Cornerround: Corner Protector for Books


Sun, Apr 20, 2014 21:00 EDT 9538* by capnasty NEWS

Cornerround: Corner Protector for Books

Following a similar principle as the phone protector, the Cornerround protect the delicate corners of books from accidental falls. The product, featured on the Design Nobis website, received the bronze award in the Gift Items Design category.

For the meticulous readers who cares their books a lot, corneround is a perfect product which supplies a longer protection for the covers and enables a lifetime use of the books. Corneround is not only used for books, it is able to preserve also all your documents such as notebooks, personal agendas, or a stack of paper attached together regardless of the paper or book sizes.


Snack Quarterly: For the Distinguished Snack Enthusiast


Sun, Apr 20, 2014 11:00 EDT 9537* by capnasty NEWS

Created by Alexander Barrett and Brad Simon, Snack Quarterly is an online publication that brings a variety of artists together to share "their insights and ideas on the subject of snacks and snacking." This isn't about food one eats four nourishment, but simply about the decadent pleasure of those meals between meals.

It’s the food we eat not to sustain ourselves, but out of pure desire that gets to the heart of who we are as a people.

[...] Essays, illustrations, anecdotes, and practical snacking tips post four times a year on our beautifully designed, ad-free website.

If you’re a casual snacker, a professional snacker, or if you’re interested into delving deeper into the world of snacks, let Snacks Quarterly be your guide to a purposeful snack-based lifestyle.



Where Nobody Lives


Sat, Apr 19, 2014 21:00 EDT 9535* by capnasty NEWS

The Maps By Nik Tumblr showcases maps of America locating the areas where absolutely nobody lives. While portions of Alaska would be expected, western United States is a surprisingly barren and desolated area with vast swats of "zero population."

A Block is the smallest area unit used by the U.S. Census Bureau for tabulating statistics. As of the 2010 census, the United States consists of 11,078,300 Census Blocks. Of them, 4,871,270 blocks totaling 4.61 million square kilometers were reported to have no population living inside them. Despite having a population of more than 310 million people, 47 percent of the USA remains unoccupied.

Green shading indicates unoccupied Census Blocks. A single inhabitant is enough to omit a block from shading.



"Would you pay $500 to follow the latest season?" Why People Pirate 'Game of Thrones'

#Television, #Copyright

Sat, Apr 19, 2014 11:00 EDT 9536 by capnasty NEWS

Game of Thrones, possibly the most pirated television show in the world, is also the most expensive to watch if you were to do so legally. TorrentFreak breaks down what it would cost to watch the show legally in a variety of countries.

In Canada, Game of Thrones comes in a package of The Movie Network. The price is roughly $20 CAD (~ 18 USD) per month on both Bell and Rogers. This also requires a digital or satellite TV subscription, which drives the price up to over $60 CAD per month for those who don’t have one.

Again, as with the previous examples, some plans require a several-months-long contract which makes it less interesting for those who only want to watch Game of Thrones.


Twelve Most Impressive Long Takes in Film History


Fri, Apr 18, 2014 20:00 EDT 9532* by capnasty NEWS

Cinefix has put together this video sporting the 12 best long takes in film history. A long take is "an uninterrupted shot in a film which lasts much longer than the conventional editing pace either of the film itself or of films in general, usually lasting several minutes."

There's no greater statement of a director's prowess than a long shot in a single take. And these are 12 of the most masterful.


Parrots and Dolphins Name Their Children


Fri, Apr 18, 2014 12:00 EDT 9534* by capnasty NEWS

On NPR, Robert Krulwich looks at the work of scientist Karl Berg who has been studying green-rumped parrotlet, "a cup-it-in-your-hand adorable little green parrot that lives in Venezuela." Reportedly, these animals will name their young and, best of all, those names "stick for life."

Scientist Karl Berg has constructed a bunch of parrot nests on a Venezuelan ranch, and he's got mini-cams in those nests recording everything these little birds do. As you'll hear, they peep a lot.

"Most people say, 'Well, all those calls are just noise,' " Karl told Virginia Morell, but "I think they're having conversations." Berg has listened to so many parrots in so many nests for so long, he has that weeks after birth, these little birds begin to use very specific peeps to identify themselves to others. Not only that, they learn the peeping "names" of their parents, brothers, sisters, and use them in conversation, as in, "Peep-duh-dee-Peep, is that you?"



"Kepler 186f is the first validated, Earth-size planet in the habitable zone of another star."


Fri, Apr 18, 2014 11:00 EDT 9531* by capnasty NEWS

Elisa V. Quintana of the SETI Institute and NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif., reported that Kepler 186f, a planet that's a tad bigger and a touch colder than our own home planet, was found in the habitable zone of another star, about 500 lighy-years away.

With its smaller size, Kepler 186f is more likely to have an Earth-like rocky surface, another step in astronomers’ quest for what might be called Earth 2.0.

“It’s a progression,” said another member of the discovery team, Thomas S. Barclay of the Bay Area Environmental Research Institute. “This planet really reminds us of Earth.”

The researchers speculate that it is made of the same stuff as Earth — iron, rock, ice, liquid water, although the relative amounts could be very different.

The gravity on Kepler 186f, too, is likely to be roughly the same as Earth’s. “You could far more easily imagine someone being able to go there and walk around



Technological Transreligion and the Singularity

#Death, #Future, #Religion, #Technology

Fri, Apr 18, 2014 10:00 EDT 9533 by capnasty NEWS

Time magazine brings to attention Terasem, a transreligion which its main practice is to dispatch mindfiles, "the memories, thoughts and feelings of people who wish to create digital copies of themselves and fling them into space" with the idea that "they’ll eventually reach some benevolent alien species."

Sure, it’s easy to dismiss people who think they can somehow cheat death with a laptop. But Terasem is a potent symbol of a modern way of life where the digital world and the emotional one have become increasingly entwined. It is also a sign, if one from the fringe, of the always evolving relationship between technology and faith. Survey after survey has shown the number of Americans calling themselves “religious” has declined despite the fact that many still identify as “spiritual.” People are searching, and no longer do they look to technology to provide mere order for their lives. They also want meaning. Maybe, it’s time to hack our



300 Doctors Commit Suicide Every Year


Thu, Apr 17, 2014 21:00 EDT 9530 by capnasty NEWS

According to The Daily Beast, the most miserable career is that of the doctor. Reportedly, the profession has a high level of unhappiness and "a few years back, it was named the second-most suicidal occupation."

Simply put, being a doctor has become a miserable and humiliating undertaking. Indeed, many doctors feel that America has declared war on physicians—and both physicians and patients are the losers.

Not surprisingly, many doctors want out. Medical students opt for high-paying specialties so they can retire as quickly as possible. Physician MBA programs—that promise doctors a way into management—are flourishing. The website known as the Drop-Out-Club—which hooks doctors up with jobs at hedge funds and venture capital firms—has a solid following. In fact, physicians are so bummed out that 9 out of 10 doctors would discourage anyone from entering the profession.



Google X: Google's Secretive Lab

#Google World Domination

Thu, Apr 17, 2014 20:00 EDT 9528* by capnasty NEWS

On Fast Company, Jon Gertner takes us inside Google's secretive laboratory, the place that brought the self-driving car and Google Glass to life. This isn't a place designed to churn out ideas to make Google better on the Internet. Instead, its goal is to find "unusual solutions to huge global problems" while working in a way for which there is "no historical model, no ­precedent, for what these people are doing." Sounds like a nerd's paradise.

X does not employ your typical Silicon Valley types. Google already has a large lab division, Google Research, that is devoted mainly to computer science and Internet technologies. The distinction is sometimes framed this way: Google Research is mostly bits; Google X is mostly atoms. In other words, X is tasked with making actual objects that interact with the physical world, which to a certain extent gives logical coherence to the four main projects that have so far emerged from X: driverless cars, Google Glass, high-­altitude Wi-Fi



Canada's New Bill to Crack Down on Illegal Downloads Worries Privacy Experts

#Copyright, #Privacy

Thu, Apr 17, 2014 12:00 EDT 9529 by capnasty NEWS

Bill S-4, the Digital Privacy Act, which was "quietly tabled in the Senate this week," has privacy experts concerned as it would allow companies to easily give Canadians' private information to "big media companies who are trying to crack down on copyright infringement."

Currently, under the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) companies can only share their users’ private data with government and police, in limited circumstances, as they investigate a crime.

Once S-4 becomes law, PIPEDA will allow companies to share Canadians’ information with other companies if they believe there has been a breach of agreement, or a case of fraud.

In other words, says digital advocacy group OpenMedia, pirating a copy of Game of Thrones onto your laptop will mean that HBO may soon have your number. All they’ll have to do is call up your internet service provider and ask for the information of each user who has ignored their copyright.



"If the map I see is different from the one you do, how are we going to agree on what we're looking at?"

#Internet, #Politics

Thu, Apr 17, 2014 11:00 EDT 9526* by capnasty NEWS

On The Washington Post, Emily Badger looks at the problem Google finds itself in when representing Crimea on its Google Maps service. Depending where in the world you look at Crimea, it either looks like it is either part of Russia, part of Ukraine, or a disputed country.

But from a consumer perspective, it's easy to imagine how these maps might create a false sense of consensus on disputed borders. If you live in Russia and you think Crimea now belongs to the motherland, this map tells you that you're right. Maybe you think it's telling you that the world agrees with you. Quite literally, it's giving you a different version of reality than the one other people see on this same plot of land.

The problem of mapping disputed borders isn't a new one, or even a product of the Internet age. But this particular scenario brings us back to the original question, which has relevance at all scales, whether in your neighborhood, your city, your country or your part of the world: If the



For the Earth to Remain Human-Habitable, Carbon Emissions Must Be Brought to "Near Zero" by 2100


Thu, Apr 17, 2014 10:00 EDT 9525 by capnasty NEWS

United Nations' top experts have warned that carbon emissions must be brought to a "near zero" level by the end of the century, before a point-of-no-return is reached, if we want to keep things down to "a level people can live with."

That may be doable, but it will take "substantial investments" in everything from planting more trees to replacing fossil fuels with low-carbon power sources like solar, wind and nuclear energy, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change announced in its latest report.

"What this report clearly shows is that the challenges to resolve the global common problem are huge," said Ottmar Edenhofer, a German economist and one of the lead authors of Sunday's document. "But also this report shows that there are some steps to resolve this issue. I would say in that sense the report also outlines the challenges, but it provides hope -- modest hope."

Surprisingly, the U.N. suggested that fracking could be part of the solution to global warming, allowing



How the Obama Administration Funnelled Weapons to the Syrian Rebels

#Politics, #War

Wed, Apr 16, 2014 21:00 EDT 9523 by capnasty NEWS

On the London Review of Books, Seymour M. Hersh, who is writing an alternative history of the war on terror, explains how the US Government, through the CIA, had created a rat line, "a back channel highway into Syria," which was used to "funnel weapons and ammunition from Libya via southern Turkey and across the Syrian border to the opposition." The problem is that those who "received the weapons were jihadists, some of them affiliated with al-Qaida."

In January, the Senate Intelligence Committee released a report on the assault by a local militia in September 2012 on the American consulate and a nearby undercover CIA facility in Benghazi, which resulted in the death of the US ambassador, Christopher Stevens, and three others. The report’s criticism of the State Department for not providing adequate security at the consulate, and of the intelligence community for not alerting the US military to the presence of a CIA outpost in the area, received front-page coverage and



Coffee Shop Bans Laptops and Tablets, Cancels Free Wifi, Profits Suddenly Rise

#Culture, #Food

Wed, Apr 16, 2014 20:00 EDT 9524* by capnasty NEWS

Vermont-based August First Bakery & Cafe took an unusual move for a coffee shop: it stopped providing free WiFi service, then banning laptops and tablets all-together. The response has been surprisingly positive and profits have actually increased.

When owner Jodi Whalen first opened four years ago, she initially offered free Wi-Fi to customers. Students like Colt flocked to the business and started typing away — and staying. All day.

"We saw a lot of customers come in, look for a table, not find one and leave," owner Jodi Whalen says. "It was money flowing out the door for us."

That's why Whalen decided there'd be no more screens. It was a gradual move. She started by shutting down the Wi-Fi two years ago. Then, the cafe banned screens during lunch.

"A lot of people were disappointed," Whalen says. "But we actually saw our sales increase."



"Steve knowing your name was an honor. But also occasionally a terrifying responsibility. That was the bargain."

#Life, #Workplace

Sat, Apr 12, 2014 11:00 EDT (9507) by capnasty NEWS

Don Melton, the guy best known for starting the Safari and WebKit projects, has this wonderful write-up on his experiences working for Steve Job. Chockful of great moments and great phrasing.

Ken and I hadn’t seen Bud in months, not since Eazel shut down, so were all making guesses about the reason for his visit. Tiring of the conjecture, I finally just stood up, cupped my hands and called out to him.

“Hey, Bud! Come over and see your old pals when you’re done to talking to that guy.” Bud looked up — slight pause — and “that guy” turned around to stare at me.

It was Steve Jobs. Of course.

I will forever remember his look — a slightly lopsided and tight-lipped half-smile, eyebrows narrowed as if to say, “I don’t know who you are but I won’t forget that.”


When I sat back down at least I didn’t say something smartass like, “I am so fired,” in front of my two



Don't Look Down

#Workplace, #Video

Tue, Apr 15, 2014 10:00 EDT (9522) by capnasty NEWS

Vocativ, which was featured back in December with their mini-documentary about the men who clean Mumbai's sewages, is behind this video titled Don't Look Down. It follows New York's "wall dogs," who paint wall-advertising on the side of buildings.

Imagine strapping in, clipping on, and jumping off the roof of a building - every day. In an age with instant communication at your fingertips and digital marketing on every platform, there are those who still get out messages the old-fashioned way, with a paintbrush and some attitude. They call themselves "wall dogs," says one veteran of the trade, "because we are chained to a wall all day by our safety harness, and we work like dogs." Vocativ spent a day with these blue-collar artists as they paint advertisements high above the streets of New York City.



Hipsters Love Coffee, Parody of Annoying Coffeeshop Customers

#Food, #Humour

Sun, Apr 13, 2014 11:00 EDT (9509) by capnasty NEWS

Very funny video by Nacho Punch highlights the kind of creative crowds coffee shops attract, in case you were ever pondering on the idea of opening such a place yourself.

You've either met these people or you're one of them.


Walking Backwards Through Tokyo Played in Reverse


Mon, Apr 7, 2014 12:00 EDT (9485) by capnasty NEWS

This Is Colossal brings to attention this video starring Ludovic Zuili. The video, which features Ludovic appearing to walk normally while everyone else around him is walking backwards, is nothing more than a preview of a full 9-hours long movie that was actually aired on Slow TV.

The film, to be aired by France 4 on 31 March, is shown back to front so Zuili seems to be walking normally through a world moving back in time. To make his movements seem natural, he took dance classes, Le Monde journalist Veronique Lorelle says on her blog.

Slow TV is a genre of marathon programming in which an ordinary event is filmed, often live, in its entirety. In Norway, more than half the country tuned in to watch a six-day ferry journey through the fjords. A burning log fire and knitting were previous Slow TV subjects.



Hacked Prius Uses Power from Trolleybus Overhead Wires

#Art, #Travel

Thu, Apr 10, 2014 12:00 EDT (9500) by capnasty NEWS

On The Bold Italic, Sierra Hartman speaks with Jon, a man who modified his Toyota Prius to sport trolley poles. The trolleys actually work, allowing the vehicle to get its electricity from the municipal overhead wires used to power the trolley busses. Jon is a little vague about how he is able to do this, but the article is a fascinating read.

A couple months ago I was walking out of Golden Gate Park onto Fulton around 8th Avenue. I stepped onto the sidewalk just in time to see a Prius roll by with a pair of giant antennae mounted on the roof. At first I thought it was just some kind of art-car getup, but then I realized the antennae was the same power pole doodad that MUNI buses use (I later learned they’re called “trolley poles”). Not only that, they were actually running along the overhead power cables for the 5 line. The driver cruised past with a high-pitched humming noise as I stood there thinking, “No. Fucking. Way.”



Pornostagram: the Rated-X Instagram

#Internet, #Sex, #Photography

Sat, Apr 12, 2014 21:00 EDT (9508) by capnasty NEWS

If you thought Instagram was too clean, there's an alternative for those that want to see more than closeups of feet or Starbucks cups: Pornostagram (NSFW). The service does exactly what Instagram offers, complete with filters, but allows people to post however much about themselves they want to show off.

Although Lechemia says Pornostagram is the only app on the market that allows users to apply Instagram-like filters to their content, it’s actually one of many apps that have attempted to capitalize on the burgeoning phenomenon of social porn, which has been heralded as the future of the adult industry. While there are a multitude of NSFW social spinoffs on the market, such as the Facebook-inspired Fuckbook and the Pinterest-inspired Pinsex and Snatchly.

Yet few have managed to find a significant audience (though it should be mentioned Pornostagram has seen impressive usership), in part due to the obvious social stigma attached to sharing one’s pornographic tastes



Monument Valley: M.C. Escher Inspired Game


Mon, Apr 7, 2014 11:00 EDT (9483) by capnasty NEWS

Had M.C. Escher made video games, they would have looked like Monument Valley, a strangely beautiful game that places your character, Pricess Ida, in a world where the puzzles are the structures you're travelling on. The game, created by us two, has a great development blog behind it.

Monument Valley is a surreal exploration through fantastical architecture and impossible geometry. Guide the silent Princess Ida through mysterious monuments, uncovering hidden paths, taking advantage of optical illusions and outsmarting the enigmatic Crow People. Inspired by the art of M.C. Escher, Japanese prints and minimalist 3D design, each level is a unique, hand-crafted combination of puzzle, graphic design and architecture. Like listening to an album or walking through a museum for the first time, Monument Valley is about discovery, perception and meaningful beauty.



Comic Neue: the New Face of Comic Sans


Thu, Apr 10, 2014 10:00 EDT (9493) by capnasty NEWS

You can now download Comic Neue for free, a font that takes the classic lines of the much derided Comic Sans and gives it a lovely facelift.

Comic Sans wasn’t designed to be the world’s most ubiquitous casual typeface. Comic Neue aspires to be the casual script choice for everyone including the typographically savvy.

The squashed, wonky, and weird glyphs of Comic Sans have been beaten into shape while maintaining the honesty that made Comic Sans so popular.

It's perfect as a display face, for marking up comments, and writing passive aggressive office memos.


Phone Charging in 30 Seconds

#Telephone, #Products

Tue, Apr 8, 2014 12:00 EDT (9489) by capnasty NEWS

According to the Wall Street Journal, StoreDot Ltd., a Tel-Aviv-based start-up, has developed a process that allows smartphones to fully charge their batteries in 30 seconds.

StoreDot has been developing biological semiconductors, made from naturally occurring organic compounds called peptides, or short chains of amino acids, the building blocks of proteins. The technology can be used, among other things, to speed charging times, the company says.

The prototype charger is currently the size of a laptop charger, but the company says it has a parallel engineering effort aimed at reducing its size. The estimated cost will be twice that of an average phone charger, which is up to $30. StoreDot says commercial production in planned for late 2016.

From TechCrunch's article:

The big challenge for StoreDot is getting an industry that’s used to building electronics one way to switch to something new and different, says Myersdorf — even though that alternative may



Wireless Phone Service Providers Could See Facebook and Google as Competition


Thu, Apr 10, 2014 11:00 EDT (9498) by capnasty NEWS

It looks like both Google and Facebook are planning to compete with wireless providers by using their own services. On one end, you have Google, with their expanding Google Fiber, which would provide voice services by relying on "on Google Fiber Wi-Fi hotspots for data connectivity and for VoIP calling." On the other side, you have Facebook, which has now launched in Europe a WhatsApp SIM card offering "a mobile data and mobile voice calling package of 600MB and 600 minutes," for a nimble $14. This may also tie in as to why Facebook is pulling its chat feature away from their main app and forcing people to shift to Messenger.

Could this be an important part of why Facebook bought WhatsApp? There has been plenty of speculation about how Facebook might launch a smartphone, but what if it actually intends to challenge mobile operators directly as an MVNO by using WhatsApp as its proxy?

WhatsApp plans to roll out voice over IP services, which would essentially turn the app into a



Williams Syndrome: the Opposite of Autism


Mon, Apr 14, 2014 20:00 EDT (9513) by capnasty NEWS

On the BBC, Health reporter Pippa Stephens looks at Chris Steel, a man born with Williams Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that causes him to be "empathetic, social, friendly and endearing." Unfortunately, while wonderful sounding, sufferers "tend to have a low IQ, making tasks such as counting money difficult."

"Chris can talk to anyone and doesn't need a response," his mother Judy says.

Judy says he is also "great to take to parties" as he happily introduces himself to new people.

But there is a flip side of this social ease. Judy says Chris is "too trusting", and has been taken advantage of.

She said he also needs people around him to be happy and guide him in what opinions he should have.

People with WS may make prolonged eye-contact, and be over-engaging, which can put them in danger.


Glow-in-the-Dark Highway Markings

#Art, #Driving, #Future, #Travel, #Environment

Fri, Apr 11, 2014 21:00 EDT (9506) by capnasty NEWS

As part of an artistic project by Dutch-based Daan Roosegaarde, a stretch of highway near Oss now sports about 500 metres of glow-in-the-dark highway markings. The special paint, developed by Heijmans, is capable of absorbing light during the day and glow for up to eight hours at night.

Early April 2014 the first Glowing Lines was constructed on the N329 provincial highway near Oss (Province of Noord-Brabant). The artwork was designed by artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde and the road was constructed by Heijmans. This makes the project the first light-emitting highway pilot in the world. The Glowing Lines are part of the internationally known and award-winning Smart Highway concept. With this concept for the intelligent highway of tomorrow, Roosegaarde and Heijmans are jointly working on innovating the Dutch landscape in which poetry, design, technology, safety and an energy-neutral future converge.

Much has been written about intelligent highways since the eighties.



Skimming Instead of Reading is Bad for Your Brain

#Literature, #Science

Fri, Apr 11, 2014 11:00 EDT (9503) by capnasty NEWS

According to cognitive neuroscientists, humans have developed "digital brains," giving them the ability to easily skim through the "torrent of information" available online. While beneficial to find the information we want quickly or determine if what we're reading is something we actually want to invest time and effort in, this new brain is competing "with traditional deep reading circuitry developed over several millennia."

Researchers are working to get a clearer sense of the differences between online and print reading — comprehension, for starters, seems better with paper — and are grappling with what these differences could mean not only for enjoying the latest Pat Conroy novel but for understanding difficult material at work and school. There is concern that young children’s affinity and often mastery of their parents’ devices could stunt the development of deep reading skills.

The brain is the innocent bystander in this new world. It just



Drop Dropbox

#Internet, #Politics, #Companies

Thu, Apr 10, 2014 21:00 EDT (9504) by capnasty NEWS

TechCrunch reports that Condoleezza Rice, who you might remember as playing a "controversial role in the Bush administration," has joined Dropbox's board. While Dropbox needs someone with her international talent and experience in order to "help it at once deal with foreign governments that have blocked its use," it didn't take long for calls to boycott Dropbox to show up.

This is deeply disturbing, and anyone — or any business — who values ethics should be concerned.

Why is this? Because she was a part of the Bush administration? Because she is a Republican and we should hate Republicans? I mean, come on, isn't Al Gore on Apple's Board? He's no saint!

No. This is not an issue of partisanship. It makes sense that Dropbox would want an accomplished, high-level, well-connected individual on their Board of Directors as they prepare for their IPO. There is no doubt that Condoleezza Rice is an extremely brilliant and accomplished individual, having obtained her





Tue, Jun 22, 2004 2:00 EDT (700) By Robert Levin ARTICLE

I was proceeding from the belief that by sleeping with a representative of every kind of female body, and every category of appearance I would, in effect, come to know all women and that such an accomplishment would be good for my writing.