Nigella Lawson is a feminist goddess – her radical attitude to women’s bodies proves it
Lawson’s contribution to the way we view our bodies and the food that nourishes them is nothing short of radical. She teaches us that guilt need not accompany pleasure, that life is for living and stomachs are for filling.
nigellalawson  feminism  food  health 
34 minutes ago
PhotoScan – scanner by Google Photos
Photos from the past, meet scanner from the future.
app  google  photography 
2 hours ago
It’s time for a Bill of Data Rights
This essay argues that “data ownership” is a flawed, counterproductive way of thinking about data. It not only does not fix existing problems; it creates new ones. Instead, we need a framework that gives people rights to stipulate how their data is used without requiring them to take ownership of it themselves.
data  privacy  dataprotection  law 
6 hours ago
Surreal jigsaw puzzle montages
“A jigsaw puzzle manufacturer typically uses the same cut pattern for different puzzles,” Klein explains. “This makes the pieces of their puzzles interchangeable and I find that I can combine two or more to make a surreal image that the manufacturer never imagined.” [...] For his work, Klein uses vintage puzzles from the 1970s-90s, the selection of which can take years: “It’s an obsessive but enjoyable treasure hunt,” he says.
art  puzzles  jigsaws 
8 hours ago
Two images of the miners' strike, an instant apart: so which is the classic?
The great photographers Don McPhee and Martin Jenkinson both shot a miner in a policeman’s helmet confronting cops at Orgreave – but whose image became iconic, and who decides?
journalism  news  photography 
8 hours ago
From a panto dame to a Crisis chef: meet the people who make Christmas
What would the festive season be without cracker jokes, toys, carols, reindeer and a Sugar Plum Fairy? We meet those who work year-round to make the Yuletide special.
9 hours ago
The competitive business of recruiting pro Santas
“It’s incredibly demanding work,” says Ferrell. “If you’re at a big mall, you might see upwards of 3k kids per day. And with each one, you get 3-5 pictures. You’re looking at 10k bright flashes per day. When you get off, you can hardly see.”
jobs  christmas  santa  careers 
21 hours ago
The trouble with designing a book when its author is in jail
Janet Hansen on creating the cover for Nico Walker's Cherry
books  design  graphicdesign 
"The Virtues of Coffee" explained in 1690 ad: the cure for lethargy, scurvy, dropsy, gout & more
Price made a “litany of claims for coffee’s health benefits,” some of which “we’d recognize today and others that seem far-fetched.” In the latter category are assertions that “coffee-drinking populations didn’t get common diseases” like kidney stones or “Scurvey, Gout, Dropsie.” Coffee could also, Price claimed, improve hearing and “swooning” and was “experimentally good to prevent Miscarriage.”

Among these spurious medical benefits is listed a genuine effect of coffee—its relief of “lethargy.”
coffee  food  drink  history  advert 
Evelyn Berezin, 93, Dies; Built the First True Word Processor
In an age when computers were in their infancy and few women were involved in their development, Ms. Berezin (pronounced BEAR-a-zen) not only designed the first true word processor; in 1969, she was also a founder and the president of the Redactron Corporation, a tech start-up on Long Island that was the first company exclusively engaged in manufacturing and selling the revolutionary machines.


“Why is this woman not famous?” the British writer and entrepreneur Gwyn Headley asked in a 2010 blog post.

“Without Ms. Berezin,” he added enthusiastically, “there would be no Bill Gates, no Steve Jobs, no internet, no word processors, no spreadsheets; nothing that remotely connects business with the 21st century.”
technology  tech  historyoftechnology  typewriters  design 
2 days ago
Later School Start Times Really Do Work To Help Teens Get More Sleep : Shots - Health News : NPR
"This study shows a significant improvement in the sleep duration of students, all by delaying school start times so they're more in line with the natural wake-up times of adolescents," says senior author Horacio de la Iglesia, a University of Washington researcher and professor of biology.

The study also found an improvement in grades and a reduction in tardiness and absences.
education  schools  sleep 
2 days ago
‘Donald’ makes the list of 2018’s worst passwords
SplashData CEO Morgan Slain calls it “a real head-scratcher” that people continue putting themselves at risk, despite frequent news of highly publicized hacks like Marriott’s recent database breach and the National Republican Congressional Committee hacks during the midterm elections. People are doing exactly what they’re not supposed to do, like using their own names or celebrity names (like the president of the United States) as predictable passwords.
passwords  security 
3 days ago
Words of the Day: Shit-Ring & Bubble-Butt Bot-Net
After it swung into full gear, I actually deleted the Bot from instagram, cancelled my account completely with the Instagram Bot and denied all permissions for apps on the Instagram side, but the bot continued to like a whole range of fake accounts of women in the Phillippines with rotund derriers and too much make-up.

My clever and highly literary spouse who happens to have English as a second language has tried to describe this phenomena for what it really is
instagram  facebook  socialmedia  bots  words 
3 days ago
A time-lapse look at the making of Isle of Dogs’s animated sushi master
The 32-day shoot was created by Biddle and Tony Farquhar-Smith, who took over the scene at its mid-point when Biddle left to work on another project. Their hands fly around the set, yet the character’s false appendages seem to effortlessly glide across the table, handling undulating tentacles and perfectly slicing segments of fish.
art  animation  video  movies 
3 days ago
Secondhand armchairs and loveseats reconstructed into dripping multi-media sculptures by Nina Saunders
Danish artist Nina Saunders creates sculptures that drip, tip, and spill what appears to be amorphous contents onto the ground, turning domestic objects of comfort and kitsch into sculptural pieces unintended for practical use. Her works typically involve secondhand furniture like armchairs and love seats, with the occasional melting piano thrown into her multi-media practice. Floral fabrics run from chair to floor, while the shiny black exterior of a piano seems to leak from its position on the balcony of a busy mall.
design  furniture  sculpture 
3 days ago
Quartetto Sincronie performing Beethoven op. 74 num. 10
This is not a graphic experiment to represent Beethoven's work, but a precise research that attempts to narrate the musical and stage performance by the Quartetto Sincronie.
data  datavisualisation  music  charts  beethoven 
3 days ago
Dynamic Planet Interactive Scientific Poster
The Interactive Scientific Poster „Dynamic Planet” was designed and developed for the exhibition „Focus Earth” of the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences in Potsdam. One of the main advantages of a digital poster is that it can display dynamic content. This is at the same time the essential statement of the scientific poster "Dynamic Planet": our earth never stands still, is permanently shaken by earthquakes.
data  datavisualisation  science  earth  environment 
3 days ago
Information is Beautiful Awards 2018: The Winners
Let's raise a glass to dataviz that pushes boundaries, illuminates truth, and celebrates beauty. Thank you to everyone who joined us on the Information is Beautiful Awards journey this year - now see which entries took home trophies at tonight's spectacular ceremony.
data  datavisualisation  charts  design 
3 days ago
Across the world Anglophilia is giving way to Anglobemusement
Then there is the eccentricity of so many of the players. Many foreign observers instinctively shared Walter Bagehot’s view that Britain was divided between an “efficient” branch, led by the government, and a “dignified” branch, represented by the monarch (even if in their view the operative “d” word was not “dignified” but “deranged”). Britain could afford to be such an endearingly odd place, with its bloated royal family and tub-thumping tabloids, because it had a genius for putting sensible people in charge of the things that mattered. Today the general view abroad is that this formula has malfunctioned. The circus acts and charlatans have taken over, in the form of Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg, and the sensible people have been locked up in the Tower of London.


The biggest worry is not that the world’s view of Britain is changing. It is that this darker view of Britain is more realistic than the previous one. The Brexit vote could almost have been designed to reveal long-festering problems with the country: an elite educational system that puts too much emphasis on confidence and bluff and not enough on expertise; a political system that selects its leaders from a self-involved Oxbridge clique; a London-focused society that habitually ignores the worries of the vast mass of British people; and a Conservative Party that promotes so many pompous mediocrities. The reason Brexit is doing so much damage is not just that it is a mistake. It is a reckoning.
politics  europe  brexit 
3 days ago
The simple joy of “No Phones Allowed”
The no-phones policy illuminated something about smartphone use that’s hard to see when it’s so ubiquitous: our phones drain the life out of a room. They give everyone a push-button way to completely disengage their mind from their surroundings, while their body remains in the room, only minimally aware of itself. Essentially, we all have a risk-free ripcord we can pull at the first pang of boredom or desire for novelty, and of course those pangs occur constantly.

Every time someone in a group of people deploys a screen, the whole group is affected. Each disengaged person in a crowd is like a little black hole, a dead zone for social energy, radiating a noticeable field of apathy towards the rest of the room and what’s happening there.


I imagine that in another decade or two we’ll look at 2010s-era device use something like we do now with cigarette smoking. I was born in 1980, and I remember smoking sections on planes, which is unthinkable today. I wonder if today’s kids will one day vaguely remember the brief, bizarre time when people didn’t think twice about lighting up a screen in the middle of a darkened concert hall.
culture  mobile  technology  phones 
3 days ago
“Baby, It’s Cold Outside” – Quartz Obsession
In 2015, New Yorker food correspondent Helen Rosner stripped out the part of the apparent aggressor and concluded that the song is clearly about a “sexually aware woman worried about slut shaming.”

“The first two verses are both: (1) I have to go. (2) I’m having a great time, but (3) I’m scared of my family’s opinions,” Rosner wrote on Twitter. “She clearly wants to stay, is scared of the social ramifications of that choice, and in the end says ‘fuck society’s repressiveness’ & stays.”

“It’s all about how women in that era were not allowed to be unchaperoned with a man. The song is about two people who are mutually attracted and want to find an excuse to stay together,” said Karen North, a USC communications professor whose great uncle was a producer of Guys and Dolls and several other Loesser shows, in an interview with NBC.

“If you think ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ is creepy, you are robbing the woman in that song of her agency,” Rosner concluded. “You are the problem. I’m not kidding.”
music  politics 
3 days ago
Yo-Yo Ma — The Bach Project
It is a journey motivated not only by his six decade relationship with the music, but also by Bach's ability to speak to our common humanity at a time when our civic conversation is so often focused on division.
yoyoma  bach  classical  music 
3 days ago
Yo-Yo Ma’s days of action
Ma said that he had come to Anacostia because of the community’s efforts to strengthen itself through culture. “You give of yourselves from substance,” he said. “It’s not money, it’s not just work, it’s that you give of yourselves, and, when you do that, that’s when beauty emerges.” He then played the Prelude of Bach’s G-major Suite. Kymone Freeman, the station’s co-founder, approved. “This is the type of culture that should be exposed to our children,” Freeman told his listeners. “The first thing that gets cut is art. The last thing that gets funded is art.”


At the Bowl, Ma said little, disappearing into the music. For the cathedral concert, which was presented by Washington Performing Arts, he was in a more boisterous mood. He wore a colorful scarf around his neck, and explained that he had found it at an Anacostia boutique called Nubian Hueman. “I’m doing all of my holiday shopping there,” he said. At the halfway point—there was no intermission—he motioned for the audience to stand, which was taken as a signal for an ovation. But Ma wasn’t seeking adulation: he wanted everyone to stretch. He proceeded to do a few jumping jacks while holding his multimillion-dollar cello in one hand.
classical  music  charity  culture  yoyoma 
3 days ago
What if Bach had written Wham!’s ‘Last Christmas’?
This musician has combined Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, Mozart’s Divertimento in D and Wham!’s pop Christmas staple to create a surprisingly beautiful cello arrangement of ‘Last Christmas’. It’s pretty much just a cellist in period costume (doubled), alongside some delightful harmony and counterpoint.
classical  music  video 
3 days ago
The 75 best book covers of 2018
But it is December, and therefore I am inclined to ask: which book covers were the best? As I did last year and the year before that, I asked the experts: book designers. This year, I asked 27 designers to share their favorite book covers of the year, with a bit about why—and they came back with a whopping 75 different covers of note.
books  design 
4 days ago
Budweister hates the Holland Tunnel's decorations too
“We stand with @WhosCory. This is what our Newark Brewery will look like until they #MoveThatTree. #TunnelNotTonnel,” the Missouri-based company tweeted Wednesday, along with an image showing a wreath placed on top of the “U” in its Budweiser sign and a triangular tree slapped above the “E.”
christmas  design  sign  mentalhealth 
4 days ago
Petition: Move the Christmas Tree on the Holland Tunnel from the N to cover the A
The entrance to the Holland Tunnel (One of the busiest enterance ways into America’s most populated and famous city) is a majestic site of architecture and history.  A site that should be celebrated.  However, every Holiday Season it is decorated with 2 wreaths and a Holiday Tree.  But for some reason the tree is over the letter N in the word Holland instead of the letter A where it would fit perfectly.  This one small thing triggers anyone with the slightest hint of OCD every time they enter the city.   On top of that, it’s just unsightly and ruins the holiday festivities for people to enjoy on such a great piece of architecture.
christmas  design  sign  mentalhealth 
4 days ago
Holland Tunnel's Christmas decorations are 'OCD nightmare'
“I look at it and it makes me itch. It gives me anxiety and anger — why wouldn’t they just put [the tree] in front of the A?” fumed Cory Windelspecht, 38, of Tribeca, whose change.org petition notes that between one and three percent of Americans have obsessive compulsive disorder.

“One guy told me he avoids it completely and takes the Lincoln Tunnel because of the decorations.”
mentalhealth  christmas  design  sign 
4 days ago
The best magazine articles ever
The following are suggestions for the best magazine articles (in English) ever.  Stars denote how many times a correspondent has suggested it. Submitter comments are in italics.
news  journalism  writing 
4 days ago
When dedicated music fans emulate their idols
And if music is to serve as religion or means to achieve some sort of purpose, it is the concert hall where these various sects come to worship. Aware of this, photographer James Mollison spent three years documenting the appearances and behaviors of these 21st century disciples in an attempt to highlight how quickly–and tightly–one clings to the cult of celebrity to shape his or her own identity.
photography  music 
4 days ago
Why Amazon is a ‘bully’ and Facebook and Google are ‘the enemies of independent thought’
“That was my frustration when I went and talked to the Justice Department about Amazon,” Foer said. “It’s like, ‘Well, they’re actually hurting consumers over the long run by hurting producers. And they’re behaving in a bullying sort of way. Maybe not to consumers, but to producers. Why in God’s name can’t you see the harm?’ And they just couldn’t see it because it was so outside of the current paradigm under which they’re operating.”
amazon  business  facebook  google  internet 
5 days ago
Verizon takes a $5 billion writedown for its Yahoo and AOL purchases
It was easy to predict that Verizon would end up regretting the $10 billion or so that it had invested in AOL and Yahoo. The two companies used to define the internet, but by the time the phone company bought them, they were long past their prime. [...]

Now Verizon has formally acknowledged that it, too, can’t turn AOL and Yahoo around and has written off $4.6 billion of the money it spent buying the two properties. The playbook from here on out calls for a series of staff cuts and asset sales, followed by more writedowns, followed by more cuts, etc.
internet  yahoo  aol  business 
5 days ago
Twitter’s 280 character limit increased engagement without increasing the average tweet length
With the benefit of hindsight, it seems clear that bumping up the character limit gave some users a bit more room to breathe and enjoy the service. As to why bumping up the character limit to 280 has done little to increase the overall character count, the company a few months back said that the length of an average tweet checked in below 50 characters.
twitter  socialmedia 
5 days ago
Viral history Twitter threads: 2018 was the year historians embraced the platform.
Historians used the Twitter thread to add context and accuracy to the news cycle in 2018. Here’s how they did it.
news  twitter  politics  history 
5 days ago
Google’s top 10 ‘how to’ questions of 2018 answered – from deleting Facebook to doing the floss
Google has released the results of its annual Year in Search, which reveals the most Googled people, places, events and more. Here we answer the UK’s top 10 “how to” questions of the year. So, in no particular order, here’s how to …
google  search 
5 days ago
The year in search 2018
As each year closes, Google Trends data reflects not only these everyday queries, but also the moments, people, ideas, and questions that made that trip around the sun so unique. During a year of highs and lows, the Year in Search highlights all the ways people continued to search for “good”—and this year, it was more than ever.
google  search 
5 days ago
Infinite cities take shape in imagined architectural drawings by JaeCheol Park
JaeCheol Park, who goes by the artist name PaperBlue, creates intricate drawings in the style of architectural drafts. But rather than imagining a buildable building, Park employs the classic illustrative aesthetic to form fantastical urban environments where structures appear and disappear, bleeding into one another in a haze of geometric patterns. His loose linework and intensive layering enliven the historical architectural styles he highlights in his drawings.
korea  art  drawing  architecture  cities 
5 days ago
Brazilian booksellers face wave of closures that leave sector in crisis
In a widely shared “love letter to books”, Companhia das Letras co-founder Luiz Schwarcz has laid out the stark reality of Brazil’s current book market, urging readers to buy books this Christmas to help the sector survive.

“It remains impossible to predict the full extent of the knock-on effects of this crisis, but they are nonetheless already terrifying … Here, many towns are about to be left without a single bookstore, and publishers are now faced with the challenge of getting their books out to readers and have to deal with significant accumulated loss,” wrote Schwarcz, who won a lifetime achievement award at the 2017 London book fair.
books  bookshop  brazil 
6 days ago
Cartas de amor aos livros - Love letters to books
Without wanting to publicly judge third-party mistakes, but willing to honestly criticize the category in general, I write this open letter further to ask all of us editors, booksellers, and authors to look for creative and idealistic solutions right now. The networks of solidarity that have formed side by side during the election campaign may be a good example of what can be done for the book today. Letters, zaps, e-mails, social media posts and videos, made with an open heart, in which sincerity prevails, seeking to support the partners of the book, with special attention to their most fragile protagonists, are more than welcome: they are required. What we need now, among other things, is from love letters to books.

To those who, like me, have in their affection for books their reason for living, I ask them to spread messages; that spread the desire to buy books at the end of the year, books of their favorite authors, new writers who want to discover books bought in bookstores that survive heroically to the crisis, fulfilling their commitments, and also in bookstores that are in difficulties, but who need our help to rebuild.
books  bookshops  brazil 
6 days ago
Teaching kids to code: I’m a developer and I think it doesn’t actually teach important skills.
Coding is not the new literacy. While most parents are literate and know to read to their kids, most are not programmers and have no idea what kind of skills a programmer needs. Coding books for kids present coding as a set of problems with “correct” solutions. And if your children can just master the syntax, they’ll be able to make things quickly and easily. But that is not the way programming works. Programming is messy. Programming is a mix of creativity and determination. Being a developer is about more than syntax, and certain skills can only be taught to the very young.
children  education  programming  technology 
6 days ago
E-receipts from leading retailers 'may break data protection rules'
Some big high street names include unwanted marketing information, Which? says
commerce  shopping  dataprotection  gdpr  e-mail 
6 days ago
Jack Dorsey missed the point of meditation on his Myanmar retreat
The problem with this—apart from indicating Dorsey’s inability to truly detach from technology—is that it misses the point of the very practice he was engaged in. Spiritual practice can’t be measured, not in quantifiable terms, and the notion of “best meditations” is problematic.


Indeed, if Dorsey’s retreat had really “succeeded” he probably would not have tweeted about it at all. And we’d have nothing to criticize because he would have realized that he doesn’t need to publicize his activities in order to confirm his existence and gain the approval of others.
twitter  socialmedia  meditation  buddhism 
6 days ago
Google+ is shutting down sooner than expected
On Monday (Dec. 10), the company revealed that a security flaw could have exposed profile information such as names, email addresses, jobs, and ages of 52.5 million Google+ users without their permission in November. The Alphabet-owned company now says it will close down the main Google+ platform by April 2019, four months earlier than planned.
google  socialmedia  dataprotection  security 
6 days ago
The 25 best films of 2018: a video countdown
Edited by IndieWire Senior Film Critic, David Ehrlich
film  movies 
7 days ago
Life imitates art as play about antisemitism faces wave of abuse
“The play has been written from a place of tangible fear. Things that were on the fringes of the far right and the far left started creeping in to the mainstream. In the last few years it seems like people feel they have permission to be antisemitic,” he said. “You see it in our politics, on our social media, with our kids getting beaten up on the streets. I wanted to chart that.”
theatre  racism  religion  society 
7 days ago
Resolved: Debate is stupid
People — yes, even you — do not make decisions on an entirely rational basis. An audience is more easily won over with a one-liner that inspires applause or laughter than a five-minute explanation of a complicated phenomenon. A false statistic repeated confidently will be more convincing than a truth stated haltingly by some guy you’ve never heard of.
psychology  communication  politics 
8 days ago
Teaching data visualization to kids
I’d love to see a way to make data visualization education a broader part of the curriculum, both on its own and linked with their math and other classes. Imagine adding different shapes to maps in their Social Studies classes to encode data or using waterfall charts in their math classes to visually demonstrate a simple mathematical equation or developing simple network diagrams in science class. The combination of the scientific approach to data visualization and the creativity it sparks could serve as a great way to help students learn.
data  datavisualisation  education  children  schools  science  maths 
10 days ago
Teaching kids data visualization
Jonathan Schwabish gave his fourth-grade son’s class a lesson on data visualization. He wrote about his experience:
datavisualisation  data  education 
10 days ago
The Guardian view on the Brexit backstop: getting Ireland wrong again
If nothing else, this is an example of English Toryism’s chickens coming home to roost. The leave campaign in England utterly ignored the warnings in 2016 from Sir John Major, Tony Blair and others about the disruptions that Brexit could bring to Ireland. Northern Irish voters, where a majority chose to remain, could not be so dismissive. But Mrs May then ignored warnings that a post-election deal with the DUP – a party fundamentally out of step on Brexit with majority opinion in Northern Ireland and the Republic – would come back to haunt her.
politics  europe  ireland  brexit 
10 days ago
2018 in photos: Wrapping up the year
As the year comes to a close, it’s time to take a look back at some of the most memorable events and images of 2018. Among the events covered in this essay (the last of a three-part photo summary of the year): midterm congressional elections in the United States, hurricanes and typhoons in Asia and North America, a contentious confirmation hearing for the U.S. Supreme Court, Brazil’s election of the far-right Jair Bolsonaro as its new president, a horrific attack on a synagogue in Pittsburgh, and much more.
news  photography  time 
10 days ago
2018 in photos: A look at the middle months
As the year comes to a close, it’s time to take a look back at some of the most memorable events and images of 2018. Among the events covered in this essay (the second of a three-part photo summary of the year): Mexico elected a new president, World Cup fans cheered and cried, protests rocked Nicaragua, a new Ebola outbreak hit central Africa, lava destroyed neighborhoods in Hawaii, and much more.
news  photography  time 
10 days ago
2018 in photos: How the first months unfolded
As the year comes to a close, it’s time to take a look at some of the most memorable events and images of 2018. Events covered in this essay (the first of a three-part photo summary of the year) include the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, the March for Our Lives gun control rally, Mark Zuckerberg facing Congress, continued conflict in Syria and Yemen, the birth of a royal baby, and much more.
news  photography  time 
10 days ago
This is what happens when a stable genius leads a stupid country
Trump knows “more about courts than any human being.” He knows “more about steelworkers than anybody.” He knows “more about ISIS than the generals do,” and “more about offense and defense than they will ever understand.” He knows “more about wedges than any human being that’s ever lived.” He even knows more about medicine than his doctor, dictating a doctor’s letter predicting he would be “the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.”
news  politics  satire  trump 
10 days ago
Instacrammed: the big fib at the heart of New Zealand picture-perfect peaks
The Roys Peak walk has a five-star rating on TripAdvisor, with many commenting that it was now essential to leave as early as 3am to avoid congestion and crowds on the track. Last year the local council doubled the car park’s capacity and installed toilets along the walk to try and manage the crowds, but locals say that has simply encouraged more to come.

“It was hard to get a photo without several strangers in it,” wrote one visitor to Roys Peak on TripAdvisor, “and a tad awkward posing for a picture with such a large audience.”
instagram  photography  tourism 
10 days ago
Why the Large Hadron Collider is shutting down for two years
Several parts of the LHC will receive upgrades during this two-year period, also called “Long Shutdown 2.” The injectors that feed particles to the accelerator will be altered to accommodate stronger particle beams, according to a CERN release. The linear accelerators, the first steps of the accelerator process, will be replaced. Other accelerators along the way to the final LHC ring will receive upgrades, as will electrical components. Each of the collision-measuring detectors will see upgrades; one of them, LHCb, will be nearly replaced.
science  physics  cern 
10 days ago
Steven Pinker: The media exaggerates negative news. This distortion has consequences
News is about things that happen, not things that don’t happen. We never see a journalist saying to the camera, “I’m reporting live from a country where a war has not broken out”— or a city that has not been bombed, or a school that has not been shot up. As long as bad things have not vanished from the face of the earth, there will always be enough incidents to fill the news, especially when billions of smartphones turn most of the world’s population into crime reporters and war correspondents.
news  history  journalism  mentalhealth  psychology 
11 days ago
O2 calls/texts not working? Network issue affects Sky Mobile, Tesco Mobile and giffgaff
Apparently, the company’s service status page is also down, likely because of the heavy traffic it’s been receiving in the past few hour or so.
tesco  mobile 
11 days ago
Once-in-a century refurbishment for York Minster's Grand Organ
The instrument, parts of which date back to 1834, will be removed this autumn – including almost all of its 5263 pipes – and taken to Durham for repair/rebuilding by organ specialists Harrison and Harrison. The project will take around two years to complete, with the restored instrument due to be ready for use in autumn 2020.
york  minster  organ  music 
11 days ago
Healthy food is the latest trend in baby names
“As fast food and processed snacks lose ground to clean eating and Paleo diets, more Gen Z and Millennial parents are choosing baby names that reflect their love of healthy foods,” BabyCenter explains in its press release. For girls, parents are increasingly picking names like Kale, Kiwi, Maple, Hazel, Clementine, Sage, Saffron, and Rosemary. Names like Saffron, Sage, and Hazel are also on the rise for boys.
names  parenting  children  health  food 
11 days ago
6 Google spreadsheet tricks that are easy to learn and remember
The Google Translate function is capable of translating the content across hundreds of cells into multiple languages. Furthermore, this function will also help you detect which language is currently being used in the Google Sheets. This is how you can translate the individual cells in a spreadsheet from one language to another.
google  spreadsheets  tips  software  language 
11 days ago
Helena Sarin: Why bigger isn’t always better with GANs and AI art
Sarin’s still lifes remind me of the early Cubist collage works by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. The connection makes sense to me given that GANs function a bit like an early Cubist, fracturing images and recombining elements through “algorithms” to form a completely new perspective.  As with Analytic Cubism, Sarin’s work features a limited color pallet and a flat and shallow picture plane. We can even see the use of lettering in Sarin’s work that looks and feels like the lettering from the newsprint used in the early Cubist collages.
art  ai 
12 days ago
Theresa May staggers on after three Brexit defeats in single day
Doggedly vowing to plough on with her controversial EU deal, the prime minister insisted there was no alternative that could command public support – and warned that rejecting it would be risky. “This argument has gone on long enough, it is corrosive to our politics and life depends on compromise,” she said.
politics  brexit  europe 
12 days ago
The write stuff: paperless and hi-tech ways to make a note of things
Research shows the average person has 48.6 thoughts per minute, so it’s lucky firms are devising ever more clever digital gadgets so we can record them all
Bright ideas include Rocketbook Everlast, Livescribe smartpens and latest Apple iPad Pro, Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 and Moleskin Smart Writing Set
paper  productivity  technology 
12 days ago
The mental dangers of a cluttered home, and how you can avoid the anxiety it causes | South China Morning Post
But how is clutter linked to depression? Dr Esslin Terrighena, a psychologist at Mind Balance in Hong Kong’s Central district, says that clutter can make us feel frustrated by the way it invades our home, which, for many of us, is our safe space. However, we also do not know where to start getting rid of the clutter, so we feel helpless and overwhelmed. [...]

The irony about clutter is that it also makes us feel safe and secure. This is why we find it hard to part with objects that are meaningful to us, or items that have been in our possession for a while that we feel we must hold on to, ‘just in case’ (we think we will use them one day, but that day usually never comes).
12 days ago
BRIDGIT | Arts Council Collection
Narrative fragments sourced from personal emails, anecdotes and found text provide the starting point for much of Charlotte Prodger’s work, which encompasses sculpture, moving image, sound and performance. BRIDGIT (2016), a 32 minute film that brings together a range of short clips filmed on the artist’s iPhone over a period of a year, offers a complex meditation on the relationship between place, time and identity.
art  video  iphone 
12 days ago
iPhone film-maker Charlotte Prodger wins 2018 Turner prize
Farquharson said the jury felt Bridgit was “incredibly impressive in the way that it dealt with lived experience, the formation of a sense of self through disparate references”. He said the work evoked traditions in landscape art and had psychological weight. “It ends up being so unexpectedly expansive. This is not what we expect from video clips shot on iPhones.”
art  video  iphone 
12 days ago
25 questions about Hanukkah, answered
From proper spellings and whether to call it a menorah or hanukkiah, to how to celebrate in space and where you can find a competitive dreidel game, we have the answers to 25 pressing questions about the Festival of Lights.
religion  judaism 
12 days ago
The Last Curious Man: The enormous life of Anthony Bourdain, according to those who knew him best.
Tenaglia: I don't think it was a shock that one day we would get a call. It was like, "Okay. Maybe we should prepare ourselves that one day Tony's either gotten into a plane crash, or flipped on an ATV, had a heart attack."

Collins: Not expecting, but you acknowledge that it could happen.

Tenaglia: But we didn't expect that call. It's like someone's just hit you with a giant fucking frying pan.
tv  celebrity  mentalhealth 
12 days ago
Against debate
Everybody, it seems, wants a debate. Theresa May wants to debate her Brexit deal with Corbyn; Grace Blakeley invites her critics to “come debate me”; and Sarah O’Connor wants a “nuanced debate now about what we value in the economy”.

Include me out. Most debates – and especially televised ones between politicians – are worse than a waste of time. They are downright pernicious.

[...] The confident assertion of a clear statement beats caution and caveats. Experiments tell us that people often mistake overconfidence for competence thereby selecting for it and against actual ability. Debates favour articulate overconfident posh folk who in fact know nothing – which is why we got into this mess.
politics  communication  language 
13 days ago
The new word processor wars: A fresh crop of productivity apps are trying to reinvent our workday
Nearly 30 years after Microsoft Office came on the scene, it’s in the DNA of just about every productivity app. Even if you use Google’s G Suite or Apple’s iWork, you’re still following the Microsoft model.

But that way of thinking about work has gotten a little dusty, and new apps offering a different approach to getting things done are popping up by the day. There’s a new war on over the way we work, and the old “office suite” is being reinvented around rapid-fire discussion threads, quick sharing and light, simple interfaces where all the work happens inside a single window.
apps  productivity  work  software  microsoft  office 
13 days ago
Edward Gorey’s enigmatic world
Gorey took endless pains over these funny and melancholy books. He could go on drawing the fine little lines far into the night, and if one of his cats tipped over the inkpot—he let the cats sit on his desk and watch him work—he would patiently start over. In the thirty-odd years that he lived in New York, he published around seventy volumes, some of them real miracles of book art. Especially fine are the early ones. In 1958, right after “The Doubtful Guest,” came “The Object-Lesson.” Here are three pages of its text:

On the shore a bat, or possibly an umbrella,
disengaged itself from the shrubbery,
causing those nearby to recollect the miseries of childhood.
art  illustration  books  edwardgorey 
13 days ago
Hackers breach Quora.com and steal password data for 100 million users
Compromised information includes cryptographically protected passwords, full names, email addresses, data imported from linked networks, and a variety of non-public content and actions, including direct messages, answer requests and downvotes. The breached data also included public content and actions, such as questions, answers, comments, and upvotes. In a post published late Monday afternoon, Quora officials said they discovered the unauthorized access on Friday. They have since hired a digital forensics and security firm to investigate and have also reported the breach to law enforcement officials.
security  dataprotection 
13 days ago
Marriott's Starwood hotels mega-hack: Half a BILLION guests' deets exposed over 4 years
Few hacks of individual firm's customer data have come close to the scale of this one. The Yahoo! breach in 2013 saw three billion email accounts breached, while Carphone Dixons, the UK electronics retail chain, managed to lose control of 5.9 million sets of payment card data. In the US, the US Government Office for Personnel Management (which handles sensitive files on millions of government workers) had the personal data of 21 million employees' breached by hackers.
security  dataprotection 
13 days ago
The digital Maginot Line
The conflict is still being processed as a series of individual skirmishes – a collection of disparate, localized, truth-in-narrative problems – but these battles are connected. The campaigns are often perceived as organic online chaos driven by emergent, bottom-up amateur actions when a substantial amount is, in fact, helped along or instigated by systematic, top-down institutional and state actions. This is a kind of warm war; not the active, declared, open conflict of a hot war, but beyond the shadowboxing of a cold one.
politics  technology  socialmedia  security  information 
14 days ago
Vivian Maier: The Color Work - Exhibitions - Howard Greenberg Gallery
“Maier was an early poet of color photography,” writes Joel Meyerowitz in the foreword to the book. “You can see in her photographs that she was a quick study of human behavior, of the unfolding moment, the flash of a gesture, or the mood of a facial expression—brief events that turned the quotidian life of the street into a revelation for her.”
photography  art  galleries 
14 days ago
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