WireTap was a Canadian radio show that recently ceased broadcasting, after an eleven year run. As a farewell to audiences, and the world it seems, they produced this video clip, featuring people of all ages, young and old, offering each other a lifetime’s advice.
Don’t listen to anyone’s advice. No body knows what the hell they’re doing.
Nothing can escape from the immense gravitational attraction of a black hole. Not even light. Nor information either. Information, in this context, being a more palatable reference to the crushed and mangled remnants of whatever was captured by said black hole.
So it’s not data we that we might be able to do something useful with, were we ever to, somehow, retrieve it. Which we can’t. British physicist Stephen Hawking has been in the news recently, talking about this information, and offered a real world, easy to understand, explanation of this… stuff:
At Monday’s public lecture, he explained this jumbled return of information was like burning an encyclopedia: You wouldn’t technically lose any information if you kept all of the ashes in one place, but you’d have a hard time looking up the capital of Minnesota.
Having travelled from Antarctica to Zanzibar, and a whole lot of places in between, the question has to be asked, where has Mexican photographer Anuar Patjane not been? Whatever, he has taken some incredible photos of his journeys to date though.
Link blogs, Tumblr pages, and Instagram accounts, have made curators out of many of us. They are places, among many others, where we place links, photos, videos, and snippets of text. And that’s just online. Offline curating, of the non museum, art gallery variety, is huge also.
One simple explanation is prestige appropriation. This is understandable – “curation” lends the cultural capital and seriousness associated with art institutions to the mundane assemblages of our lives. Curating an Instagram feed or Christmas list sounds more legitimate, somehow, than simply having a social media profile or scribbling on a piece of paper.
Then again, some people have been curating long before it was known as curating. It sure has a ring to it, but if you ask me, curating is simply a high sounding term for blogging. Or keeping a collection of restaurant menus, for that matter.
There are still some ancient languages on Earth that linguists are still struggling to understand, so how would we fare if an alien intelligence tried to contact us? How might we ever make sense of what they were saying?
“If an advanced civilization did want to communicate with us, they would probably choose to base their communication on something we have in common, such as the fact that we live in the same physical universe,” says Siemion. “They might use the properties of astrophysical objects, like pulsars, quasars or the shape of our galaxy, as a first step at teaching us their language.”
A good measure of your salary, or otherwise… how long, as in what number of minutes, hours, days, weeks, and so on, does it take you to earn enough money to buy items such as a hamburger, a pair of running shoes, a flat screen television, a new car, and a house.
For those living in Melbourne or Sydney, the estimated time to buy a house however may be just slightly out.
This sounds incredible, but it has been almost three years since I last mentioned the word “emoji” here. It also happened to be first as well. That is weird though, because the world is awash with emoji, the smileys, emoticons, or pictographs, that originated in Japan.
I better get back with the program then… here’s a link to Emoji Mosaic, by Eric Andrew Lewis, that allows you to turn any image you care to choose, into a mosaic of emoji characters.