barely concealed nuance

yo, it's gabi.

April 17, 2014 at 12:35pm
93 notes
Reblogged from new-aesthetic
new-aesthetic:

Placemeter | Making your city better

Imagine never having to guess how busy your favorite restaurant is or waiting in line at the grocery store. Placemeter is making it possible, one sensor at a time. Be smarter about your time—and help your neighbors do the same—by becoming a Meter.

Startup wants to use your old phone taped to your window to track how busy locations are.
Previously posted, without knowing the source of the imagery: video of Placemeter’s algorithmic output.
Video of Placemeter’s pitch at Websummit: “Many of you look at this video and see Times Square. But I have 20 years of computer vision experience, and I see a data mine here.”

new-aesthetic:

Placemeter | Making your city better

Imagine never having to guess how busy your favorite restaurant is or waiting in line at the grocery store. Placemeter is making it possible, one sensor at a time. Be smarter about your time—and help your neighbors do the same—by becoming a Meter.

Startup wants to use your old phone taped to your window to track how busy locations are.

Previously posted, without knowing the source of the imagery: video of Placemeter’s algorithmic output.

Video of Placemeter’s pitch at Websummit: “Many of you look at this video and see Times Square. But I have 20 years of computer vision experience, and I see a data mine here.”

April 7, 2014 at 5:59pm
11 notes
Reblogged from algopop
algopop:

Nest Labs’ Smoke Detector wave-detect fail - via NYT
Nest Labs have halted sales of their smoke detector because one of its algorithms has been found to accidentally switch the device off. A feature that lets you wave at the device to temporarily disable it has caused concern as the algorithm failed to distinguish other movements from a waving motion, potentially disabling the device when it is most needed. 

algopop:

Nest Labs’ Smoke Detector wave-detect fail - via NYT

Nest Labs have halted sales of their smoke detector because one of its algorithms has been found to accidentally switch the device off. A feature that lets you wave at the device to temporarily disable it has caused concern as the algorithm failed to distinguish other movements from a waving motion, potentially disabling the device when it is most needed. 

April 3, 2014 at 5:58pm
8,632 notes
Reblogged from tastefullyoffensive
tastefullyoffensive:

[lefjak03]

Huzzah!

tastefullyoffensive:

[lefjak03]

Huzzah!

March 30, 2014 at 1:27pm
159 notes
Reblogged from mikerugnetta

Thinking of the value of the humanities predominately in terms of earnings and employment is to miss the point. America should strive to be a society of free people deeply engaged in “the pursuit of happiness,” not simply one of decently compensated and well-behaved employees.

A true liberal-arts education furnishes the mind with great art and ideas, empowers us to think for ourselves and appreciate the world in all its complexity and grandeur. Is there anyone who doesn’t feel a pang of desire for a meaning that goes beyond work and politics, for a meaning that confronts the mysteries of life, love, suffering and death?

I once had a student, a factory worker, who read all of Schopenhauer just to find a few lines that I quoted in class. An ex-con wrote a searing essay for me about the injustice of mandatory minimum sentencing, arguing that it fails miserably to live up to either the retributive or utilitarian standards that he had studied in Introduction to Ethics. I watched a preschool music teacher light up at Plato’s “Republic,” a recovering alcoholic become obsessed by Stoicism, and a wayward vet fall in love with logic (he’s now finishing law school at Berkeley). A Sudanese refugee asked me, trembling, if we could study arguments concerning religious freedom. Never more has John Locke—or, for that matter, the liberal arts—seemed so vital to me.

I’m glad that students who major in disciplines like philosophy may eventually make as much as or more than a business major. But that’s far from the main reason I think we should invest in the humanities.

— Would You Hire Socrates by Scott Samuelson, via Leiter Reports. (via mikerugnetta)

(via shrugsbunny)

March 27, 2014 at 8:24am
2 notes
Reblogged from annesisto

annesisto:

This actually happened. 
LL Cool J explains rap & hip hop to Maine. 1985.

March 24, 2014 at 1:23pm
39 notes
Reblogged from programmersbeingdicks

Scientists Being Dicks →

programmersbeingdicks:

The organisers of the Consensus science event at the ExCel centre in London don’t have much regard for inclusivity, we note. A quite spiteful question was added to (and then pulled from) their FAQ (screen grab below).

image

I am a fanatical, misandristic ‘feminist’. May I drone on about the…

12:18pm
3 notes
Horace and Agnes met on a train. It was overcrowded and stiflingly hot. Horace politely asked if he could possibly share the last remaining seat next to Agnes. She moved her pocketbook into her lap and smiled. He gently slid into his seat and smiled back. She was shy at first but Horace enthusiastically engaged her in conversation. They talked for over two hours. So engrossed with each other they both missed their stops.
more.

Horace and Agnes met on a train. It was overcrowded and stiflingly hot. Horace politely asked if he could possibly share the last remaining seat next to Agnes. She moved her pocketbook into her lap and smiled. He gently slid into his seat and smiled back. She was shy at first but Horace enthusiastically engaged her in conversation. They talked for over two hours. So engrossed with each other they both missed their stops.

more.

10:31am
0 notes

Only an ideological world outlook could have imagined societies without an ideology and accepted the utopian idea of a world in which ideology would disappear without a trace…

— Louis Althusser

7:46am
4,867 notes
Reblogged from ilivingston
breezybree:

breezybree:

This is stellar.

Re-posting because it is just that amazing.

breezybree:

breezybree:

This is stellar.


Re-posting because it is just that amazing.

(Source: ilivingston, via thoriumdirigible)

March 21, 2014 at 11:05am
2 notes
Reblogged from jfann

Every Major League Baseball Ballpark

jfann:

Having some fun, put together aerial shots of all 30 MLB ballparks and blended them together.

image

And since this is tumblr, here’s a gif!

image