Wednesday, July 23, 2014

World Cup of Literature

Three Percent: tag



pitted a recent book from each of the 32 countries that qualified for
this year’s Real World Cup in a head-to-head knockout tournament.



Each match was written up by a reader or reviewer or translator
or bookseller explaining why one of the two titles beat the other—and by
what score. The pieces are incredibly fun to read and can help guide
you to interesting books from all of the various World Cup counties.



In the end it came down to four literary powerhouses: Chile (represented
by Roberto Bolaño’s By Night in Chile), Germany (W. G. Sebald’s
Austerlitz), Mexico (Valeria Luiselli’s Faces in the Crowd), and the
United States (David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King). 

What is deep learning, and why should you care? - O'Reilly Radar

What is deep learning, and why should you care? - O'Reilly Radar

deep learning and the inner workings of neural networks.

How to Judge a Job Candidate's Personality (and Why You Should) | CIO

How to Judge a Job Candidate's Personality (and Why You Should) | CIO



Focusing on finding a personality fit is beneficial to both employer and
potential employee. "This generation is very concerned with work-life
balance issues and the culture at their place of employment. They need
to find out ahead of time if a potential job is somewhere they can 'fit
in,' and be able to decide if a potential employer is someplace they
even want to fit in"



'What is the last Tweet you sent out?' Or 'Describe yourself by using
hashtags. If I looked at your Internet search history, what would I
find? Describe the best boss you ever had, and why.' And 'If your best
friend were here, what would they tell me about you?' The answers to
these questions can offer some great insight into a candidate's
personality, interests and priorities,"

Niche portals, not e-commerce biggies, loosening VC wallets - The Hindu Business Line : Mobile Edition

Niche portals, not e-commerce biggies, loosening VC wallets - The Hindu Business Line : Mobile Edition



Portals such as BlueStone (gold and diamond jewellery), Bluegape
(fan-based merchandise), Lenskart (eyewear retailer), Pepperfry
(furniture), GreenDust (refurbishment), OnEMI (that sells only on
instalments), Ohmysecrets (sexual wellness) and Zivame (lingerie),
amongst others, have successfully raised VC funds in the last 18-24
months. 



Compared to these niche portals, their broad-based counterparts such as
Snapdeal, Flipkart, Myntra and Jabong, although bigger in terms of size
and revenues, are still struggling to breakeven.

3 Projects Prove Privacy Is Not Dead - Scientific American

3 Projects Prove Privacy Is Not Dead - Scientific American



Web and mobile phone users willingly share personal data in exchange for
free stuff, but not everyone is ready to throw in the towel on privacy 



Services such as Britain’s Mydex offer
the ability to store, manage and share personal information in an
encrypted central repository called a data store, which only the person
who creates the store can fully access.



Personal, based in Washington, D.C., offers a similar “data vault” service.



A system called the open personal data store (openPDS) platform, under development at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology



A service in the Netherlands called the Qiy Trust Framework offers a slightly different model for privacy protection.

Two different views on MOOCs and higher education | Discovery Pulse Blog | EBSCO

Two different views on MOOCs and higher education | Discovery Pulse Blog | EBSCO



Read Bill Gate’s comments on MOOCs in “Inside Higher Ed”.  According
to Gates, MOOCs  “will become like a textbook rather than a replacement
for college: a tool for the motivated student to learn from on their
own, or as a supplement for professors.” Read the article.





Read “Debunking the MOOC Myth” by Simon for Emerald Group Publishing
Limited. “With hype waning for MOOCs and the backlash in full swing,
what does the post-MOOC environment look like for Higher Education?” 
Simon Linacre explores an increasingly complicated future of teaching,
learning and research. Read the article in Research Information.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Bitcoin: the Stripe perspective

Bitcoin: the Stripe perspective



Many people have remarked that Bitcoin resembles the internet in the
early 90s: we haven’t yet built the Googles that will make it accessible
or the Facebooks and Netflixes that will make it broadly useful. So
it’s an open question: what might a Bitcoin that’s useful for the
mainstream look like? 

The secret of Minecraft — The Message — Medium

The secret of Minecraft — The Message — Medium



Minecraft
is a video game, first released in 2009 as a buggy prototype by a solo
Swedish programmer named Markus Persson. The complete game was released
in 2011, and in the years since, Minecraft has matured, expanded, and sold tens of millions of copies.

Oh, and there’s a documentary.

Changing the game: how Notch made Minecraft a cult hit (Wired UK)

How the Creator of Minecraft Developed a Monster Hit | Magazine | WIRED

The Amazingly Unlikely Story of How Minecraft Was Born | Game|Life | WIRED


Shikisai wo Motanai Tazaki Tsukuru to, Kare no Junrei no Toshi ("Colourless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage")

Translation of new Haruki Murakami novel set for 2014 | Books | theguardian.com



It was met with a rapturous welcome on release in Japan
on 12 April, where fans queued to be the first to read the book, in
scenes reminiscent of Harry Potter releases in the UK. It has reportedly sold more than a million copies in Japan since publication.



Murakami
has beguiled increasing numbers of English readers with his previous
novels including The Wind-up Bird Chronicle, Kafka on the Beach and,
most recently, 1Q84

Monday, July 21, 2014

Feminist arts

The 10 most subversive women artists in history http://gu.com/p/3yz7k

Velai Illai Pattathari - Film Review

Karundhel:

வேலை இல்லா பட்டதாரி 



வேலை இல்லா பட்டதாரியும் தமிழ் சினிமாவும் – 2

Kim Philby, Spies, and the Dangers of Paranoia

Kim Philby, Spies, and the Dangers of Paranoia



In the world of espionage, is it worse to trust too much or too little?

Why the Internet of Things Narrative Has to Change

Why the Internet of Things Narrative Has to Change



BT, IBM and ARM joining forces with 40 other companies to build HyperCat, a Web platform for unified processing of IoT-generated data (a huge thing if it reaches widespread adoption) or Intel and Samsung creating an IoT consortium



the next step in the evolution of technology isn’t about Lockitron or Wink

20 of the Best WordPress Plugins For a More Powerful Blog

20 of the Best WordPress Plugins For a More Powerful Blog



Editorial Calendar

When Courtney and I were getting into the groove of posting to the
Buffer blog, we found it helpful to stay organized with an editorial
calendar. The Editorial Calendar WordPress plugin seemed
to do the trick just fine. It grabbed all of our scheduled posts and
drafts, and it placed them on a neatly organized calendar so we could
see at-a-glance what content was coming up.


Perhaps my favorite feature of the plugin was the cool way you could
drag and drop different stories around the calendar, and it would update
not only the calendar but the post itself. It was a huge help for
keeping all our content organized and our team in sync.


Price: Free


Filament

You might be familiar with Filament’s adopted plugin Flare, a social share button plugin made byDigital Telepathy. You download and install Filament to your WP blog one time, then you can add any number of apps through the Filament dashboard whenever you choose.
Current apps include: MailChimp subscribe form, Google Analytics tracking, all-in-one profiles, code management, and share highlighter.
Price: Free

WooDojo

Built by the team at WooThemes, the WooDojo plugin contains a suite of fun tools that add a bit of flair to your blog. Several of the WooDojo features deal with the WordPress sidebar and widgets, including some fun installations for social widgets and a tabbed content box.

Jetpack

Another incredibly useful plugin from the WordPress team, JetPack features a bevy of tools all bundled into one plugin.  Many of the 33 tools are the same as those available to the WordPress-hosted blogs. You’ll find things like contact form, related posts, share tools, and single sign on.

upPrev

Do you remember the little slideup made popular by the New York Times website that showed a link and preview of related content to read next? Well, wouldn’t you know it, someone made it into a WordPress plugin!
The upPrev plugin shows a related content box when a visitor nears the bottom of a post. The related content can be picked however you choose—the previous article, from a certain category/tag, or a completely random article.


The "Just In Time" Theory of User Behavior

Just because you're on the Internet doesn't mean you need to be yelling at folks 24/7.



The "Just In Time" Theory of User Behavior



 how do you help people who, like us, just never seem to have the time to figure this stuff out becase they're, like, suuuuper busy and stuff?


You do it by showing them …


  • the minumum helpful reminder
  • at exactly the right time

Even Script Kids Have a Right to Be Forgotten — Krebs on Security

Even Script Kids Have a Right to Be Forgotten — Krebs on Security



Indexeus boasts that it has a searchable database of “over 200 million
entries available to our customers.” The site allows anyone to query
millions of records from some of the larger data breaches of late —
including the recent break-ins at Adobe and Yahoo! –
listing things like email addresses, usernames, passwords, Internet
address, physical addresses, birthdays and other information that may be
associated with those accounts.



Few services are as full of irony and schadenfreude as Indexeus. You see, the majority of the 100+ databases crawled by this search engine are either from hacker forums that have been hacked, or from sites dedicated to offering so-called “booter” services — powerful servers that can be rented to launch denial-of-service attacks aimed at knocking Web sites and Web users offline.



Asked which sort of legal complications were bedeviling his project,
Relinquo cited the so-called “right to be forgotten,” data protection
and privacy laws in Europe that were strengthened by a May 2014 decision
by the European Court of Justice in a ruling against Google. In that
case, the EU’s highest court ruled that individuals have a right to
request the removal of Internet search results, including their names,
that are “inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant, or excessive.”



Some 822 million records were exposed in more than 2,160 separate data breach incidents last year, and there is plenty of room for competition and further specialization in the hacked-data search engine market.

How Microsoft's Cortana came by its human touch - CNET

How Microsoft's Cortana came by its human touch - CNET



Microsoft's Sogol Malekzadeh talks about her journey from artist in Iran
to designer who helped create Windows Phone's marquee virtual
assistant.

Meet the Online Tracking Device That is Virtually Impossible to Block - ProPublica

Meet the Online Tracking Device That is Virtually Impossible to Block - ProPublica



Like other tracking tools, canvas fingerprints are used to build
profiles of users based on the websites they visit — profiles that shape
which ads, news articles, or other types of content are displayed to
them.



But fingerprints are unusually hard to block: They can’t be prevented
by using standard Web browser privacy settings or using anti-tracking
tools such as AdBlock Plus.

A relaunch for The New Yorker, with high stakes | Capital New York

A relaunch for The New Yorker, with high stakes | Capital New York



Through calls to two of Abramson’s intimates, Auletta reported the core of a post, and submitted a draft at 4:10 p.m. “Why Jill Abramson was Fired
went live about two hours later, after an edit from Davidson;
sacrificed to achieve the turnaround was a run through the magazine’s
famous army of fact checkers, the “most astute goons” of any publication
in the country as H.L. Mencken once put it.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

FETNA 2014 - Malar: Tamils Meet in USA

2014 - Malar

Feminist Writings, Eezham, Tamil Poems: Kutty Revathy

‘நாம் வைத்திருக்கின்ற சொற்கள் யாருடையவை?’*: குட்டி ரேவதி - இனியொரு::இன்றைய செய்திகள்::அரசியல்:



தமிழ் மொழித்தளத்தில் நான் வாசித்து அனுபவித்த மிக முக்கியமான பெண்ணிய விவாதமாகவும் உரையாடலாகவும் மறுகா இதழில் இடம்பெற்றுள்ள த. மலர்ச்செல்வன் எடுத்திருந்த, ‘நான்கு பெண்களுடனான உரையாடலைக்’ கருதுகிறேன்.



ஈழத்தமிழ்க் கவிஞர்கள் உருத்திரா, அனார், விஜயலெட்சுமி, சித்திரலேகா மெளனகுரு மற்றும் த. மலர்ச்செல்வன் ஆகியோர் இந்த உரையாடலில் பங்கு கொண்டிருந்திருக்கின்றனர். 

Interviews: Abdul Haq Lareena

ஒரு பெண்ணின் வெற்றியும் சிறப்பும் அவளின் அறிவிலும் ஆற்றலிலும் ஆளுமையிலுமே தங்கியுள்ளன – லறீனா அப்துல் ஹக்! - நிலாப்பெண்

Hey, Miss Idaho, Is That An Insulin Pump On Your Bikini? : Shots - Health News : NPR

Hey, Miss Idaho, Is That An Insulin Pump On Your Bikini? : Shots - Health News : NPR:

Sierra Sandison couldn't imagine how she would hide an insulin pump during beauty pageants. So she decided to show it off for the Miss Idaho pageant. She won. Type 1 diabetics say they won, too.

Friday, July 18, 2014

IBM in Tug of War Between Legacy and the Leading Edge - NYTimes.com

IBM in Tug of War Between Legacy and the Leading Edge - NYTimes.com:



The technology giant has taken big steps. It is investing in cloud computing and in software to help customers make sense of the flood of digital data. And this week, IBM announced a major move in mobile computing: a landmark alliance with Apple to jointly develop smart software for the business market, delivered to iPhones and iPads.

The War on Gaza and the Cycle of Impunity | The Nation

The War on Gaza and the Cycle of Impunity | The Nation:



If Israel is not brought to justice, it will commit the same crimes again and again.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Interview with KV Subbanna - Gnani

பேசாமொழி :: குறும்பட / ஆவணப்பட / மாற்றுப் படங்களுக்கான இதழ்



கே.வி. சுப்பண்ணா உடன் ஒரு நேர்காணல்


- சந்திப்பு: ஞாநி

Arandhai Manian - Tamil Movie Magz

பேசாமொழி :: குறும்பட / ஆவணப்பட / மாற்றுப் படங்களுக்கான இதழ்

தமிழில் சினிமா சஞ்சிகைகள்

- அறந்தை மணியன்

Interview with Theodore Bhaskaran

பேசாமொழி :: குறும்பட / ஆவணப்பட / மாற்றுப் படங்களுக்கான இதழ்



சினிமாவின் ஆதாரசுருதி காட்சி பிம்பம்தான்

தியடோர் பாஸ்கரனுடன்

- யமுனா ராஜேந்திரன் உரையாடல்

Perumal Murugan Short Stories: Review

ஆம்னிபஸ்: வேப்பெண்ணெய்க் கலயம் - பெருமாள் முருகன்

Blogger fined for restaurant review

BBC News - French blogger fined over review's Google search placing



A French judge has ruled against a blogger because her scathing restaurant review was too prominent in Google search results.

Nagaratnam Krishna - Recent Books and Tamil works I Read

மொழிவது சுகம் ஜூலை 10 2014   | திண்ணை



நாகரத்தினம் கிருஷ்ணா

S Krishnan Ranjana on Dogs: Uyirmmai

தமிழின் முதன்மையான முன்னணி கலை- இலக்கிய, சமூகவியல்



அசைவின் மொழி         - எஸ்.கிருஷ்ணன் ரஞ்சனா 

Chinese Food: Cooking and Taste across Generations in Asia by Shahnavaz

தமிழின் முதன்மையான முன்னணி கலை- இலக்கிய, சமூகவியல்



சுவை இன்பத்தின் எட்டுப் பேருரைகள்


ஷாநவாஸ்



சமையற்கலை மற்றும் உணவைக் கொண்டாடியது பற்றிய செய்திகளில் சீனத்தின் நவீன யுகம் எப்போது ஆரம்பித்தது 

Veli Rangarajan: Tamil drama review: Prof. Rajeev and Imaiyam's Pethavan

தமிழின் முதன்மையான முன்னணி கலை- இலக்கிய, சமூகவியல்



பேராசிரியர் ராஜீவின் இயக்கத்தில்


நாடகம்
எழுத்தாளர் இமையத்தின் 'பெத்தவன்' சிறுகதை

பெத்தவன்


வெளிரங்கராஜன்

A Ramasamy on N Sriram book: Meedhamirukkum Vaazhvu

தமிழின் முதன்மையான முன்னணி கலை- இலக்கிய, சமூகவியல்



2014இல் அதன் ஆறாவது ஆண்டு நிகழ்வில் சிறுகதைக்கான விருதைப் பெற்றுள்ளது என். ஸ்ரீராமின்மீதமிருக்கும் வாழ்வுஎன்ற சிறுகதைத் தொகுப்பு. கதைகள் எழுதப் பெற்ற முறையிலும் சரி, அளவிலும் சரி ஒரு சிறுகதைத் தொகுப்பின் வரையறைகளைத் தவிர்த்துள்ள தொகுப்பு இது. மொத்தம் 80 பக்கங்கள்



தொலைந்து கொண்டிருப்பவர்களைப் பற்றிய கதைகள்


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