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February 19, 2020

"Stair Dance" — Bill Robinson

Wrote Flautist, "This is wonderful. What a master! Maximum tap with minimum (visible) effort."

From Wikipedia: "Bill 'Bojangles' Robinson... was the best known and most highly paid black American entertainer in the U.S. during the first half of the twentieth century."

"Stair Dance" was introduced in 1918.

February 19, 2020 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Yosemite Firefall

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From the Guardian:

Every February, Horsetail Fall is lit by the setting sun, bringing thousands of people to Yosemite to watch the phenomenon

Aaron Meyers vividly remembers his first firefall.

The spectacle of Yosemite’s famous Horsetail Fall lit up by the setting sun, which lasts for just a few minutes per night for a few weeks in late February, is sought out obsessively by photographers like him.

Back then, photographing the natural phenomenon was a guessing game.

The firefall requires a convergence of forces: enough moisture to fuel the falls, skies clear enough for the light to shine through, and the right angle for the sun's light to hit the 1000-foot waterfall, east of El Capitan, for a dazzling display of color.

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Soon after his first visit, Meyers, a trained engineer, built a computer program that could calculate the days that would have the best angle of the sun for optimal viewing, and published his recommendations on his blog.

For a couple of years no one seemed to notice — until 2015, when someone shooting beside him pulled out a paper copy of his blog post.

"It was like, people are actually using this," said Meyers.

Photographers are one of the reasons why the firefall has gotten so much buzz — from the time Ansel Adams captured the falls in 1940 up to now.

In recent years the firefall's popularity has soared, boosted by social media and enthusiasts such as Meyers who have made capturing the phenomenon more accessible.

February 19, 2020 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sit like an Egyptian (cat)

YouTube caption: "She just wanted to prove that — contrary to popular belief — she doesn't sleep all the time."

February 19, 2020 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Davos Elite Genetic Collection

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From designyoutrust:

EARNE$T announces the upcoming auction of The Davos Collection, a portfolio of artifacts covertly harvested during the 2018 WEF at Davos.

The Collection presents the unique opportunity to gain genetic insights into a most influential population and a class traditionally resilient to data collection.

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2018 Davos attendees included Donald Trump, George Soros, Jack Ma, Queen Rania of Jordan, Angela Merkel, and Elton John.

The Collection offers three tiers of artifacts:

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Utensils: silverware and glassware containing residual genetic and fingerprint data

Consumables: sanitary items, cigarettes, and paper cups containing residual genetic data

Biological samples: hair and fluid/fiber swabs collected in rest rooms and other sites within the Davos Congress Centre.

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Through the exclusive access granted by The Davos Collection, users will gain key insights into Davos attendees, including a participant's potential physical and mental ailments or gifts, ancestry, records of diet and medications, substance abuse, and exposure to environmental factors.

Through the exclusive access granted by The Davos Collection, users will gain key insights into Davos attendees, including a participant's potential physical and mental ailments or gifts, ancestry, records of diet and medications, substance abuse, and exposure to environmental factors.

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The Davos Collection offers exciting new layers of certainty to data surveillance firms, data brokers, and private collectors.

Combining the information extracted from these predictive artifacts with existing digital behavioral data will advance efforts towards a future Free of Risk™.

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Q. Is this a joke?

A. No. The artifacts are authentic, the collection is legitimate, the potential use of the artifacts to gain insights into individuals' genomic imagery is accurate, and plans to auction the artifacts are real.

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Q. Is this legal?

A. Unclear. While Davos participants discarded all of the items collected, the expectation of privacy may be a concern with certain items.

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Q. What's the point of all this?

A. The Davos Collection is itself an artifact of the age of Surveillance Capitalism.

The Collection represents the next logical extension in the assertion of corporate property rights over personalized data, thus increasing the predictive power of artificial intelligence systems and generating profits.

Facebook and Google are examples of Surveillance Capitalism's success.

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Through the collecting and selling of vital and sensitive data from the most powerful people on the planet, EARNE$T intends to encourage a visceral reaction against Surveillance Capitalism from the elite.

The question remains whether the powerful will protect themselves alone or extend the protection to the wider population.

February 19, 2020 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

G.U.M. Advanced Mouth Stimulators

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The new advanced version (above) is the best of two worlds: the old version (below)

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and

BrushPicks (below).

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The old G.U.M. style was too small, too soft, and too fragile; BrushPicks are too harsh and stiff.

The new G.U.M.iteration is not only highly functional, but also beautiful.

A triumph of industrial and medical design. 

Pack of 60: $5.27.

February 19, 2020 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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