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Why Snowden's Visitors Put Their Phones in the Fridge

On a hot July day, you might us a fridge to keep your drinks cold – but here’s another use for the fridge…..

a counter-surveillance tool….
“Another household object that functions similarly, Mr. Harvey has learned through his research into cellphone data transmission, is a stainless steel martini shaker.
“It’s a perfect Faraday cage – it will block all radio signals unless you decide you need to pour yourself a martini,” he said. Although this sounds like a plot point in a James Bond movie, Mr. Harvey has actually done extensive tests on the shaker in the process of developing a surveillance-blocking cellphone case called the OFF Pocket.”
http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/06/25/why-snowdens-visitors-put-their-phones-in-the-fridge/?smid=tw-share&_r=1
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http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/06/25/why-snowdens-visitors-put-their-phones-in-the-fridge/?smid=tw-share&_r=1

Why Snowden's Visitors Put Their Phones in the Fridge #Faceboo…

Manhattan Micro-Loft | Residential | Specht Harpman

The TARDIS isn’t the only thing that’s bigger on the inside – a 425sq ft room in Manhattan (albeit with a 25ft ceiling and access to a roof terrace) gets made over into a 4 level space…
http://www.spechtharpman.com/residential/west_73rd_street_residence.php
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http://www.spechtharpman.com/residential/west_73rd_street_residence.php

Manhattan Micro-Loft | Residential | Specht Harpman #Facebook

Ecuador breaks US trade pact to thwart 'blackmail' over Snowden asylum

The word for today, boys and girls, is…

cojones.
“Ecuador has ramped up its defiance of the US over Edward Snowden by waiving preferential trade rights with Washington even as the whistleblower’s prospect of reaching Quito dimmed.
President Rafael Correa’s government said on Thursday it was renouncing the Andean Trade Preference Act to thwart US “blackmail” of Ecuador in the former NSA contractor’s asylum request.
Officials, speaking at an early morning press conference, also offered a $23m donation for human rights training in the US, a brash riposte to recent US criticism of Ecuador’s own human rights record.”
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/27/ecuador-us-trade-pact-edward-snowden
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http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/27/ecuador-us-trade-pact-edward-snowden

Ecuador breaks US trade pact to thwart 'blackmail' over Snowden asylum #Facebook

New crowdfunding site gets YouTubers a regular paycheck

Kevin Kelly once wrote a column called 1000 True Fans, which described a situation where an artist could become self-supporting if they could amass 1000 True Fans – patrons of their work.
Jack Conte is currently making that situation a reality for quite a few YouTube content creators via Patreon – a site which allows them to find patrons for their work who pledge an amount of money for every piece of supported content the artist produces (for example, an artist might do video blog updates, but only specify songs or music videos as supported).
“Unlike Kickstarter, where backers contribute toward a one-time payout for a single project, Patreon asks viewers to pledge a dollar amount for each video produced by the artist they support.
“Basically,” Conte said in an interview with Quartz, “I’m a constant creator myself, and I want to release a set of remixes over the next year. I didn’t need a big chunk of money up front, because it wasn’t for one project, but for a bunch of little things.””
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Criticize Your Dentist? That's a Jailin' | Popehat

via Popehat – the story of a dentist’s attorney who winds up on the receiving end of a rhetorical (and procedural) reaming by opposing counsel in response to a nastygram letter to an patient who wrote an unfavorable Yelp review…
“He sent one of the most thorough, persuasive, and crushing refutations of a bogus legal threat I have ever seen. Enjoy it here in all its hyperlinked glory.
http://www.popehat.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/thisissparta.pdf
Leif eviscerates de la Riva’s suggestion that Jen B.’s Yelp review was false or actionable, lays out the pertinent authority showing that her opinion was utterly protected, and sets forth the world of hurt de la Riva and Dr. Coppola face under Texas’ anti-SLAPP statute if they pursue Jen B.”
http://www.popehat.com/2013/06/25/criticize-your-dentist-thats-a-jailin/
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http://www.popehat.com/2013/06/25/criticize-your-dentist-thats-a-jailin/

Criticize Your Dentist? That's a Jailin' | Popehat #F…

Introducing the new profession of extreme-weather architect

“Call it extreme weather architecture. Horn, a 23-year-old graduate of the New York Institute of Technology (more on him below), is part of a boom in design competitions and urban reconstruction initiatives built around climate change.
A rash of storms, drought and fires in recent years has ignited this contemplation of a new school of design cutting across cities and shorelines, homes and commercial buildings.”
http://qz.com/97093/new-profession-of-extreme-weather-architect/
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Introducing the new profession of extreme-weather architect #Facebook

Introducing the new profession of extreme-weather architect

“Call it extreme weather architecture. Horn, a 23-year-old graduate of the New York Institute of Technology (more on him below), is part of a boom in design competitions and urban reconstruction initiatives built around climate change.
A rash of storms, drought and fires in recent years has ignited this contemplation of a new school of design cutting across cities and shorelines, homes and commercial buildings.”
http://qz.com/97093/new-profession-of-extreme-weather-architect/
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http://qz.com/97093/new-profession-of-extreme-weather-architect/

Introducing the new profession of extreme-weather architect #Facebook

Don’t miss the bigger picture: Thy selfie is not thyself

“There is also the inevitable, palpable insecurity wrought in selfie culture—especially with those who often seek validation in the face they are willing to snapshot for the world.
I often see that the photos people ‘like’ best are not the ones with most meaning, but the ones where they can easily justify a quick comments like “super hot” or, in worse case scenario, “werk it girlll”.”
http://qz.com/96968/dont-miss-the-bigger-picture-thy-selfie-is-not-thyself/
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http://qz.com/96968/dont-miss-the-bigger-picture-thy-selfie-is-not-thyself/

Don’t miss the bigger picture: Thy selfie is not thyself #Facebook

It’s no accident Facebook made Instagram’s new videos exactly as long as a television commercial

Good news: Instagram will now have 15 second video…
Bad News: We’ll all start getting 15 second TV ads in our News feeds
“An Instagram with 15-second videos is right in the sweet spot for Facebook: It’s mobile, it’s video, and at that length, it means that advertisers can drop in their short television spots without even modifying them.
This is an important but overlooked feature of online video ads, when compared to other kinds like banner and search: the ability to re-use the same creative on which advertisers have already spent so much money. That’s an extremely appealing advantage to ad buyers.”
http://qz.com/96475/its-no-accident-facebook-made-instagrams-new-videos-exactly-as-long-as-a-television-commercial/
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http://qz.com/96475/its-no-accident-facebook-made-instagrams-new-videos-exactly-as-long-as-a-television-commercial/

It’s no accident Facebook made Instagram’s new videos exactly as long as a television commercial #Facebook

How To Use Math To Crush Your Friends At Monopoly Like You've Never Done Before

h/t to Boing Boing for the link:
Ever wanted to totally dominate a game of Monopoly but didn’t know how? Business Insider has come along and given you the keys to the Monopoly kingdom
“It’s played amongst close friends, loved ones, and trusted business partners.
It’s also one of the few times in life where it’s perfectly acceptable to want to systematically annihilate and crush the aforementioned friends, loved ones and partners.
Well, we’re here to help.
Monopoly has a major element of chance in it, and the best part about games of chance is that people with Microsoft Excel can basically solve them.
We broke down the must-know math behind Monopoly as well as several lessons you can take away from what truly is The Most Dangerous Game.”
http://www.businessinsider.com/math-monopoly-statistics-2013-6?op=1
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http://www.businessinsider.com/math-monopoly-statistics-2013-6?op=1#ixzz2X5u87gJA

How To Use Math To Crush Your Friends At Monopoly Like You…

Turkish drone shooting heralds a new age of civillian counter-surveillance | News | Geek.com

Geek.com has this story, which uses the story of Turkish police shooting down a civilian RC Quadcopter (whose camera was recording police beating protesters) as a jumping off point to discuss the coming availability of small inexpensive cam equipped quadcopters like the Me Cam to the average smartphone owners and how that will change the availability of information…
“A drone, unlike a manned helicopter, can be small and nimble enough to dart in close to a subject, and cheap enough to risk on dangerous encounters; the owner of this particular drone told Geek.com via Twitter DM that his total losses on the drone and camera were equivalent to about $1650 US.
Had he been purchasing within Europe or North America, those costs would have been considerably lower.
Situations like the unrest in Istanbul, or even just a police car-chase through an American city, often result in a lock-down of airspace, disallowing the use of news helicopters to cover the action.
Laws governing the use of small, r…

http://i.imgur.com/A7uHgOo.jpg

found this Tip on reddit – a more compact alternative to the traditional tally mark system of writing down counts…
http://i.imgur.com/A7uHgOo.jpg
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http://i.imgur.com/A7uHgOo.jpg #Facebook

How to Run Multiple Instances of Google Drive on Windows

from Guiding Tech, a guide to syncing multiple Google Drive accounts on one computer.
“According to Google Support, once must use application preferences and sign out from the first Google account before using another. But that’s not a solution if you want to sync more than one account and use them in parallel.
Fret not, like always, we’ve got your back. Here’s a method to get it done and run multiple Google Drive instances on the same machine.”
http://www.guidingtech.com/17243/run-multiple-google-drive-instances-windows-sync-accounts/
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How to Run Multiple Instances of Google Drive on Windows #Facebook

The Art of Non-Conformity » Human Behavior, Compliance, and Identity

from Chris Guillebeau – an article on how he is using an approach that works in other areas of his life to bring about change in his business.
It’s not so much being the change you want to see as acting as the person who has already changed….
“One of the strongest drivers of our behavior is to comply with the person we believe ourselves to be.
If you want to do something different, you have to adopt the identity of the kind of person who would do that thing.
What would that person focus on? How would they think? How would they behave?
If you want to quit smoking, for example, you have to take on the identity of a non-smoker. You have to tell yourself: “I’m no longer a smoker … I’m a former smoker. I don’t conform to that behavior any longer.”
If you tell yourself that you make healthy choices more often than not, you’ll begin to feel differently when you make less-than-healthy choices.”
http://chrisguillebeau.com/3×5/human-behavior-compliance-identity/
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Wealthy Chinese are moving to Hong Kong by way of Gambia

What’s ironic is that in the 1990′s the wealthy in Hong Kong were trying to get OUT of Hong Kong…
This also reminds me of of an exodus from Thatcher’s UK to the US in the 1980′s – and while I distinctly remember the term “yacht people” being used for the UK exodus, Wikipedia only seems to recognize the Hong Kong exodus….
“Hong Kong is an alluring place to live for many in mainland China, with its better investment opportunities, schools, and broader personal freedoms.
But becoming a Hong Kong resident isn’t easy for mainland Chinese because of emigration restrictions Beijing puts on mainland citizens. Hong Kong is also hesitant to see a deluge of mainlanders moving in.
For wealthy Chinese, the latest scheme to skirt these restrictions involves pitching a tent in Gambia, at least figuratively.
(As we’ve written before, Chinese multimillionaires are desperate for passports and residence permits across the globe.)”
http://qz.com/96313/wealthy-chinese-are-moving-to-hong-kong-by-way-of-gambia/

Why is international media ignoring current protests in Bulgaria?

First Turkey, then Brazil, now Bulgaria?
“Even though the protests were prompted by a very specific event, not much unlike the Taksim protests, they are really not about this one particular incident.
They are about something so much bigger and so much more disturbing than that, that frankly, failing to cover it seems irresponsible at best… and, to an Eastern European, who is so used to questioning media objectivity in the first place,… it appears almost criminal. Who is telling YOU to keep YOUR mouth shut?!
With well documented ties to criminal businessmen and their political cronies, Peevski’s inexplicably easy ascend to power has come to epitomize a mode of governance in which political, economic and oftentimes criminal interest have developed such a symbiotic relationship, that both politicians and citizenry are unable to distinguish where one point of interest starts and another one begins.”
https://medium.com/better-humans/c48a55c30e29
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WedgeStrap: Just another R2D2 Birthday Cake Build

from Hack a Day, a story of the perfect Star Wars R2D2 cake,

replete with a message from Princess Leia Organa….
“As all 6-year-olds should, [Marc]‘s son is a huge fan of Star Wars. For his birthday party, he wanted a Star Wars themed cake, and making one in the shape of R2D2 seemed to be right up [Marc]‘s alley.
Of course any clone of everyone’s favorite R2 unit should also display Leia’s distress message to Ben Kenobi, and [Marc] figured out a way to do just that.”
http://mfsamuel.blogspot.com/2013/06/just-another-r2d2-birthday-cake-build.html
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WedgeStrap: Just another R2D2 Birthday Cake Build #Facebook

Investors in this Japanese ponzi scheme lost $4.34 billion by betting on fake cows

Oh, well – I guess my favorite Kobe burgers are going to be more expensive. Couple this with a Chinese firm buying Smithfield bacon and I’m not sure what will become of most favoritest burger….
“But as it turns out, the cows were in the wrong place at the wrong time. The discovery of foot-and-mouth disease in 2010 year caused beef prices to plunge, and the farm slaughtered 15,000 cows.
Shortly thereafter, the region where the farm was located was leveled by a the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, which damaged the nearby Fukushima nuclear power plant. The cows ate contaminated hay, which sparked fears of radiation contamination and led to a spike in contract cancellations.
The farm’s cow production slowed, its debts piled up, and allegedly, the company started deceiving investors about its total cow count—it claimed to have 90,000 to 100,000 breeding cows; investigators only found 60,000.
By August 2011, Agura Bokujo had filed for bankruptcy.”
http://qz.com/96302/investors-in-this-japanese-po…

Amazon is staffing up for its $600 million cloud for spooks

I guess if reddit can run off Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud, then why not the Central Intelligence Agency?
“You can now add “spymaster” to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’s various titles. On Friday June 14, a US Government Accountability Office (GAO) report elaborated on previous reports that Amazon had won a $600 million contract to build a “private cloud” for the CIA.
(The GAO report was generated when IBM, which had been competing for the contract, protested that it had lost unfairly.)
http://qz.com/95994/amazon-is-staffing-up-for-its-600-million-cloud-for-spooks/
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http://qz.com/95994/amazon-is-staffing-up-for-its-600-million-cloud-for-spooks/

Amazon is staffing up for its $600 million cloud for spooks #Facebook

The US just chucked this human trafficking grenade at Russia and China

Call it awkward timing, but the State Department finally flagged Russia & China, taking them from the constantly repeated “you really need to actually better this time, unlike the last decade or so when you said you would but didn’t do much” to “told you we’d do this” status.
As you can tell by the other guys in tier 3, it opens up the possibility of sanctions (if not the actuality). Think of it as “less favored nation” status….
“The downgrading of an economy is a fairly well-known phenomenon. But there’s a lesser-known equivalent in the world of human rights, brought to you by the US State Department: the Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report.
A touchstone for global human trafficking data, this year’s report, out today, did something uncharacteristically interesting: it demoted Russia and China, along with Uzbekistan, to “Tier Three” status, which puts them in the company of countries like North Korea, Iran and Zimbabwe.”
http://qz.com/96076/body-politics-how-the-state-department-just…

The Futility of Comparing Yourself to Others : zenhabits

This hit me the hardest on Sunday mornings, especially when I attend church (which I haven’t for a few months).
Not only do you create a pleasing fictional version of your life for people who only see you for a couple of hours a week, but, against all that is sane and rational, you compare your real self to other people’s versions that are incomplete at best or at the worst curated fiction….
The only thing of which you can be certain is that what you see is never the whole story…
“One of the biggest reasons we’re not content with ourselves and our lives is that we compare ourselves to other people.
Picture it: you see photos of what someone else is doing on Facebook and think your life isn’t exciting enough.
You see someone else who has a cool job and think you’re not doing that great in your career.
You see someone with a hotter body, and feel bad about yours.
You see someone who has created an awesome business, and think you’re not doing enough.
You read about people who are traveling t…

Earliest known MERS outbreak, in Jordan, infected at least 10 people

I know, enough with the MERS stories already….
It turns out the earliest cases in Jordan weren’t just two cases, but TEN cases.
If the cases just discovered after further testing are added,

WHO stats would record 72 cases, 38 of which were fatal.
The Saudis have been less than forthcoming with info, releasing it months after cases and/or deaths are detected. Given that Ramadan is coming soon, with the possibility of higher than normal tourist numbers, you could see cause for concern….
“Although investigations have failed to pinpoint the first case in the outbreak, it is believe the virus spread among the cases by person-to-person transmission, said Dr. Mohammad Al-Abdallat, director of communicable diseases for Jordan’s Ministry of Health.
“It’s most likely, we can say,” Al-Abdallat said in an interview from Amman.
“Applying infection control measures is very important to containment of this MERS coronavirus outbreak.”
A senior scientist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, which collabor…

FATE | Connecting innovators with educators. A FATE inspired initiative.

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Nothing like getting connected on a Friday night -

no, not THAT kind of connection,

that’s what the ads on the sidebar are for
The connection I’m talking about is PhillyConnectED, a FATE brand promoting the intelligent and targeted use of Educational technology. You’ve probably heard of their work, just not the name behind it.
You remember Zora Ball, the 7 year old who became the youngest person to program a gaming app? She was a Bootstrap student who demoed her game at a FATE Bootstrap Expo.
That’s just one of the many things that PhillyConnectED does -

for more info, check out their website at:
http://fatetech.org/
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FATE | Connecting innovators with educators. A FATE inspired initiative. #Facebook

Details from the MakerBot/Stratasys Press Conference

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The announcement that industrial 3D printer company Stratasys has acquired the consumer-focused start-up MakerBot has sent shockwaves through the Maker world in the last 24 hours. This morning at MakerBot HQ in Brooklyn, NY, Bre Pettis and David Rice, principles in the two companies, gave a press conference to talk more about the deal, and what it means for the burgeoning 3D printing home market.

Read more on MAKE




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Details from the MakerBot/Stratasys Press Conference #Feedly

Create a custom Chrome OS/Chromebook "App"

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In this write up I will describe how to create a custom Chromebok/Chrome OS app. I can’t take full credit info was obtained from http://www.omgchrome.com. Just thought it would be good info to share and may the instructables crew would actually want to make a Chrome app available in the web store. …
By: jmclauchlan
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Create a custom Chrome OS/Chromebook "App" #Feedly

Fitch says China credit bubble unprecedented in modern world history - Telegraph

Hopefully this doesn’t presage a Chinese version of the 2008 US collapse…
“The journal said total credit in China’s financial system may be as high as 221% of GDP, jumping almost eightfold over the last decade, and warned that companies will have to fork out $1 trillion in interest payments alone this year.
“Chinese corporate debt burdens are much higher than those of other economies. Much of the liquidity is being used to repay debt and not to finance output,” it said.
It also flagged worries over an exodus of hot money once the US Federal Reserve starts tightening. “China will face large-scale capital outflows if there is an exit from quantitative easing and the dollar strengthens,” it wrote.”
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/china-business/10123507/Fitch-says-China-credit-bubble-unprecedented-in-modern-world-history.html
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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/china-business/10123507/Fitch-says-China-credit-bubble-unprecedented-in-modern-w…

Ray Ozzie on NSA spying: We got what we asked for. Now it’s time to wake up. - Boston.com

Now comes the hard part: weaning an entrenched industry from the broad powers which feed it….
“He said that, after Sept. 11, the pendulum had swung too far towards government surveillance and data gathering
“We got what we asked for, and now it’s time to pull it back,” Ozzie said, referencing the near-unanimous passage of the PATRIOT Act, noting the danger that broad data gathering operations present. “Imagine if you had an administration targeting journalists or groups of people based on political leanings.”
The current administration, of course, is facing allegations that it did just that, with the Department of Justice secretly obtaining Associated Press phone records and investigating a Fox News reporter’s personal emails while the IRS is facing allegations it focused audits on politically conservative groups.”
http://www.boston.com/business/innovation/blogs/inside-the-hive/2013/06/07/ray-ozzie-nsa-spying-got-what-asked-for-now-time-wake/42AqxBSvgu0X3xXGIx7WFK/blog.html
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Russian Tycoon Aims to Make Immortality a Reality Using Robots

He’s trying to have this happen by the year 2045, and is convening a Global Congress to discuss it.
If it were possible, would you want your consciousness uploaded to a robotic avatar?
“It may sound like something straight out of a science fiction novel, but 32-year-old Dmitry Itskov is seeking investors to fund research for technology that will make eternal life possible by transferring human consciousness in an artificial form to avatars (robotic bodies).
“It’s the next space race,” Itskov said at a question and answer meeting on Friday to a handful of journalists.”
http://www.cnbc.com/id/100559031
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Russian Tycoon Aims to Make Immortality a Reality Using Robots #Facebook

Cool Tools – Slotted Spaghetti Spoon

Slotted spagetti spoons – not just for spaghetti anymore….
“This implement is guaranteed to be better than any other backscratcher you can find and, given its humble state as a cheap kitchen utensil, it will most likely be substantially cheaper than any upscale back scratcher you may find on the market today”
http://kk.org/cooltools/archives/12061
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Cool Tools – Slotted Spaghetti Spoon #Facebook

The Worry That You’re Doing the Wrong Thing Right Now : zenhabits

from Zen Habits, some sage advice on handling the feeling of not doing the right thing right now…
“It’s first thing in your workday, and you open up your email. There’s a host of messages, old and new, asking for your attention. You also open up other inboxes in social media and the like. You quickly go through them and get a picture of what you need to get done right now.
But where do you start?
You begin one task from an email, but then quickly have the urge to see if there’s something else more important you should be doing. And this problem repeats itself — every time you sit down with one thing, the dozens of others on your mind (and the many potential urgent items that might be coming in as you sit there) are grasping for your attention.
Is there ever any certainty that you’re doing the right thing right now?
Does the worry that you’re doing the wrong thing ever go away?”
http://zenhabits.net/the-worry/
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The NSA's Prism: why we should care

Cory Doctorow explains why we should be concerned personally about PRISM (and programs like it). This is just one of many reasons….
“For example, when a computer programmer named David Mery entered a tube station wearing a jacket in warm weather, an algorithm monitoring the CCTV brought him to the attention of a human operator as someone suspicious.
When Mery let a train go by without boarding, the operator decided it was alarming behaviour. The police arrested him, searched him, asked him to explain every scrap of paper in his flat.
A doodle consisting of random scribbles was characterised as a map of the tube station.
Though he was never convicted of a crime, Mery is still on file as a potential terrorist eight years later, and can’t get a visa to travel abroad.
Once a computer ascribes suspiciousness to someone, everything else in that person’s life becomes sinister and inexplicable.”
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/blog/2013/jun/14/nsa-prism
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Working with the Obstacles in Your Path : zenhabits

Most people view obstacles as things to be avoided or evaded – what if, instead, we treated them as something to be engaged?
“Let’s say you are sitting at your desk, with something to write, and you notice some anxiety, and an urge to go instead to one of your favorite distractions……
So the anxiety, and the distraction, are your obstacle … but how do you “work with them” as I advised?
First, you don’t run from the obstacle. So instead of seeing the anxiety as something to be avoided (with distraction and procrastination), see it as the place you go to.”
http://zenhabits.net/obstacle-work/
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Working with the Obstacles in Your Path : zenhabits #Facebook

Eyeball-licking: the fetish that is making Japanese teenagers sick

Just when you thought you had heard of everything weird, this shows up.
Hopefully this practice doesn’t make it over to the States….
“…one student from the US Virgin Islands with an oculolinctus fetish has explained: “My boyfriend started licking my eyeballs years ago and I just loved it. I’m not with him any more but I still like to ask guys to lick my eyeballs … it turns me on.”
However, the dangers of oculolinctus are very real. As well as spreading pink-eye like nobody’s business, there’s also a risk of corneal scratching, which can lead to ulcers and blindness. Plus, there’s a strong chance that you’ll have to go to school the next day in an eye patch. At least with lovebites you could just throw on a poloneck jumper and be done with it”
http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/shortcuts/2013/jun/14/eyeball-licking-fetish-japanese-teenagers-sick
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http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/shortcuts/2013/jun/14/eyeball-licking-fetish-japanese-…

Release the Google Internet Balloons!

Introducing Google’s new initiative – Project Loon, which uses high altitude balloons to provide broadband Internet access to remote locations much like cell towers provide phone coverage….
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http://www.stuckincustoms.com/2013/06/14/google-internet-balloons/

Release the Google Internet Balloons! #Facebook

Office Mobile for Office 365 subscribers

Good news:

Hey! It’s MS Office for iOS… and it’s free*
Bad news:

*1) Only works if you’ve shelled out $80 – $100 for the desktop version of Office 365

(“An Office 365 subscription is required to use this app.”)
2) “Microsoft Office Mobile is the official Office companion optimized for your iPhone.”

Isn’t iPad savvy – i.e. you could probably make it work, but the interface will either be letterboxed or blown up and grainy (probably letterboxed)
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/office-mobile-for-office-365/id541164041?mt=8
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3D printed bow tie

Bow ties are cool, but 3D printed bow ties are cooler….
“We think this is one of the most revolutionary item we have ever made… a 3D printed bow tie that does not need tying!
just slot it in on the top button of your shirt and it is so lightweight that you won’t feel that you are wearing a bow tie!
there is no use for ribbon to tie around your neck,

o it is really comfortable!”
http://monocircus.com/en/bowtie.html
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http://history.fnal.gov/felicia.html

via Boing Boing, the story of Felicia, the Fermilab Ferret
“They tied a string to a ferret and got an atomic age pipe cleaner.
The ferret cost $35 and is 15 inches long. She helps clean the 300-foot pipes in the Meson Laboratory building now under construction at the $250 million National Accelerator Laboratory at Batavia.
They call the ferret Felicia and she has a big job. Several months from now all of the four miles of pipes will be welded together, ready for a beam of energy that will race around the four-mile course 70,000 times in 1.6 seconds.”
http://history.fnal.gov/felicia.html
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S.H.O.V.E.L. - SparkFun Electronics

Not everyone on the block can claim to have one of these Sporks – it’s an open-source spork multi-tool from SparkFun Electronics, Inc.
“Introducing the Semi-Horned Oblong Versatile Eating Ladle, or as we like to call it, the S.H.O.V.E.L. This is not your run-of-the-mill spork (foon), ladies and gentlemen! It also has a serrated knife, a bottle cap opener, and six feet of red paracord to wrap around its sturdy titanium body.
Here’s the best part: it’s open-sourced. (No, we aren’t joking.)

Think you can design a better S.H.O.V.E.L.? Go for it! Download the files below and make your own. “No patents pending.”"
https://www.sparkfun.com/products/11763
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Update Online DLA Claim System

I guess that’s ONE way to keep claims down – austerity by obscurity, you might say….
“If you want to claim Disability LIving Allowance or Attendance Allowance online you will need to take a step back to the 1990s and hunt through second hand shops for an old PC that you can power up. Don’t even think about using a smartphone or a Mac. The most recent Microsoft browser the system supports is Internet Explorer 6 which is so out of date that technology geeks have held parties to celebrate it no longer being used
One political blogger was so amazed at the situation he thought that this was an April fools joke.
Whilst the system is being revised for those aged 16-64 later this year for everyone else they will have to find one of the 2% of computers nationwide that still run on this out of date technology. This situation is unacceptable and must be tackled immediately.”
http://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/make-online-dla-claim-system-work
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MICE TEMPLAR

We have indeed saved the best Bryan J. L. Glass link for last -

again it is the legend…. MICE TEMPLAR
It’s been called Redwall for adults,

A Game of Thrones but with mice…
here’s the Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/MICE-TEMPLAR/480306425536
It’s all that and more… but if you want a quick and dirty plot summary, let’s check with our old buddies at Wikipedia.
From Wikipedia:

“After the fall of the Templar order on the Field of Avalon a great evil has risen in the land. After many seasons of tyranny by King Icarus a long ago prophecy appears to be in the process of fulfilling itself.
The young mouse, Karic, has been visited by the gods of the realm and could possibly be the return of the great Kuhl-En who originally established the Templar order and brought peace to the land.
Each arc in the series is a stepping stone to Karic’s growth as the main hero of the story and the challenges he faces along the way.”
Check out these reviews for Mice Templar: Legend
Newsarama 10/10

“…this first…

Quixote Novel

Next link up on the Bryan J. L. Glass birthday link bash –

Quixote Novel.
Bryan and Mike Oeming team up again to bring Quixote into the 20th century, and it’s an absolutely compelling read!
But don’t take my word for it – here’s a snippet from one of the many raving Amazon reviews:
“‘Quixote’ is by far the best read I have ever laid eyes on. (NO JOKE!). Word of warning-make time to read this in one sitting. Between Oeming’s film noir art (which, in my mind at least reminded me of the old Zorro serials) and Glass’ manipulation of the English language/current social climate, its EXTREMELY hard to put down.
What makes the book perfet is that you do not need to know a single shred of the original Don Quixote in order to enjoy the book.
One of the best ‘supporting’ characters (Mackie) has quite a funny way of explaining it to the reader (and ironically looks a bit like ‘Kabuki’ creator David Mack). You will laugh,cry,and most importantly-reevaluate your opinions of society.”
http://www.amazon.com…

Saudi Silence on Deadly MERS Virus Outbreak Frustrates World Health Experts: Scientific American

We’ve covered MERS before (https://www.facebook.com/JmcgreadysMisc/posts/203580633123583) but this story shows how much of greater potential risk MERS is to the world at large, with Ramadan coming up and pilgrims from around the world traveling to Saudi Arabia.
“The Muslim month of fasting, Ramadan, begins July 9 and could draw as many as two million people from around the globe to the holy sites of Saudi Arabia in a pilgrimage called Umrah. But a new disease, called Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome, or MERS, could threaten them.
Infectious disease control at mass gatherings is always a challenge, but this year even more so. Saudi Arabia is currently waging battle with MERS, yet it has released only the barest of details that scientists or public health officials could use to try to prevent its spread within Saudi Arabia or around the globe.”
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=saudi-silence-on-deadly-mers-virus-outbreak-frustrates-world-health-experts
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Majority Views NSA Phone Tracking as Acceptable Anti-terror Tactic

Pew Research Center’s article on public opinion shows people liking NSA surveillance more if their party is in power.

It also finds that approval for NSA surveillance increases with age.
“However, Republicans and Democrats have had very different views of the two operations.
Today, only about half of Republicans (52%) say it is acceptable for the NSA to obtain court orders to track phone call records of millions of Americans to investigate terrorism.

In January 2006, fully 75% of Republicans said it was acceptable for the NSA to investigate suspected terrorists by listing in on phone calls and reading emails without court approval.
Democrats now view the NSA’s phone surveillance

as acceptable by 64% to 34%.

In January 2006, by a similar margin (61% to 36%),

Democrats said it was unacceptable for the NSA to

scrutinize phone calls and emails of suspected terrorists.”
http://www.people-press.org/2013/06/10/majority-views-nsa-phone-tracking-as-acceptable-anti-terror-tactic/
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X-bit labs: PC Hardware News, Reviews and Benchmarks

Microsoft tries to bribe its way back into the hearts of Xbox Entertainment gamers left feeling betrayed by the Xbox One’s DRM scheme….
story from X-bit labs (www.xbitlabs.com)
“In addition, as a message of thanks to the millions of Xbox fans around the world for their passion and loyalty, Microsoft announced that every qualifying Xbox Live Gold member – new or existing – will receive two free Xbox 360 game downloads per month starting July 1 until December 31, 2013, including popular titles such as Halo 3 and Assassin’s Creed 2.
To celebrate E3 in the month of June Xbox Live Gold memberswill receive a free download of Fable III.
For a limited time gamers can also get a Day One 12-month Xbox Live Gold membership and play Killer Instinct: Round One, with the exclusive Shadow Jago character, on Xbox One. Players will also receive a commemorative Day One membership card.”
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Arduino Blog » Blog Archive » Knitic project, or how to give a new brain to knitting machines

Knitic is an Arduino powered Brother Knitting machine which allows users to create an/or modify patterns on the fly. I could see this opening up a lot of options for custom made Knitted clothes
“In the past days I interviewed Varvara & Mar, the duo who developed the project. They’ve been working together as artists since 2009 and their artistic practices lay at the intersection between art, technology, and science.
When I run into their project I immediately liked their approach as they see knitting machines as the first real domestic fabrication tool, that has been overlooked in the age of digital fabrication.”
http://blog.arduino.cc/2013/06/04/knitic-project/
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Schneier on Security: The Problems with CALEA-II

FBI wants dumbed down security (read: none o’ that there modifiable open source nonsense).

Bruce Schneier calls BS on the program…
“The FBI believes it can have it both ways: that it can open systems to its eavesdropping, but keep them secure from anyone else’s eavesdropping. That’s just not possible.
It’s impossible to build a communications system that allows the FBI surreptitious access but doesn’t allow similar access by others.
When it comes to security, we have two options: We can build our systems to be as secure as possible from eavesdropping, or we can deliberately weaken their security. We have to choose one or the other.”
https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2013/06/the_problems_wi_3.html
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The 4 biggest iOS 7 features Apple showed off at WWDC | Apple | Geek.com

Don’t know about the rest of you, but Apple Inc.’s new IOS 7 has a lot of its new features in common with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, like Google Now, and other elements from Google Drive and Google Chrome’s sync capacity.
What’s your take on the new iOS announcements?
http://www.geek.com/apple/the-4-biggest-ios-7-features-apple-showed-off-at-wwdc-1558329/
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Live in the Launch Control Center of this Cold War Missile Silo - Unique Homes - realtor.com

8 acres of land, a waterfront view, and four parking spaces – listing for just $750,000.00…..
“The living quarters are located in the former Launch Control Center, because of course they are. There’s just one bedroom and one bath, but you have the rest of the 185-feet-deep structure to spread out in, and don’t you want to be the first of your friends with a huge radiation-symbol dining table? Yes. You do. There’s even a set of olive green coveralls for you to wear while you chill in your silo, leaning against the Pneumatic Distribution Unit and idly pushing buttons while you drink your morning coffee.”
http://www.realtor.com/blogs/2013/05/29/live-in-the-launch-control-center-of-this-cold-war-missile-silo/
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Ken Shirriff's blog: Teardown and exploration of Apple's Magsafe connector

Apparently, the adapter transmits manufacturer and adapter serial number data….
“Have you ever wondered what’s inside a Mac’s Magsafe connector? What controls the light? How does the Mac know what kind of charger it is? This article looks inside the Magsafe connector and answers those questions.”
http://www.righto.com/2013/06/teardown-and-exploration-of-magsafe.html
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377-Foot Migaloo Submarine Yacht Is Perfect for James Bond Villains

For the super villain with a few billion to spend – the ultimate vehicle, a submarine yacht…
“The boat’s designers at Motion Code: Blue say this is not a completely impractical design, claiming it’s based on current submarines that currently cruise the world — in fact, its dimensions are identical to the U.S. Navy’s latest Virginia-class attack submarines.”
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Google Glass Alternative Promises Better Display, Lower Price

Google Glass isn’t even shipping retail yet, and already we have knockoff versions. I’ll believe the $500 price point when one ships at that price, though….
“Sales manager Eddie Chang said the company expects to go into mass production of the Smart Glasses over the next few months and is hoping to hit an MSRP of $500, but that will depend on manufacturing costs.
As an OEM, Oculon will not release the Smart Glasses on its own, but instead will sell it to a variety of vendors who will take the device to market under their own brands. ”
http://blog.laptopmag.com/oculon-smart-glasses
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New York Senate makes it a felony to annoy a police officer

So it’s now a felony to annoy a NY state police officer?

Something’s not right here….
“I’m reminded of Toronto’s notorious “Officer Bubbles”, Adam Josephs, who told a G20 protester that if any soap bubbles were to touch him, he could consider it assault (and who violently arrested the protester on that basis).
The world laughed (albeit with some weary cynicism) at the idea that a large, armed man could call incidental contact with a soap-bubble “assault.”
But the New York Senate has effectively given police the power to literally treat mere annoyances as felonious conduct.”
http://boingboing.net/2013/06/06/new-york-senate-makes-it-a-fel.html
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Ars Technica

This might be a new way of communicating privately – or communicating without your knowledge. Tech is a two-edged sword, I guess….
“Now, researchers have taken the same general approach and used it to hide signals in a beam of light sent through an optical fiber.
When the cloak is in operation, the signals largely disappear.
In this case the cloak can hide nearly half of the total bandwidth of the light, resulting in a hidden transmission rate of 12.7 Gigabits per second.”
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Indian Man Single-Handedly Plants Entire Forest | Oddity Central - Collecting Oddities

Just for reference, 550 hectares = 1,359 acres of trees.

All planted by one man with a mission.
This as a real life reminder of what one person with a sense of mission can get done…
“Mulai, as Jadav is known among locals, started work on the land in 1980. A scheme was launched at that time by the social forestry division of the district, involving the planting of trees on only 200 hectares. The project was completed after 5 years and all the laborers left, except Mulai.
Dedicated to the forest, he stayed on and single-handedly looked after the trees, continuing to plant more of them. Eventually, the forest expanded to 550 hectares.
According to Assistant Conservator of Forest, Gunin Saikia, this is perhaps the world’s biggest forest in the middle of a river.
Mulai says there’s potential to extend this even further to 1000 hectares. Inspired, the department has planned to launch another plantation program this year.”
http://www.odditycentral.com/news/indian-man-single-handedly-plants-a-who…

http://www.reddit.com/r/changemyview/comments/1fv4r6/i_believe_the_government_should_be_allowed_to/c

from a reddit user in an “Arab Spring” country about what government surveillance is really about…
“Lets say you are a college student and you get in with some people who want to stop farming practices that hurt animals. So you make a plan and go to protest these practices.
You get there, and wow, the protest is huge. You never expected this, you were just goofing off. Well now everyone who was there is suspect. Even though you technically had the right to protest, you’re now considered a dangerous person.
With this tech in place, the government doesn’t have to put you in jail. They can do something more sinister. They can just email you a sexy picture you took with a girlfriend. Or they can email you a note saying that they can prove your dad is cheating on his taxes. Or they can threaten to get your dad fired.
All you have to do, the email says, is help them catch your friends in the group. You have to report back every week, or you dad might lose his job.
So you do.
You turn in your …

WiSee

Not sure if super cool gaming technology

or super creepy surveillance technology….
“WiSee is the first wireless system that can identify gestures in line-of-sight, non-line-of-sight, and through-the-wall scenarios.
Unlike other gesture recognition systems like Kinect, Leap Motion or MYO, WiSee requires neither an infrastructure of cameras nor user instrumentation of devices.
We implement a proof-of-concept prototype of WiSee and evaluate it in both an office environment and a two-bedroom apartment.
Our results show that WiSee can identify and classify a set of nine gestures with an average accuracy of 94%.”
http://wisee.cs.washington.edu/
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NSA taps in to internet giants' systems to mine user data, secret files reveal

It’s as if the NSA said “Getting court orders from a court that meets in secret, only allows the gov’t to appear before it, and publishes none of their decisions publicly is too inconvenient – can’t we just go into their servers and take what we want? We’ll be good we promise….”
“Fisa was broken because it provided privacy protections to people who were not entitled to them,” the presentation claimed. “It took a Fisa court order to collect on foreigners overseas who were communicating with other foreigners overseas simply because the government was collecting off a wire in the United States. There were too many email accounts to be practical to seek Fisas for all.”
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/06/us-tech-giants-nsa-data?guni=Network%20front:network-front%20main-2%20Special%20trail:Network%20front%20-%20special%20trail:Position1
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The Best Things to Buy in June

3 big things top Lifehacker’s list of things to buy in June – here’s one of them:
“Dishware:

Wedding season hits its peak in the early summer, and dishware companies respond by slashing prices for all those young lovebirds that have it on their registries.
Even if you aren’t getting hitched, though, you can still take advantage. According to Real Simple, you can find savings of 25 to 50% off.”
http://lifehacker.com/the-best-things-to-buy-in-june-5915020
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6 Secrets to Getting Kids to Cooperate - Lifehack

These tips don’t just work on kids……
“Nobody likes to be forced to do anything.

Not even young kids. Or maybe especially not young kids. I mean, toddlers and preschoolers are just developing their will and learning to act independently of us. So, of course they’re going to push back when we thrust our will upon them.
As a preschool teacher and now as a mom, I’ve discovered that there are certain things I can do that greatly increase the chances that kids will cooperate with me. Here are the 6 secrets to getting kids to cooperate that have worked like a charm for me:”
http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/6-secrets-getting-kids-cooperate.html
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Cell-Based Computing Goes Analog | The Scientist Magazine®

E. Coli – it’s not just for food poisoning anymore….
“So Lu and MIT colleagues Ramiz Daniel, Jacob Rubens, and Rahul Sarpeshkar set about designing circuits in Escherichia coli that could perform functions based on a range of inputs, much like the temperature gauge on a thermostat.”
http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/35632/title/Cell-Based-Computing-Goes-Analog/
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Tenth Letter of the Alphabet: Anatomy of a Logo: Star Wars

Here’s an interesting story of the evolution of the Star Wars logo…
“During the film’s pre-production, a decal (below) was produced. In the first Official Star Wars Fan Club newsletter, reprinted in the Star Wars Scrapbook (Chronicle Books, 1991), there was an explanation about the decal by Ralph McQuarrie, who did the art:
…“It was done as a symbol for the film—to go on film cans and letters. George [Lucas] had had one for American Graffiti, and wanted one for Star Wars.”
…“It was done while we were working on costumes,” said McQuarrie. “This was how we first pictured Han Solo. It could be a sort of Luke character, but I think it’s more like Han. Anyway, George decided that Han Solo should be a more relaxed character, and his costume was changed. But this decal was designed before the change.”
http://alphabettenthletter.blogspot.com/2013/05/anatomy-of-logo-star-wars.html
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Giving the Nexus 4 a serial port

Good news for Nexus 4 owners (or so THAT’s why my OTG cable didn’t work)
“Having a serial port on any Linux box is always useful, but with the tiny computers we’re carrying around in our pockets now, that isn’t always an option. Some of the more advanced phones out there break out a UART on their USB OTG port, but the designers of the Nexus 4 decided to do things differently. They chose to put the Nexus 4′s serial port on the mic and headphone input, and [Ryan] and [Josh] figured out how to access this port.
Basically, the Nexus 4 has a tiny bit of circuitry attached to the microphone input. If the Nexus detects more than 2.8 Volts on the mic, it switches over to a hardware UART, allowing everything from an Arduino to an old dumb terminal to access the port.”
http://hackaday.com/2013/05/30/giving-the-nexus-4-a-serial-port
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Recession out of the picture as Fermanagh puts on a brave face for G8 leaders

I’ve heard of disagreeable things being swept under the rug for G8 summits, but this is a bit too Hollywood backlot for me.
What do you think?
“Picture business

The butcher’s business has been replaced by a picture of a butcher’s business. Across the road is a similar tale. A small business premises has been made to look like an office supplies store. It used to be a pharmacy, now relocated on the village main street.
Elsewhere in Fermanagh, billboard-sized pictures of the gorgeous scenery have been located to mask the occasional stark and abandoned building site or other eyesore.
All is paid for by so-called dereliction funding. About £300,000 was made available by the Department of the Environment and the Department for Social Development. A second round of funding is expected. Late last year the council wrote to the owners of properties in need of a facelift seeking permission for the work. The scheme was put together with the greatest haste to make sure the properties, mostly in Ennisk…

Disneyland worker charged in dry-ice blast 'wouldn't hurt anyone'

Apparently the Disneyland dry ice explosion was the work of a Outdoor Vending Cast Member (probably now a former Cast Member).
He is being held on half a million dollars bail (down from 1 million, apparently).
Is this overkill, or just about right?
“He was ordered held on $500,000, half of his original bail.
The Orange County district attorney’s office says the first dry-ice explosion took place about 4 p.m. Tuesday outside Toontown shortly after Barnes was ending his shift and a colleague was taking over the vending cart with drinks.
Several minutes later, Barnes is accused of taking a second water bottle from the cart and walking toward the employee break room. While passing through Toontown, Barnes allegedly placed a second water bottle with dry ice in a trash can before leaving the area.
No one was seriously hurt in either blast, although authorities said some people complained about ringing in their ears.”
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-accused-disneyland-bomber-20130530,0,…

Some will always say you're wrong | Derek Sivers

CD Baby founder (and former president) Derek Sivers on the inevitability of disapproval
“It gets more interesting when you realize people have different preferences in the different parts of their life. Famous online, but anonymous in their local community. Generous with time, stingy with money. Introvert when working, extrovert when not.
You have to know your preferences well, because no matter what you do, someone will tell you you’re wrong.”
https://sivers.org/wrong
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3D Printers for Peace | Materials Science & Engineering

In light of the Defense Distributed story (3D printed AR-15 lower recievers), this is an opportunity to shed light on the more peaceful application of 3D printing…
“3D printing is changing the world. Unfortunately, the only thing many people know about 3D printing is that it can be used to make guns. We want to celebrate designs that will make lives better, not snuff them out.
What is the Printers for Peace Contest?

We are challenging the 3D printing community to design things that advance the cause of peace. This is an open-ended contest, but if you’d like some ideas, ask yourself what Mother Theresa, Martin Luther King, or Gandhi would make if they’d had access to 3D printing.”
http://www.mtu.edu/materials/printersforpeace/
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The Next Dr Who - Doctor Who Betting

On the heels of Matt Smith’s announcement that he will be leaving Doctor Who come the Christmas special, the bettors are already lining up their predictions (and putting money where their mouths are)
NOTE: The betting is UK based only, sorry US bettors…
http://www.paddypower.com/bet?action=go_type&category=SPECIALS&disp_cat_id=&ev_class_id=72&ev_type_id=20859&ev_oc_grp_ids=1249221&bir_index=
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No Signal

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At a party the other day, I saw a dead TV monitor. On the screen it said something like, “No signal… check power, cable and source selection…”
It doesn’t matter at all how hard the DVD player was trying to put on a show. It is irrelevant how good the show on cable was. If it’s not getting through, no one sees it.
All of us own our own media companies now. We each have the ability to speak up, to tell our stories, and if we’re good and if we’re lucky, to be heard.
Too often, though, there’s no signal. You may be pumping noise through your social media outlets, but noise isn’t signal. It’s merely a distraction. You’re talking, but you’re not saying anything, at least nothing that’s being heard.
You get to choose your story. If the story you’ve chosen doesn’t get through, it’s up to you to fix that. Pick a story that reflects your work, sure, but also one that resonates with the receiver.






from Seth's Blog
http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2013/05/no-signal.html?utm_source=feedburner&…

How markets allow people to violate their moral codes

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Here’s a press-release describing a paywalled paper in Science magazine, written by a pair of University of Bonn Economists. They conducted an experiment that showed how markets diffused responsibility for actions that ended up violating individual moral codes, so that people did things in market contexts that they had previously described as immoral when done individually.

“To study immoral outcomes, we studied whether people are willing to harm a third party in exchange to receiving money. Harming others in an intentional and unjustified way is typically considered unethical,” says Prof. Falk. The animals involved in the study were so-called “surplus mice”, raised in laboratories outside Germany. These mice are no longer needed for research purposes. Without the experiment, they would have all been killed. As a consequence of the study many hundreds of young mice that would otherwise all have died were saved. If a subject decided to save a mouse, the experimenters bought the anima…

Markets Erode Moral Values — Universität Bonn

Given the uproar about the conditions in the Bangladesh garment industry, this study shows us that much of the blame can be focused upon the nearest available mirror….
“Many people express objections against child labor, exploitation of the workforce or meat production involving cruelty against animals.
At the same time, however, people ignore their own moral standards when acting as market participants, searching for the cheapest electronics, fashion or food.
Thus, markets reduce moral concerns.
This is the main result of an experiment conducted by economists from the Universities of Bonn and Bamberg. The results are presented in the latest issue of the renowned journal “Science”.”
http://www3.uni-bonn.de/Press-releases/markets-erode-moral-values
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http://www3.uni-bonn.de/Press-releases/markets-erode-moral-values

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Undercover at Disney: 'Deplorable' scheme to skip lines - TODAY.com

And another loophole has been closed – Disney’s cracking down on people with disabled passes acting as “tour guides” for well-heeled able-bodied vacationers who want to cut to the front of every line and use the “tour guide”s pass to do so…
“Disney has a big problem with it, telling us in a statement: “We find it deplorable … We have initiated a review of this abuse and will take appropriate steps to deter this type of unacceptable activity.”
So no one’s jumping ahead of you this summer who shouldn’t be.
Our investigation got results. Disney is cracking down, sending out warning letters to anyone advertising these services online. And if they catch any of these “disabled tour guides” in the act, their disabled passes will be revoked, and they won’t be allowed back into the park.”
http://www.today.com/news/undercover-disney-deplorable-scheme-skip-lines-6C10131266
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Off the shelf EEG hardware records your dreams

It’s Inception, but with off the shelf parts and Open Source hardware….
“OpenEEG is a project that aims to reduce the cost of EEG hardware by providing the hardware, electrodes, software, and documentation to build your own EEG headset. It’s a great tool in the field of biofeedback, but [Michael] is going one step further; he’s busy writing an algorithm that will detect REM sleep and play an audio track while he’s in a dream state to trigger a lucid dream.”
http://hackaday.com/2013/06/01/off-the-shelf-eeg-hardware-records-your-dreams/
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http://hackaday.com/2013/06/01/off-the-shelf-eeg-hardware-records-your-dreams/

Off the shelf EEG hardware records your dreams #Facebook

Revealed: Hundreds of words to avoid using online if you don't want the government spying on you...

So maybe it’s not such a good idea to talk about the gas attack you had while eating Mexican pork…..
“The intriguing the list includes obvious choices such as ‘attack’, ‘Al Qaeda’, ‘terrorism’ and ‘dirty bomb’ alongside dozens of seemingly innocent words like ‘pork’, ‘cloud’, ‘team’ and ‘Mexico’.
Released under a freedom of information request, the information sheds new light on how government analysts are instructed to patrol the internet searching for domestic and external threats.”
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2150281/REVEALED-Hundreds-words-avoid-using-online-dont-want-government-spying-you.html
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Revealed: Hundreds of words to avoid using online if you don't want the government spying on you... #Facebook

Phonetic description of annoying noises teenagers make

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James Harbeck created this video to demonstrate various vocalizations that young adults make, to express emotions that are endemic to teens. From an accompanying article at The Week:

The next time you find yourself wondering about the highest use of linguistics, or enduring the insulting grunts and groans of petulant adolescents and wondering how such noises could even be described, bring the two worlds together. Clearly, linguistics exists just so we can give a technical description of those hard-to-spell sounds that erupt from callow youths. Here are seven examples (with three bonus variations).











from Boing Boing
http://boingboing.net/2013/05/31/phonetic-description-of-annoyi.html

Phonetic description of annoying noises teenagers make #observations

Overwolf Adds Skype, Facebook, YouTube, and More to Your Favorite Games

Finally, a way to run a full screen game and something else without using a second monitor….
“Overwolf works like Steam’s built-in overlay, but is even less intrusive. You press a set of hotkeys or mouse over the widget on the side of the screen (you can see how this works in the video above) and a button appears with tools you can use.
In Overwolf’s case, instead of getting what the service provides by default, you can choose the apps included. Overwolf has its own mini “app store” that has customized tools for Gmail, Skype, Facebook, IRC, even streaming music services like Pandora and Grooveshark.”
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http://lifehacker.com/overwolf-adds-skype-facebook-youtube-and-more-to-you-510588159

Overwolf Adds Skype, Facebook, YouTube, and More to Your Favorite Games #Facebook

3D-printed privacy cover for Glass puts everyone at ease

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There are a lot of people concerned about the camera on Google Glass, and how it could maybe be used if the wearer was in any way malevolent. To address this possible concern,…

from Geek.com
http://www.geek.com/android/3d-printed-privacy-cover-for-glass-puts-everyone-at-ease-1556913/

3D-printed privacy cover for Glass puts everyone at ease #observations

Activating mobile malware with Music and Light Sensors - The Hacker News

Now it’s not just malware from bad apps, it’s malware from bad tunes? C’mon man….
“the researchers reported that they triggered malware hidden inmobile devices using music from 17 meters away in a crowded hallway.”
http://thehackernews.com/2013/05/activating-mobile-malware-with-music.html
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Activating mobile malware with Music and Light Sensors - The Hacker News #Facebook