Judging selfies has become something of a habit for Internet users. Who does it better, Kim or Taylor? Even devoted selfie fans, however, will be overwhelmed by Selfeed, a website that shows every selfie posted on Instagram with the #selfie hashtag in real time.
Created by artists Tyler Madsen, Erik Carter, and Jillian Mayer, the site presents an endless deluge of self-portraits, each one on the screen for less than a second. Certain trends emerge: a downward angle, pursed lips. But more than anything, Selfeed is a pure flood of humanity.
“We created it because we wanted it to exist,” the artists told us. “We enjoy the constant flow of selfies and find it incredibly hypnotic and fascinating.” The site is “supposed to exist neutrally,” they explain. A hot-or-not, selfie-rating version would no doubt be popular, but Selfeed is about inspiration. It creates a kind of communal global, selfie that goes beyond any one person.
Were it not for John C. Houbolt, the United States might never have landed men on the moon. The engineer, who died at the age of 95, sold the nation's space program leaders on an alternate flight plan, called Lunar Orbit Rendezvous (LOR).
The first hearings of the new Fort Lauderdale "Homeless Hate Laws" had a lot of interesting moments. But our friend Ray's 3 minute speech beats years worth of talk about the nature of homelessness.. Please share if you agree with what he's saying. From 4.15.2014 homelesshatelaws.blogspot.com
The maker of Sriracha hot sauce, has been embroiled in a dispute with the city of Irwindale, Calif., where it is based, and Ohio is among the states reported to have contacted the company if it decides to move.
Bad memories... Webvan, the online grocery business Louis Borders founded in 1999 in the thick of the dot-com bubble, went bankrupt only two years after it IPO'd. The company collapsed when it tried to expand outside the San Francisco Bay Area, because it had neither a sustainable business model nor much demand outside of the Valley. Webvan's history has lived on as a story of the dot-com disaster and as a cautionary tale to delivery startups today, but Borders wasn't discouraged. He's back to give his grocery delivery service idea a "take two," according to Re/code's Jason Del Ray, who discovered a stealth startup called Home Delivery Service on the site of Borders' incubator. According to its description, HDS "offers consumers a single online store to shop for fresh foods and general merchandise from the world’s leading retail brands." The company will have distribution centers where it will assemble multiretailer orders in returnable totes that it will send to users free, with same-day delivery. Not only is Borders boldly going where he has gone before, but he's entering a space that is much more crowded than it was back in 1999. FreshDirect has been gaining traction in more and more markets, Amazon has been working on Fresh for years, Google is experimenting with Shopping Express, Walmart and eBay have both tried to enter the market, and Instacart and a handful of other smaller startups are all working on the quick delivery of groceries, too. No one company has emerged as the obvious leader in the space yet.
If reports are true, it looks like Nike just laid off 70 to 80 percent of its FuelBand team. The reason for such a move, CNET reports, is huge: Nike reportedly believes its future lies in software ... not hardware, like the FuelBand fitness tracking device.
On the Art of Prolonging Life was penned by a Dr Huseland (“one of the soundest minds in Germany”) in 1797, concluding eight years of study on the topic. He identified among the many factors associated with long life: a moderate diet that was rich in vegetables and short on meat and sweetened pastries; an active lifestyle; good care of your teeth; weekly bathing in lukewarm water with soap; good sleep; clean air; and being born to parents who themselves lived long lives. Toward the end of his essay, translated for the American Review, the doctor wistfully speculated that “human life may be prolonged to double the extent of what is supposed to be its present limits, without losing activity and usefulness.”
By Huseland’s estimates, half of all children born would die before their tenth birthday, an alarmingly high mortality rate. However, if the child could run the gauntlet of youth fraught with smallpox, measles, rubella, and other childhood diseases, they stood a fair chance of making it all the way to their mid-thirties. In ideal circumstances, Huseland thought it possible that a lifetime could stretch for two hundred years.
Is there more to these claims than the fanciful imagination of an 18th century doctor? James Vaupel doesn’t think it’s out of the question. “Life expectancy is increasing two-and-a-half years every decade,” he says. “That’s twenty five years every century.” As director of the Laboratory of Survival and Longevity at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock, Germany, Vaupel studies longevity and survival in human and animal populations. He tells me that the pattern of improvements to mortality has shifted greatly in the past 100 years. Before 1950, most of the gains in life expectancy were made by combating the high infant mortality that Huseland noted. Since then, however, it’s been the over-60s and most recently the over-80s who’ve seen the greatest decreases in mortality.
In other words, we are not just surviving childhood in greater numbers, we’re living longer – a lot longer.
Worldwide, the number of centenarians – people over the age of 100 – is predicted to increase 10-fold between 2010 and 2050. As Huseland testified, a strong component in whether you’ll live to see this milestone lies in the age of your parents; that is, there is a genetic component to long life. But the rise in centenarians can’t be explained by genetics alone, which clearly haven’t changed much in the last couple of centuries. Rather, it’s a host of improvements to our lives that cumulatively improve our chances of living longer and stronger, many of which echo the factors identified by Huseland. The reasons include better healthcare, improving medical treatments, public health measures like cleaner water and air, better education, and improved standards of living such as houses that are warm and dry. “Mostly it’s down to having more medicine and money,” says Vaupel.
The American Train: "The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time." -Abraham Lincoln In the United States, over 30,000,000 people ride on trains to travel, and that number is growing fast every year. Compared to most other powerful nations however, the US cannot compete with High Speed Rail/Bullet Train systems put in place - countries like Japan, France, Italy, Germany, Taiwan, and China. This documentary will follow two members of the High Speed Rail America Club as they embark on a train ride (and not a very fast one at that) from Miami, Florida to New York City, New York. They'll be doing this while giving the history of train travel in America, show how today's American train company, Amtrak, functions and show a future where world class mass transportation by high speed rail is achieved in an American future coming soon. Wit, humor, and good times are a rollin'! Below is our original KickStarter Campaign Video
On Sunday, three people were shot dead at two Jewish community centers in the Kansas City area. It's believed that the suspect — identified as Frazier Glenn Cross, Jr., 73 — was once the grand dragon of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK). The incident is a sad and disturbing reminder that the KKK still functions actively all over the United States. The group, founded in 1865, has a long history of violence mainly targeted at African-Americans, Jews, immigrants and members of the LGBT community. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which monitors hate groups, called the KKK "the most infamous — and oldest — of American hate groups." The KKK's website states that the organization's primary goal is to "stop White genocide." They write, "We simply believe that the United States of America was founded as a white Christian nation." Project Censored wrote that the Internet has enabled hate groups to recruit and spread their beliefs more readily than in the past. SLPC estimates that there are between 5,000 and 8,000 active KKK members in the U.S. Below is SPLC's list, by state, of known U.S. cities where the KKK operates and the corresponding chapter in that city. (Note: These are not the only places where the KKK operates — these are the cities identified thus far.)
As the Hollywood blockbuster Transcendence debuts this weekend with Johnny Depp, Morgan Freeman and clashing visions for the future of humanity, it's tempting to dismiss the notion of highly intelligent machines as mere science fiction.
(Credit: Moyers & Company) In an interview with journalist Bill Moyers set to air Friday, Nobel laureate and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman celebrates both the insights and warnings of French economist Thomas Piketty whose new ground-breaking book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, argues that modern capitalism has put the world "on the road not just to a highly unequal society, but to a society of an oligarchy—a society of inherited wealth." The conclusions that Piketty puts forth in the book, Krugman tells Moyers, are revelatory because they show that even people who are now employing the rhetoric of the "1% versus the 99%" do not fully appreciate the disaster that global wealth inequality is causing. "We are becoming very much the kind of society we imagine we're nothing like." Says Krugman:
There’s a new study out which, press outlets are telling me, shows that the United States is now an oligarchy, ruled by the rich and powerful, and perhaps that the US has been sliding in this direction for decades. You can see coverage of it at The Telegraph, PolicyMic, the BBC, and other places. You can also read the actual paper online: Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens. The headlines about it are wrong. This study doesn’t demonstrate any such thing.