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April 8, 2021

PimEyes — 'Find your face on the internet'

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Bag Clearview AI — this one's out in the open.

I put this photo of myself, taken about five years ago,


into the PimEyes reverse search engine.

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Instantly, the 8 results up top appeared.

These two (the lower one is a black & white version of the one in color) 

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were taken around 25 years ago.

The one in color appears on the back cover of my book, "Quantations," published in 2002.

Trying PimEyes for yourself is free, the way we like it.

April 8, 2021 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Inca tern


From Wikipedia:

The Inca tern (Larosterna inca) is a tern in the family Laridae.

It is the only member of the genus Larosterna.

This uniquely plumaged bird breeds on the coasts of Peru and Chile, and is restricted to the Humboldt Current.

It is an erratic, rare visitor to the southwest coast of Ecuador.

It can be identified by its dark grey body, white moustache on both sides of its head, and red-orange beak and feet.

April 8, 2021 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Economist gift subscription hack


A gift subscription to The Economist costs $225/year.

I've been a subscriber for decades, ever since I read somewhere that it's the only magazine that Bill Gates reads cover to cover.

$225/year is not chump change from where I sit: that's $4.33/issue.

It occurred to me yesterday that any subscriber — not me, I'm too lazy — could take each issue, put it in a 9 x 12 brown envelope, affix First Class postage (below) and Bob's your uncle.

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The current issue inside an envelope weighs 3.95 ounces, which comes to $1.15 in postage, or $59.80/year.

Cheap at twice the price.


Thanks to Chris and Rocketboy for their comments; I clarified things.

April 8, 2021 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3)

'Flying Train' (1902)

From My Modern Met:

Artificial Intelligence Revitalizes 1902 Footage of a 'Flying Train' Ride Through a German Town

If you've ever wondered what life was like in the early 20th century, look to the footage of The Flying Train for a peek. Shot in 1902, the short motion picture captures stunning views of a German town from the windows of the Wuppertaler Schwebebahn, a suspended railway. It takes us on a tour of a typical day way back then: chickens prance across stone-paved streets, women walk with children, and horses pull heavy carts.

The original black-and-white footage was from the collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), but it recently got an upgrade thanks to artificial intelligence. As early film stock cannot match the resolution or frame speed of today's digital media, Denis Shiryaev of Neural Love used neural networks to restore and enhance (or "upscale") The Flying Train. The neural networks learn from other antique films and apply this "knowledge" to each new restoration. This includes colorizing the frames in natural muted tones and creating extra frames per second (fps) to achieve a smooth 60 fps.

The Wuppertaler Schwebebahn (aka the "flying train") opened to the public in 1901, making it the first elevated electric railway with hanging cars. Over 100 years later, it's still in regular operation.

[via Richard Kashdan]

April 8, 2021 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Bacon Hand Towel

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From the website:
This bacon hand towel is great in the kitchen, bathroom, or gym.
Perfect for drying dishes, hands, and faces.
Suitable to put in any sports bag.

Features and Details:

• Image won't fade after washing

• 63% polyester microfiber, 37% cotton

• Machine wash/tumble dry low/no bleach

April 8, 2021 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

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