The other thing that frustrates me is myopic thinking of lumping anti-vaccine because of mercury / autism / etc. people with the anti-government should be able to forcibly inject you with big pharma products crowd.
Very different thinking - not the same and dishonest to say it is, IMHO.
Growing up - I remember our school bussing us to a nearby city for vaccinations. No big deal. There was one muslim kid and his family refused.
Except that the older I get and the more responsibility I have beyond pure programmer, the harder it gets to block out the distractions. I miss the days I could sit in my cube "cave" and crank out 8 hours of code.
"There are coders who can inhabit this trance for a dozen or more hours at a stretch. I never had that level of stamina, but there are countless stories like the one about game programmer John Harris, who was immortalized in Steven Levy's myth-making 1984 book Hackers. While working on an 8-bit Atari port of Frogger in the early 1980s, Harris said, 'I glued my hands to the keyboard.' One day he started programming midafternoon, losing himself in work. The next time he looked up from the screen, he was surprised that it was still light out, since he thought he'd been working well into the evening. It was actually the next morning."
The 1% also needs to realize that it is in their best interests to be compassionate to those less fortunate and start financially supporting them (by paying more taxes to prevent the collapse of society). They may disparage us all as leeches, but if they don't assist, they will be creating a problem for themselves in securing their assets. They are effectively becoming the French monarchy right before the Revolution.
[[Remember before the midterm elections when Obama was blamed for Ebola — which did not infect people within our borders — and Republicans demanded he ‘close the borders’? Then they won the midterm elections and forgot all about the Ebola patients which have not been infected in this country.
And now there’s an outbreak of measles and they’re opposing vaccinations. The majority of people who have measles have not been vaccinated.
It’s highly contagious. See: Disney.]]
Vaccinate your kids!
[[California Republican Darrell Issa chaired the panel, and because Republicans hold a majority in the House, he was able to choreograph the entire proceedings. He thoughtfully assembled a diverse group of men who don't necessarily have any real, fact-based reason to oppose birth control except for the fact that it made them feel icky. Invited to testify were five men. And no women. The whole thing was, to put it as succinctly as possible, depressing as f*ck.]]
I have one of my own #QuestionsForMen: Have you ever started working for a technology company and, when attending a company social event, have people you meet automatically assume your wife is the employee, not you?
The art and science of illuminating the invisible
PhD student, Luis Hernan has once again shown that art+science=awesome in his Digital Ethereal project, trying to shed light, and colour and shape, on the invisible wifi that surrounds us.
Hernan describes the approach as effectively measuring and mapping the signal strength in different locations, coding red as the strongest signals and blue as the weakest, and then combining the false colour coded signal strength across time and space using long-exposure photography.
The effect is hauntingly beautiful.
#ScienceEveryday when it's not #ScienceSunday
Photo credits: all images from the Spirit Photograph series by Luis Hernan (these and more at his website digitalethereal.com)
Extra Credit Reading and Sources!
For more information on how the approach works, here's a section from Hernan's website, where you also can see prototypes of the device, and get information about an Android app he's developed to help you uncover the wifi world around you (digitalethereal.com)
The Kirlian Device is an instrument designed to reveal qualities of wireless networks. The device is named after Semyon Davidovich Kirlian, who discovered and perfected a photographic technique to capture electrical coronal discharges. His technique has been associated with so-called paranormal research, especially that involving the study and capture of aura.
Its body is constructed in birch plywood following a stacking slices technique. The device was modelled using a 3D software, and was then converted in cutting patterns, which were then used in a laser cutter. Inside, the device is powered by an Arduino UNO board connected to a Arduino WiFi Shield. Both components process and map the RSSI values of a previously specified SSID network into colour using a heatmap colour scheme. The mapped colours are then passed to a Pololu LED strip. The operation is possible by the use of two 5V lithium batteries.
The device was designed to be used as a photographic instrument in a performative environment. The use of a 23-point led strip allows for a contrasting light, which can then be used in long-exposure photography under an array of different light conditions. The series of Spirit Photographs has been created by a performer describing the space using the Kirlian Device.
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