n. the act of deciding whether to give a departing acquaintance a hug or a handshake, calculated by measuring your relative orbits, how long it takes your signals to bounce back, and the proximity of a close friend who just gave them a hug, whose massive gravitational force could slingshot you into a long-distance wave.
“We have to appeal to the undecided, and change the conversation about Muslims in America. Because of that, we’re offering an open door. You know, I’d love it if Sarah Palin came to Park51 to see our community.
She’d see that we’re just as American as she is. She’d get the chance to meet some of her fellow citizens who happen to be Muslims. Consider that an open invitation, Mrs. Palin. We’d love to see you. We want to welcome everybody who cares about this city and about this country.”—
We, the undersigned, are troubled by the way information flows and the way meaning is produced in our society.
WE HAVE LOST CONFIDENCE in what we are seeing, hearing and reading: too much infotainment and not enough news; too many outlets telling the same stories; too much commercialism and too much hype. Every day, this commercial information system distorts our view of the world.
WE HAVE LOST FAITH in the institutions of the mass media. A handful of corporations now control more than half the information networks around the world. At a time when people worldwide face hunger, social disruption, war and ecological collapse, only those who know how to walk the walk, talk the talk or pay big bucks are getting their message across.
WE HAVE LOST HOPE that our national media regulators will act in the public interest. Essential rules limiting media ownership and concentration are being scrapped, while rules protecting local content and access are diluted.
WE HAVE LOST PATIENCE waiting for reform.
WE IMAGINE A DIFFERENT SYSTEM – a media democracy. We see great promise in the open communications of the internet and want that openness expanded into every form of media. We envision a global system of communications that has as its foundation the direct, democratic participation of citizens. To this end, we demand the timely transfer of key media sources back to the people.
As a start, we demand the right to buy radio and television airtime under the same rules and conditions as advertising agencies. We ask our media regulators to set aside two minutes of every broadcast hour for citizen-produced messages. We want the six largest media corporations in the world broken up into smaller units.
What we ultimately seek is a new human right for our information age, one that empowers freedom of speech with the right to access the media. This new human right is: The Right to Communicate.
WE HEREBY LAUNCH A MOVEMENT to enshrine The Right to Communicate in the constitutions of all free nations, and in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
NPR has been running reruns of a lot of their shows this August (I get it, even the radio gods need a holiday or two) but it makes me sad. Same goes for my podcasts - rebroadcasts are great unless you’re like me and have literally listened to every episode of all of your podcasts…
The contrasts between the two leaders are immediately apparent. Dr. Van Zandt is an academic, not a politician, and has a reputation for driving change through low-key, data-driven discussion and consensus. Mr. Kerrey is the first to admit he loves controversy and welcomes passionate debate.
Wait…is that the L train coming? Yes? No? Maybe? How about possibly. To find out if a train is approaching, you can try the classic NYC thing; which is leaning over the side of the subway platform just hoping to spot a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. Another option is to just play it cool and wait for a artificial breeze from the distance. Out of nowhere you will say “I feel a train approaching.” This will result in your slower minded friends in thinking that you have E.S.P. Though, recently you can take the easy route and get “spoiled” by the countdown LED signs.
New Mind Space and Jason Eppink are the clever minds behind the recent addition of “spoiler alert” signs on the L train line.
These were their motives behind it:
Their primary effect, then, is to erode faith in the system, to create expectations that can’t always be met, to raise false hopes, and to erase the mystery and magic of the wondrous system that transports more than five million riders a day.
These LED signs also threaten historical social behaviors, rendering obsolete the time-honored New York tradition of leaning over the platform edge with the hope of glimpsing headlights from an approaching train.
The Spoiler Alert signs warn waiting riders of this potentially unwanted information – allowing them to avert their eyes so they may preserve their spirit of adventure – while still leaving visible the data for travelers who wish to ruin the surprise for themselves.
We have submitted a design concept to a competition being run by New York designer Richard Smith. The Dollar ReDe$ign Project hopes to bring about change for everyone. We want to rebrand the US Dollar, rebuild financial confidence and revive our failing economy.
Why the size? We have kept the width the same as the existing dollars. However we have changed the size of the note so that the one dollar is shorter and the 100 dollar is the longest. When stacked on top of each other it is easy to see how much money you have. It also makes it easier for the visually impaired to distinguish between notes.
Why a vertical format? When we researched how notes are used we realized people tend to handle and deal with money vertically rather than horizontally. You tend to hold a wallet or purse vertically when searching for notes. The majority of people hand over notes vertically when making purchases. All machines accept notes vertically. Therefore a vertical note makes more sense.
Why different colors? It’s one of the strongest ways graphically to distinguish one note from another.
Why these designs? We wanted a concept behind the imagery so that the image directly relates to the value of each note. We also wanted the notes to be educational, not only for those living in America but visitors as well. Each note uses a black and white image depicting a particular aspect of American history and culture. They are then overprinted with informational graphics or a pattern relating to that particular image.
$1 – The first African American president $5 – The five biggest native American tribes $10 – The bill of rights, the first 10 amendments to the US Constitution $20 – 20th Century America $50 – The 50 States of America $100 – The first 100 days of President Franklin Roosevelt. During this time he led the congress to pass more important legislations than most presidents pass in their entire term. This helped fight the economic crises at the time of the great depression. Ever since, every new president has been judged on how well they have done during the first 100 days of their term.
Some thoughts on these:
1. Where are the founding fathers? A redesign doesn’t mean we have to toss history out the window
2. They seem impractical. I personally hate currencies that are different sizes - it makes dealing with wallets difficult. Also, the colors would surely fade or get dirty and then the knock out text would be impossible to read.
3. Helvetica, as lovely as it is, does not strike me as a font appropriate for American currency. Doesn’t seem very patriotic to me…
Sometimes I think the internet’s amateur culture is a little out of hand. I’m as big of a design nerd as you can get but even I don’t care about your charts & infographics anymore. Seriously people, you aren’t as witty as you think you are, half of your charts don’t make sense and your work itself is sloppy. The reason infographics has become so popular is that it shows you facts in a new light and should (and this is essential so listen up) add a new level of understanding to the data.
So if your chart is just an inside joke, or you’re procrastinating before getting to work, that’s fine but unless its a) really funny or b) really insightful (or hopefully both) please stop posting them.
And to prove my point, here is a really unnecessary chart I whipped up because I could
Even if you don’t think you care about your privacy settings, take a look at these settings & options
Why to do It Here are a couple situations off the top of our head where someone else tagging you could bring social doom:
You are at the bar when you are supposed to be at your girlfriend’s crappy art show. Your chat with your friend Jane, who checks into the bar and tags you: “At this awesome bar, just talked to [Your name here] about his Star Wars memorabilia collection!” Your girlfriend sees this on Jane’s wall, walks over to the bar and dumps you on the spot.
You are having an affair with your wife’s sister. Your wife’s sister checks into her home and says “Having awesome sex with [Your name here]”. Your wife sees this on her sister’s wall and divorces you. (Also, a robber you’re friends with steals your Star Wars memorabilia collection because he knows you’re out having the affair.)
That second one is not very probable, but you get the point!
At the Facebook places launch event, an engineer equated tagging someone in a check-in with tagging someone in a picture. Not quite the same thing. Someone has to point a thing at you and take your picture. But anyone can go to the bathroom, tag you in a check-in, then a significant other/spouse/boss/stranger sees it and: Boom. Your life is ruined. A picture does not automatically tell someone exactly where you are, with whom, when, and whether you are having an awesome time, despite the fact that you should be at your girlfriend’s terrible art opening.
How to do it Here’s how to make sure other people can’t tag you on Places. Plus, how to adjust the two other Places privacy settings. First, click on the Account tab at the top right and click Privacy Settings. Select the little blue “customize settings” towards the bottom of the screen that appears.
You’ll see a list of privacy options. Under the Things Others Share category, disable “Friends can check me in to Places.” Now, only you can broadcast your location.
You can also choose who can see your check-ins. Click the “Places I check in” pulldown under the Things I Share category. The default is “friends only.” Selecting “Customize” brings up a pop-up where you can exclude entire networks, individual people, or everyone.
Finally, you may want to disable the “People Here Now” feature. “People Here Now” allows any user checked in at a location to see who else is checked in there—even if they’re not friends. Make sure the box is unchecked next to “Include me in ‘People Here Now’ after I check in.”
There. Your Star Wars memorabilia collection is safe and you are ready to sneak around like the sexy Russian spy you may or may not be. Now if only there was a big button that could easily disable the whole damn thing.
I just won tickets to go see this. Thanks, @flavorpill
A Fool There Was Widely regarded as the screen’s first true sex symbol — a leading actress whose charm was built not upon quaint innocence but carnal desire — Theda Bara revolutionized the then-adolescent art of cinematic sensuality. One of the very few Bara films that exist today, A Fool There Was catapulted the actress to stardom in 1915 and introduced the term “vamp” (both as a noun and as a verb) to the American pop culture vocabulary. Bara plays the “Vampire,” a cunning woman who uses her irresistible charms to seduce and abandon a series of influential men. When one lover commits suicide on the deck of a luxury liner, she merely turns her gaze to another passenger, John Schuyler (Edward José), and leads him down a path to moral degradation and public scorn. Schuyler’s wife (Mabel Frenyear) never gives up hope for her husband’s redemption but has severely underestimated the hypnotic power the Vampire has upon her victims. One of the most remarkable aspects of A Fool There Was is its uncompromising ending: rather than offering a syrupy resolution of eleventh-hour moral enlightenment, the film refreshingly allows its characters to follow their downward trajectories toward less edifying fates. Dir. Frank Powell, 1915, digital presentation, 67 min.
“How strange it is. We have these deep terrible lingering fears about ourselves and the people we love. Yet we walk around, talk to people, eat and drink. We manage to function. The feelings are deep and real. Shouldn’t they paralyze us? How is it we can survive them, at least for a little while? We drive a car, we teach a class. How is it no one sees how deeply afraid we were, last night, this morning? Is it something we all hide from each other, by mutual consent? Or do we share the same secret without knowing it? Wear the same disguise?”—
A hormonal treatment to prevent ambiguous genitalia can now be offered to women who may be carrying such infants. It’s not without health risks, but to its critics those are of small consequence compared with this notable side effect: The treatment might reduce the likelihood that a female with the condition will be homosexual. Further, it seems to increase the chances that she will have what are considered more feminine behavioral traits.
I don’t even know what to say about this.
Are they saying homosexuality is a “notable side effect” that must be cured? “
Others suggest that you should prevent homosexuality if you can. But being gay or lesbian is not a disease and should not be treated as such.” I don’t understand - its not a disease and nothings wrong with it but lets prevent it anyways? Do these people listen to themselves when theyre saying these things?
Also, why do they always seem to find treatments for the rarest conditions? 1 in 15,000?