Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Contemporary art has receded into an amusement for the 1 percent

Dunk Tank | The New Republic



Perhaps this image is a preview of the great final judgment when contemporary art and the money it attracts are all washed away.

A Tour of Tokyo's Bookstores

A Tour of Tokyo's Bookstores



Leave
it to the Japanese to find an elegant, efficient and practical approach
to everything - even shopping for books. Book-loving visitors to Tokyo
who seek out Jimbocho, an entire district dedicated to used books and
publishing, will find themselves in a beautiful, bookish heaven.


Earlier
this year, AbeBooks staffer Colin Laird was fortunate enough to indulge
in some bookstore tourism, and found himself in the heart of the
district. From colorful storefronts boasting wall-to-wall manga, to
purveyors of rare, literary antiquities, the printed word is alive,
well, and right at your fingertips in Tokyo, Japan.

UMass Amherst computer scientists introduce new graphics software | EurekAlert! Science News

UMass Amherst computer scientists introduce new graphics software | EurekAlert! Science News



Computer scientists unveiled a new software modeling program that uses
sophisticated geometric matching and machine learning to mimic humans'
perception of style, giving users powerful new tools to compare the
style similarity of 3-D objects

D-Wave Systems Announces the General Availability of the 1000+ Qubit D-Wave 2X Quantum Computer | D-Wave Systems

D-Wave Systems Announces the General Availability of the 1000+ Qubit D-Wave 2X Quantum Computer | D-Wave Systems



In addition to scaling beyond 1000 qubits, the new system incorporates
other major technological and scientific advancements. These include an
operating temperature below 15 millikelvin, near absolute zero and 180
times colder than interstellar space. With over 128,000 Josephson tunnel
junctions, the new processors are believed to be the most complex
superconductor integrated circuits ever successfully used in production
systems. Increased control circuitry precision and a 50% reduction in
noise also contribute to faster performance and enhanced reliability. 

Microsoft explains the poop in Windows

Microsoft explains the poop in Windows



In May of this year, Microsoft released a blog post that went into detail about the emoji selection process. The post covered the inclusion of new emoji’s such as ‘Information Desk Person’, ‘Vulcan hand Salute’, and the famous ‘middle finger’

"Programming cheerleaders" hired in China to motivate male developers - Women at Work

"Programming cheerleaders" hired in China to motivate male developers - JAXenter



In another blow to the plight of achieving diversity in tech, Chinese
startups have apparently started hiring “programming cheerleaders” to
spur on their mostly-male developer workforce. From general chit-chat to
ping-pong, the practice is catching on.

How Russian TV propaganda is made | openDemocracy

How Russian TV propaganda is made | openDemocracy



Federal television in Russia has long been suspected of propaganda. Four
Russian TV producers share their stories of life behind the lens.



This month COLTA.RU published
three articles about what it’s like to work for federal television
networks in Russia. These organisations have long been controlled by the
authorities: they work as a single propaganda machine. The first two
included an account by Liza Lerer, a former editorial manager of Russia 1's marketing board, and a profile of Yulia Chumakova, Channel One's South bureau chief, and the author of the infamous ‘crucified boy’ story.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Anirudhan Vasudevan: Galicia Spain Culture

பத்தி: மாற்று அடையாளங்களைத் தேடி... - எனவே, என் பெயர் ரோஸி... | காலச்சுவடு |




‘Implicadas No Desenvolvemento’ என்ற பெண்ணிய அமைப்பின்
விருந்தினனாக கலீசியாவில் பயணம் செய்ய வாய்ப்பு கிடைத்தது.
மொழி, இலக்கியம், கலை, அரசியல் குறித்துப் பலருடன்
விவாதிக்கவும் கற்றுக்கொள்ளவும் வாய்ப்பாக இப்பயணம் அமைந்தது.



ஹெலனாமிகெலெஸ் - கார்பய்யேரா தொகுத்துள்ள ‘A
Companion to Galician Culture’ (Tamesis, Woodbride 2014)
என்ற நூலும், எரின் மோரின் மொழிபெயர்ப்புகளடங்கிய ‘Rosalia de
Castro: Galician Songs’ (Small Stations Press, 2013) 

Author Gnani on Emergency

கட்டுரை: தமிழகம் ஏன் எமெர்ஜென்சியை எதிர்க்கவில்லை? | காலச்சுவடு |

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Jonathan Franzen's Postcard from East Africa - Condé Nast Traveler

Jonathan Franzen's Postcard from East Africa - Condé Nast Traveler



The author of Freedom meditates on how small birds helped him connect to a large continent.

When I was home and talking to my bro­ther Bob, he asked me whether
an East African safari was something a person had to do. Certain
well­-traveled friends of his— competitive vacationers; proponents of
the Bucket List—had assured him that it was.

Everything You Wanted to Know About Pizza Boxes - Bon Appétit

Everything You Wanted to Know About Pizza Boxes - Bon Appétit



 “Most pizzerias want red and green; upscale places will do a one-color black or red and green.It really depends how ‘Italian’ they want to seem,” 

Seven ways humanists are using computers to understand text. | The Stone and the Shell

Seven ways humanists are using computers to understand text. | The Stone and the Shell



Elson, D. K., N. Dames, and K. R. McKeown. “Extracting Social Networks from Literary Fiction.” 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

5 Basic Rules Of Wearable Design - ARC - ARC

5 Basic Rules Of Wearable Design - ARC - ARC



Part of the "Arm Race: The Battle For Wearable Dominance" Series 

Tesla And Uber Ponder The Future Of Autonomous Cars - ARC - ARC

Tesla And Uber Ponder The Future Of Autonomous Cars - ARC - ARC



Part of the "How We Built The Next 10 Years" Series 



Google’s autonomous vehicles are apparently extremely safe, if at times
too passive. If you have ever driven in Massachusetts, you know that
sometimes the passive driver is actually the most dangerous on the road.
The sensors and algorithms of autonomous vehicles will need to improve
to handle real-world conditions.

Writer Jeyamohan Talks and Q&A

How to publish your non-fiction book in Tamil?

முதல் நூல் | மனம் போன போக்கில்

Orion Magazine | Concrete Progress: LA’s Creative Approach to Freshwater Storage? Thousands of Plastic Balls

Orion Magazine | Concrete Progress: LA’s Creative Approach to Freshwater Storage? Thousands of Plastic Balls



I have to be honest. At first glance I figured that this was a really
stupid idea and was expecting to say so here. And of course, it’s not
ideal to produce millions of plastic balls—it would be better, say, to
use less water. But other than this broad objection, there seem to be
very few downsides to the approach.

Bitcoin is on the verge of a constitutional crisis - Vox

Bitcoin is on the verge of a constitutional crisis - Vox



Two prominent Bitcoin developers, Mike Hearn and Gavin Andresen, lead the faction that wants to increase the capacity of the network, and they enjoy the support of well-funded Bitcoin startups such as Coinbase and Bitpay.

To inspire software and hardware developers, Intel gets bold and very weird - CNET

To inspire software and hardware developers, Intel gets bold and very weird - CNET



CEO Brian Krzanich had just finished his hour-and-a-half
keynote address Tuesday at the annual Intel Developer Forum here by
discussing not the company's bread and butter -- its processing chips
that power the brains of modern-day computers -- but wacky and
outlandish proof-of-concepts. The series of technical demonstrations
included a vending machine that could remember your face and keep track
of the food you like, a full-length mirror that could change the color
of your clothing in real time, and a smartphone in collaboration with
Google that can see and 3D-map a room.



Oh, and spiders.
There were a lot of them, all capable of being controlled in orchestral
fashion with the gesture of a single hand. Krzanich acknowledged the
implication of impending arachnid Armageddon, and introduced the
eight-legged companions by showing a video clip by comedian Jimmy
Fallon, poking fun at the obvious terror.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Durand-Ruel: The Art Dealer Who Liked Impressionists Before They Were Cool : NPR

Durand-Ruel: The Art Dealer Who Liked Impressionists Before They Were Cool : NPR



"He bought over 1,000 Monets, 1,500 Renoirs, 800 Pissarros, 400 Sisleys,
400 Cassatts, and about 200 Manets," says Philadelphia Museum of Art
curator Jennifer Thompson. "So over 5,000 Impressionist pictures all
told."



"Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting" is at the Philadelphia Museum of Art — its only U.S. venue — through Sept. 13. 

The Elitist Allure of Joan Didion - The Atlantic

The Elitist Allure of Joan Didion - The Atlantic





The Last Love Song






By Tracy Daugherty






St. Martin's


Kalakeya of Bahubali: Prabhakar - SS Rajamouli

Focus Light: Prabhakar - Telugu cinema news

Seven Must-Read Stories (Week Ending August 15, 2015) | MIT Technology Review

Seven Must-Read Stories (Week Ending August 15, 2015) | MIT Technology Review



Tech’s Enduring Great-Man Myth
The
idea that particular individuals drive history has long been
discredited. Yet it persists in the tech industry, obscuring some of the
fundamental factors in innovation.



Bitcoin’s Dark Side Could Get Darker
Investors see riches in a cryptography-enabled technology called smart contracts–but it could also offer much to criminals.

With Discovery, 3 Scientists Chip Away At An Unsolvable Math Problem : The Two-Way : NPR

With Discovery, 3 Scientists Chip Away At An Unsolvable Math Problem : The Two-Way : NPR



How many shapes are able to "tile the plane" — meaning the shapes can
fit together perfectly to cover any flat surface without overlapping or
leaving any gaps. Mathematicians have proved that all triangles and
quadrilaterals, or shapes with four sides, can tile the plane, and they
have documented all of the convex hexagons that can do it.

The Burgeoning Invisible App Market | TechCrunch

The Burgeoning Invisible App Market | TechCrunch



While scheduling a calendar event using the native iPhone calendar app
takes at least six keystrokes, using an invisible app like Clara Labs, you can forward an email or send a message without any context switching. 



key benefits of Operator and Luka.ai:
It’s much easier to answer a yes/no question like, “Do you want to send
your mother flowers for Mother’s Day?” than be faced with an open-ended
question like, “Mother’s Day is coming up. What gift should I get her?” 






1. The Messaging Channel: From where does the user express his or her intent? Right now, there are a few different ways:


  • Mobile Messaging Platforms: WeChat, LINE, Facebook Messenger, iMessage, Slack, Kik, etc.
  • Cellular Carriers + SMS Platforms: AT&T, Verizon, Sprint,
    T-Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom, AND — an SMS gateway like Twilio
    or Plivo.
  • Native Application: Operator or Luka.ai. These apps are bespoke and built specifically for that one messaging application.
  • OS-level Assistant: Siri, Google Now, Microsoft Cortana, Amazon Echo, Apple Watch.
3. Fulfillment Layer:


  • Transportation: Uber, Lyft, GetAround, RelayRides, FlightFox.
  • Food delivery: Instacart, UberEATS, Postmates.
  • Travel: Airbnb, Native, HotelTonight.


Sunday, August 16, 2015

Burning Man’s rabid brand of loyalty is changing the events business - Quartz

Burning Man’s rabid brand of loyalty is changing the events business - Quartz:



One of those things is the OMG Sale, in which organizers sold 1,000 last-minute tickets at face value in early August. Another is the Secure Ticket Exchange Program, a Craigslist of sorts for the Burner set that protects against scalping and counterfeit passes by running all transactions through Burning Man’s official website. A third is hiring partners committed to weeding out scams: When a group of hackerstried to hijack online ticket sales earlier this year, for example, Ticketfly voided all their passes.



create an elaborate temporary city, revel in art and creative expression for one week, and when it’s finished, pack up the whole shebang as if nothing ever happened. (One of the event’s ten governing principles, authored by founder Larry Harvey in 2004, is to “leave no trace.”)

India's most influential think-tanks

India's most influential think-tanks:



The Observer Research Foundation is supported by Reliance; the Ananta Aspen Centre has a group of business leaders funding their operations. Foreign think-tanks too have begun setting up their India operations. Brookings now has an India office, which again is supported by wealthy Indian business leaders. And Carnegie Endowment is expected to set up a local office by next year.

The Three Tools Netflix Used to Build Its World-Class Brand - First Round Review

The Three Tools Netflix Used to Build Its World-Class Brand - First Round Review:



For Biddle, Lean Branding author Laura Busche comes closest to an actionable definition

Machine learning is teaching us the secret to teaching

Teaching Me Softly - Issue 6: Secret Codes - Nautilus




Sruti Magazine: Vyjayanthimala's bhava laden vocal recital

Sruti Magazine: Vyjayanthimala's bhava laden vocal recital

Saturday, August 15, 2015

In the Programmable World, All Our Objects Will Act as One | IoT

In the Programmable World, All Our Objects Will Act as One | WIRED

Printed Sensors Could Help Save You From Spoiled Food | WIRED

Can Smart Design Make You Love Your Smoke Detector? - The New Yorker

The Socialist Origins of Big Data - The New Yorker

The Socialist Origins of Big Data - The New Yorker:



June, 1972, Ángel Parra, Chile’s leading folksinger, wrote a song titled “Litany for a Computer and a Baby About to Be Born.” Computers are like children, he sang, and Chilean bureaucrats must not abandon them. The song was prompted by a visit to Santiago from a British consultant who, with his ample beard and burly physique, reminded Parra of Santa Claus—a Santa bearing a “hidden gift, cybernetics.”