June 17, 2010
TweetPsych — "A psychological profile of any public Twitter account..."
Back story here.
'What one experiences cannot always be interpreted at face value' — Alexa Meade
From a website: "Alexa Meade, an installation artist based in Washington, D.C., paints with acrylics directly on human flesh, creating the illusion of painterly portraits."
From a CNN International feature earlier this year:
Artist Alexa Meade's subjects are painted people that look like they have just stepped off a canvas.
Instead of using acrylic paints to create portraits of people on canvas, the artist paints people and objects to make them look like 2-D paintings.
The result is walking, talking optical illusions, 3-D paintings that confuse how the eye processes objects in space.
She'll be exhibiting a live installation and limited-edition photographic prints in the two-person show "Picture Planes" at Irvine Contemporary in Washington, D.C., from Saturday, June 19, 2010 until July 24, 2010. The opening reception is this Saturday evening, June 19, 2010, from 6 to 10 p.m. Say "Hi" for me if you happen by.
Above and below,
From Jung Woo Lee
This is your brain after cellphone radiation
Long story short: San Francisco (why are we not surprised?) has just passed a law requiring cellphone retailers to display — in at least 11-point type — the amount of radiation each phone emits.
Below, Jesse McKinley's June 15, 2010 New York Times story on the new San Francisco statute.
Imposing roughly the same cautionary standards for cellphones as for fatty food or sugary soda, this city — never shy about its opinions — voted on Tuesday to require all retailers to display the amount of radiation each phone emits.
The law — believed to be the first of its kind in the nation — came despite a lack of conclusive scientific evidence showing that the devices are dangerous, and amid opposition from the wireless telephone industry, which views the labeling ordinance as a potential business-killing precedent.
But the administration of Gavin Newsom, the city’s tech-happy mayor (he has more than 1.3 million followers on Twitter), called the vote a major victory for cell phone shoppers’ right to know.
“It’s information that’s out there if you’re willing to look hard enough,” said Tony Winnicker, a spokesman for Mr. Newsom. “And we think that for the consumer for whom this is an area of concern, it ought to be easier to find.”
Under the law, retailers will be required to post materials — in at least 11-point type — next to phones, listing their specific absorption rate, which is the amount of radio waves absorbed into the cellphone user’s body tissue. These so-called SAR rates can vary from phone to phone, but all phones sold in the United States must have a SAR rate no greater than 1.6 watts per kilogram, according to the Federal Communications Commission, which regulates the $190 billion wireless industry.
But John Walls, a spokesman for C.T.I.A. - The Wireless Association, a trade group, said that forcing retailers to highlight that information might actually confuse consumers into thinking “some phones are safer than others.”
“We believe there is an overwhelming consensus of scientific belief that there is no adverse health effect by using wireless devices,” Mr. Walls said, “and this kind of labeling gets away from what the F.C.C.’s standard actually represents.”
San Francisco, whose health- and eco-conscious residents already face mandatory composting and a ban on plastic bags, is not the first place to consider putting notices on cellphones. Earlier this month, the California Senate voted down an even more wide-ranging labeling bill. A bill in Maine that would have required warning labels on cellphones like those on cigarettes was defeated in March.
Part of that legislative track record may stem from the fact that there is little conclusive proof that cellular devices are hazardous. Both the National Cancer Institute and the F.C.C. say that there is no scientific evidence that wireless phones are dangerous, but each agency continues to monitor continuing medical studies.
A major study of cellphone use in 13 countries published online last month in the International Journal of Epidemiology found no increased risk for the two most common types of brain tumors, according to the cancer institute. In the most extreme cellphone users, there was a small increase in a type of cancer that attacks the cells that surround nerve cells, though researchers found that finding inconclusive.
In San Francisco, officials were cautioning that the law was not meant to discourage cellphone use, or sales, rather merely to inform consumers.
“This is not about telling people not to use cellphones,” said Mr. Winnicker. “Nobody loves his iPhone more than Mayor Newsom.”
What is it?
Hints are the new new thing.
OK, then: It's three-dimensional.
Comes in lots of colors.
Answer here this time tomorrow.
"Your face in space" — NASA wants to put you into orbit
But I digress.
From NASA's website:
NASA wants to put a picture of you on one of the two remaining space
shuttle missions and launch it into orbit. To launch your face into
space and become a part of history, just follow these steps:
1. Select the Participate button at the bottom of this page and upload your image/name, which will be flown aboard the space shuttle. Don't have a picture to upload? No problem, just skip the image upload and we will fly your name only on your selected mission!
2. Print and save the confirmation page with your flight information.
3. Return to this site after the landing to print your Flight Certificate — a commemorative certificate signed by the Mission Commander. You can also check on mission status, view mission photographs, link to various NASA educational resources and follow the commander and crew on Twitter or Facebook.
Crystal Virus Vase
By Pieke Bergmans,
working with master glass blower
How to tune out the vuvuzela buzz — Episode 2: Active noise cancellation
"This is your chance to enjoy the World Cup 2010 without the annoying vuvuzela noise."
So even if you don't have a Samsung TV (featured in this past Sunday's Episode 1) or a sound system with an equalizer to dampen the buzz, you still get a shot at offsetting the drone.
Super Ear Sound-Enhancing Directional Microphone
From the website:
The SuperEar Sound Enhancer boosts your hearing with a powerful 50 decibels of sound gain, enabling you to hear what you’ve been missing.
It is compact enough to fit in the smallest pocket and comes with accessories to attach to binoculars, belt, hat or other gear.
The multi-element microphone is mounted in a 180-degree swiveling sound boom covered with a protective foam windscreen.
Connect to premium stereo headphones to deliver clear, crisp sound.
Included are a binocular mounting clip, Velcro strips for attaching to binoculars, stainless steel pocket/belt clip and AAA battery.
Applications: nature observation, meetings, concerts, camping, birding, theater, lectures, hiking, sporting events, watching TV.