Friday, August 29, 2014

To Feel Greater Power, Add Some Decibels to the Bass

The Music of Power



Research participants who listened to a generic piece of music with the bass turned up 15 decibels reported greater feelings of power than those who heard the same music but with the bass turned down 15 decibels (an average of 6.06 versus 5.15
on a 7-point dominant-feelings scale), says a team led by Dennis Y. Hsu
of Northwestern University. Moreover, the feelings lasted after the
music had stopped. Listening to heavy bass tones and other kinds of
powerful music may be an effective and convenient way for people to
activate their personal sense of power, the researchers say.



Perceptual and Behavioral Consequences of Powerful Music

Why the $#&@! Did Your Airline Cancel Your Flight Today? They Had a Very Good Reason

Airline Cancellations Aren't to Save Money, But to Serve Customers | New Republic



If your flight is cancelled, going to your airline’s website or
calling their customer service number can get you re-booked faster than
standing in line at the gate. Knowing in advance what other flight
options would work for you can make the process smoother and help you
nab one of the best options before others snatch them up (instead of “My
flight just got cancelled, I need a new one,” try “Can you get me onto
Flight #1539  leaving at 10:56?”). And let the re-booking agents know if
you can be flexible. For example, if your flight to Boston is
cancelled, other flights to Boston are filling up quickly as your fellow
passengers are re-booking. But if you are willing to fly to Providence
instead, there may be plenty of capacity on a flight leaving soon.



An airline-industry expert explains why you get screwed over—and how to avoid it

Leap Motion Hooks Up to Oculus for Controller-Free Virtual Reality | Re/code

Leap Motion Hooks Up to Oculus for Controller-Free Virtual Reality | Re/code



Earlier this year, Facebook turned “Oculus” into a household name by betting $2 billion that virtual reality is ready for primetime.

Inside Google's Secret Drone-Delivery Program - The Atlantic

Inside Google's Secret Drone-Delivery Program - The Atlantic



For two years, the company has been working to build flying robots that can deliver products across a city in a minute or two



The Australian test flight and 30 others like it conducted in mid-August
are the culmination of the first phase of Project Wing, a secret drone
program that’s been running for two years at Google X, the company’s
whoa-inducing, long-range research lab.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Book Criticism Needs a Poptimist Revolution – Flavorwire

Book Criticism Needs a Poptimist Revolution – Flavorwire



when I read book criticism — and the New York Times Book Review
embodies this to a T — much of the time, I’m bored by what I read.
Oftentimes, I’m not sure what’s the thing behind the thing, what makes
the book matter in the world, because there’s no discussion of wider
social context or cultural relevance. Instead, all you get is a rote
summary of the book, couched in some cursory praise and prose that seems
more interested in demonstrating the critic’s own literary prowess than
anything else.
Part of the reason for this is that the people doing the reviewing
are the writers and people in the book industry who are working in a
similar genre. 

Can This Chairless Chair for Your Butt Make You More Productive? | Co.Exist | ideas + impact

Can This Chairless Chair for Your Butt Make You More Productive? | Co.Exist | ideas + impact



Sitting is killing us.
Or wait, maybe it’s standing. Yes, standing can be unhealthy, too.
That's according to the designers of the “chairless chair,” a
half-stand, half-sit piece of furniture that will make life less
terrible for workers who carry out long shifts on their feet. 

“Drones: Where is God?” Ed Young – The New Inquiry

“Drones: Where is God?” Ed Young – The New Inquiry



“Drones are everywhere, and they make a lot of us feel uncomfortable.
And I think if the truth were known, many of us feel uncomfortable even
thinking about, even contemplating, a God who is omnipresent.”

But You’ll Get to See Those Dead Relatives Welcoming You in 3-D!

"We're very close to having the first death in VR" | GamesIndustry.biz



“The low-hanging fruit of VR, to me, is horror games that purposely do
jump scares. We’re very close to having the first death in VR — I firmly
believe that. … When the commercial version comes out, somebody is
going to scare somebody to death — somebody with a heart condition or
something like that. It is going to happen. Absolutely.”

Master of Arts | Baradwaj Rangan

Master of Arts | Baradwaj Rangan



Kamal Haasan talks about how music came into his life. And dance. And everything else. 



Kamalhasan said that he considered Ilayaraja one of his gurus.

Robots With Their Heads in the Clouds — Aspen Ideas — Medium

Robots With Their Heads in the Clouds — Aspen Ideas — Medium



Robots haven’t yet lived up to their potential, but
they’re about to benefit enormously from the Cloud. In this talk I’ll
describe how a new generation of robots can use wireless networking, big
data, machine learning, open-source, and the Internet of Things to
improve how they assist us in tasks from driving to housekeeping to
surgery.



The Five Elements of Cloud Robotics are:

  1. Big Data: indexing a global library of images, maps, and object data,
  2. Cloud Computing: grid computing on demand for statistical learning, and motion planning,
  3. Open-Source: humans sharing robot code, data, algorithms, and hardware designs,
  4. Collective Robot Learning: robots sharing trajectories, control policies, and outcomes that can be analyzed with statistical machine learning methods and
  5. Crowdsourcing and call centers: offline and on-demand human guidance for evaluation, learning, and error recovery.




Why We Love Robots is
a five-minute short documentary film (co-directed with my wife,
award-winning filmmaker Tiffany Shlain) that combines cultural
references and found footage to explore our human fascination with
robots and emerging research in Cloud Robotics. It was nominated for a
2104 Emmy Award and won a “Botscar” (Robot film Oscar) at the 2014 Robot
Film Festival.

The Drinker’s Manifesto - NYTimes.com

The Drinker’s Manifesto - NYTimes.com



We drink because we want to, not because it’s good for us. Whether you
believe that alcohol is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy
(a paraphrase of a quote usually attributed to Ben Franklin) or that
God has nothing to do with this, it’s clear that alcohol can bring both
joy and pain.

This Guy Is Launching 12 Startups in 12 Months | Business | WIRED

This Guy Is Launching 12 Startups in 12 Months | Business | WIRED





The problem is that these rapid
prototypes created by 20-something year old software developers tend to
only address the needs of a small group of people—namely other
20-something year-old software developers with money to burn. What we
end up with is an endless procession of apps and services with pitches
like “Uber for laundry.”


Levels ideas tend to fit this mold. One of his startups is called NomadList,
a leaderboard of the cheapest cities to work from for one month. In
other words, it’s a site for people just like him. It’s hard to imagine
the next General Electric emerging from this bootstrapped approach to
building companies—let alone something that solves global issues like
hunger or poverty.



According to an Associated Press analysis of government data, 53 percent of recent college graduates in the U.S. were either unemployed or working jobs that didn’t require a degree.



Levels is on a quest to launch 12 “startups” in just 12 months, and he’s a third of the way home now. One, called Play My Inbox, gathers all the music it finds in your e-mail inbox into a single playlist. Another, called Go Fucking Do It, gives you a new way to set personal goals.  


What India Can Teach Silicon Valley About Its Gender Problem | Business | WIRED

What India Can Teach Silicon Valley About Its Gender Problem | Business | WIRED



controversies about sexism lately. Only 17
percent of Google's technical employees are women. Tech conference
organizers routinely post speaker lists that skew male. The female
cofounder of Tinder was allegedly harassed and erased from corporate
history last year. 

The Dying Tradition of Sri Lankan Stilt Fishing, Captured in Powerful Photos | Raw File | WIRED

The Dying Tradition of Sri Lankan Stilt Fishing, Captured in Powerful Photos | Raw File | WIRED

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Multitasking Gene May Help Drone Operators Control Robotic Swarms - Scientific American

Multitasking Gene May Help Drone Operators Control Robotic Swarms - Scientific American



In the study led by Raja Parasuraman, a psychologist at George Mason
University and director of the Center of Excellence in Neuroergonomics,
Technology and Cognition, participants trained on a simulation that
required them to each control a swarm of six military drones in a
battlefield scenario. The results showed that individuals who inherited
the Met/Met "worrier" variant had a significant multitasking advantage
over those with the Val/Met variant or Val/Val "warrior" variant in
terms of how quickly they directed their drones to intercept incoming
threats and efficiently destroy enemy aircraft.

Book Reviews: How Communists and Marxists are getting funded in Asia?

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Get Smart by Using 10 Percent Less of Your Brain | Talking back, Scientific American Blog Network

Get Smart by Using 10 Percent Less of Your Brain | Talking back, Scientific American Blog Network



The movie Lucy has become a teaching moment in the last month or so for scientists and journalists to  remind the world—time
and again—that we don’t just use 10 percent of our brains. All of the
three pounds of jelly underneath our hardened domes is there for a good
reason. It’s not just a terabyte hard drive with a lot of unused space.



With all of the neural machinery running full blast, what would be the
result: Gordon Gekko, Albert Einstein, Pablo Picasso? Maybe not. With
everything cranked up, you might, at best, be ravenously hungry,
sexually aroused and sending tweets while skydiving. 



Metaphorically, your head would explode.

The Internet of Overhyped Things | Dr Dobb's

The Internet of Overhyped Things | Dr Dobb's



There is good reason why vendors are scrambling after this imagined
universe. Every hardware vendor wants to participate (processors,
wi-fi/Bluetooth, monitoring devices, screens, and so on), and every
software vendor wants a role in a scenario in which literally billions of Internet endpoints suddenly teem forth as data collections points.



In the case of IoT, the obstacles are significant: In addition to many
secondary issues, network infrastructure, security, and data formats are
the salient questions. 



Finally, there are the questions about agreement over data formats, APIs, and programming conventions.

You suck at technical interviews | Seldo.Com Blog

You suck at technical interviews | Seldo.Com Blog

Google Buys Visual Effects Rendering Service Zync | Re/code

Google Buys Visual Effects Rendering Service Zync | Re/code



Zync's cloud-based tools have been used to render hundreds of commercials and over a dozen feature films. 

The 60-second interview: Derek Thompson, senior editor, The Atlantic | Capital New York

The 60-second interview: Derek Thompson, senior editor, The Atlantic | Capital New York



journalism: For decades, we had two good blades, right? Subscriptions
and advertising. But digital endangers both, even if rare places like The Atlantic
can support a profitable enterprise. So we see a lot of companies
adding to the razor: an events business, a video business, licensing,
marketing consulting, affiliate links, trusts, rich benefactors, and so
on.



BuzzFeed is scary smart—scarier and smarter than most journalists give
them credit for. Make insatiably fun stuff based around readers’
emotions and identities, build huge portals on Facebook to move it
through enormous audiences, teach advertisers to do the same, charge
them for your social know-how, and build your way into other high-margin
businesses. 



imagine three audiences: First, nerds, the audience that knows it wants
to read about student debt; second, normals, the audience that doesn’t
yet know it wants to read about student debt but is vaguely curious
about stuff, and third, others, the audience that really doesn’t give a
hoot.

The Procrastination Doom Loop—and How to Break It - The Atlantic

The Procrastination Doom Loop—and How to Break It - The Atlantic



This approach isn’t merely self-defeating. It also creates a
procrastination doom loop. Putting off an important task makes us feel
anxious, guilty, and even ashamed, Eric Jaffe wrote.

Mythical Birds and Monsteres: Vedic Period: Extinct Animals in Hinduism and Tamil Lit

சப்தம் கேட்டால் இறந்துவிடும் அதிசய மிருகம் ‘அசுணமா’!!

Five charts that explain why the industry is worth a fortune : What Amazon Knows—and You Don't—About the Future of Video Games

Amazon Bought Twitch for $1 Billion Because It Gets Video Games | New Republic

Boffins attempt to prove the UNIVERSE IS JUST A HOLOGRAM

Pixels of the universe: Experiment begins to see if the universe is a 2D hologram | ExtremeTech



Our universe is a hologram, and we’re floating inside of it, suggests new research | ExtremeTech





If folks inside our telly could think about it, they wouldn’t be able to
tell that they were nothing more than a 2D projection, because their
world looks 3D to them. In the same way, there’s no simple way to tell
if the world we see around us is an illusion, a collective hallucination
or the real 3D deal.

Physicists Want To Know If We're All Actually Living in a Hologram


The holographic principle is an idea could reveal how to reconcile Einstein's theory of gravity (aka general relativity) and quantum physics. General relativity governs at the grand scales of planets and galaxies, while quantum physics governs at tiny scales smaller than an atom—there must be an overarching theory that unifies the two.  
Michael Moyer in Scientific American

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Facebook Cracks Down on “Click-Bait” in News Feed | Re/code

Facebook Cracks Down on “Click-Bait” in News Feed | Re/code:



How to turn Facebook’s enormous audience into big audiences for their own sites



Facebook has made about its News Feed changes

Air passengers fight over reclining seat forces unscheduled landing  - NY Daily News

Air passengers fight over reclining seat forces unscheduled landing  - NY Daily News:



AP: “The fight started when the male passenger, seated in a middle seat of Row 12, used the Knee Defender to stop the woman in front of him from reclining while he was on his laptop, according to a law enforcement official with knowledge of the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity.”

LAUSD officials had close ties with Apple, Pearson execs, records show - LA Times

LAUSD officials had close ties with Apple, Pearson execs, records show - LA Times:



Apple’s massive deal to sell iPads to the Los Angeles Unified School District has been suspended amid calls for an investigation into the relationship that birthed it. Following a Monday report in the LA Timesdescribing the company’s close ties with LA schools Supt. John Deasy and his deputy, Deasy abruptly halted the school system’s $1 billion effort to outfit all its students with iPads. “Moving forward, we will no longer utilize our current contract with Apple Inc.,” Deasy said in a memo to the LA Board of Education. “Not only will this decision enable us to take advantage of an ever-changing marketplace and technology advances, it will also give us time to take into account concerns raised surrounding the [project].” 

Social Media and the ‘Spiral of Silence’ | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

Social Media and the ‘Spiral of Silence’ | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project:



How to Solve Google’s Crazy Open-Ended Interview Questions | Business | WIRED

How to Solve Google’s Crazy Open-Ended Interview Questions | Business | WIRED:

Excerpt from THE ORGANIZED MIND: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload



HOW MANY USES CAN YOU COME UP WITH FOR A BROOMSTICK? A LEMON? THESE ARE SKILLS THAT CAN BE NURTURED BEGINNING AT A YOUNG AGE. MOST JOBS REQUIRE SOME DEGREE OF CREATIVITY AND FLEXIBLE THINKING.

How the web lost its way – and its founding principles | WWW

How the web lost its way – and its founding principles | Technology | The Guardian:



When Tim Berners-Lee invented the world wide web 24 years ago he thought he'd created an egalitarian tool that would share information for the greater good. But it hasn't quite worked out like that. What went wrong?

Scientists grow whole organs inside animals for the first time

Scientists grow whole organs inside animals for the first time:



The organs were full size (unlike the baby-like results from some experiments), and they were just as efficient at producing virus-fighting T-cells as the real deal.

A Concept Desktop Microwave For Heating Up Your 'Sad Desk Lunch' - DesignTAXI.com

A Concept Desktop Microwave For Heating Up Your 'Sad Desk Lunch' - DesignTAXI.com

The Momentum Of The Ice Bucket Challenge — And What It Means For ALS : NPR

The Momentum Of The Ice Bucket Challenge — And What It Means For ALS : NPR:



"ALS is not a lucrative market. There are not that many people who have the disease. Some estimates - according to the ALS Association, there are 30,000 Americans. The CDC says there are only 10,000. Either way, not very many people - ergo there's not a lot of reason for pharmaceutical companies to go after that kind of research. There have been a number of different clinical trials underway these past couple of years. We have known about ALS for 75 years. Lou Gehrig - his famous speech was 1939. There hasn't been a major breakthrough to treat ALS patients.
Some of those donations are going to go towards caring for people who have ALS right now. In terms of research, there are some questions over how can you best prioritize all of these new dollars.
watching a video of someone pouring ice on her head doesn't give you any special insight into what ALS does, which is essentially trap someone in a glass coffin. You can think, but you can't move. You can't speak. And that happens so rapidly over the course of a couple of years. So perhaps that's getting lost a bit. But in terms of getting awareness that there is this disease out there, I think the challenge has worked wonderfully."

Monday, August 25, 2014

India’s biggest drinkers - The Hindu

India’s biggest drinkers - The Hindu



the Times of India, saying so today (but giving no source), The Indian Express said it in 2008 but the source study is nowhere on the internet and the Economist said so in 2013 



The biggest toddy and country liquor-drinking states
are Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Arunachal Pradesh and Andaman &
Nicobar Islands. Small states and Union Territories are most likely to
have sampling errors, so let’s look at the bigger states. Andhra Pradesh
tops the bigger states, followed by Assam, Jharkhand and Bihar.



 The biggest beer, wine and refined/ foreign liquor drinking states and
UTs are Daman & Diu, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Dadra &
Nagar Haveli, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Puduchery. Next come Goa,
Andhra Pradesh and then Kerala and Karnataka tied in third place.