas to help

Lisa Hickey @lisahickey from The Good Men Project says about @WeAreVisible:
October 21, 2010 at 9:33 pm

I think the idea of helping homeless people find a voice through social media is absolutely brilliant. Brilliant. The core truth of social media is that it connect people. People who have problems to people who have solutions. 
People who want to talk to people who want to listen. People who have ideas with people who know how to act on ideas. Why on earth would it seem strange to connect homeless people to the rest of us?
It’s really hard for me to not think of Mark Horvath as a hero. For having an idea. And acting on it.
And I am NEVER going to waste a good crisis again. :)
Thanks Mark, for such great inspiration.

Was the WikiLeaks Founder Right to Walk From This Interview?

Torture, war based on lies, slaughtered mothers and babies, billions wasted, no problem. But that DAMN Wikileaks founder, he's so terrible!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Transparency: Who Are America's Illegal Immigrants

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Illegal immigration is much more complicated issue than the usual dichotomy of "Illegal immigrants are destroying our country" versus "Illegal immigrants play a vital role in our economy." Before we even embark on the discussion, we need to know who we're talking about. How many illegal immigrants are there, where are they from, and how do they fit in to the economy?

How Facebook Decides What To Put In Your News Feed

Liberalism, atheism, male sexual exclusivity, linked to IQ

Yes, as I’ve always said… I don’t know if my high IQ is caused by my liberal and atheistic beliefs or vice versa. Seriously. The male sexual exclusivity should be studied further...

The IQ differences are statistically significant, but experts say the data shouldn’t be used to stereotype or make assumptions.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

NASA and DARPA Plan ‘Hundred-Year Starship’ To Bring Humans to Other Worlds And Leave Them There Forever

I've just read this article and remember when I was a child seeing the first voyage to the Moon.

Do you sign up for this unique travel?

Think about that, this is a non-return-home voyage on the new Mayflower.

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Mars Mining This Mars miner will probably never go home again. NASA
If NASA ever gets a clear directive for interplanetary exploration, a new Hundred-Year Starship could be their version of the Mayflower. And like the first pilgrims, Martian explorers might set sail with the knowledge they would never return home.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Empire Avenue - The Influencer Stock Market

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Empire Avenue is a new and revolutionary online influence stock exchange combined with an advertising platform that allows individuals and organizations to convert their online influence and reach into revenue. To this end we will be connecting advertisers, consumers and influencers in a manner not as yet undertaken in the online space. Through the Empire Avenue influence stock exchange and its tracking features we will measure the influence value of individuals registered with Empire Avenue.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Monday, October 18, 2010

Twitter Can Be Used to Predict Stock Market, Say Researchers

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Researchers from Indiana University have devised a method for predicting changes in the Dow Jones Industrial Average through the analysis of Twitter updates. Using two mood-recording algorithms, the Google-Profile of Mood States (GPOMS) and OpinionFinder, the team analyzed 9.7 million tweets posted between March and December 2008. They found that correlations between the calmness index, one of the six "moods" measured by GPOMS, could be used to predict whether or not the Dow Jones Industrial Average went up or down between two and six days later.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Driverless Taxi is controlled with iPad App

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Will the near future really be filled with cars that drive themselves? First Google shocked the world with news that they were working on a car that drives itself. Now a team from Germany's Freie University is making the rounds with a taxi that drives itself with just a click of a button.

Facebook Sharing Data: Compared To Twitter and LinkedIn

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Facebook Sharing Data: Compared To Twitter and LinkedIn
A question that many people will be wondering the answer to… What is a tweet worth? Well we are about to find out. Eventbrite have been measuring the social commerce to create a scale of business.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Memories you will never remember

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There has been quite a bit of confusion about the meaning of this whole video. To simply explain, you could really conclude your own meaning to it. It's essentially an American Soldier seeing the events leading to his death as well as his comrades from an out of body point of view as he's dying. So really it's just a fogged up memory of those events that only happened an instant ago.

The Best Pictures - Lion Profile in the Zoo

By Boza Ivanovic
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Friday, October 15, 2010

Skype with Facebook integration and group video calling

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Windows: Skype is out with an official version 5, making the group video chat seen in previous sign-up betas an official option, and linking up with your Facebook account for status updating and quick calls to friends' Skype or landline numbers.

So this release, beyond the usual bug and performance fixes, mainly makes official the group video chat, although Skype still labels the group video function as "beta." The Facebook integration, at least from the contacts-with-Skype perspective, is pretty convenient. Now you just have to bug your friends to list their Skype names on Facebook.

New also to this version is an automatic call recovery feature, which you can set to automatically re-dial and reconnect calls whenever they drop out. It won't be a great idea for every situation, but very handy in the right circumstance.

Blog Action Day 2010 #BAD10

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Right now, almost a billion people on the planet don’t have access to clean, safe drinking water. That’s one in eight of us.

McDonald’s Happy Meal resists decomposition for six months

What do you think about fast food?

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Vladimir Lenin, King Tut and the McDonald's Happy Meal: What do they all have in common? A shocking resistance to Mother Nature's cycle of decomposition and biodegradability, apparently.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

12 Craziest Corsets

Fetishism or just plain fashion?

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Piercing Corset

One of the newest trends in body modification comes in the form of corset piercings. They are a series of surface piercings arranged up the back in two vertical columns. The piercing is located in the spot where the eyelets would be if one was wearing a corset. It is a symmetrical piercing with an equal number of holes on each side. As few as four holes can be used (two on each side) up to as many as the expanse of skin will allow.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings


Twitter Preparing New Events Feature, Aims to Reach 1 Billion Users

Events would track a number of keywords that auto-associate themselves with the event.

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"Twitter will get to a billion members", Twitter co-founder and recently displaced CEO Evan Williams told the crowd at a San Francisco INFORUM event yesterday. With only 145 million-plus users at present, reaching that lofty goal is still a long ways off for the 4-year old company.

Blog Action Day 2010 - Water

IMPORTANT > Blog Action Day is an annual event held every October 15 that unites the world’s bloggers in posting about the same issue on the same day with the aim of sparking a global discussion and driving collective action.

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Why Water?

Right now, almost a billion people on the planet don’t have access to clean, safe drinking water. That’s one in eight of us who are subject to preventable disease and even death because of something that many of us take for granted.
Access to clean water is not just a human rights issue. It’s an environmental issue. An animal welfare issue. A sustainability issue. Water is a global issue, and it affects all of us.

Michael Fertik on Privacy and Social Networks

81 percent of children under the age of two currently have some kind of digital profile or footprint, with images of them posted online. We are the last generation to know privacy as it was and from now on, it will have to be taught. We are entering a new era of publicness or publicy, where we are solely responsible for creating and defining our online persona.

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Zuckerberg's Language Analyzed: Really, Um, Interesting

> "Social" was a popular one, but hey that's no surprise. "Slowly" was a word he used a lot, and that's a stand-out.`

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Yesterday Mark Zuckerberg took the stage to introduce some new Facebook features (which everyone's still trying to fully understand). As is our habit, we've peeked at his language skills. And they're, well....

Mark's introduction of Facebook's new features, his explanation of the recent Facebook team lock-down, the plans Facebook has for the future all took place in the weirdest location: Everyone who watched the live feed will have been bemused that a big press conference for a many-billion-dollar company with half a billion users around the world was held in what looked like a school canteen. But Mark is behind the site, it's driven by his ideas, his zeal for redefining what "user privacy" means in the modern age is shaping much of how Facebook evolves, and he's CEO of one of the most-watched companies in the world at the moment. So how he delivers his thoughts is important, right?

Um. Yes.

We took the first seven or eight minutes of his speech, and transcribed it (because there's no official transcription: What's up with that, Facebook? How are accessibility-limited Web users going to follow this stuff?). And there's the usual business buzzword crowd in there: Quality, developers, making, real, building, working, focused. "Social" was a popular one, but hey that's no surprise. "Slowly" was a word he used a lot, and that's a stand-out, particularly when you realize how often he said "slowly rolling out" new services (why not fast, Mark? If you've got the stuff, share it with everyone sooner rather than later?)


But then there's that big ol' clanging word in the middle of that word-cloud we've made. Did you spot it?

Is that a word that gets said much in The Social Network? Probably not a whole bunch. Is it important that a CEO of such a huge company has a credible public image? Yes, especially when the company is publicly owned. We're not saying Mark should ditch the crappy gray T-shirts and don a stiff business suit (in fact we're almost charmed by his geeky business trend-bucking) but for goodness' sake, Mark. Spend some of your millions on a public speech-making training course for yourself, will you?

To keep up with this news, follow me, Kit Eaton, on Twitter.


Shockingly little insight into Twitter from its founders...

WOW > Twitter is a “force of nature.” It became successful despite its founders knowing much about what was happening. To hear the founders try to explain Twitter as a type of fait accomplis from the start was entertaining and ludicrous.

A radical pessimist’s guide to the next 10 years

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Douglas Coupland: A radical pessimist’s guide to the next 10 years
Douglas Coupland is a writer and artist based in Vancouver. For the canadian newspaper Globe and Mail, he wrote The ‘radical pessimist’s guide to the next 10 years’ a dystopian view on the near future. One of the the underlying ideas behind the guide could be translated as the observation that evolution continues, whether we like it or not. Our next nature might be as wild, unpredictable and out of control as ‘old nature’ once was. Read the original article here, or simply scroll down.



When Being Poor Is a Crime

Lange - Migrant mother
Dorothea Lange - Migrant mother - 1936

Gregory White could not pay a $339 fine. So the City of New Orleans imprisoned him for 198 days, costing over $3,500.

Is a system other than crazy?

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Assange to Cancel - Again

Julian Assange
Julian Assange set on Saturday in a public appearance, which was the second time in a week. According to the organizer due Assanges absences that he is currently experiencing a large number of documents which will shortly be placed on the site Wikileaks.

Julian Assange set on Saturday in a public appearance, which was the second time in a week. According to the organizer, due Assanges absences that he is currently experiencing, a large number of documents which will shortly be placed on the site Wikileaks.

"We were not expecting him. But today belonged to one of his correspondents in touch and said he did go home", says Stefan Lindgren, Vice President of the Afghan Solidarity.

Friday, October 8, 2010

European Commission: Vision for taxing the financial sector

A Financial Transaction Tax FTT, applied globally, could raise billions every year. Experts suggest that at an average rate of 0.05%, revenues could be as much as $400 billion.
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Paris Motor Show 2010: New VW Passat

1st collector for Paris Motor Show 2010: New VW Passat
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The most distinguishing design feature of the new Passat, which Volkswagen is calling the 7th generation of the model in its press release, is a resculpted front face very similar to that of the German automaker's flagship Phaeton luxury sedan.

Typical of VW, the new Passat is being offer with an array of 10 different engines ranging in power from 105 PS (77 kW) to 300 PS (220 kW).

Afterwards (Et Après) - The Wonder of Life

Music by: Alexandre Desplat
Published by: Haute Fidelite / Galilea Music (P) 2009 Fidelite

Robby Krieger - Singularity - Southern Cross

Robby Krieger "Southern Cross" from his album Singularity, available from Oglio Records.

Robert Alan "Robby" Krieger (born January 8, 1946) is an American rock and roll guitarist and songwriter. He was the guitarist in The Doors, and wrote some of the band's best known songs, including "Light My Fire", "Love Me Two Times", "Touch Me", and "Love Her Madly".

Desire! - Pepsi ad video

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Save Japan Dolphins

A note from Ric O'Barry

I hope you'll join me in this campaign to stop the killing of dolphins in Japan. Most people in Japan don't have any idea that the dolphin slaughter is even happening. If we can spread the word around the world - and especially in Japan - we can expose the secret of Taiji and force the Japanese government to stop it. We can win this issue - but we need your help!

At the Cove in Taiji, the dolphin killing continues. Although the killing of bottlenose dolphins - the primary target species - has dramatically decreased compared to previous seasons, they, along with other dolphin species, including many pilot whales and Risso's dolphins, continue to be captured for aquariums and slaughtered for meat by the Taiji fishermen. The fight for the protection of all marine mammals goes on. For updates on the situation, visit our Blog

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

The Decade in Pictures - 02

It's time to bid farewell to what could be termed as the most eventful decade, the first of the 21st century (2000-2009). An attempt to visually portray this decade reveals that dreadful wars and natural calamities take center stage. A close look prompts one to think about the growing complexities in the world one lives in.

A hijacked commercial plane approaches the World Trade Center shortly before crashing into the landmark skyscraper

A hijacked commercial plane approaches the World Trade Center shortly before crashing into the landmark skyscraper 11 Sept. 2001 in New York. (Seth McAlisster, AFP / Getty Images)

The Decade in Pictures - 01

It's time to bid farewell to what could be termed as the most eventful decade, the first of the 21st century (2000-2009). An attempt to visually portray this decade reveals that dreadful wars and natural calamities take center stage. A close look prompts one to think about the growing complexities in the world one lives in. Click through and see for yourself.

A Kenyan boy screams as he sees Kenyan policeman with a baton approach the door of his home in the Kibera slum of Nairobi 17 Jan. 2008

A Kenyan boy screams as he sees Kenyan policeman with a baton approach the door of his home in the Kibera slum of Nairobi 17 Jan. 2008. Hundreds of police who had earlier clashed with supporters of Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga at the entrance of the slum moved into the shantytown and did a house to house search for protesters. (Walter Astrada, AFP / Getty Images)

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Ferran Adrià : eBoilling

Ferran Adrià

Adrià, en eBullición

1st collector for Adrià, en eBullición
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Ni equipo de marketing ni responsable de prensa. A Ferran Adrià (Hospitalet del Llobregat, 1962) no le hacen falta portavoces ni estrategias de mercado demasiado elaboradas.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Wikileaks publishes documents on plan to curb free software in the European Union

Julian Assange - Wikileaks
Julian Assange - Wikileaks

Yesterday, 10/09/2010 at 11:47 PM (UTC+1), this post started to receive a serie of comments, insults and offensive phrases that made me to moderate the site for first time. But not only insults: several of my email accounts and sites, were hacked and the comments system (disqus) also was hacked from USA, creating a new site using one of my emails. WikiLeaks is none of my business and all the information included in this post is public domain and leaked or published more than a year ago, it is not news.

The document, published by Wikileaks (website), shows that Jonathan Zuck, president of the ACT (Association for Competitive Technology), an organization with strong ties to Microsoft, and founder of Americans for Technology Leadership, had influenced changes in working documents of the European Union.

Among the modifications made by Zuck are the great emphasis on the mix of free and unfree software (the trap of "open core"), elimination of criticism of software patents and threats of frivolous lawsuits by holders of patents, and the weakening of the arguments in favor of rights of free software developers to freely implement the standards. Apart from the asymmetry of having lobbyists paid by proprietary software tweaking a strategy document for free software, what does a U.S. industry advocate drafting strategic documents of the European Union?

You can find the changed source document at the end of this article.

Microsoft Lightspace: Surface Computing + Augmented Reality = Spatial Computing

Microsoft Lightbox

LightSpace combines elements of surface computing and augmented reality research to create a highly interactive space where any surface, and even the space between surfaces, is fully interactive. This concept transforms the ideas of surface computing into the new realm of spatial computing.

Norway is firmly committed to Facebook and Twitter for promotion of tourism in Spain

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A few days ago and knew that joining Facebook to ten million Spanish people in their community. Aware of this, Norway, one of the most innovative in promoting tourism with more than ten thousand fans on Facebook, are proposing us this year "Norwaying" and "stop the stress",  playing "miAventuraNoruega" (myNorwegianAdventure) in that network.

Ashes and Snow

Ashes and Snow

“In exploring the shared language and poetic sensibilities of all animals, I am working towards rediscovering the common ground that once existed when people lived in harmony with animals. The images depict a world that is without beginning or end, here or there, past or present.”
—Gregory Colbert, Creator of Ashes and Snow

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Lisa Gerrard - Yulunga (Spirit of Dance)

Lisa Gerrad

Lisa Gerrard (Melbourne April 12, 1961) is an Australian singer and songwriter. Main member of the defunct band Dead Can Dance, she is best known for her deep contralto voice.

The End of God? A Horizon Guide to Science and Religion

Dr. Thomas Dixon

As the Pope ends his visit to Britain, historian Dr Thomas Dixon delves into the BBC's archive to explore the troubled relationship between religion and science. From the creationists of America to the physicists of the Large Hadron Collider, he traces the expansion of scientific knowledge and asks whether there is still room for God in the modern world.

The Best Pictures

The Best Pictures

Endeavour Shuttle Launch

Photograph by Robert Garrett
A tail of smoke chases the space shuttle Endeavour as it lifts off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on March 11, 2008.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

American City of Future (1925)

American City of Future (1925)
Popular Science Monthly
August, 1925

May Live to See

May Solve Congestion Problems

How you live and travel on the city of 1950?

Future city streets, says Mr. Corbett, will be in four levels: the top level for pedestrians; the next low level for slow motor traffic; the next for fast motor traffic, and the lowest for elctric trains. Great blocks of terraced skycrapers hal a mile high will house offices, schools, homes, and playgrounds in successive levels, while the roofs will be aircraft landing-fields, according to the architect's plan.

Friday, October 1, 2010

The Best Pictures

A hawk perched on a tree at the edge of Randleman Lake is framed by the harvest moon
A hawk perched on a tree at the edge of Randleman Lake is framed by the harvest moon, near Branson Davis Road in Randolph County, North Carolina, on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010. (AP Photo/News & Record, Joseph Rodriguez)

Colors of Autumn

Colors of Autumn

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Colors Of Autumn...

Stonhenge drew prehistoric tourists

Summer solstice in Stonehenge
Summer solstice in Stonehenge

Stonehenge’s circle of large standing stones was a top international tourist attraction already in prehistoric times, according to chemical analysis of the teeth of individuals found buried near the mysterious megaliths. Analysis of ancient remains suggest that prehistoric people traveled long distances to see the circle of stones.

David Harvey - The Crisis of Capitalism

David Harvey

Radical sociologist David Harvey asks: is it time to look beyond capitalism towards a new social order that would allow us to live within a system that really could be responsible, just, and humane?