Sunday, 11 December 2022
quote [ You know all about the Retroencabulator, now say hello to the HyperEncabulator! At SANS ICS Security, when we’re not innovating… we’re encabulating! Check out the whole new level of encabulation in this video. Remember folks, with the HyperEncabulator, side fumbling is still effectively prevented. ]
Wednesday, 7 December 2022
quote [ US-based photographer Jingna Zhang sued the Luxembourgish artist, alleging that he had plagiarised one of her photographs.
According to the newspaper Luxemburger Wort, judges at the Luxembourgish court found that the original photograph did not meet the criteria to fall under Luxembourgish or European copyright law.
The photographer's lawyer told Wort that Zhang is 99% certain to appeal the decision. She must also pay legal fees after losing in court. ]
This Jeff dude from Luxemburg won an art contest for the painting in the thumbnail (left), but he did not disclose that he copied/mirrored it from Jingna Zhang's photo (right).
It's not the only instance. Other artists have their art also stolen as well by Jeff.
Tuesday, 4 October 2022
quote [ Somewhere, beyond the Milky Way, in the vast reaches of Cyberspace, there is an enchanted kingdom, called, "The Land of Lost Toys.” This distant corner of oblivion has become the final resting place of a lifetime’s worth of well-intentioned toy inventions that either never happened, or happened momentarily, then, quickly went away. For every known toy I created, there was a multitude of others that never saw the light of day. Most of these concepts never became contenders, nor progressed very far. Others came close to being winners, but, in the end, got no cigar!” ]
Mel Birnkrant's main page has tons of material about his Mickey Mouse collection and other vintage toys. It reminds me of Ling's Cars, but not as cluttered.
He's got a YouTube channel as well.
Friday, 30 September 2022
quote [ The actor calls the technology "a great opportunity to go back in time."
Action movie legend Bruce Willis has just become the first Hollywood actor to sell his rights to the possibility of a "digital twin" to the US firm Deepcake, according to The Telegraph. With the use of deepfake technology, Willis has offered his likeness to be used onscreen for future projects, following his first experience with the digital media manipulation in a commercial for Russian phone service, MegaFon, last year. ]
Hollywood has been trending towards this for a while now. Significant portion of film has always been artifice.
Monday, 12 September 2022
The reality of legal weed in California: Huge illegal grows, violence, worker exploitation and deaths
quote [ Illegal cannabis farms are engulfing parts of California and exploiting farmworkers who labor in squalid, deadly conditions, a Times investigation finds. ]
Legalization expanded illegal activities and human trafficking (exploited laborers brought in from overseas with no pay and their visas withheld). It's the same way with the increase in demand for guacamole all year round put avocado farmers in Central and South America in danger from Cartel and local gangs, stealing/selling the crops for themselves.
Used archive to bypass paywall of LA Time article.
Tuesday, 6 September 2022
quote [ Though after weeks of investigation later, the mystery of the American Kale Association still plagued me. Oberon and I had another call, and I asked, "Are you behind the American Kale Association?"
"Yes," she said simply. ]
Article is from 2015, but a recent tiktok had me scouring the internet for this topic.
Friday, 11 February 2022
quote [ ... scientists generated 59 megajoules of sustained fusion energy. How much energy is that, exactly? Well, it’s equivalent to about 16.4 kilowatt hours — which is kind of like answering a question with another question. “Okay, so how much energy is 16.4 kilowatt hours, then?” It’s about how much energy you’d need to power one home for half a day.
That’s not exactly going to blow anyone away, but it’s an important benchmark. It’s the most energy ever produced through sustained fusion, and it was generated in just five seconds. ]
It's the next big step after tripping over nuclear energy with atom bombs.
Full article in extended.
Saturday, 22 January 2022
quote [ If a single role is as expensive as thousands of workers, it is surely the prime candidate for robot-induced redundancy. ]
You’ve activated my trap card. Full article in extended.
Thursday, 18 November 2021
quote [ Why one of the Internet’s oldest images lives on without its subject’s consent.
In 2021, sharing content is easier than ever. Our lingua franca is visual: memes, infographics, TikToks. Our references cross borders and platforms, shared and remixed a hundred different ways in minutes. Digital culture is collective by default and has us 😂, 😭, and 😍 together all around the world.
But as the internet reaches its “dirty 30s,” what happens when pieces of digital culture that have been saved, screenshotted, and reposted for years need to retire? Let’s dig into the story of one of these artifacts: The Lenna image. ]
It really makes you think about how much control we have with our data once it's published online.
Tuesday, 6 April 2021
quote [ Hardcore PlayStation Home fans are using unique methods to resurrect the divisive social space six years after its death. This is the Inside Story of the fan... ]
“Fans... finds a way.”
In addition to Sony shutting down the store for platforms from 2 generations ago.
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video in extended.