If that’s true I’m off to the hundred and beyond.
But then I smoke like a fireman and drink like a sponge, so…
The new hypothesis [evolutionary biologist Margo Adler] proposes holds that during a famine animals escalate cellular repair and recycling, but they do so for the purpose of having as many progeny as possible during a famine, not afterward. They “make the best of a bad situation” to maximize their fitness in the present.
Or destroying one. Either way, she’s called Peggy.
researchers have identified a series of bright objects embedded in the outer edge of Saturn’s A Ring. The largest of these, which has been nicknamed “Peggy,” may be as much as a kilometer across. The objects may represent a moon that is disintegrating after contact with the outer edge of the A Ring. But it could also be one in the process of formation—a process that may have played out many times in Saturn’s past.
I’ve been obsessing on the Ukrainian crisis for the last months or so… It’s rather impressive how no piece of information or writing out there is not tainted by either side. Truly this region of the world are the uncontested masters of disinformation, and they just entered the 4th generation warfare stage with flourish… what walter mead calls “the Ministry of the Dark Arts”
Russia is once again prepared to wage ideological war against the liberal west as it did in Soviet times, and a significantly enhanced and upgraded Ministry of the Dark Arts is now working overtime to spread propaganda, recruit supporters and make mischief for the liberal west whenever and however it can. In Europe and elsewhere, the United States and its allies will once again have to dust off some of our Cold War methods and programs, and here we are currently operating at a serious disadvantage.
Putin the old KGB man has made substantial investments in the Dark Arts; they are cheaper than other forms of power projection, they build on the considerable legacy of the Soviet era, and they exploit the weaknesses of open societies. Today’s neo-fascism is capable of uniting the far Left and the far Right in anti-liberal ‘popular fronts’ in various ways and in Europe and elsewhere, the United States will once again engage in ideological battles with an unscrupulous and intelligent foe.
a team of astronomers led by John M. Kovac of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics detected ripples in the fabric of space-time — so-called gravitational waves — the signature of a universe being wrenched violently apart when it was roughly a trillionth of a trillionth of a trillionth of a second old.
“"I’m the guy with the biggest dick in the room” is essentially an american comic’s view of life.
Whereas a british comic’s view of life is “I’ve arrived at the the party. Oh I forgot my dick."”——Stephen Fry
Having had to deal with disingenuous people in multiple work environments over three continents, I can’t agree more with the diagnostic:
They tend not to move their arms and legs so much, cut down on gesturing, repeat the same phrases, give shorter and less detailed answers, take longer before they start to answer, and pause and hesitate more. In addition, there is also evidence that they distance themselves from the lie, causing their language to become more impersonal. As a result, liars often reduce the number of times that they say words such as “I,” “me,” and “mine,” and use “him” and “her” rather than people’s names. Finally, is increased evasiveness, as liars tend to avoid answering the question completely, perhaps by switching topics or by asking a question of their own.
To detect deception, forget about looking for signs of tension, nervousness, and anxiety. Instead, a liar is likely to look as though they are thinking hard for no good reason, conversing in a strangely impersonal tone, and incorporating an evasiveness that would make even a politician or a used-car salesman blush.
Recently, governments have shifted their talking points from claiming they only use mass surveillance for “national security” purposes to the more nebulous “valid foreign intelligence purposes.”
I suggest this committee consider that this rhetorical shift is a tacit acknowledgment by governments that they recognize they have crossed beyond the boundaries of justifiable activities. Every country believes its “foreign intelligence purposes” are “valid,” but that does not make it so. If we are prepared to condemn the economic spying of our competitors, we must be prepared to do the same of our allies. Lasting peace is founded upon fundamental fairness.
At present, Mr. Putin is seeking to strong-arm the new, weak and unstable government in Kiev into agreeing to full autonomy for Crimea rather than risk a full scale invasion into Ukraine and a partition that chops off the country’s entire south and east. The intimidated government is likely to be compelled to accept this compromise. For its part, in exchange for major Ukrainian concessions, Russia is likely to recognize the new Ukrainian government, withdraw its support for Viktor F. Yanukovych and relinquish the threat of the use of force.
The broader point is that, far beyond hacktivists, these surveillance agencies have vested themselves with the power to deliberately ruin people’s reputations and disrupt their online political activity even though they’ve been charged with no crimes, and even though their actions have no conceivable connection to terrorism or even national security threats. As Anonymous expert Gabriella Coleman of McGill University told me, “targeting Anonymous and hacktivists amounts to targeting citizens for expressing their political beliefs, resulting in the stifling of legitimate dissent.”
“When I came to the hospital; You feel like you are very tired, and you would like to go and sleep, but you know it’s not just go and sleeping. It’s something else. And then you just fight with your brain. You hear noises and you hear voices, and you just try to listen to what they are saying and you try to keep your brain working to get the body ready to fight against illness. … I did that and that way I survived.”—Niki Lauda
Between that [growing vats of algae] and the wheat plants, you could get halfway to a diet of pizza-like food — bread coated with flavored algae — and massively reduce the weight and volume of the food and life-support apparatus required for a Mars mission.
A Frenchman who specialized in the field of regenerative life support told me how this might work, going so far as to explain the recycling of urine and the use of feces as a source of fertilization.
“You see,” he shouted above the din of the bar, “these people who go to Mars, they will literally ’av to eat their own shit.”
I can’t fathom spending 8 hours a day rotopainting out condoms without feeling every odd minute like clawing my brain out through my eye sockets.
In order to remove the condoms from scenes, Falcon Studios would most likely have had to use a technique called rotoscoping, where you go through a film, frame by frame, tracing a particular object and applying a special effect—in this case, presumably, the appearance of skin instead of latex.
As for the cost of doing this, Dave Cochrane, a creative consultant at Glasgow-based VFX company Soluis, says that it’s likely to start with a “five-figure fee for high-end production,” which includes rotoscoping but “there are several key factors that can have a significant influence on what costs would be involved—such as the quality of the footage, complexity of the shots and the length of each sequence requiring the treatment.”